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 | website

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.84%

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.

35 IBU

Added by purplehops on 08-28-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
844
Ratings:
1,875
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
14.75%
 
 
Wants:
96
Gots:
209
For Trade:
1
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Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by pumpkin, some spice. Taste is very spicy up front, nutmeg, maybe some ginger, a bit of pumpkin at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall not bad, but I have had better pumpkin beers.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- pours an orange-copper color with just a bit if haze, foamy white two-finger head that reduces to a thin layer with good lace.

S- some raw pumpkin meat, cinnamon, nutmeg, and some sweet malt

T- sweet malt meets raw pumpkin flavor with notes of cinnamon and clove. Finishes with a bit of earthy herbal notes and a bit dry. This one definitely has more of a pronounced hop profile than most other pumpkin ales

M- medium body with just enough carbonation, superior drinkability, slightly creamy finish.

O- one of the better pumpkin beers that I've had, lots of flavors going on and more complex than most other examples I've tried

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Photo of jakearoo
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer had great drinkability, with its wholesome pumpkin pie flavor and it's smooth texture. Great local beer. Cheers!
When its fall time. And i need pumpkin. This is what i aim for.
Perfect crisp, pumpkin.
It like Gods Gift.

Great For The Stoner!

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Photo of tviz33
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured in to a pint glass.

A- Pours a slightly opaque amber body with a half finger off-white head. Good lacing. More than most of the style.

S- Very sweet and fresh smelling. Pumpkin up front and a distinct hop undertone. The spice is there, but not dominating.

T- Does not follow the nose the way I expected it would. Earthy tasting hop flavors and a bit of a bread like character initially, followed by a brief pumpkin taste, finishing quite bitter.

M- Medium-bodied brew with ample carbonation. Finishes crisp.

O- This one tastes more like an actual 'beer' than the likes of a Pumking. It is far from liquid pumpkin pie, but is still a solid beer. That said, I would still choose a Pumking or Horseheads Pumpkin Ale over this.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy golden orange to amber in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall light beige head that quickly reduces to a medium sized amount of very thin film, a small patch that is slightly thicker, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices including nutmeg and cinnamon.

T: Light amounts of malty sweetness with some hints of caramel. There are moderate to strong flavors of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (including cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and allspice). Moderate amounts of bitterness are noted towards the finish and they linger for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Pretty enjoyable though the spice flavors are a little more dominant than the pumpkin (making it seem slightly out of balance) and easy to drink.

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Photo of jslice99
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a hazy shade of orange with a small white head that fades away quickly.

Smell- This beer smells great. Frshly made pumpkin pie scent with pumpkins as the dominent smell. You also get nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon.

Taste- The taste is more on the spicy side with a slight hop bitterness at the end. You also pick up some pumpkin sweetness. It's pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth and easy to drink.

Overall- The smuttynose pumpkin ale is a good pumpkin beer. It's easy to drink and well balanced. You couldn't go wrong picking up a six pack.

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Photo of bnes09
4.68/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Magnificent transparent orange color. Pours a thick, creamy head receding to a long-lasting film over the liquid and around the edge of the glass. Patches of lacing stick for the length of the drink.

Brilliant aroma of wild flowers, pine cones, autumn leaves, pumpkin and fresh cinnamon.

Flavor starts with a mildly bready malt backbone, smooth and subtle. Then turns to the hops to provide a sharp, leafy, citric, pine-like bitterness that adds the perfect balance. Pumpkin flavors and cinnamon lie in the background only coming out when the hop flavors calm down. Exceptional balance overall.

Lighter side of medium body. Solid carbonation. Crisp, dry finish from the hops.

A true masterpiece among pumpkin beers. Tastes like autumn in liquid form. A must try for any beer enthusiast.

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Photo of CleJB
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells just like a pumpkin beer when you open it. Good consistency, and tastes great when you take a sip. A little bit of a bitter aftertaste, and a little more spicy tasting than it smells. Overall a good pumpkin ale. Definitely a tier below Great Lakes Brewing Co. (Cleveland), Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale, and Souther Tier Pumpking Ale. I would rate it just above Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin.

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Photo of kenito799
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ox bottle poured into a pint glass

Hazy medium amber brew with lovely lacing. The aroma is full on cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon, with a citrus undernote from some aggressive hopping,
Interesting on the palate, quite aggressive bitterness married to the pumpkin pie spice. I would call this a pumpkin IPA. The mouthfeel is fairly refreshing and I think overall the effect is pretty nice. That is to say, I will happily drink more than one of these (unlike most of the pumpkin/spice brews out there), and it would actually be great with pumpkin pie at the end of Thanksgiving dinner.

