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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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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 TheKingofWichita
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty orange amber color with a thick white head and some good spiderwebs of lacing. Smells like pumpkin pie with nutmeg and cinnamon notes wafting into the air. Tastes of pumpkin pie blended with good malts and. Medium body, clean, and a little carbonation. Drinkability is really good. A nice pumpkin ale when I usually do not enjoy them.

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Photo of nick76
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is hazy amber with a clumpy head. The aroma is spicy with some pumpkin but mostly malt and hops. The taste is like the aroma with more spice than pumpkin. The finish is sweet and bitter finish. The mouth feel is smooth but nothing special. The beer is overall decent but not great.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Pours medium amber with some white foam. Some residual sticky lacing.

Strong cinammon/nutmeg smell, like pumpkin pie. Firm full bodied taste - malty ale, full of pumpkin taste with a spiced finish.

Clean mouthfeel, lightly carbonated.

Good drinker, solid pumpkin ale. Smooth and flavorful.

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

Pours a nice clear, golden-hued orange with a soft, puffy white head. Somewhat unimpressive ale smell comprised predominately of toasted barley with a nice whiff of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg) in the back. The beer itself is fantastic! A solid -but not overly robust- body of grain lasts all the way through, balanced very nicely with some drier hops. A splash of natural pumpkin sweetness hits right away, but fades rather quickly as the hops take over. Indeed, this beer finishes nice and bitter; it's almost astringent. The mouthfeel is particularly commendable: although the beer is rich in flavor, it isn't sticky or extremely heavy. Quite the contrary, it sits nice and light on the tongue, further aided by a mild carbonation.

Seeing as my only point of reference in this category is Dogfish Head's Punkin Ale, I'll admit that this beer was already facing high expectations. While I found Punkin to be much more complex and unrepentantly unique, when it comes to drinkability I really have to go with the Smuttynose for it's excellent balance of flavor and delicacy. Unlike the former, this beer didn't leave my mouth feeling a little (for lack of a better word) muddy. However, this beer was slightly more on the bitter side than some people would prefer. I personally didn't mind and definitely prefer it as such. As much as I love Dogfish Head, I think this is all-around the better pumpkin beer.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A – Slightly cloudy orange golden pour with two fluffy orange-white fingers of head.

S – Pumpkin pie spices, clove and nutmeg.

T – Bitter hops are the first flavor I get. Very low on the actual pumpkin spices. Not sweet at all. Definite pumpkin but again slight. This tastes more like a subdued ipa then a pumpkin beer.

M - Medium bodied with solid carbonation. Fairly crisp brew.

O - Was not overly impressed with this as a pumpkin. The bittering hops overpowered the actual pumpkin flavors. Its not bad but to me its just not a pumpkin.

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Photo of Kooz
2.8/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had a bottle at the firm Halloween party. Nice looking, good lacing. Not much nose--hint of spice, that's it. Very spicy taste--not unpleasant though. Pumpkin comes through very late and mildly. A little too much bite--gets a low mouthfeel score. Drinkability is okay, but it didn't make me want to run out and grab another.

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

My first Smuttynose beer and its a good one. I enjoy a nice pumpkin ale and this one delivers.

It looks good. A cloudy orange color with a creamy white head that leaves streaks of lacing down the glass. Unfortunately the remaining head is a bit thin.

The smell is simple but effective. Pumpkin & spice.

The taste is just how I like a pumpkin beer to be.. slightly sweet, full of pumpkin flavour and spice. There's a nice balancing bitterness throughout.

Mouthfeel is solid.. full and crisp due to light carbonation. Drinkability is good.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is a great brew, probably the best Pumpkin Ale I've had thus far. Nice clear amber with very light tan head. Great head retention with thick and creamy lacing. Smells of cloves, allspice and cinnamon, but they blend together instead of one dominating. Also malts with some pumpkin, hops are not really there though, but still almost perfect. Taste just like it smells but with a hop bitterness in the finish. Also a bit of alcohol and fermented pumpkin, spices are present but don't make up the dominant flavor profile. Very creamy and gentle in my mouth, very comforting. I buy this stuff by the case and had no trouble drinking half of it in a couple hours. Tasty stuff and the seal on the label and looks so friendly!

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Photo of cynical1027
2.29/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Aroma: smells soapy and bitter.

appearance - Orangish brown, light foam and lacing on glass.

Taste - tastes like soap and herbs, with subtle hop undertones. Missing the hazelnut, cinnamony, clovey, malty goodness I would expect in a pumpkin ale. if it were classified in a different category I may not have thought it was so bad, but this is not a good representation of the style.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, subtle carbonation.

Overall - any beer is worth TRYING, but not all are worth drinking an entire bottle. If you're going to try this, have a buddy or two to try it with!

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.26/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

Pours an orange color with a tad bit of a white head and not much lacing. The nose is just completely overloaded with spices to the point where it's almost like a tea. A teensy amount of pumpkin in there if you really try to find it. The taste is even worse, with the spices clashing with one another and just not working in general. Feel is over-spiced with some carbonation to carry them away. Not one of the better pumpkin brews out there.

