Southampton Pumpkin Ale | Southampton Publick House

Southampton Pumpkin AleSouthampton Pumpkin Ale
600 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by slander on 01-02-2003

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Ratings: 600 |  Reviews: 308
Photo of aficionado
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear, glowing orange amber body. Nice lacing, small head.

Smells like real pumpkin. Squashy and vegetal. Minimal spice, but I do sense nutmeg the most followed by cinnamon and ginger. I like the aroma and the flavor is not too strong on the spices.

Very pumpkiny flavor. Not too sweet; just an all around decent pumpkin beer. Tastes like a mixture of Elysian Night Owl, Dogfish Punkin, and Brooklyn Post Road.

The feel is a little too thin. High carbonation so it feels lighter on the palate.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a hazed pumpkiny color with a dark golden hue. Layer of off-white head dissolves, leaving a few spots of lacing and film.

Plenty of spice mixed with softer hops in the nose. Cinnamon and graham cracker with pumpkins, light sweetness as well.

Spicy up front with light, leafy hop flavor. Cinnamon with a stark punch of nutmeg. Touch of vanilla with pumpkin which leads into toasted malts and a dollop of caramel. Some graham and spice in the finish.

Medium body, pretty high carbonation, prickly and lingering on the tongue. Not bad for a pumpkin beer, captures the spice and season without turning into an overspiced or oversweet mess.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark Amber/orange, pours minimal white head that fades quickly. No lacing.

Smell: Vanilla, raw pumpkin, sweet, sugar cookies, subtle spices.

Taste: Vanilla, raw pumpkin, subtle spices.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, light carbonation, smooth.

Overall: A unique pumpkin beer. Drinkable, but has a unique smell/taste that I just can't place. Different than any other pumpkin beer I've ever had.

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Photo of Amalak
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has a very mild pumpkin spice to it. You can definitely get a hit of vanilla-y aftertaste. This is a very smooth pumpkin, more on the malty side, with only a mild hint of brown sugar (or some sort of cinnamon spice.

Out of the bottle it has a copper color with a slight tannish foam head that leave a descent amount of lacing. Mild cinnamon scent to it.

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Photo of pvsob
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light brown/copper with a half inch head that disappears instantly. Leaves minor lacing and a thin film.

S- Nutmeg, buttery/caramel aroma, cloves, earthy pumpkin, and a slight pepper aroma.

T- Starts of with a malty sweetness. Transitions into a nice pumpkin flavor. Pie spices are present throughout the tasting, but never become too potent. A drying alcohol flavor come into play in the finish. Very balanced.

M- Low to medium feel with light carbonation.

D/O- One of, along with DFH's Punkin, the most balanced Pumpkin Ales available. The spices never become over-powering and sweetness is nowhere near as cloying as some of the Imperial versions of this style. That being said, I still couldn't have more than two of these in one sitting. If you enjoy a more balanced Pumpkin, definitely give this beer a try. Recommended. Cheers.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz into pint glass.

Pours with a very short fizzy head that fades extremely quickly to nothing. No lacing either. Body is a slightly cloudy amber color.

Aromas are terrific - authentic pumpkin meat (almost like a freshly cut pumpkin) with lots of caramel, molasses, and just a hint of spices.

Flavors continue those aromas, with lots of pumpkin meat, nutmeg, molasses, and corn-like finish. Definitely not like the fake pumpkin pie quality that so many strive for.

Decent carbonation, so the mouthfeel is fairly smooth, with a moderate body. A touch more robust than I'd expect from that ABV.

Authentic aromas, easy to drink, and with just a touch of sweetness & spice - all lead to this being a winner. Not my favorite, but one that I'd recommend nonetheless.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A: Brown and orange with a thin off-white head which disappears quickly. It is clear and has slow carbonation, and it does not leave a lot of lacing.

S: Sweet, earthy pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, pie crust.

T: Starts with nutmeg and malty pumpkin, which carries through most of the beer. The finish has more earthy notes and a bit of cinnamon.

M: Medium with a some carbonation zing.

