Southampton Pumpkin Ale | Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Pumpkin AleSouthampton Pumpkin Ale
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Southampton Pumpkin AleSouthampton Pumpkin Ale

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Southampton Publick House
New York, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by slander on 01-02-2003

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Ratings: 603 |  Reviews: 309
Photo of Mac19872
5/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of blackbearywheat
5/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a clear orange body with decent head that had a spicy, cinnamon and pumpkin smell along with some sweet malts. Medium body with a noticeable amount of spice but has a great sweet balance of cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin that goes down easy.So far this is my #1 Pumpkin ale that I enjoyed.

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Photo of MaddDogg84
5/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of JustIPAs
4.87/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My wife and I found this one on tap a few months back, and we're not expecting much. I love Southampton's IPA, but am not typically impressed with their ales! Boy, was I surprised by this one!

Overall the color is a standard copper hue, but the nose of this ale is impeccable! The spices are perfectly matched with the pumpkin flavors. I spoke with the brewmaster and he explained that they used pumpkin innards only to make the process easier, so they could produce additional batches. The alcohol presence is much more apparent than most of the other pumpkin ales I've tried, but it is not too strong that it interferes with the drinkability!

Overall a great brew, but an outstanding brewery!

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Photo of gatesseanm
4.87/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I felt lucky to have been able to go to the publick house while the pumpkin ale was one tap. I may even make the 1.5 hour drive back to Southampton just to pick up a growler. Best part of drinking the pumpkin ale was the rich and delightful aftertaste that reminded me of thanksgiving pumpkin pie.

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Photo of dbauer78
4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.7/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, "just in" (according to the guy at the beer store), served in a pint glass.

A - clear, orange color with a good sized, light tan head that eventually thinned out, leaving good lacing.

S - good mix of spices, sweet aroma.

T - excellent pumpkin ale, great spiced flavor.

M - medium bodied with very crisp carbonation.

D - very easy to drink a few of these.

Final Note: I don't think the guy in the beer store was lying to me about the freshness of this beer, and I was very impressed with this brew from Southampton.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.69/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A big note of thanks to Imbiber and Lou Sones of the Brazen Head's Cask Head fest on this one!

This came off of the handpump with a huge, foamy, white head. The color was a sort of coppery-orangish hue, but pretty clear, especially for this serving type. The nose was to die for. It was spicy and rich, like a fresh baked punkin pie. Amazingly, even the head had fantastic retention, better than some bottles and a lot of drafts that I've had. Clove, cinnamon, all-spice - all jumping out both on the nose and the palate. Yow! I love the fall. This actually had a semi-creamy mouthfeel. I was reminded of the ice cream at last weekend's NEBF. I experienced loads of spice tingling on my tongue. The cinnamon was especially sharp. The finish resonated with spice. The cinnamon felt as though it had coated the roof of my mouth. Yum. However, according to fellow ASN writer, Ms. Mug, this whole exercise marks me as a "non-self respecting" beer enthusiast. Where do I turn in my card?

This is a bottle review, dtd Su, 17 Nov 2013:

From the bottle: "This unique amber ale is brewed with real pumpkin and traditional spices for an authentic seasonal flavor."; "Long Island's Original Craft Brewery Beers of Distinction Since 1996"; "Ale Brewed With Pumpkin, Spices & Vanilla Extract".

This has been my year (2013) of the pumpkins, some high, some low, but a concerted attempt to get as many pumpkin beers under my belt as possible.

My aggro pour created two fluffy fingers of tawny head with good retention that began to create nice lacing as it fell. Color was a coppery amber (SRM = ~ 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled just like pumpkin pie! The cinnamon was prevalent, but the vanilla was also present and the other spices stood in line behind those two. In looking at my cask review, the clove was in this version, but not as prevalent, nor was the mouthfeel as full and soft. This had a creaminess, but the carbonation was more prickly on the tongue. Finish was tasty, and it was probably one of the best pumpkin beers that I have had from a bottle, but it did not measure up to the cask version. I am now curious to try and find it on a draft account.

