Smashing Pumpkin Ale All Grain Kit

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Clean and sweetly malty with just enough hop bitterness to balance and no hop aroma to mask the spices in this all grain pumpkin ale recipe. A dose at the shutdown of the boil imbues the beer with a complex, lingering spice profile full of nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger that persists from the pour to the last swish in the pint glass.

Smashing Pumpkin Ale Recipe All-Grain Kit - Ingredient List & Instructions

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Autumn, and a homebrewer's thoughts turn to capturing the sensory experience of the season ... crisp nights, colorful leaves, and ripe gourds being turned into pie. We're often asked for pumpkin ale recipes at this time of year, and it's easy to understand why: sipping this spiced amber ale is like drinking a slice of pie. Clean and sweetly malty with just enough hop bitterness to balance and no hop aroma to mask the spices. A dose at the shutdown of the boil imbues the beer with a complex, lingering spice profile full of nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger that persists from the pour to the last swish in the pint glass. If you want to incorporate actual vegetables in this all grain pumpkin beer recipe, you'll need to provide your own 8 to 10 pound pumpkin (winter squash like butternut or acorn will work if pumpkin is out of season). Cut up the gourd, discard the innards, and roast or microwave the pieces until soft and cooked through, then peel. Mash the peeled, cooked pumpkin flesh with the included grains at 152°F for 1 hour.

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style USA
Beer Style Amber Ale, Spice or Fruit Beer
Color Amber
Original Gravity 1054
Total Time to Make 6 weeks

Customer Reviews

Great beer, just not pumpkiny Review by Stewart
Added 3 cans of pumpkin to the boil plus the spices. After a few months of aging, it really doesn't taste like pumpkin but it is a delicious amber ale. I also did an extract batch with partial mash and put the pumpkin in the mash, and that gave me a great pumpkin flavor. Can't explain that, but they were both great beers. (Posted on 1/22/15)
Great pumpkin ale Review by James
This beer is awesome. I have made this beer several times and done a few things different. First batch I added canned pumpkin to the mash(right out of the can) everyone loved the beer. Second batch i repeated this but first i baked the pumpkin on 350 for an hour to pull the sugars out and the pumpkin flavor was intense and made the beer even better. I recomend this beer to people trying to start with all grain brewing, you and your friends will be pleased. cheers (Posted on 1/22/15)
Great taste, add more spice! Review by Mark G
Second time brewing this. The first attempt was not quite as good because it was my first all grain attempt. One year of experience later and this is clearly a great beer. Added some canned pumpkin, but again not sure how much flavor or body that adds to the beer without a comparison. I increased the flameout additions to just under 3 teaspoons of pumpkin spice and a 1/4 cup of brown sugar. I think I will increase both when I brew again next year. There is a medium spice profile with that amount, but personally I want in your face spice! (Posted on 10/23/14)
Took time but well worth it Review by Robert
This was my first foray into making a pumpkin ale. After buying three different commercial brands, I discovered huge differences....from spice only flavor, to no pumpkin flavor, to nicely balanced. So I decided to try it on my own. Home Brew magazine recipes all used canned pumpkin while only referring to using fresh pumpkin. Also read about many difficulties in making one, particularly stuck sparges. Here goes...I bought 11 1/2 lbs of pie pumpkins and followed Northern brewer instructions for preparing. I roasted. In the end, I had about 5 1/2 lbs. of cooked and cubed pumpkin. Followed NB instructions to the letter. The only difference was adding about 1/2 lb of rice hulls to mash. Hit all my numbers. A very active fermentation. 2 wks. primary. 2 wks. secondary. Bottled with corn sugar. OMG!! a well balanced flavor of pumpkin, beer and spice. ABV turned out at 5.3%. Fantastic brew. Thanks NB for a great kit. (Posted on 10/17/14)
Add a 750 Review by Gary
This will be fourth time I have brewed this beer.
Every year someone would say, "man all this needs is some whipped cream on top. So alas I had an idea, I'm good for one of those from time to time. Into the bottling bucket went a 750 of whipped cream vodak. The outcome was nothing short of outstanding. If you like pumpkin pie with a whipped cream topping, give this a try. (Posted on 12/8/13)
5 weeks from brew day and pretty solid. Review by Mark
The beer is still pretty young and just barely carbonated, but I'm always eager to give it a try. I added the pumpkin per the video and added a little extra spice based on other reviews. So far it has a pretty mild hint of both, but I'm hoping as it ages both will come out a little more in the overall flavor. The color is very mirky and not very appealing. A large part of that problem was because I did not have whirfloc tablets. Other kits I have received shipped whirfloc with them and this was my first from nothernbrewer. I wish I had known that before-hand, but ultimately I do not think the flavor has been affected. I hope, like every beer I've done, that it gets better with age, and so far it's pretty good. (Posted on 11/20/13)
Perfect Pumpkin Review by Jacob
Added about 10 lbs roasted pumpkin and squash to the mash. Used whole sticks cinnamon in secondary. Great tasting! (Posted on 11/20/13)
Damn Good Pumpkin Beer Review by Jason
This was probably the best All Grain I have made to date. I used 3 cans of Organic Pumpkin & put the spices in the secondary. Its hard to tell if you can actually taste the pumpkin or not but you can def taste the spices. They are a little more powerful than I would like and a little too sweet. I think next time I would use half the package at boil out and half in secondary. The color came out clear & beautiful. Enjoy! (Posted on 11/15/13)
3rd year brewing this kit Review by Brett L
There are so many types of beers that I want to brew that i rarely brew the same beer twice. However, not this one. Due to popular demand, I have now brewed this kit 3 years in a row. Year 1 was extract, year 2 was a partial mash with 2-row, year 3 was all grain.

