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 Cakanator
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite pumpkin beers that has just enough pumpkin flavor and spices to not be watery. Great orange red color. Nose is better than pallet which is a let down to some, but as my first official fall beer to the season I liked it. Pumking is better but this will do.

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Photo of tronester
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange/amber with a medium tan head. Smells, well like a pumpkin pie! Also a bit of caramel malt smell as well. Taste is surprisingly sweet up front, followed by a spicy vanilla and cinnamon middle, and a dry, bitter finish. Very nice. Mouthfeel is a tiny bit watery though, but carbonation levels are nice. Quite drinkable, this is a very good pumpkin ale, that is not overloaded with spices, and has actual pumpkin flavor. Recommended.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, bright amber color. Poured a half finger coarse off white head that dissipated to an even skim. Lightly decanted. Very little lacing.

S: Pumpkin, allspice and nutmeg. Hops presence increased as the beer warmed.

T: Pumpkin is right up front in the taste. A carmelly and bready taste in the middle. Spicy finish.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Spices linger a bith through a sweetish finish.

D: Very flavorful and good pumpkin flavor without being overbearing.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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 taigor
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle

A - Pours deep amber color with a small amout of head which dissipates very quickly leaving almost no lacing.

S - Cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin just like the bottle says.

T - Liquid pumpkin pie with almost no sugar. Cinnamon and nutmeg predominate and stay for the aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied and watery.

D - Very drinkable and light due to low ABV.

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Photo of philbe311
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers worth of chunky light khaki colored head... The head fizzes away in rapid fashion leaving a very thin veil of lace that is ever so slightly thicker around the edge of the glass... Lively moderate paced carbonation rises throughout... The color is that of pale copper with an undeniable orange hue... Fully translucent...

S - Equal parts spice and pumpkin... Nutmeg and cinnamon dominate the spices, but there are also hints of all spice and cloves... The pumpkin component is slightly sweet... There is also the presence of a moderate dose of pale malts... A wonderful scent all the way around and truly reminiscent of pumpkin pie...

T - The taste is little more pumpkin than spice... The spices are there, but slightly muttled and not very distinctive... The spiciness lingers in the back of the throat as part of the aftertaste... Overall, a mild well-balanced and enjoyable pumpkin ale...

M - Light bodied... Beyond thin, teetering on watery... No real carbonation on the tongue, but a tad in the back of the throat on the swallow... The taste fills the mouth evenly and sustains in a very consistent manner...

D - A little more in terms of body and moutfeel would have gone a long way and added exponentially to the overall enjoyment of this brew... As it is, its a very average pumpkin ale... I've had much worse... I've had much better... I would gladly drink again, but this is not one I'll seek out each autumn (or late summer since these pumpkin brews seem to come out earlier and earlier each year)...

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a really nice amber color, with a little more orange to it. A small tan foam head that quickly dissipates with some very small amounts of lacing.

S: Pumpkin pie with some mild notes of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, caramel.

T: The pumpkin flavor comes through on the front end, followed by some caramel, bread and spices on the follow through.

M: Seemed a tad thin, nothing extreme, but thought it would be more of a medium bodied beer.

D: Easy to drink during football games on a sunday. A very nice fall beer, especially if you enjoy pumpkin.

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Photo of corby112
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark copper color with some burnt orange hues and a two finger off-white head with decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic spots of lacing.

Spicy pumpkin pie aroma with hints of cinnamon, brown sugar, pumpkin, clove and nutmeg.

Soft carbonation up front with lots of sweet pumpkin pie flavor as well as hints of brown sugar, cinnamon, clove, ginger, nutmeg, vanilla ans some subtle apple cider notes. ABV very well masked. The mouthfeel is slightly watered down but otherwise this tastes like liquid pumpkin pie. One of the better examples of the style.

