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 LennyV
2.87/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark coppor into my konings hoeven goblet. Small head disappears quickly, no lacing.

The smell is unimpressive. Faint pumpkin/spice smell

This Ale does not have an over the top pumpkin spice taste that other pumpkin brews exhibit.

It is a good brew but how does one rate it.

I guess if you like less subtle pumpkin brews this one would be a winner. If you are expecting a piece of pumpkin pie then look elseware.

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Photo of CoolJosh
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split this with a friend at a recent tasting. I tend to really like the pumpkin ales offered at this time of year.

A: Very little to no head, light brownish orange in color.

S: Smell is phenomenal. Smells just like a slice of freshly baked pumpkin pie. Strong hints of cinnamon, some nutmeg, and obviously pumpkin. Really nice smell

T: Seemed almost watered down. Spices mentioned above in the smell are there, but not much in else. Little to no malt flavors, no hops. Dissapointing.

All in all, not one of my favorite pumpkin ales, and this came as a shock, as I have had really great experiences with alot of other Southampton beers.

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Photo of gcarl
3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a nonic pint. Presents itself as clear vibrant orange/red with a nice white head that falls fast.

Smell is pungent malt, pumpkin, and spices.

Taste is bold,with a hoppy punch followed by a punchy spice.
The first sip is harsh, IMO, but as the beer warms the pumpkin creaminess comes forth.

This beer is a grower not a show-er. It gets better as you get into it.

A nice pumpkin ale, not in the same league as post road, smuttynose, ST, or DFH


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

Poured into a pint glass, the head faded quickly on top of the clear copper ale. Smells of the pumpkin pie you'd expect. I think there's a nice balance of pumpkin and spice flavors, with nothing too overpowering to keep it drinkable. As it gets warmer, I got a little banana--interesting. Perhaps a little thinner than I was expecting, but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this one to someone who enjoys pumpkin ales.

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

Split this with a fellow BA at a recent tasting and poured into two pint glasses...

A: An extremely translucent light copper with absolutely zero head, which was mildly disappointing.

S: Good ol' piece of grandma's pumpkin pie. Spicy cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, pumpkin...wonderful nose.

T: The same smells that are in the nose come through with a big blast with the taste. The caveat to that is that there is almost no malt or hop is all spice.

Overall, a pretty decent pumpkin beer that could use some more malt and hop profile rather than all spice.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up last week at the Whole Foods on Houston Street in New York City. I saw that the reviews for this were great, and true to form, this beer was certainly worth a try. I don't like my pumpkin ales and Octoberfests to have a lot of spice in them, and this straddles the line pretty well. Too bad I left my cool whip at home instead of bringing it with me!

I only say that because the pumpkin pie notes can be picked up in the aftertaste. The pour was fabulous as well - certainly the best aspect of this beer. The head was full, but not terribly tall, but the hue was quite a sight to behold. Slightly cloudy, radiant, and a golden shade of pumpkin. This got a good 5 second stare from me before I sipped...and sipped...and slowly downed this. The nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice are present but very subtle here. I couldn't smell any of those and the taste was a bit more bland than I thought but besides that, this went perfectly with the cool nights that we've had here lately. Heck, there isn't even much of any bitterness to this!

I didn't feel the 6.0% ABV as I worked my way down my pint glass and since I had this after dinner tonight, I didn't have any desire to have desert once I downed all of this. If ya like your fall beers spicy, intense, and dark, this isn't yoour cup of tea. For people like me who want to ease into the cooler weather, this ia a great choice. This is one of the better pumpkin beers that I've had!

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.19/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle.
Have had this many times over the years and finally got around to reviewing it.

A: Very nice super deep copper color with a good amount of haze. Poured with a finger of white head that quickly dissipated.

S: This is more on the spicy end of pumpkin ales.Cinnamon and nutmeg dominate. Only the faintest hints of pumpkin.

T: The taste follows the nose as so often is does. Very spicy but not in a good way. It becomes overwhelming in the middle. The spices really need to be toned down. There is a second into the beer where it is really nice but that second goes too quickly.

M: Nice mouthfeel. Little bit on the light side for the style but that helps drinkability.

D: Southampton is completely hit or miss for me. This used to be a much better beer. They really need to overhaul their non 750 releases. This one was made up the road in Saratoga. They need to get these recipes tight on the Island before sending them up.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Bocktown last night.

A-Nearly transparent caramel colored body that pours with a large rusty head. Has good head retention.

S- Pumpkin is the dominant smell (as opposed to pumpkin spice...this smell is like you are carving a pumpkin). Not much else to pick up.

T- Taste is very similar to smell. Lots of pumpkin all around. Somewhat sweet and very juicy. Consistent all the way through. Not really hoppy or malty.

M-excellent. Low-to-medium carbonation with a smooth medium weight body.

D- This is (like ST Pumpking last year) is a very pumpkin-tasting pumpkin ale. Not much else too it. It's a good seasonal release but gets cloying toward the end.

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Photo of tayner
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bottle courtesy of Aaron (leftmindedrighty) once again. Thanks!