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Photo of isdash
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep cloudy amber, couple fingers of head stick around and leave a distinct line of lacing with every sip. Smells delicious -- pumpkin spice is strong but doesn't overwhelm the bready, slightly toasty base. Tastes briskly dry, crisp without much carbonation. The pumpkin is surprisingly subtle until the aftertaste.

I'm not a big vegetable-beer guy, but this is definitely the best pumpkin ale I've tasted. I think the key is the subtlety of the pumpkin and the dry, well-balanced base.

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Photo of psuKinger
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into standard nonic.

A: Pours a hazy orange color. Very cloudy. Virtually entirely opaque. A moderate white head sits on top but dissipates quickly.

S: Typical "pumpkin, cinnamin, and nutmeg" on the nose. Very standard for the style.

T: Taste profile begins with malt sweetness and pumpkin. Cinnamin present in the middle. Definite all-spice, and a good deal of natural pumpkin flavor as well. A very pronounced thrust of pine bittering hops on the back end lend some great character.

Not nearly as sweet as many other examples of the style. And I'm digging that about this beer.

M: Light and sticky. Great dry finish. Carbonation is maybe just a tad low, but not by much.

D/O: Very high. The emphasis is on "beer" in the style "pumpkin beer" here. Definite spices of the season, which is nice, but a good malt backbone and great hop profile are the stars of the show here. I'd buy this by the case.

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Photo of aleric
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Caramel orange. 1-finger white head. Moderate lacing.

S - Yeast, light malt, a bit of cinnamon, and what I came here for... pumpkin.

T - Mild hops and honey. The pumpkin teases at first, then becomes more apparent as the beer warms up. Cinnamon and nutmeg add texture throughout and later at the back of the throat, and floral hops linger at the roof of the mouth.

M - Medium and a bit sticky on the finish, typical of a pumpkin drink. Light carbonation.

O - I found myself dangling the glass upside down to catch the last drops on my tongue. This is a deliciously well-rounded beer that never forgets that it is first and foremost a beer and not a pumpkin latte. I'll be stocking up for winter.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Pale amber color with a big 3-finger bubbly, frothy white head. Excellent retention and awesome lacing. Clear with a good amount of bubbles. Perfect.

S – Bready and grainy malt, lots of pumpkin, and lots of cloves and nutmeg. Has all the usual pumpkin beer aromas, but the base beer characteristics are apparent, too.

T – Starts off sweet with some pumpkin but nearly immediately shifts toward a grainy and spicy taste with bready, grainy malt, lots of cloves and nutmeg, and some cinnamon. It finishes with a bitter earthy, floral hop finish. Once again, base beer characteristics are apparent.

F – Light-to-medium-bodied with good carbonation, a crisp but creamy mouthfeel, and a spicy, bitter, and slightly dry finish. A lot of flavors linger, but floral hops linger the longest.

O – This is a really nice pumpkin beer that accomplishes something that not many pumpkin/fruit beers do – it has a very strong presence from the base beer. Many fruit/vegetable beers are overloaded with their respective fruits/vegetables and the things that actually make them beers are left by the wayside. Not so with this one. Grainy, bready malt is apparent in the aroma and taste and earthy, floral hops are certainly apparent at the finish of the taste and mouthfeel. The pumpkin and spices serve to add to the beer, not replace it. Smuttynose did a really nice job with this one.

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Photo of Tone
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, copper color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of citrus hops, slight pumpkin, spice (all spice, clove, and nutmeg). Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a strong dryness from excess spice. Fits the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Tastes of strong spice, citrus hops, slight pumpkin, and slight sweet malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and body, but the blend is overtly spice-centric.

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Photo of RWLawman
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy orange color, with a very thin head that retains well.

S - Smells of pumpkin, spice, and malt.

T - Hints of pumpkin, malt, and then dominated by hops at the end.

M - Pretty light, but good carbonation. Smooth finish.

O - Pretty good pumpkin ale, reminds me of an IPA. Top 3 in my pumpkin beer experience so far.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass.

A- pours a golden-orange , slightly hazy body with a 2" cream colored head that leaves some nice medium-heavy lacing. As a matter of fact, this beer is just about the same color as the pumpkin on the label, and for that, +.5 for appearance. Very fitting.

S- freshly baked pumpkin pie. Nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin.

T- I get some pumpkin, caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon upfront and it finishes with a nice hoppy bitterness that balances out the sweetness. Excellent balance.

M- medium carbonation and body. Crisp and refreshing

Overall, this brew renews some of my faith in pumpkin beer. You don't get that over-the-top pumpkin-bomb taste, but it's still delicious and well balanced. Nothing artificial tasting here, which I get with a lot of pumpkin brews. Well done, worth a try.

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Photo of Rukasu
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale orange and slightly cloudy with yeast (and spice?) sediment. Thin white head that lingers around the glass edge.