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Photo of Applesauce1
4.63/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up the Pumpkin Ale at Hyde Park Wines & Spirits in Cincinnati. ej285701 gave this his approval, so I'll give it a whirl.

Appearance: dark orange-brown color with about a 1" off-white head on the pour; looks great
Smell: cinnamon and hops are the two most prevalent smells along with a little bit of pumpkin pie as expected (smells more like a winter warmer than a pumpkin ale, but I'm a fan of both)
Taste: awesome! pumpkin pie, cinnamon and hops are the three flavors I can pick up the most; this is the hoppiest pumpkin ale I've ever had, and the brewery blended the flavors together perfectly
Mouthfeel: medium bodied with nice carbonation (I made a nice pour on this one)
Drinkability: it's going down pretty fast

This is the best pumpkin ale I've ever had and one of the best beers I've ever had period. I'm hoping to see another one of these around the store sometime soon, but being January, my chances are dwindling. However, I'm definitely looking forward to next year's batch.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.54/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - a pleasant, clear iced-tea color, an almond head of maybe a finger. Melts down rather fast and plain, but a decent start.

Aroma - cinnamon, pumpkin, and nutmeg - very nice.

Taste - a malty base with just a touch of sweetness. Roasted grains underpin some seasonal spices including cinnamon and pumpkin. Nutmeg comes through on the aftertaste and exhale. A delicious style done well.

Mouthfeel - smooth, a touch heavy, with robust carbonation.

Drinkability - delicious and totally sessionable.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Southampton- Pumpkin Ale

Appearance- Dark red/ orange brown with a frothy head.
Smell- Strong pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
Taste- Nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice come through first, followed by malty graham cracker/ pumpkin.
Mouthfeel- Big flavor throughout. Intensifing in the end.

Overall- Possibly the best Pumpkin Ale I've ever had. Absolutely delicious. Worth the $4 for 1pint6oz.

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Photo of kmwilson76
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of HUXC
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S- Served from a chilled 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- A dark golden amber/orange color with about a fingers worth of white head that leaves a nice lacing around the brim of the glass.

S- Smells of nutmeg, cinnamon, and other pumpkin spices that goes along with fall.

T- More rich in flavor then most pumpkin beers that I've had. Predominantly pumpkin taste with a dash of nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice and almost a chocolaty coffee finish.

M- Moderate amount of carbonation, full bodied pumpkin ale.

D- Very enjoyable to drink. Not a beer that should be pounded.

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Photo of Budlum
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with one inch of creamy, tan head that lasts about one minute. Very transparent brown body backed with copper and orange hues. Plenty of carbonation is displayed on the sides of the glass.

As appropriately described, cinnamon and nutmeg dominate the nose of this beer. Some toasted maltiness is noticeable but mainly the smell of fresh pumpkin pie.

The flavors are kicked off by a toasted malt presence backed with a quick burst of dry hops. Almost immediately, the pumpkin and spice flavors take over. Sweet pumpkin with smooth nutmeg and a nice cinnamon pop best describe the spicy flavors. This ale finishes long with a creamy, caramel presence mixed with the previously mentioned pumpkin spice. A dry, hoppy character adds complexity to the pumpkin flavor. The taste reminds me of a deliciously smooth Brooklyn Brown Ale served with a slice of *insert high-quality baking family members name here*'s pumpkin pie. Possibly the most balanced pumpkin ale available.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and creamy. The overall spicy character provides and nice burst of flavor with each sip.

Drinkability is excellent. The flavors are very balanced, something hard to find in a pumpkin ale. I'm glad that I purchased a case of this and another may be in order for Thanksgiving because this one will not last.

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Photo of mcallister
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper in color that turns too burnt orange/ruby when held to light. A small tannish head fades quickly leaving no lace.

