This pours a golden orange color and provides a finger of frothy white head. It has good retention and there’s moderate lacing throughout the entire experience. It’s body has a murky and seductive haze to it under good light.
The aroma is quite nice. It has an earthy character to it. The spices seem to be cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and clove, but the pumpkin is what shines. The earthy notes bring forth a rooty pumpkin smell that is divine in comparison to many of the sweet options I’m accustomed to.
I’m struck most by it’s crisp and damp character. The entire experience relies not on a sugary concoction of spices but on a fairly hoppy, natural flavor. The front first provides a hoppy foundation. The spices are best identified in the beginning as cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. There are hints of allspice as well. These handoff to the fresh pumpkin flavor that defines the back end. As I finish, the pumpkin builds with sweetness and clarity, and a prominence that beams into the aftertaste. It’s bright, crisp and beautifully balanced with the other ingredients.
This is a super crisp mouthfeel. It’s medium bodied and smooth. There’s no moment of extreme bitterness or overwhelming sweetness. Rather it feels balanced and in harmony all the way through. It’s also quite dinkable.
This one keeps getting better and better each year. Typically I expect a fresh, natural flavor out of Smuttynose’s Pumpkin Ale. It definitely delivers this year. The flavor is balanced and reliant not on spices, sugar or a unique character such as an aged quality but on the pumpkin itself. It’s ability to focus on the pumpkin while remaining consistent and drinkable makes this one a great choice for the season. I especially recommend this if you’re hunting for a flavor built on the brightness of pumpkin itself.