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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Pumpkin AleSmuttynose Pumpkin Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
smuttynose.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale is our homage to the craft and heritage of America’s brewers. Recipes calling for the use of pumpkins in beer date back to early colonial times, when brewers sought to extend their supply of costly imported malt with locally grown ingredients, such as squash and “pompions.”

In that spirit, we brew our ale with the addition of pumpkin to the mash, along with traditional spices to create a delicious American original.

45 IBU

Added by purplehops on 08-28-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,238
Reviews:
857
Ratings:
1,917
pDev:
14.67%
Bros Score:
4.13
 
 
Wants:
102
Gots:
225
Trade:
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Photo of Yellolab2010
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zatch90
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, one of the few new pumpkin brews to thus far appear this autumn on Alberta liquor store shelves.

This beer pours a hazy, medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, broadly foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some incoming storm front lace around the glass as it slowly dissipates.

It smells of semi-sweet pumpkin flesh, bready caramel malt, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove spice, a further hint of white and black pepper, and faint earthy and weedy hops. The taste is gritty, grainy pale malt, a still heady mashed pumpkin vegetal thing, now sort of muddled seasonal spices (maybe some cinnamon, nutmeg, and all-spice sticking out just a bit), a hard water flintiness, ethereal caramel/toffee notes, subtle earthy yeast, and a mild leafy, weedy, and herbal hop bitterness.

The carbonation is fairly understated in its tame and innocuous frothiness, the body just on the weak side of yer typical middleweight, and generally quite smooth, with a wee airy creaminess arising shortly after takeoff. It finishes off-dry, the spiced pumpkin character carrying the day over any of the base maltiness.

A decent and agreeable enough version of the style, the pumpkin at least doing more than showing up, lazing about, and then punching out early. Well-rounded, pleasantly spiced in a way that doesn't overpower or underwhelm, and worthy of a few rounds, at least until the snow flies around here.

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Photo of AAG
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of the_awesometeer
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Nice cloudy orange color but almost no head. Pumpkin with the hint of hops. Light bodies and very easy to drink. A non sweet pumpkin flavor with the pumpkin spices. Then the taste of hops give a nice slightly bitter after taste. Overall very nice beer just wish for a little more pumpkin.

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Photo of elamb106
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ardeer
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Marraybay
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A decent general purpose ale, but not one I'd really equate to being a speciality or seasonal, pumpkin or otherwise. Nice glass presentation - translucent golden-orange with a decent white head. Reminded me of a very faintly sweetened lager, but with a bit more lacing and bitterness in the close. (Note: My wife is a staunch lager-only drinker and found this palatable, which somewhat substantiates my conclusion.) Points as a drinkable offering from Smuttynose, but deductions for "masquerading" it (no pun intended) as a seasonal-specialty beer.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kgoldsbe
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great lively orange color, spiced but not sweet smell, taste is similar to the smell with a slightly bitter end, the consistency of the beer feels as if pumpkin was used in the brewing not just pie spices.

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Photo of MishRodz
4.6/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Brolo75
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Purp1eOne
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Pouland77
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 2ellas
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutHunter
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale a couple weeks ago for $1.79 at The Lager Mill. It's that time of the year when the Pumpkin Ales flood the markert, I've never had this one before and I thought it would be worth a try, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage.

A- The label looks nice, it goes well with the name and it's just a little eye catching. It poured an amber burn orange color that took on more of a an orange color when held to the light with a finger and half worth of off white head that died down to slightly thicker ring that stayed till the end and it didn't leave much lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, it looks to true to style.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of medium sweetness with the pumpkin spices being the first to show up and it imparts a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg and light allspice like aromas with cinnamon and nutmeg sticking out the most. Up next comes a little bit of purred pumpkin which imparts some meat pumpkin and vegetable like aromas. On the finish there's a little bit of more of lingering pumpkin spice aromas. This beer has a nice aroma that's true to style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the spices till being the first to show up, they are a little lighter than they were in the aroma, but still no one spice seems to sticks out the most. Up next comes the pumpkin which imparts the same aspects that ti did in the aroma and it's followed by a slight malt flavor and a little bit of doughy yeast. On the finish there's just a little bit of bitterness with the spices showing up in the aftertaste. This is a decent tasting beer, it's true to style, but the taste was a little more watery than I would like.

M- Smooth, slightly crisp, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation, the mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and a pretty average example of the style, it's not bad at all, b ut it just has those typical pumpkin spice flavors taking the lead while still being a little watery and that ended up hurting it in the end. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, one is enough for me, I have no urge to drink another. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and mouthfeel, they were both pretty nice and the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is the taste, it isn't bad, but it was average and a little watery. I wouldn't buy this beer again, there's much better Pumpkin Ales on the market, but I wouldn't turn one down and I can't say I would recommend it. All in all I just wasn't a big fan of this beer, I know it's pretty popular on the east coast, but I don't see anything about it that makes it stick out from the rest. It's not a favorite beer from Smuttynose and it's Average for the style. Better luck next time guys, with a little work on the taste this could be a pretty good beer.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Copper in color. Kind of fizzy and not much head produced.

Smell: Very light pumpkin spices and nutmeg.

Taste: Unsweetened pumpkin spice with nutmeg and cinnamon, with a slightly hoppy bitter finish.

Feel: Very light bodied. Easy to drink.

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Photo of hman43
2.81/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Light golden in color with hints of orange. Has aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin and other spices. Flavors of pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon and other spices.

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Photo of cubbyZilla
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smithj4
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlarmClock314
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smb71481
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of fosters9
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mackeyse
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not a huge pumpkin beer fan but I try to have 1 or 2 per fall that I have never had (and I am always a sucker for Schlafly’s Pumpkin and Elysian’s Pumpkin beers).

Cloudy orange. Head dissipates pretty quickly leaving a nice white ring.

Nice smell—muted a bit but I like it—not overpowering---clove, nutmeg etc—when it comes to pumpkin spice I don’t know what’s what but it smells “pumpkiny”. Smells like I would expect.

Pumpkin pie taste comes at the end and at first sip you wouldn’t know it’s a pumpkin beer—takes just that fraction of a second for the pumpkin taste to hit. The aftertaste is very mild but lingers a bit. Can taste the hops at the tale end. Nothing artificial about this taste.

Medium bodied. Good carbonation throughout. Might be the closet thing to perfect mouth feel for a pumpkin beer I have tried.

If I were to recommend a pumpkin beer to someone who doesn’t like pumpkin beers this would be it—very drinkable which says a lot to someone like me who is usually one and done with pumpkin beers—I mean I wouldn’t have a 6 pack but could see drinking 2-3 of these. The hops added another dimension and it got better as I let it sit a bit.

Schlafly is still sets the bar but this is one I would drink again with no qualms. Smuttynose may not be world-beaters but this coupled with Shoals, Robust Porter and Finest Kind makes for some solid offerings. Not many breweries have a lineup this solid (if not spectacular)

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Photo of Dilbert65
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 1,917 ratings
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