Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Pumpkin AleSmuttynose Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States | website

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

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

Pours a slightly hazy dark orange. 1 inch head, not a whole lot of lacing down the glass.

Smells like most good pumpkin ales do- cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, vanilla. Bit of caramel.

Tastes great. A thick malt backbone of brown sugar, caramel and toffee is overlaid with a lot of pumpkin pie spicing. The malt backbone isn't as sweet as I'd expect, much drier, which keeps the possibility of this beer being too cloying in check. Not much actual pumpkin flavor here. Some actual hop flavor too- a bit of pine.

Full bodied, creamy, dry mouthfeel.

A great pumpkin beer. A step down from Southern Tier, Horseheads, and Schlafly, in my opinion, but still quite excellent.

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Photo of Fergyx825
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: an orange-cloudy appearance with some head on the surface of the beer, that does not go away after pouring. Not as amber as most pumpkin ales are.

Smell: a more citrus smell to it, with some pumpkin and definite spice. Not as rich and flavorful as most pumpkin ales. smells more on the lighter side of the beer.

Taste: This beer taste of citrus, there is some spice and pumpkin to it. A bitter taste at the end. I really think this is pretty good, but it doesn't fit the usual pumpkin ale.

Mouthfeel: almost no carbonation, and i think this has medium thickness. I really enjoyed this beer other than its mediocrity.

Overall: this is a good beer, just doesn't blow you away.

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Photo of barczar
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden orange with a frothy yellowish cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving modest lacing.

Pumpkin, clove, ginger, and cinnamon form the initial aroma, with a bit of toasted malt lurking in the background. The balance is spices.

Flavor is actually a bit beery, with toasted, nutty malt underlying the ginger, pumpkin, and clove. The finish is fairly bitter and dry. Ginger dominates a bit, providing a cola flavor.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation, and the finish is harsh.

Ginger is not my favorite flavor in a beer, and I'm not a fan of harsh bitterness or cola, so this isn't my favorite seasonal.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.92/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
6.3% ABV, Best before 12/20/13 printed on neck. "brewed with pumpkin puree and spices"

A - Giant clumps of sticky lace cake the whole pint as the tall off-white foam plateaus to a sparkling pile above the hazy orange beer. It doesn't look much better than this!

S - This pumpkin ale is a bit spicier on the nose than it is pumpkin-y, smelling of nutmeg, allspice, and a dash of cinnamon on some fresh pumpkin; however, I keep getting notes of baby diaper and wet cardboard trailing behind sweet pale malts.

T - The flavor mirrors the nose in that it's very spice forward, rushing forwards while pumpkin hangs back with the malt and relaxes. Strong astringency rises up for a biting, off finish that's not very pleasing.

M - Well carbonated with a slight tingle to the swallow, this spicy and generally smooth pumpkin ale has quite a bit of an astringent, bitter finish for the style.

O - Beautiful from the get-go, this pumpkin ale has a nice introductory aroma that quickly becomes off with unpleasant wet cardboard - though not oxidized - and carries slightly into the bitter, astringent flavor and feel for a pumpkin beer that's not at all pleasing to drink.

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Photo of DeFaz
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had 15 different pumpkin ales already this year and it's only the beginning of August. Many taste very similar and the pumpkin seems thrown in there without much concern for how it will work with the other flavors. This beer is different. The appearance is nice, with a short/medium head that leaves great lacing. The smell is not as sweet and bold as many other pumpkin ales, and there's no hint of alcohol. The taste is nicely balanced, with more hops than what I'm used to in a pumpkin ale, a little less pumpkin, and a little more spice (cinnamon, nutmeg), giving it a spicy taste with a finish that's actually more dry than sweet. The mouthfeel is on the thin side but all of the flavors are captured nicely, and it goes down smooth. Overall, this is one of the better pumpkin ales in my opinion because of its great balance.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paying respect to the original American ales that supplemented grain with gourde, Smuttynose does a fantastic job of fusing what was useful about those historic recipes and today's dessert-forward concoctions.

As the beer settles soon after the pour, it brightens with a perfectly clear copper-gold color that causes me to want to call it 'orange'. A frothy column of foam rises above the beer. Just off of white in its foam, its strong retention and intricate lace continue to tell the tale of a well crafted beer.

Spicy with the common pie aromas, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and nutmeg all tingle the nose and gives a zesty "fall-type" scent. Its support of caramel, biscuit and grain are the perfect balance for the spice additions.

To taste, its semi-dry malt sweetness greets the tongue first. Much more of an Amber Ale flavor gives the beer strong ale roots that isn't heavy or unnecessarily sweet from malt excess. As the sweetness begins to dry out in the middle, the sprinkling in of spices provide an uptick in zesty spice to accent it drying finish. Hoppier than expected, the beer finishes with the clean, crisp, and somewhat pine resin-like closure of drier American Amber Ales.

