Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Pumpkin AleSmuttynose Pumpkin Ale
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Smuttynose Pumpkin AleSmuttynose Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

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

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Photo of KomodoDragon
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A welcomed sign that fall is here - Pumpkin Ale.

A - Bright orange, modest white head with wonderful lacing.

S - To me, looks more like pumpkin pie than smells like it. Smell is dominated by nutmeg, although it is pleasant

T - Nice caramel malt flavor gives way to a peppery spice and brown sugar and some floral hops finish.

M - Modest carbonation and some creaminess. Bold malt.

Not the best pumpkin ales, but I'm willing to give it a go again in respect to the season.

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Photo of coombuyah26
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a Great Lakes snifter. Pours a cloudy burnt orange that just looks like fall, if fall were a color. Very attractive 1 finger head, which sticks around for a while. In general, better looking than most pumpkin ales I've had.

S- Citrusy hop aromas, backed by nutmeg and coriander. Not as overpowering on the pumpkin spice smell as many others.

T- Pleasantly surprising for a pumpkin ale. Hops in front, which is a welcome reprieve from the very malty assertions by other beers of this style. Pumpkin and spice on the tongue, with orange flavors at the finish.

M- Pretty heavy on the carbonation, and maybe not as well balanced as some others. Still, quite nice.

O- A very good representation of the style. Not overpowering, and still containing some very assertive hops. Good to have a beer that combines the maltiness inherent in pumpkin ales while not skipping out on the hops. Seriously, I've been having to alternate IPA's with my pumpkin ales just so I can get some hops. I only bought a single of this at my local Total Wine, but I have a feeling there's a sixer in my near future.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Ommegang BPA short pint glass.

Pours with a rich, rocky head over a cloudy orange body, with lots of lacing. One of the best presentations I've seen.

Aromas are authentic - real gourd/pumpkin meat, nutmeg on the spice, and butterscotch.

Flavors were the shocker... tastes more like an hoppy American Pale Ale, with East coast hops leading the way - well in front of the malt. Fair amount of nutmeg and allspice. Just a hint of vegetation from the pumpkins. Lots of citrus in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is pretty crisp, which is also a bit distracting.

Overall, this one really starts off well in appearance and aromas, but comes up a bit short in the key categories. It's an enjoyable beer, but wouldn't be my recommendation for a traditional pumpkin ale.

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Photo of nhindian
3.07/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head Signature glass.

A - Pours a hazy, burnt amber color with about a finger's worth of cream-colored head. It's foamy and bumpy, with a nice amount of retention and a cap that lingers throughout the whole bottle. Lacing is okay as well, with isolated patches of foam hanging around the edges.

S - The nose on this is appetizing to say the least. Unlike other pumpkin beers, this one isn't overloaded with spices to the extent that it squashes the pumpkin (see what I did there?), and it's easy to pick out the amount of pumpkin in this. It's reminiscent of a pumpkin pie or pumpkin-flavored creamer. The spices are there, though, so I am getting that cinnamon and nutmeg in the back-end.

T - After the great nose, I am let down by the taste. If the aroma was distinct and blended the individual components nicely, then the taste breaks down those barriers. Instead of getting each flavor in phases, they all seem to rush together at once and confuse the palate. Rather than having a nice transition, I am getting pumpkin, then spice, then a bit of pumpkin mixed with spice, then an indeterminable melange of flavors. It just comes across as a bit messy. Mixed with this is a bitterness that comes out of nowhere and I can't see where to attribute it. It lasts forever afterward and hurts this beer overall.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with decent carbonation. Leaves a spicy aftertaste, but also a distinct bitterness that is overwhelming for a beer in this style.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. I had hopes for this beer after the nose, but the taste just has it unravel a bit too much. While each flavor is pleasant, the beer doesn't let you savor one specific ingredient before blasting you with another. Not my favorite beer in the style, and it seems Weyerbacher's still leads the pack for me.

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Photo of mindlucent2007
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, dark pumpkin-orange with an inch fluffy off-white head. Good lacing and great looking. Smell is earthy, but pumpkins as well. No major spicy scents are noticed. This brew has a well-balanced taste and is another pumpkin ale that was able to capture the notes of the natural pumpkin squash accurately. The nutmeg spices sit in the background and are not offensive in the least way. Very smooth feel, with low carbonation and no hint of alcohol. Pretty good job here by Smuttynose and this seasonal of theirs seems to be consistently good each year.

