Smuttynose isn’t mentioned nearly as often as Samuel Adams and Allagash when it comes to the best breweries in New England, but I think Greg Blanchard and his staff deserve to be recognized in that conversation. Their dazzling lineup rarely disappoints and their Pumpkin Ale was certainly no different. Everyone swooned at the comingling of Cascade hops, clove, and pumpkin puree. The understated cinnamon and nutmeg, along with a bone-dry finish, make this attractive in any season.
Notable tasting note: “The spicy bitterness, along with the lack of sweetness, is identical to attributes in Belgian farmhouse ales.” -Gary Dzen