Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Pumpkin AleSmuttynose Pumpkin Ale
BA SCORE
3.68/5
1,910 Ratings
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:
#30,682
Reviews:
854
Ratings:
1,910
pDev:
14.67%
Bros Score:
4.13
 
 
Wants:
102
Gots:
224
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Ratings: 1,910 |  Reviews: 854
Photo of NCbeerpirate
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BelgianDip
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of sbricker
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Lawnboy33
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of datalager
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of mater
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of bnewall3
2.14/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

My review is short, but not to sweet. Smuttynose dares to be different. I don't understand what would make them think strong bitter hop flavor is good for a pumpkin beer. The nutmeg and cinnamon were almost non existent, and it is extremely bitter throughout with a very nasty aftertaste left from that.

Since I had it at fridge temp at first I gave it the benefit of the doubt and thought the pumpkin and spice flavor would show more as it got closer to room temp but I was wrong, it stayed non existent. It drives me nuts because I like smuttynose and love a good pumpkin beer, but this gave them and the pumpkin category a bad name.

Because I had high expectations and they were immediately shot down this quickly turned into one of my least favorite beers I've had.

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Photo of KajII
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a cloudy medium brownish amber with an average sized (1-2 finger) foamy very, very pale orange head that lasted throughout and had excellent lacing that coated the glass.

The aroma was of a light bread malt and a sweet yeast with notes of brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon and a strong hint of some bitter spices.

The taste was sweet and mildly acidic with a note of cinnamon and brown sugar at first then became mildly bitter with a note of nutmeg and spices with a harsh bite of pumpkin rind at the finish. The flavor lasted an average duration but left a not so likeable harshness at the end.

Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and creamy in texture with a mild carbonation.

Overall not your typical Pumpkin Ale. I found it rather bland with too much of a bitter bite at the end and not enough flavor from the spices or the pumpkin.

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Photo of Phelps
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my schooner pint.

Burnt orange, very hazy. One finger of dense, light khaki foam descends to a thick top layer and leaves rolling walls of lace.

Smells a little skunked, but behind behind it is sweetness. Buttery squash, vanilla and caramel are noticeable before a touch of citrus. Not bad.

Cinnamon is big in the flavor, dominating the softer, sweet pumpkin notes. Musty grain is next, then clove adds just a little tang. Fairly bitter with zesty hops.

Thin yet silky body feels nice, but is just a bit too insubstantial, and the hefty bitterness is a bit out of place. Light, prickly carbonation breaks into just a tiny bit of fizz.

Nothing to see here, folks. A middling pumpkin brew.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Chill haze drops pretty quickly. Leaves a mildly hazed bright-orange/copper color with great depth. Head is off-white, creamy, and pretty sticky. Head dwindles to a thin ring at the edge of the glass.

Smell: A nice level of pumpkin spice. Cloves, allspice and cinnamon layered over nutmeg. It's all in good measure. A solid malt presence makes itself known. A little grainy with some nice caramel and biscuit notes layered throughout. Nice pumpkin/squash aroma as well. It's very balanced for the style, and I appreciate that. Love the real pumpkin aroma.

Taste: Big fleshy pumpkin flavor jumps through the spices. Nicely spiced with cinnamon and allspice rounding out the back. Hops add a slightly floral and grassy flavor. Malts are on point, adding a boost of sweetness and earthiness to round it all out. Huge hit of squashy pumpkin flavor on the back. Did I mention it tastes like real pumpkin? Malts push some crust flavors through as it warms. A touch of bitterness on the back.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is on the higher side for the style. Drinks smooth and finishes a touch dry. Medium body, but damn if it's not one of the best drinking pumpkin beers on the market.

Overall: This is the benchmark by which all other pumpkin beers are based. Incredibly balanced and well crafted. Simple in its construction with enough complexity to keep the drinker happy. Truly a standout from Smuttynose.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - CLouded dark orange - looks like a pumpkin...sort of. Decent white head.

S - sweet pumpkin, molasses, brown sugar. Cinnamon, and apples? A very good autumn smell.

T - Bitter, spicy. Pumpkin also. It's not bad, but so far from the smell.. darn.

M - medium body, relatively drying.

O - it has so much potential. But it's not there.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL.
No bottled on date.
Poured into a standard US pint glass.

Beautiful creamy, white, 2cm head that dissolves to a light froth with excellent streaks of lacing along the sides of the glass. Slightly murky, golden-brown amber color.