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

<pink floyd "time" on>
purchased at Murph's Study hall, York, PA
frosty and cool on dinning room table - English pub glass
...and crack!
A: honey golden pour, rich mini-caviar cream head (which later settles into a chunky green-field and cream-patch pillow over orange/amber pumpkin orb. lovely.
S: butterscotch and gingerbread aroma - yeasty undertone - pumpkin spice yodle in background.
T: Well defined pumpkin shaped door to complex hoppi-land. orange zest incline to superior balanced finish.
M: anderson valley brewing
O: one of the best of fall 2011

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A cloudy golden orange with sediment floating, nice 1 finger head, and sticky lace all over the glass

S - Pumpkin X 3! And spices of course, maybe nutmeg

T - Pumpkin, and spices. Malty, and a hint of brown sugar.

M - Medium bodied and dry. Light carbonation

O - An excellent pumpkin beer. One of the better ones that I have. Tis the season!

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Photo of BigCheese
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange, very large white head. Left some lacing, head dissipates quickly.

S: Some piney hops suprisingly, hints of pumkin, cinnamon sugar, nothing overpowering.

T: A sweet beer, in a pumpkin/fruit not sugar kind of way. Some spices but much less than the other pumpkins I've tried. (PostRoad,Pumkinhead,UFO, Punkin ..) Hints of cinnamon, brown sugar, and graham cracker, some bitterness mixed in at the end.

M: A bit thin, easy to drink a lot of, a little over carbonated for my liking.

O: My favorite non imperial pumpkin. Probably the most session-able Fall/winter seasonal I've ever had. Pumpkin flavor without dumping in barrels of spices that mute the flavors. Well crafted brew, my first choice for pumpkin 6 pack.

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Photo of greybeardloon
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before December 2011.

A: Dark, opaque orange with a thick white head.

S: Pumpkin pie spice--especially allspice--and a touch of pumpkin.

T: The spices again, with allspice that reminds me of Anchor's Our Special Ale. Again, there is a hint of actual pumpkin with the dry malt. The finish is some hoppy bitterness. This is not a pie-sweet pumkin beer, and I appreciate that.

M: Medium and fairly carbonated.

O: Fairly drinkable because of the hops and absence of sweetness.

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Photo of cneville
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass.

Color is a muted orange, with a large white head. Smell is not overwhelming like a lot of the style--you actually smell pumpkin, and some hops, and you're not getting beaten down by cinnamon. A pleasant change. The hops are there in the taste too, with fresh pumpkin and some malt. Medium body, not too much carbonation. I like this beer because it's not a pumpkin pie ale as a lot of others--not that I like it exclusively, but it's a nice mix-up and good at the price point. Something I look forward too each year.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Brooklyn tulip pint.

A: Pours a dull orange with three fingers of white head.

S: Actually smells like pumpkin! Most pumpkin ales are heavy on the spices, light on the gourd. This is quite the opposite, and is a welcome change of pace. There's a decent hop presence as well, which rounds out the herbal notes nicely.

T: Follows the nose. Hops actually pop first, with some allspice and herbs in the middle. Finish and lasting aftertaste is fresh-cut pumpkin, with hints of acorn squash.

D: Solid drinkability and a good "golden mean" ABV. Not so hefty that its a one and done (Pumpking) or so light that it lacks flavour and heft (Post Road).

Overall: I actually really like this one. The hops are a welcome note and the pumpkin (instead of pumpkin pie) flavour is really doing it for me. Good gourd, this is good!

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Photo of womencantsail
2.69/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at American Craft

A: The pour is a hazy golden amber color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Strong aromas of ginger and sage, perhaps some mint. It's oddly savory, too. Lots of bread and toasted malt without much in terms of the usual spices like cinnamon or nutmeg or all spice.

T: Also an odd flavor. Almost chalky and medicinal. Again, there is a strong flavor of ginger to this as well as some sage sort of notes. Minimal cinnamon and nutmeg flavors.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Sort of chalky as well.

O: Not a very good pumpkin beer and not a very good beer, period.

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Photo of neophilus
2.85/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours pure golden color in the glass with a slightly orange haze. Cloudy, like a heffe. Full white head crowns the top, frothy and clinging to the glass.

Smells good, pie spicing is definitely there, but light and airy on the nose, almost spicy. The spicy aroma is battling the pumpkin pie scent. Spicy when cold, more pumpkin as it warms.

Ouch, lots of bitterness up front. Medicinal, minty hop flavor. Way more of a bite than I was expecting. Pie spicing hides in there but my taste buds are overwhelmed by a nearly astringent bitterness. I can't escape it, the more I drink the more my palate is washed out with this bitterness. I keep going back looking for the pie spicing, and the aroma teases it, but once it hits my mouth its all bitter.

