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Pumpkineater - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
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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Photo of lumikuuro

British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +29.5%

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.

10-08-2009 04:50:12 | More by lumikuuro
Photo of LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +19.2%

Howe Sound's"Pumpkineater"Imperial Pumpkin Ale @ 8.0% , served from 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
S-interesting combination of pumpkin pie spices (cloves , cinnamon , nutmeg and star anise)
T-wow , a boozy pumpkin sweetness seems to dominate this beer which goes down oh so easy
MF-good carbonation , great body , ya can feel that 8.0%
Ov-great imperial pumpkin ale , good thing it's only available seasonally , as I'd be a very happy but poor man , this beer topped my Pumpkin Ales/Beers list for 2010 and 11 , but has been replaced by Elysian-Dark O'The Moon this year

Cheers , LampertLand

11-01-2012 07:55:37 | More by LampertLand
Photo of bazzz

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

09-30-2013 21:32:17 | More by bazzz
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-05-2011 10:34:34 | More by bespin15
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

10-14-2013 18:09:24 | More by BeardedAllen
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

09-15-2013 07:03:01 | More by bernat1971
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

11-03-2013 02:43:50 | More by scm2787
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

07-15-2012 15:30:06 | More by Coastal_Brew
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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

11-25-2012 18:39:59 | More by Molson2000
Photo of Hornet2003

British Columbia (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +15.8%

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.

10-19-2009 00:54:33 | More by Hornet2003
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +15.3%

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%.

09-08-2010 03:51:21 | More by BDTyre
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%

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
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%

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
Photo of maclean25

British Columbia (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%

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.

12-16-2011 02:57:03 | More by maclean25
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

10-10-2013 04:57:10 | More by irishkyle21
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

09-04-2012 17:32:07 | More by jnoelani
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

12-22-2012 17:44:02 | More by SandS
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

09-13-2012 14:51:22 | More by Jefe73
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

09-25-2012 03:31:14 | More by thefullpython
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

10-26-2012 16:13:19 | More by 604growler
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

On tap at St Augustine's in Vancouver.

A: 1/4" white head over amber liquid with very good clarity.

S: Slight smell of pumpkin, hops, cinnamon and other spice.

T: Hops, ginger, cinnamon and other spice up front which transitions to yeast, wheat and pumpkin.

M: Thin viscosity which a high level of carbonation. Some drying from the alcohol.

O: Very drinkable and complex pumpkin ale.

09-20-2011 06:40:36 | More by DaftCaskBC
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

12-29-2013 01:27:51 | More by BigGruntyThirst
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

12-09-2013 14:23:02 | More by Vyronian
Photo of niz

British Columbia (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%

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
Photo of ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

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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Pumpkineater from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.