ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy orange color. The head is a rather typical barely off-white shade about one finger high. Great lacing is left behind, but retention isn’t the best.
S: As expected, the spices are there. The spice component is low on sweetness, but high on nutmeg. I also pick up a bit of citrus peel, which adds a nice component to the (well restrained) spiciness.
T: Bitter citrus peel notes hit my tongue first. The spice notes, rather than immediately opening the flavor profile, sneak up near the finish to mingle with the citrusy flavor. Not much in the way of actual pumpkin (I’ve come to expect that now from the style). There’s even a mineral touch in the aftertaste. All the main flavors seem to exacerbate each others harshness - but at least it’s bland enough where it’s not really a bother. Right...?
M: It’s a crisp, dry brew, but also one that’s too astringent. I don’t like the coarse feel in particular. A light body and moderate carbonation makes it (at least) somewhat drinkable, though.
O: Pumpkin ales like Schlafly Pumpkin Ale and Full Tilt Patterson Pumpkin succeed because they don’t succumb to the pratfalls of the style. While not necessarily a total failure, this one doesn’t succeed because it DOES fall victim to the problems of the style - too much bitter spicing, not enough balance between the sweet and aforementioned bitter. My first real letdown from Smuttynose, but to be fair, I wasn’t expecting this to be fantastic.
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a clear golden amber. Aromas of all spice, nutmeg, a touch of pumpkin. Nice spicy taste with pumpkin notes.
markducommun (878) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden orange, ample tan head, very frothy. Spice, nutmeg, brown sugar. Malty, sweet, decent amount of bitterness. Slightly oily, medium body, chewy. Slight carbonation. Good.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
cgarvieuk (21076) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 19, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle at home ... copper .. thin white lacing ... soft zezty peppery fruit... dry fruit .. big pumpkin nose ... soft toffee fruit . juicy pumpkin ... sweet malts .. soft fruit ... pumpkin
Quick3Beers (883) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 27, 2016
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Pours a hazy dark amber from a bottle. Immediately cloying "pumpkin spice" smell, not sure where the pumpkin flavor is, I’m not getting it. For shame New England based Smuttynose. Tastes like a spiced rum drink. Blech. Should be noted, this was stuck in a surprise sample 12 pack from the local bottle store, a little disappointed because it’s past the drink by date, they’re totally just offloading their shelf turds.
k0mpsa (2433) - Tuusula, FINLAND - JAN 18, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aroma has malts and pumpkin notes. Malty and hoppy taste, pumpkin notes.
mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[7937-20151115] Tap. Mild fruity grains aroma. Hazy, orange amber body with a foamy off-white head. Bitter fruit grains and lightly soured gourd flavour. Medium body. Interesting. (8/3/7/3/14) 3.5
(@ Logan Airport, Boston, MA)
trapped (2143) - New York, TURKEY - NOV 16, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Hazy dark orange with small off-white foamy head, cinnamon- pumpkin aroma, high carbonation, faint pumpkin and spice flavor, slightly metallic sweetish taste, medium finish with pumpkin aftertaste. Not bad but not special either.
Vignale (3258) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flaska från SB. Bärnstensfärgad med en lite orangeare ton, klar, lågt skum. Lätt kryddig doft med främst kanel och muskot, lite aningen tvålig pumpa. Lite tvålig parfymerad smak, kryddor, pumpkin paj. Funkar väl men som oftast med pumpaöl är idén bättre än smaken.
fiulijn (18725) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 4, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Denman’s Wine and Spirits, Vancouver
Cloudy light amber color. Soapy and spicy, mildly sweet, quite bitter.
The beer we don’t need.
mcberko (14004) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 4, 2015
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. bottle, pours a cloudy golden orange with a small white head. Aroma brings out light pumpkin spices -- very simple and uninteresting. Flavour is simplistic, with spicy autumn notes (cinnamon and nutmeg) and not much else. What the hell are they going for? Pointless beer.