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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

843 Reviews
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 stevemcqueenjr
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber, somewhat cloudy, medium amount of head, dissapates quickly, some fine lacing

Nose has hints of pumpkin but not much spice

The flavor has a little more spice than the nose suggests but not much. The finish actually reveals more pumpkin. All in all, a good ale but not a great pumpkin ale. Its crisp and refreshing with a light to medium body so buy a six and watch some TV because this isnt great for sipping.

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Photo of aquatonex
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've tried several pumpkin ales in the past few years, and this one is heads and tails above them.

Pour dark amber with not much head, but good lacing. Nose consists of some nice spice aroma along with a slight bit of hops. Taste is much stronger and fuller than other pumpkin ales, most are light, sweet, and fake. This one is maltier with hints of spice and hints of pumpkin. I would like more pumpkin flavor in here, but it was enough to get the idea. Bitterness rounds out the beer to give it enough oomph to actually be an ale. Altogether, I'm impressed, considering its competition.

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Photo of PSUDREW
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After sampling about 5 or so of this years pumpkin offerings, I gotta say this is the head of the class. As much as I enjoy the DFH Punkin, as middle of the road as Saranac was, and as interesting as Buffalo Bill's was, this is just the perfect package, IMO. I dunno why, but something about thise beer just sings to me

Pours a darker orange, the head dissapates quickly, but it still laces. Alot of differnt spice hints in the nose. Malty tones mixed with pumpkin hints are the 1st thing that hits your mouth. Pretty light mouthfeel, making it rather drinkable. The finish is pretty interesting too, you get a definate hops presence, which, IMO is unusual in the pumpkin ale varieties, and, tails off with a slightly cloying sweetness. Not overpowering, but a nice ending.

Good brew

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Photo of DaggerEyes
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On yet another cool rainy northeast night, I finally have been bitten by the autumn bug and decided to have some Pumpkin Ale. I decided on Smuttynose, since I have always been pleased with the quality of their beers in the past.

Appearance- The appearance of the Smuttynose Pumpking ale, looks pretty damn close to a liquified version of pumpkin pie. a vibrantly hazy orange/amber body with a small layer of stickey creamy head.

Smell- As one may expect the smell of this beer is very a blend of sweet and spicey.

Taste- The pumpkin is the first taste noticed when the beer hits the tounge, spicey and uniquely autumn. Though unlike other pumpkin ales with can taste simply like pumpkin juice, one can definately detect the qualities of an Ale in the finish.

Mouthfeel- This beer has a smooth and medium body, with a delicate amount of carbonation

Drinkability- This is the perfect beer to curl up on the couch with on a cool autumn night while record after record spins away on the turn table

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah, after a string of craptastic pumpkin ales, we come across another that is worthy. It's becoming the cool, rainy part of October here in Philly as I see more pumpkins appearing on doorsteps; hence, its time for another pumpkin ale. This one pours a very hazy peach with tiny floaties. Nutmeg, cream and pumpkin pie in the nose. Unlike some of its less-than-tasty brethren, this one lacks artificial sweetness to balance the spice, and uses a thick malt backbone instead. Spices is soft and certainly not overdone; its much more apparent at the start as the finish is mildly bitter and finishes chewy, malty and dry. I'd like a bit more spice throughout, but that's about my only "complaint." Medium bodied, light on the booze and carbonation, and one I'd certainly love to pair with some pumpkin pie. I'll have more of this come Thanksgiving. Currently #3 in my pumpkin ale rankings, if such a thing were to exist.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange color with a medium sized head. Aroma consists of pumpkin, cinnamon, and spice. It is well balanced and not too pungent. The taste consisted mainly of cinnamon and spice. The pumpkin was there, but it in the background. Which isn't such a bad thing. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Easy on the palate with very subtle aromas and flavors. A nice pumpkin ale that fits the season well.

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Photo of jakester
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as a single from Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a pilsner glass. Month, (September), is clearly notched on the label. What is not clear is if this is a born on or expiration date. The beer was very fresh, and being a fall offering, you'd think it was a born on date.