Pours a very orange/amber color with an off white head that seems to stick around pretty good but does not lace.

Smell is not unlike a pie baking in the oven. Sweet pumpkin with the cinnamon and allspice being the prevenlent aromas, a hint of clove coming from the alspice.

Taste follows smell. Sweet pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice (perhaps a touch overdone on the allspice) and nutmeg. Like i took a bite of a fresh baked pumpkin pie and washed it down with a mild ale.

For as sweet at this one seems to be it is not heavy or sticky feeling in the mouth, but instead light and refreshing, making it much easier to drink.

I do not like cloves, which is likely why I can pick them out so distinctly in the allspice in this beer, which makes it not my favorite beer, and perhaps why I dont find many pumpkin beers I like, but for what it is, it is a very fine example. If you like pumpkin beers this one is at the top of the style for me.

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Photo of thequeen711
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is probably one of the best Pumpkin Ales out there...Rich copper pour, leaving a light lacing. Nose of pumpkin is quite predominate,along with hints of the spices...cinnamon, nutmeg...I would highly recommend anyone to just taste this and compare to any other Pumpkin Brew out there...Southampton has a winner!

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Photo of Biggness
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark amber with no head. The smell is very nice, major overtones of pumpkin. The taste is nice, I don't get much hops, but the pumpkin flavor is very nice and a nice smooth malt finish. The mouthfeel is pleasant, the carbonation seemed a little low but this wqas nice for the drinkability and mouthfeel. The drinkability is nice for this beer I could drink a couple but pumpkin is not my favorite flavor when something like stone ipa is on tap but certainly a very drinkable and well crafted beer. Lots of Pumpkin in this beer.

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

A - pours mildly cloudy, with a dark amber/orange color. Head is light but there's a bit of lacing.

S - lighter than I expected, with a mild spiced smell like cinnamon
and clove (pumpkin pie?).

T/M/D - a curious taste (this is my first of the style). It's a bit bitter and hoppy, and clearly spicy in a pleasant way. It isn't too thick or creamy (which I had been expecting for whatever reason). It is quite tasty, actually - I'd buy this again.

I've got a ST Pumking waiting on the sidelines that I'm anxious to open up and compare to this (I was intending to wait for a chilly early-fall day but I don't think I'll make it that long).

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

Needed an excuse to open one of these so when 2 of my regular customers came in tonight I said "lets open one up"
It pours a rich copper with some brown tones with a fizzy cream head that dissapates but does leave a nice ring in the glass and some lacing. It smells of rich spice--cinnamon,nutmeg,clove,and hints of vanilla. Not much pumpkin in the smell. Taste has a spicey bite from the hops that hits first. Malt comes in the middle and then the full flavor of spice and hints of pumkin come in. The pumpkin is not a predominant flavor in this brew. In the mouth its a nice transition of flavors and over all fairly drinkable. Overall a nice brew and definately something I would drink again.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 750 into BMS mug flipping between NASCAR and watching the Sox get the crap knocked outta demselves...

Nice looking stuff - true amber color with amp[le carbonation. Head is wispy and dissipates quickly though.

Good warm pumpkin pie spicing - pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, oak-vanilla backbone and maybe some piney hops.

Slight off-taste (phenol?) that dominates at first but burns off mostly. Spice and malt are there but a little more subtle than desired - not a lot of hop presence save for slight pine. Not awful but disappointing.

Mouthfeel is clean but with soft aftertaste - relatively consistent.

Have heard good things about this one so I am admittedly a little disappointed. Drinks OK - pretty clean on the palate so it's not like ya have to choke this one down. A decent offering but there are better ones out there.

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Photo of Chinon01
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell - Lots of autumnal spice in the nose.

Appearance - Deep tea color with minimal head and lacing.

Taste - Light with mostly autumnal spice. Very little pumpkin taste. Finish is sweet. Pleasant but lacks a middle.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability - Good.

This is a run of the mill Pumpkin. Decent but nothing special.

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Photo of
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle

Slightly hazy, amber in color. Medium sized, light tan head. Some lacing, no legs.

Citrus and pumpkin say hello first, followed by traditional pumpkin spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. Wheat bread seems to be the backbone as far as the scent goes.

For the taste, spice comes across fairly strong, and mirrors the aroma. Nice hop bite, citrus in character, moderates the spice somewhat. Pumpkin only shows up in aftertaste, if at all. Finally, a bit of pepper at the finish from the spice, not the alcohol.

Medium body at best (could be thicker). Medium to high carbonation (could be lighter). Dry.

Pretty good, another more subtle version of the pumpkin ale. Spices a bit strong, but controlled by hops. Taste could use a bit more pumpkin and a bit less spice.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.37/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a beautiful bright pumpkin orange color with a creamy moderate diminishing tan head that left a fair lacing on the glass. There was a ample amount of visible carbonation.

S: The nose bursts with fresh pumpkin spices, cloves, cinnamon, and hints of caramelized brown sugar. There is definitely a presence of fresh pumpkins lingering in the background.