Aroma of somewhat spicy hops and closely following malt sweetness. A bit behind are the pumpkin pie spices.

The taste has several transitions, beginning with a slight hint of cinnamon that is then moved towards hop bitterness and herbal features. This eventually blurs into malt and lingering cinnamon. More bitter than sweet, or I should say more balanced between hops, malt, and pumpkin pie spices, which is not what I typically find with this style.

Medium body with appropriate carbonation and dry finish.

This a very pleasant ale with good smells and flavorful transitions in taste. Of all the pumpkin ales I've tried this year, this seems the most "ale"-like and least generically sweet and pumpkin-pie-like.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 11/1/11

Appearance: A dark orange, appropriately pumpkin-colored - hazy, nice little white head with some above-average lacing

Smell: The focus here is balance - cooked, squashy pumpkin flesh and some spices - the usual pumpkin pie spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, and allspice - not an overpowering amount of spice, just right - a solid malt backbone underneath - overall, on the sweet side

Taste: All-around solid - a nice mix of spices and pumpkin flavor - definitely spicy, but not a spice bomb - the real pumpkin really shines here - malts are nicely cooked and impart a nice amount of sweetness - some bitterness from some straight-up bitter hops - very well-balanced, not extreme

Mouthfeel: Medium body, bubbly carbonation, no cloying spiciness

Overall: One of the best everyday pumpkin beers, ever

I've been buying this every fall since I turned 21. It's not jaw-dropping in any way, but it's about as well-rounded as a pumpkin ale can be. It's definitely something to look forward to in the fall, and I'm glad I finally got around to reviewing it

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Photo of pixieskid
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I always go into every beer with an open mind, even if I don't particularly care for the style. Having said that, I have to say that this is a solid pumpkin beer but it's really not a style that I care for.

Pours a filtered orange color with a thin white head.

Notes of pumpkin pie and a nice earthiness throughout, a bit of grains, suggestions of buttered pie crust. Nice zesty herbal hop note throughout with a lingering pumkin pie note.

Finishes with a strong earthy bitterness and lingering herbal spiced note.

Overall; pretty solid pumpkin flavors without being overly spiced/sweet...however, it had a strange mineral note and was overly earthy/chalky.

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Photo of tzieser
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

a: thick, fluffy white head that sticks well. hazy orange color. looks very enjoyable.

s: nice aromas of sweet malt, pumpkin and pumpkin spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice). pretty run of the mill, but has a distinct malt sweetness that i found interesting.

t: not nearly as sweet as the malty aroma suggested. pretty bitter flavor start to finish. pumpkin flavor is there with a pretty heavy hand on the pumpkin spice (maybe a bit too much). bitter, grassy hop flavor is there with a slight sweet malt character. not bad, but not mind blowing either.

m: smooth mouthfeel.

o: a solid pumpkin ale worth trying this (or any) autumn. not the best around, but still worth a try.

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Photo of brystmar
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pumpkin color with plenty of white head w/good retention. Sticky lace. Aroma starts with hops; pumpkin sweetness & sweet malts aren't far behind. For some strange reason there's a distinct chili smell at the end that is completely out of place. And it's not from anything I'm eating or cooking. Very odd.

Taste is surprisingly hoppy first and foremost. Pumpkin and spices trickle in behind the hops, finishing dry with lingering bitterness. This is more like an APA with pumpkin added than a straight-up Pumpkin Ale, but I like this unique approach to the style.

Medium-bodied, creamy, easy to drink. A solid pumpkin beer with a singular, strange flaw. I'd rank this just slightly below the 3rd tier of brews in my Pumpkin Beer Hierarchy®, and that's a compliment to Smuttynose.

Top Tier: (in order, separated only by personal preference)
- Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale by Hoppin Frog
- Devious Imperial Pumpkin by Bethlehem Brew Works

2nd Tier:
- Good Gourd by Cigar City

3rd Tier: (tied)
- Punkin' by DFH
- PumKing by Southern Tier

...and then there's everything else. :)

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Photo of Lemke10
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 6-pack from Woodman's in Janesville, WI in Fall 2011 for $8.79.

Pours a semi-clear rustic orange color with a thin head. Scent is mild with pumpkin scents and bready wheats. Maybe a slight bananna? This pumpkin beer has some bite to it. I don't notice the pumpkin flavor as much as I notice the hops. There is some pumpkin flavor to it but really has a very bitter hops taste to it. A refreshing taste that is interesting but not exactly what I was expecting a pumpkin beer to be like. Decent, but still no Pumpking!

