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Pumpkineater - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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87
very good

140 Ratings
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 20
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
A high gravity pumpkin ale brewed with barley, fresh roasted pumpkin, hops, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise, water and yeast, it is one of the local seasonal favorites. This beer is produced in very limited quantities each fall as part of the John Mitchell series.

19 IBU

(Beer added by: lumikuuro on 10-08-2009)
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Reviews by Brianhophead:
Photo of Brianhophead
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pumpkineater is a deep copper colored ale with ruddy highlights. The head is dense, cream colored, and lasting.

S - The aroma starts off smelling like pumpkins. Pumpkin moves quickly into pumpkin pie spices, cloves, and nutmeg. These give the rich, savory aroma of pumpkin pie in a glass while also giving balance to the lush aroma of pumpkin. Pumpkins and spices are decently balanced to give a very enjoyable nose.

T - Pumpkineater is only medium bodied, a nice surprise given the lush pumpkins found in the nose. The center gives only the faintest hint of caramel but does give more pumpkin pie spices. Those spices give good balance to the sweet, lush flavors of pumpkin.

O - Given the richness of what a pumpkin pie provides, Pumpkineater shows surprising refinement and restraint. And what's more the ale carries its 8% abv with great restraint. If I didn't read it on the label I might never suspect this was such a strong ale.

Brianhophead, Oct 13, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%

I normally refuse to drink a pumpkin ale before the middle of September but I gave in this year damn it.Pours a deep burnt orange with a full half finger slight off white head but is gone in an instant.The aromas are the bast attribute of this beer,clove,cardamom,and ginger really jumps out at ya along with some sweet alcohol.Flavors start out spiced and warming but a bit of an off chemical-like flavor to go along with big alcohol sweetness in the finish kinda turns me off a little.Well it's big and sweet like alot of the "Imperial" pumpkin beers,me personally just give me a standard old school pumpkin ale and I'am happy.

oberon, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of cam477
4/5  rDev +3.1%

cam477, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of beerhunter13
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

beerhunter13, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 1L monster of a bottle with a swing top, part of the LCBO's fall release. Shared with my wife on Halloween after all the trick or treaters had finished their evening.

Poured into a nonic. Dark amber-copper in colour, hazy, nice cap of foam that receded into a fine ring. Certainly shows its gravity.

Nose is quite nice - big cooked pumpkin smell here, with some clove, cinnamon and caramel malt as well.

A tasty pumpkin ale indeed, again with the fresh cooked pumpkin allowed full opportunity to show off. The spices provide potent accompaniment: again, clove, all-spice, cinnamon and nutmeg. Not as malty or thick as I had expected, but certainly highly enjoyable.

While not my favorite pumpkin ale around (that distinction remains in the hands of Pumking), this was still a solid pumpkin ale, well worth the pickup - though at this volume and price tag I doubt more than one is in the cards for this year.

JohnnyBarman, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of chickenm
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish copper color with a medium off-white head. Aroma of nutmeg and other spices, malt, and pumpkin. Flavor is very spicy and malty with some brown sugar sweetness. A tiny bit of alcohol is noticable as well; overall the taste is quite balanced. Decent mouthfeel with a medium-light body. Pumpkin ales aren't usually something I'd want to drink more than one of, but this one is very good. All in all this is a great seasonal from Howe Sound!

chickenm, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of BGDrock
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: great look - deep red mahogany, raspberry juice colouring; fine, thick head on the pour, but it diminished in a few minutes to non-existence

Aroma: scent is like fresh pumpkin pie with some sweetness and even brings to mind flaky pastry

Taste & Mouthfeel: spice flavours are great, blending so well that one particular spice doesn't stand out - it's just a unified medley; warming and comforting, almost like there's some heat to it, no doubt aided by the alcohol content which is faintly noticeable; medium body and silky texture, but the low carbonation is damaging to overall enjoyment; toffee and syrupy sweetness matches the spice in a good way, but the way it lingers in the finish and the affect over time makes it a little overbearing

Overall: on all accounts this ale is a hit at first glance - look, smell, and taste - but falters as time goes on; increased carbonation and managing the sweetness would go a long way to making it a great beer

BGDrock, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of niz
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enjoyed from the 1 litre flip top growler, classic howe sound
pours hazy dark orange/ amber in colour with 1/2 " head that fades fast to zero head.

smells of spices, cloves, nutmeg, yum,

taste tastes of pumpkins, cinnamon, nutmeg sweet finish, with a dash of honey.

mouthfeel is good, i could go for a bit thicker (more pie crust flavor) but all in all very good.

Overall,. an excellent pumpkin ale froma local brewery, the best i've had so far this year.

niz, Oct 13, 2009
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

samtrillo, Sunday at 07:01 AM
Photo of MJ63
4/5  rDev +3.1%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of intoxabroad
4/5  rDev +3.1%

intoxabroad, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another of those homebrew-friendly 1L swing-tops...and with that weird 'imported into the USA' mention on the label, for something domestically produced.

This beer pours a rather hazy, medium orange brick amber colour, with two fat fingers of densely foamy, and yet somewhat bubbly tan head, which leaves some random cirrus cloud-like lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells mildly of pumpkin pie spices - cloves, ginger, and cinnamon (hearts) - brown sugar, vegetal gourd flesh (pumpkin, and perhaps some of its squash cohorts), bready, crackery caramel malt, and an underlying twinge of metallic booze. The taste is sweet bready caramel malt, a blend of fall seasonal spices - clove and nutmeg, mostly - well-meshed pumpkin, squash, and even zucchini, and a pleasantly integrated, if a tad edgy at times, warming alcohol.

