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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Ratings: 1,918 |  Reviews: 858
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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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip pint: Cloudy, translucent, rusty orange under two fingers of lumpy, meringue head that retains well, like a spongecake just floating on top. Cloudy stripes of lacing.

Thin, slightly buttery pumpkin smell with some earthy hops, a little banana, nutmeg.

Taste is bitter & dry, piney with just a peripheral taste of pumpkin. Getting more orange peel & pith than pumpkin. Pepper, or maybe potpourri? Would have no idea this was a pumpkin ale by the taste.

Medium-thin body, a little fluffy.

Not bad, but other than a mild pumpkin smell I'd never have guessed the style. A decent, mildly spiced amber would've been my guess. Decently drinkable.

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Photo of UFGUY2122
2.84/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance--Poured orange with about a half inch head that disappeared quickly.

Smell--The typical pumpkin spices come through but are much more subdued than others I've had in the style.

Taste--The pumpkin spices are immediately noticeable and the amount matches the smell. Pumpkin flavor is minimal. Both the pumpkin flavor and spices are almost immediately overpowered by a hop presence...not what I expect for the style, but I'm sure appealing to some.

Mouthfeel--Decent and pretty typical for the style.

Drinkability--Not great. Some pumpkin ales lack in this category because they are over-spiced and lack balance. This beer goes to the other extreme for me, under-spiced and over hopped for my taste.

Overall not what I expected in a pumpkin ale. Like I said, I'm sure the stronger hop presence appeals to some, but it's not what I'm looking for when I sit down to enjoy a beer in this style.

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Photo of hardy008
2.71/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy orange with a two finger light tan head with good retention. The aroma has pumpkin, rind, hops, and cloves.

The flavor has pumpkin, rind, cloves, and biscuit malt. Tastes like an unsweetened pumpkin pie with the crust. This is somewhat bitter, and not as good as sweet as expected for the style.

Nicely carbonated, smooth, bitter, and a bit hoppy at the end. Not a bad beer, but not what I expect in a Pumpkin Ale.

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

This beer poured a nice golden amber with a two finger high, creamy off-white head. The head dissipated slowly but remained around one finger high. Thick lacing was visible on the glass. The initial smell of the beer are spices, followed by pumpkin puree. The initial taste is not overwhelming and is rather subtle. The brew starts with a light flavor of pumpkin puree, which is followed by the light spices, followed by light malty flavor, and finishing with the taste of barley. The brew has a slight metallic character to it, which is a bit unexpected. Overall, the beer has a light to medium body with medium carbonation.

For the most part, this is an excellent beer. It's not too light, but not too heavy. Definitely a sessionable beer, however one seems to do just fine. I recommend trying this beer, as it is very similar to pumpkin pie.

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

12 oz bottle fresh on the shelf this week.

Nice orange - reddish brown color, like the color of pumpkin. Off white head. Reasonable carbonation but not the best head retention. Definitely hazy, but good looking beer

Subtle aroma. What is there smells nice. Has a pumpkin, caramel crystal malts, and bready yeast. Aroma dissipates pretty quickly.

Soft but noticeable bitterness. Bread flavors. True pumpkin with a touch of cinnamon. End of the sip must have been an English yeast. The Pumpkin really stands out in this beer.

Really nice creaminess to the mouthfeel. Somewhat full body. Bitterness compliments the beer well. A little astringent at the end of the sip.

I get frustrated with pumpkin beers that are more about spicing than actual pumpkin flavor. And being such a subtle flavor, it is easily masked. Modest spicing is what I like about this beer.

Pumpkin Pie Beer= Southern Tier Pumpking
Pumpkin Beer= Smuttynose Pumpkin ale

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.03/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appears a dark clouded orange copper hue with a light off white head, fine speckled lacing. Aroma has a bright pumpkin flesh with pumpkin spices to follow. Bottle gushed when I first opened it and flavor slightly sour with bitter spices another horrible beer I'm not trying to hate on spiced pumpkin ales but these suck, next I'm going to try Weyerbacher and DFH versions. outhfeel is bitter dry vegetable rind, carbonation is strong and overberaring. Drinkability is terrible way to hard to finish twelve ounces, god I'd rather throw up than drink these god awful pumpkin ales.

