Southampton Pumpkin Ale
Southampton Publick House

Southampton Pumpkin AleSouthampton Pumpkin Ale
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Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #310
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3.64 | pDev: 14.01%
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States
Southampton Pumpkin AleSouthampton Pumpkin Ale
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Photo of VoxRationis
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap into a conical pint glass. Recently retried at the Southampton Publick House in Southampton, NY.
A: Pours an amber with a two finger, off white to wheat head, profound, persistent effervescence, and solid lacing all the way down the glass.
S: The nose is floral (carnation and rose) and slightly spicy (nutmeg) with strong caramel malt notes.
T: Semidry. Palate follows nose with pumpkin, light citrus (mostly lemon), nutmeg, cinnamon, and caramel, balanced by solid bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with really good carbonation and crisp finish.
O: Possibly the best composed pumpkin ale I have had to date. Clearly a beer and not fruit juice. Subtle but unquestionably within the style.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a sturdy burnt orange to copper color with a quickly dissipating finger's worth of white foamy to bubbly head. Just a light touch of white sliding lace ran here and there.
The aroma steadies itself upon some pumpkin flesh bouncing upon some nutmeg/clove spices but they're quite faint mostly. Then a light biscuit/earthy to white bready aftertaste accompanies the end of it.
The flavor was moderately sweet pulling in the spices faintly and riding in on the biscuit/pumpkin sweetness. Light aftertaste of the pumpkin and nutmeg.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied, but seemed just a touch under with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt on par. Moderate pumpkin sweetness and a touch of nutmeg in the finish.
Overall, I say it was a pretty good pumpkin ale that I could come back to.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

notes from my tasting back in Oct 2011. Typical pumpkin beer. Nothing overly memorable or fancy. Good for 1 or 2. Nice head on the glass after it was poured. Fruity aroma! Solid pumpkin flavor...some vanilla and other spices.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live. Purchased in Colorado (as part of a 6 pack).

HEAD: ~3 inches wide. Off-white. Fluffy and soft, with a good even consistency and a nice complexion. Retention is quite good - ~7 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Clear copper of above average vibrance. Clean, with no visible yeast.

Appears well-carbonated. A deeper hue would make it look better, and it's not unique or special, but it's definitely generally appealing for a pumpkin ale.

AROMA: Authentic pumpkin gourd is at the heart of this brew - no cloying pumpkin puree or extract here. The vanilla extract is faint, and somehow doesn't lend the aroma an artificial t(a)int. Spicewise, I get clove and maybe light nutmeg, but no cinnamon, ginger, or allspice. Malt backbone is of apt sweetness, and bends amber.

Aromatic intensity is average. Suggests a balanced pumpkin ale with average depth of flavour.

TASTE: The vanilla extract does lend this a kiss of artificiality on the back-end, and it isn't really necessary or helpful up front. But the pumpkin at the heart of this beer works well - and isn't that the main concern in a pumpkin beer? Again, the spice profile isn't real intricate...just some clove and nutmeg. It's fairly well balanced in spite of the vanilla extract, but the depth of flavour is a bit lacking, and it's far from complex for the style.

Quite enjoyable and likable, albeit far from unique or special.

TEXTURE: Medium-bodied, smooth, wet, well-carbonated, and of fair thickness and heft on the palate for the style. It isn't dialed in to the extent that it elevates the beer beyond its taste, and there isn't a perfect harmony of texture and flavour here, but it's generally well-executed.

OVERALL: It's a nice little pumpkin ale, and I'm glad I picked up a sixer of it, but it isn't on par with Southampton's best work, and there are many pumpkin ales I'd sooner buy again. Still, it's nice to see a straightforward pumpkin ale - a refreshing return to form after all the pumpkin porters I've seen this season. Worth trying, and easily above average.

C+ (3.15)

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Photo of theamericanpsycho79
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Reasonably priced, being a fan of pumpkin ales, I picked this up, hearing good things about it. Well, gave it a try. Drank a few right from the bottle and then tested it from my Duvel tulip shaped glass. Here goes.

L: orangish, fizzy, nice head. The way a pumpkin ale should look.

S: decent pumpkin pie spices, maltiness, tad bit of vanilla. Blended together nicely.

T: Its rather good. Smooth, quite refreshing pumpkin spice taste. Little hints of pumpkin pie spices ranging from nutmeg , vanilla, pumpkin, little bit of hops. An okay beer, very sippable for a long night or watching a game.

F: Not the best, not the worst. Not heavy on carbonation which I hate and not watery either which I hate just as much. Its fairly okay, nothing to brag about. Slightly creamy finish which is kind of nice though.