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Photo of bbeane
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a 16oz tumbler... Orangish color with small fizzy head that disappates quickly

S- Not a super aromatic beer... sweet pumpkiny smell with cinnamon and maybe some nutmeg

T- Tasty. Not an overpowering pumpkin flavor, but nice and smooth with definate notes of cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg

M- Lighter bodied and very smooth from start to finish

D- Very drinkable beer. Lighter body, carbonation, and good flavor

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

Bottle into a pint glass.

Very clear, very light pumpkin/amber color. Little to no head.

Smell is a little bit metallic, a little bit pumpkin spices. Nothing too strong here.

Taste the pumpkin and spices up front. Subsequent mouthfuls are dominated by the hop bitterness and a kick of carbonation. The bottle says it is spiced, but not too heavily to make it more drinkable. They accomplish their goal, but when you're drinking a pumpkin beer the spices are not a detriment to the beer if the beer behind the spices is good, and you can still taste the beer behind the spices. This beer could have done with a little heavier spicing and still would have been really good.

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Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a six-pack purchased at Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a clear orange-copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of spices - mostly cinnamon with hints of nutmeg - and solidly sweet malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Grainy sweet malts and spices hit the palate almost simeltaneously and the spices fade a bit midway through the sip. The strong malts and hints of spices carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a moderate thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle and won't have one finishing the sixer.

Overall this is a solid pumpkin beer however it doesn't quite have the body to make it great. Still, it's worth a shot.

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Photo of blackbearywheat
5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a clear orange body with decent head that had a spicy, cinnamon and pumpkin smell along with some sweet malts. Medium body with a noticeable amount of spice but has a great sweet balance of cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin that goes down easy.So far this is my #1 Pumpkin ale that I enjoyed.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear orange body with decent head that had a spicy, cinnamon and pumpkin smell along with some sweet malts. Medium body with a noticeable amount of sharp, peppery clove and spice but has a great sweet balance of cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin that goes down easy. Very sessionable pumpkin ale that I enjoyed.

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Photo of cbutova
2.86/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden orange color with a one finger head that fizzes out quite fastly and leaves no lacing behind, making this one look like juice more than beer. Smells of nutmeg, pumpkin, some sour, and malts. Fades to pure malts eventually it seems. Tastes of pumpkin, nutmeg, malts, and spices. Taste is kind of weak on this one. Mouthfeel is watery with decent carbonation, smooth beer with no alcohol warming, the water is killing it here. Drinkability is decent, the taste is alright, the price was alright, probably wont get it again, not bad flavors to kill the beer because it is kind of weak in itself.

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Photo of bump8628
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Crystal clear light orange/copper color with a thin, fizzly, white head that surprisingly lasts for awhile.

It smells of nutmeg, cinnamon, and a grainy sweetness. The spices don't overwhelm, which is nice.

The taste is full of holiday spice just like the nose. A light caramel sweetness and very mild hop bitterness linger in the back. It finishes a little astringent.

The body is a bit thin and I don't really taste any pumpkin, although I have yet to find a pumpkin ale that actually tastes like pumpkin. The spices aren't over-the-top but are still noticeable. Not bad, but one bottle is plenty for me.

Admittedly, this is probably my absolute least favorite style of beer but this one is loads better than the plethora of other over-spiced pumpkin ales that inundate the market this time of year.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

JoeyBeerBelly threw this one in as an extra in our trade. Cheers Joe!

A- Pours a clear amber golden color with a thin foam that settles into a ring. A tiny bit of lacing left scattered behind.

S- Wow, this one really does have a pumpkin aroma to it! Freshly baked pumpkin with serious spice and brown sugar. Can't wait to see how it tastes.

T- Lots of spice (nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice) in the initial flavor. Certainly does have some pumpkin flavor to it although not quite as much as the nose would have you believe. A tiny amount of butteriness and alcohol in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Clean and snappy with a bit of a lingering spicy taste.

D- Overall a nice pumpkin ale with a great aroma and a good flavor.

