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Pumpkineater - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

64 Reviews
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Reviews: 64
Hads: 187
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 20.88%
Wants: 27
Gots: 31 | 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:
Beer added by: lumikuuro on 10-08-2009

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
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Reviews: 64 | Hads: 187
Reviews by Digimaika2:
Photo of Digimaika2
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(3.5) A: Rich dark amber coloured with a healthy foam head that swiftly recedes to a ring. Satisfactory lacing down the glass.

(4.0) S: Caramel, butterscotch, gingerbread, pumpkin, nutmeg, dark fruits including ripe plum, and orange peel. Mmm. Enticing. Smells like every type of fall/winter season baked good together in aroma form.

(3.5) T: Similar to aroma with lots of spices and butterscotch-like malt coming through. I’m also a little surprised at the level of hoppyness in this with quite a fruity flavour. Good but I feel something isn’t quite balanced (maybe too hop forward or an off spice mixture) or perhaps the cross-country trip might’ve done it or maybe I'm just going crazy.

(3.0) M: Lighter bodied with a lower carbonation. Thinner and less oily/chewy than expected. Good bittering components from the spice come through.

(3.5) D: Aroma was full of varying flavours with some complexity but the taste didn’t quite match that level in my opinion. Would love to try more from this brewer and will be scanning the shelves for their other offerings.

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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.

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Photo of cam477
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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.

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Photo of BCborn
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Hazy copper tinted amber with a vigorous 2” cream colored foam cap.
S: Traditional pumpkin pie spices liven up a big pumpkin bouquet.
T: Pumpkin pie in a glass with an under current of brown sugar especially on the finish. The nutmeg, clove and anise are very apparent. A small pinch of hops pulls the beer back slightly from the edge of too cloying.
F: Medium full body and medium low carbonation.
O: Stands on edge of the abyss of too much pumpkin pie character.

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Photo of chickenm
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

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Photo of BGDrock
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
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

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Photo of niz
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.73/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, semi-cloudy, deep, dark, mahogany color, speckled with orange highlights, and a half of a finger of white-colored head that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Delicious! Lots of toasted malt and pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spices such as brown sugar, nutmeg, ginger, all-spices, cinnamon and clove, as well as some black pepper and a hint of dark chocolate.

Taste: Just as delicious as the aroma! Lots of toasted malt, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spices such as nutmeg, ginger, all-spices, cinnamon and clove, up front, followed by tons of brown sugar-like sweetness. As the beer warms up, more and more dark chocolate comes through, making the beer, more complex and deep in flavor. Absolutely delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and, nicely carbonated to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 8.0%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a damn good pumpkin beer! Strong in all of the pumpkin pie spice-like flavors, but the addition of dark chocolate really makes this pumpkin ale stand out from the rest and makes it very unique. Delicious!

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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 the fact.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.52/5  rDev +16.5%

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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Pumpkineater from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.