O: I have been making a tour of pumpkin beers of late. Southampton's beer is enjoyable, but it is not complex. There is some nice pumpkin, a bit of of nutmeg and cinnamon, and some zing from the carbonation. If you prefer to taste more spice in your pumpkin beer, you will not find it here. Instead, you should expect more roasted pumpkin notes.

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Photo of dstanmyer
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer was tasted on a late September night out of a bottle. I found this beer more dark and deep in color than your average pumpkin beer. There was a strong presence of spices such as cloves and cinnamon, rendering this beer more like pumpkin pie as opposed to natural pumpkin. On the negative side, there seems to be more of a artificial taste to this.

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Photo of 57md
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep burnt orange, almost brown in appearance. The nose is more vanilla and nutmeg than pumpkin. Taste is the same - not very much pumpkin, but rather the spices that one may put into a pumpkin pie. Unlike some BAs, I do not mind pie spice in my pumpkin beer, but there needs to be pumpkin in it to balance the spices - this is lacking here. This beer also had an oddly acidic finish that was not terribly pleasant.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale.

A: Clear deep amber with two-finger, white, creamy head that lasted a minute or two. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: Caramel malt with mild pumpkin and spice.

T: Light sweetness and hop bitterness. Subtle pumpkin and spice.

M: Light bodied with soft carbonation. Kind of watery.

O: The head and lacing was disappointing. The flavor was lacking solid malt backbone and hops that the Smuttynose had. The mouthfeel was also not as smooth or thick as I would have liked. Overall, not bad, but not great.

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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 devinoconnor
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A standard, rather average pumpkin ale that will satisfy a more casual pumpkin beer taste.

Pours a dirty orange brownish color, with tones of darker areas. Smell is spicy more than pumpkiny. Nutmeg, cinnamon... sugary.

Taste is again spice over pumpkin. Sort of a let down if you're looking for a big pumpkin ale, but I imagine it appeals to more of the population.

Overall, average fall pumpkin.

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Photo of Morey
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful deep red-orange color when held up to the light. One finger of beige foam settled very quickly. If I'd a blinked...I would have missed it. Absolutely nothing is left behind in the way of head, retention, or lacing. I've never seen anything quite like it!

Smells of spices and pumpkin with a slightly sweet malty aroma in the background.

Malts and spices greet your palate first. A fizzy yet dying carbonation hits the roof of the mouth and tip of the tongue midway and gives this a bit of a flat soda-like taste in the middle. The sweetness comes through (but not too much) and the spices leave a dry feeling on the back end.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin with a fading carbonation.

Average overall. It could be worse. It's just a bit thin, and it doesn't look very inviting either.

Morey's Bottom Line: The color is beautiful, but the lack of a head/lacing is hard to ignore. I'm glad that I decided to purchase only a single bottle as opposed to an entire 6 pack.

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Photo of StevenGlansburg
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A friend from Long Island brought this up to me.

Pours a nice, clear, deep reddish amber. A really nice fall color. Sweet brown sugar and all spice on the nose. With hints of cinnamin and nutmeg.
Tastes very sweet with the traditional "pumpkin" spices comming through. Cinnamon is the dominant flavor with a litle bit of nuttiness as well. Fresh pumpkin also comes through as well and gives it a smooth finish.
The carbonation starts off a bit heavy but smooths out after a few minutes giving this beer a great mouthfeel. Light spice on the middle of my tounge and the cinniman gives it a slight "drying" characteristic but the back is very smooth due to the fresh pumpkin flavor previously mentioned.

Really nice pumpkin ale.

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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 ZeroSignal
3.19/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a SA Perfect Pint

A - Chestnut brown, slightly amber looking pour with a scant off-white head. Minimal retention and therefor little lace.

S - Roasted malt aroma with a light, pie spice edge; heavier on the nutmeg than the typical pumpkin ale. Notes of cinnamon and ginger as well.

T&M - Malty with lot's of roasted notes. Medium body with a slight sticky feel. Notes of caramel and nutmeg are predominant. Lighter spice notes than most pumpkin ales out there, with more emphasis on sweet, roasted malts.

O - I typically enjoy the pumpkin pie variety of pumpkin ales. This one is nice, not a lot going on in the spice department, but if you're looking for a malty, chilly night brew with some spice notes, this one isn't bad.

