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RATINGS: 795   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale is our homage to the craft and heritage of America’s brewers. Recipes calling for the use of pumpkins in beer date back to early colonial times, when brewers sought to extend their supply of costly imported malt with locally grown ingredients, such as squash and "pompions."
In that spirit, we brew our ale with the addition of pumpkin to the mash, along with traditional spices to create a delicious American original.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2005
Couleur orangée revêtue d’une faible mousse blanche concassée et plutôt persistante. Arômes marquants de biscuits aux épices en forme de petit bonhomme souriant. Sérieusement, gingembre, pain d’épice, cannelle, extrêmement parfumée. Flaveurs jouant dans les mêmes tons que les arômes, parfumés et épicés, faiblement malté et sucré, finale introduisant le houblon, partiellement amer. Appréciable pour quelques instants mais devient rapidement beaucoup trop parfumée, à mon goût. En fût chez Ginger Man, Manhattan N.Y.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 8, 2005
Clear orange color. Aroma is of nutmeg, cinnamon, spice and a dry, grassy hop nose. Sweet malt flavor with lots of fall spices augmented by a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1555) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 7, 2005
Bottle. Brewed and bottled: 08/05. A hazy orange pour with a very thin light-tan head. Spicy, pumpkiny aroma. The ingredients really mesh well in the aroma, unlike other pumpkin beers where each spice seems to stand out individually. This smells more like an actual pie. Taste is hoppier than other pumpkin beers I’ve had. Tastes more like the pie crust than the pumpkin, though there’s still a good bit of sweet pumpkin and malts present. A hoppy, spicy finish. Different than the others (more IPA qualities), but good in its own way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Bottle. What better way to ring in the fall season than to tailgate at a UConn football game, and enjoy a pumpkin ale. Orange and clear with a decent head. Somewhat spicy aroma, almost like pumpkin pie, but not totally. Some nutmeg and brown sugar in the nose as well. The flavor has all the aspects of pumpkin pie, but they never come together all at once. It first hits your tongue sweet with pumpkin spices and nutmeg ... like the meat of the pumpkin pie. Swirl it around a bit, and you get a subdued sweetness along with a slight nuttiness. This must be the crust. It finishes very dry and chalky. It appears they forgot to take the stems off of the pumpkins before adding them to the mix. Overall, it’s rather good

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2005
Lasting white head covers the shiny hazy orange hue. Huge gingerbread nose, not necessarily very malty despite Smuttynose being champions at that, just very perfumey, spicy, peppery and cinnamon indented with light mustard seeds. Oily medium body, small bubbled carbonation. Average balance, very spicy and incredibly simplistic, devoid of bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2006 Bottle. Orange/amber, decent head. Spicy, pumpkin aroma. Maltiness and pumpkins upfront with a spicy finish. Moderate bitterness. Good flavor. Aftertaste makes you go back for more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 31, 2005
Bottle. Bright orange copper body with a small white head. Sweet, spicy pumpkin pie aroma and taste. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - AUG 29, 2005
Pours bright deep orange with a tiny head. Aroma is slightly pumpkin spice. Taste is watery at first but great pumpkin spice on the finish. Awesome subtle pumpkin taste. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2005
Translucent orange and filtered (why filter this one while every other beer of yours is unfiltered, Smuttynose?) with a bubbly and stringy head. Aroma is ripe with pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, hints of orange rind and an overall pervasive sugar complex reminiscent of pumpkin pie. A lot happens at first quaff. Once the sprits dies down, we’re left with delectable pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice. Nutmeg adds a spice bread dimension. Some separating and dactylic alcohol. Fairly light bodied with the hops being a touch to hot at times, and no anteceding creaminess. On the other hand, this has one of the best aftertastes known to man. A noble effort. Thanks for the bottle, tpkenned!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Pours golden orange with a big white head. Some lace evident. Smell is spicy. Coriander, cinnamon, clove and pumpkin. Sweet hoppy aromas too. Taste is spicy as well. Sweet maly up front with a bitter finish. Cinnamon and pumpkin flavors witha hoppy aftertaste. Medium bodied. This is a really solid ale and the best pumpkin ale I’ve ever had. not a big fan of the style but this is one I could drink with no problem.

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