O: Not your best but for the price, you can get a whole case of it for a decent price. If you get a case of Pumking you are going to pay a lot of money. This is half the price and you get more ale. Its good to sit back and have a few a night and enjoy for Halloween. Its not too strong, it wont knock you on your butt. Very nice but not your best as I said, lots better out there but this is worth a try.

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Photo of 303beer
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange with a little carbonation and a half inch of thin white head. The smell is pumpkin and spice . Tastes like a standard pumpkin beer. Not to sweet, not over spiced.

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Photo of beergoot
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Relevant label data: ABV is 5.0%

Pumpkin-orange color to the body; thick, foamy off-white head. Pumpkin aroma; cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Dull pumpkin flavor; mild bitterness; barest trace of vanilla. Medium body; watery.

A rather dull and flat pumpkin ale. Perhaps it's past its prime (it was purchased in late 2014 although there was no brewing/bottling date noted on the bottle or label), and although the aroma suggests great things, the flavor and feel come across as bland and limp. I appreciate a good, flavorful pumpkin ale, but this sample falls short in the overall satisfaction department...

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Second City glass.

Not sure where all of these SPH beers are coming from all of a sudden, but I'm not one to argue, especially when a new pumpkin beer is involved. This stuff pours a clear golden-amber topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose is a blast of thoroughly sweet pumpkin pie spices, all of which are undercut by a strong (and sweet) vein of caramel. The taste focuses on nutmeg, clove, and brown sugar, with the caramel being replaced by dried maple syrup, draining the majority of the sweetness from the proceedings, leaving only spice, spice, and more spice without any point. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a generally solid pumpkin spice beer, though the heft of the spice on the tongue relative to all else will likely keep me from re-indulging in this during future pumpkin seasons.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no bottle date, poured into a snifter

A- pours a clear amber-ruby color with a small fizzy white head that dissipates quickly, leaving nothing behind

S- pumpkin spice aroma with highlights of cinnamon, clove & nutmeg, mixes with vanilla whipped cream notes. Toasted caramel malt base with notes of raw pumpkin and spiced bread

T- nice mixture of spices up front, picking up a lot of cinnamon and nutmeg, vanilla sweetness seems to complement the spicing nicely. Sweet malty backbone gives flavors of pie crust, caramel, vanilla cream & raw pumpkin, more spices on the linger

M- medium-light body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a light creamy-dry finish

O- the addition of vanilla works well with the spicing, one of the better pumping beers I've had this season

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this is one of the better pumpkin beers of the year so far for me. it has vanilla in it, which i think is a nice touch. it sweetens up the squash a little bit and makes the spices not seem so dramatic as they sometimes do. the color is just right, rusty amber, and the head holds on nicely. the nose and taste both show the grain first and then the spices and pumpkin later. cinnamon and vanilla are both doses perfectly. it has some body too, it feels like a fall beer, and i think is far better than a lot of the others i experimented with this weekend. my girlfriend liked it a lot too, we may end up with a sixer of this for the week. its really tasty.

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Photo of hophugger
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Decent deep pumpkin color, good head and ok lacing. Aroma is of pumpkin pie with spices. Spice and pumpkin blend togrether pretty well to make this seasonal ale balanced. Not too much spice, which is nice and not too overpowering. One of the better pumpkin seasonal ales I have had !!!

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Light amber with some light orange and honeydew shades. Insignificant head and no lacing.

S: Spicing and vanilla. The addition of vanilla extract really gives the nose a candied scent. Clove and nutmeg are the other significant adjuncts contributing aromas. Some toasted character that I could be persuaded are pumpkin seeds.

M: Fizzy quality and a little thin. Good sense of carbonation.

T/O: For me the flavors are here. Good soft nutmeg, roasted squash to give it some pie crust flavor, flaky biscuits, lots of vanilla. It tastes like a good pumpkin pie. Solid pumpkin with spicy cinnamon on the aftertaste. However, the taste seems incompatible with the mouthfeel, which rushes the flavor profile. Warming doesn't seem to take the pop feel out of it. Sad, because it comes across as good balanced pumpkin pie flavor, not too sweet with a good amount of bitterness from the squash. It looks light, feels light, and makes light of full aroma and flavor.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Had in a snifter.

Poured this pumpkin hard and was rewarded with a finger and a half of tawny cap. Retention lasts a minute or so and leaves a ring around the glass. A ruddy-amber body glows with caramel highlights.

Clove and nutmeg are appreciable in the bouquet thanks to the slightly spicier than sweet nose. Cinnamon and vanilla do manage to sweeten up the aromas, but they are more buried than the headier spicing. The malt base is sweet and doughy. Good nose for a pumpkin ale, if not a little on the light side.