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Photo of Kitt
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A disclaimer right off the bat: I'm not comfortable with my ability to provide a professional-like assessment of a pumpkin ale. Further, although I'm a sucker for unusual ales, I'm not a big fan of most pumpkins I have tried. But I must say this seems to me to be among the best I have tasted from a bottle.

The beer pours a delicious rich orange-amber with a thick straw-colored head that dissipates rather rapidly but leaves a fine lace. Aroma of rich pumpkin spices is enough to immediately whet the palette.

Strong spice aroma translates to same in taste: a mild but brilliant spicy bitterness that lingers momentarily increasing in amplitude before slowly dissipating. Background of malt with hints of caramel,vanilla, and butterscotch are appealing.

Mouthfeel is impressive - a solid smooth presence just thick enough. Drinkability is fantastic -- goes down smooth and easy!

This is as good a mass-produced pumpkin ale as I have tasted and I've tasted a few I definitely did not care much for. Good job Southampton.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice even copper with orange hues and a generous foamy tan head packed with dense bubbles of carbonation.

Sweet malt & barley leap from the glass as a closer inspection reveals the pumpkin spices such as nutmeg and I would guess cinnamon.

Very pleasant nutmeg/cinnamon/allspice on the palate and noticeable vanilla as advertised with a backbone of traditional malt.

Medium to slightly thick in body, medium carbonation and a touch of spice bite.

This is a nice & tasty brew, great example of the style in my opinion, and very easy to drink with even a slight warming quality.

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Photo of Mistofminn
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to JoeyBeerBelly for this extra, Thanks Joe!

Poured into my Surly tulip. Pours a crystal clear amber red color, with ruby hints when held into artificial light.

There is something very strange in the nose...I can't quite put my finger on it. It almost smells like chapstick, or a slightly melted plastic or something...very unpleasant. I get light pumpkin and spices, but it's totally covered up by this off smell. I can only hope the taste is better.

The taste is a little better, but not by much. The chapstick taste is still there, but not as straight forward. I get pumpkin and spices, and a solid malt backbone. This would be pretty tasty if not for that strange taste/smell.

Mouthfeel is light, and slightly overcarbonated, however that actually makes this better, distracting from the strange taste. Drinkability would be much better if not, agian, for that off taste.

Overall, not a great first experience with Southampton. This could be infected, or I could be interpreting this very wrong, but it just didn't do it for me. Still, I'm glad I got the chance to try it, Thanks Joe!

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

Pour - Southampton Pumpkin pours a very clean and clear copper color. The head is quite thick like a dollop of Cool Whip on top. Nice and bubbly.

Aroma - A lot of spice up front. Definitely some cinnamon and nutmeg along with ginger. Smells like a can of Libby's Pumpkin Pie filling but without all the sweetness.

Taste - The spices you smell do come into play nicely as far as the flavor of this beer goes. There is some sweet, buttery caramel flavor as well but its not overly sweet. Put those things together and you've got the making of a not so sweet pumpkin pie flavored beer. The actual pumpkin flavor is hidden and subtle at best but its definitely there. Very smooth with a nice creamy finish and it leaves the flavor of the cinnamon on your tongue.

Overall - Not bad at all. Its a very solid pumpkin beer. I'd say its exactly how the brewer describes it. Definitely worth picking up a bottle if you're into pumpkin beers.

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Photo of krisandajt
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very nice, clear orange-y amber color with lots of bubbly carbonation. A gentle pour into my DFH glass leaves about a half inch of foamy head that fades somewhat quickly leaving behind virtually no lacing.

Smell: A very nice mix of autumn spices and pumpkin with a very slight bit of vanilla hiding in the background. Unlike many of the pumpkin brews I've had, the pumpkin and the spice are in a nice balance, neither one is overwhelming the other.

Taste: A very nice balance between pumpkin and spice. A smooth sweetness rounds out the entire beer from front to back. Probably the most balanced pumpkin brew I've had in terms of pumpkin and spice.

Mouthfeel: A little bit thin for my tastes. I wouldn't go as far as saying it's watery, but definitely on the thin side. Otherwise, the carbonation is good, and the brew is smooth going down.

