Beer 297/365 – Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale

Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale

Style: Pumpkin Ale

ABV: 6.0%

Purchased at: 3 Sons dogs ‘n suds – Wexford PA

What makes this beer different: One “hotter” pumpkin ales out there, also has a yellow squash type flavor.

Will I be drinking this again: Pretty average for a pumpkin ale, so probably not.

Grade: B

9/1/2010: Fall is hands down my favorite season. Pumpkin Ales, Oktoberfest’s, Hockey season starts, Football season starts, no humidity etc. I actually just stocked up on a ton of fall beer lately so keep your eyes out for a bunch of Pumpkin/Oktoberfests in the coming weeks. Anyone else think they come up with pumpkin beers a little too soon? I’m not complaining because I love the style, but a 90 degree day in the middle of August is not the time or place.

The nose has a lot of nutmeg in it, with just a hint of pumpkin. The flavor is very.. different? I eat a lot of yellow squash, and the flavor reminds me a lot of that, with a big punch of nutmeg, and some bitter hops. Its an odd combo of flavors, one sip I like it, the next sip I don’t. Not really a whole bunch of pumpkin flavor going on her, and the alcohol is pretty prevalent for a 6% ABV beer. All that being said it still is a pretty drinkable beer, medium bodied. I just wish the pumpkin flavor would be pumped up a bit, and the nutmeg scaled back a pinch.

Picture of the day: Keep your eye on the ball.

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