I reviewed the Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale back in 2008, and considering I gave it a 4 star rating I thought I’d check it out again considering a friend hooked my up with a bottle of it from her stash. I wanted to see if my opinion of this Pumpkin Ale have changed or not from 2008 to 20011!
Well, for one thing, in 2008, I sort of compared this pumpkin ale to….Hoegaarden? Either I was reeeealy messed up, of I’ve come along way since then! Maybe it was the big frothy head that confused me! Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale is NOTHING like Hoegaarden! (except that its a beer!)
For the most part, I think I still like the Smuttynose Pumpkin because its a little more spicy, and a bit less sweet than other pumpkin ales I’ve tried. More beery, less pumpkiny flavor. More balance I think with noticeable hop and really nice lacing actually. If I were to rate it again, I would not give it 4 stars, probably 3 and for the record, Dogfish Head Punkin’ is still my favorite.
Still, Smuttynose cranks out some good beers in general, and if you’re into the pumpkin thing, give it a try! What’s your favorite pumpkin ale?