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

Yellowy orange, somewhat cloudy, good carbonation bubbling, small compact ivory head, tiny spotting lace.

Aroma is a well defined display of cinnamon, nutmeg, fresh pumpkin guts, and light malt. Very warm and quite appealing with a nice strength.

Taste is fabulously delightful with a finely delicate array of spices over a light bready malt. Warming, soothing, and well spiced. Nothing jumps out at ya really, its a great medley of nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, and pumpkin. Lovely finish of lightly sweet malt that has a nice smooth grab and a very slight return of warming spices tingle across the palate late. Yummy fun.

Smooth, clean, spicy, without all the spice grab, good malt presence, medium body, good finisher. Swell drinker too. Floats right down and keeps a nice warming tone of spice, like a freshly baked cookie. Great seasonal treat.

Thanks to monk for a scrap from his table!

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Photo of markman
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale:

A slightly cloudy orange pour settles under a nice head. Hops, nutmeg, pumpkin aromas. The promise of hops is fulfilled on the palate. Pumpkin, nutmeg, malt, with a bigger hop presence than expected. Puts me in the mind of Dogfish Head Aprihop, with pumpkin in stead of apricots. Basically an IPA (not as intense as Smutty’s IPA) rounded out with some pumpkin and nutmeg, and makes for a very nice fall seasonal. And the damn complexity of this is staggering. As it warms the pumpkin and spices dominate the aroma and taste while the hops provide a sharp bite at the finish…very nice, this damn 12 oz lasted about 12 minutes…and the pumpkin and spice flavors hang around long after the 12 oz is gone. A damn good beer.


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

Tried via cask during the SPBW Real Ale Fest. Officially, this was my last “new” pumpkin of the season (that is, unless I spy any more during my trip to Philly & NJ this weekend.) and definitely one of the best. I definitely feel it scores higher in taste and mouthfeel than both the DFH Punkin' and the Post Road offering. Of course, this was a cask version that might be a bit more complex. I was unable to find the bottled versions around the Balto. area.

According to the literature, “Pumpkin pie spices are added at the end of the boil and the real pumpkins are added to the fermentor." This comes across in both the aroma and tastes of the beer.
Pours the color of a pumpkin pie, a darkish hazy orange. No overwhelming head to speak of. It did have a very clingy ring of lacing. (I had several beers in the same glass over the day, with only a bit of water to rinse, there is a good chance that this inhibited the head retention…)
Very substantial spice aroma with allspice, ginger, and nutmeg (Mmm Pumpkin Pie)
Those same spices come through in the flavor. Very mellow pumpkin malt is evident as the spices ride high. Although they are there, though, they aren’t excessive.
Goes very smooth and creamy. Since the spices are muted, there is a good chance that you would enjoy having several. Finishes relatively clean, with a hint of cloying sweetness and spice. Would go very well all alone, or with a desert or two.

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Photo of drjones633
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The Aroma of this beer has a strong spice smell cinnamin or mabye nutmeg, with suttle pumpkin in the background.

The drinkability is low, the flavor of the spice over powers any flavor of hops or malt that may be there.

This may be a good beer for anyone that doesn't really like beer, or wants to try something totally different.

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

I've had this in a bottle several times but it was the other night
@ Ricks Cafe up in Kingston, NH that this pumpkin beer finally
hit it with me. On tap this beer was delicious, not to sweet and
not overwelmed with spices. A nice smooth tastey beer that
smelled perfect for the coolness in the air, between the Red Sox, the election and the Patriots you can't loose with this local

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Photo of TAMU99
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange, with flecks of what I assume (and hope) are yeast. Thick foamy head leaves a nice lace.
Smells of spices and citrus. Lots of nutmeg and cinnamon.
Taste mirrors this. Pretty hoppy and spicy.
Feels realltively smooth, although it bites occasionally.
Overall, it's interesting and worth a try.

