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The Pumpkining - Granville Island Brewery

The PumpkiningThe Pumpkining

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22 Ratings
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Ratings: 22
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 18.27%


Brewed by:
Granville Island Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Pumpkin Ale’s earthy undertones lend a unique twist to this untraditional ale. Burnt orange in colour, this ale is a reflection of autumn’s changing landscape.

15 IBU

(Beer added by: canucklehead on 10-14-2009)
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Ratings: 22 | Reviews: 10 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by zduerr:
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zduerr

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -7.1%

10-30-2012 05:46:37 | More by zduerr
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

11-16-2013 09:09:01 | More by schnarr84
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Granville Is 'The Pumpkining' @ 6.0% from the Black Note Book Series , first tasted on cask at GCBF'13 , this review from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $5.50

A-pours is light gold from the bottle to a clear amber/gold with a small off white head leaving minimal lacing along the pint

S-not a fragrant as some , but still a pleasant smell of nutmeg , cinnamon and cloves

T-a rich and robust start but a dry bitter clove finish is found in the bottle

MF-was a bit light and weak , mild/medium carbonation , light/ medium body , bit thin

Ov-ok beer , tasted so similar to the 'old' pumpkin ale , dissapointing it's not a new brew ,
just re-labelled

prost LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 05:44:16 | More by LampertLand
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SudSister

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -7.1%

11-03-2013 16:31:06 | More by SudSister
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

10-31-2013 01:17:38 | More by FadetoBock
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ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -7.1%

10-20-2013 17:14:24 | More by ZachT
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Long813

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

10-03-2013 00:58:15 | More by Long813
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -7.1%

02-14-2013 12:33:54 | More by DaPan
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KalanM

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

11-29-2012 02:19:09 | More by KalanM
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ChuckGnarly

British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

10-12-2012 23:42:01 | More by ChuckGnarly
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

05-11-2012 02:07:40 | More by bumchilly25
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy copper appearance with minimal lacing.

S: Initial scents of cinnamon and cloves together with brown sugar. Definitely reminds me of pumpkin pie.

T: Malty with sweet graham crackers together with winter spices of cinnamon and cloves.

M: Medium bodied with nice level of carbonation.

O: This definitely brings the pumpkin pie smell and flavour, very drinkable ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 06:00:01 | More by FondueVoodoo
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Syr


2/5  rDev -38.1%

02-27-2012 01:54:45 | More by Syr
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a clear bright copper hue, lots of carbonation action (a bit of gushing when the bottle cap was popped), with 2 fingers of loose frothy off-white head.

Bready malt, some earthy pumpkin, and nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger on the nose.

Earthy character with a bit of bite in the flavour up front, while some warm rounded bready malt accompanied by cinnamon and nutmeg pop up on the finish. Seems to lack balance and harmony.

Medium-full mouthfeel, full velvety texture, some brisk pin-prickly carbonation on the finish.

Looks good, feels good, however lacks balance and cohesion where it really counts.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 03:55:29 | More by IronDjinn
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EskimoDave

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -7.1%

11-21-2011 03:14:52 | More by EskimoDave
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle. That reminds me, the pumpkin we carved two weeks ago is still sitting out on the balcony...

This beer pours a crystal clear medium golden amber hue, with two fat fingers of foamy, creamy off-white head, which leaves a rising sea-spray of lace around a portion of the glass as it ebbs away. It smells of warm caramel malt, stewed pumpkin, soft clove, and a bit of light pepper. The taste is more of the same, consistent with the solid caramel malt, light toasted pumpkin meat, mild eponymous pie spicing, a few herbal notes, and a warm, mellow undercurrent of booze. The carbonation is present, but in no great nor prickling amount, the body a stumbling medium weight, and not quite unassailable in its smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the malt gaining a metallic edge, to go with the waning vegetal character.

Not the Turkey Day dessert affair so common in these types of seasonal ales, this one. More malty, somewhat gourdish, and with an alcohol profile quite in line with a winter warmer. Enjoyable enough, but for the 10 bones that this cost in our fair province, I'm not clamouring for a second round.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 08:56:36 | More by biboergosum
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Bronze with an off-white head, ring of retention, light lace.

S: Ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, all-spice and grain. Good aroma.

T: There's a light, tartness/astringency that I'm not fond of. Serious vanilla, ginger & cinnamon. A little biscuity like graham crackers. It's got some good flavours here, but at the same time it just seems a little off. No residual sweetness and the bitterness is fairly mild. A little sweetness might round out the flavour? The aroma was quite good... so the flavour is a real let-down.

M: Light body has a dry finish.

D: Not really my thing. I dumped a Brooklyn chocolate stout in it to finish it off... what a waste of a great stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 02:11:57 | More by Derek
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure when GI first released this, but I think I may have missed it last year.

Not the best. Looks good - orangey-amber with a nice, creamy white head.

Wierd, butter-scotch smell with a bit of spice. Not like any other pumpkin beer I've had.

Somewhat bitter and coppery taste, with a definite spicy, smooth character to it. There is a certainly a pumpkin taste to this - but this is more savoury than sweet. Really not feeling this as a pumpkin ale - too bitter, metallic and oddly sweet at the same time.

Not sure how last year's was, but I really think this needs more work.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 05:12:31 | More by BDTyre
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange pour of great clarity with a finger of white head that left some attractive foam on the glass. Pretty nice and standard pumpkin appearance. Aroma is certainly meaty pumpkin flesh, with some light (very light) spicing. Some pale malts and the slightest hint of biscuit, but that's about it.

This isn't a bad pumpkin beer, but its not a particularly good one. It definitely aims for the fleshy, lightly-spiced end of the spectrum, and does a pretty decent job of it. However, beyond that there's very little complexity, and I think it could have used with some heightened spicing or a touch more biscuit to provide interest. The body also needs a little bulking up to move it into a higher tier.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 14:37:29 | More by bobsy
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle poured into pint glass oct31 2009 very spooky

A golden amber with no head or lace

S mild pumpkin and some spice with some sweet grains

T as it smells not the worst pumpkin ale, but not much above average

M very thin for an ale, hell it's thin for a lager but it has decent carbonation

D easy enough too finish and fairly smooth

There are much better pumpkin ales out there, and I must admit I expect more from GI. I'm not saying this is a bad beer, I'm just saying you can get a better pumpkin ale for the same price

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 02:46:41 | More by wordemupg
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beertunes

Washington

1.43/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured into 10oz. glass. Poured a clean, clear medium brown color with no head or lacing.

An aroma mostly lacking in presence, calling it neutral would be generous, the most notable thing is the scent of cheap brand pumpkin pie spice. The flavor is the same, just worse. No beer or pumpkin flavor in this beer. The overwhelming taste is of allspice and pumpkin pie spice, and not quality versions.

The body was thin and watery. Drinkability was non-existant. I shared this bottle with 2 other experienced beer people and neither of them finished their pours. I, in the interest of fairness, did finish mine. Overall, avoid this beer, it's a complete waste of time and money.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 19:29:22 | More by beertunes
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The increase in popularity in Pumpkin Ales shows in the new additions from Granville Island and Howe Sound brewing. Vern at GI has brewed one of the best Pumpkin ales I have tasted. Lovely shiny dark gold with orange highlights and a big head this beer is perfumed with spice and hops. The beer is so well balanced and yet redolent of baking spices that you crave another glass which is rare for the style. The hops come our in the midbody and you can taste the malt/spice blend on the finish. Really a great take on the style

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 16:46:55 | More by canucklehead
The Pumpkining from Granville Island Brewery
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