Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Pumpkin AleSmuttynose Pumpkin Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
smuttynose.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.84%

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.

35 IBU

Added by purplehops on 08-28-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,897
Reviews:
852
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
14.75%
 
 
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99
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216
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Photo of sisuspeed
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a small tulip glass. A nice foamy white head sits on top of a hazy orange hue. Looking at this beer instantly makes me think pumpkin.

Spices take control of the aroma at first, but then a nice wave of pumpkin puree floats in. Coriander and nutmeg are the two spices that come to mind right away, but cinnamon is also quite present upon further inspection.

Smooth malts and peppery spices mix with a creamy pumpkin flavor. The level of spice in this beer is just about perfect for a pumpkin ale. There is enough there to warm me up a bit on a cool autumn afternoon, but not enough to drown out the rest of the flavor. On top of that, I get real pumpkin coming through the spices. It's a little earthy, veggie like, which makes it taste like the real deal.

The mouthfeel is mixed. Smooth and creamy at times, and peppery and spiced at other times. Well balanced. The drinkability of this pumpkin ale is very good. Nothing is over the top, but everything is very well done. Thanks Smuttynose. I will be picking up more of this next fall.

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Photo of abuliarose
4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter to reveal light orange-amber color and decent, airy head. Smells pretty solid for a pumpkin ale. The pumpkin really comes through, accented by spices and a slight citrus tang.

Tastes... like an ale with pumpkin! It's got a great crisp bitterness to it that I'd take in my ale any day, but the flavor of pumpkin is up front and in your face. The spices add a little to the kick which smacks mostly of hop and citrus rind. The almost medium bodied-thickness is separated efficiently by the carbonation which bites but dies fast. It's not as sweet or smooth as other pumpkin ales, but in a good way. I happen to find this exceptionally drinkable and very refreshing for its style.

Word up, Smuttynose. Word up.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger white head that dies slowly due to carbonation and leaves lace ring down the glass. A mild pumpkin smell along with hints of clove, pepper and nutmeg. A lighter bodied and smooth ale with some nutmeg and clove that comes through and finishes clean. The pumpkin flavor is mild and a little sweet. A very good if not spectacular pumpkin ale worth a try.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 bottle poured into pint glass

a-hazy orange color with decent off white head that fell quickly...decent collar and lacing...bubbles are quite pronounced

s-cinnamon and pumpking..reminds me of store bought pumpking pie..a little overwhelming with the spice...some nutmeg..

t-spicy...cinnamon,clove and nutmeg...pumpkin and more spice...taste like store bought pumpkin pie...finishes a little hoppy

m-thin and watery...no body really...enough to hold it together but thin for my tastes

d-one and done...spiceyness takes away from this brew

overall a decent pumpkin beer not the best and not the worst

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark orange, average white head and lacing, and slightly clouded.

S - Mostly pumpkin with an orange-ish background (maybe cloves?) and some brown sugar as well.

T - Pumpkin pie is the overwhelming flavor but there are hints of dark sugars, nuts, and caramel. There is a nice hop bitterness in the aftertaste as well...pairs well with the pumpkin.

M/D - Medium body, not much carbonation, and it is a little lighter in mouthfeel than most pumpkin ales.

Over all it is a little on the sweeter/pumpkin pie side of the pumpkin beer spectrum, which is nice but overall a very nice autumn brew

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Photo of jiggahertz
4.72/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Foggy deep orange beer with a soapy frothy two finger head, dissipating slowly into mountainous peaks. Lacing is present throughout.

S: Cinnamin, spice, cloves, pumpkin. Smells just like pumpkin pie. An outstanding nose that has some citrus or floral hops on the end.

T: The cloves are huge up front, followed by pumpkin. At the end the hops come through and provide an awesome finish that keeps the pumpkin pie taste in the mouth.

M: Medium-full bodied with medium-high carbonation

D: This is everything I'm looking for in a pumpkin ale. Granted I wouldn't want to drink this year round, but it's something to look forward to all year. My favorite pumpkin ale.

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Photo of generallee
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle date reads "Best Before Feb 10" and it was sampled on 9-12-2009.

Appearance: The body has a deep orange amber color with a cloudy look. The pour produces a one finger thick white cap of foam. It slowly fades down to just a very thin layer of bubbles that makes a little slice lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a spicy, vegetable/squash like bouquet with some light toasted malt notes as well.

Taste/Palate: Up front there are solid spice flavors of cinnamon, allspice and clove with some roasted pumpkin and toasted malt underneath. The finish sees a good balance of flavor as the spicy hops creeps in and adds some nice bitterness to the mix. The palate has a solid medium body with average carbonation and a mellow drinkable texture.

Notes: This was a very solid Pumpkin Ale with good pumpkin flavor and spice balance.

