wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 9, 2006
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Amber, with a medium white head. Aroma is heavenly pumpkin and spices associated with pumpkin pie. Flavor is pumpkin and the spices are very subdued, almost invisible in the background. Body is a little thin and watery. Hoppy/spicy aftertaste, but it doesn’t last very long. Overall, smells great, but doesn’t deliver in the flavor. Too bad, I really like the aroma.
JoeMcPhee (8819) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle. Deep orange beer, thin white head. Sweet toasty nose, toffee, sweet cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Pumpkiny character. Flavour is quite subtle actually, spice, black pepper and a little bit boozy, orangey flavour towards the finish. A bit hot and overattenuated for the style. Woody spices in the finish. The spices seem to be a bit stale and old. Not one of the better pumpkin ales I’ve had.
eaglefan538 (2920) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I love pumpkin ales and this one was a solid showing. Poured a light amber-orange color with a nice and respectable head that provided decent lacing (and didn’t really last all that long). The aroma was spicey, bready, and of pumpkins (imagine that). The flavor featured nutmeg and cinnamon over a nice pumpkin base that was sweet, but not overly so. Pumpkin may have been a little strong in the flavoring department for some, but I enjoy these and was pleased with the approach. The strength of flavors were balanced by a mouthfeel and body that was slightly lighter than moderate. Good stuff.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a medium orange color body with a small white head. Aroma is pumpkins, brown sugar, and other spices. Flavor is light grass with a good pumpkin taste and a lot of sweet spices. One of the better of this usually weak style.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Pours a hazy orange amber with a tiny white head. Has chuncky particles in the body. Aroma of nutmeg and punpkins. Has a lively carbination. A very sharp taste with a smooth palate. Has a good duration with a nice off bitter finish. Produces a good aftertaste. Has a good spicy flare to it. This is my first pumpkin brew and I am quite happy with it. Nice flavors and a very enjoyable ale.
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 27, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smuttynose pumpkin ale is brewed with real pumpkin puree and spices. It is an outstanding example of the style in the fact that a really excellent pumpkin ale will actually give you plenty of real pumpkin flavor, as well as nice touches of the traditional pumpkin pie spices. This makes for a perfect cool weather beer and is literally a slice of pumpkin pie in a glass.
Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale pours to a deep golden to light orange color with a creamy white head and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose is wonderful with aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, paired with just a touch of biscuit malt aroma. The palate is firm with lots of good sweet/biscuity pale malt flavors, along with a strong undertone of squashy/spicy pumpkin flavor. Pumpkin Ale finishes with more malt and pumpkin flavor up front, then ends with spicy cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove notes, giving this beer the liquid pumpkin pie effect.
Anyone who is a fan of pumpkins and pumpkin pie can not help but love this beer. Those who aren’t too crazy about either might find the spices and pumpkin flavors to be a bit too much. Stylistically as a pumpkin ale, this is a stellar example, and I would rank it right up there with the best of them. Drink this beer with a desert of vanilla ice cream. For an extra special treat mix half pumpkin ale with half Imperial or Oatmeal Stout for a liquid slice of chocolate pumpkin cheese cake.
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a great pumkin ale, This beer pours a thin white lace that disappates quickly. The smell is pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar. The color is a nice amber very clear and nice. The taste is very smooth, it has a nice hoppy kick with each sip as well as a nice pumpkin flavor that is enhanved with some cinnamon, nutmeg, and some allspice.
This is def a great pumpkin beer, this would pair very well with some roasted pork loin marinated with brown sugar, cinnamon, and some allspice to mirror the flavors in the beer and it would be great with the obvious pumpkin pie.
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 19, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Good pumpkin ale. Pour a light orange color with a good head and some lacing. Aroma was of spices and pumpkin. Flavor was well balanced typical pumpkin spices. Not the best pumpkin i have had but good."
Pailhead (5397) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Courtesy of BuckNaked via trade. Very nice aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and pumpkin. Pours a cloudy orangish-red with some sediment and a small white head. Flavor is not as nice as the aroma. Moderate nutmeg up front with some hints of pumpkin. Finish with a gingery bitterness. A touch of sweetness would do a lot for the flavor. As it warms, a touch malt starts to come thru, but a tad more wouldn’t hurt.
RCWCPACFP (102) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My favorite seasonal is pumpkin ale and this one is number two between Dogfish Head at #1 and everyone else behind. Forget Buffalo Bill’s... but try Ship Yard’s. The spice was right on but have this with desert not with the entre as it will numb your mouth and kill the flavor of all but the heavyest meals.