Makin' it a tradition. (Posted on 11/15/13)
Nice Review by Mark
Just had one. Nice spice flavor. I will brew this kit again and try adding canned pumpkin. (Posted on 11/12/13)
Bottled 52 Bottles Today! Review by Paul
Bottled 52 bottles of Smashing Pumpkin All Grain today. Smells wonderful.

I forgot to grab a final gravity, but I'm going to assume it's inline with what other brewers have received.

Bottles are in my basement to age. Will throw a few bottles in the fridge on Sunday, November 24th to see how the carbonation is. Should be ready to drink on Thanksgiving eve! (Posted on 11/10/13)
Smells great - Happy Hallloween Review by Marc
Brewed this on Halloween night as the kiddies all came around for candy, I was having fun with my kettle. With only one hop addition at 60 mins, the malts really give out a great smell but when you add the spices at flame out, beware, it's a scream of goodness to your nose. Fermenting now.... (Posted on 11/4/13)
Great kit Review by Mark
I brewed this for my first 5 gallon batch. I have only done two 1 gallon all grain batches previously. It's conditioning in the bottle now but I had to sneak a taste on bottling day. I think it's gonna be a success. I used real pumpkin purchased from the nearby Amish farm and upped the spices a bit as the packet seemed a bit scant. Of course I love spices and understand that not everyone does. I don't think it will last until Thanksgiving. (Posted on 11/1/13)
Great stuff Review by Ray
First time I've ever brewed this, actually any pumpkin ever. It was great! Nice smooth pumpkin beer, not a spice beer. Add the fresh pumpkin, like the recipe option gives you, really adds a good touch to the beer. (Posted on 11/1/13)
Still fermenting.... Review by Chris
I brewed this using canned pumpkin in a muslin bag in the HLT which seemed to work pretty good and took much less time to prepare than a whole pumpkin. In another week I will know how it tastes, the ale is still fermenting away. It does smell great though. (Posted on 11/1/13)
It's now a tradition Review by Brandon
I brew this every year for thanksgiving. I get calls weeks before making sure I'm bringing my pumpkin brew. I use real pumpkin and add twice the spice. Brew on!!!! (Posted on 11/1/13)
Can't Wait to Bottle and Drink It! Review by Paul
I brewed this beer on Sunday, October 13th. But here's what I did to make it my own:

I added 3 cans of pumpkin. I put two in the mash, and the 3rd right into the boil at 30 minutes. I didn't add the spice mix until today (Sunday, October 27th).

Today is the yeast dump. First I dumped the yeast (conical Blichmann 7.5 gallon stainless Fermenator). Then, I boiled 1 cup of water, and once the water was boiling, I added 1 tsp of a Pumpkin Pie Spice seasoning I found at Walt Disney World this week while I was down there with my family (It was in one of the stores at Downtown Disney, next door to the Earl of Sandwich. It contains: Cinnamon, pumpkin powder, allspice, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, star anise, and orange zest. to the boiling water. Once the water came to room temperature, I added it to the Fermenator.

I'm going to let it sit in the secondary for 2 weeks then on/around Sunday, November 10th I'm going to bottle the beer. Let it age in my basement for 2 weeks, and it should be ready to enjoy just in time for Thanksgiving.

