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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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Ratings: 600 |  Reviews: 308
Photo of generallee
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Its label has a nice description of the beer on the back and the abv (5.5%) on the front. There is no freshness date however.

Appearance: Its body is very hazy and dark amber in color with some tiny slow moving bubbles. This carbonation is only visible near the edges of the glass. The beer is capped by a one finger tall, egg shell colored foam head. This head quickly fades to a small ring of foam with a wispy thin island in the middle. This ring of foam makes some nice slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is has a classic blend of pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, nutmeg and clove) over biscuity dry malt and some slight hints of leafy hop spice.

Taste/Palate: There is a mellow blend of mildly sweet bready and biscuity malt with classic pie spice. It does have a light pumpkin flavor that blends nicely into the background. The spicy notes turn bone dry in the finish along with some mild hop bitterness and leafy/spicy flavor notes. The mouth feel has a medium to full, well carbonated feel. This makes for a slow sipper.

Notes: In my overall impression is that this is a very well made and well balanced pumpkin ale.

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Photo of heavy216
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 12 oz bottle. 1 fat finger head, very frothy, light lacing, dark oramge in color

S: strong pumpkin aroma,

T/M: thick body, strong carbonation, very tasy with more beer tast ethan pumpkin

D: enjoyed this one, not a string pumpkin taste, the bottle says "brewed with pumpkin, spices, and vanilla extract" but i could not taste or smell any vanilla and the pumpkin again was minimal

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Photo of e11iott
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 12 oz bottle. 1 finger head, lasted the entire beer, light lacing,
rustic orange color when poured.

S: Pumpkin and nutmeg.

T/M: Served cold had a thick body. Different compared to other pumpkin beers, this one puts beer first than the pumpkin flavor, others are like pumpkin pie and spices in a blender, this leaned more toward the beer side. Which turned out great.

D: I prefered this one, and would recommend it as a starter for hoilday beer. Don't think i could it in the summer but that fll or winter day, anytime.

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

Thanks to cavedave for giving me the opportunity to try this beer i've been after for years.

pours a white head that dissapates, deep amber almost brown with orange highlights.

Smells of pumpkin pie-y, extra sweet nutmeg.

Hoppy taste, some off flavors, thin mouthfeel.

Good pumpkin but not the great pumpkin.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a nice pumpkiny orange amber with a white thick head that retains well.
the nose is dominated by spices. clove nutmeg are the primary aromas. great pumpkin pie smell
great spice flavors that were in the smell are alive in the taste too. nutmeg clove, and a little cinnamon
slightly watery of a body. carbonation is good
very drinkable, all autumn long and into the winter

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.01/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by alfrantzell, I believe. Thanks, Arne.

A: Pours a clear, light copper body. Poor head retention, no lace.

S: It's highly spiced on the nose, mostly defined by an allspice and nutmeg blend. I don't pick up much else.

T: Mostly a spice-driven creature. Dominated by allspice and nutmeg, with a touch of cinnamon. No breadiness or sweetness to complement them; it seems like it was brewed with lighter malts that produce flavors of nuts and apples, but none of them are strong enough to give the beer much heft or flavor.

M: It's incredibly watery and thin, especially next to several other pumpkin beers. Disappointing.

D: I'd skip it.

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Photo of Seanibus
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A pumpkin beer is a love-it-or-hate-it proposition most of the time. And this one leans dangerously toward the Hate It side, though it isn't quite distinctive enough to hate.

Pours hazy amber with a small, dense sticky and lacy head. The aroma is good, strong and cinammony. The flavor, however, is flat and spicy, with a disappointing lack of sparkle or vibrancy. The spice is dull and heavy and the mouthfeel is thick and dry. Very disappointing

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Photo of RedSpecial1
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice amber with a large frothy off-white head that slowly dissipates leaving a fair amount of lacing behind. The smell is most definitely pumpkin, but also with some lighter malts present, maybe Munich/Vienna. The taste mirrors the aroma to a large degree. The pumpkin spice comes across well, not too in your face, but enough that you can taste it easily, especially in the after taste. This beer has a nice light mouthfeel, but still feels like it's able to coat your mouth with its pumpkin flavor. While this beer is tasty, it's such a specific flavor that I don't think I could drink more than a few of these, and even then only in the right season. Overall, though, a pretty good beer.

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Photo of climax
4.14/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a burnt orange to copper, hazy with a good eggshell head. Retention is good, as well as the rim of lace.

The nose is obviously pumpkin, especially as it warms. Tart apple cider makes it even more juicy. Generous clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg all pop out with no doubt. Even some more roasted tones of dark chocolate hide towards the back. Lovely complex aroma.

The flavor offers up exactly what it should as well. The pumpkin tones were more subdued, allowing the more conventional caramel, wheat, and spice flavors to shine. Tart fruit lingers to the finish, where a nice chalky yeast aftertaste reigns until the next sip.

The body is medium to light with abundant carbonation. The feel is slick throughout, until the finish where it dries out. Very drinkable with abundant satisfying flavors, touche.

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

A: A nice laced head over a cloudy orangish amber body
S: Great aroma of cinnamon and vanilla coupled with a real fleshy pumpkin scent.
T:Spicy cinnamon flavor with that real pumpkin flavor that isnt too sweet and not too strong.
D/M: Subtle carbonation that helps bring out the aromas. It is very balanced with the amount of alcohol and really does not overwhelm. Great to enjoy a few of these.

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

A - pours a dark / reddish orange with a nice head

S - smells of pumpkins, cookie malt, spices (nutmeg & cinnamon). Definitely more malt than spice on the nose.