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Photo of bort11
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to DrDogbeer for this one. He included this with the BA Secret Halloween. I love pumpkin ales and I love Smuttynose, so this has been a top want on my list.

12 oz bottle poured into a half liter weizen glass. I wanted to get a big head from the pour, and it didn't disappoint. Tall initial head over two inches high. As it drops down thin chunks of lace stick to the glass. Color is a hazy orange amber.

Smell has a bold pumpkin pie spice start. As the nose adjusts dry yeasty notes develop. There is a mild bitterness that is more like pumpkin shell than pumpkin puree. Taste has dry pumpkin spices. A little more cinnamon than nutmeg or allspice. The malt body is blended with pumpkin flavors.

Mouthfeel has a nice medium body. Not too filling and definitely not light. Pretty dry finish. Very good pumpkin ale

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Photo of Tromba
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep gold, with a hint of orange. Great clarity, with a little bit of lingering off-white head. Leaves a little bit of loose lacing.

S: Strong notes of the expected baking spices and pumpkin, but with a great savory quality about it.

T: Sweet malt up front followed by nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon. The same savory/sweet quality in the nose makes an even bigger appearance here - this is what puts this one a step above a lot of the other boring pumpkins out there. Finish is sweet but dry - a lot like an english cider.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of MrDanno96
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloud light amber color. Very little head, just a thin ring.

S: Lots of spice on the nose, particularly cinnamon. Some sweet malt and of course some tasty pumpkin pie. Spice maybe just a touch too prevalent, but I still love how it smells.

T: After the nose, the taste is just a little disappointing. Lots of spice upfront and some pretty distinct malt flavor. Hops at the very end with a bit of a bitter aftertaste. The pumpkin is definitely in there too, but isn't as prevalent as I would like. I think the spice overpowers the potential sweetness of the pumpkin. Still, it's definitely not bad.

S: Medium bodied, fairly smooth. Spices and hops definitely leave you mouth and tongue tingling.

D: Overall I'd say this is an above average pumpkin ale, but not by much. The flavors are just a little out of balance, with the spices overpowering what I was hoping would be a slightly sweeter experience. That being said, I would have this again.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orange with a 2 finger white head. Great lace and retention. Smells like Yankee Candle pumpkin spice with actual grown in the ground pumpkin aroma.

Tastes like earthy pumpkin with complimentary pie spice. Crisp, drying tobacco leaf finish and course mouthfeel.

What a novel idea, a pumpkin ale that actually tastes like pumpkin! Other than Dogfish Head Punkin, it's the only pumpkin ale I've ever wanted more than one of.

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Photo of biegaman
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Would you be at all surprised if I told you the beer was coloured orange, just like a pumpkin? Probably not much of a shock, eh? It is a lovely colour though, and it becomes a hot neon tone when held into the light. It flares up brighter than a jackolantern! Its head is blotchy but substantial enough to leave a mosaic of carelessly spattered lacing.

Smuttynose's Pumpkin ale is without doubt the most forward and perfumy (read: spice-laden) smelling pumpkin beer I've tried to date. It is fragrant like a bath bomb or incense candle and, from the smell of things, belongs equally on the shelves of a Crate and Barrel as it does your local beer store. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

The pumpkin puree and the malts, however, are much more detected in the flavour. The vegetable (or is it a fruit?) is definitely noted, unlike in most pumpkin beers, and imparts a distinct impression of fleshy, fresh out-the-oven squash. The malts are toasty with an underlying biscuity flavour and subtle hints of toffee and honeycomb.

On second thought, I withdraw my earlier comment: this is not the most fragrant, spice-filled pumpkin beer I've tried. The spices, of which no one individual spice stands out, are surprisingly restrained. Perhaps it is the year to year variation of the batches or perhaps my tastes have evolved, but my notes confirm that past vintages were much spicier.

That being said, they aren't likely to go overlooked. Although it can't be confirmed, I'm noting an absence of the more typical cinnamon/brown sugar/nutmeg and seem to be tasting some combination of ginger, cardamon and sage. This is partly because the beer is not overly sweet like many others - this one is savory all the way.

And for that reason I find it, in many ways, an easier drinking pumpkin ale. The malts are crisp and the bitterness is, although modest, much more assertive than many others within the style. A deliciously quaffable fall-time treat - there aren't many pumpkin beers I could gobble down like IPAs or APAs but this is certainly one of them.

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Photo of emsroth
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

App: A beautiful cloudy amber. A nice, chunky off-white head.

Smell: Sweet bready scent. Wonderful spice blend that screams pumpkin bread. Underlying wheat scent. This is exactly what a pumpkin beer should smell like.