Pours a cloudy apricot with a one finger head of off-white foam. The head quickly drops to scarce islands and a ring, with intermittent splotches of lacing on the glass.

Yes, this actually smells of pumpkin, along with cinammon, nutmeg, and allspice. These spices are well contained, however. This is the pumpkin ale with the best actual pumpkin smell I've had so far.

First flavor is also pumpkin, kind of sweet, along with allspice, nutmeg and cinammon. Can't really taste what kind of malt is used. There is a decent level of bittering hops in here, along with some spicy hop flavor. For the style, this is damn good. Aftertaste is a long pumpkin and spices.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a pretty good carbonation bite coming in late. Finish is full bodied and long.

I must admit I'm impressed with this pumpkin ale from Smutty. It has a real pumpkin smell and taste, as opposed to just spices. It's well balanced, has some hop presence, and, dammit, I just like it!

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Photo of Naes
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is amber / orange with a small white head.
Its aroma is strong and is of pumpkin, clove and spice with a bit of hops.
Flavor is similar to the nose, though not as pronounced. There is pumpkin and spice flavor, but it is masked by a hop presence.
This is the first pumpkin beer that I have tried with a distinctive hop flavor. It is different and makes this one unique with in its style.
Moth feel is on the lighter side of medium bodied and is generously carbonated.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
2.94/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a cloudy amber in color with a bit of an orange tint. Not much of a head. Bits os spotted lace around the edges of the glass. Nose is absolutely awesoe. Loads of freshly cut pumpkins and buckets of cinnamon and nutmeg. Unfortunately, the flavor does not match the aroma. There is the pumpkin and spie, but it tastes more as if the pie has gone bad. Kind of sour and bile-like. Light bodied. I like the nose in this beer a lot but the flavor knocks this beer down a notch.

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Photo of radshoesbro
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle

s - noticable hops, spice, and very mild pumpkin.

a - looks like pumpkin pie in a glass. small head with very good lacing.

t - hops, not very much pumpkin, small amount of other spices. becomes more pumpkin like after a few sips. tastes more like a hoppy lager than a pumpkin ale.

m - medium body, semi-smooth

notes: i'm normally not a big fan of american brewed beers, but i would definately get this again.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.44/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great brew from Smuttynose. Poured out to a slightly cloudy orange color with a nice 1 inch foamy head. Some lacing around the glass. Aromas are laden with spices, pumpkin and sweetness. A truely exceptional aroma. Taste is nearly consistant with the aroma; flavors of sweet veggies, pumpkin, spice and a solid earthy character. I must say that out of the many pumpkin ales I have had ( albeit i've not reviewed many), this one really does have the pumpking flavor and vibe going. Very nice. Mouthfeel is along the lines of a well crafted ale, with the carbonation making the brew more enjoyable each sip. The drinkability is high, as this would be an ideal brew to drink on a crisp autumn evening. Highly recommended.

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Photo of LPorter33
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased a six pack from Martignetti's

Appearance = good looking, light golden brown with orange hue. Not much head but a nice creamy lacing that hangs around the edge of the glass.

Smell = Lots more hops that I'd expect in the scent. A second wiff gives the spices expected: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves. Smells a lot spicier than the other pumpkin ales I've tried this year.

Taste = Much more bitter and with more kick and spice than other versions. Not as well balanced but still appealing and flavorful. Tastes stronger than 5%. Has kind of a sour aftertaste that doesn't fit in well with the rest of the beer. Good soothing mouthfeel.

Overall = I rank this one right with Post Road's version. Recommended for fans but I wouldn't go out and buy it again.The sour aftertaste just drops it down a bit. Dogfish Head's Punkin ale is by far the best of this style I've tried in 05.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale orange color. Doesnt have the deep orange hue that some pumpkin ales do. Very well done aroma. Good amount of pumpkin and not overloaded with pumpkin pie spice. Slight though decent pumpkin flavor. Again the spices are not over done. Some malt sweetness. Somewhat sharp in the finish. Ok body-a bit grainy feeling and not overly smooth. Overall an enjoyable pumpkin beer. One of the better ones actually. Nice fall seasonal.

