Pumpkin Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Pumpkin AlePumpkin 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 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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Photo of terrapinfan88
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Orange with crimson low lights, one finger head decent lace, decent retention, steady carbonation

Smell: Carmel, allspice, cloves, mild pumpkin

Taste: Not so much in the way of spice, pumpkin and a hop taste/bitterness kick in at about the same time brightening up the pumpkin flavors. Like a hoppy Marzen with pumpkin, It seemed a little off balance but in this case I thought it did the beer justice

Mouthfeel: Sweet upfront right into a small hop bite, followed by light cleansing carbonation, with a dry mouthfeel at the end. All of these pass quickly leaving you ready for more.

Drinkability: Good like a pale ale and a marzen blend. Quite the potable fall offering

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Photo of takeabrewski
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

A: Amber, slightly cloudy, with a 1-finger head.

S: I get pumpkin right away, with some background maltiness and earthiness.

T: Pumpkin early on, which fades into nicely balanced malt, and then fades to a mildly bitter hop finish. Nice profile. There aren't the overwhelming "pumpkin pie" spices; I can hardly detect these.

M: Smooth, with fine carbonation at the end.

D: I could drink a few of these. There's no sweetness or cloying nature, so they go down easily. The hoppiness at the end leaves you wanting more.

This is probably the best pumpkin beer I've had that concentrates purely on pumpkin, and not on the surrounding pie spices. This would be great on a cool autumn night sitting around the fire pit.

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Photo of dstanmyer
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I Tasted this in tandem with Shipyard Pumpkinhead. I drank this out of a bottle on a chilly October night. This ale has a much more natural pumpkin taste devoid of any artificial spice taste. There is faint hints of nutmeg and cinnamon, though it is not a focus for this beer. You are not over-powered by any one component and can easily drink multiple beers. This is one of the better pumpkin beers I've had recently.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly orange colored medium amber with a fluffy parchment head that sticks around for quite awhile before depositing some serious lace on my DFH glass.

The aroma has a good amount of earthy character to it with nice caramel malt sweetness and plenty of nutmeg. There is also a decent amount of squashy pumpkin in there.

The flavor is also quite earthy with a good amount of toasty malt. It also has plenty of pumpkin pie spices and a bit of brown sugar and toffee malt character. I believe that the earthy notes are the result of a fairly decent amount of hopping that contributes to a pretty firm bitterness. There is a little bit of pumpkin buried in this beer as well, but it is a bit more squash like than pumpkin pie.

The mouthfeel is medium and satisfying with good carbonation. The finish is pleasant with some dry spice left on my tongue after swallowing.

This is a pretty drinkable pumpkin beer that has a very nice malt profile. They did a good job of using the spices to accent a solid malt bill, but I like my pumpkin beers a bit more brazen. Still a wonderful fall beer.

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

A very cloudy orangish amber with a tight creamy head of a couple of fingers. Good lacing on the glass after semi quick fade. Smell is pumpkin pie and light citrus. The pumpkin has a well crafted blend of nutmeg and cinnamon. A light sweet malt folds in around the edges and melds into the light lovely hops. Taste is one of if not the best of this style I've had. Pale ale malt backbone with the excellent pumpkin blend from the nose. Just enough of them to set it apart as flavored, but not so much that you are looking for the "ale" in your glass. Hops start earthy, moving toward bright and citrusy with a distinct grapefruit skin edge in the finish. A lingering malt graininess and gentle floral hoppiness with a short clean dryness. Just super. Feel is finely effervescent, with a light tingly sensation and light touch on the tongue. Very drinkable and refreshing. This is a top drawer Thanksgiving beverage as well as an all around fall thirst quencher. My new favorite for the football grilling.

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

A - pours a darker orange / faint copper with a one finger head that dissipates quickly

S - smells of pumpkin with a nice blend of spices, including cinnamon and

T - nice pumpkin flavor with some subtle cinnamon and nutmeg spiciness. Very well balanced between the pumpkin and spice. There is also a bit of citrusy hop on the finish - nice addition to the flavor profile. This tastes very similar to my favorite pumpkin ice cream, which I have yet to have a pumpkin beer approach. Also, most pumpkin beers usually are two spicy, limiting their taste scores. This one hits its stride well.

M - this has a very nice creamy mouthfeel to it that is made even better by its full body.