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Photo of KYFriedChildren
4.58/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Picked myself up a bottle of this scrumptious pumpkin brew at Pinocchio's beer garden in Media, PA.

Appearance- Poured into a pint glass, this orange beauty stretches all the way into a beautiful creamy head. A pleasure on the eyes indeed.

Smell- The aroma isn't as strong as many pumpkin ales but it has a nice spicy pumpkin scent with some nutmeg and cinnamon thrown in there for a subtle pumpkin pie scent.

Taste- I love this beer, it's creamy without too much spice. You can taste the real pumpkin from the very beginning. It also has this sweet malty goodness that makes this beer fall heaven.

Mouthfeel- It's a tad thin, that is the only complaint that I have. Looks like a thick beer, feels like a light beer. Also tingles the tongue a touch with the spiciness, not bad.

Drinkability- This is one of my all-time pumpkin brews. Certainly not number one, but in the top five. I could easily drink this all day. Another exceptional beer from Smuttynose. Plus I love the simple label.

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Photo of jpmclaug
3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Orange body with a thin layer of white head on top.

S - Typical pumpkin spices with a hint of actual pumpkin flavor in there as well

T - Light spice taste with a light lager malt type flavor as well mingled in with a bit of a floral hop flavor. The spices aren't really noticeable as I drink more of this beer.

M - light to medium bodied with a ton of carbonation

D - Not a bad beer but not great either. The pumpkin taste isn't too prevalent. Worth trying but I don't see myself buying this again.

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

A - Orange with a big fluffy head. Looks rather effervescent.

S - Sweet malts and pumpkin puree followed by spices.

T - Bready malts with a strong flavor of pumpkin, followed by a little cinnamon and nutmeg. Way less spiced than most pumpkin beers.

M - Light and refreshing, especially for a pumpkin beer. Doesn't leave the spicy film that many other pumpkin brews do, which can be good while it's still pretty warm out.

D - The combination of smooth pumpkin and less spice than other pumpkin beers make this very good and easy drinking. I enjoy.

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

I poured it into a stemmed pint-glassesque receptacle that one of my wife's friends gave me as a present. Weird....

A: Bright orange, well carbonated, and with a slight hazy foam formation for a head.

S: Nutmeg, brown sugar, and maybe a touch of cinnamon.

T: Pretty hoppy and bitter for a pumpkin ale, and the gourd itself has yet to make an appearance. This is much more of a shrill hop zing style of pumpkin brew, as opposed to Pumking or Schlafly which are more dark, rich malt based beers.

M: Pretty creamy overall, and I can detect a mild alcohol burn which is not in the least bit offensive.

D: While this strikes me as more of a pumpkin IPA rather than a dark pumpkin concoction, Smutty does IPAs better than most....so....I dig it!

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- seems very soft and viscous as it pours a murky burnt orange color. decent short cap of dense off white foam isn't very expansive, but holds well and leaves some minor spotty and eventually webby lace.

S- fresh pumpkin pie aromas and something plastic, but not like band aids. it's more like acrylic paint. boiled pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg all come through clearly but the spices are subdued compared to other versions and for me, that's a good thing.

T- strongly hopped and highly unexpected. another handful of flowers and this could be a pumpkin IPA and i'm wondering if the plastic aroma a detected was the hops mingling with the pumpkin and spices. there's a definite lemony citrus twang, and almost no spice flavor, another plus for me- it all seems to be in the aroma. there's a toasty roasty squash taste that really works nice with the bready almost burnt biscuit malt and piney grapefruity earthy hops. nice and dry, pumpkin, toasty malt, and hops long into the finish. maybe some ginger spiciness.

MF- feels a bit thinner than it looks, but with a starchy softness beneath the tight medium carbonation and oily hop texture. dry and resinous on the cheeks.

D- its nice to have tried a hoppy pumpkin ale, especially one that hasn't been highly spiced. still not my favorite style, and this one wasn't the best i've had, but i think with the right formula someone could really make a bitchin hoppy pumpkin brew.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden amber with a fine-bubbled, creamy off-white head. Rich, malty aroma has undertones of cinnamon and pumpkin. Flavor has firm pumpkin and cinnamon tones as well as malty and woody hints. Fizzy, smooth texture leaves behind a pleasant tingle.

