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Pumpkineater - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 19
Gots: 12 | 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 bigox420
3/5  rDev -22.5%

bigox420, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of Birdlegs
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Birdlegs, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of SebD
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy deep orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of pumpkin, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and sweet malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some pumpkin, cloves, nutmeg, faint cinnamon, a hint of vanilla and sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium/high carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

SebD, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of JohnnyBarman
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.

JohnnyBarman, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of LampertLand
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%

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

LampertLand, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of korguy123
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

Hazy burnt copper pour with a two finger, sort lived light tan head. Lacing is sticky.

Pumpkin right up front, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and brown sugar. There is a slight fig aroma.

Pumpkin and cinnamon. Not over the top spices like some, this focuses on the pumpkin than the pie tastes. Nutmeg, brown sugar, vanilla and some digestive cookie notes resembling pie crust.

Light to medium body, good carbonation.

korguy123, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of jrenihan
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

Beer is dark amber in colour, reddish, with a small-moderately sized off-white head. Head dissipates relatively quickly.

Lots of pumpkin in the nose. Expected pumpkin-pie like spices are prominent as well, cloves, nutmeg. On the sweet side. Certainly has a pumpkin pie aroma.

Taste has pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves. Spices are prominent, but there is a good pumpkin base. Malty. Nice flavour, quite yummy.

Medium bodied, quite malty. Carbonation is a bit high, but pretty good.

Overall, a very well done pumpkin ale. Definitely a good one if you are into the style.

jrenihan, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of Digimaika2
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%

(3.5) A: Rich dark amber coloured with a healthy foam head that swiftly recedes to a ring. Satisfactory lacing down the glass.

(4.0) S: Caramel, butterscotch, gingerbread, pumpkin, nutmeg, dark fruits including ripe plum, and orange peel. Mmm. Enticing. Smells like every type of fall/winter season baked good together in aroma form.

(3.5) T: Similar to aroma with lots of spices and butterscotch-like malt coming through. I’m also a little surprised at the level of hoppyness in this with quite a fruity flavour. Good but I feel something isn’t quite balanced (maybe too hop forward or an off spice mixture) or perhaps the cross-country trip might’ve done it or maybe I'm just going crazy.

(3.0) M: Lighter bodied with a lower carbonation. Thinner and less oily/chewy than expected. Good bittering components from the spice come through.

(3.5) D: Aroma was full of varying flavours with some complexity but the taste didn’t quite match that level in my opinion. Would love to try more from this brewer and will be scanning the shelves for their other offerings.

Digimaika2, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Pumpkineater looks like it's already eaten a few - this beer looks like semi-digested pumpkin and all the colour and clarity you'd imagine that to have. And if that image doesn't sound very appetizing, then good, I've done my job because what's in the glass certainly doesn't look overly tantalizing. Giving off little highlighting, it looks muddied. It's also pathetically flat; not even an upright pour could produce lasting bubbles.

You'd have to use a microscopic amount of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and anise for the aroma to smell like anything other than those spices. Indeed, this is a spicy, savory amalgamation of all the above (no one ingredient stands out above the others) that conjures thoughts of ginger cookies and pumpkin pie. It also manages a distinct gourd-y note, like fresh-cut butternut or acorn squash (it's also brewed with real pumpkin).

While there is a bit of cinnamon heart taste, I feel as though I'll be flossing strings of pumpkin flesh from my teeth instead of cinnamon bark. Surprisingly, maple-y squash flavour holds its own. That's not to say, mind you, that the chai-like profile of clove and nutmeg aren't appreciated - they certainly are. Even the anise is present in small quantity (provided you know to look for it). Quite a nice balance. I suppose it's a draw then.

While I wouldn't tinker with the spices, I would up the malts. Refreshingly, for a higher gravity beer there is little (if any) alcohol noticed. However, the other side of that coin is that it also drinks much thinner than a beer of its strength should. The flavour suffers most; it all but dissipates within seconds of swallowing and only a brief memento of the chai note is retained. More biscuity, toasty maltiness would help prop the beer up.

Any knocks that I might have about Howe Sound Pumpkineater have little effect on my overall enjoyment of it. Although a wee thin, it's still a fully loaded pumpkin ale that finds balance - and that's not an easy thing to do. Now, whether it's worth the price tag ultimately depends on how much you care for pumpkin ales; it will suit casual pumpkin ale drinkers but it might not suit their budget. I don't regret splurging on it one bit.

biegaman, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of 604growler
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

604growler, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of zduerr
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

zduerr, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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 BigBry
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

Poured from a 1L, stoppered bottle.

Pours a deep amber-orange color, slightly tan head a bit. Thick sheet of lace, foam lasts the entire glass.
Smell has lots of the noted spices, clove and nutmeg for sure.
Taste has a good malt base with some pumpkin elements coming through. The pumpkie pie spices are in the flavor, but not so overpowering that they take over too much. Cinnamon becomes more dominant as it starts to warm up. Alchol is pretty well hidden, but also gets a bit more boozy as it warms. Rich, full bodied flavor and mouthfeel. Low carbonation keeps it creamy and smooth.
Overall, one of the better Pumpkin Ales out there.

BigBry, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of BGDrock
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

BGDrock, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +3.4%

RedAleMan, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of mdavidson
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

mdavidson, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of Mit
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a hazy orange colour with a decent lasting head.

Smell was somewhat muted as I had a stuffed nose...I was getting some sweetness from the malts and higher abv. but that's about it. Very faint pumpkin odour...

Sweeter tasting as we can expect from the higher abv....pumpkin...pumpkin spice....reminiscent of a pie of more savoury pumpkin pie with a slight warming finish.

It's thicker but not as thick as you would expect an 8%er....kinda dangerous actually....

overall this is a slightly different path than some of the other Pumpkin ales and it's not unwelcome. Very nice to have a pumpkin warmer on a chilly fall day.

Mit, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of DrShakalu
4/5  rDev +3.4%

DrShakalu, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of papat444
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%

Thanks to Rutager for this one.

Poured from a 1L bottle and split with my wife.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber-orange body which affects the color of the head a bit. Thick sheeting coats glass as i swirl it and very good retention.

Smell: Chunky pumpkin pie , low carbonation.(the gelatinous part), nutmeg, sweet spices. Rich and pleasing.

Taste: Has that meaty pumpkin flavor, bit of cinnamon in the finish that grows a bit as it warms. Rich, authentic flavor. Well spiced without feeling like a whole spice bottle was dumped in.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, silky, low carbonation, real pleasant.

Overall: A winner and my favorite pumpkin ale so far!

papat444, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of ChuckGnarly
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

ChuckGnarly, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +3.4%

FreshmanPour77, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of jrempel
3.25/5  rDev -16%

jrempel, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of thefullpython
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

thefullpython, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of Adamostella
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Adamostella, Sep 24, 2012
Pumpkineater from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.