D - Nice balanced, not over the top flavors made this easily one of the best pumpkin ales I have had. This is what pumpkin beers should strive to be. Props to BogleHill for sending this my way.

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Photo of HUXC
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

S- Served from a chilled 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- A golden amber color with about a fingers worth of off white head that leaves a nice lace around the brim of the glass.

S- Smells of cinnamon, allspice, a little bit of nutmeg, and of course pumpkin.

T- Kind of bitter at first, once the bitterness leaves the fall flavors kick in. Tastes of allspice, nutmeg, and a finish of pumpkin.

M- Moderately high amounts of carbonation with a medium body.

D- Not a bad pumpkin beer, not difficult to drink, good beer to enjoy in the fall.

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Photo of drsyko
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Amber, respectable finger-width head.

S - Smells of cloves, not especially pumpkin-y. Still very pleasant and reminescent of autumn.

T - Less flavorful than the smell promised. Mediocre as far as a pumpkin ale, as there was very little pumpkin; that is my main complaint.

M - Light, carbonated, smooth.

D - I'd drink another, but not if a different (ie, better) pumpkin ale was available.

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Photo of Franz4
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours with a nice finger head, nice burnt orange copper color.

S- smell of cloves is very nice, some nutmeg as well. Very little pumpkin.

T- The cloves came through strong in the taste as well, slightly bitter and little to no pumpkin taste.

M- Carbonation evident, seemed pretty dry.

D- It's drinkable, but I'd look for more pumpkin from a pumpkin ale.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass

A - Pours hazy with two tones in the glass; a yellowish on the bottom with a more orange tone on top. Billowing light beige head with good retention and crazy lacing.

S - Nose show a stronger hop profile then I expected with a good dose of grainy malt, a bit of caramel, and some yeasty bread notes

T&M - Grainy and a bit of cracker, probably the most raw pumpkin rind flavor of any pumpkin ale I've had thus far; with no heavy pie spice involved. Hints of a bit of butterscotch? Medium bodied with a hit of hop bitterness in the finish that makes you look forward to the malty dose in the next sip.

D - I'm liking the emphasis on pumpkin and not necessarily "pie". I feel that this overall lighter flavor profile make this very drinkable, and I'd happily go for a few more.

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Photo of Genuine
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite Pumpkin beers to date. My usual favorites have been DFH Punkin' and ST Pumking.

Poured out a nice copper color, cream/offwhite head which sat beautifully upon the body.

Smell - The aroma does not dissappoint...smells of cinnamon and nutmeg, pumpkin pie spices...this one just smells delicious.

Taste - don't let me down...and it doesn't. This is such a wonderful pumpkin beer...tastes just as it smells, very smooth..the carbonation is just perfect

Drinkability - I could definitely have a few of these on a chilly autumn afternoon. Perfect combination!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A hazy orangish brown in color with a decent layer of foam.

Smell: Pumpkin pie spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and pepper are all very present and I did get the thought that this would be a spice bomb.

Taste: Very spicy up front followed by a hop bite. All the aforementioned spices are there and dominate. Pumpkin flavor is there midway through and is definitely short on the palate, giving way to a lingering spice finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: To make a pumpkin beer is a bit of a challenge, and to make one that is not overspiced proves to be an even greater one. Ill stick to Southern Tier's Pumking or Michigan's Screaming Pumpkin.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into tulip

A - orange. thin head

S - Zing. Really nice sweet spicey pumpkin smell. Makes me think of a candle from Crate and Barrel or something along those lines. Really solid smell for a beer and certainly captures pumpkin.

T - Taste follows the nose but has a bit more of a hop and beer bite. Overall, spicy and sweet pumpkin dominates the flavor, but doesn't lose it's overall beer flavor.

M - Very beerlike for all that pumpkin flavor. Good carbonation. Touch of a dry bitter aftertaste.

D - I really like this one. Can easily throw a few back in a night. Pumpkin beers can be rough to drink a lot of, but this is a solid pumpkin beer in my opinion.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours orange in color with a slight golden hue and a large off-white head that appears to be pretty thick and dissipates very slowly, leaving behind rings of lace.

Smell: Sweet pumpkin dominates, backed up by nutmeg and cinnamon spices and some sweet malt.

Taste: Begins with sweet pumpkin and some spiciness on the tip of the tongue, finishing with a definite note of spicy cinnamon, and a noticeable hop bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with fairly sharp carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: This is a good pumpkin beer, and is unique in that it has a somewhat prevalent hop character which most pumpkin beers do not. Definitely a good fall brew.

