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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): 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
Reviews:
850
Ratings:
1,893
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
14.75%
 
 
Wants:
98
Gots:
215
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Reviews: 850 | Ratings: 1,893
Photo of Franchise
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great pumkin ale, This beer pours a thin white lace that disappates quickly. The smell is pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar. The color is a nice amber very clear and nice. The taste is very smooth, it has a nice hoppy kick with each sip as well as a nice pumpkin flavor that is enhanved with some cinnamon, nutmeg, and some allspice.

This is def a great pumpkin beer, this would pair very well with some roasted pork loin marinated with brown sugar, cinnamon, and some allspice to mirror the flavors in the beer and it would be great with the obvious pumpkin pie.

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

(My first time taking notes on a beer...)

Pours a cloudy orange with an off-white head.

Funky pumpkin aroma. You can pick up some spiciness in the nose, too.

Nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin sweetness. Dry in the hops, but otherwise pretty sweet. Not much malt presence, but balance comes from fruity sweetness.

This beer is medium-bodied and smooth.

This is the first pumpkin ale I've ever had, and I like it. I'd say it's 'accessible'; not very bitter (more spicy and sweet), and very drinkable.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz., unfiltered, best by September. Pours a hazy amber/orange with lots of sediment and floaties along with a 1 inch yellowish/tan head and a few bubbles that rise slowly. Kinda looks like their IPA. Smells of real pumpkin, some nutmeg and clove, and hops. The piney/citric hops are more bitter than I expected, but I like the hop kick. There's also malts and notes of pumpkin, nutmeg, cloves, and a touch of cinnamon in the background. The accumulated spices in the last sip numb my mouth a bit. The body is medium and very smooth like their IPA, and you can tell it's unfiltered. A good version of a pumpkin.

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

It pours a slightly hazy orange, and a finger of loose white head settles soon to a frothy film. Cirrus wisps of lacing jot the glass.

The aroma delivers perhaps a whisper of malt, and maybe an inference of yeasty remnants, but the main thrust is cloves, a smidgeon of cinnamon, and more cloves. Oh, and cloves.

Upon sipping, there's a base of mild malt sweetness, but that's promptly upstaged by a mellow but real clove spiciness with other autumnal seasonings in tow, reminiscent of skim chai latte. A rounded dusky character, fruity but without the expected sweetness, drifts through. A lightly lingering degree of spice-driven bitterness populates the comfortable finish.

Light bodied, it has a pleasant presence in the mouth, leaving behind a glow as it flows eventually away.

Maybe it fits best in a time and a place, but it certainly fits them well. Granted, if you don't like the fragrant earthiness of pumpkin pie, then this one won't make it for you, but if you do, it will be a crisp seasonal treat. In fact, I'm lucky, because it is indeed my cup of tea, so to speak. It's pretty, with a clovey sweet goodness, and it's a drinkable dose of pumpkiny pleasance. I'm liking it, and will continue to all Fall.

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Photo of Px2GrafX
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

presentation: 12oz. bittle with a photo of a small pumpkin with a thick stem on the front of the label. pumpkin ale is in a simple sans font across a bar running across the top of the label, with "ale brewed with pumpkin puree and spices" in an italic serif font directly below. "cucurbita pepo" across the bottom. think it means pumpkin in some language. there is a bar on the left of the label with the first letter of each month. there's a notch by the "s" for september. no abv displayed.

appearance: pours a lightly hazy burnt orange with brighter orange highlights in a stein mug. head is a nice lightly off white 1 inch. drops to a capper after a while, but lacing is all down the glass. some floaties in the brew and bubbles rise slowly and randomly.

smell: first aroma is of nutmeg. malty sweet with hints of cloves and cinnamon. touch of grain as well. i have the hardest time detecting pumpkin when there's this much spice. there is a cheap macro lager twang in the nose as well.

taste: very spicy. nutmeg and almost a peppery flavor. tingles on your tongue unlike carbonation, and then leaves it dry almost like you've sprinkled nutmeg directly on your tongue. there's some pumpkin flavor that you taste in your nose. hops are spicy and a tad grassy. malty sweet but dominated by spices. finishes dry and a touch bitter with pepper and nutmeg.

mouthfeel: crisp and resiny light mouthfeel with good carbonation. rolls around smoothly, but clunks a tad in the swallow.

drinkability: very drinkable. crisp and quaffable with the alcohol being vertually nonexistant. strong spices may become annoying.

overall: i love pumpkin ales this time of year and this is not a bad pumpkin ale. one of the few where i taste pumpkin seperate and not just pumpkin pie. peppery spices are strong and begin to hinder me, though. very good, but if it's sitting beside the dfh punkin', i'd go the route of the dfh.

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

Served in a tulip, this is a bright orange beer, very pumpkinlike actually, a thin beige head, small amount of lacing. Smell is spicey--nutmeg and cinnamon, with a slight pumpkin note. Taste is very nice, a sweet light malt infused with pumpkin followed by a wash of brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper and ginger on the finish. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, and is rather dry. I enjoyed this beer a lot, definitely a solid pumpkin ale.

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Photo of lpayette
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells of pumpkin and spices, just as one might expect. Pours a medium amber/orange semi-cloudy color with little head. Not much carbonation. Tastes mostly of spices with a hint of pumpkin. I would have liked to have a stronger pumpkin taste, but considering this is my first Pumpkin Ale I have little to compare it to. Overall this is a really nicely balanced, very drinkable beer. Definitely looking forward to trying other Smuttynose brews.

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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.

-Oelergud

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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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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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