The carbonation is moderate, manifesting in but a plainly supportive frothiness, the body quite full and coddling (like there was a whole metric whack of pumpkin pulp in it), and actually fairly smooth, with a slight whipped dessert creaminess. It finishes more or less sweet, the spiced caramel malt most prevalent.

A sort of balanced, spicy, malty, chai tea-esque, and duly warming autumn-worthy beery tipple, one also good for a place where Indian Summer skipped September altogether, preferring instead to show itself in November, of all times. Whatever, it's still pumpkin season, and this offering does a bang-up job of reminding me of that fact.

biboergosum, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

mdaschaf, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle half pint at Bar Volo takeover. About an average pumpkin beer. Attractive orange colour, with little head. A good spicing, ginger, cardomon, cinammon, white pepper. Decent drinkability. Spicy nose, average mouthfeel, appropriate understated carbonation.

Sammy, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of bazzz
4.5/5  rDev +16%

bazzz, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of earlholman
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

earlholman, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of H1N1
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an orange/amber with 3 fingers of white foam after an aggressive pour. Head dissipates to a quarter finger with minor lacing.

S- Cinnamon. Smell of gourd. Smells like pumpkin pie, but more of just the sices than any actual pumpkin smell.

T- Sweet taste with cinnamon and spices. Nutmeg. It tastes like it smells. More like pumpkin pie than actual pumpkin, but I guess that's the point.

M- Thin to medium bodied. Not much carbonation lasts.

D- It's alright I guess. Nothing special. Decent price for a litre.

H1N1, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - bubbly clear burnt orange, one thumb of head retained well, eventually giving way to a consistent covering
S - cinnamon and nutmeg, sweet pumpkin, caramel and roasty malt, light leafy
T - sweet caramelized sugar and pumpkin, pleasant cinnamon and nutmeg, dark roasty malts, great flavour mix
M - smooth and creamy, the tingle of cinnamon and spice throughout
D - many pumpkin ales tend to lean too heavily on the spices, but this finds a nice balance between malt, spice, and pumpkin, and the higher ABV is completely concealed, Howe Sound does it again!

joemcgrath27, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of kyrlos
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

kyrlos, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of souvenirs
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

1L bottle shared with friends on Thanksgiving.

A: clear copper, big foamy head, visible carbonation, slight lacing left behind.
S: maple sweetness, almost like a liqueur.
T: I found this quite sweet and I couldn't taste the pumpkin at all. I didn't even pick up much of the spices I'd associate with pumpkin / pumpkin pie. This was a definite disappointment as a pumpkin ale. It definitely tasted like 8% alcohol, or maybe higher. Bleh.
F: fairly thick, smooth.
O: I wouldn't buy this again. I was glad my friend Sara really enjoyed it and wanted to finish the bottle so that it didn't go to waste!

souvenirs, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of elricorico
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown orange in colour with a very healthy beige head that sticks around for a while.

Smells like pumpkin pie, I even swear that I smell some whipped cream on top. Smells delicious.

Taste doesn't quite live up to the smell, though it is pretty good. Rich pumpkin pie flavours, solid amounts of spice and sweetness. There is a slight medicinal harshness right on the front of the tongue that detracts slightly from the overall effect.

Body is fairly full, with plenty of carbonation. Seems to work pretty well.

Good beer, comes in a 1L bottle that is more than enough though. I'm satisfied before the bottle is finished.

elricorico, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of Boozecamel
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Boozecamel, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of ChrisCage
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Orange in color with copper hues lingering about. There is a big bold head that is three fingers thick and eggshell in color. Very nice retention, eventually settling down to a thick layer over the brew itself. The carbonation is very mild looking as it slowly rises to the top. There is also modest clumpy lacing on the side of the glass. Very decent looking overall!

S- There is a distinct sweet, malty pumpkin aroma. This is followed by some mild spiciness (cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon)....pie spices! I didn't notice any real hop bitterness on the finish, but there is a slight boozy aroma....I guess being 8%, it's a little hard to hide.

T- The pumpkin flavor is there, but doesn't overpower and isn't as sweet as the aroma lets on. The spices are present as well, but again, aren't overpowering. Everything is nicely balanced out between the sweetness of the malt and a clean tasting bitter finish. Also of note, the alcoholic presence is modest on the palate, which is a good thing!

M- I found this to be medium in body and very creamy....it's almost like a micro-carbonated beer, and I think this characteristic does wonders for the style! The flavors, in my opinion are very much allowed to shine!

O- This is a very fine pumpkin beer and I highly recommend it! It's smooth, flavorful but doesn't make you feel like you loaded your mouth with candy, and well balanced. I feel that this exemplifies what a fall seasonal is all about!

ChrisCage, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of TruePerception
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Howe Sound's Pumpkineater, Imperial Pumpkin Ale. 8% ABV.

A: One and a half finger of fairly fluffy white head. A little light on head, but good retention. Fairly hazy/unfiltered. Orange, a little deeper in color near the center. Dull yellow, in the dimple.

S: Pumpkin meat. Slightly sweet. Very slight pumpkin stem. Clove, very slight ginger, just a hint of cinnamon. A little light on the nose, but has good smells.

T/MF: Light and crisp, with decent body. Pumpkin seed sticks out the most. Pumpkin stem, skin, the stringy guts. Not so much the meat/flesh, but not bad. A bit of spice on the finish, but I can't place it. Overall, pretty drinkable.

Poured from a 1 liter swing-top, into a Belgian tulip glass.

TruePerception, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of cinnamon and cloves are quite dominant with light pumpkin and caramelized notes. Taste is a solid mix between some cinnamon and cloves notes with some good notes of pumpkin and caramelized malt. Body is full with good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Solid interpretation of the style and somewhat reminiscent of Pumpking with less aggressive spicing.

Phyl21ca, Feb 04, 2013
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Pumpkineater from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.