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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 jcdiflorio
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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 Contra
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was initially looking for a bottle of Dogfish Head Pumpkin Ale, but I missed my window of opportunity. Instead, I was recommended either Weyerbacher's Pumpkin Ale, or Southampton's. While Weyerbacher is probably my favorite brewery, the guy who was working there said he preferred Southampton's. So here we are...

There really isn't much to say about the appearance. Just a solid amber color with little head. The smell was also not very noteworthy, but it hints at what's to come... a flavor of pumpkin pie rounded out with a nice "typical" ale taste. The description on the bottle matches the experience; "ale brewed with pumpkin & spices (Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Allspice)". All of the flavors/spices are perfectly balanced which allows all of them to tasted.

Overall, Southampton's Pumpkin Ale is an excellent beer. If I could change anything about it, I would increase the malty characteristics for a more complex brew. Either way, it's a very enjoyable beer, and highly recommended. Now I just have to try Dogfish Head & Weyerbacher's take on it.

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Photo of TrickKnee
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Untill it tried this one i thought that weyerbacher were kings of pumpkin, i was wrong, Southampton kicks it up a notch with by far the best pumpkin beer of the season. YOu could taste the Cinnamon and nutmeg with just the right amount of allspice to make a very complete and not overpowering pumpkin. Was well recieved when we did a tasting ot if and everyone was in agreement it was the best this season. Grab one before they dry up.

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Photo of bruachan
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

mmm...spice. maybe i do like pumpkin beers (a couple of pumkin beers have done this to me)

sweet and juicy. thick. pumpkin pie in a glass. the spices are great: sensible and outstanding. little hop characteristic, but nice

southampton has never dissappointed me, and this one isn't starting any new trends

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.
Poured into my guinness pint glass.
Textbook pour. Pretty rough pour that gives way to a nice one inch head that quickly recedes. Good looking beer in a glass.
Smell is allspice and quite a strong presence of nutmeg. The underlying alcohol and pumpkin come through, but much lighter.
Taste starts off with a kick of spice. There is a decent amount of carbonation and a good amount of bitterness on the end. The pumpkin and spice is well balanced in this beer. This is my first Southampton offering and will definately seek out more of their beers.
Glad I tried this one.

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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 Cadyfatcat
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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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Photo of Stimack
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew was had on tap last evening. The brew poured to a golden amber color with a small tan head that did not leave much of any lacing. The aroma was very nice, fresh pumpkin pie with a fair amount of spice. The taste was excellent. Reminded me of Thanksgiving with the strong taste of a spicy pumpkin pie, picking up cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger that fads nicely to an adequate hop finish. A very smooth drinking pumpkin brew and one I will look for in the future. Not as pumpkiny as some others I have but that is actually welcomed. If you like this type give it a try, think you will be happy. As with most Pumpkin brews, I am not sure if I could drink a lot of it so this is why the drinkability is a little lower.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

T'is the season for pumpkin.
This guy pours like a pale ale with a deep copper hue and a light tan head.
Some cobweb lacing is left on the glass after some glass teetering.
Smells fresh. Nothing striking in any one way but it's pleasant enough. Some sweetness to be found with no one spice coming through in the odor.
The first thing I tasted was honey... orange blossom honey, I think.
Fresh, fresh nutmeg chimes in after the initial sweetness abates. Not that powdered, been sitting around nutmeg that most people have hiding somewhere in a cupboard, but freshly grated off the nut nutmeg. Just a pinch of allspice pipes up in the finish. There's something about this brew that reminds me of hot cocoa...
Not once did I say "Egads! that's pumpkin!" and maybe that's a good thing. A pleasing, easy drinking seasonal brew is what this is.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Orangish brown brew with a small head and no lacing.

S - Red cinnamon, like cinnamon gum or candies and nutmeg. A touch of pumpkin is decernable, but the cinnamon and nutmeg are basically all there is.

T - A bit of sweet malt with red cinnamon, pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg and a slight ascerbic character. The aftertaste is a bland ascerbic character.

M - Carbonation is a tad high. Medium viscosity, pretty refreshing.

D - Not too great. It is too spicy (from red cinnamon) and sweet to be ideal. I might try it again, but the red cinnamon is too strong on the flavor. I love my pumpkin ales with pumpkin pie spices in them, but pumpkin pie does not imply red cinnamon. Cinnamon, as in ground cinnamon sticks, is very far removed from the red variety. Oh well, I was glad to have gotten to try this!

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

Bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice autumn color, lots of bubbles, a thick white head on the top, burnt orange body. Nice thick lacing rimming the top of the glass.

Smell: Good aromas going on with real pumpkin mash, nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon, slight maple, and rich malt. Not much hop aroma at all, but the sweetness is balanced in the nose and balanced pretty well.

Taste: Heavy on the pumpkin and spices, though not overdone. And actually, the taste dissipates more quickly than I would like. However, there's a nice burst of hop flavor with the finish, and the pumpkin flavors seem to trump the spices, though there's still a fairly harmonious balance. Nice cinnamon bite in the finish too.

Mouthfeel: A fairly medium body with enough carbonation to not make it feel either thick or overly carbonated.