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Photo of Brent
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Interesting orange soda color. Fresh aroma that reminds me of Juicy-Fruit gum. Similar fruity/sweet notes in the flavor. This interpretation is not going for the pumpkin pie thing, rather more of a general fruit beer theme. Maybe just a bit of nutmeg in there. Not something I'd want a lot of, but I found myself pretty much drinking the whole glass trying to get a handle on the flavors.

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Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer, with a notch on the label, no clue what it signafies however. Orangy amber, with a white head, shows decent retention and streams of bubbles rising up. Respectable lacing, Slight spicey nose. Medium bodied, malty center, expected pumpkin flavors fairly well concealed (much to my pleasure) in the rear. Up front is just a touch of spicing and a slight pumpkin note. As the pumpkin theme is quite mild and reserved, I enjoyed this take on a style that really doesnt do it for me.

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Photo of BrewMan13
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A foamy, white 2-finger head forms and slowly dissipates, leaving lacing in its wake. A thin cap is left. Color is a murky orange. I dont think one could ask for much more for the style.
Smells like, well, pumpkins. Tastes liek it as well. Unlike some other pumpkin beers which overload on spices (which admittedly, I dont mind) this one relies primarily on the real pumpkin mash for flavor. The pumpkin is not really overpowering in this ale, even though it is the most prevalent flavor. I actually find it hard to pick up on any of the typical pumpkin spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, etc), but I expect that they are there, only subtle. Has an ever-so-slightly bitter hop finish.
This is obviously a well-crafted pumpkin ale. I have only ever had one other one though. If you want real (but not overpowering) pumpkin taste, then you should go for this one. I am actually not a huge fan of pumpkin flavored-products in general, so I probably didnt like it as much as my review numbers indicate, but rating per style, it gets high marks.

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Photo of TinusTime
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown with a slight off white head. Aroma is of spice and malt. Taste is nice.. Malty upfront with the typical pumpkin pie spice flavour. However unlike some pumpkin beers this is not so over powering. Also hops come in at the end to help dry out the sweetness and balance it out. Mouthfeel is nicely balanced but seemed a bit grainy to me. Also seemed a bit thinner than some of the pumpkin ales Drinkability is OK, but like most pumpkin beers one or two is enough as they tend to get too much after a while.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

slightly hazy copper with a light tan head. the smell is spicey pumpkin, with a small amount of hops. malt and sweet pumpkin flavors present with nutmeg and slight cinnamony flavors toward the finish. also a surprisng amount of hop bitterness. medium bodied with a healthy dose of carbonation. a solid pumpkins ale, but there are others i will return to before this one.

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Photo of xgrigorix
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce brown bottle, best by date notched on label.

Pale bronze with a pillowy beige coloured head that retains quite well.

Big spicy aromas. Cinnamon, nutmeg, & allspice.

Big blast of sweetness right up front. Pumpkin rushed in with all of its accompanying spices. Allspice is particularly strong. Dry finish. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

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Photo of bigjohn
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Poured into a pint glass, cloudy orange color, about an inch of head. Nice looking beer.

Smell- Spicy. Pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves, other spices as well. Definitely smells like pumpkin pie.

Taste- Slight sourness, the pumpkin and spice that were present in the nose are definitely there in the taste. Not really my thing, but it is not bad. As it warms, the 'pumpkin pie' aspect of the beer becomes more noticeable.

Mouthfeel- A little thin, a certain sharpness to the beer makes it pleasant.

Drinkability- I don't think I could drink more than one of these. Definitely not a session beer. I have never been a big fan of pumpkin ales, but I can respect this one as a good quality beer.

Overall, this beer is good for the style, but in the beer world as a whole, certainly not something I will be coming back to. It is worth a try, but a liking for this beer is definitely dependent on personal taste.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured crystal clear light amber golden. The head was off-white and fell like a rock, but tried to lace the glass.

The aroma was slight pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, allspice, and clove.

The flavor was light with a decent bitterness backbone. Not what you would call malty. The spices awere present and muted. Cinnamon, clove and allspice most noticeable, but not overdone.

