Keeping with the spirit of kicking off the fall beer season in the summer, we sampled this beer on the beach. What better way to combine the perks of summer weather with the warm spicy tastes that fall brings?
Southampton Publick House Pumpkin Ale pours light amber with a tan head that is pronounced and not quick to exit. When it does, it falls to a lasting white foam ring giving it a pleasant appearance. It has an inviting smell that does not smack you over the head trying to establish itself as a pumpkin brew. Yes, you do get some spice when smelling this beer but it is not one note. Initially, your nose is hit with a bright almost lactic scent that gives way to subtle cinnamon and caramel. Upon sipping, you notice the smooth mouth feel and mild carbonation that lightens up the beer and makes it relatively easy to drink. There is a fair amount of spice with hints of vanilla and ginger that fade to a slightly dry finish. This pumpkin ale leaves you with a sweet cinnamon taste in your mouth.
What Alicia Thinks:
This is easy to drink and doesn’t overpower you with the fall flavors. Finishes fairly sweet so you probably can only drink two at most but I think that can be said about all pumpkin beers. I’d say a 7.5/10.
What Kevin Thinks:
This is lighter take on the pumpkin ale genre but is confident with it’s spicing and flavoring. This brew isn’t wholly in balance but it is a nice beer. People looking for a truck load of pumpkin and cinnamon-sugar may want to look elsewhere. However anyone looking for pleasant hints of pumpkin, spice and fall flavors will enjoy this. For me this rates a 7.5/10.
ABV: 5.5% IBU: 15 Color: Light Amber Year: 2012 Brewery: Southampton Publick House
The Brewery Says:
Southampton Pumpkin Ale is an unique amber-colored brew that has particular appeal during the autumn months and the holidays of Halloween and Thanksgiving. We use a generous amount of pumpkin as well as traditional “pumpkin pie” spices to give this unusual brew a definite seasonal character. Available in 22oz bottles and seasonal draft.