Medium-bodied to start, the supple sweetness and carbon dioxide gives the beer a fluffy pumpkin texture. But as the ale sheds its carbonation and light sweetness, it turns decidedly ale-like with graham cracker and pie spice for an echo of dessert yet arid and semi-clean with grain and hops.

Well formulated and executed nearly to perfection, the beer does exactly what it was designed to do. Half ale and half pie- it speaks to the historic nature of the pumpkin and also to what today's craft beer has turned it into. Still, its subtlety is a far cry to the more seductive and dessert-like properties of more assertive, newer versions.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy medium golden color with a decent sized white head that displays moderate retention. The aroma is all pie spices, cinnamon nutmeg and all spice come to mind. Light sugary malt deep underneath with a hint of earth. The flavor is a little tart but sweet with brown sugar and flavored with pie spices. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick spicy tart mouthfeel. Its a pumpkin beer, a bit too light in body and sweetness for my tastes.

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Photo of MistahBeah
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden orange with an off-white head. Mild retention. Some lacing. Too hazy to see any carbonation. Color-wise this is what I look for from the style. Off to a good start

Smells pretty damn good. Big spice aromas - nutmeg, allspice, ginger, cinnamon. Earthy pumpkin. Vanilla notes. Graham crackers. Everything I wanted to smell with a very nice balance

Tastes like the nose. Big spice in the foreground. Nutmeg and ginger at first fading into spicier cinnamon and nutmeg. Then the pumpkin takes over complementing the earthier spices. Backbone is sweet malt with faint traces of vanilla and honey and a hint of brown sugar. The finish is slightly bitter and (again) earthy

Mouthfeel is on the slightly fuller side of medium-bodied. A little drying. Big and spicy with some heat

A great example of the style. I've reviewed quite a few pumpkin beers this (early) season and was getting discouraged having not really enjoyed any. Glad I tried this so I know there's still hope! Would definitely get again and recommend if you're looking for a great pumpkin ale with a lot of character and a nice balance

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Photo of KYGunner
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light pumpkin orange color seems awfully appropriate as a bright white fizzy head congeals atop.

Spicy pumpkin and earthy gourd set the aroma. Hints of nutmeg and cinnamon are peppered about the scent.

The taste is very earthy with a sprig of pumpkin spice. More gourdish on the palate there's a bit of nutmeg. I taste a bit of resinous hop flavor but caught a buttery daicytl.

The feel is very light and bubbly and fills the mouth with a wateriness.

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Photo of Act25
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a bottled on date.

A- Super-sticky white lace!
Poured into a perfect pint, a crown that rose above the glass lip, and lasted, and lasted, and laced all the way down. Beautiful orange, amber body, hazed, and great body all the way down.

S- Pumpkin filling, spices and a core bready malt sweetness - pumpkin pie like. Appetizing and yes! perfect for harvest meals.

T- Starts with pumpkin, fruit, grass, topped with abundant spices, all based on a lovely real beer drinkers Malt base and a hoppy, tingly, counter bitter balance. Finishes grassy, dry, earthy.

M- A beer drinker's mouth feel, very satisfying, smooth, with medium body.

One of the few pumpkins you could drink all evening. Great with food in this case fresh mashers, pork burrito, garden tomatoes, mozzarella and provolone.

Edged Elysian (also very good) out to be the best pumpkin yet. SmuttyNose is a great brewer.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with a awesome label. A picture of a ripe Pumpkin gracing the front. Perfect label for the fast approaching Autumn season. I'm a big fan of Smuttynose and their style. Poured into a Standard American style pint glass.

A - one of the best pumpkin ales I've ever seen in terms of color. A pumpkin ale doesn't need to be a pumpkin color as we all know that's not how beer works. But this thing is as close as I've ever seen to a pumpkin colored pumpkin ale. Bright pumpkin orange with a lovely haze about it. Pure Smuttynose looking ale here. Head matches colorwise to the golden hued pumpkin orange. It pours luscious and sits brilliantly leaving behind a good amount of sticky lace.

S - lots of spice. Allspice and cinnamon. Pumpkin makes up the backbone with a touch of typical Smuttynose malt. A little toasted malt.

T - pumpkin flavor hits up front and quickly runs out of steam when the spices take total control. A touch of fruit and earthiness to this flavor.

M - a bit thinner than I was anticipating from both a pumpkin ale and a smuttynose offering. It is fairly smooth however with just enough bitterness. Not a massive ale, but big enough where I thought there would be a bit more mouth coating sticky texture. Not bad though.

