Southampton Pumpkin Ale | Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Pumpkin AleSouthampton Pumpkin Ale
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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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Added by slander on 01-02-2003

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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 -3.3%
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 +3.6%
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 -2.5%
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 djrn2
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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 Taphouse_Traveler
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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 kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -13%
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 +7.7%
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 superspak
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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 brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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 dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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 jlindros
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
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 -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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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of vfgccp
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Low head with medium lacing. Color is a dark mandarin orange. Great clarity, beautiful orange highlights.

S- Deep nutmeg and pumpkin smell. Not much sweetness, very herbal and earthy. Pumpkin smell is very strong but natural (not fake smelling) Notes of black pepper, and slight paprika on back end.

T- Light flavor, very sweet on front with pumpkin flavor. Surprisingly there is not much spice flavor at all on front end. Most of the flavor is a nice dry pumpkin taste, with a malty bread sweetness. almost like a pumpkin bread type of flavor. Finish is dry but smooth with some of the spice flavor like nutmeg coming up on the back end and lingering

M- Smooth and spicy, nice dry finish. Medium coating to palate. Bright acidity with medium carbonation. Finish is nice and spicy with a great lingering spicy flavor.

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Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smithj4
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 nickfl
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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 billab914
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
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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Southampton Pumpkin Ale from Southampton Publick House
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