Pumpkineater | Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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3.87 w/ 199 ratings

Brewed by:
Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
A high gravity pumpkin ale brewed with barley, fresh roasted pumpkin, hops, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise, water and yeast, it is one of the local seasonal favorites. This beer is produced in very limited quantities each fall as part of the John Mitchell series.

19 IBU

Added by lumikuuro on 10-08-2009

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Photo of Bieniek30
3.09/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Bluecrow
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The 1 liter bottle poured a clear deep amber. The rich aroma included cinnamon and sugar. The flavor is bready and caramel-like, but not overly sweet or spiced. The alcohol is is not detectable in the taste. This is a moderately spiced and very pleasant imperial pumpkin brew.

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Photo of FadetoBock
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dacrza1
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DATE: October 14, 2016... OCCASION: after watching LVR defeat Hackettstown, time to warm up... GLASSWARE: Schneider Edel-weisse pokal...dense, dark brown amber body that allows little light through... tough to discern effervescence... head is one-finger, off-white and solid in its consistency... nutmeg, pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, and some licorice provide a cornucopia of aromas... the palate is easy-drinking, with some activity up front and a slight warming return... the flavor profile is decidedly cinnamon and nutmeg, with licorice, clove and pumpkin, as advertised... overall, a fine, albeit understated, ale that clocks in at 8%... I like its flavor profile, its balance, and its easy warming feeling... love the fact it comes in a quart bottle with a stopper--not that I will stop until it is finished!

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Transparent Amber color with heavy bubbles to the body. Head comes off slightly off-white but drops quick before first sip rising initially rising maybe one finger'a length.

Smell: Lighty cinnamon and light pumpkin pie.

Taste: Sweet and touch malty, light hint of cinnamon and creamy pumpkin.

Mouth: Medium carbonation and medium stickiness.

Overall: Good brew, little on the malty side for a pumpkin ale but definitely worth the grab. I was a bit spoiled yesterday and think I might have to go back. Salud!

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.71/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of avalon07
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dirty brown color and a thick consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing at all.

S: A very subdued aroma of pumpkin, spices, and some malt.

T: Tasted of some different spices (cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg), a bit of yeast (not that much), some malt, light hops, and a light bready quality. This could have been a good flavor, but it's uneven and kind of watery. Not nearly and powerful as it should be, but not horrible either.

F: A below average amount of carbonation with a mostly smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Pumkineater is one of those beers that might have been great if given a few tweaks. Has its good points, but doesn't wholly succeed.

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Photo of sAvAgE69
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is the second batch that I have tasted. For an imperial beer. The taste seems to be all natural. In my opinion. This is the standard of what a pumpkin ale should be. There is no tinfoil taste, the pumpkin and spices are bursting with flavour and the lacing is immaculate. If you can get it. Give this beer a shot.

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Photo of QuadBen
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dsshuck
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dmorgan310
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sansho
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brotherloco
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of crow
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BCborn
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tivlavrie
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear dark garnet reddish brown in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy dark beige head that reduces to a large patch of medium thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, and anise) with light to moderate aromas of roasted pumpkin and caramel + toasted malts. Hints of earthy hops are present as well.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel + toasted malts with a light to moderate amount of sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of roasted pumpkin and slightly stronger than moderate flavors of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, and anise). Hints of earthy hop bitterness in the finish which does not linger for long.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: I love the fact that these Howe Sound beers come in the 1L swing top bottles. Easy to drink and enjoyable, hiding the ABV very well. Nice balance between the flavors of the pumpkins, pumpkin pie spices, and malts.

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Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattsander
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Look: A rust colored body, opaque ... the color of cinnamon sticks. A cream colored head recedes to a wisp with little or no lacing.

Aroma: The spice rack of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove, and a fleshy, real pumpkin meat aroma on the tail end.

Taste: Just like the aroma with all the spices of Autumn. A much more pronounced cinnamon finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, goes down very smooth at 8% ABV.

Overall: Very much a pumpkin ale in every way, but I do appreciate that aroma and taste of gourd flesh on the back end.

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Photo of Tpop1005
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of headlessparrot
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the 1L Howe Sound swing-top almost the colour of cola (albeit somewhat translucent cola), dark caramel/ruby/reddish/brown. A super aggressive pour nets a couple fingers of head that recedes quickly down to a few millimetres and then some islands, but does leave some runny lacing.

Smell is starchy, cinnamon, nutmeg, slight pumpkin, licorice (anise, I guess?), caramel, toasted malt, slight biscuit. Pie crust? Very pleasing.

Taste is very pumpkin pie. Again, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove. Light licorice. Decent malt body. Rather starchy. Carbonation is rather high and spritzy, and while the body is surprisingly light for the ABV and pumpkin content (too light, almost), there's a certain sharpness, a bile-ish dryness that makes large doses a bit unpleasant.

Not bad--the smell is the real winner here, and the 1L format isn't doing this beer any favours, because it's better in small doses--but I remain ever on the lookout for the perfect pumpkin ale.

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Photo of Svingjo
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Was a bit disappointed with this year's version of Pumpkineater. This is usually one if my favourite pumpkin beers. This year's version the pumpkin flavour was very subdued and the carbonation was too active. Actually gave me instant heart burn. I'm not sure if the bottle I got was off or not. I will give it another shot though.

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Pumpkineater from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
Beer rating: 70.9% out of 100 with 199 ratings
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