Pumpkin Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

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

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of dtivp
2.97/5  rDev -19.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of chinchill
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
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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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

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2.89/5  rDev -21.5%
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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2/5  rDev -45.7%

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