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Portsmouth Pumpkin Ale | Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth Pumpkin AlePortsmouth Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with spices and 100 pounds of locally grown Dickinson pumpkins. This style dates back to colonial times, when brewers were still dependent on Europe for many supplies, especially malt. Brewers learned that they could extend their meager malt supplies by using starchy vegetables such as pumpkins, squash, and potatoes.

Added by Todd on 11-03-2005

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by uscbrasco:
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An amber colored beer with a medium head and a little bit of lacing. Aroma was quite spicy, couldn't really detect the pumpkin. Spices predominate in the taste, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove. A little hops late in the taste. A pretty robust beer, more assertive than the other pumpkin beers I've had. However, the spiciness is such that one beer is enough.

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Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at brewery. Served into a pint glass

Appearance: minimal head, orange in color, clear

Smell: light pumpkin spice

Taste: toasted malt, cinnamon, cloves, with actual pumpkin taste creeping in midway through

Mouthfeel: sweet, moderate carbonation, medium bodied

Drinkability: This one is solid and above average. The best thing about this is that Portsmouth uses fresh pumpkins—as opposed to flavoring—and it really shows through. If I am up for a straight pumpkin beer, this is certainly one to consider getting couple pints of.

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Photo of pwoods
2.97/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to beachbum1975 for sharing this bottle.

22oz. brown bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a nice pumpkin orange, mostly visible. 1 finger of white head with little retention. Some wisps of lacing.

S: Nice sweet and savor pumpkin. Pretty spicy, kind of sharp.

T/M: Too much spice and not enough pumpkin. Overly spiced. Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Pumpkin is tasty but not in the forefront. Very sharp spices. Body is medium with subdued carbonation.

D: Easy to drink but not tasty enough.

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Photo of acurtis
3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Cambridge Brewing Company during their Great Pumpkin Festival on 10/31/08.

Pours a Wow!, straight up orange in my glass (this is most impressive since the coloring of this came only from the pumpkins used) with just the thinnest head of creamsickle colored foam. Retains around the edges some but doesn't leave much lacing behind at all. The aroma is a tingling and sticky mix of pumpkin pie spices and residual sweet notes. Unfortunately, I'm just not smelling much actual pumpkin.

The taste is spices that come on strong right from the start, segueing into silky malt sweetness that borders on almost being cloying at times. Some citric tang and a tingle of hops in the back round things out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a thicker, sticky feel and poppy carbonation. This almost feels like soda pop in my mouth.

I love me some Portsmouth beers but I have to admit that this was a bit of a disappointment for me. Overly spicy and sweet with not enough pumpkin meat coming through and a bit too much of a pop in the feel. I'm glad to have tried it but one glass was more than enough.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.83/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled generously shared by Beachbum1975.
Pours a translucent ruby brown in color. Not a lot of head to speak of.
Not much going on in the nose. I'm having trouble picking up any spice or pumpkin in the taste. This is a really dumbed down pumpkin that doesn't have a lot of flavor. After just drinking their Milk Stout and enjoying it, this was a big let down. I've drank some really good pumpkin ales in the past month and this one doesn't even register on the radar.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Photo of phingdong
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of sethmeister
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap on Portsmouth Brewery 10.12.08

Slightly hazy copper / orange hue. Oily film of a head; no lace.

Scent is pumpkin, vegetal and pie spices.

Taste is fresh natural pumpkin, pie spices, vegetal flavors with a bitter hop finish. Well balanced between spices, sweet pumpkin flavor and bitter hops.

Mouth is a crisp, well carbonated medium.

Drinkability is good.

To be honest I just don't like pumpkin beers. But, as usual, Portsmouth has crafted a very drinkable and nicely balanced beer and I have to admit I enjoyed it in spite of myself.

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Photo of jlindros
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap at brew pub

Fizzy and creamy 1 finger head fades at a med pace with a bit of lacing over mostly clear bit of chill haze orange golden wood color.

Nose has some lighter pumpkin, fresh pumpkin not syrup or extract, light pumpkin pie spices, light toasty malt base.

Taste Starts with some fruity hops actually, light fruity flavor with a bit of fruity floral hops, then some pumpkin flavor, again fresh fruit not syrup. Light spices come through again with light pumpkin pie spices, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, coriander, etc. the bitterness get a bit harsh as the hops and spices multiply off each other. Light toasty malts come through behind the sharper tastes. Finish is slightly astringent with more bittering hops and light spices, pumpkin, and semi sweet sticky feel.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, the hops and spices don't play well and it gets slightly astringent, despite lighter side of spices which are nicer. Nice overall pumpkin and malt profiles. Maybe a bit drier on the finish would also have helped.

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Photo of mklisz
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beachbum1975
3.11/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared this one with pwoods and Ftownthrowdown Friday night. Review is from notes taken on the fly. 22 ounce bomber courtesy of a recent trade from BanditBrewingCo - thanks, Alan!!!

Neat bottle with blue hand-stamped "PUMPKIN ALE = ALE WITH PUMPKIN AND SPICE ADDED" - I love their simple, down home-style packaging.

This one poured a clean and clear orange with a small white head that disappeared quickly leaving no lacing.

Smelled of light pumpkin, light spices light cinnamon and allspice and light malts, very faint smell overall.

Tasted light and much like the nose. No a whole lot going on - very grainy with only the slightest hints of malt, pumpkin or spices. Very light and average this time around.

Sorry, I was kind of underwhelmed on this one and it didn't do a lot for me. To be honest, it sorta reminded me of the lightness and lack of flavor found in Blue Moon's Harvest Ale which isn't anything to write home about.

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Photo of ajcormier
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Celtics76
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of juliusseizure
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Fettpopps
2.5/5  rDev -29%

Photo of andrewinski1
2.94/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. Nice orangey copper color with a bit of haze. Very small head that nearly disappears.

Smells very vegetabley. Lots of pumpkin aroma, just the slightest hint of spice, but not enough to pick out specific ones.

This tastes like I'm drinking a squash, followed by a chaser of beer. Just about every sip I'm reminded of thanksgiving dinner squash, or zucchini. The spicing is hardly noticeable, as are any hops that might be present.

Not the most drinkable of brews I've tried, but definitely unique. Glad to have tried this, but I probably won't look for it again.

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Photo of phuntasy
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Portsmouth Pumpkin Ale from Portsmouth Brewery
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 20 ratings
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