Heartland Brewery Smiling Pumpkin Ale | Heartland Brewery Union Square

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Heartland Brewery Union Square
New York, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Todd on 10-04-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by johnniemarg:
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3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

8 oz draft.

Pours a deep orange color with a small white head. Leaves a ton of lacing on the glass.

Smells sweet and pumkiny w/ just a hint of spices (ginger, cloves, nutmeg & cinnamon).

This is not nearly as heavily spiced as most pumpkin ales, which is a good thing in my opinion. The pumkin itself is front and center. Starts sweet and turns almost sour through the middle as the fruity pumpkin comes out. Spices just make themselves known in the finish in a pleasant way.

Fairly light bodied, kinda watery.

A highly drinkable pumpkin ale.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pumpkin ales are my favorite, so as soon as I saw a poster in Union Square, NYC, for Heartland Brewery's Smiling Pumpkin ale, I knew I had to try it.

It appears as an attractive medium-tinged orange and "is made with honey-roasted pumpkins, and simmered with ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg," according to the menu description.

I found this Smiling Pumpkin ale to be bursting with flavor in the same way as Dogfish Head's Punkin, and Smuttynose's Pumpkin, which are the two best I have had so far. It is rich and full, and fills your mouth, not to mention stomach, up completely.

I wish I could have had more of this beer, but unfortunately, pints are $6 each, and I had a 4 1/2 hour drive home from NYC.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of far333
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opaque ochre orange, with a slight beige head that starts out low and sinks quickly. Aroma is sweet, a little malt, but lots of pumpkin and nutmeg. Even mouthfeel of low to moderate carbonation gives way to sweet and pungent flavors of thick pumpkin, a touch of cinnamon, and tangy nutmeg. Flavor is a little sweet, nearly cloying, and the nutmeg takes away a bit from the pumpkin. Not a bad selection, but a little much for the taste buds after one pint.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smilin' Pumpkin Ale

A night of drinking done at the Heartland. This is beer 1 of 8!

Appearance- dark honey maple brown with a small head, no retention.
Smell- spicey cinnimon, nutmeg and pumpkin.
Taste- very good. Pumpkin but not to sickingly sweet. Nutmeg and cinnimon balenced nicely.

Overall- a very good Pumpkin ale. My wife's favorite beer from the Heartland and probably mine too.

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Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear orange-amber with a fairly longstanding head of frothy white foam that leaves some minor lacing behind.
S: Tempts with delicate spice.
T: Caramel-kissed malt dusted with light pumpkin pie spice. Clear but not overdone. Very well balanced. Finishes with a short lived note of sweet malt and spice - the ginger lingers, helping to dry it out.
M: Medium bodied with a standard carbonation.
D: As far as pumpkin ales go, this is fairly drinkable. I don't think they're trying to fool anyone, it's simply a basic caramelish ale with some spices added.

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Photo of PaleAleWalt
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of GrandpaGeorg
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a nice clean malt with a solid pumpkin and cinammon aroma.

The taste consisted of a strong doughy grain, sweet pumpkin and spicy cinammon and allspice. Pretty well rounded.

The mouthfeel was average and a bit spicy.

Overall a very good pumpkin ale. Good balance of ingredients.

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Photo of kkazemi
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of dsa7783
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery in the Empire State Building...
Pours a cream-colored, orange hue with slight carbonation and a minor head that quickly dissipated...
Loads of cloves, ginger, and nutgmeg up front... The taste, likewise, danced with spices... gingerbread, definite pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice...
Medium-bodied mouthfeel,
easily drinkable, clocking in at about 5.5% ABV...
Not bad...

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Photo of jdash3d
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of TheDeuce
1.99/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Smiling Pumpkin Ale..

Appearance-clear dark orange, thick head off the tap, shiny and radiant look.

Smell-really spicy, nutmeg pumpkin and alcohol, trying to get other spices but nothing else that I really notice.

Taste/Mouthfeel-smooth but yeech, spices are mushed in there with a caramel sweetness, did not much care for the pumpkin, I'm not sure if that's because of a lack of liking for the flavor in general or just this particular one, but I wasn't a fan at all of the way this tasted.

Drinkability-I finished the pint, did not want another, too spicy and no warmth that I was hoping for to help with the winter weather.

Overall-Well, it was my first pumpkin ale, I'll try others to compare but I thought this was pretty awful.

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Photo of NJBeer265
1.75/5  rDev -51.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Heartland Chophouse, NYC, NY

A pleasant, spicy pumpkin ale. Pours orange-brown with a decent off-white head. Spicy aroma, sweet malts. Pumpkin pie taste but not too strong, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, sweet caramel malts, barely any hops noticeable. Medium mouthfeel, and drinkable; pleasant in autumn.

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Photo of Gavage
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark orange in color with a 1" head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: little aroma as some soft caramel sweetness is all one can detect here.

Taste: caramel, light pumpkim flavor, some hints of nutmeg and cinnamon, and a soft bitterness level.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smooth at the finish.

Drinkability: this beer was decent for the season, but the flavors were a bit muted and needs to be kicked up a bit.

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Photo of cheeseburger
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of scottum
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served an orange amber with a nice white headskie. All that pumpkin pie spice right up front, some but not much actual pumpkin flavor- well balanced and smooth, but a touch too spicey to go down easy. All and all, yum, but I'll stop at one. One of the better pumpkin brews out there, but not near the top of the game.

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Photo of Pjev11
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of clayrock81
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a one finger offwhite head on top of a seethru orangish, brownish body with a tad bit of lace. Nice smell of cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin with touches of pepper. A good pumpkin taste with caramel malt complemented by cinnamon and pepper, but the taste is light and a tad watery body. Worse, the alcohol pokes through a little and has a not too pleasant backbite. Not a bad pumpkin ale but not exactly my cup of tea.

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