Taste: The beer takes a 180 here. It still retains some of the sweet wheat malt, but the spice is barely present and the flavor is dominated by soapy tasting hops.

Decent mouthfeel with a spot-on pumpkin creaminess.

A great beer except for the taste

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Photo of augustgarage
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Obtained in trade from ShogoKawada (thanks!) - BBD of sometime in 2010? Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Liquid is a hazy tawny and (surprise) pumpkin orange gradient with light orange highlights. A nearly cream colored head with drops of orange sediment fizzes away rapidly - leaving behind a thin hub of bubbling film. Lacing runs down the sides very quickly. Very slight legs.

Fresh pumpkin pulp, light nutmeg, and a bit of citrus from hops. There is a cooked pumpkin note as well, that comes across as DMS, not a particularly inviting note...

The base for this beer almost seems like a mild IPA, the hops clash with my expectations, as this isn't a sweet ale at all, but rather tart and crisp. Pumpkin and a pale malt form the spine of this ale, and a little cinnamon and nutmeg comes across in the finish. The hops keep things fairly dry and crisp.

Active carbonation along with the pumpkin lend some weight to the medium-light body. Very slight warming but probably more from the addition of spice than from the alcohol.

The citrus notes just seem incongruous to me in a pumpkin beer, so while I can imagine this greatly increases the drinkability for some people, I'm not sure I'd want another right away.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orangish brown copperish color with a one inch head that is frothy and off white, slighty orange. The smell is of sweet pumpkin and glove with some sugary aroms. The taste is of pumpkin but not overally sweet like the smell, there is some cinnimon as well. The mouthfeel is a little thin and moderately carbonated. Overall it is a very drinkable beer, but there are many better pumpkin beers out there also.

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Photo of dudecandle
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Transparent orange-golden body with a thick, lasting 1+ finger off-white head, leaving a good cap, not much lacing in my pint glass.

S: Definitely sweet pumpkin. Beyond that, there's some combination of brown sugar and cloves. There's something else I can't quite figure out, but I'm willing to venture a guess it might be something of an herbal hop.

T: Pumpkin and cinnamon are most obvious. Some sugar notes, possibly diacetyl as well. It's even slightly peppery. The herbal hop finish is distinct and lasting.

M: Dry and a bit thin. I'm a little disappointed.

D: It's my first Pumpkin Ale, so my review may change in time as I try others, but overall, it's a bit funky. In a good way, I mean. The pumpkin is sweet yet relatively mellow, and the spices are ones which are essential to any good pie. Not gonna crack my regular Fall rotation quite yet, but I'll give it another look.

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Photo of Brewnami
4.59/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This may be one of my favorite pumpkin ales right now. I always really liked this brewery so when I saw a 6 pack of this in the store I did not hesitate to spend the last of my cash on it. This brew poured a cloudy golden color with a very small head that dissipated quickly. The aroma is spicy and dominated by cinnamon, brown sugar, and malt. This brew is very flavorful compared to others of this type. There is a light carbonation which I think is perfect for this particular beer. There is also a bit of hop bitterness in the background which I don't really notice in other pumpkin ales. I would say, other than dogfish head's punkin' ale, this would be one of the most flavorful and spicy pumpkin ales I have had yet. Very good beer and very drinkable. I would recommend this beer to anyone. Good price, great beer... Thank you Smuttynose!

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Photo of kels
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours into my pint glass a muted yellowish-brown - legitimately the color of canned pumpkin. It is somewhat hazy, and the white 1/2 finger head leaves behind loads of lace that streaks down the sides of the glass.

Aroma is more subdued in this one than other pumpkin ales I've tried. There is a little spice, like nutmeg and sweet cinnamon, on the back of a moderately malty foundation.

This pumpkin ale packs a little surprise compared to others I've tasted - it has a distinct hoppiness. The hops are grassy and complement the toasted graininess of the taste very nicely. All the usual suspects are in here, too - a more earthy than sweet pumpkin presence, cinnamon and nutmeg, and a slight caramel sweetness from the malts. The aftertaste is primarily of the hops. Feel is pretty highly carbonated, almost sharply, and there is only the lightest stickiness remaining after the drink. It's actual a pretty clean-feeling pumpkin ale. I think a little additional creaminess would add great depth to this beer.

It's really a very drinkable beer, as with most in this style. I would say if other pumpkin ales are too sweet or too artificial for your taste, you might give this one a try. It's not overly spiced or sweetened, and the pumpkin has an earthy presence that is pretty satisfying.

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Photo of jhammel01
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, Flyers game and a good beer...

Pours a orange-light brown that is relatively cloudy in appearance. Keeps a nice two finger head that laces through out and keeps a ring.

Smells strongly of pumpkin spices and brown sugar. Its pretty powerful so I didnt pick up much else.