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Think this might be my favorite pumpkin ale. Pours a dark orange with a foamy 1/2 inch head. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass. You can smell this beer from about a foot away -- pumpkin bread, spices, nutmeg, cinnamon -- it's an amazingly aromatic beer. The taste follows suit with a nice dry finish -- I like that it is not too sweet and has the perfect amount of carbonation. Very easy to drink. Can't say enough good things about this one.

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Photo of stakem
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle share care of wishuwerebeer, thanks Bryan. This brew pours a bery clear orange color theough the body with some lighter yellow tint around the edges. A creamy white head sits atop the brew with decent retention. A light switl revives the cap and produces some spotty lacing on the glass.

The smell of this brew initially is quite citrus forward with hops and a fruity type of accent. Later smells provide a bit of earthy accent expected of some pumpkin brews with a touch of "green" quality around the edges. It has a very minor spiced aspect which I appreciate not being overdone but the fruited quality of this brew is a little out of place.

The taste is earthy and herbal with a little bit of the fruity indications that were seemingly exaggerated in thr aroma. There is a big of a veggie touch to this brew that is faintly reminiscent of pumpkin flesh. It boasts a very minimal spice in the finish which is pleasant but all together this one came up a bit short when compared to other takes on the style.

This is a medium bodies brew with a pretty smooth feel. Modest carbonation throughout poduces a light and easy drinking offering. Perhaps the most enjoyable aspects of this brew were the looks and the feel. The abv was well integrated except for the fruit touch that came out once warm. Not bad, worth a try.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
2.4/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Over the counter order from bar in a 12oz bottle.

I have enjoyed many Smuttynose beers but I found this one to come up short.

Let me preface this review by saying i am not a big pumpkin beer fan, but I am not necessarily turned off by the typical fall spicing in beers. I do enjoy a good flavored pumpking for a beer but cannot really do more than one or two

I found this one to not have much of a pumpkin taste but more of a commercial faint pumpkin & spice flavor.

If you are looking to enjoy a flavorful pumpkin, you can look elsewhere. Based on positive reviews there must be a crowd that is looking for this flavor. I won't be having another one of these.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 fluid ounces bottle into a 50 cl mug. BB DEC 2011.

Appearance: Pours an orange brown with a decent white head.

Smell: Strong smell of pumpkin and cinnamon. Nice.

Taste: Bready pumpkin pie taste. A little tart.

Mouthfeel: A little thin. Could be a little heavier.

Overall: A nice pumpkin ale. Could use a little more body.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy copper/honey color from a 12 bottle, with 'best-by' date clearly marked on the neck of the bottle.
One finger head that dissipates fairly quickly.
Aroma is just perfect. A slice of pumpkin pie in a bottle is what this beer is. A very nice blend of pumpkin and spices (nutmeg predominating) with hints of sweetness and fruity esters.
Taste is sweet upfront, with an astringent like dry feeling towards the finish. There is also a nice, lingering bitterness in the finish.
Excellent lacing, absolutely sticks all the way to the bottom of the glass. Picture perfect.
Easy to drink with good mouthfeel. In my opinion, this is one of the better seasonal pumpkin ales out there.
Definitely worth a try if you like pumpkin ales.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: 1.5 finger head that lingers; orange colored
S: Enjoyable pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg; pie-like. Unlike some pumpkin beers I've had recently that are all spice, the pumpkin is noticeable here.
T: Similar to the nose; again doesn't have an overwhelming spice or sweetness that are seen in other pumpkin ales. Flavors seem pure and balanced. Nice pumpkin aftertaste.
M: Medium-bodied, pleasant.
O: One of the more enjoyable pumpkin ales I've had this fall; I enjoy that that the flavors seem authentic and everything is very balanced.

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Photo of powellmg
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A hazy, amber-colored beer with a fizzy, white head. Aroma of squash, molasses, and generic pie spices. Pumpkin was noticeable in the taste, as was the hops bitterness, almost like a pumpkin IPA.

Overall, a little rough but not bad for a pumpkin ale. It could be great with food.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the dutch, pours an amber hue, small whitr head with poor retention. Scent is spice: nutmeg, cinammon, pumpkin. Taste is a good clone of mom's pumpkin pie, may be a bit more spice. Mouth is sharp but muddled by slight chalk. Overall, this beer is a tasty treat.

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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 1,910 ratings
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