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Pumpkineater - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 18
Gots: 9 | 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 ThinkAgain:
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -16%

11-01-2013 13:55:05 | More by ThinkAgain
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Newfoundland (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

09-26-2013 01:19:38 | More by cam477
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Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

11-22-2012 11:36:17 | More by beerhunter13
Photo of JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

11-03-2012 02:06:38 | More by JohnnyBarman
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

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!

09-19-2010 21:15:36 | More by chickenm
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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

10-21-2012 23:25:22 | More by BGDrock
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +9%

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.

10-12-2009 23:13:03 | More by niz
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

10-26-2013 01:19:20 | More by MJ63
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

09-16-2013 00:21:20 | More by intoxabroad
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Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

Another of those homebrew-friendly 1L swing-tops...and with that weird 'imported into the USA' label, for a domestic beer...

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium orange amber colour, with two fingers of dense foamy off-white head, which leaves some random cirrus cloud-like lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells mildly of pumpkin pie spices - cloves, ginger, and cinnamon - brown sugar, and an underlying, softly boozy malt. The taste is sweet caramel/bready malt, a blend of fall seasonal spices, clove and nutmeg, mostly, and a well-integrated warming alcohol. The carbonation is moderate, the body quite full and dense, like a there was pumpkin pulp in it, or something... It finishes quite sweet, the spiced malt still prevalent.

A well-balanced, spicy, malty, and warming fall beery tipple, good for a place where Indian summer skipped September, preferring to show itself in November, of all times...

11-05-2010 07:01:32 | More by biboergosum
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

10-16-2013 22:58:43 | More by mdaschaf
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Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

09-21-2011 14:10:32 | More by Sammy
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

09-30-2013 21:32:17 | More by bazzz
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

09-21-2010 09:01:24 | More by H1N1
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Alberta (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%

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!

09-25-2010 03:00:32 | More by joemcgrath27
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

07-06-2013 19:54:40 | More by kyrlos
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -12.7%

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!

10-15-2013 05:44:56 | More by souvenirs
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

12-03-2010 03:55:07 | More by elricorico
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

11-01-2013 02:20:32 | More by Boozecamel
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Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%

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!

09-16-2011 17:14:07 | More by ChrisCage
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Quebec (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

02-04-2013 03:12:41 | More by Phyl21ca
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Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +10.6%

Thanks to H1N1 for this one.
Poured from 1L swing top bottle in to Duvel tulip glass.

A - Dark amber colour with one finger of bubbly white head that quickly disappeared.

S - Pumpkin, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg. Standard nose for a pumpkin ale but not overly spiced, which many are.

T - Pumpkin, cloves & nutmeg are the predominant flavours. Some cinnamon is here as well but not as pronounced as it is in many pumpkin ales. I don't specifically taste the star anise but I am not sure I would know that taste if I found it anyway. A nice peppery taste is present in the finish.

M - Medium body, nice chew, lightly carbonated.

D - Nicely balanced pumpkin beer. Not overly spiced like many pumpkin beers tend to be. This was was very well balanced (pumpkin and spiced). One of the better pumpkin ales I have tried.

11-04-2010 02:29:31 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

01-03-2012 16:45:40 | More by hannaho
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

09-13-2013 00:16:39 | More by foxyaardvark27
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3.55/5  rDev -8.3%

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium somewhat cloudy orange-copper amber with a half finger medium white head. Light aroma of pumpkin with light sweet malt and light spicing. Flavor of roasted pumpkin, light sweet malt and some spices. Somewhat dry and a touch sour finish. The flavor is not as robust as other pumpkin ales, but pleasant. The finish takes away somewhat from an overall positive impression

03-03-2012 04:24:36 | More by LiquidAmber
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Pumpkineater from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
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