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Black Creek Pumpkin Ale - Black Creek Historic Brewery

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Black Creek Pumpkin AleBlack Creek Pumpkin Ale

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73
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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 21.12%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Black Creek Historic Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bobsy on 11-02-2009)
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Reviews by peensteen:
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Amber orange colour, wispy white head, not much in the way of lace. Smell is spicy, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin tart filling and a bit of bready malt are present. Taste is spicy, warm spices, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, a little vanilla and some cracker like biscuit malt as well, only a light bitterness at points as well. Little carbonation and very thin in body, almost like water and I'm not even stretching the truth, caught me off guard a little. Not a favourite I have to be honest, the mouthfeel on this throws off whatever promise this may have shown.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 18:09:07 | More by peensteen
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patre_tim

China

4.05/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper orange with tons of white floating particles within. 2 fingers of creamy off white head, medium low carbonation of large fast rising bubbles.

S: Pumpkin pie spices all the way. Roasted pumpkins, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, a candied quality, really pie forward.

T: Pumpkin pie spices, nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon, little pumpkin quality, light dull bitterness lingers in the finish that is typical to Black Creek Brewery. Not sweet, but dry and bitter.

M: Medium chewy body, medium high carbonation, dry bitter finish.

O: Drove 30 minutes to Cannington from Uxbridge today, June 3rd, 2014 to get this brew as there are only 3 places left at this time that sill have this beer in stock. I had to ask the lady to find it after looking around the beer room. I really like this one. No sweetness, all dry, worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2014 09:37:19 | More by patre_tim
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epicd3

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -1%

11-12-2013 14:52:08 | More by epicd3
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deonreds

New York

3.5/5  rDev +15.5%

10-28-2013 06:42:17 | More by deonreds
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WillAndSarah

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -9.2%

10-14-2013 22:27:40 | More by WillAndSarah
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DannyBaldoni

Quebec (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -9.2%

10-14-2013 21:35:53 | More by DannyBaldoni
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -34%

09-17-2013 02:30:01 | More by ThinkAgain
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JG_McNaulty

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +15.5%

09-10-2013 02:16:59 | More by JG_McNaulty
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DarkForest

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -1%

09-09-2013 14:39:22 | More by DarkForest
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esto

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

09-08-2013 22:57:39 | More by esto
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

1/5  rDev -67%

09-05-2013 03:14:53 | More by irishkyle21
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drinkininthewood

Ontario (Canada)

2.29/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Served from a 500ml bottle into a Guinness Glass, $3.95 at the LCBO . No dates.

A- Hazy bronze color. ZERO head. A thin line of cream formed during the pour and diminished instantly.

S- As expected the aromas is of pumpkin and spices ( Cinnamon/ nutmeg ) a touch of vanilla and some malt sweetness. Pretty much smells like Pumpkin pie fresh out of the oven.

T- Not impressed. There is flavors of pumpkin and a touch of nice spices but i found there to be a sort of sourness to the beer and there really is little to no malt presence. I found the brew to be all over the place in terms of balance. Not good for a Pumpkin ale.

M- The mouth feel kills this beer. Watery, hollow, no carbonation barely.

D- Drinkability is poor mainly because of the mouthfeel and off flavors .

Overall I am a huge fan of Pumpkin Ales and have tried many, unfortunately this was a big letdown. The appearance was fairly unattractive and the mouthfeel was really below what i would expect that of a pumpkin ale to be. Sorry but i just cant recommend this.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 00:42:04 | More by drinkininthewood
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IdeaSpeeder

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Serving Type - 500ml bottle poured into a small pint glass

Appearance - Pours a very pretty orange colour. The beer is unfiltered and very cloudy but pours with next to no head...and not for lack of trying.

Smell - Pumpkin and spice...probably nutmeg and cinnamon. Also getting some vanilla...all standard fare for pumpkin ale. Smells great!

Taste - Pumpkin and spices here as well, same as the nose. Vanilla is present as well. There's also a surprising amount of hop bitterness which I wasn't expecting at all.

Mouthfeel - Now I'm not sure if this is a bad bottle or its suppose to be this under-carbonated. But there's seriously next to no carbonation here at all. Combine this with the extremely light body this is like a hop skip and a jump away from a glass of water. Disappointing finish to an otherwise decent pint.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 20:33:06 | More by IdeaSpeeder
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +7.3%

02-12-2013 22:15:12 | More by DaPan
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

2.31/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Poured a really quick dissappearing head, no lace, looks like cloudy apple cider in a glass, dull brown and cloudy. Some small trace of carbonation. Looks = unappealing.

Smell has a big hit of pumpkin puree upfront. Also seems to have a strong cooked apple presence, with maybe a slight prickle of biterness. A hint of roastiness but not much malt body.

Taste is bad. I may not finish this. Mouthfeel is very watery, no carbonation or bite, tastes like basement-fermented apple juice with pumpkin thrown in. Spice is pretty non-existant, mostly just cold pumpkin-water. No malt presence, some sour pumpkin notes. Really light and watery, finish has some dry pumpkin and apple notes, not very dry really on the wet side.