The taste is outstanding! 1st up is a blast of pumpkin and spice, cinnamin and hops. A little bit of brown sugar, coming through with a nice finish of hops. Strong hops to say the least. This is definitely one of the more hoppy pumpkin ales that Ive had. Its great! This beer has a well carbonated - medium body as well.

This was a good one...I enjoyed this beer as it wasnt a total spice bomb of a beer. I really liked how this one was a bit more hoppy than others Ive had this year.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Light orange amber pour, with a decent sized white head. Head retention is decent, and some nice lacing is left on the glass.

Strong combination of sweet and spice in the aroma. It certainly has more of a pumpkin pie kind of smell than Ichabod did. Pretty nice nose, and the balance is nice.

This beer is much more flavor-packed than I've come to expect from pumpkin ales. Much bigger spice flavor, and much more pumpkin. Smuttynose advertises a use of pumpkin puree, which makes me wonder what methods other brewers are using. There's a hoppy bitterness as well, which is quite welcome.

Medium-light body. High level of carbonation is appropriate, and gives the beer a tingly, but not sharp, feel. Pretty easy drinker, no alcohol detected. Yet another solid beer from Smuttynose.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yellowy orange, somewhat cloudy, good carbonation bubbling, small compact ivory head, tiny spotting lace.

Aroma is a well defined display of cinnamon, nutmeg, fresh pumpkin guts, and light malt. Very warm and quite appealing with a nice strength. Taste is fabulously delightful with a finely delicate array of spices over a light bready malt. Warming, soothing, and well spiced. Nothing jumps out at ya really, its a great medley of nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, and pumpkin. Lovely finish of lightly sweet malt that has a nice smooth grab and a very slight return of warming spices tingle across the palate late. Smooth, clean, spicy, without all the spice grab, good malt presence, medium body, good finisher. Swell drinker too. Floats right down and keeps a nice warming tone of spice, like a freshly baked cookie.

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Photo of davednyc
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought a 6 of this to start celebrating the season. Poured straight from the bottle into a Pilsner glass.

A - I see quite a few people commented on its clear amber color, but I'm seeing a cloudy-golden hue.

S - Started out with a strong sense of spice and pumpkin.

T - Nice with hints of spice and pumpkin.

D - At $12 in New York City, this certainly was a good buy. Not overwhelming, but considering that Corona Light costs the same in the local stores, this one's a no-brainer.

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Photo of thespaceman
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: Pours a nice medium gold to amber in color, slightly hazy. Head size was masssive and stuck around for quite a while. Lacing around the the inside of the glass left nice, even lines.

Smell: Up front you get loads of spice, lots of nutmeg, cinnamon and a bit of clove creeping around. No real tell-tale signs of pumpkin but the combination of spices tries it's hardest to duplicate the aromas of freshly baked pumpkin pie. A bit of malt spice is present as well.

Taste: Wow, this thing is really spicy! I like when the aromas of pumpkin actually overlay the spice that are included in these pumpkin beers but this thing is loaded to the brim! Lots of cinnamon, almost like swallowing a can of it, nutmeg, allspice, clove and a shot of some vanilla. Yes it has a pumpkin flavor with the mesh of spices, but it is very sharp and overdone. Maltiness tries to smooth things about a bit but it is completley defenseless against this massive overload of spicy components.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, a sharp bittering effect when sitting on the tongue. Medium bodied, the malt makes it smooth out a bit.

Drinkability: I've heard from alot of people that Smuttynose Pumpkin was the best pumpkin ale on the market but I now tend to disagree. This beer is just a mess of overdone spices that makes it really hard to session. For the money, it's not a bad choice at $7.99 a 6 pack, but if you want quality over quantity, go with a 4 pack of DFH Pumpkin Ale for less spiciness, more pronounced malt and pumpkin flavors and a higher ABV. I even enjoyed Southampton's offering alot more then this. A subpar pumpkin ale and pretty forgettable in my book.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber with a slight chill haze. Little head, and what there is sticks around as a thin ring. Smells of mellow pumpkin pie spices, a bit of cream, and some earthy hops. The taste is nice, more ssubtle than many pumpkin beers and not nearly as sweet either. The light pumpkin and spice is up front followed by a growing earth and pine hop presence. Mouthfeel is fairly mellow- slightly spicy and medium bodied but relatively smooth. Definitely a bit different- more like a pumpkin IPA or strongly hopped pumpkin ESB.

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Photo of droomyster
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with a small off-white head. Smell is heavy on the pumpkin pie and light on the ale. Taste, on the other hand, is light on both the pumpkin and the malts and heavy on the zesty hops. Overall effect is refreshing but not as complex or as interesting as some of its competitors.

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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 1,897 ratings.
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