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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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50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 19.87%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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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Photo of patre_tim
4.05/5  rDev +31.9%
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 Pmicdee
4/5  rDev +30.3%

Pmicdee, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of Vyronian
4/5  rDev +30.3%

Vyronian, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of bobsy
3.9/5  rDev +27%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black Creek recreates a pioneer brewery and tries to craft their beers as would have been done in the early days of Canada's history. This pumpkin offering turned up at Volo's 5th Annual Cask Days.

This pours far darker than any pumpkin ale I've had before, and the only potential orange colour comes from the highlights in this brownish body. A small cap of off-white bubbles soon drops to a collar. Spicy, meaty pumpkin aroma, with far more emphasis on real vegetal pumpkin than you'll find in a lot of examples. Pumpkin IPA describes the flavour! Good, raw pumpkin flesh, with delicate touches of cinamon, ginger and clove. This is eventually overpowered by a growing leafy hoppiness. Unlike anything else I've had before, but in part this is the point of the brewery. Medium-light mouthfeel with a restrained carbonation.

This is certainly a unique pumpkin ale. I came in with low expectations and left feeling pretty good. I'm sure its far closer in style to the original recipes, and it makes a nice change of pace to taste a pumpkin beer that doesn't empty the spice cupboard.

bobsy, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of CRObighit2
3.75/5  rDev +22.1%

CRObighit2, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev +21.5%
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 hopsolutely
3.68/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright, burnt orange colour with a slight haziness and a minimal white head that dissipates quickly. Although this bottle may be unusual, I’d welcome greater carbonation in a future release.
Wonderfully autumnal aroma of pumpkin fruit and spices; smells genuine rather than grossly pre-fabricated. The flavour is well balanced, starting with the sweetness of caramelized malts and pumpkin flesh and finishing with bittering hops and allspice. Enough cloves and cinnamon to be flavourful, but not spiced over the top.

Really enjoyed this pumpkin ale and will definitely buy more.

hopsolutely, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.58/5  rDev +16.6%
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
Photo of beerhunter13
3.5/5  rDev +14%

beerhunter13, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of Jotora
3.5/5  rDev +14%

Jotora, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of KrisDLSmith
3.5/5  rDev +14%

KrisDLSmith, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of deonreds
3.5/5  rDev +14%

deonreds, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of bigox420
3.5/5  rDev +14%

bigox420, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Mr_Hoptimistic
3.5/5  rDev +14%

Mr_Hoptimistic, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of WeedKing4
3.43/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pumkin ale pours a dark, clear amber with decent head. Smells slightly like pumkin pie upfront. The taste has pumkin initially, but its quite faint and disappears quickly. Some spices in there and light caramal malty finish. However this is a little too watery. Seems to lack some character for a pumkin beer. A decent offering overall, but I was expecting a bit more.

WeedKing4, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of biegaman
3.35/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

biegaman, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of thehyperduck
3.33/5  rDev +8.5%
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
Photo of jrenihan
3.33/5  rDev +8.5%
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 MJ63
3.28/5  rDev +6.8%

MJ63, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of RedAleMan
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

RedAleMan, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

BigGruntyThirst, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of Molson2000
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

Molson2000, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of DaPan
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

DaPan, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of andrenaline
3.15/5  rDev +2.6%
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
Photo of TerryW
3.15/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

TerryW, Dec 26, 2012
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Black Creek Pumpkin Ale from Black Creek Historic Brewery
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