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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): 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,292
Reviews:
857
Ratings:
1,917
pDev:
14.67%
Bros Score:
4.13
 
 
Wants:
102
Gots:
225
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,917 |  Reviews: 857
Photo of Zoe17
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlesstheHarvest
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Smuttynose Pumpkin pours a festive burnt orange color with a large 4 fingered head, leaving lots of lace behind in spots and speckles.

Aromas of nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon. Some wood and malts behind that.

The flavor is a tad antiseptic, but incorporates the nutmeg and cinnamon aspects pretty well, along with ginger wafers, mixed in with dirty water. Finishes out with a hop bite and cinnamon.

Feel is very carbonated, with a semi dry parch.

Overall, not really that great. I was expecting more. The nose was the best part, easily.

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Photo of Heeenrik
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Zaktcc
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sharp315
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Alphakitty
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Waggman
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber orange in color. Somewhat hazy in appearance. minimal head. Pumpkin flesh, heavy on the nutmeg and ginger. Medium bodied. Fairly bitter, dry is finish. Eh.

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Photo of richj1970
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a vibrant, pumpkin orange color with a one finger off white head.

Really pleasant aroma. Vegetal and grasssy. Sweet with notes of graham crackers, cinnamon and ginger. Has a mellow, slightly soapy, potpourri smell in the back.

I remember liking this more when I last tasted it. The beer has a spicy, bitter, vaguely sweet and overtly dry flavor to it. I'm getting coriander, orange peel, graham cracker, ginger, cinnamon and dry, floral, soapy hops.

The taste is good but one negative thing I have to say is for whatever reason a cheesy, sometimes metallic taste on the aftertaste rears it's ugly head as you drink.

Feel is light in body with medium carbonation.

This is a little too dry for my taste with a sometimes offputting soapy/metalic flavor. I can overlook those minor flaws, but as a whole I tend to like a slightly more malty and less bitter pumpkin ale in general.

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Photo of Lucular
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ron_House
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Drank from a bottle. The cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg are overpowering and not balanced. It feels clean and refreshing, but I wasn't t too impressed with it otherwise.

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Photo of Holderness
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L -- Nice pale amber with a light head
S -- Pumpkin pie spice and hops
T -- An excellent balance of pumpkin, spices, and a classic, mildly hoppy IPA taste
F -- Crisp and light
O -- A good first pumpkin ale of the season to have. Well worth the $10/6-pack

83/100

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Photo of beeryand
4.26/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of freshtojeff
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought this twelve pack at my local distributor. Wanted to wait until fall to drink it, but couldn't wait (August). Nice warmer for the cooler fall days!

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Photo of AD17
2.92/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of FrancisM12
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of KrissyKat6
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light, tasty, just ok.

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

Appearance: Hazy medium orange, with a moderate, somewhat coarse off-white head, with good retention. Thick, fine-beaded lacing coats the glass walls.

Aroma: Prominent pumpkin pie spices dominate the aroma. Roasted pumpkin rind vies with cinnamon and cloves for an aroma that typifies autumn.

Taste: Begins with tangy, mildly sour notes of earth, roasted pumpkin, and bread flavors. Soon after, a flourish of pumpkin pie spices, mainly cinnamon and cloves present. Later in the taste, some woody and spices notes appear. Late herbal and earthy hops bring the taste to a balanced close.

Mouth feel: Soft and very full, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Very well-made, an excellent Pumpkin Ale, perhaps not a typical example, but quite good.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle, sealed with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

In Memoriam: Pumpkin (April 1998 - November 22, 2014) - the best cat ever. We will always miss you.

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Photo of hardysf
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this was one of the better pumpkin beers I've had. Very well balanced pumpkin, with some other really nice flavors as well. Taste and nose is bread, pumpkin, nutmeg, and maybe a touch of cinnamon.

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Photo of theamericanpsycho79
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On the spot review. I saw this one in a new beer store I haven't been to before. They were getting rid of old stock pumpkin ales, never saw this one before and for $14 I absolutely had to give it a try. The guy behind the counter said it was great and he liked it along with another that was alongside of it. Here goes....

Look: Poured into my duvel goblet, its orange hued, like many other pumpkin ales I have tried, 1 finger head which slowly fades away. Nice looking, not cloudy, looks like a very fine beer.

Smell: A typical good smelling pumpkin ale. Not sweet like Pumking, not dull like Buffalo Bill's. Smells a little similar to Southampton. Definitely pumpkin in here, no mistake about it. Little nutmeg, too.

Taste: I was fearing this would be dull, watery and boring like Buffalo Bill's or other cheaper pumpkin ales. Surprisingly this wasn't watery at all. I got a hops taste from the start which followed the pumpkin taste. It is definitely a beer and not a watery one but the hops presence isn't bad. It just reminds you that you are drinking a beer. This is very drinkable. Absolutely not at the caliber of Pumking or Whole Hog but this is decent. Not the best, but definitely not the worst.

Feel: smooth, crisp, very drinkable, no dry mouth feel, no bitterness, pretty much an idea beer. Right in the middle between sweet and bitter.

Overall: I can't complain, yes Pumking and Whole Hog ruined me for all other pumpkin ales and they are my 2 favorites and I hated Buffalo Bill's watery pumpkin water. This one is similar to southampton but with more pumpkin flavor and more hops, as I said, reminding you that you are still drinking a beer and not watered down crap. This is very drinkable, don't let my review dissuade you in any way, I do prefer a dessert beer and Pumking is my absolute favorite with the sweetness, creaminess, buttery pie crust, nutmeg, spicy goodness... but this as I said is great for a nice chilly evening watching a movie or tv shows and for someone that wants what the title delivers, a pumpkin ale.

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

Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 1,917 ratings
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