This is one splendid smelling pumpkin ale. Smells like it just came out of the oven. Very balanced aromas of pumpkin (which can be hard to find in some) nutmeg, all spice, cinnamon, ginger, toffee malt and even some graham cracker.

One of the better pumpkin ales I've had the pleasure of experiencing. Very dry no sweetness. Impecable balance. Same pumpkin, nutmeg, all spice, cinnamon, ginger, caramel, toffee malt as the nose with an even bigger emphasis on the graham cracker crust.

Thick medium carbonated mouthfeel. Leaves a dry moderate finish. Easy drinking and delicious.

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Photo of sinistrsam
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear orange gold with a medium white head and good lacing.
Tons of spice up fornt in the nose; pumpkin and allspice, mild citrus and cinnamon, cloves. Very complex but balanced well; something that many pumpkins can't do well.
Mild hoppiness is overshaddowed by sweet pumpkin and spice, but once again, not too strong with either. Very well balanced.
This was meduim bodied and faded from mildly sweet into a bittersweet and hoppy/dry aftertaste that in my opinion is perfect for fall. This is very drinkable (even the 22 oz.) and one of the best pumpkins I've had this season.

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Photo of Cakanator
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite pumpkin beers that has just enough pumpkin flavor and spices to not be watery. Great orange red color. Nose is better than pallet which is a let down to some, but as my first official fall beer to the season I liked it. Pumking is better but this will do.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64 oz growler 20 hours after opening- pours a slightly hazy golden amber color. Has very minimal head but when it was fresh it was plentiful, good retention, no lacing.

Smell is very nice- pumpkin, pale malt, a little nutmeg, a tiny bit of hops.

Taste is wonderful- perfect balance of pumkin, barley and hops. Some bitterness up front, followed by the pale malt, then pumpkin and the appropriate spices (cinnamon and nutmeg), then finish out with some mild American hops and sweetness.

Mouthfeel is nice- medium light body, light to moderate carbonation, slightly sweet finish. I don't like pumkin beers ordinarily but I have enjoyed this grower. I would recommend this over shipyard or any of the others I tried.

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Photo of nortmand
4.37/5  rDev +20.7%
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 beerthulhu
4.37/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a beautiful bright pumpkin orange color with a creamy moderate diminishing tan head that left a fair lacing on the glass. There was a ample amount of visible carbonation.

S: The nose bursts with fresh pumpkin spices, cloves, cinnamon, and hints of caramelized brown sugar. There is definitely a presence of fresh pumpkins lingering in the background.

T: The initial flavor starts out with some sweetness, munich malt, fresh pumpkinbread and finishes with some dry nutmeg and cinnamon. The beer finishes with a dry residual lacing of nutmeg on the tongue. I really enjoyed the tone down spicing of this beer, which lets the fresh pumpkin flavor take center stage. Most pumpkin ales are heavily spiced while not incorporating real pumpkins in their beer. This beer proves to be well balanced, very clean with a nice malt bill. There is a nice residue of spicing and grains.

M: The mouthful is light, almost watery at times with warm pumpkin and caramel.

D: Overall a solid good pumpkin beer that is refreshing and not overly done with spices making it much easier to consume then the other spice dominated beers.

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Photo of bultrey
4.37/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hands down my new favorite pumpkin beer. What a treat to have this on cask at the Waterfront Ale House in Brooklyn. Slightly hazy orange/brown, good fluffy head at first dwindling to small ring of carbonation as expected with a cask. Smells like fresh pumpkin pie.
Taste is quite shockingly bitter up front, but like an earthy vegetable bitter, not hops bitterness. This quickly gives way to a smooth, slightly sweet pumpkin/bourbon/brown sugar malt flavor, and then the pumpkin pie spices kick in. I can't identify the predominant spice in here that makes this better than many of the others -- I think it may be allspice, or even some coriander? Not sure, but it's fantastic.

Wow, what a shock... <sarcasm> another great beer from Southampton.

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