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Photo of Jason
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with a bottled on date.

A- Semi-sticky white lace with a hazed dusty golden hue.

S- Pumpkin rind, spices and a mild malt sweetness in the nose.

T- Big fruity ale flavors, abundant of spices and a layer of fermented pumpkin. Malt sweetness holds its own with a balanced spice character. Finishes earthy.

M- Exceptionally smooth with a medium body.

D- True to New England, one of the few pumpkin ales I could drink all night long.

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Photo of ColForbin
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smuttynose Pumpkin pours a hazy golden orange with a thin white head. Aroma is spicy, with cinnamon and nutmeg, with a hint of hops. Taste is more of the same, with some clove flavors coming through in the aftertaste. Nice balance of spices with a firm malty/pumpkin backbone. Medium to full bodied, with fine carbonation. I find spice beers to be not all that drinkable, but the spice here is toned down enough to drink a couple of these in a sitting.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A golden ale with an orangish glow, very much like a pumpkin beer appears in my mind. The small head doesn't last too long, but leaves some attractive residue. Although when cold the smell came off as annoying, upon warming a pleasant melding of the spices, fruit, and floral hoppage appeared. A good, very slightly sweet, bready, medium-big bodied ale with rounded flavors. Just the right amount of the twangy rotund orange fruit. My palate is not too good with the spices, but it seems like a decent amount of cinnamon in here. Could be nutmeg. I guess I need a culinary course or two. Either way, it is a nice beer that I could drink about 12 ounces of, once-in-a-while, on a fall day, before those spices grow old. Not really my thing but it is done well and I can respect that.

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Photo of oelergud
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper body, low carbonation. Off-white/copper tinted head starts out big but dissipates soon to a thin layer clinging to one side of the glass. Lace is present but could be better.
Smell is strong and potent, ripe with pumpkin and spice floating on top of a solid malt base spiked with hops here and there, very pleasant and inviting.
Taste is strong malt, pepper, pumpkin and spice, maybe ginger in there somewhere? Aftertaste is subdued but certainly there and has it's own little kick.
Dry finish and decent mouthfeel, could use a tad more substance but overall a pleasant swallow and some coating.
This was my first brew from Smuttynose and they gave this difficult style a good stab with success.


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Photo of whartontallboy
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap. Pours out a deep golden brown with a moderate white head that leaves a good deal of lace in the pint as it fades.

Smell is good for a pumpkin ale; it's got a light pumpkin scent and some spices, but the malt comes through pretty clearly. Not too over-the-top.

Flavor is pretty close to everything a pumpkin should be. The pumpkin itself is very evident in the flavor profile, but the spices are there, too. Specifically nutmeg, cinnamon, and some allspice notes. The malt backbone holds up pretty well to give it a good balance.

Overall: I love pumpkin ales, and this was my first try with this one. It does a great job of letting the pumpkin characteristics come through without just turning into a crummy spice bomb that drinks like liquid nutmeg. Highly recommended.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh yum. Truly, truly an impressive Pumpkin ale. This definitely gives Dogfish Head's "Punkin" a run for their money.

I picked this up at a beer bar (Max's on Broadway - Fells Point, Baltimore) but luckily they provided me with a pint glass, so I got to unleash it.

Beautiful deep orange color. Ahh, the scent! The full, bursting flavor! A wonderful amalgamation of fall spices and roasted pumpkin. Fills you up, mind body & soul.

Excellent drinkability. I would purchase another. Or a 6 pack. Or a case. You know what you want when you crack a Pumpkin ale, and Smuttynose delivers.

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

Executive Summary: Vastly different than Dogfish Head's Punkin' Ale, but still a wonderful fall beer.

Appearance: Pale orange and clear with a moderate head that slowly recedes to a film.

Smell: Spices. I think I'm getting nutmeg, but my holiday nose hasn't arrived yet, so I'm not 100% sure. You definitely get spices in the nose, though...plus a hint of pumpkin aroma, all against a good, malty backbone.