S - Very little smelly and very mild for a pumpkin. No overpowering artificial smelling pie spice smells, just a faint allspice note.

T - Mild allspice hints up front, never overpowering, with fruity yeasts, followed by a sharp hop bitterness through the swallow.

M - Fairly light for a pumpkin beer, medium carbonation that holds for a long time after opening. Could drink a couple of these in a night.

O - Behind DC Brau & Epic's "Fermentation Without Representation" this is THE best Pumpkin beer I've tried, and I hate pumpkin beers.

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Photo of danronian
4.36/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well balanced and smooth ale. Pumpkin flavor and spices aren't too apparent when compared with other pumpkin ales. Smooth mouthfeel, dark orange color and mild carbonation make it go down smoothly.

One of my favorite autumn beers which I intend to buy more of before winter hits.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.73/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This pours up a beautiful orange color just as you would expect a pumpkin ale to. It was nice in the nose with the usual pumpkin spices with a light sweetness. The taste follows and boy was this one crisp and refreshing. Fall in a bottle. I'm in Florida now but this took me back to the crisp Autumn of the north. This is the be-all-end-all of "normal" ABV pumpkin beers. I tried about ten different pumpkin beers this season and there was not even a contender to this. Look no further chaps, this one is it.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy orange with about a two finger off white head at the top that leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass as you drink.

S: Lots of pumpkin going on here, spices, nutmeg and honey, cinnamon.

T: Solid pumpkin taste, a little to spicy for my liking, but makes you think of fall right from the first sip. Breadyness, and sweet.

M: Medium bodied and medium carbonation, a little creamy.

D: This is not a bad pumpkin ale, very pleasant, I would say this is an average pumpkin ale.

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Photo of logicalparadox
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

On the nose: pumpkin; which is novel for a pumpkin beer (ironically, since most of the style veer toward the spice side of the equation). The spice notes do come though though, along with malty sweetness and some faint hops.

On the palette: The spices hit the palette first, with nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice--the typical trinity for pumpkin. The body is pumpkin, accompanied by bittering botanicals that could be from the vegetal (pumpkin... OK, so pumpkin is actually a fruit, but whatever) addition, or from hops. Not sure. But the finish is bitter; mildly astringent. But nice overall.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good head and medium carbonation.

Overall, a good pumpkin beer that doesn't succumb to temptations of the mass market varients of this style, not too sweet and not too spicey, with a focus on the pumpkin itself. But, a bitter components come off as potentially unintentional and possibly unwanted, holding it back from greatness, but adding some balance.

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Photo of mscudder
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint.

A - A murky pumpkin orange. Topped by an ivory head. Above average retention and lacing.

S - Pumpkin puree, nutmeg, cinnamon, spices and a touch of orange.

T - Standard in all the usual flavors: pumpkin puree, spice, cinnamon, nutmeg and malts. The spices here are in rare form, being the dominant force. The puree is present with some assertion, all held together well by a sweet malt. Good stuff.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Nothing amazing here.

O - Another good showing from smutty. Not the best pumpkin ale I have come across but certainly one worth my time.

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Photo of kneeland
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up a 6 pack of this from Whole Foods to try a new pumpkin ale. Some of the bottles have more of a pumpkin flavor than others.

Overall this is a really good beer. Not a lot of pumpkin taste in my opinion, but a great combination of nutmeg, cinnamon, etc.

The appearance is nice. A great golden orange color, with a decent amount of head (for a pumpkin ale).

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Photo of PancakesbyMail
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought at Beers of the World, Rochester NY. Tasted same day. Served in a bottle, poured into glass.

A: Great look, a hearty orange color. Foams up a good deal and leaves white lacings of head for a good duration.

S: Pretty faint, definite pumpkin smell as well as a hint of cloves and other pumpkin pie spices.

T: A good pumpkin flavor, though not as strong as the smell. As with smell, allspice and cloves sneak in at the corners but don't overpower it. Has a great "beer" flavor as well, unlike some other pumpkin beers.

M: Crisp, though flavors don't really linger. Pleasant without being particularly memorable.

O: A very good pumpkin beer. Not a huge fan of the style, but out of the ones I've tried this would be my favorite. Would certainly buy again next fall. Would have liked just a bit more pumpkin flavor, but enjoyed it nonetheless.

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Photo of tdm168
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - clear orangish amber with a thin cap of white head that fades quickly

S - pumpkin, nutmeg, faint cinnamon, maybe some ginger

T - grainy, bitter, pumpkin, nutmeg

M - medium bodied, warm, crisp

The nose was good but the flavor was off. The flavor was far too bitter with a grainy maltyness. the pumpkin and spices are there but they're overpowered. In the end I'm disappointed

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