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Photo of charliedvrs
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber-orange with at least two fingers of fluffy white head. The nose and taste are both relatively subtle and not overpowering. Pumpkin leads the way with a good amount of cinnamon and nutmeg behind it, a long with a bit of brown sugar. There's also a bready touch from the malts, which give the impression of a nice amber base beer. Light body with medium carbonation make this beer very drinkable. Nothing in this beer is over the top or in your face. It retains a lot of the base beer's characters and never gets too heavy or sweet. Definitely enjoyed this one.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - a nice dark brown. good bit of carbonation noticeable on the edges working upwards. finger deep clean white head is gone to a thin line rather quickly no real lacing.

S - molasses caramel sweet malts pumpkin. bit of nutmeg and cinnamon in the background.

T - pumpkin nutmeg molasses combine real well. they all come in and out of dominance with no one really winning out.

M - light to medium bodied with medium to low carbonation.

O - a great rendition of a pumpkin ale and one ill definitely pick up again.

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Photo of auroracrisis
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into a New Belgium globe.

Deep copper and no head. A collar of foam with some dancing bubbles. Spotty lacing as it is drank down.

Spicy on the nose at first. Clove, cinnamon and nut meg. Followed by the sweet light brown sugar and pumpkin notes with a touch of ginger.

A touch of clove, cinnamon, and nut meg. Cinnamon and a pumpkin hint in there. Like most pumpkin beers, the flavor is more about the semi-toasted amber malts and a hint of pumpkin with bug spices.

Medium-thin with okay carbonation. A touch of stickyness.

Big fall spices with pumpkoin and malt flavor throughout. It has more of a presence of a lager with lower carbonation, to be honest. Not a bad, pumpkin beer though.

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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 chrisgn
2.76/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer looks like a pumpkin ale and smells like a pumpkin ale, but the taste is way off. There is some spices there, but I cannot get past this vegetative quality. It tastes like beef vegetable soup to me. The mouthfeel is good, but for me the taste is not good. They may have tried to use the pumpkin too much and not enough spice to back it up.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking brew, pours an oktoberfest-like colour, orange-ish and coppery. Not a huge head, some tracing down the glass. Scents of floral pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon...etc. Tastes a lot like the scent, but could use a bit more pumpkin spice. A bit thin, very enjoyable however, and easy to drink. Very easy to drink. Nothing offensive and not sweet, like some pumpkins can be. The scent of this beer being remarkable, and a good beer, but there are better pumpkin ales. But definitely worth a shot!

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Photo of vrushing88
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love pumpkin beer. I will go as far out of my way as I can to try a new pumpkin ale.

I had this beer at one of the local delis. The owner kept a keg stored away when everyone around us ran out of pumpkin.

This brew was poured into a pint. It has a nice orange, coppery look to it. It is very aromatic with the smells of the fall. You get a good clean, light feeling with each mouthful.

The taste is as close to drinking pumpkin pie as you can get. I have tried every pumpkin ale I could find, this is by far the closest to what I would like in a pumpkin beer.

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Photo of KajII
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Lager glass]

Poured a hazy medium orange/brown with and average sized off white head that was mostly diminishing and had poor lacing. The aroma was heavy of cookie malts and a sweet yeast with strong notes of nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar. It tasted slightly bitter/sweet at first but ended with a really nice bitter/sweet/malty flavor with nice hints of nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin that was left lingering on the tastebuds for a really nice long while. Mouthfeel was light in body and kind of watery in texture yet nice and creamy on the back end. Overall a very nice tasting pumpkin ale that left me wanting a slice of pie.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very pleasant pumpkin / harvest ale.

Beautiful clear amber colour with golden highlights. Taste and aroma profile are both more focused on pumpkin flesh rather than pumpkin spice, unlike other similarly styled beers, but overall well balanced and easy to drink. Predominant caramelized malty sweetness followed by a pleasantly dry finish. Decent level of carbonation and a pleasant mouthfeel.

I look forward to returning to PA to try something else from Southampton.

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Southampton Pumpkin Ale from Southampton Publick House
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 600 ratings
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