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Pumpkineater - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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87
very good

112 Ratings
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%


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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Dawkfan

Alberta (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Towering 4 finger white head consisting of very tiny bubbles. Retention is good for a high abv pumpkin ale, lacing is below average though. The color is a slightly hazed copper orange.

S- Pumpkin and light biscuit malt aroma, the spices are here but muted somewhat. If you leave your nose in it long enough it does start to smell like pumpkin pie.

T- Really sweet upfront. Not getting much pumpkin until midway through, it's met at the end with the traditional spices and booziness. Doesn't really shine until after it's left the mouth.

M- Medium body, light carbonation. Seems a little flat to me.

O- I enjoyed the warmth this gave off, really suiting for the time of year.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 00:39:59 | More by Dawkfan
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tonyf55

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 1L pop-top bottle into a pint glass

Visual (4): Foggy orangish amber color, medium clarity. Off-white head which was very active early (2 finger head) but dissolved to a think film. Little visible carbonation, weak lacing.

Aroma (3.5): Light spices, hints of nutmeg. No real pumpkin scent. Smells malty, almost toasted. Alcoholic undertones at the end of the scent.

Taste (3.5): Initial sweet flavor, that blends into a light bitterness at the end that sits in the palette. Alcohol is evident, typical of an imperial ale. Flavors are not overpowering but rather soft. Nutmeg, clove present, but pumpkin flavors seem to be hidden.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Light to medium body, with a rather light watery texture. Lively on the tounge, with a lasting back of mouth moderate to heavy alcoholic feel.

Overall (3.5): A very drinkable imperial ale, but any pumpkin flavor seems to get lost behind alcohol tastes and mouthfeel. I enjoy seasonals and this spiced beer does offer something a little different.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 03:29:47 | More by tonyf55
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 14:10:32 | More by Sammy
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2011 06:40:36 | More by DaftCaskBC
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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 17:14:07 | More by ChrisCage
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 03:55:07 | More by elricorico
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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' 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...

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 07:01:32 | More by biboergosum
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 02:29:31 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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SirChugsAlot

Washington

2.55/5  rDev -34.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 02:33:27 | More by SirChugsAlot
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 1L brown flip-top bottle. Pours out a hazed burnished copper/amber, fluffy off-white head with great retention.

Light caramel malt on the nose, but the primary notes are that of nutmeg and cinnamon. Mild ginger notes in the background.

Flavour is quite bold for a pumpkin ale, no wonder this is labelled as imperial. Rich full malt presence, some caramelized sugar soon kicks in, however the spices steal the show very quickly. The star anise seems to be the most prominent of them all by the finish. Some light herbal hops tend to creep out in the aftertaste once it warms a great deal.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth, light carbonation.

A good solid offering from this brewery for a seasonal, on par with their Xmas release. One of the better Pumpkin ales available in these parts and a welcome addition.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 01:45:16 | More by IronDjinn
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1L bottle poured into tulip sept26 2010

A slightly hazy deep amber with some bubbles popping up too a large beige head that has good retention but leaves no lace

S lots of nutmeg, cinnamon, and a little licorice with some booze

T a little sweet with some clove and pumpkin on top of what I smell with a little heat but the booze is fairly well managed

M a little flat and some bite to it, leaves a little grit in your mouth not bad but nothing special

D a little strong and the big ass bottles take some commitment but I managed without to many issues

not a bad beer and well suited for the season, I can't think of many pumpkin beers this strong but when the weather cools off it would be most welcome

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 02:18:27 | More by wordemupg
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Keeping the tradition alive with Howe Sound tastings on both my 100th, and now 200th review!

A - Pours a hazy tangerine colour with the slightest reddish hue, thumb of light big bubbled head, mild retention (< 1 minute), and no real lacing. Body shows a bit of carbonation, but pretty subtle.

S - Scent is rather bready, some sweet pumpkin and complemented by spices. It's nice to smell a pumpkin beer that isn't over the top in the spices, this one retains the beer aspect, which is nice.

T - The spices come through in the flavour with nutmeg and cinnamon dominating. The star anise is uniquely noticeable on the finish, and the higher ABV is nicely hidden. Pumpkin is also noticeable and is on par with the spices. A bit of a bready malt lingers, but again, everything is nicely balanced with nothing overpowering.

M - Probably the only weak point on this offering. Mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side and could use a bit more carbonation.

D - Overall, another tasty offering by Howe Sound. Was very excited to find this in Calgary, and am glad I picked up a bottle. In fact, I grabbed another bottle for Thanksgiving to share with the family! Really looking forward to enjoying this one again over the holidays! Much better balance between the spices and beer, and highly recommended to any pumpkin ale fan!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 00:09:40 | More by andrenaline
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 03:00:32 | More by joemcgrath27
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 02:43:57 | More by barleywinefiend
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No problems with foam on a fairly aggressive pour. Nice tight foam head, tan in colour. Good lacing. Slightly clouody, but still a bright ammber.copper mix.

More of a rounded malt aroma, toasted with sweet caramel tones. Typical pie spice is more in concert rather than dominating here. Which for a pumpkin beer is kinda disappointing really.

Smooth, a;most chewy feel at first. Nice blend of pumpkin spices and sweet caramel apple malt. Booze is there, but is decently hidden until the finish where it it masked decently by the cinnamon and nutmeg's dryness.

A nice fall warmer with the robust body. If you crave more spice this might disappoint you. I found it to be pretty darn good except in the aroma department

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 02:31:03 | More by Shadman
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prosper

Alberta (Canada)

1.98/5  rDev -48.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 03:25:18 | More by prosper
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H1N1

British Columbia (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 09:01:24 | More by H1N1
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 21:15:36 | More by chickenm
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +15%
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%.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 03:51:21 | More by BDTyre
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a great idea , taking the pumpkin beer style and increasing the alcohol and grain bill. This beer does resemble the Father John's Xmas beer in its baking spice top notes and English Old Ale body. It drinks very smooth with lots of complexity in the finish. The spices never really overpower the beer and the bigness of the mouthfeel ( including the alcohol) really set this apart from most pumpkin beers. These guys are starting to try new and different beers which is what BC needs as the our craft scene develops.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 16:32:23 | More by canucklehead
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Hornet2003

British Columbia (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 00:54:33 | More by Hornet2003
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper with an off-white head, thin ring of retention, hint of lace.

S: Huge cinnamon, ginger, cloves, vanilla.

T: Cinnamon, ginger, mace, vanilla, pretty spicy, hints of Gourd, balanced bitterness, warming alcohol.

M: Well-attenuated, with a drying finish.

D: It's a little warming.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 01:11:42 | More by Derek
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niz

British Columbia (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-12-2009 23:13:03 | More by niz
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lumikuuro

British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +29.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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