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 alpinebryant
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pour is a clear dark pumpkin copper color with a full finger of fizzy white head.

S: Aroma of allspice, vanilla and a it of nutmeg and Cinnamon.

T: Flavors of not surprisingly, allspice, vanilla second and nutmeg with clove. Very light clove but just enough to make it prominent. There is a lot of carbonation here

M: Tons of carbonation, too much and a light fizzy body. Complexity is weak, not my favorite of the brews that I have had from Southampton.

O: Slightly unimpressed. They can do much better and for all I know this is the same run of the mill pumpkin beer that they have been making for 10 years. I think its time to step it up a notch here and increase the body.

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Photo of BeerLover99
2.8/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: shiny copper body, no head, no lacing

S: light pumpkin and allspice

T: mild pumpkin, mild vanilla and allspice, semi-dry

M: light body, plenty of carbonation
semi-dry finish

O: Feels more like lagerish than ale, wish
slightly smooth/creamier body. Ok
intro to pumpkin beers. Would not get again.


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Photo of MrDanno96
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer on my recent trip to Long Island.

A: Pours a nice copper color with about a finger of white lead and some sticky lacing.

S: A nice array of spices meet the nose. A good amount of nutmeg mixed with cinnamon, the other traditional pumpkin pie spices and caramel. Spot on for a pumpkin beer.

T: Very mild to be honest. Slight caramel sweetness to start and very subtle notes of pumpkin pie spice in the finish. After the nose it's a little disappointing to be honest. The spice is so subtle, some notes of citrus from the hops come through a bit in the finish. Not really what I want in a pumpkin beer.

M: On the lighter side of medium with a moderate amount of carbonation. Easy drinking.

O: A decent pumpkin ale, but nothing to write home about. Maybe I'm a little too used to the bigger pumpkin ales that come out this time of year, but I really want a little more spice presence in the flavor of my pumpkin ales. Nice drinkability to be sure, though. I would have it again if I am craving a sessionable fall seasonal.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark clear orange with 2 fingers of foamy head

S: vanilla and then subtler pumpkin-y aromas

T: not a sweet beer, flavors of pumpkin and related harvest-y things, not much of a malt or hop presence; vegetal

M: a little thinner than expected, mediocre aftertaste; neither dry nor sweet on the finish

O: I prefer imperial pumpkins - so there's my bias; that said, this is an average beer - if you like low abv, vegetal pumpkin ales, this might be spot-on for you - if you don't, it probably won't win you over.

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Photo of zrab11
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a amber orange color with a small thin white head

S-Has a decent aroma of cinnamon and some pumpkin aromas as well but not as much of an aroma as i was hoping for

T-Has a nice nutmeg/cinnamon flavor at the beginning then its followed by a watery pumpkin flavor and then ends with some sugary maltness

M-Light bodied with decent carbonation

D-Overall this is a drinkable beer but its supposed to be a pumpkin beer and i feel like this is a watered down version of one. No off flavors in this just not enough good flavors to make me get another glass. Its still a decent pumpkin ale but not one ill be reaching for again next october.

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

A: A very deep reddish-orange pour. Good sized off-white head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Tons of pumpkin, nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon.

T: Again, strong pumpkin. The spices don't overpower but they compliment nicely. Grainy cinnamon with gingerbread and a little nutmeg. Gingerbread tastes lingers nicely in the aftertaste. Touch of vanilla as it warms.

M: Mid-range, carbonation is just about right. There is just a touch of watery feel sometimes.

O: Great pumpkin ale, very well balanced. Pumpkin isn't drowned out like a lot of pumpkin ales - for better or worse.

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

I think this is it for me and pumpkins this year. Pours orange-y amber with slight haze. Decent sized head recedes immediately with little trace and no lace. Smells good pumpkin pie spices, good malt character and trace of the vanilla extract. Tastes like a good pumpkin beer, I'm picking up some pilsen malt, a nice honey/grainy character. Good pumpkin stuff out of Southampton, enjoyed thoroughly.

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Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Fluffy white head that disappears immediately. No lacing or retention of any kind. Golden honey amber in color. Slightly hazy. Perhaps from pectin or lack of filtration?

S: Decent sweet malt and pumpkin aroma. Slight citrus hop on the nose.

T: Smooth malt character. The pumpkin adds to and balances the malt. Not overly spiced like MANY other pumpkin ales. There's just a tinge of tannins from the very mild hop profile.

M: Refreshing and light on the palate. Aside from the mild hop tannins, this beer has a well balanced feel.

D: Very drinkable. Could be a great fall session beer.

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Photo of aficionado
3.9/5  rDev +6%
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 -14.9%
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 -2.7%
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 +11.4%
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 +3%
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 +4.6%
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 -5.7%
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 -14.9%
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 -9%
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 -5.7%
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 -14.9%
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 +3.3%
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 -15.2%
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 +16.8%
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 -4.1%
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 -13.3%
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 +7.3%
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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Southampton Pumpkin Ale from Southampton Publick House
3.68 out of 5 based on 598 ratings.
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