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Photo of billab914
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier pint glass. It poured a hazy orange/amber color with a thin and frothy white head to it. The color was very appropriate for the style and just looked like pumpkins and fall.

The aroma has an actual real pumpkin flavor going on with just a hint of the typical pie spices. It has a bit of both sweet malt and hop bitterness to it was well that helps balance things out.

The taste shows the pumpkin above the pie spice mix which is nice for a change. The finish shows a pretty bold dry bitterness to it that lingers. Pretty nice mix of actual pumpkin flavors while preserving some good beer flavors as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, one of the better pumpkin beers in my opinion. I liked that it felt like it had some actual pumpkin in it instead of the typical pie spice flavor. I also liked how some actual beer flavors came through and mixed with the pumpkin where so many pumpkin beers are all spice and no beer.

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Photo of jsanford
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my Charleston Brewvival tasting glass (the gf wanted the rest).

A - Pours a nice orange color with one finger of white head. Very visible and lively carbonation. Nice lacing.

S - Very nice REAL pumpkin smell with some sweet biscuit malt. The spices stand out the most, though, including cinnamon, clove, allspice and nutmeg.

T - More pumpkin and sweet malts dominate but this it's not as pumpkin-y as I'd hoped. Surprising amount of hop bitterness in the finish, along with the spices.

M - Very smooth with a medium body and medium carbonation.

D - I could easily have a couple of these, but when I want a pumpkin beer, I want it to knock me out with pumpkin. While good, this seems more like a nice pale ale with some pumpkin and spices thrown in.

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Photo of Hopapocalypse
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a hazy burnt orange reminiscent of the season it represents, with a single finger white head, and moderate amount of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass

S: sweet pumpkin pie with a mild burst of pumpkin spice

T: lively palate cleansing carbonation tingle on the tongue followed by a dash of pumpkin spice and dull alcohol warmth, it took a few sips and some warming for the pumpkin puree flavor to enter the scene

M: light and well carbonated

D: very drinkable and appropriate for the season

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Photo of a74gent
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I am certainly open to retrying this one as I can't believe I can taste something so mediocre as to be rated B+ by the others and something isn't wrong here.

The nose is practically nonexistent with no spices. It looks very medium amber and clear. The taste is just very empty with a bad aftertaste that lingers. I don't pick up any flavors of pumpkin or spice at all.

The mouthfeel is the highlight, but only ok at best. A big dissapointment after having Shipyard last night which I think was better if barely.

As drinkable as anything else on the shelf in the BMC section...or maybe not even that good.

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Photo of Xul
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy darkish orange, capped by one finger of off-white head. Retention is moderate as it recedes at a slow pace to spotty lacing and a ring of foam.

S: Very pumpkin-forward with a good dose of baking spices - cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves are easily identifiable - along with a graham cracker character. Some light bitterness in the background.

T: Subtle pumpkin with much stronger spices - same cast of characters - up front, before an earthy bitterness takes over on the mid-palate. The spices return near the finish but the hops are too strong and detract from an otherwise enjoyable pumpkin ale.

M: Very light bodied with moderate carbonation, feels way too thin and watery.

D: Between the excess bitterness and thin moutfeel, it takes what would be a quaffable beer and knocks it down a couple notches.

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

Served in a shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a golden orange much like the color of a slightly faded pumpkin. The ½" off-white head leaves lots of lacing. By about half way through the beer the head has receded to a ring of foam and a thin irregular patch of foam on the surface. There is lots of lacing left on the glass from sipping and the irregular rings and patches of lacing cling to the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is basically pumpkin pie crust with the bready/grainy character dominating. Along with the pie crust there are the muted spices (maybe cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger?) giving the aroma hints of a complex spice mix that compliments but does not over shadow.

Taste: The flavor has a noticeable underlying bitterness throughout. Initially the rest of the flavor is predicted pretty well by the nose with there being more pie crust than spices coming into play. Then the pie spices emerge but remain both subtle and complex.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with modest carbonation. The finish is medium long and starts with the lightly sweet spices and then turns sharply bitter and finishes on that note.

