Monday, October 31, 2011

Southampton Pumpkin Ale


Southampton Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
Southampton, New York USA

Pumpkin Ale

5.50% ABV






Commercial Description:
Our Autumn amber brew with the unmistakable flavor of “pumpkin pie” is available now through Thanksgiving in 12 oz bottles and seasonal draft.
(RateBeer.com)

General Pricing:
12 oz bottle: ~$9.00 6 pack

Background:
This was a gift from my friend Gonzalo. I have had a lot of good beers from Southampton but I have not had their pumpkin ale yet. I’m really looking forward to this.

Review:
The beer pours a clear amber with orange hues and a modest off white head.

The nose has some caramel malt aromas but it is mostly pumpkin spice.

Not a bad first sip. I was expecting it to be mostly spice but this as some nice pumpkin flavor to it as well.

It starts out with a light sweetness up front followed by a effervescence over the tongue in the middle of the sip. The back-end is very easy drinking with an almost effortless swallow. There is also a carbonation release during the swallow that adds a refreshing quality to the experience and masks some of the flavors. The finish is very nice with caramel malt flavors along with floral hops, real pumpkin flavor and of course a good dose of pumpkin spices. The final aftertaste is of a lingering pumpkin spice.

All and all this is a very nice pumpkin ale. It really does have some nice pumpkin flavor along with the spicy notes.

I’m going for a B on this one. This beer has a good pumpkin flavor along with nice caramel malts and pumpkin spice.

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