O - this is a pumpkin ale anyone could enjoy and have a couple while you're at it. Some pumpkin ales are hard to finish and that's from someone who loves pumpkin. This one had the stuff to be great, but its just lacking a touch of flavor for me to go that far. Take nothing away from the Smuttynose Pumpkin ale however. It's a very good offering for the upcoming Fall season. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of becktone
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Done in a horizontal tasting with Anderson Valley Fall Hornin'.

Eye: Initially this one forms a nice head, but it quickly falls to little more than a ring around the edge of the glass. Color is hazy orange with fairly active looking carbonation.

Nose: Nutmeg and allspice in the nose, some cinnamon and vanilla as well. I am also picking up ginger now that I am looking for it. Actually the more I smell it now the more and more the ginger seems to dominate the others. Smell still reminds me of a pumpkin pie though. Spices don't overpower the aroma of this beer and are pleasant enough. Grainy malts come through to support the spice aromas. General sweetness from the malt.

Tongue: Nice beer overall. Surprising but after the first sip there is some hop flavor on the swallow. Bitterness as well to balance out the sweetness of this beer. I'm getting all the flavors that were in the aroma. Vanilla is in here which helps to round out the sweetness and soften the bitterness giving it a kind of authentic pumpkin pie taste. Spice blends well together and isn't overpowering. Grainy notes linger in the aftertaste. Definitely one of the better pumpkin ales out there. Body is medium with appropriate levels of carbonation and it finishes dry. Nothing too special or "wowing" about the body, just average, it is what it is supposed to be.

Drinkability: This is one that I'd drink again for sure. I like this beer. As afore mentioned it is one of the better done pumpkin ales. Schlafly still tops the list for me though(out of all of this style I've had). Definitely worth a try, I can see myself coming back to this one before the season is out, or when all the Schlafly Pumpkin sells out in mid September…..

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Photo of jimmah120
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, very fresh

look is a great unfiltered yellow with pumpkin highlights. smell is spicy clove, pumpkin, and herbal hops. the scents jive well together, surprisingly. the taste is similar: crisp bready malts, slight pumpkin sweetness, and a punch of spice (cinnamon, peppery clove, and a healthy dosing of hops).

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on a recent trip out to Maryland. Got it in a semi-sketchy looking bottleshop without checking the bottling date. Best by 3/2/13. Damn it all...

A: Murky orange color with a thin cream colored head. Light lace.

S: Smells pretty decent. Caramel, nutmeg, allspice, clove and some unsweetened pumpkin. A bit of a chlorine like yeast smell as well.

T: Definitely not as sweet as I'm used to a lot of pumpkin beers being. Bready malt with a good amount of spice, but it feels a bit overspiced. There's almost so much spice that it becomes bitter. Finish is very bitter and a touch sour. Vegetal pumpkin in there, but it doesn't really taste that good with all the spice. Not a terrible pumpkin beer, but also not fantastic.

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Photo of Joe_Grizzly
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm a homer on this one so bias review

nice creamy mouth feel not dry and overbearing like a Sam Adams

slight pumpkin aftertaste which was nice

only other pumpkin ale I've had was shipyard pumpkin head so not a lot to compare too in that regaurd

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Photo of dtivp
2.97/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a cloudy amber orange with a one finger foamy off white head that fades quickly into a tick ring with moderate lacing.

Aroma of clove, cinnamon and just a hint of pumpkin spice.

Taste is very spicy with a floral hops. This is a very spicy pumpkin ale with just a slight hint of pumpkin. Leaves a very bitter after taste.

Mouth Feel was light leaning medium body with moderate carbonation. Crisp and very spicy, smooths out some as it warms, a little sweetness creeps in.

Overall not the top of my list for pumpkin ales, this is definitely the spiciest one have tasted.

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Photo of chinchill
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Undated 12 oz bottle served in a pint glass. Slightly hazy amber color with a small but remarkably durable off-white head. Spotty scraps of lace are left on the glass.

Aroma: a bit too soapy/yeasty/musty, and has an out of place floral note. Pumpkin pie spices evident but not overdone.

Taste: excellent combination of beer, pumpkin and spices, with a fine sweet/bitter balance that starts mildly sweet and ends lightly bitter and earthy. Nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice linger on in the aftertaste. The spice load is significant but not over the top, allowing flavors of squash, malts and hops to shine through.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation seems spot on; medium body; very smooth.

O: Despite an unattractive aroma, Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale is one of the best pumpkin ales I've ever had. Wish I'd bought more than one!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottle reading best before 02/26/2014. Acquired as a part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. I had this beer last year, but it wasn't fresh, so I'm curious to see how it fares.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Semi-aggressive pour yields about two fingers of fluffy doughy off-white / tan colored head. The body is a light orange color reminiscent of a pale ale or an IPA, with lots of bubbles rushing to the top, and a fair amount of sediment floating around. Some fluffy scattered lacing clinging to the glass.

