DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque, heavily carbonated, orange body with a noticeable amount of sediment floating around. Pours with a small tan head that settles immediately. Aroma is outstanding. Smells like fresh pumpkin pie; cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, and hints of malt combine into a complex draught of autumnal goodness. One deep breath of this beer evokes memories of autumns past; walking through a pumpkin patch, handing out candy on Halloween, a walk through a golden wood on a crisp November afternoon, or a magnificent Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings and a pumpkin pie cooling on the sill. Flavor, however, is less impressive. Initial pumpkin flavor is sweet and sugary, then cloves make an appearance, followed by pumpkin pie spices, and a light malty finish. While this is a fine tasting brew the sweet and earthy pumpkin flavors donít entirely meld with the spicy notes of cinnamon, hops, and clove. Allow it to sit for a little while and as it warms the pumpkin flavor develops intensity. Overall though it isnít perfect, and is by no means an everyday beer, Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale makes a great fall novelty. Iím looking forward to picking some up next year.
Note: For an insanely decadent taste sensation try sipping some after eating a Lindt Chocolate Truffle. Outrageous!
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - DEC 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Call me crazy...I enjoyed this. I donít think I could mange more than one bottle in an evening, but for sipping as it slowly warmed, this hit the spot. Fantastic spicy pumpkin pie aroma, warming spices in flavor with subdued hops not overwhelming in bitterness. Pretty good!
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Allspice and nutmeg aromas, opague orange, pours a small cream head. Full pumpkiness here, allspice nutmeg, cinnamon. Medium bodied, spicey. A very nice offering!
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2006 Orange body, small off-white head, spicy nose. Pumpkin and spice in the body. Light palate. Drinkable and pretty tasty. (7/3/7/3/14 3.4). RERATE 9/06: On draft. Soft mouthfeel, fuller body than my old rating indicates.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yellowy orange, somewhat cloudy, good carbonation bubbling, small compact ivory head, tiny spotting lace.
Aroma is a well defined display of cinnamon, nutmeg, fresh pumpkin guts, and light malt. Very warm and quite appealing with a nice strength.
Taste is fabulously delightful with a finely delicate array of spices over a light bready malt. Warming, soothing, and well spiced. Nothing jumps out at ya really, its a great medley of nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, and pumpkin. Lovely finish of lightly sweet malt that has a nice smooth grab and a very slight return of warming spices tingle across the palate late. Yummy fun.
Smooth, clean, spicy, without all the spice grab, good malt presence, medium body, good finisher. Swell drinker too. Floats right down and keeps a nice warming tone of spice, like a freshly baked cookie. Great seasonal treat.
Kinz (3286) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2004
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Iím not a big pumpkin beer fan, Iím not entirely certain why I keep trying them. I guess part of me just wants it to work. This one did better than most. Medium orange amber color, small head, bit of yeast sediment. Smells like pumpkin pie, with pumpkin, cinammon, cloves. Flavor matches. There is a nice malt background to hold it all together and remind you that this is in fact a beer. Not quite my thing as a stand alone though. Could be interesting poured over ice cream... Maybe next year.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours amber, medium white spritzy head, fairly attractive lacing, with soft carbonation.   Nice strong spiced nose, allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg.   Also noted a pumpkin pie like aroma as well.   Tangy spices up front, fairly sharp but fades quickly.   Medium body and mouthfeel.   Finishes pretty uneventful, and without much spicing.   Yeah, finishes too quick.   Otherwise looks, smells, and tastes fairly well.   Thanks goes out to slob for the trade!
shadey (1896) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Damn, I forgot to rate this one. Well this is a place holder. I remember it being one of the better pumpkins I have tried. Smuttynose is always good stuff.
cfranz (261) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 17, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer poured very nicely, generating a nice white head. Amber ale with some slight orange. Some spices, though dominated by the pumpkin. At first I was overwhelmed by the punkin, but after the initial few sips, this beer prooved to go down smooth and exhibit other tastes: clove, roasted pumpkin seed, allspice.
Dorwart (2374) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thin frothy head of very fine bubbles. Light carbonation. Nice head reformation upon swirling. Nice spicy aroma of nutmeg, pumpkin, roasted grains and maybe a hint of cloves. Color is a slightly cloudy orange/amber. Flavor is a little on the weak side. Bit of spice and pumpkin. Little dry and chalky in the mouth. Finish is dry and a little bitter. Lingering nutmeg aftertaste. One of the bettter pumpkin ales I have had.