Southampton Pumpkin Ale | Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Pumpkin AleSouthampton Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States

Style: Pumpkin Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by slander on 01-02-2003

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Ratings: 602 |  Reviews: 309
Reviews by Cadyfatcat:
Photo of Cadyfatcat
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep amber maple syrupy color, frothy white head

Smells of pumpkin bread with meaty pumpkin and a little allspice

Nice bready pumpkin taste, not over spiced at all, unlike some other
pumpkin ale’s. Cinnamon dryness hits the palate relatively soon and stays the entire time. Curious raw pumpkin note and lively finish. Maybe a little too much bittering.

It is essential this beer be served above fridge temp, maybe into the 50’s F. I found most of the flavors imperceptible initially while they shined after I let the beer warm.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Polished pumpkin with butternut squash trim; this is a gourd looking beer. A generous number of rapidly moving bubbles can be seen joining a large, creamy cap that is pale orange-tinted ivory in color. Small chunks of bubble bath lace are beginning to stick, but they look too melty to last. Pumpkin ale looks like a pumpkin ale. A good pumpkin ale.

The aroma is one of the best of this style that I've ever encountered. It smells like the beer equivalent of pumpkin pie; no surprise since pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice) are used. Man oh man, I feel like putting a big dollop of Cool Whip on top and digging in with a fork. Somehow I don't think the body is quite full enough for that to work however. An outstanding nose!

The flavor doesn't quite reach those lofty heights. Having said that, this is definitely one of the better pumpkin ales in existence. The base beer tastes like a lightly sweet amber ale with just enough toasted breadiness to give it character and allow it to stand up to the rest of the ingredients. I'd like to see the hop bitterness ratcheted back just a tad.

Most pumpkin ales use a similar spice bill, but most brewers aren't able to add the spices exactly to my liking. Too subtle is as bad as too spicy. Thankfully, Southampton has hit the spice bull's eye. I can see how some might think that it's over the top however. My theory, when it comes to beer at least, is that it's better to be too bold than not bold enough.

My initial impression of the mouthfeel was that it was full enough, but that it was too fizzy. Time, as it so often does, has remedied the latter so that the beer is less sharp feeling and more smooth. Several more vigorous pours should continue to bleed off the excessive carbonation.

While it isn't the equal of my very favorites, Southampton Pumpkin Ale is very good beer. My worries about the generous amount of spices wearing away my enthusiasm over the course of the bomber haven't been borne out. I would love to have had a bottle with my Thanksgiving dinner; something that I'll be sure to keep in mind for next year.

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Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass,a fuller but not quite as deep as burnt orange color with a half finger white head that lasted well.Warming pumpkin pie spice aromas with nutmeg and cinnamon dominating,a bit of toastiness undereath the spice complimented it well.Like to many of the style for me it's a little too spiced on the palate,cinnamon,nutmeg,and orange-like cardamom flavors over top of a lightly toasted base,it's not overly sweet just a bit over spiced.Not a bad pumpkin ale but not something to drink alot of because it gets a bit to my opinion.

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Photo of DanGeo
2.42/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Mac19872
5/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of tbryan5
4.21/5  rDev +16.3%
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 orbitalr0x
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the 22oz bomber into my glass a clear red-orange color...reminds me of fall and pumpkins for that matter. A nice half inch of bubbly eggshell head on top. Aromas start out with a nice caramelized pumpkin aroma alongside plenty of spiciness including cinnamon and nutmeg. A bit of burnt sugar...quite nice and reminds me of fall weather and pumpkin pie!!

First sip brings a flow of caramel pumpkin goodness right off the bat. It's followed by some brown sugar and a wonderful mix of spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and maybe even a touch of clove. It flows down with a hint of bitterness and a nice spicy finish that is so well balanced and not overwhelming at all. This is a damn tasty pumpkin ale in my opinion and I'm glad to have the opportunity to try it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a nice strong flow of carbonation. I enjoy drinking this brew and will easily finish the bomber off. A tasty pumpkin ale that ranks up there with the best ones I've sampled personally. I'll be seeking this one out again next year and hope to sample it a bit fresher when it comes out! Cheers once again to Southampton on a fine creation.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Orange color with a medium-sized white head. Aroma was malt and pumpkin, with a hint of spice. Tasted mostly pumpkin pie spice, but the malt and pumpkin also showed through. The first impression was that it was too spicy, but it mellowed out as it warmed a bit. Decent beer, but couldn't drink a lot of these.

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Photo of heddar33
2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

Photo of generallee
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Its label has a nice description of the beer on the back and the abv (5.5%) on the front. There is no freshness date however.

Appearance: Its body is very hazy and dark amber in color with some tiny slow moving bubbles. This carbonation is only visible near the edges of the glass. The beer is capped by a one finger tall, egg shell colored foam head. This head quickly fades to a small ring of foam with a wispy thin island in the middle. This ring of foam makes some nice slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is has a classic blend of pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, nutmeg and clove) over biscuity dry malt and some slight hints of leafy hop spice.

Taste/Palate: There is a mellow blend of mildly sweet bready and biscuity malt with classic pie spice. It does have a light pumpkin flavor that blends nicely into the background. The spicy notes turn bone dry in the finish along with some mild hop bitterness and leafy/spicy flavor notes. The mouth feel has a medium to full, well carbonated feel. This makes for a slow sipper.