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

Served from a bottle.

The head did not last long when poured from the bottle. The color was a warm caramel, orange color. It did not smell as spicy as the DFH Punkin, but still a great smell. Definitely had some nutmeg, cinnamon, and a scent of cloves.

The taste is delicious, very refreshing. I could definitely drink a lot of these, if I had more of them to drink.

Bottom line if you are new to pumpkin ales definitely give this one a whirl.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best before February 2011. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a hazy orange color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is mostly pumpkin, with some pumpkin spices and bready malt also noticable. Taste is pretty much like the aroma, with the pumpkin flavor being the strongest. Pumpkin spice, bready malt and hoppy flavors are noticable too. There's also a slight bitter finish. I don't think this is as spicy as a lot of the pumpkin brews I've tried before. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, with decent carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it's easy enough to drink. Not a bad brew overall. For the style, it's a decent enough beer. It's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of HotHands
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a nice translucent orange with a white head. Good lacing. Leaves a ring around some sips, which is fun.

S - pumpkin, spices, and a bit of hop aroma. Nice. Good amount of smell wafting my way.

T - good amount of spices with a noticeable pumpkin flavor. Quite a bit of hops for a pumpkin beer; much more than I would expect. I'd like a bit more malt in this, but the flavor is pretty good overall.

M - high carbonation, somewhat light body.

D - this beer is quite smooth and won't leave you tired for more. Nothing is overwhelming here, just some easy beer drinkin'.

If you're trying to get in to pumpkin ales and you don't like the sweetness that some have, this would be a good place to start. Smuttynose Pumpkin is a great way to get in the fall mood.

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Photo of Lolli1315
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- A nice finger of white head that mostly sticks around. Light orange, slightly amber color with tiny bubbles all around the glass. Average lacing as you go down the beer.

S- Some spices and sweet malt that are accompanied by a slight fruity nose. Not overpowering, sometimes hard to find in a pumpkin ale.

T- Toasted malt with a surprisingly strong hop presence, isn't quite overpowering though. As you move through the beer hints of nutmeg and cinnamon appear along with grassy and herbal tones. Pumpkin aspect of the beer is surprisingly subdued with more flavor in the grassy and hop range. Much of the other flavor seems watered down.

M- Medium body with decent carbonation. Nothing horrible, but nothing to brag about either.

D- I can see how this may be easily drinkable for some because it subdues a lot of the overbearing sweetness of some pumpkin ales, but in this case its just not enough.

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Photo of bronco94
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: Reviewing this per the "Pumpkin Ale" style...the letter grade rating will probably be pretty high, I do not think that this beer is as good as some of the best beers in the world, but it was very enjoyable for a pumpkin ale.

A - Beautiful clear orange/copper body with a huge fluffy offwhite head that left great lacing. This is basically how I envision a pumpkin ale

S - The smell on this beer captured everything it should - pumpkin, fall spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice), and a slight malty sweetness

T - After smelling the aroma from this, it is hard to follow with a taste of the same caliber. There was definite notes of pumpkin, and the same spices as the nose, but not as intensely prominent. Still a very nice flavor without being too sweet or too spicy...the right balance of pumpkin and spices to make it very enjoyable.

M - The mouthfeel was a little lite/thin, but still smooth and nicely carbonated.

D - Very enjoyable and drinkable. You aren't overcome by an artificial pumpkin sweetness or overwhelmed by spiciness. I could easily have multiple bottles of this, whereas with some other pumpkin ales, I've had enough after the first one

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

Poured this into a tulip. I'm pretty excited to have this again, I remember liking it as one of my favorite pumpkin beers. The body is a hazy orange with a big rocky off white head. The smell is really spot on for a pumpkin beer in my opinion. I smell standard beer characteristics; grains and slight hops but it finishes in the nose with a really subtle pumpkin flavor. A lot like a slightly sweet pumpkin muffin. Not quite as much pumpkin flavor as there is aroma but this is nicely balanced. Dry and slightly bitter, this finishes with just the slightest taste of pumpkin with just a little of a spicy clove/nutmeg flavor.
Mouthfeel is light and the carbonation is what I would expect. Overall another solid offering from Smuttynose. probably still my favorite of all the pumpkin offerings.

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