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RATINGS: 700   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (4740) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2003
Hazy bronze colour a very nice off-white head. Aroma of pumpkin, spice and everything nice - The best aroma i've gotten from a pumpkin! Medium to Light-Bodied; Strong spice/pumpkiny flavour with a residual sweetness. Aftertaste shows a great malt balance and a nice level of spiceyness! Overall, a very good beer, the best i've had of the type! I bought this twelve ounce bottle at Beers of the World in Rochester, New York and sampled it on 3-October-2003.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2003
Hazy copper color with a light tan head. Nice aroma of pumpkin, ginger, and nutmeg. Flavor was nicely balanced between the malt, pumpkin, spice, and hops. Medium to full bodied. The best pumpkin ale I've had so far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DYCSoccer17 (3321) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 27, 2003
Pours a clear copper color with a 2cm ligh yellow head. Aroma is of pumpkin with a lot of spice--perhaps clove? This bouquet is very apparent. Start is pumpkin flavor, but gives way to a clove spiciness. Palate is rather watery. Not a terribly special pumpkin ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 25, 2003
Pours a hazy pale orange, with a good size white head that mostly diminishes, leaving sheets of lace. Very fine tiny bubbled carbonation in the body. Aroma is of freshly baked pumpkin pie, mostly from the cinnamon and nutmeg spices, backed with a good bit of hops. Flavor is again dominated with the cinnamon, some sweetness comes through in the middle, and the end is a mix with the spices and some hoppy bitterness in there as well. Medium-full bodied, fairly lively carbonation. A very good balance between the squash and malt sweetness, the spices, and a good level of hoppiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 25, 2003
Smells like a pumpkin pie. Creamy custard colored frothy head. Light golden amber hue. Starts sweet, pale malts, sticky medium body, pleasantly spiced. Subtle, but definately evident, a very well balanced spiced up pumpkin brew. Not too shabby at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
quantum24 (32) - New York, USA - SEP 19, 2003
My first pumpkin ale... and a nice suprise. amber/orange color. pumpkin and nutmeg aroma. a nice malt presence blends well with the pumpkin flavor and hops. medium bodied with a nice spicy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 18, 2003
Nice hazy orange apperance. Spicy pumpkin pie aroma. The taste of pumpkin comes through nicely and is balanced well wtih the hops and malt. A good pumpkin beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 8, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2003 Clear amber with a solid white head. Big allspice pumpkin aroma. Medium body, ends with a spicy sweet tang. The best pumpkin beer that I have ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ericnixon (740) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 7, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2003 Re-rate 9/16/03 - I was so moved by this beer i wrote a poem to describe what i tasted: Pumpkin ale in an Unassuming bottle / Brown with a pumpkin Pictured on the label / Don’t forget the cute Smutty seal who sells / Good stuff and tells / Me to get drinking / Pours clearish golden / Like some kind of Molson / But the aroma tells me / Otherwise that there’s no / Compromise in drawing / Conclusions between the two / As the color in the glass / Kicks everything’s ass / Thin head on an orangy amber / Spicy aroma that does not waver / I tip the glass towards me to taste / And I’m taken to some other place / Riding the river of a tart pumpkin / A happy smile slides across my face / Sip again because it’s really something / Feels like the colors of fall are filling / Are twisting are burning in my mouth / Vibrant colors brought on by spilling / Spices something entices me to have / To want summer to end immediately / And plunge headfirst into autumn / And swaddle myself in the crispness / Of fall of it all and before I knew it / So suddenly / I saw my glass and my bottle / Were both empty / Thanking God I’ve got five more / I crack into another / Tip and pour / And start the ride all over . - 9/7/03 - At first I thought, "Oh great, not another crappy pumpkin beer." Oh, how wrong I was. Wonderful mellow pumpkin spiciness with a near-perfect orangy color to it. It had a refreshing perfectly balanced pumpkin/autumn-y flavor to it. I'm totally wanting fall to come now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mribm (457) - Ocala, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2003
Bottled. Poured with very little head which left no lacing. The nose and taste were of pumpkin pie. Probably the BEST pumpkin ale I've ever had. All that was missing was Thanksgiving! Great pumpkin ale. With previous pumpkin ales, one was enough. I think I will buy more Smuttynose to welcome autumn.

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