Taste: Heavy on the pumpkin pie spices. This is an altogether different pumpkin beer than DFH, which hits you with more real pumpkin than spice. Still, I like this a lot, and I see myself drinking this one on a cool night out on my deck.

Mouthfeel: Real purdy. Good thickness to it and moderate to high carbonation levels. Lively on the tongue.

Drinkability: Moderate. The spices are a bit too prominent to go back to too many of these at a time, but I do like the flavor, and it doesn't feel like a very hefty brew. I could mix a couple of these in with a couple other autumn seasonals any time.

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Photo of mschofield
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange-amber, topped with a two finger creamy tan head, leaves webs of lacing.
Spicy aroma, the pumpkin isn't so upfront and dominating in this one compared to other pumpkin brews. Harvest time vegetable and earth.
Pumpkin, biscuit, tea, and cookie like spices in the fairly uncomplicated taste. The pumpkin fades after a few sips, maybe I grew used to it but the biscuit and tea came more to the front.
Medium bodied, very well balanced as it doesn't hide the beer behind the pumpkin.

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Photo of putnam
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After just skinning and chopping the last 2004 Yale, MI butternut for a stew, I reckon its time to be drunk with the last of my stash of '04 squash beers.
Yellow/orange; no top really. Aromas of raw, green squash and pale malts.
Perfect dry balance of toasted bread crust flavor, racy fizz, butterfat, saturating bitterness and mild traces of sweet spices. I am taken aback by this beers lightness and agility. While the pumpkiny traits are secondary, they do set a meaningful tone. The pumpkin is pure and lightly spiced, NOT forced down with molasses and pie flavors.
This is a pale of pale ales -- refreshing, integrated and dry -- with brittle pastry flavors meeting honeyed gooseberry and peppery, tangy nutmeg elements on the finish. Squash essences repeat.
A nice surprise.

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

Murky looking copper appearance. Small dirty white head. Lacing is minimal. Cinamon, allspice and sweet malt on the nose. There's a definite clove presence on the buds. A little cinamon. Malts give some depth and sweetness. Some pumpkin flavor is present, but it's not heavy by any means. Nice feel in the mouth. Moderately carbonated and medium bodied. A beer I'd go back to more than once if it were available here in the fall.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Minimally hazed, bright pumpkin skin orange topped by a thick cap of creamy ivory foam. The lazily pitting surface gives way slowly with a gentle crackling noise and leaves delicate, yet chunky scraps of lace that bleed into broken sheets extending downward to the surface of the beer.

I hope that the flavor follows the nose exactly. Pumpkin Ale strikes me as a near perfect combination of beer, pumpkin and spice and is easily the best pumpkin ale nose of the half dozen or so that I've encountered. Nutmeg and allspice are especially prevalent.

More aggressively flavored than most pumpkin ales, a definite positive in my eyes. The spice load is significant, but stops well short of too much. There are solid amber ale underpinnings with a firm malty backbone that acts as the framework on which the bitter hops (readily apparent thankfully), the pumpkin puree and the spices can weave their magic. If nutmeg is still king, cinnamon is now prince.

A pleasant sweetness appears late, but doesn't come close to eclipsing the bitter hoppiness that reigns on the finish, as well as during the beginning and middle. The mouthfeel is nicely firm with a well contained, though still lively, amount of carbonation.

Smuttynose Pumpkin is the best pumpkin ale to have yet crossed my lips. This brewery brews good-great beer and this particular seasonal is simply further evidence of that fact. I seriously doubt that I'll ever find a better pumpkin beer. Thanks to far333 for the bottle.

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

Pours an appropriately orange/amber hue with light beige head. Smells of spice-cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and grainy, bready malts. Tastes very nice, light, and thirst-quenching. Far more subdued spice profile than some other pumpkin brews makes this a bit easier to drink. Medium mouthfeel with a nice hop bite at the finish. If you want an over-the-top pumpkin beer, go for a DFH Punk, this one is more subtle and more approachable. Well done!

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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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