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Southampton Pumpkin AleSouthampton Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Real pumkin pie. Sweet cinammon and brown sugar in aroma and in taste. Spices that could go for an xmas beer too.White ice cream head on orange body. Not for everybody. Good medium smooth mouthfeel vanilla ice cream. Mild secondary bitterness. WIth food unless you are a fruit beer freak.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy copper body, some lacing, single finger head with poor retention.

S: fresh pumpkin, nutmeg, brown sugar and caramel.

T: spices, sweet pumpkin, nutmeg, brown sugar. follows the nose closely other than the pumpkin is more like fresh carved pumpkin in the aroma and more pumpkin pie in the taste.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this is simply a pumpkin ale as expected. nothing memorable for a good or bad reason.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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 Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a nice looking amber color with a fizzy white looking head on top. The smell of the beer had a decent amount of autumn spice on the nose. The flavor of the beer was spicy upfront and then faded into a sweet caramel aftertaste. The mouthfeel was pretty good, plenty of carbonation to it and a nice medium body also. Overall this brew is pretty good, it's not my favorite pumpkin brew but not a bad one at least.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy light amber in color and poured with a thin layer of off white bubbles covering the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There is a moderate aroma of allspice, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg in the nose, which also has some notes of pumpkin.
T: The taste isn't very strong and the flavors are very similar to those in the nose: pumpkin pie spices and of course pumpkin.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit thin on the palate. There is a medium amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is quite sessionable.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Liked brews from this brewery in the past, time to try their fall seasonal. Aroma is of nutmeg and little bit of pumpkin, not overpowering though. Taste is pretty good, a bit on the light bodied side, decent mouthfeel. I do like how the pumpkin isn't too strong here.. some nice nutmeg and cinnamon notes in there as well. An above average pumpkin ale for sure but doesn't hold a light to some of the best pumpkin's out there.

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Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a fizzy head that quickly dissipates and leaves a few dots of lace

Smell: Boiled pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice and vanilla

Taste: Starts with a bready pumpkin, cinammon and gingerbread flavor that, after the swallow, is joined by vanilla and a hint of earthy hops to provide a balanced, slightly bitter finish; subtle hints of nutmeg and vanilla on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink and an interesting twist on the style which, by other brewers, is either skewed toward pumpkin pumpkin pie or pumpkin flavor; this has both and bit of hops to boot

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Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
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 emerge077
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aromas right away are squash suggestive, true pumpkin without all the sugar and spice junk. Dark orangey brown fairly good retention, with lace all around. The nose is really fresh and pleasant, reminiscent of carving out a jack o' lantern, or other pumpkin related activity.

Flavor is malty and dry, some cinnamon in the back end, and toasted pumpkin flavors up front. It's fairly transitory and doesn't linger long on the palate. Feel is a little seltzer like and plain. Some maltiness lingers, with spartan touches of squash and cinnamon. Overall it's very clean, dry and utilitarian. Not a spice bomb thankfully, but it could use a bit more oomph to it also.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice, moderate orange color with a white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward some sweet pumpkin as well as cinnamon, clove, allspice, and a little bit of brown sugar. The taste is sweet pumpkin and light brown sugar as well as a good dose of spicing. Nice, creamy mouthfeel. Drinks really quite well for what it is.

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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 nickfl
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a clear, copper colored body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves decent lace.

S - Caramel malt, earthy pumpkin, and spicy notes of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg.

T - Dry toffee up front with some clove and allspice in the middle. Finishes with lightly spicy hops, clove, cinnamon, and a touch of earthy pumpkin.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not bad, it is a pretty standard pumpkin ale but a little dryer than most. Might work a little better with a touch more sweetness.

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Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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 jlindros
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another missed beer in my quest to review all pumpkins this year.

A: A nice 1.5 finger head that's nice and creamy but pops downwards quickly. A hazy pale orange to toasted brown color distorts all light passing through so it can hardly be seen arriving on the other side.

N: Two words, spiced pumpkin. I get a nice pumpkin aroma, decent strength, then some spices, misc spices, hints of sugar and sweet malts, a touch of creaminess, and that's about it.

T: Hmmm, quite different! It has a nice light malt taste with some sour fruit, almost like a Belgian sour, but it's pretty light. Like a slight cherry flavor, and pumpkin flavor blended. Almost some Belgian saison like malts and spices come through as well, but also very light. The spices are very light. It's like a nice combination of a bunch of good tastes but kept throttled back so they don't overpower. A very slight bottle conditioned yeast makes its way through. The pumpkin is light, and added with cherry like flavor, is pretty nice.

M: Pretty good body, decent carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty dry and with quite a bit of saison characteristics. Some light spices start the finish but fade quickly. A slight fruity malty taste seems to reveal itself again after the spices fade. It actually finishes very clean. It's a really nice take on a pumpkin beer. Almost like a Belgian Saison pumpkin and cherry beer. Lots of great flavors kept light and tasting great. I really like this one and might be one of my fav pumpkin beers now. I should try to stock up.

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Photo of chinchill
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
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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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy ruby orange with 1 1/2 fingers of creamy eggshell white colored head. A thin but strong looking layer of retention leaves some nice looking creamy lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is a nice smooth smelling mix of spice and greenish pumpkin meat with a touch of citrus and some floral hops in the back.

