This was another pumpkin beer that I picked up from Half Time awhile back. I’ve never seen it before, despite Southampton being distributed in Jersey. Let’s see how it was.
Style: Pumpkin Ale
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Southampton Pumpkin Ale is a 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.”
Random: My other half is working election duty tonight. This means that I have control of the remote. I’m so not used to this.
This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated slowly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, warm mahogany color with moderate carbonation visible. There was a slight crown left on top of the body. The nose was filled with gourdy goodness (yes, I’ve been waiting to use that alliteration all season) and some pumpkin spice with nutmeg and cinnamon. The nose was really bright and nice. The taste had a lot of pumpkin and squash and had a touch of spice but not nearly as much as to be expected from a pumpkin beer. It had a thick body with high carbonation. The finish was long with pumpkin and spice. The brew had all of the right flavors, but they were very disjointed and just didn’t taste like a well-done pumpkin ale. It was $2.19 a bottle, which wasn’t insanely expensive, but given that the beer was only mediocre, I wouldn’t buy it again.
Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0