Solid body, neither too thin or too thick, makes it easier for the beer to go down. Perhaps a little over carbed for my taste, it's either bubbles or the hops doing a number on my tongue.

After taste leaves an unpleasant mint/medicinal taste behind. Not expecting that at all from a pumpkin beer. Rather dry too, maybe the astringent taste hanging out too long.

I am not digging this beer. The color and aroma were great but my taste buds just can't take this medicinal, minty hop assault. Its like all thoughts of pumpkin are washed away as soon as the beer hits your tongue. Usually I love the stuff coming out of Smuttynose but this was not delivering what I was looking for in a pumpkin.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally had a chance to give this a shot this week, now that the cooler nights are here. While I'm not a huge fan of Pumpkin beers, I was hoping that this would be different from some of the others that I had in the past. The appearance was great and the premise was satisfactory, but the overall taste and lingering notes after I finished my pint led me to wish that this was a bit lighter both in flavor and mouthfeel.

This had a decent pour to it, with a glowing pumpkin hue that wasn't completely clear, with a bit of head on top of it. Sure, there was a bit of pumpkin in the taste but it was too overpowered by spicy cinnamon and nutmeg. On top of it, metallic hops kicked in and lasted throughout the aftertaste. Between that and the abrupt, dry finish, this was too heavy for a beer style that should be lighter and enjoyed after a nice autumn meal.

The alcohol wasn't overpowering but I would have toned it down a bit, as I never like to feel too warmed up when drinking something like this. There are so many beers like this available now, this only should only be enjoyed by the die-hards of the style. Spicy beers are never fun when belched afterwards and this was no exception. I'd only recommend having this to better appreciate other beer that are currently available.

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Photo of dorianmarley
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a cloudy brown; looks like apple cider with lacing.

The smell is great: cinnamon, apple, nutmeg, wheat, and lemon zest.

The flavor has an up-front spice and an alcohol bite. The pumpkin flavor is mild, but real: buttery and smooth Lots of spice and hop bite.

The mouthfeel is overwhelming. The heavy carbonation, heavy spice, and hop bite make this a lot to handle. The bite clouds a lot of the flavor.

Overall, this beer looked and smelled great, but has too much bite to really enjoy.

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Photo of pburland23
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Harpoon IPA glass.

Cold, dreary October day calls for pumpkin beer. This beer pours a hazy, fiery autumnal orange with two dense fingers of bright white head. Nice head retention, but not a lot of lacing.

Smell is noticeably pumpkin but it's not over the top. Also, get some pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg) and some caramel malt sweetness.

Taste is more complex than many pumpkin beers. There's plenty of pumpkin and spice notes to let you know this is a pumpkin beer. Malt character is just right and the sip finishes with a nice does of hops bitterness. The layering of flavors here really make Smutty Pumpkin stand out from other entries in the style.

Mouthfeel is medium and there is an appropriate level of carbonation.

Overall, a complex and tasty pumpkin ale. To me, this is a great beer that features pumpkin as opposed to other pumpkin ales which to me seem to be brewers trying to use pumpkin to make a great beer.

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Photo of 57md
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bright copper colored offering came with a thin line of head that dissipated quickly. I noticed that the on-tap version had a bit stronger aroma of pumpkin than the bottled variety. Hops are also noticeable in the nose, which is unusual (but not at all disturbing) for a pumpkin ale. There is also plenty of hop goodness in the taste as well. Those who dislike extremely spicy pumpkin ales will be happy to know that this certainly does NOT occur with this beer. In fact, the shortage of pie spice may be the only thing this pumpkin offering is lacking - IMHO. The clean and bitter hop finish is also somewhat odd for the style, but it simply works here. In sum, this is another solid offering from the good folks at Smutty.

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

A - Opaque amber with a thick head that subsided over about a minute. Still a good amount of lacing after the head is gone.

S - You can really smell the pumpkin in this one. Light scent of pie spice.

T - Light pumpkin flavor, very heavy bitterness from the hops. Nutmeg aftertaste that lingers.

M - Medium body and a bit fizzy, which explains the lasting lacing and head.

O - I like the pumpkin flavor, but the hops is a little strong for what I was looking for. Still, I would definitely recommend it for the good flavor. I could really breathe it in a long time too, love the smell of it.

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Photo of musicforairports
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into a tulip.

Golden-orange and a bit cloudy. Head produces minor lacing.

Smells lightly of spice, some legit pumpkin and a bit of malt.

Taste is much of the same. Ample malt backbone to some nice pumpkin flavor, with the nutmeg/cinnamon qualities showing at the end. Some earthy hops. The one's more like a beer with pumpkin flavors than pumpkin pie in a bottle.