The palate has a flash of vanilla and sweet graham cracker-y malt before an overbearing mineral bitterness takes over. Just a touch of the clove and cinnamon here, but barely felt in the finish over that earthy mineral quality. And it rides hard into the finish, almost an aspirin like bitterness, that is how astringent it is. Unfortunately, letting the beer warm has done little to change this impression.

More medium bodied and watery, not very slick. Also a very quick finish for this slightly drying offering.

Southampton Pumpkin would be a good beer if the flavor profile was missing the mineral water astringency and aspirin-like bitterness in the finish. Maybe this could have been masked with more vanilla or heavier spicing? With so many other great pumpkin offerings, it would be hard to justify coming back to this again.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From: Binny's, Bloomington, IL
Date: None on bottle, 2013 release
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Southampton's pumpkin ale is a fairly standard example for the style, with big pie spice presence and little else. It could use some more biscuit and toasted malts to add additional malt flavors to a beer that is mostly dominated by spices, as well as a more substantial mouthfeel. While pleasant enough, I don't know if I'd go out of my way to track down additional bottles of this.

Pours a 1cm tall head of light beige-colored foam, made up of small to medium-sized bubbles, giving a somewhat sponge-like appearance. Retention is about average, lasting just below one minute in a decline to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass and a small island of residual foam resting atop the body of the beer. Lacing is nonexistent. Beer's body is a dark caramel brown color, with light bringing out pale amber hues. Carbonation readily visible through the transparent body, high in number and activity.

Aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg with slight melanoidin characters (light caramel, toast). Reminds me of a less bombastic cinnamon red hot candy, thankfully never reaching the cloying nature of those sweets.

Overall flavor is of pie spices and a bit of light caramel malt character; not cloying, but not particularly exceptional. Front of palate finds spicy cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove mingling with a light caramel-like sweetness. Mid-palate of continued cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, with continued caramel-like sweetness and a slightly syrupy sweetness. Back of palate finds slightly spicy cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and phenols, with a slight toasted bread character. Aftertaste of cinnamon, nutmeg, and slight melanoidin characters (light caramel, toast).

Beer is medium-light to light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, leading to a mouthfeel that at first borders on fizziness, but never reaches it, quickly calming to a fully foamy and smooth mouthfeel that's rather enjoyable. Closes semi-dry, with light stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Southampton Pumpkin Ale has a very thin, gray-white head, no lacing, a mostly clear, amber appearance, and a good amount of bubbles streaming up. The aroma is of pumpkin and Fall spices, with an underlying beer fragrance, but the flavor is reversed- mainly a beer taste with a background of pumpkin and spices. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Southampton Pumpkin Ale finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and easily drinkable. This is very good, because they did not go overboard with the pumpkin and spices, so it is still essentially a beer.


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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, Fall 2013 bottling. Pours lightly hazy orange copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, toast, clove, brown sugar, toffee, light vanilla, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of pumpkin, spice, and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, toast, clove, brown sugar, toffee, light vanilla, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, toast, clove, brown sugar, and light toffee on the finish for a short bit. Good balance and complexity of malt, spice, and pumpkin notes; with decent flavor robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good pumpkin ale. Lacking some robustness of flavors; but has very well balanced flavors and is a nicely enjoyable pumpkin ale offering.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a single bottle into a pint glass. 10/3

Pours bright copper, big bubble white foam with full settling out. Light pumpkin nose with backing brown sugar. Taste is a light, watery, pumpkin malt. Cinnamon/nutmeg blended in, but very mellow. Just a touch on the sweet side. Average for pumpkin beers.

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Photo of JustinAniello
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours clear copper with a bubbly one finger head. Quickly dissipates to a minimal cap and lacing.

S - Heavy spices, particularly cinnamon, clove, and ginger, with a nice amount of lightly sour pumpkin and sweet malt.

T - Very light flavor at first of sour pumpkin and a hint of malt, the pumpkin getting much heavier on the swallow. Spices in there as well, but also subdued. Very mild bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Light body and medium carbonation, watery for my taste in an autumn season ale.

O - I was really excited from the smell but overall disappointed after that. The flavor needed to be heavier and with more depth and I would prefer the body to be heavier. Unfortunately it is another mediocre pumpkin ale to add to the list.