Pretty unimpressed by this. Hoping maybe this is a bad batch, but I won't rush out to try another. Its only just tolerable, but really unbalanced, flavour swings all over the place and never in the direction of 'satisfying' or 'this is really good beer'. Tastes watery and lacklustre. Avoid it.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 02:08:36 | More by mick303
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bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +15.5%

01-13-2013 19:12:12 | More by bigox420
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear copper orange under a moderate head that settles to a heavy film and leaves steady spotty lace. Looks decent enough.

Lots of pumpkin and a gentle dose of spice on the nose. A touch of sweetness. Appetizing enough. Not overpowering spiciness like too many pumpkin ales.

Thin bodied with some sweetness up front and a slightly bitter finish. No big flavours, gentle like the aroma. Easy drinking ale, but not really interesting.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 22:37:57 | More by TerryW
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes...

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange colour with a copper hue, thin layer of head with little retention or lacing.

S - Spiced pumpkin pie with sweet cinnamon, cloves, all-spice and earthy gourds.

T - The flavours are slightly mild, with the spices dominating alongside a solid caramel malt backbone. Sweet cinnamon and cloves with vanilla undertones and earthy pumpkin.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and finishes wet.

O - A tasty brew, but a tad mild. Worth a try but by no means mind blowing.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 04:04:18 | More by andrenaline
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

1.93/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Murky medium amber body, hazy with lots of small floaties. Two finger head dies fast and doesn't lace. Smells like lemon, pumpkin, and almost imaginary spices. Tart lemon flavour up front with subtle vegetal and spice notes. Thin, watery, and oddly chalky with low carbonation. This is definately off, but it hasn't gained much carbonation from the unintended refermentation in the bottle. Oddly enough, the off aroma and flavour isn't particularly unpleasant - just very inappropriate in a beer of this style. This might be a really bad pumpkin beer, but it's only a mediocre sour. Weird.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 04:20:06 | More by mintjellie
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Unexceptional pumpkin ale. Yes, pumpkin aroma with a nominal amount of spice. A little orange, no retained head. Prickly carbonation, and not much of it. Not offensive but simply not tasty pumpkin nor interesting. Lighter mouthfeel.A little nutmeg and pepper.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 02:08:59 | More by Sammy
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Though far from sparkling, Black Creek Pumpkin Ale has much more clarity than I imagine most historic pumpkin ales would have. What they likely share, however, is the orange-amber tone (like the colour of pumpkin flesh itself). While those aspects of the visuals are nice, the complete lack of visible carbonation is concerning. The beer has not a trace of suds.

The aroma makes the beer instantly recognizable as a pumpkin ale, albeit not the most perfumed one. The squash-y scent of pumpkin is almost more prominent than the spice, which overwhelming leans towards fresh-cut ginger. Adding to that 'zing' is a dash of cinnamon heat. Still, it nonetheless smells more like pumpkin soup than pumpkin pie.

It may sound odd, but not every pumpkin beer tastes like pumpkin. In fact, many don't even use actual pumpkin in the recipe. This offering, however, does and it has a distinctly gourd-like flavour that strongly resembles canned pumpkin and/or squash puree. Without much maltiness, it lacks the biscuity or pie crust notes, and the ginger and cinnamon notes don't hold up for too long.

The resulting beer isn't overly exciting. Without the sweet, nutty maltiness and spices, any resemblance to pumpkin pie is purely superficial; the impression of canned squash all the more vivid. If only it were more savory or sweet or spicy - as is there's no real mouthfeel. Carbonation would help too; this is hopelessly flat and more or less watery.

I think most all Black Creek offerings thus far have been solid, so this seasonal was playing with house money so far as I'm concerned. I'm willing to gamble that next year's will be better. But while I like the more balanced approach (soup rather than pie), it will need to be much maltier, carbonated and perhaps a little more spiced if it is to be considered worthwhile buying again.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 23:37:03 | More by biegaman
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +7.3%

10-16-2012 23:41:35 | More by Molson2000
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BigGruntyThirst

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +7.3%

10-16-2012 15:31:35 | More by BigGruntyThirst
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Kremlock

Ontario (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: deep orange colour with hints of toffee colours. For some reason it did not pour any head. When I noticed no head was happening I poured harder and still no head.

S: The pumpkin comes through first then followed by spices: cinnamon and vanilla. Very clean and no cloves are being picked up

T: Taste like a pumpkin pie where someone forgot the cloves and sugar. Taste a little oxidized and stale.

M: Carbonation is very low, feel very thin.

O: Not too impressed at this time. I wonder if there is a problem with this particular bottle of beer. I'll have to try it again and change my review if that is the case. In the mean time this is what I was left with to judge.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 00:12:03 | More by Kremlock
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FEUO

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

10-13-2012 00:32:06 | More by FEUO
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Black Creek Pumpkin Ale from Black Creek Historic Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.