WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I’m not a big fan of Smutty or a big fan of pumpkin ales, but I do like this one more than I expected. Good sweet and spicy pumpkin nose. Pours a great dark cloudy orange with a small tan-to-orange head. Sweet malt and herbal taste, with adequate but not overwhelming nutmeg and other spices. Good mouth ... lighter than I expected but with a nice tannic chalkiness. Thre is nothing about it I love, but it just sort of works pretty well.
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 1, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear golden color with a very small head and no lacing. Aroma is pretty mild/weak and non-descript. Upon second whiff, I get a faint hint of spice (nutmeg, all-spice). The flavor is pretty good, but I am still on the quest for the ultimate pumpkin beer with lots of spice which this just doens’t have (in my opinion). It’s a very enjoyable beer nonetheless and easy to drink due to it’s light and crisp palate makeup.
ElDuderino (183) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I had a lot of pumpkin brews this Autumn and the Smuttynose really stands out in the front of the pack. It has a great spicey aroma of nutmeg and cloves and tingles in your nose like a really strong fresh pumpkin pie. The body pours a light orangish amber with a very thin white head. The inital taste is a bit light and crisp, with definite ale qualities. The finish is the money maker as the all-spice flavors linger around and make you crave more. My suggestion is to light a few candles, pull on a blanket, cuddle up next to someone you love and have a few of these. It will be a great night.
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very decent pumpkin ale. Hoppy and floral at the nose with some pumpkin aroma. Spicy on the palate and very dry in the finish.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Full on ginger bread in the appealing cookie dough aroma. Hazy copper coloured body with a decent off white head that recedes to partial cover with some lacing. Floral and ginger spiciness with doughy yeast and dry, assertive and lasting finishing bitterness. Medium full body with soft carbonation. Very tasty in small amounts but spiciness builds and sweetness becomes cloying. Sampled on tap the The Ginger Man in NYC with Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere.
blankboy (6307) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2 bottles shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry & myself. Pours a bubbly clear orange with a small diminishing white head. Wonderful aroma of pumpkin pie (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and pumpkin) along with some malt and hops. The flavour follows the aroma and is so much more flavourful then most other pumpkin beers -- It’s much spicier and hoppier then most. Medium bodied. What a pleasant surprise this beer was, I certainly wasn’t expecting much but it was really good. I need to get more!
GregClow (2927) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Two bottles shared with blankboy, tupalev & HogTownHarry - courtesy of blankboy & HogTownHarry. Deep orange colour with a small white head. Big pumpkin pie aroma, with a good hop backbone. Flavour holds a well-balanced mixture of the pumpkin & spices (ginger & nutmeg being the most noticable to me) and fresh-tasting hops. It may be gimmicky, but I really liked this.
Gorbalev (2966) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared with blankboy, GregClow and Hogtown Harry - courtesy of blankboy and Harry (2 small bottles). Thus begins the pumpkin / autumn portion of our evening. Light "pumpkin" orange in the glass, small white head. Lovely pumpkin spice aroma. Taste is also quite nice - pumpkin and ginger are the 2 dominant spices from the usual suspects for this type of beer - all balanced really well. Light, it doesn’t burst with flavour, but is done really well and is very drinkable. Nice job.
HogTownHarry (6135) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle2 (2x12oz). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and tupalev - courtesy of blankboy and myself. What a surprise! Poured hazy bright reddish-orange with a small diminishing white head, a few tiny white floaties at the bottom of the bottle. Aroma very sharp, of actual pumpkin, almost sweet, with pumpkin spices - this is vegetal, but for once in a good way. Taste follows the aroma, a little sharper, with some pungent hops on the finish, very refreshing. Mouthfeel is fairly full, spicy, almost creamy, certainly lively. Very nice and appropriate for the autumn season.
Micro13Brew (12) - USA - NOV 18, 2005
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Was told this was one of the better Pumpkin Ales to try. Well I bought a six pack and went home with it. Well I was not very impressed. It barely had any hint of pumpkin and was quite bitter.
I would not recommend this.