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Photo of Sam21
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by February.

Appearance - Hazy reddish orange with a sticky and clumpy white head. Looks really nice in the glass.

Smell - Lots of nice spices jump from right out of the glass. Cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. There is also some peppery spiciness and some earthy hop aromas in there as well. Definitely notice some pumpkin guts as well.

Taste - A nice mixture of spice, light malt sweetness, and hoppy zing. The spices really take the lead with some subtle malt sweetness and earthiness of pumpkin guts adding balance. A brave hop bitterness rounds out the brew along with some lingering spices. Very dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability - This is a great cold-weather brew. A very spice-centered pumpkin beer with a higher than normal hop presence. It could be compared to a nice amber ale with a good dose of holiday cheer. Easy drinking and smooth.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best before Feb 20, 2011. Hazy copper to orange color, with a rocky white head. Pretty decent retention and lace. Pretty much the color of a pumpkin.

Vegetable and earthy aroma. Perfume-like spices. Maybe some cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.

Lighter malt character. Some earthy spice flavor, which comes across soft. Some of a true vegetable, pumpkin-like flavor. Bitterness comes across easily. Seems to be a different variety of spices than most other pumpkin beers. Finishes dry.

Medium body, good carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well. Very different than some of the others. A more earthy selection here.

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Photo of HopNuggets
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - Poured a hazy light golden orange with a solid 1-1/2 finger slightly off white head that dissipated to a solid coating to leave a nice lacing down the glass.

S - Sweet brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg present. very good smell. Slight biscuit in there as well.

T - Cinnamon up front with sweet brown sugar to follow. There is a hop bitterness that is more noticable in this pumpkin ale than any other ones I've had. Cloves linger in your mouth until the next sip.

M - Carbonation is on the higher side. Medium body. The bitterness keeps your taste buds jumping.

D - Quite drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Lightly hazed amber with a moderate foam.

S - Kinda tart fruity aroma with some pumpkin spices.

T/M - Bitter and dry. Fairly crisp mouthfeel, more spice than pumpkin in flavour (not that pumpkin itself is a big bold flavour...)

D - I guess I just don't "get" the pumpkin ale. It's not actively offputting like fruit beers often are, but it's still a ho-hum style for me.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Easily my second favorite pumpkin brew of the season. The aroma is not over powering but you definitely know what you are getting into. Cinnamon, spice and pumpkin (obviously) are the primary notes. The taste is not as flavorful as I would have hoped, but the balance is extremely well done. It's not a pumpkin beer per se, rather a beer with pumpkin overtones. The hops come in at the end and provide a nice bite. A good offering for the season that will also please beer fans in general.

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Photo of shredsofautumn
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6 pack of 12 oz. bottles purchases 10/5/2010 in Easthampton, MA.

Appearance- As expected, hazy orange with slight straw hues.

Smell- Not too strong. Good scent of allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, and fermented pumpkin puree. Smells very good, but not extremely strong.

Taste- That's what I'm talking about. Pumpkin puree, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, good malts, ends with a medium hop bite. Good amount of hops for the style. Awesome!

Mouthfeel- Good and medium bodied. Easily drinkable.

Drinkability- All night long. Fantastic. One of the top three pumpkin brews of Fall 2010!

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle pulled from the fridge poured into an SA perfect pint glass. best before feb 2011 on neck of bottle.

pours a golden orange color with just a slight haze. nice 2 fingers of head that eventually faded to some spotty foam. small spots of lace.

the aroma, not super huge, has a nice balance of all the things needed for a nice pumpkin ale. you get your holiday spices, nutmeg cinnamin, pumpkin pie, puree pumpkin, malt, and a little estery alcohol.

the taste once again shows a nice balance between the pumpkin, spices, malt and hops. mutmeg, cinnamin, pumpkin pie, a nice caramel malt, with a light dose of herbal hop, with just a touch of bitterness.

medium bodied, carbonation is a bit active and sparkly on the tongue.

great drinkability for a pumpkin ale, prolly one of the best to session. drank a sixer of these last night and it couldnt have gone down easier.

overall, a good pumpkin ale with a good balance between ingerdients. not super flavorful, but a great choice to session, ill be seeing this one again...soon...

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Best before Feb 2011 printed on bottle.

Appearance: Pours a hazy caramel brown with golden and orange highlights. Features a 1/2 finger head which dissipates quickly. Nice lacing.

Smell: Excellent array of fall spices, pumpkin, clove and malt. Smells very much like pumpkin pie.

Taste: Spicy up front. Nutmeg definitely shines through. Light malt background in the middle followed by a light hoppyness at the finish. The fall spices are evident throughout. Aftertaste is surprisingly bitter but not overpowering. Tastes very similar to the smell. This is like a mixture of pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie in a bottle.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability. You could knock back several of these without any problem.

