Pumpkineater | Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

200 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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Ratings: 200 |  Reviews: 69
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

I liked it because it didn't have a strong pumpkin-y flavor. It was very smooth like the Belgian quads i like and as another reviewer noted, it sneaks up on you.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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1.6/5  rDev -58.7%

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4.52/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of ZachT
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of the_awesometeer
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%

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 Rhettroactive
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, cinnamon stick, and strong clove aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, earth, clove cigarette, and pumpkin pie spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a strong clove emphasis in the smell, but the taste has more balanced pumpkin pie spice flavors even though clove is also the most noticeable flavor.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Howe Sound's Pumpkineater, Imperial Pumpkin Ale. 8% ABV.

A: One and a half finger of fairly fluffy white head. A little light on head, but good retention. Fairly hazy/unfiltered. Orange, a little deeper in color near the center. Dull yellow, in the dimple.

S: Pumpkin meat. Slightly sweet. Very slight pumpkin stem. Clove, very slight ginger, just a hint of cinnamon. A little light on the nose, but has good smells.

T/MF: Light and crisp, with decent body. Pumpkin seed sticks out the most. Pumpkin stem, skin, the stringy guts. Not so much the meat/flesh, but not bad. A bit of spice on the finish, but I can't place it. Overall, pretty drinkable.

Poured from a 1 liter swing-top, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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4.4/5  rDev +13.7%

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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3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.76/5  rDev +23%

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4.08/5  rDev +5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Pumpkineater from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 200 ratings
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