The taste is a mellow and smooth mix of spices, tang, and pumpkin with a nice fresh tasting tingle of hops in the back. Finishes sweet, citric, and slightly bitter. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sharp carbonation up front that spreads out into a creamier feel. There is only just the slightest sensation of beef to the feel, otherwise the ABV is extremely well hidden.

This Pumpkin Ale had a different type of feel from others that I've had in the bottle, being all around more mellow and creamy, but I still really dug it. A really tasty Pumpkin Ale that I've been wanting to try for a while now and finally got around too. I would seek this out again next fall.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep orange color with a medium foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is loaded with spices (typical nutmeg & cinnamon of the style) along with caramelized malt and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very bready, sweet and spicy with flavors of pumpkin of course, cinnamon, nutmeg and caramel. The malt character is very hearty and there’s a mild hops presence. The pumpkin flavor comes out more as the beer warms. The after-taste is slightly sweet and maintains the spice flavors.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not as filling as most beers in the style but still makes a very good representation thereof. Although April might not be the ideal month to be drinking this type of beer, it’s kind of chilly tonight so the beer is actually hitting the spot a bit. It’s definitely one of the best I’ve had in the style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear dark copper to amber in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pumpkin pie spices (primarily allspice, nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon) with some lighter notes of pumpkin. Slightly sweet smelling.

T: The taste is quite similar to the smell for this beer with both pumpkin pie spices and pumpkin featuring. There is a moderate amount of caramel malt sweetness with lighter flavors of pumpkin. The pumpkin pie spices in the flavor are cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. Starts out sweet and finishs with some light bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: This beer is easy to drink with pumpkin pie flavors that are not overbearing and a moderate ABV. Enjoyable and certainly a beer I would have again. Not overly sweet like some offerings in this style.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark copper body with a foamy, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Aroma of freshly-carved pumpkin flesh, fall flowers, and a crock loaded with potpourri bubbling and simmering away.

Taste: Light caramel malt flavor with a sugary hint of simple syrup. Nice pumpkin flavor with a spicy dose of cinnamon and nutmeg. Hardly any hops to speak of, but there is a pleasant floral character. Finishes clean - a little too clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: One of the better pumpkin ales out there.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.12/5  rDev +12%
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 russpowell
3.19/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Mid-town in Tulsa

Pours copper with two fingers of cream colored head. Average head retention & below average lacing

S: Pumpkin pie spices

T: Follows the nose, some dryness & metallic hoppyness up front. Some fruittyness as this warms, more dryness & cinnamon. Finishes with more metallic twang & fading cinnamon & all spice

MF: Light/medium bodied with low carbonation, become even thinner once warm

This drinks okay, but pretty average for the style. I like to actually taste some pumpkin/squash flavors & more abv

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.91/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark amber with a one finger white head.

S: Some nutmeg and pumpkin spies, and a little bit of cheap plastic

T: The smell comes through on the taste, but it is a little watered down. I don't like my pumpkin beers over the top, but I felt this one was lacking a little.

M/D: Medium bodied, with a little but too much carbonation for my taste. It sort of had a soda like texture to it. Not bad, but certainly not great. Would pass for other pumpkin beers.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was greatly looking forward to trying this one. It poured a very nice orange tinted amber with a little bit of a haze to it and ample carbonation. A nice three finger head of white lace appeared on top and gradually faded down into just a film across the top. The aroma was very big, full of spices, lots of cinnamon and nutmeg were readily noticeable. The taste followed along the same line. A very spicy little ale with just the right amount of hotness to it. The cinnamon was particularly strong and had a great effect on the flavor. Very nice light body and ample carbonation made it go down very easily. Overall this was a fine version of a pumpkin ale that was rich in spice and had just the right amount of hop in the back to give it a little punch. I would defiantly pick one of these up again for next year.

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Photo of smcolw
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Modest head that dies to a single ring of bubbles on the glass. No lace. Crystal clear with a orange-gold color.

Raw pumpkin smell. Unlike most, there's no cinnamon or nutmeg aromas.

The taste is similar to the smell. Pumpkin is the key flavor but this is not a spiced beer. Malt provides the base of below average body. The aftertaste is quite dry, dissipating quickly.

Added notes from 2012:
The head is better this time around, although it stills settles to nearly nothing and leaves no lace.

The bigger change I wish to note is the taste--there is a strong Belgian yeast component to this beer which I think makes for an interesting hybrid.

So, based on these new impressions, I have upped the score a wee bit.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Brewhouse Grille, served in a pint.

A - A bold copper/bronze colored brew w/ frothy smooth 1inch cap of light beige. The lace clings well and bead is of average size, clarity and retention are good

S - The aromatics in the pumpkin are great with spice notes that bring to mind a pie - slight fruit ester and caramel malt giving sweetness to the pleasant spice odor of nutmeg and clove

M- the feel has lively carbonation w/ semi sweet and moderate spice effect. The body is medium light and mild in the bitterness dept. with a hint of spice in the finish and mostly clean texture w/ light fruity tang

T - A crisp and spice flavor on entry that is moderate w/ light roasted flavor and gentle caramel malt w/ mellow pumpkin which is more in the texture than flavor yet hints of clove and nutmeg give the spice profile a clean effect on the palate, not coating your mouth, just enough to let you know it is there which is a desirable thing and the hop taste is light in the background

D - A highly drinkable pumpkin -I could see have several over the cours of a holiday meal or watching the game. I consider this one of the best since there is a sense of control on the part of the brewer to use the spice without letting it take over.

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