Overall: Very good beer overall. Just about the perfect fall beer when you're in the mood for something with pumpkin in it. I definitely recommend this one.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange caramel, relatively clear looking, smelling of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and a bit of malt.

Taste of lightly roasted malts, spices coming out in front with the nutmeg strongest followed by allspice flavors and cinnamon at the end.

Relatively light body for the style, but good and easy to drink.
I prefer my spices a little more subdued than this one, but a pretty good pumpkin ale with a lot of carbonation.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Cavalary Brewing Co. pint glass.

A: A hazy, golden, apricot color with hints of orange and medium carbonation which forms a nice, sticky and rocky two-finger head of off-white foam, leaving a pretty good amount of lace also.

S: Sweet and spicy with aromas of canned pumpkin, vanilla, clove, nutmeg and cinnamon. A fair amount of bitter, spicy malt and herbal hop aromas eek through as well.

T: A thin, bittersweet and spicy malt and ginger blend appears at first, with some pretty strong, roasted malt bitterness and some citrusy hop resin as well. Some good, fruity ale flavors accentuated by the pumpkin rind and seed flavors. Clean, peppery and bitter roasted finish.

M: Pretty full-bodied for a pumpkin, but the flavors are sharp, clean and pretty well-balanced.

D: Solid malt selections, real roasted pumpkin flavor and a full-bodied, hoppy, floral and fruity ale puts Smuttynose a cut above most pumpkin ales. At 6% ABV, it drinks like a pretty good IPA with the additional roasted pumpkin malt and spice blend flavor. A nice change of pace and a welcome early fall beer.

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

Drinking now on tap at Amity Hall in NYC. Sup, Maya! Trying to be friendly in my review because I'm anti-socially typing on my iPhone :)

Taste is very subtle but well done. Not too sweet, not overwhelming spice. It feels natural and smooth, and has a beer identity. Appearance is basic, what you would expect with not too much head or lacing. Smells the same- although it's aroma is complete.

This medium to light bodied brew finishes with pumpkin and hidden hops, and is highly drinkable. Definitely a fall repeater. Props to Smuttynose.

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

Poured into a pint glass

A - Beautiful Orange hazy color with a nice fingertip long creamy creamy head. Head seems to be sticking around quite well. Lacing is there and stays well.

S - First thing that pops up is the spices with the pumpkin lurking in from the back. I'm smelling nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, and maybe cloves. Basically, those Holiday spices used to make delicious pies, cakes, ect. I want to say there's something citrus behind it as well.

T - Wow! Very well balance of sweet and bitter flavors. The pumpkin is definitely there in the taste. This isn't a "...well, I smell pumpkin" type ale. The spices are more on the nasal side as well, not necessarily on the taste buds.

M - This is definitely a medium body beer, slightly on the thicker side. The taste definitely hangs around for a while in this one.

D - Oh, one should have no problem drinking this. It is definitely a harvest type ale and i'm sure would work wonders when paired with pumpkin, sweet potato, pecan or apple pie.

This beer is definitely on my favorites list.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Clear golden orange with a two finger foamy white head. The head recedes after a bit and leaves ample sticky lacing. Significant carbonation is apparent as steady streams of small bubbles rise quickly to the top of the glass.

S: Cinnamon, all spice, brown sugar, sweet mashed pumpkin, toasted malt, hints of caramel, and faint citric and herbal hops. The smell is aromatic and pleasing, but not overpowering.

T: Cinnamon and all spice land on the tongue first, followed by a pleasant malt taste of toasted grains and sweet mashed pumpkin. Herbal hops balance the malt backbone. The finish is semi-dry with notes of toasted bready malts, grain, and mild herbal hops.

M: Lands on the thicker side of moderate, and is rather foamy. Carbonation is soft.

D: High. This is a good beer and very easy to drink.

Notes: This is a solid pumpkin ale. There are no gimmicks here. Spicing accentuates rather than dominates. This is a beer first and the malt and hops come through more than just a bit. Pumpkin taste also fits and feels authentic (no extracts). All flavors mesh together well to create a very pleasant drinking experience. This is perhaps the most well-balanced pumpkin ale I have had so far. I enjoyed it, but it may be too tame for some.

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Photo of ebby82
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange into a pint glass, with a nice one finger head. The smell is of mild pumpkin pie spices, with a little malt. The taste is just slightly sweet, with nutmeg or cinnamon as the dominant spice flavor. There is a slightly bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light and dry. It's extremely drinkable.

Although its not the best pumpkin beer I've had, it still does justice to the style. This is the least sweet of all of the pumpkin beers I've tried this fall.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It is a deep pumpkin orange with a white head - very appropriate.

In the nose is sour apple, pumpkin and a very nice spice bouquet.

Up front it is all beer a nice tart ale with green apple notes, then once the carbonation lets up the pumpkin hits in the back of the mouth and lingers with a nice spice warming sensation. A very good beer and more drinkable than I would ever expect pumpkin to be.

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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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