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Pumpkineater - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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87
very good

164 Ratings
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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 22
Gots: 23 | 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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Photo of lumikuuro
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Howe Sound brewpub, late September 2009.

Pumpkins are growing early this year as a result of the hot, dry summer. This review is less detailed than normal as I was entertaining a visitor so did not take notes.

Appearance: Dark amber, clear, not as orangey as some pumpkin ales. Inviting.

Aroma: Well spiced, malty, pumpkin of course.

Taste: Well, Howe Sound have done it again. This is a wonderful beer with a lot of flavour and a step above what you would come to expect from a pumpkin ale - partly because it is an imperial ale, and partly because they seem to hit almost every nail right on the head with their brews. Great spice, very malty, and the pumpkin is allowed to flourish without bringing much sweetness to the balance. The alcohol content is evident but is kept well in check by the strong flavours.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, intense.

Drinkability: If I didn't have two other seasonals to try immediately afterwards, I'd have had a good few of these. Best pumpkin ale I have ever had.

Photo of CreightonSM
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of hickmancase
4.76/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of DbbC
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of LampertLand
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Howe Sound's 'Pumpkineater Imperial Pumpkin Ale' @ 8.0% , served on *cask* @ the GCBF'10,'11,'12,'13 & from a 1L pot-stopper bottle , great for home brewing , even at the $8 to $10 range per bottle

A-pour is a burnt orange with nice size off white head , that leaves some spotty lacing along the stein/sampler glass

S-interesting combination of pumpkin pie spices (cloves , cinnamon , nutmeg ,ginger and star anise)

T-wow , a boozy pumpkin sweetness seems to dominate this beer which goes down oh so easy , big tasting even on the swallow

MF-good carbonation , great body , ya can feel that 8.0%

Ov-good beer , one of BC best Pumpkin Ale ,

prost LampertLand ,
2014 version was *cask* R'umpkineater @ GCBF'14 , wow

Photo of BigDiesel
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.52/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of BeardedAllen
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Coastal_Brew
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Hornet2003
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark copper pour with a lingering off-white head. Really a spectacularly coloured ale.

Smell: Wow. This is the spiciest pumpkin ale I've ever smelled. It's not overbearing with cinnamon like a lot of others. It has a great balance with other spices like allspice, cardamom, nutmeg, clove. If anyone remembers the aroma of a jack-o-lantern being singed by the candle burning inside, you can imagine the genuine pumpkin smell. So delicious...

Taste: Being an imperial, it is a touch sweeter than most beers. Such a great spicy flavour. It isn't too overbearing with any one spice. Just a great balance.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy with a little prickliness. Not syrupy like many other "imperial" beers.

Drinkability: Only drawback is the alcohol. For the "Pumpkin Ale" style, I can't give it top marks. If there was an Imperial Pumpkin Ale category, this would rank at the top.

Overall: My favourite pumpkin ale of all time. I'm truly impressed. So multi-dimensional, yet simple and easy to drink. Great job Howe Sound Brewing Company.

Photo of BDTyre
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice copper colour with a creamy white head. Lovely scent of spices and brown sugar. The cloves and nutmeg are quite noticeable and the star anise lends a nice, interesting character to it.

Rich spicy, malty and slightly starchy pie taste. Good blend of the star anise and cinnamon and there is a definite brown sugar and molasses sweetness to it. Dry spiciness on the finish from the cloves

A little bit thin, needs to be a bit thicker to really complete. A great beer, another winner from Howe Sound. Enjoyable even at 8%.

Photo of avwrite
4.4/5  rDev +14%

Nice pumpkin taste that isn't as bloated as other pumpkin ales I've had. It's supposedly has a high ABV, but it didn't seem like it. Sneaks up on you later. Nice, bronze color and surprisingly clear. Not cloudy at all. Probably my choice among halloween themed ales.

Photo of the_awesometeer
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%

Appearance - amber/orange color. Thin head that disappears quickly. No visible carbonation.

Smell - I smelled the pumpkin and spice as soon as I opened the bottle. Nice sweet smell.

Mouthfeel - bubbly/tingle feel as you drink. Medium bodied.

Taste - very good pumpkin and pumpkin spice flavor. Nice balance between sweet pumpkin and spice.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of maclean25
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this 1L bottle at a liquor store in northern BC.

It pours a creamy, light brown head. The body is cloudy and has a copper colour. In the smell, I detect caramel, sweet fruit salad and yeast.

The taste is very similar to pumpkin pie. The spices dominate the flavour: nutmeg and cinnamon. I recognize some clove taste. I also get some ginger and molasses, but those are not listed in the ingredients. Definitely more spice than pumpkin. It is balanced well with hops, it has medium (maybe low) carbonation and a medium body.

Overall, I liked it a lot, though it is the first pumpkin beer I've had. I already went back to get more and recommended it to others. I couldn't help but compare it Starbuck's Pumpkin Spice Lattee which I always found had an awkward balance between the pumpkin spices and espresso. This beer, by contrast, has an excellent balance between the pumpkin spices and the beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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Pumpkineater from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
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