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Pumpkineater - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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87
very good

113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 17
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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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

05-09-2012 02:17:34 | More by bumchilly25
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium somewhat cloudy orange-copper amber with a half finger medium white head. Light aroma of pumpkin with light sweet malt and light spicing. Flavor of roasted pumpkin, light sweet malt and some spices. Somewhat dry and a touch sour finish. The flavor is not as robust as other pumpkin ales, but pleasant. The finish takes away somewhat from an overall positive impression

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 04:24:36 | More by LiquidAmber
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Syr


4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-27-2012 00:31:22 | More by Syr
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sharpski

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

02-15-2012 21:09:00 | More by sharpski
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-19-2012 07:07:55 | More by schopenhauerale
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towlea25

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-08-2012 02:15:40 | More by towlea25
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hannaho

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

01-03-2012 16:45:40 | More by hannaho
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maclean25

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 02:57:03 | More by maclean25
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bespin15

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-05-2011 10:34:34 | More by bespin15
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Converge

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 02:28:39 | More by Converge
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -22.3%

11-27-2011 05:21:36 | More by schnarr84
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EskimoDave

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-21-2011 03:17:58 | More by EskimoDave
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-18-2011 01:34:11 | More by imperialking
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doughanson78

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-15-2011 10:00:44 | More by doughanson78
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Dawkfan

Alberta (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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 -8.5%
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%
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 +10.1%
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 +8.8%
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 +3.6%
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 +0.5%
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 +10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

2.55/5  rDev -33.9%
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 +6.2%
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 -1.6%
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
Pumpkineater from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.