S - The spices take the front seat here, mostly all cinnamon, cloves, allspice, thyme, and nutmeg. Any actual pumpkin smell is firmly in the background. Some lemongrass & earthiness coming through, along with some faint funky yeast notes.

T - Very lightly bodied, and lightly flavored also. Herbal spice rack notes are again the most prominent taste here, but even they are faint and lacking in depth. Earthy pumpkin and some bitter hop presence.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy, with a bready malty finish. Lightly bodied. Slightly over carbonated, in my opinion.

Overall, it is a simple, easy drinking pumpkin beer. An average offering from Smuttynose, but I have to admit, my opinion of this beer has changed for the better. Not exactly the most flavorful of all pumpkin beers, but a solid classic example of the style.

Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale ---3.5/5.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.89/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Appearance - pour begins a clear and bright amber. About two-thirds of the way, a clump of sediment hits the flow and clouds things up. Nice creamy manila head, good sticky lace all around.

Aroma - primarily cinnamon and clove, complements of pumpkin pie spice I imagine.

Taste - malty start, typical spices are nice and festive. The swallow turns rather bitter rather fast. Chasing out all sweetness, the aftertaste and finish are kind of harsh. The end stays dry and harshly bitter, not really what I would consider to be in the style. Not that a pumpkin beer can't have hops, but these dominate the malty, spicy side and undo the beer.

Mouthfeel - average body, plenty crisp and refreshing.

Overall - I have an outside thought that this bottle may have a rogue strain of something in it that is turning it dry and bitter some five months after Halloween. Best before 1/31/13, I could try a fresher sample this season.

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Photo of UnderPressure
2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange, slightly hazy beer with a fizzy one-finger head. Some lacing.

Spices and sweetness in the aroma. I'm picking up some kind of minty or herbal spice I wasn't expecting in a pumpkin ale.

Heavy spice in the flavor. Too much, in my opinion. This is the spiciest pumpkin ale I've had. It's like I'm drinking a spice cabinet. But it does get more tolerable as you drink.

A nice light to medium bodied viscosity with pleasant carbonation with an average length spicy bitter finish.

Smuttynose beers are usually spot-on. But, the spice really ruined an otherwise great beer. Way too overwhelming.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this from a bottle into a stemmed ale glass. Initially I had about three fingers of head; that died down to a finger of foam. That finger held up for some decent retention.

Off the top you get the stock pumpkin ale smells of: nutmeg, clove, and pumpkin (duh). The flavoring is almost like pumpkin pie. There is even some crust smell. It is reminiscent of the Southern Tier version. The difference is that this one is sweeter and has less of the crust presence.

This is a pretty good pumpkin. Much props go out to the folks at Smuttynose.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange with a light sea foam head and no reportable lace. Carbonation within the oversized wine glass can be seen through a pale orange glow when put to the light.

Light pumpkin pie spices.

Light flavors tend more toward the bitter side than most pumpkin beers. The finish is long, with a light bitterness and much more pumpkin flavor than on entry, though still mild overall.

A medium body with soft carbonation and no alcohol.

This one is definitely suited to the rustic nature of autumn.

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Photo of silverking
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with an off white head. Nice lacing. Smells like pumpkin pie and hops. Creamy mouthfeel, although It is a little overly carbonated. Pumpkin, spices, and a nice hop finish on the palate. I am looking forward to puchasing this again next year.

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Photo of LeRose
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance on pour is a deep gold, very slightly hazy. About a quarter inch if foamy head that dropped quick to just a coating, but persistent and pretty heavy stickage to the glass.

Aroma was surprisingly hoppy, but with some nice pumpkin and spices, cinnamon, maybe nutmeg? Couldn't pick up any malty aroma underneath.

Taste was somewhat like an IPA, pretty decent hops, then a mini blast if pumpkin pie like flavor, minimal sweetness, bitter on the back end. Maybe a slight acidity note as well.

Mouthfeel to me was a but thinly. Some lingering aftertaste bordering on unpleasant.

Overall, it was a nice tasting beer, not as slammed with pumpkin pie flavors. More subtle than others in the category. Probably not in the permanent rotation,by a very nice brew.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky golden caramel color with a minimal white head that soon settles into patchy blotches. Aroma is vibrant, smelling of pumpkin spices, especially cinnamon, and pumpkin, along with some trace hop fragrance. Bright hop flavor is surprisingly dominant up front in spite of its meager presence in the nose. The pumpkin spices appear to clash with the bitterness of the hops, and the disharmony is distracting. There is also a wheat-like funkiness on the back end that I don't particularly care for. The carbonation is a little on the high side but still manages to facilitate a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. That, however, is not enough to offset the detractors in the flavor department. I was expecting better from Smuttynose, but I feel they missed the mark a bit with this one.

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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 844 ratings.
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