Drinkability: For less than $5 a bomber, this is perfect for the season. I'm a fan of pumpkin ales around this time, and I could see this being for someone who wants a very drinkable, not heavily spiced brew with some spices and enough hops to balance things out.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

ruby orange beer with a thin white head that doesn't hang around long.
the aroma is has a very fresh spice smell: nutmeg clove, and cinnamon. it has starchy pumpkin aroma in there as well, with some marzen-esque maltiness.
the taste is spicy and malty, with grainy nutmeg and caramel, toward the back there is an almost buttery pumpkin flavor, followed by slightly motr bitter than your average pumpkin ale hop bitterness.
the body is a little thin and bubbly, i could do with a little more substance.
nicely drinkable, and a nice pumpkin ale that i would get again.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" tan head over the clear dark copper brew. Head fades slowly, with good lacing. Aroma is pumpkin sweet, with ample spicing as the label indicates. Flavor finds the same light pumpkin, but is almost overpowered by the spices, which dominate the rest of the experience. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both somewhat limited by the spicing abundance, but all in all, not a bad pumpkin brew.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - dark ornage-red, with tons of carbonation, and a 3/4 finger of tannish head

S - true pumpkin pie aroma, the spices are rather accurate, as opposed to most pumpkin ales, the smell is alos overpowering, cant detect any hop/malt elements, its a nice aroma, smells like my Nana's house on Thanksgiving

T - this is definitely the most pumpkin pie-y beer i have ever had, very accurate recreation of pumpkin pie flavor

M&D - the only downside is that its a little bit overspiced, it leaves that grainy feel on my tongue, like when i have cinnamon on something, but it is one of the best pumpkin ales i have ever had. very tasty, even the girlfriend liked it (and she swears all beer tastes the same)

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark copper in color, with a thin white head. Head disappears rather quickly. Some spices, mostly nutmeg in the nose. Slightly bready malt character, some pumpkin pie spices at the end along with some bitterness. Finishes dry. Light body. Rather simple, with a nice spicy finish. Not bad as far as pumpkin ales go.

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

Served from a 22 oz bomber into a glass stein.

Pours a bright, dark amber color with two fingers of white head and no lacing. The nose is pumpkin pie spices: cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg, with hints of pumpkin and malt; very nice indeed.

The taste is sweet pumpkin and malts, finishing with a slightly bitter cinnamon aftertaste. The mouthfeel is smooth, with the perfect level of carbonation. A very drinkable beer.

Overall, compared to other pumpkin ales, I found that the Southampton holds up extremely well: it neither overdoes the spice (as the Weyerbacher does), nor is it over-sweet and overdone (like Dogfish Head), nor is it too understated (like the Smuttynose). I have to say that this is probably my favorite pumpkin ale.

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Photo of arguemaniac
4.31/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful, deep dark orange amber color with a rich off-white head that is very well retained. Earthy spice and restrained malt in the nose. Very nice spice profile in the palate with some fairly sweet malt and, of course, that distinct pumpkin sweetness. All the flavors are rounded, balanced and pretty smooth. Some earthy sweetness and some leafy hop bitterness in the finish. Silky mouthfeel with a firm carbonation tang.

After trying their outstanding Double White ale, I’m always optimistic when trying a new beer from Southampton, and this one didn’t disappoint. One of the more solid pumpkin ales I’ve tried this season, it’s subdued with a more balanced spice profile; they aren’t too rich nor are they too mild and, overall, the entire palate is just a little more drinkable and easy going. Now, if you really like pumpkin ales and enjoy the richer examples of the style you might consider this one a little watery, but personally, I really enjoyed Southampton’s above-average stab at the style. Recommended.

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Photo of Damian
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pint, 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased from Mall Discount Liquors, Cambridge, MA

Poured a clear, deep, dark, red-orange. The one-finger, light chestnut head soon faded to a ring of bubbles along the edge of the glass.

Aroma was quite fragrant and very pleasant. The beer smelled like warm pumpkin pie. Strong, sweet pumpkin with intense spices (cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice), brown sugar and some light, fruity notes.

Taste was similar. Rich, candy-like pumpkin flavor with spices. A bit of alcohol bite at first, but this soon settled down. Some malty sweetness up front before the spiciness kicked in. Nutmeg, allspice, orange peel and clove bombarded the palate. Somewhat hoppy and dry finish. Slight alcohol warming in the mouth. Aftertaste was a perfectly balanced mix of residual sweetness and hoppy bitterness.

Medium bodied. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

Great drinkability. The beer was very flavorful and sweet but still well balanced.

Overall, this was one of the best pumpkin ales I have had to date.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an extra clear dark amber color (almost orange) with a thin white head that dissipates quickly leaving only a film on top.
S: Cinnamon and nutmeg spices with a good whaft of toasted grains. The toasted grain notes are big--more than expected.
T/M: Spicyness coupled with the fizzy carbonation produces nice soft cinnamon and nutmeg flavors on the palate. Smooth and a bit silky on the palate. Nutmeg is a bit more pronounced than the cinnamon. Slight bit of fruity hop presence with a good toasted grain backbone. A subtle dry finish. Kind of sweet, maybe from the pumpkin. Sweetest pumpkin ale I've had so far this season.
D: I really like the offerings from Southampton and this is no exception. Another pretty stellar brew. One of the better pumpkin ales--not to be confused with an o'fest.