T: The initial flavor starts out with some sweetness, munich malt, fresh pumpkinbread and finishes with some dry nutmeg and cinnamon. The beer finishes with a dry residual lacing of nutmeg on the tongue. I really enjoyed the tone down spicing of this beer, which lets the fresh pumpkin flavor take center stage. Most pumpkin ales are heavily spiced while not incorporating real pumpkins in their beer. This beer proves to be well balanced, very clean with a nice malt bill. There is a nice residue of spicing and grains.

M: The mouthful is light, almost watery at times with warm pumpkin and caramel.

D: Overall a solid good pumpkin beer that is refreshing and not overly done with spices making it much easier to consume then the other spice dominated beers.

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

Thanks goes out to NJpadreFan for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice clean/clear golden orange/amber color, nice carbonation, nice little one-finger creamy tannish head, which leaves minimal sticky lacing. The nose is malty, pumpking, nutmeg, slight cinnimon, and some caramel. The taste is pretty good, follows the nose very well. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty brew.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle

A: Pours a clear orange/copper under a half finger of foamy white head. Some whispy retention, no lace.

S: Smells of pumpkin pie spice and some sweet caramel and pumpkin that blend very well.

T: Much of the same here. Pumpkin pie spice and malt backbone stick out the most. I'm not getting a lot of pumpkin or the caramel that was in the nose.

M/D: Pretty carbonated, prickly on the tongue, maybe a little too much so. Fairly light bodied, slightly watered down with good drinkability. A little more pumpkin and caramel punch would have gone a long way in the taste department.

I picked this bottle up about a week ago, I don't think it would have lost any taste character so soon, but I could be wrong. But overall, pretty refreshing.

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Photo of EPICAC
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazed orange-amber. The head is foamy and beige and fades to a thin film.

Smell: Malty. Pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices.

Taste: Sweet pumpkin flavors upfront that quickly moves into a pumpkin pie spiciness and finishes with some alcoholic spice. Toasty malt backbone and a light bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Tasty, but a tad sweet.

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Photo of Enola
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the first beer from the brewer I have had. A nice light orange with a good head. No lacing. The smell is spiced pumkin. The taste is like a pumkn pie. There is a herbal taste as well. The mouthfeel is smooth and there is a sweet aftertaste. Drinkability is good. One of the better pumkin brews I have had. I will try to seek out other selections by the brewery.

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Photo of Lupe
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear orange-honey color, with a thin white head that leaves little lace.

Pumpkin pie spice aroma - nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. Sweet caramel malt lies in the background.

Light spice kicks things off - same flavors as aroma. Solid sweet malty backbone is a good platform for the spices to play off. Never gets to spice or overly sweet. Like a nicely spiced English bitter. Hops poke in towards the end, adding a bit more spice.

Light to medium in body, smooth and crisp. Expected it to be a little fuller. Great drinkability. It's a holiday spiced session beer. Could stick with this all night.

Not my favorite pumpkin beer, as I prefer something with more spice, but still highly enjoyable.

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Photo of Riggsy
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle served in Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Pours orange / copper in color, crystal clear, with carbonation rising from the center of the glass to form a thin white head.

Smell: Mostly pumpkin pie spice in the aroma, nutmeg, cinnamon, some clove. The spice overwhelms any other aroma that might exist.

Taste: The spices are what I notice at first taste. Where the spices dominate in the aroma, they don't quite do the same here. Background profile reminds me of an ESB or English Pale, with some hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The base beer is light to medium although the spices represent a fuller mouthfeel. Carbonation is appropriate allowing the spice to be lifted off the palate. Slightly dry in the finish.

Drinkability: A decent seasonal. I like the pumpkin but just one at a sitting.

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Photo of Lothore
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a clear tangerine hue with a lot of visible carbonation bubbles present. Very "fizzy" 2 finger head that dies out fast leaving behind no lacing.

S- Smell is pumpkin with heavy spices, most notably nutmeg followed by cinnamon. Very sweet.

T- Taste is super light. A bit of pumpkin along with a malty backbone but not nearly as distinctive as a lot of the other top pumpkin beers. Crisp and smooth but there just isn't a whole lot of flavor.

M- Light and crisp, very refreshing.

D- The drinkability of this is by far the best of any pumpkin ale i've ever had just because it is so light. A lot of people write off pumpkin beers because they are too gimiky with tons of spices and pumpkin or cloying. This one is neither and it would be easy to knock a few glasses back. With that being said, I respected the balance and would drink it again if someone gave me one, but I wouldn't seek it out. Glad to have had the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of Gavage
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange in color with a 1" head that falls slowly to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: pumpkin, caramel, cinnamon, and other spices are bold and easy to detect.

Taste: the pumpkin here is as real as it gets. Not overwhelming, but well balanced with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and some carmamel. Bitterness levels are mild.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Heavier in body than other pumpkin ales. Brief aftertaste as the flavors linger a bit in the mouth.

Drinkability: very flavorful ale that is easy to drink and perfect for a cold fall day. One of the better pumpkin ales around.

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