Mouthfeel is lighter medium, adequately carbonated.

This is the most drinkable pumpkin beer I've had, and I like that it's not very sweet nor overwhelmingly spicy. Recommended.

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

A-Pours the hazy dark amber color. A fluffy head forms from the pour, then slowly dies off leading a lot of bubbly lacing. The remnants of the larger head are loose but attractive.

S-Spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. Light pumpkin. The aroma is not heavy but smell how a pumpkin brew should smell. The spices are nice.

T-The taste is not much like the nose. The pumpkin is quite mild, but what little pumpkin flavor that is detectable does taste like real pumpkin (unlike other pumpkin beers). The nutmeg and cinnamon come in during the middle of the flavor. The most unique and noteworthy part of this beer's flavor is the pretty legitimate hoppy bitterness. The is quite a bitter beer. I have never had a mesh of hop and pumpkin like this. I enjoy it.

M-Lighter side of medium bodied. Medium carbonation. The bitterness leaves my tongue a bit dry. Aftertaste lasts.

O/D-I really like Smuttynose's hop profile in most of their beers. I think it is cool that they made a hoppy, bitter pumpkin beer. I don't know if this is my favorite pumpkin beer, but I do enjoy it more than I was expecting to. Not your average pumpkin ale.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy orange/amber with a decent size head.

S-Lots of pumpkins, the spices are much more subtle but there.

T-Hops??? The first beer of the tasting with an actual hop and malt profile. The pumpkin is there as well.

M-Medium bodied with a decent level of carbonation as well.

O-The only beer of the tasting that had resemblances to beer, I could get hops and malts out of the taste. Really impressed by this. A great take on the pumpkin ale.

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

I poured this 12 oz. beer into a nonic pint glass.

A: cloudy amber color, a 2-finger cream-colored head quickly falls into a sturdy cap with very good lacing.

S: toast, graham cracker pie crust, pumpkin pie spices, vanilla, the hop aroma is faint, herbal and floral.

T: the spices mingle with the graham cracker crust-like flavor of the malts to produce a decidedly autumnal flavor combination, the finish is dry, herbal, a bit grassy, and spicy. It is a well-done combination, but it seems just a tad too spicy. Perhaps a bit more sweetness could have matched the spiciness? Still, it is refreshing to drink a pumpkin ale that does not try to mimic a pumpkin pie in its entirety.

M: light to medium-bodied, lightly silky texture, moderate carbonation.

O: Pretty tasty, but the spiciness is a bit much for me.

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Photo of n2185
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark orange with two fingers of beige head that recedes into a thin layer with a little lacing.

S: Cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg with traces of vanilla at first followed by some faint pumpkin and yam-like aromas. Sweet citrus aromas from the hops bring up the finish.

T: Similar to the flavor, there are some spice and vanilla notes up front followed by light pumpkin flavors. The hops kick in on the finish with some citrus and pine flavors, giving a lightly bitter finish.

M: Medium body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is fairly light and crisp, which goes well with the hoppy characters.

O: A good pumpkin ale that stands out from the crowd by having both a nice pumpkin presence along with the spices and a decent hop kick.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Mdaschaf for the chance to taste this one. I'm a big fan of pumpkin beers and of Smuttynose, so looking forward to this. Poured from bottle into DFH snifter. Pours a terrific dark orange color. Just looks like fall. Just a little head leaves some lacing around the perimeter of the glass. Smell- fall flavors in a glass. nutmeg, pumpkin, some winter spices, cinnamon is very strong. Taste- orange peel, nutmeg, pumpkin, nice hop bitterness, cinnamon (almost like actual cinnamon is on my tongue). Very balanced. You could imagine that any one of these flavors could get overpowering and out of hand, but it does not. Well done, definitely one of the better, if not the best pumpkin beer I have ever had.

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Photo of IronLover
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a bottle – best by December 2011. Dirty copper orange in color with a deep haze. Poured with a respectable fluffy off-white foam with decent staying power. Foam slowly reduced to a thick cap that left sheets of sticky lacings on the glass. A nice combination of aromas that included sweet pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of clove. Medium bodied with a delicate feel despite the assertive carbonation. Spicy clove flavor is dominant from beginning to end with pumpkin flavor beneath. Cinnamon and nutmeg flavors peak through toward the middle with floral hoppiness sneaking in toward the finish. Finishes dry with a combination spicy and floral hop bitterness. Flavors and aromas were more delicate than most pumpkins I’ve tried. This is probably the most hop character I’ve also tasted in a pumpkin before.

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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 56.1% out of 100 with 1,905 ratings
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