Pumpkin Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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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:
#33,409
Reviews:
859
Ratings:
1,920
pDev:
14.67%
Bros Score:
4.13
 
 
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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

Photo of WickedBeer
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SalamanderPusi
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

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

Photo of Jason_cs
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mlkluther
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nicely balanced and subtle pumpkin ale - especially when put side by side to most other pumpkin ales. I would buy this again - which is not what my usual reaction to most pumpkin beers.

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Photo of Santiagocpr
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of John_Squires
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mattias
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gemini6
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jeschaefer
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chris_Huston
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful light pumpkin color, even if a bit too light. Smell is typical sweet pie and spice, but a bit faded and with a nice faintly sour tinge. The taste in large part is the classic sweet pumpkin taste of most of the really popular pumpkin beers, but at a far more subdued level with more of the base beer coming through, making this both unusual for the style (though not to say *out* of style) and a refreshing entry. As far as both pumpkin and beer, with a bit of emphasis on the beer, this gets the highest marks. Very easy to think this is much more like "early colonial" beers than any other major distro pumpkin beer out there today. l prefer the stronger pumpkin, pie, and spice flavors in offerings like Pumking, Pumpkick, and Whole Hog, but this is great and irreplaceable as a counterpoint to those.

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Photo of imperialking
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hop_junkie
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of therubicon
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice balance between pumpkin and spices.

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Photo of AuntBea
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigbutter
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zaraspook
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sustaineuphoria
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good taste also extremely smooth

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Photo of TWStandley
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StonewallSipper
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Overall, I just don't get enough taste, pumpkin, spice, or otherwise.

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Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 1,920 ratings