T - the taste is similar to the nose. Cookie malts are the backbone of this beer, which allows the spices more freedom to make their presence known. I got some faint cinnamon and nutmeg on the pallete. Just like the nose, the malt portion of the beer plays a larger role in this beer than the spices. This is pretty good.

M - full bodied that goes down smoothly - nice mouthfeel

D - this is one of the better pumpkin beers I have had. As noted above, the malt profile is way more forward than the spices in this. I really enjoyed this and wish it was available in my area. Thanks BogleHill for the chance to try this!

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Photo of telecomz
2.3/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not an impressive pumpkin ale. The spices did not provide any strong aromas to enjoy before the quaff. In fact, the aroma was off-putting; medicinal. That medicinal quality was expressed in the taste as well. Expected more from this brewer and such a relatively high rated beer (but what isn't on BA?).

I can say this was my least favorite pumpkin ale of 2010.

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Photo of riversider76
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden orange with a fluffy white head. Very good retention and a bit of laceing. Aroma is of Pumpkin,spices and brown sugar.Medium bodied,crisp and carbonated. Taste is of pumpkin with hints of dark fruits. Spicy through out. Very nice.

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

Poured into a tulip pint: Two fingers of spongy, fluffy head, just off-white, over a dark orange/russet body, a little brassy & barely transparent. Head drops to a nice, firm cap.

Smell is a little brown sugar, cooked pumpkin, slightly medicinal. Noticeable raisin & nutmeg -- not a favorite flavor, but doable.

Taste is a little citrusy, with prominent nutmeg & again, a kind of cooked pumpkin taste. Nutmeg really lingers in the aftertaste.

Medium-thin, not a lot of life to it. Not bad, but kind of lays there.

It may be my nutmeg bias, but the heavy reliance on it was this beer's downfall for me. I don't feel it brings a lot more to the table. Not for me, thanks.

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

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a nice pumpkin orange color with a slight reddish tinge. The ΒΌ" off white head soon recedes into a ring of foam and an irregular island off to one side of the surface. Sipping leaves a few irregular speckles of lacing that slide back down to the liquid.

Smell: The aroma is definite and filled with pumpkin pie spices (some cinnamon, some nutmeg, some allspice). Closing my eyes I can imagine the pie quite easily.

Taste: The flavor is, as expected from the nose, filled with pumpkin pie spices, but these are all intertwingled with a touch of bready malt sweetness and a bit of almost peppery bitterness from the hops. This latter touch prevents the sweetness from cloying.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and has a slightly slick touch to it. The carbonation is light and prickly. The finish is medium to long and lightly bittered throughout. The mix of pie spices and the hop flavors combine with a nice dryness that takes over and brings things to a close.

Drinkability: This is a nice pumpkin ale that I'm enjoying sipping and would be fine with having another (which is not always true with pumpkin ales even when I enjoy them). I certainly would not mind having this one again in the future. I thought this a very good beer in that it shows off both the spices and a touch of hops.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
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 huxcrunner
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a-a very nice brownish-red in color with about a finger and a half of off white head and reasonable lacing

s-good smell of seasonable spices that are clear and evident, hops and malt are good undertones of this beer

t-taste is slightly bitter upfront with a little bit of bite to it and clean and crisp, very seasonable fall flavors to this beer

m- a little light on the body of this beer for the style but overall is clean and refreshing

d-this beer has good overall combination of flavors and aromas that welcome you in and invite you to have more than just one

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Photo of gatesseanm
4.87/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I felt lucky to have been able to go to the publick house while the pumpkin ale was one tap. I may even make the 1.5 hour drive back to Southampton just to pick up a growler. Best part of drinking the pumpkin ale was the rich and delightful aftertaste that reminded me of thanksgiving pumpkin pie.

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Photo of HUXC
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S- Served from a chilled 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- A dark golden amber/orange color with about a fingers worth of white head that leaves a nice lacing around the brim of the glass.

S- Smells of nutmeg, cinnamon, and other pumpkin spices that goes along with fall.

T- More rich in flavor then most pumpkin beers that I've had. Predominantly pumpkin taste with a dash of nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice and almost a chocolaty coffee finish.

M- Moderate amount of carbonation, full bodied pumpkin ale.

D- Very enjoyable to drink. Not a beer that should be pounded.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber/orange color with moderate poof of soapy white head. Scent is light yet notes of sweetness and well balanced pumpkin pie spices. First sip is creamy sweet, well balanced notes of nutmeg, cinamon and clove with a good solid pumpkin background. Medium bodied, slightly creamy. Well balanced between pumpkin pie and fall spices, no overpowering ingredients, very drinkable. A good all around pumpkin for all crowds.

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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 beergod1
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've noticed 2 types of Pumpkin Beers. Ones that taste mostly like a "Pumpkin" and those that Taste like "Pie". I do like the spicy Pie beers myself, and this one is a great one. Hazy, deep amber with a thin cream colored head that seemed to stick around. A mild pumpkin aroma, with some cinnamon, nutmeg, and a delicate spiciness along with a toasty, caramel maltiness, Vanilla, and fruit?. Flavor is of slight pumpkin, pumpkin spice, Mouth feel is medium bodied, and though the spice and malt are present, it is generally clean, with a nice hop bite rounding out the finish. This one reminds me of Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale. Delicious.

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Photo of tigg924
2.4/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, orange-brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin spice

Taste: cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spice, and toasted malt--almost marzen like

Mouthfeel: overly sweet and spicy start with a bitter backbone that becomes bland, high carbonation, light bodied

Drinkability: The bottle describes this beer as not wanting to be over the top. This beer starts with a bang really sweet, but fades just as quick. With the light spicing, the beer becomes bland as the spices fade too quickly and what is left is a light marzen beer. I think with some tweaking this has potential to be really good. However, I have had better from the brewery and in the style. I would pass on this in the future.

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