I really can't wait to try this beer. (Posted on 10/27/13)
Reminds me of Punk Review by Joe
My wife and I brewed a partial mash version of this beer last year using around 10 pounds of roasted pumpkin, and it turned out fantastic. Slight vegetal flavor, fantastic color, and nice body from the pumpkin. Just the right amount of pumpkin pie spice. It tasted a lot like Dogfish's Punk. This year we're doing a full mash with a lot of rice hulls. It was a challenging but satisfying brew. (Thought I had a stuck sparge, but in fact the pumpkin had solidified the mash about halfway up the tun, creating a giant air pocket underneath. One good breath of air up the tube broke it all up and after recirculating for a few minutes and taking care to keep the mash from sealing up again, and all was well.) Looks and smells a lot like last time. Can't wait to get it into a keg. (Posted on 10/21/13)
Pretty Good Review by Brett
I used canned pumpkin with this. Seemed to turn out nicely. I would however cut back on the spices. Seemed to be over powering. A little too much spice flavor not enough beer flavor. Overall a good seasonal beer. (Posted on 10/8/13)
seasonal favorite! Review by phillip
I get this kit every year! I add real pumpkin to the kit and it is the fastest keg I go thru every year. This is only beer my buddy requests that I send him some in Philadelphia from Missouri. It is that good! I would recommend! (Posted on 9/30/13)
Mixed feelings about this one Review by micah
I still have mixed thoughts about this beer. On one hand it tastes so good. But on the other hand it was such a pain to brew with all that pumpkin. This is one that I will think twice about brewing again, but I will likely end up doing it because it taste so good!! (Posted on 9/29/13)
Great Product Review by Michael
I used this last year and got rave reviews at a party. This year I upped the pumpkin a little and added a little oatmeal for creaminess. We'll see how the reviews are this year. (Posted on 9/19/13)
Awesome Review by chris
This came out great. Only added a small amount of pie filling which is all that I could find. Now that pumpkins are getting in season I will add the full amount and planning a 10 gallon batch. (Posted on 9/10/13)
Best beer he's had in his entire life? Review by Steve
That's what my neighbor told me!

This was my first all grain batch ever and it came out amazing. My neighbor makes his own maple syrup so I threw a pint of it in my primary. I have no idea if it really changed the beer at all since you really couldn't taste it.
I have tried so many pumpkin ale's in recent years and this was BY FAR the best I have ever had. I love Southern Tier's Pumpking and this one blows it away!
Next year I'm going to try it with real pumpkins! (Posted on 12/21/12)
Didn't get any Review by Wayne
I brewed and bottled this, then was sent away for work. I came back weeks later and my wife and her friends had drank it all. So I'm guessing it was good. At least that's what she told me. Thank you NB for creating a monster. (Posted on 12/18/12)
Awesome! Review by David
This is a very tasty brew! I used one pie pumpkin in the mash. The pumpkin flavor was there but not real overpowering. The spices tasted awesome! I'd definitely recommend this one to anyone. (Posted on 11/25/12)
Something Different Review by Thomas
NB’s Smashing Pumpkin would be my second all grain brew. I baked and added two pie pumpkins to the mash (~8 Lbs of pumpkin went into the mash) and let the mash sit at around 148 for 60 minutes. Personally, I find the color (driven by the pumpkin) and aroma (driven by the spices) of the beer to be much more ‘pumpkin’ than I do the flavor. I taste much more of the base malts than I do anything else. The 60 minute hop addition doesn’t appear to have added much to the finished product. I did add the flavor packet to the secondary and let this age for a good month before racking to the keg. In the realm of something different and festive, I would recommend that kit. (Posted on 11/21/12)
Spice in the secondary. Use a lot of pumpkin! Review by Chris
I made this using 3 15oz cans of Festal canned pumpkin. Made quite a mess in the tun and had to stir nearly constantly to prevent stuck sparges as it drained into the kettle. Looked like boiling mud in the BK but it cleared nicely and has a great amber color now. I'd recommend using more canned pumpkin for flavor and keep it in a BIAB type straining bag or use rice hulls. Next time I would use an actual pumpkin, baking it, etc. I added the spices into the secondary. I'd would cut the spice load in half in the secondary. Too much spice flavor and not enough beer flavor. However the spice flavor is mellowing after being in the keg for couple of weeks. Seems to be getting better daily. (Posted on 10/7/12)
A pointer Review by Dave
Put your spice in at the secondary! Adding at the end of the boil gives you orange ail! (Posted on 5/26/12)
Good brew Review by Jeff
made it once without putting pumkin in the mash will make again with pumkin and rice hulls. good beer be sure to up the spice- (Posted on 5/1/12)
Need to add spice t the secondary Review by Dave
Have made this twice and a competitors once. Add the spice to the secondary or all you will have is an orange ale that has a very faint pumpkin taste, assuming you used pumpkin to mash. Add your spice to the boil, as directed, and you will not taste it at all. (Posted on 4/22/12)
Great!!!! Review by gwtaylo
One of best yet. Everyone who tryed it, wanted another. I used 4 lbs of canned pumpkin. Next time I'll use a little more. (Posted on 1/18/12)
Everyone loves it. Review by Clark W. Grizwal
One of my best All-grains. I added a extra Teaspoon of Pumpkin spice it at the end of the boil. All my friends loved it. Will do again, only I will add a little more pumpkin next time. (Posted on 1/1/12)
Nice Review by MattN
Very nice ale. Smooth, not overpowering with the spice at all. It took longer than I thought to carbonate in the bottle, I think because its getting colder outside (and thus colder INside the house) and what normally takes a week to carbonate took over 2. But once it did, I'm pretty impressed. I think I'll get this again and try some pumpkin in the secondary. (Posted on 11/4/11)
Needs More Spice Review by Josh
Mashed with 2-3 lbs of pumpkin (steamed 45 min).
I put the pumpkin chunks in a straining bag so I could pull to the top of grain bed when sparging.

