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 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 psuKinger
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a standard nonic.

A: Pours a moderate orange translucent hue with a moderate white head on top that dissipated quickly.

S: Lots of pumpkin in the nose. A good bit of nutmeg. Cinnamon a distant third.

T: Cinnamon has more of a presence on the tongue than it did in the nose. Vanilla flavors on the finish are more pronounced than the pumpkin is, which is disappointing for me. Amber malts add a touch of sweetness, but aren't particularly present either, as the appearance would suggest.

M: Thinner than I remember, with a wet finish. Carbonation seems a tad low.

D/O: Not what I remember. Not sure if this beer has changed, my taste has changed, or if I was foiled by a sugar-rimmed glass in a great pub with great friends a few years back. It's thin and watery, and full of more "pumpkin pie spice" and "vanilla extract" than it is "pumpkin".

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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 RickS95
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with rich, warming amber brown with some lighter notes of orange. It's most clear, but with the faintest bit of haze. The head is a dirty offwhite. Beautifully cascading with the pour, a couple fingers thick, with nice retention as the middle falls in on itself.

Might be the best smelling pumpkin ale I've had so far. Actual bits of pumpkin fruit, along with the traditional spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, and a nice addition of vanilla to soften the spices.

The taste falls a bit flat compared to the smell as the strong scents don't make the trip to the taste buds. It's a fairly malt-forward drink and I think the maltiness overwhelms the additional seasonal ingredients giving subtle, if not watered down, flavors.

In the mouth the beer suffers a bit because of that loose, watery feel. The spices do hit hard, but it can't compete with the malt and what feels like wheat. No real hop presence, but there is a strange mix of the watered down feel, yet kind of a dry, biting finish.

Overall, it's a fairly decent rendition that builds up anticipation with its good looks and smell, but fails to deliver on what's initially expected. Instead, leaving with you with a good, though not great, autumn beer.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Amber color with a small cap of head. The head is fading more so than falling. Lacing looks very nice. 3.5

Cinnamon bark, nutmeg, and clove. Hints of pumpkin meat and toasted grain. 3.5

Woah. Very chalky with spiced. Tastes like they tried to dissolve a teaspoon of cinnamon and a half-teaspoon of nutmeg into this beer. Grains employ tanginess, almost with astringency. Light solvent flavors are distracting and unwanted. Not super sweet, and not completely devoid of a cooked pumpkin flavor. Bitterness is a little harsh. Hardly picking up ale yeast qualities. 3.0

Too tangy and acrid. Powerful smack of booze in the finish. Carbonation and body are described as average. 2.5

So-so pumpkin beer. Almost lager-y. Heavy-handed with the pie spices. Many I'd drink before this one. 3.0

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Photo of MammothTarantula
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of GFD400
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Beeradelphia
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of SkaJenny
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of rydev24
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of DewTheBrew
2.26/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle to a glass.

My disappointment with this beer grew as the process of pouring it went on. Nothing wrong with the appearance. My friend and I split a bottle. Dark brown with a malty- looking cream head

As I smelled the glass I looked at my friend and his look was the same. We thought before we even tasted it that it smelled like a Natty or a Pabst. No hint of pumpkin whatsoever.

The head was full of air pockets as well much like one of those cheaper beers.

Taste was the same. Cheap, party keg taste. It was like someone took pumpkin spice from a Starbucks and sprinkled it atop of a Natty light. It was this beer's only saving grace but it left me highly disappointed. And I'm hard to disappoint when it comes to beer. ANY pumpkin beer I've had so far has been better

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange like the beer's namesake. Fingerswidth head is quick to dissipate and all remaining foam is gone by 3/4 glass.

Pumpkin pie aroma. Southampton adds vanilla extract so it actually smells like pumpkin pie with vanilla ice cream - which is pretty sweet. Tastes like pumpkin pie a la mode too. Has enough beery-ness to make it stick.

Pie + ice cream = very good. The addition of beer does nothing to diminish the equation.

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Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Profchaos20
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of tdizzlegrizzle
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Fahz
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of skaboom420
2/5  rDev -45.7%

Photo of acp21178
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Brad007
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice shade of orange and amber with a thin head into my glass. Looks like your standard pumpkin ale.

Weak hint of pumpkin spice in the nose. Not much else to go by. I can't tell if this is intentional or not but this beer did just appear on the shelves.

Pumpkin-flavored fizzy water at this point. I don't mean to be so insulting but I expect more from pumpkin ales. I don't mind a bit of bread crust or more pumpkin spice.

Ditto for mouthfeel. What is that?

Pumpkinhead is more desirable than this and that's not something that I usually say. Check that one out or go for the imperials.

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Photo of mikeg67
2.64/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with a long lasting off-white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops and caramel malt. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is sour (infected?), pumpkin seeds, some hops and spices. This brew is bordering on undrinkable. Probably the bottle was bad.

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Photo of jagada
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.38/5  rDev +19%
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 wattoclone
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of RMoeNay
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of heddar33
2.25/5  rDev -38.9%

Photo of Rojada1988
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Southampton Pumpkin Ale from Southampton Publick House
3.68 out of 5 based on 599 ratings.
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