Drinkability: Drinkability is fine on this one but I think it is just a wee bit too much bitter dominant for my tastes. The beer goes down easily enough and I'm fine with drinking more of it, but if I had my druthers, I'd druther have a touch more sweetness in this beer.

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Photo of jbriggs7036
3.04/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing special about this beer. Everyone seems to like it...108lbs of pureed pumpkin, yada yada yada, don't taste like it. More pumpkin pie spices hit you than actual pumpkin...i really wanted to like this one a lot, but the taste needs more pumpkin in it....i even really dig the plain jane label, i just can't fool myself into it though. Overall this brewery is dropping off my list

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Photo of jbertsch
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a rusty-orange that's fairly hazy, though not completely (I can still see my fingers through the other side.) It's white head is frothy and significant in size.

Aroma is primarily fall spices. Raw pumpkin is surely there as well as slight cinnomon and nutmeg. Faint hops in the background. Doesn't smell too confectionary like other pumpkin brews.

Its taste is primarily of pumpkin pie and a little cinnamon. I like how the flavor calmly balanced between hops and malt. It might favor malt more, but it's not a seemingly pure malt brew, which one can expect from a standard pumpkin beer. Not too sweet at all - just right.

Mouthfeel is quite carbonated, and given that this isn't an overtly sweet, dessert-like pumpkin brew, drinkability is great.

As a side note...this almost drinks like a pumpkin hefeweizen.

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper colored, hazy, "pumpkin orange". Two finger off white head.

S: Fall spices galore! Nutmeg comes on the strongest, followed by some cinnamon. Vegetal notes are apparent, none of which indicate pumpkin, specifically.

T: Pumpkin pie spices without the sweetness. What was merely "vegetal" in the nose is now clearly raw fleshy pumpkin. Finishes off with a surprising bitterness that seems apart from the rest of the flavor profile. Pretty good.

M: Light to medium in body, refreshing. Overall a good pumpkin offering, but not my favorite.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Orange/copper in color, with a nice, two-inch head of foam
Aroma-Pumpkin,nutmeg, cinnamon notes.
Taste-Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin filling. A pleasant, undercurrent of citrus and a nice hop bite that balances things out nicely.
Overall, a nice brew that brings out the "ale" in pumpkin ale. Not overdone, and with a nice hop note that balaces out the sweet spices. Well done.

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Photo of Fish113d
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring chilled into a pint glass on a fine Labor Day (fall-like) weekend, it pours the color of canned pumpkin pie filling. A 1-finger thick of white lacy head forms while the body is fairly cloudy.

Aroma is very spicy and fruity; cinnamon first hits my sinuses along with nutmeg and some citrus fruits. Also, the pumpkin is definitely there! I get some faint earthy hops as well, but just a trace if any (hard to tell really).

Right away, I can taste some earthy, geldings hops along with a fair bit of nutmeg. Not as sweet of a taste as expected based on the nose. The pumpkin is more of a pumpkin flesh taste (raw) rather than the sugary sweet flavor you get from the can. I also get a trace of grapefruit toward the end, but the nutmeg or cinnamon stays with you throughout the swallow and aftertaste. Very yummy!

Very nice body (medium) with a decent balance of carbonation up front and smoothness toward the back end of the sip. 6% abv stays well hidden as well until you have about 4. ;)

Overall, a very tasty, well-crafted brew that really makes me look forward to autumn and the cool nights. Nothing like sitting on my deck in a sweathirt and sweatpants with the company of my wife enjoying a nice seasonal brew. Cheers!

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured into my duvel tulip a dark jack-o-lantern orange. with an off white half finger of off white slowly falling head.
S: fleshy pumpkin rind with a light cinnamon and clove along with sweet malt. not the pie like aroma that some others have which is a nice change.
T: tastes like, well, pumpkin. with cinnamon, allspice and clove. sweet roasted malt as well along with a very light fleshy rind.
M: smooth, carbonation seems to catch more in the throat more than in the mouth. overall feeling of it lingers around for a while
D: left wondering why i have not try smuttynose beers before. this is a nice change and is a nice east coast brewer.

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Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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