Black Creek Pumpkin Ale - Black Creek Historic Brewery
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3.73/5 rDev +23.1%
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.
10-11-2012 16:33:20 | More by Phyl21ca
3.58/5 rDev +18.2%
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.
10-08-2012 13:22:41 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.33/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
10-06-2012 18:26:28 | More by thehyperduck
2.93/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
10-02-2012 01:43:55 | More by liamt07
3.43/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
10-02-2012 00:40:53 | More by WeedKing4
3.15/5 rDev +4%
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.
09-25-2012 18:09:07 | More by peensteen
3.08/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
09-23-2012 23:47:02 | More by SebD
3.68/5 rDev +21.5%
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.
09-23-2012 22:30:36 | More by hopsolutely
3.05/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
09-21-2012 14:08:37 | More by spinrsx
3.33/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
09-19-2012 00:56:09 | More by jrenihan
1.3/5 rDev -57.1%
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.
09-18-2012 01:15:26 | More by aspect
2.88/5 rDev -5%
500 ml bottle.
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.
09-12-2012 22:01:03 | More by heebes
3.9/5 rDev +28.7%
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.
11-02-2009 02:53:23 | More by bobsy
Black Creek Pumpkin Ale from Black Creek Historic Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.