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Photo of AltBock
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber bottle with a label that has a picture of a New England Pumpkin Patch with 2 farm houses or barns in the background. If you look closely, you'll notice that the farm houses or barns on the far left has one of those Jack O' Lantern smiles air brushed on to the side of the building. The Govt. warning was to the left of the picture and the Alcohol ABV% and web address to the right of the picture. Information about the beer can be found on a small neck label that has a picture of the Southampton Publick House. Don't bother to look for a date because their isn't one anywhere. I know it's one of their new releases, so I really don't need a date for this year.

Appearance: I poured this into my Samuel Smith pint glass and what came out of the bottle was this really beautiful dark amber color with a hint of honey to it. It would have been nicer if the head of foam was just as good as the color. All I got was something like half an inch of white bubbly foam that dissipated away completely only after 30 seconds. Of course that left no rings or even lace for that matter around the glass.

Smell: It had an aroma of sweet candy, cinnamon, nutmeg, toasted malts, a pinch of hops, and a very subtle and I mean subtle aroma of Pumpkin in the background. It would smell like pumpkin pie to me, if you took a piece of pumpkin pie and dumped some sugar on top of it.

Taste: I honestly thought this beer was going to taste like a piece of restaurant quality pumpkin pie or even taste like a pumpkin patch would taste like (if you could eat a pumpkin patch). The taste was dominated by the spices, like the cinnamon and the nutmeg. After that comes a moderate taste of sweetness, toasted malt, and some dry bitter hops. It was only after the hops came an extremely subtle taste of pumpkin and even then it tasted like they somehow burned the pumpkin. Southampton said they used generous amounts of pumpkins in the brewing process. Where can I find that? I sure didn't find it in this bottle.

Mouthfeel: It was light to medium bodied, smooth, not too watery and with an aftertaste of subtle sweet candy and some burnt hops. I wasn't too fond of the mouthfeel of this beer. It could have been much better than this.

Drinkability: This is by far one of the best Pumpkin Ales I've tried, but again I've had very few beers of this style. Now I know why I haven't had many. It made for a nice fall season brew, but maybe I should buy another bottle and see if another one tastes like this. I sure hope it has more pumpkin taste than this bottle.

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Photo of cbl2
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10/9/2006 $4.99 22 oz. 6.00% No best by date, though this is a seasonal brew, and their first time bottling it, so it's fresh.


Pours a stunningly amber/brown with a half inch of foamy tan head with big bursting bubbles.


Smells of pumpkin pie from a can, with bursts of cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar and of course pumpkin.


Slightly chewy mouthfeel accompanies loads of cinnamon and nutmeg, which dominate the landscape in this pumpkin pie melange. Pumpkin is present in notable quantities, with their sweetness peaking by midsip. Finish is surprisingly bitter, with a burst of hops that lingers in the aftertaste. A very tasty pumpkin. Worth the cost of admission.

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Photo of Budlum
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
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 gpcollen1
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Auburn colors on the pour with only a thin head formed on an aggressive pour.

Smell – Aroma very lightly filled with pumpkin. No real spice to speak of – a bit of hops.

Taste – Flavor of pumpkin fills the mouth and then the spices take over. Moderately spiced, just enough to make me happy, finishing with a hint of sweetness..

Mouthfeel – Nicely carbonated with a light, dry finish.

Drinkability – This is neck and neck with the Smutty Pumpkin for me – I may like this a bit more. Ill have to drink a few more of these!!

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Photo of plaid75
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell was upfront spicy, with hints of cinammon and allspice. There was also a noticable pumpkin element as well as a nice grain.

The taste featured a vey solid biscuity grain, surrounded by a fresh pumpkin flesh and a healthy dose of allspice, cinammon and nutmeg. A very balanced and hearty flavor.

The mouthfeel was full with a spicy tingle.

Overall a very drinkable pumpkin ale. Perhaps the best one I have had up to date.

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Photo of phisig137
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful harvest orange color, with a one finger head and decent retention. Ring forms around the glass, with minimal lacing.

Aroma is mostly a mild spice mixture, with allspice showing up the most. Very little malt aroma, and no pumpkin or alcohol note to be mentioned. On the palate, this is well balanced and integrated. The clove spice comes out a little bit more here, and some real pumpkin can be tasted as well. Slightly sweet caramel malt finish, along with dryness from the spice. Well balanced and light. Mouhfeel is a bit thin, but drinkability is great.

A nice change of pace from some of the other pumpkin beers out there. I think there is a time and a place for some of those phenomenal Imperial pumpkin beers, but this is a nice one to enjoy with friends. Tastes great, but doesn't require you to sit and contemplate on it. Think of it as a pumpkin session beer.

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Southampton Pumpkin Ale from Southampton Publick House
3.68 out of 5 based on 598 ratings.
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