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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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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 19.81%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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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3.15/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

peensteen, Sep 25, 2012
More User Reviews:
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3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

beerhunter13, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of DannyBaldoni
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

DannyBaldoni, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of MJ63
3.28/5  rDev +6.5%

MJ63, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of mintjellie
1.93/5  rDev -37.3%
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.

mintjellie, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Sammy, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of heebes
2.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle.
5% abv

Pours your coppery orange with a slight reddish hue, very thin head recedes to floating bubbles. Nose is heavy on the spices; sugary, pumpkin mash, but mainly dominated by the spice. Taste is...rather bland. Not big on much pumpkin, lots of spicing in the finish, a bit too much. Peppery and dry mouthfeel, watery body.

Overall a pass for a decent pumpkin beer, too much artificial spicing.

heebes, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light pumpkin notes with light cinnamon notes. Taste is also dominated by medium pumpkin notes with some cinnamon and ginger also discernable. Malt backbone is present and provides semi-sweet caramel flavours. Body is about average with light creaminess and good carbonation. Nothing extreme in this beer – just good balance mix between pumpkin and light spices.

Phyl21ca, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to tulip.

A - Medium amber; translucent. Thin layer of off-white head.

S - Big pumpkin pie aroma up front - pumpkin puree, all spice, clove and lighter cinnamon and nutmeg flavours. A nice overall nose.

T - Pumpkin and spice up front. Clove, all spice and nutmeg with a hint of cinnamon in the finish. Overall flavour profile is nice but this is a touch light at times. Could have used a little more kick.

M - Light boy, a touch watery at times. Light carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Oct 08, 2012
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2/5  rDev -35.1%

ThinkAgain, Sep 17, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

WillAndSarah, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of irishkyle21
1/5  rDev -67.5%

irishkyle21, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of patre_tim
4.05/5  rDev +31.5%
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.

patre_tim, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of aspect
1.3/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

The pour is copper in colour, not alot of head probably less than a finger and very weak lacing. On the nose, there is a smell of wet pumpkin and cinamon, the smell is not as strong as other pumpkin ales I have tasted. The taste, to be quite honest there is not much taste, it tastes very watered down and the pumpkin smell is not even noticeable in the taste, very little carbonation - I cannot taste pumpkin at all. Very watery finish and dry on the mouth.

Not a strong pumpkin ale in my opinion.

aspect, Sep 18, 2012
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3.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 4$

Appearance - Brownish copper colour with a below average size fizzy/frothy off-white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for around 2 minutes.

Smell - Malts, pumpkin, all spice

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and a bit of pumpkin. There is also some clove/allspice and some peppery notes.

Overall - It's a little too thin and it needs some more carbonation. It also doesn't have a whole lot of pumpkin flavour. There are better options for pumpkin beers out there.

spinrsx, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of RedAleMan
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

RedAleMan, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of liamt07
2.93/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml into a tulip. Best before January 2014.

Reddish orange, with a finger or two of white head with an ultra-aggressive pour. Light retention and lace. Nose of pumpkin, clove and mild allspice and even a bit of citrus zest. A bit muddled all around, but still identifiable as a pumpkin ale. Taste has some pumpkin flesh, slight spicing, grainy breads/cereals. Light bitterness and some citrus cleaner. Some metallic on the back end. Watery feel, low carbonation. Not a good beer at all really.

liamt07, Oct 02, 2012
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3.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: It has a nice orange/amber color to it. It has a thin white head that dies down very fast and leaves no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of light pumpkin, sweet caramelly malts, spices and cinnamon.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some light pumpkin, some spices and sweet caramelly malts. Lot a whole lot going on in this one.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a somewhat thin overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas. Expected more from Black Creek.

SebD, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of thehyperduck
3.33/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Feb. 2013. Thanksgiving weekend seems like the proper time for my first pumpkin beer of the year.

Pours a somewhat muddy brownish-orange colour, with little in the way of head besides a soapy, off-white film on the surface. A thin collar clings to the sides of the glass for a while, but considering I basically dumped this stuff into it, the flimsy head gives off a bit of a flat, weak vibe. Fortunately, the aroma is distracting enough to allow me to forget about first impressions - it's a bit flowery, with lots of allspice and pumpkin-bready malt notes. Appealing and fresh, not to mention enticing.

Fairly tasty, but kind of muddled. Freshly-mashed pumpkin is probably the strongest component, with allspice and nutmeg rounding it out toward the finish, which is a little dry and spicy. Disappointingly thin-bodied, which might be acceptable if the carbonation weren't also extraordinarily low. At least the thin, unreactive mouthfeel makes this very easy to drink quickly... assuming you like the vegetal, gourdy pumpkin that dominates the profile.

Final Grade: 3.33, an acceptable B-. My first sip left me a little confused, and it took me a few more to decide if I liked the taste. It's definitely thinner than all of the other pumpkin beers I've had to this date, but there's no rule saying all pumpkin beers have to be big, malty, spicy, boozy monsters like Pumking. Overall, I think I'd have to give Black Creek Pumpkin Ale a thumbs-up - albeit an unenthusiastic one. There's lots of authentic mashed-pumpkin flavour with just enough spice to complement rather than dominate - but the flat mouthfeel is this brew's Achilles' heel.

[Updated Oct. 13 2013]

I decided to pick up another bottle to see if this year's batch has improved any. Right off the bat - it's still a super-flat beer, and generating a decent-sized head is pretty much impossible no matter how it is poured. It tastes alright, but the watery mouthfeel sort of ruins this one for me. Given the fact that I don't mind the flavour and it's supposed to be a re-creation of early pumpkin ales (which presumably had very weak carbonation), I can't knock this one too hard. That being said, fans of pumpkin pie, spiced-type ales aren't likely to be particularly impressed with this one. While those sorts of beers pair nicely with dessert, a simple brew like this would do quite well washing down some turkey and sweet potatoes.

thehyperduck, Oct 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -2.6%

real_human_bean, Sep 23, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev +24.7%

Shabster, Sunday at 02:16 AM
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3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Jotora, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of jrenihan
3.33/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BB Jan 2013.

Beer is light brown, a bit copper in colour. No head at all and appears to be very minimal carbonation.

Some caramel malt, pumpkin, a bit of nutmeg. Not bad but pretty simple.

Taste is similar to the nose. Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, some caramel malt, a bit of grassy hops. Somewhat thin, but not bad. Nothing negative but not exciting and a bit dull.

Almost no carbonation. Very thin. Not a great feeling.

Overall, meh. Not bad, but nothing to go back to. I doubt I will finish the bottle.

jrenihan, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of esto
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

esto, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of andrenaline
3.15/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

andrenaline, Dec 15, 2012
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Black Creek Pumpkin Ale from Black Creek Historic Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.