3 weeks in primary (too long), cold crashed for two days.

Flavor: Can taste some pumpkin but the spice aroma and flavor is close to none. Next time I will add more Spice and maybe some in secondary.

(Posted on 10/25/11)
A big hit Review by dana
I brewed this for a friend's birthday party, wanting a good beer that wouldn't scare the civilians, yet be interesting for beer snobs like myself. It was a huge hit, and I thoroughly recommend it . I was skeptical of the included spice blend because usually any ground spices have been on a shelf for months and have lost a lot of flavor. In the end I just used what NB had included and it worked out ok. When I brew this again I'll probably go with fresh-ground spices for a more noticeable spice flavor.

I quartered and roasted 4 lbs of butternut squash, then scraped the roasted flesh into my mash. I think roasting rather than canned or steamed squash was part of my success as roasting brings out all sorts of yummy carmelized flavors, as well as making the pulp less gooey. I had no problems with stuck mash.

I kept it in secondary for a month as it took it's sweet time clearing, and there were several later periods of fermentation activity before it got down to 1.0008. (Posted on 9/29/11)
Great beer! Worst. Sparge. Ever. Review by DaddoJuice
I baked about 7 finished pounds of combination butternut/acorn squash, riced the pulp, and added it to the mash. Took over 2.5 hours to get about 3 gallons of wort out. Simply awful.

I also racked to a secondary and added another teaspoon of Penzy's Pumpkin Pie Spice at that time since it seemed a little flat.

When I was kegging I tried a taste. This is the best pumkpin beer I've ever had.

If (really, when) I make it again I am going to try doughing in and then adding the puree on top of the grain bed, trying to not stir much. I might even add the puree in a fine hops bag to the boil since we're not trying for conversion. (Posted on 9/16/11)
Rice hulllllls Review by Sgraham
I added 5 15oz cans of pumpkin.....make sure to add some rice hulls. Sparging was no problem!!!!! Cant wait ti taste it! (Posted on 9/5/11)
Very good kit, challenge to make Review by jonm
Made this kit with 2 cans of uncooked Libby's Pumpkin in the mash. Stuck mash took 3 hours to sparge after removing the grain and liquid, then pouring it back in the mashtun and resuming the sparge again about 6 times.

Still, it's only been in the keg for 2 weeks but is 100% ready to drink and very delicious.

Not worth the hassel to make more than once a year, but I am pretty glad I did. Turned out with 6.7% ABV, but the most decieving alc level I have had. The spice is good but surprisingly understated.This is more mellow than it seems. (Posted on 2/19/11)
Very Good Review by Savage
This brew came out very good. One thing I would change next time is the amount of pumpkin I used. I used 10lbs of pumpkin cooked and cut into pieces. Added to the mash. The beer came out very cloudy. Probably from the pumpkin. Also was very "chewy" in the mouthfeel. Tasted very good. Next time I will only use about 2-3lbs of pumpkin. (Posted on 12/11/10)
Top Notch Review by reign24
I used about a 4 lb pumpkin in the recipe, and turned out great. Better than I anticipated. Expecting a seasonal change of pace, the flavors were not to sweet like some pumpkin ales I have had. Will brew again! (Posted on 11/26/10)
Perfect balance Review by g-bo
Very good pumpkin ale. Excellent color, nose, and sweetness with just the right amount of finishing spice . Enjoyed by all. (Posted on 11/7/10)
Great Review by Doug
I added pumkin and what a taste sensation...........I am ordering another (Posted on 11/3/10)

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