Notes: In my overall impression is that this is a very well made and well balanced pumpkin ale.

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Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber w/o freshness info...first off I am no fan of the style, however, this one I found to be unexpectadly enjoyable, a pleasant suprise, if you will. Pours typical, semi cloudy dark amber, under a moderate tan head, that left spotty lacing and some tongues of sheeting. Nose is of ripe fruit, apricots and subtle fall spicing. Taste here is of a high quality, pumpkin, apricot, apple pie or tart. Soft fruity goodness, with no sweet sugary distractions. Pleasant and easy drinking, bring on a cool winter afternoon and some football games. Nice job here, as usual, by southampton. This one also would likely be a good beer for craft beer newbies.

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Photo of tigg924
2.4/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, orange-brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin spice

Taste: cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spice, and toasted malt--almost marzen like

Mouthfeel: overly sweet and spicy start with a bitter backbone that becomes bland, high carbonation, light bodied

Drinkability: The bottle describes this beer as not wanting to be over the top. This beer starts with a bang really sweet, but fades just as quick. With the light spicing, the beer becomes bland as the spices fade too quickly and what is left is a light marzen beer. I think with some tweaking this has potential to be really good. However, I have had better from the brewery and in the style. I would pass on this in the future.

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Photo of badbeer
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber color, white head, leaving some lacing. Smell was pretty good, light smell of pumpkin and spice, definately some nutmeg. Taste has hints of tasting like pumpkin pie, but seems to be a bit bland. Don't get me wrong, there is enough pumpkin taste to notice, but just seems a little too light. Body was on the lighter side of medium, with quite a bit of carbonation. This was alright, but the one bomber I had will suffice. Worth a try.

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Photo of uconnalum2
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a deep amber that starts with a healthy head but settles down after a few minutes. The smell is very spicy especially cinnamon. The taste is very sweet and malty, like pumpkin pie mixed with an Oktoberfest. The overriding taste is cinnamon that leaves a prickly spiciness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and fairly smooth. Drinkability suffers a bit from the sweetness. Overall, this is a bit too sweet for my liking but a nice change of pace to have each fall.

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Photo of mylesj
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of standardcherry
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Served into a nonic,split a 22oz two ways,brown bottle crimp on cap.

Intense dark coppery color with a reddish hue,off white head creamy diminishing to a coating of foam.
A very pleasing aroma,smelled like a freshly baked pumpkin pie.Spicey aromas of cinnamon,nutmeg,allspice all evenly balanced.
An intense pumpkin taste,but not overwhelming.Cinnamon.nutmeg,allspice evenly distributed throughout the taste.A bit bisquitty,with a nice dry tart finish.
A medium mouthfeel,slightly cloying,pleasing,easy on the palate.
Very drinkable for a flavored beer,a very well done pumpkin ale,
Enjoyable,one of the best pumpkin beers I've tasted. Would drink this one again,be great with Thanksgiving dinner.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Fluffy white head that disappears immediately. No lacing or retention of any kind. Golden honey amber in color. Slightly hazy. Perhaps from pectin or lack of filtration?

S: Decent sweet malt and pumpkin aroma. Slight citrus hop on the nose.

T: Smooth malt character. The pumpkin adds to and balances the malt. Not overly spiced like MANY other pumpkin ales. There's just a tinge of tannins from the very mild hop profile.

M: Refreshing and light on the palate. Aside from the mild hop tannins, this beer has a well balanced feel.

D: Very drinkable. Could be a great fall session beer.

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Photo of far333
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear apricot colored with an off-white head that rises up quickly and sizzles away to nothing.

Aroma of corn and vegetal notes, some nutmeg and vanilla.

Flavors of toffee and graham cracker, nice pumpkin flavor, notes of nutmeg and cinnamon, well-balanced, not overly spicy. Finishes clean.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, low carbonation, somewhat dry. Tasty pumpkin ale, very drinkable.

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Photo of briandaube
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Appears a caramel amber with an off white thick head leaves sparse lacing spread out but I must say the head did have some good resiliency. Aroma...pumpkin pie baby, with sweet crusty breadiness and hints of that underlying lovable gourd with the traditional spice routine of cinnamon, nutemg, and all spice. Flavor comes off creamy with pie filling sliding across the palate in liquid form quite the novel idea right??? (yeah I know but these Southampton guys pull it off a little better than most). Spicy layers with those same spices noted in the nose and bready roast malt layers leaves traces of caramel and more pumpkin pumpkin flavor almost vegetable in nature. Mouthfeel is even with smooth creamy carbonation definitely medium bodied brew but damn it goes down with ease. Drinkability is great much more thatn the typical pumpkin ale I like this one for the balanced spice profile compared to some other god awful pumpkin ales.

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Photo of chinchill
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Grayson (GA) Beer Festival

Hazy orange-amber with a towering off-white head.

Boozy pumpkin pie aroma; some spices but with plenty of actual pumpkin aroma.

Flavor follows aroma but with the alcohol more hidden and the pumpkin less evident and less natural.

Rather thin body; actually somewhat watery.

Disappointing, particularly after having at least 3 fine 2011 pumpkin ales from other brewers.

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