sloshgator (741) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Out of a flight of four pumpkin beers, this one.was.my favorite. It had the right balance of.malt and pumpkin pie spices without being over the top spicy. Recommended! TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 27, 2006
Smuttynose pumpkin ale is brewed with real pumpkin puree and spices. It is an outstanding example of the style in the fact that a really excellent pumpkin ale will actually give you plenty of real pumpkin flavor, as well as nice touches of the traditional pumpkin pie spices. This makes for a perfect cool weather beer and is literally a slice of pumpkin pie in a glass.
Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale pours to a deep golden to light orange color with a creamy white head and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose is wonderful with aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, paired with just a touch of biscuit malt aroma. The palate is firm with lots of good sweet/biscuity pale malt flavors, along with a strong undertone of squashy/spicy pumpkin flavor. Pumpkin Ale finishes with more malt and pumpkin flavor up front, then ends with spicy cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove notes, giving this beer the liquid pumpkin pie effect.
Anyone who is a fan of pumpkins and pumpkin pie can not help but love this beer. Those who aren’t too crazy about either might find the spices and pumpkin flavors to be a bit too much. Stylistically as a pumpkin ale, this is a stellar example, and I would rank it right up there with the best of them. Drink this beer with a desert of vanilla ice cream. For an extra special treat mix half pumpkin ale with half Imperial or Oatmeal Stout for a liquid slice of chocolate pumpkin cheese cake. gardyloo (12) - USA - OCT 19, 2007
this beer is pretty friggin fantastic. i’ve had it twice now and had different thoughts each time, so i’m not all sure about its consistency but i enjoyed it thoroughly each time. has a little sweet taste to it, strong cinnamon flavor but lots else going on. jgb9348 (6388) - 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. Firefaery (19) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2004
Lovely spiced pumpkin and nutmeg flavor with hints of clove and cinnamon. Nice orange-red autumn color. Great pumpkin pie scent.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2004
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. RCWCPACFP (102) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2005
My favorite seasonal is pumpkin ale and this one is number two between Dogfish Head at #1 and everyone else behind. Forget Buffalo Bill’s... but try Ship Yard’s. The spice was right on but have this with desert not with the entre as it will numb your mouth and kill the flavor of all but the heavyest meals. DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - SEP 8, 2010
Pours bright, amber orange with lots of fluffy head and lacing. Aroma is pumpkin, malts and pie spice; Palate is effervescent and bright with lots of pumpkin and spice without being overdone. Not sweet or fake-tasting, but balanced with finesse. Really, Really good. Joshkickjosh (7) - - OCT 4, 2013 does not count
An excellent pumpkin ale. A well rounded body, with just the right amount of seasonal sweetness and spice.
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12 oz bottle from Baruni’s in Baden, PA. Lots of goodness in here --- spices and mace, maybe a little bit of clove. If you have to go pumpkin try this one.