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Pumpkineater - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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87
very good

142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 20
Gots: 18 | 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 prosper
1.98/5  rDev -49%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Exceptionally brisk carbonation. I poured a glass full of foam. It's a slightly hazy orange colour with an off-white head.

Smells of pumpkin pie spices, as anticipated, but not overpowering. Seems like a good balance with some toasty and some caramelly malts. No hops.

Taste is.... OK. I think it's probably over-spiced for my tastes, it's got a strange non-hoppy bitterness that's sharp and biting, oddly combined with a cloying sweetness and a mouthfeel that's moderately full up front, but seems to finish watery, somehow. There's a biscuitty malt edge that just seems to clash with everything here. It's all wrong, in my opinion. I'm going to have a hard time getting through an entire litre of this stuff; definitely NOT my cuppa tea

prosper, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of beerhunter13
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

beerhunter13, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of SirChugsAlot
2.55/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark copper color with a white cloud of head that fades to a thin layer across the top with a touch of lacing.

Smells of spices toasted malts and sweetness

Taste is BLAH!!! too over-spiced for me. I was hoping more from this beer, but it's like a homebrew gone mad with spices. it's a very complex flavor that is hard to put a finger on all the flavors.. this beer is a mess

mouth is light and not hard to drink.. except for the taste, a little over-carbonated... i would not tell my friends to try this one

SirChugsAlot, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of Kmat10
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Kmat10, May 20, 2013
Photo of bigox420
3/5  rDev -22.7%

bigox420, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of schnarr84
3/5  rDev -22.7%

schnarr84, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a glowing orange with good carbonation and a dirty white head

S: Pumpkin, allspice and light cinnamon

T: Pretty tame to be "imperial". Light toasted pumpkin, spice, nutmeg and dash of cinnamon

M: Toasted pumpkin and ok mouthfeel, no complaints but pretty boring

D: Ahhh. Worth a try I suppose. I had no problems in drinking it but not Imperial.

barleywinefiend, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of Bfarr
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Big, bubbly, hazy orange amber with a thin foamy tan head with no retention. Cinnamon and nutmeg with light pumpkin. Clean amber beer with hints of pumpkin and spice with light warming. Sharp foamy feel.

Head disappears after 2 seconds leaving an ugly beer that looks like a soda. Nonetheless, it's a good clean beer with no off flavors and is otherwise an easy drinking beer.

Bfarr, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of ThinkAgain
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

ThinkAgain, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of Adamostella
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Adamostella, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of jrempel
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

jrempel, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Eric_Standard
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%

Smells like pumpkin pie. Actual pumpkin taste is mild and pleasant, the spices are nice. Has a decent kick to it.

Eric_Standard, May 04, 2014
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 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 kyrlos
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

kyrlos, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of Boozecamel
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Boozecamel, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of hannaho
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

hannaho, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of foxyaardvark27
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

foxyaardvark27, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of Eighty
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Eighty, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1L Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 11$

Appearance - Clear copper colour with an average size fizzy/frothy beige coloured head. There is a lot of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes but then it was gone completely.

Smell - Malts, cloves, all spice

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and pumpkin. There is also some all-spice, clove, and a bit of a smokey/peat like flavour. It ends with a malty spicy aftertaste.

Overall - Good not great.. I will say that it is fairly drinkable. Given the size of the bottle, this is a good thing. It's a decent seasonal beer.. It's no pumpking though.

spinrsx, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of highway99
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

highway99, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of Corson
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Corson, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of zduerr
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

zduerr, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of iKrystin
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

iKrystin, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Converge
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1L swing-top bottle poured into a 20oz nonic.

A - Just over two finger of carbonated tan head. The beer has sort of a medium amber-copper hue with some reddish hints as well. No real head retention beyond the first minute, and no lacing at all.

S - Pumpkin pie, nutmeg, cinnamon, and a generous amount of clove. I'm certain can smell coriander and as well as a lot of banana. A touch of booze and... chocolate?...

T - Pumpkin spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove, as predicted. Not much sweetness. Banana and unripe orange can easily be made out. A little actual pumpkin flavor here and there. Slight warmth from the alcohol in the finish. Some light earthy hops linger in the finish too. Robust malt character overall. Some sugary caramel malt appears as well, but doesn't do much to sweeten this ale up.

M - Low-to-mid carbonation, light-to-medium body. Pretty straight forward here.

D - I'm beginning to think these pumpkin ales aren't all they're cracked up to be. This one was decent, but I probably won't be buying it again. Pretty good flavor, but the unripe fruit gave this one sort of a tart feel to it.

Converge, Dec 04, 2011
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Pumpkineater from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.