The finish was dry with lasting bitterness and spice. The body was medium.

12 ounce bottle. A decent pumpkin ale, mostly spice presence, but nothing too complex or interesting, a nicely drinkable beer.

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

Enjoyed in a smuttynose pint glass with the seal logo. It says Make mine a smutty even though my bottle doesn't. The bottle, as you see from the picture, looks as if the labels were hastily glued on, as if the bottler can't wait to get this product to wanting clients. The pumpkin picture, labeled "Cucurbita Pepo" looks out of place for a smuttynose bottle.

Yellowish orange on the sides with more orange in the middle, this october seasonal is retains an active ring of head hugging the glass.

Although not so much with this glass, that familiar warming aroma of the malt of other smutty favorites is present. A mild hoppiness aroma is also present with a hint of apples.

Slightly bitter taste is complimented by a spicy note of cloves and nutmeg. The apple flavor that I noted before diminishes slightly... The alcohol is not very present or is well hidden.

Sipping a little from the head causes a nice fluffy mouthfeel, otherwise it causes a slight tingle on the tongue and pokes at the tastebuds in the back with mild bitterness.

This is my favorite pumpkin ale so far. I found DFH to be mediocre compared to this.

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

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a pint glass. Nice looking label with a picture of a ripe pumpkin on the front. This beer was brewed in September. Clearly notched on the side of the label.

Appearance is a burnt orange color with a substantial, fluffy white head.

Aroma of pumpkin, spice, nutmeg and malt hit your nose right as you pour this beer into a glass.

Tastes very similiar as its smells....pumpkin pie and nutmeg are dominant. Nice malty backbone with a pinch of a hop bite on the finish that blends well with the overall spice profile.

This is one of the better tasting pumpkin ales that I have sampled yet.

Very enjoyable and a great treat on a nice October night like tonight.

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Photo of danadeny
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a perfect orange / light yellow color. Small frothy head, with a medium carbonated body. Smells of light nutmeg, medium pumpkin and medium cinnamon. Spicy on the tongue, mild pumpkin and cinnamon. Little bit of bitterness, little bit of a weird soap like flavor mixed with the bitterness. Overall a nice balance of all flavors. Very smooth, clean finish.

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Photo of scottum
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out an orangey amber with a full white head. Malts are large and sweet with great pumpkin flavor coming through. Hops are actually there and do a great job of adding contrast to the pumpkin. This is perhaps the most hopped pumpkin brew that I have tried, and I do not think that it hurts the beer. Mouthfeel is smooth and helps make the beer more drinkable.

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


Pours a hazy orange amber with a large fluffy white head. Looks a lot like their IPA. Smells strongly of nutmeg and cinnamon, along with the obvious pumpkin. Reminds me of refrigerated leftover pumpkin pie. Taste wise the purre of pumkin really stands out. It's almost as if you can chew on the stringiness of it. The spicing enhances the whole experience of it. It really gets better as it warms. Mouthfeel is moderate and carbonation is not unbearable. Perfect to drink on this cool Maine October evening.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The best thing about this beer is that you do get a taste of pumpkin, as opposed to simply the spices we associate with pumpkin. I love the appearance. Orange, pumpkin (of course) with a nice head which goes down to a nice lace which stays throughout. You get a nice array of spices in the nose. There is a sharp but brief bitterness at the end of the taste. I'm not sure if this is from hops or if it is the alcohol coming through. It was fine, but doesn't seem to be appropriate for a pumpkin ale. I could get used to it though.

Despite this one critique, this may be the best pumpkin ale I've ever had.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. amber bottle courtesy of AKSmokedPorter in his effort to have me completely hung over for a recent golf tournament...

It's pumpkin-colored. Slightly toasted orange in color, with a slick layer of foamy white head. Fizzy. Aromas are wonderful. Not 100% pumpkin...more like mama's pumpkin pie: pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon. This theme is wonderfully carried over to the flavor. Lots of pumpkin flavor here, spiced up for good measure. Slightly bitter on the tail end, and this mixes nicely with the spicy pumpkin notes. Not at hefty as I'd expected, but very, very drinkable. A great fall beer and one I'll seek out again.