Drinkability: One of the finer pumpkin ale's I've had this Fall. Balance is the name of the game with this one, the spice and the pumpkin work very well together in this brew. Although it's a bit thin in texture, the a fine brew I'll be looking for again.

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A--Unbelievable clarity on an almost pitch perfect orange body. This beer, under light, is seriously nearly the color of pumpkinskin. Zoweedag I say. Head is a finger of white foam that fades to skim with no lacing.

S--Lots of vanilla followed immediately by ginger. Faint allspice. A different dose in the cheesecloth than what you usually get from pumpkin ales.

T--The two immediate scents on the nose come through in a hurry and big on the flavor profile. They fade pretty quickly, though, and the middle of the spectrum is almost no malt, with only a subtle vegetable quality that must be the squash. This is so hard to get in there, that weird thick pumpkin taste, that I can almost forgive the malt vacancy. Almost. Finish is soft and slow, with a buoyant sweetness that lingers on top and hop bitterness on the bottom. Definitely gentle as it leads into your next slurp.

M&D--Mouthfeel could be a little less gaseous, but that's usually my beef with pumpkin ales. This beer almost looks like a lager it's so clear, but the yeast should carry it farther than the carbonation. The alcohol bite doesn't belong, either.

One of the pumpkins I would return to, along with Smutty's, Fisherman's PStout, and Capt. Lawrence's offering (draft only), depending on my mood. In this case, the mood would be considerable spice without hop flavor and still a pronounced pumpkin presence. Say that three times fast.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery Pint Glass.

A: Poured a fine 1 finger white head that dissipated quickly into a thin layer at the top. Brew itself is clear and deep orange. Lacing is stringy and spotty at best.

S: Sweet malt and pumpkin spice with a hint of floral esters and alcohol.

T: Starts off tart and earthy, developing into a light pumpkin like taste that is doughy and feels like I'm drinking a sugar cookie. Ends with a trace bit of hoppy flavor but still rather sweet and puckering.

M: Light bodied and course that develops smoothly and finishes crisp and clean.

D: "The difference... is drinkability". Highly drinkable and enjoyable though rather bland in terms of complexity. A good session beer to have though as it doesn't overwhelm the palate but is still intriguing enough to peak some interest.

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Photo of drcarver
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a deep amber color with a small, quickly fading white head sat on top. No lacing

S - the smell of spices (Clove and Cinnamon) rise to the front and don't really let go. There isn't much pumpkin going on in the aroma. A bit of musty sourness.

T - the spices are well played. As with the aroma they come up front and continue through the beer. The do not overwhelm the palate and let go shortly after drinking.

M - medium bodied with a watery finish

D - goes down easily, but not a style of beer that I can have too many of.

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Photo of Drazzamatazz
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Burnt orange color, one small layer of head that was gone almost instantly, no lacing.

S: First smell was pumpkin, that nice starchy sweetness, that's a good thing in my books. Definitely some spices too as you'd expect, cinnamon, clove, and a lot of nutmeg. There's a little bit of oak with the pleasing hints of

T: Sweet, but not overly so, and nice maltiness. The pumpkin flavor could be hidden to some, it's definitely got that raw "I'm a squash even though people always put me in desserts" flavor. Pumpkin becomes easier to recognize once you taste the spices.
I was kind of surprised with how much alcohol I could taste at this ABV%, but it was actually quite pleasant while sipping. There's a slight hoppy bitterness that comes at the end, but you are mostly left tasting pumpkin pie spices.

M: On the light side of medium bodied. Maybe a little to carbonated for me at first.

D: This is a pumpkin beer that I think would be best with food, maybe something like, I don't know, pumpkin pie? The alcohol presence made it a sipper, but I feel with a nice slice of pie I could put a few of these down. I'm sure the beer would lose some sweetness in the pairing, but I think it would be a nice counterpoint. Sounds like I need to experiment and report back.

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