Pumpkineater | Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
198
Reviews:
69
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
12.11%
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
36
For Trade:
0
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Photo of lumikuuro
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Howe Sound brewpub, late September 2009.

Pumpkins are growing early this year as a result of the hot, dry summer. This review is less detailed than normal as I was entertaining a visitor so did not take notes.

Appearance: Dark amber, clear, not as orangey as some pumpkin ales. Inviting.

Aroma: Well spiced, malty, pumpkin of course.

Taste: Well, Howe Sound have done it again. This is a wonderful beer with a lot of flavour and a step above what you would come to expect from a pumpkin ale - partly because it is an imperial ale, and partly because they seem to hit almost every nail right on the head with their brews. Great spice, very malty, and the pumpkin is allowed to flourish without bringing much sweetness to the balance. The alcohol content is evident but is kept well in check by the strong flavours.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, intense.

Drinkability: If I didn't have two other seasonals to try immediately afterwards, I'd have had a good few of these. Best pumpkin ale I have ever had.

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Photo of CreightonSM
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of hickmancase
4.76/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of DbbC
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.73/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, semi-cloudy, deep, dark, mahogany color, speckled with orange highlights, and a half of a finger of white-colored head that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Delicious! Lots of toasted malt and pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spices such as brown sugar, nutmeg, ginger, all-spices, cinnamon and clove, as well as some black pepper and a hint of dark chocolate.

Taste: Just as delicious as the aroma! Lots of toasted malt, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spices such as nutmeg, ginger, all-spices, cinnamon and clove, up front, followed by tons of brown sugar-like sweetness. As the beer warms up, more and more dark chocolate comes through, making the beer, more complex and deep in flavor. Absolutely delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and, nicely carbonated to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 8.0%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a damn good pumpkin beer! Strong in all of the pumpkin pie spice-like flavors, but the addition of dark chocolate really makes this pumpkin ale stand out from the rest and makes it very unique. Delicious!

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Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.71/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sAvAgE69
4.58/5  rDev +18%
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 BigDiesel
4.52/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of wingsdupree
4.52/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of bazzz
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of bespin15
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of BeardedAllen
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of scm2787
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Coastal_Brew
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of StomachUlcers
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Hornet2003
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark copper pour with a lingering off-white head. Really a spectacularly coloured ale.

Smell: Wow. This is the spiciest pumpkin ale I've ever smelled. It's not overbearing with cinnamon like a lot of others. It has a great balance with other spices like allspice, cardamom, nutmeg, clove. If anyone remembers the aroma of a jack-o-lantern being singed by the candle burning inside, you can imagine the genuine pumpkin smell. So delicious...

Taste: Being an imperial, it is a touch sweeter than most beers. Such a great spicy flavour. It isn't too overbearing with any one spice. Just a great balance.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy with a little prickliness. Not syrupy like many other "imperial" beers.

Drinkability: Only drawback is the alcohol. For the "Pumpkin Ale" style, I can't give it top marks. If there was an Imperial Pumpkin Ale category, this would rank at the top.

Overall: My favourite pumpkin ale of all time. I'm truly impressed. So multi-dimensional, yet simple and easy to drink. Great job Howe Sound Brewing Company.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice copper colour with a creamy white head. Lovely scent of spices and brown sugar. The cloves and nutmeg are quite noticeable and the star anise lends a nice, interesting character to it.

Rich spicy, malty and slightly starchy pie taste. Good blend of the star anise and cinnamon and there is a definite brown sugar and molasses sweetness to it. Dry spiciness on the finish from the cloves

A little bit thin, needs to be a bit thicker to really complete. A great beer, another winner from Howe Sound. Enjoyable even at 8%.

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Photo of brotherloco
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of avwrite
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%

Nice pumpkin taste that isn't as bloated as other pumpkin ales I've had. It's supposedly has a high ABV, but it didn't seem like it. Sneaks up on you later. Nice, bronze color and surprisingly clear. Not cloudy at all. Probably my choice among halloween themed ales.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%

Appearance - amber/orange color. Thin head that disappears quickly. No visible carbonation.

Smell - I smelled the pumpkin and spice as soon as I opened the bottle. Nice sweet smell.

Mouthfeel - bubbly/tingle feel as you drink. Medium bodied.

Taste - very good pumpkin and pumpkin spice flavor. Nice balance between sweet pumpkin and spice.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
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 ZachT
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - bubbly clear burnt orange, one thumb of head retained well, eventually giving way to a consistent covering
S - cinnamon and nutmeg, sweet pumpkin, caramel and roasty malt, light leafy
T - sweet caramelized sugar and pumpkin, pleasant cinnamon and nutmeg, dark roasty malts, great flavour mix
M - smooth and creamy, the tingle of cinnamon and spice throughout
D - many pumpkin ales tend to lean too heavily on the spices, but this finds a nice balance between malt, spice, and pumpkin, and the higher ABV is completely concealed, Howe Sound does it again!

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