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

I am actually enjoying this ale at the time I am writing this review. I have been drinking quite a bit of pumpkin ale this season, and along with the others I've had, this one has been quite a pleasure. Overall the nose is a bit more subtle than most of the other pumpkin ales I've had recently, but not too distant. The overall taste on this ale has been somewhat subdued, but nice nonetheless. There tends to be a slightly more bitter finish along with an apparent malt flavor. Overall this is a nice ale, that I would recommend. I would love to try this on tap at some point.

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Photo of EPseja
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

[review updated: 08-15-2005. A: 3.5 to 4.5, M: 4.0 to 4.5, D: 4.5 to 5.0]

[review updated: 11-12-2009: S: 5.0 to 4.5, D: 5.0 to 4.5 -- over time I've noticed that while this beer is awesome, it is missing the style-critical squash/pumpkin notes]

Served at just above fridge temperature in a pint glass.

A: This beer was vibrant rust-amber in color, with some very small sediment in suspension, and a lasting pale head that created consistent lacing all the way through.

S: The smell however, was anything short of mediocre. Autumnal spices - cinnamon, clove, allspice, nutmeg and fresh pumpkin - all present in perfect amounts; slightly sweet and hoppily spicy, without being too "hot" to the nose.

T: The taste begins with a generous hit of the aforementioned spices, paired with an IPA-style lightness and crispness that makes it easy to draw. In the mouth, the aromatic flavor subsides and the taste becomes light-bodied malty before it hits the back of the tongue where an initially hidden hoppiness grows larger than the original taste. The finish finds the spices completely mellowed out in the background while the hoppiness reaches it's peak flavor - all without the cloying sweetness that ultimately makes it impossible to drink more than one of most other Pumpkin Ales. The aftertaste is light, fragrant and a touch dry, making it very easy to continue sipping until the glass is empty... and then reach for another!

M: Initially light, then blossoming into a creamy, roundness that slides right down the gullet, leaving a slight hop dryness that leaves you wanting another sip.

D: This is an incredibly drinkable pumpkin ale, mostly due to the top-notch blending of the spices, malts and hops. There is no single dominant flavor that ruins the balance of this beer. An absolute pleasure to drink at any time of year.

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

This is probably my second favority pumpkin but it is not close to the DFH that I tried earlier. It pours a hazy, dull copper color with a slight head of mostly bubbles. The nose is one of cinnamon and nutmeg with a little pumpkin but very little malt and almost no hops aroma. This tasted like a store-bought pumpkin pie as opposed to a fresh-bake one. The maltiness, spices, and pumpkin were ther but I tasted no balancing hops aroma. The flavor is good and I would not refuse a second, but I waited a couple nights to finish the second one as opposed to the DFH, which I finished that night.

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Photo of 99bottles
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: A nice amber-orange color with a thin head of white that didn't last. Bad pour, I suppose.

Smell: Some of the classic fall spice; nutmeg, clove, cinnamon. A very authentic pumpkin smell too. Reminds me of a jack-o-lantern.

Taste: Immeadiate notice of the nutmeg and cinnamon gives way to the taste of fresh pumpkin. Not as pie-like as other pumpkin beers, this one lets the pumpkin remain the focus of the flavor, with the spices there for support. The malts are smooth and rightly bland, allowing the beer to dwell in its other ingredient. This is a very nice pumpkin ale, and if I ever see it in bottles I'll reach for a six pack.

Mouthfeel: Nice, not heavy, smooth and moderately carbonated. Well paired to the flavor and ABV.

Drinkability: Some people get turned off by fruit or spice beers, but this one I think I could have repeatedly. I like that this doesn't overstep its bounds at any time in any place. That makes its drinkability great in my book.

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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 843 ratings.
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