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Photo of nortmand
4.37/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very clear and richly amber hued.
Aroma of warm spices and pumpkin. Rich vanilla and buttery undertones.
Heavy bitterness from the spices on the back of the tongue. Light and almost floral up front. Very balanced, but definitely lets you know it's a pumpkin beer.
Great mouthfeel. Very cozy, like pulling on a light sweater on a cool fall day.
Great beer. Not crazy pumpkin, but self limiting. Clearly made by talented brewer's who wanted to say 'pumpkin' but not throw it in your face.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: golden amber orange in color. pretty clear, yet heavy looking (if that makes sense). 1/2 finger head that fades immediately

s: creamy pumpkin pie, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, nutmeg, cinnamon, sweet caramel malts. smells very rich and sweet, finishes with a hint of clove spice

t: roasted pumpkin and pumpkin seeds are the first thing you taste. followed by nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and some brown sugar. finishes with the mellow spice and a tiny hint of alcohol - dry finish

m: solid medium. more carbonation than expected here, definitely a little fizzy

o: a good pumpkin beer, but nothing mind blowing. i'd recommend picking it up and giving it a try - its nice and mellow, with a rustic pumpkin flavor, and not overly spiced. nothing offending here. could use a little fuller flavor

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Alright, this has to be the last pumpkin ale of the night…after a few hours of nothing but drinking, I’m pretty full of beer, water, and crackers, and those high-alcohol pumpkin bombs don’t look too appealing to me right now. So here’s to a good end to a great night of pumpkin pie palates! Cheers!

A: A very still beer: over the clear orange body is a nearly-nonexistent head, and the carbonation traveling up from the bottom of the glass is minimal. Lacing and retention are unfortunately absent.

S: Toasted pie crust in force, punctuated by nutmeg, ginger, and allspice. Pure pumpkin rolls in with pastry scents, reminiscent of a pumpkin roll – cream cheese, croissant, and sweet, ripe aromas of pumpkin.

T: Unfortunately thin. This is a palate that emphasizes crisp grains, but less like a craft pilsner and more like a cheap lager. And other than that, there’s not much else worth praising: an acrid sweetness like diet soda, a metallic note like well water, and a light hop bitterness. Pumpkin flavors are authentic, but fleeting, providing momentary flashes of nutty pumpkin pie. Herbal, dry finish, tasting again like cola.

M: Thin and fizzy; there’s just not that much there.

O: My least favorite pumpkin brew in a long time, due mostly to a collection of off-flavors and its thinness. Sorry to say, but this now inhabits the lower bound for pumpkin ales, as far as my experience goes (beating out the longtime contender, Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin).

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a slight off white head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a orange amber that is clear. No head exists after it dissipates and the lacing is pretty scarce.

Pumpkin. More pumpkin. There are hints of cinnamon and bits of nutmeg but the pumpkin dominates.

The beer has a strong taste of pumpkin guts mixed with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. There also appears to be a slight hint of bitter hop aftertaste but that might just be the cinnamon.

Biting carbonation. Medium bodied but lighter than most pumpkin ales and a smooth feel as well.

A pretty good pumpkin ale and one that I recommend. The beer is certainly different than most other ones on the market and if you're looking for one that resembles pumpkin, then this is the one.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Ruby brown orange. Minimal head and lacing.
S- Genuine pumpkin pie. No artificial smell at all.
T- Nice, light medium pumpkin pie taste. Spice on the back end.
M- Good carbonation and light mouthfeel.
D- An all around solid pumpkin ale.

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Photo of bmwats
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Clear amber hue. Pours a 2 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Disintegrates fairly quickly. Spotty yet persistent lacing.

S: Pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

T: Very pumpkin-y. Bitter cinnamon stick. A dull tinge of what I guess is the vanilla spoken of on the label; but frankly, if I weren't stretching to discover its presence, I probably wouldn't have picked it out.

M: Light body. Components come across as kind of a harsh concoction. Bitter throughout.

D: Session style, although a little harsh.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice head, and some fair lacing. Nose is characteristic pumpkin and fall spice. Harsh in its presentation, but tastes like it smells. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Huh, a mini-gusher. Wonder what that's all about. Pours a reddish light brown color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains well before fading to nearly no surface foam. Slippery non-resilient lacing leaves a thin ring behind on the glass.

S- Very sweet pumpkin pie aroma with hefty doses of nutmeg and clove.

T- Not as pumpkin-y as the smell with mainly toasted malts coming through and hints of spices. Pretty easy to drink but it doesn't have the kick or sweetness I look for in a pumpkin beer.

M- Also pretty lackluster as there's no zing from the spice and is overall pretty watery. Medium-low carbonation is a detriment as well and the body is medium.

O- Pretty disappointed with this. I kind of expected better from Southampton.

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Southampton Pumpkin Ale from Southampton Publick House
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 602 ratings