Pumpkin Springs Porter | Grand Canyon Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Grand Canyon Brewing Company
Arizona, United States
grandcanyonbrewingco.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

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Added by kerry4porters on 09-22-2013

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Reviews:
7
Ratings:
32
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
14.13%
 
 
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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 32
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

surprised to see this reviewed so poorly by folks, i thought it was a great porter. one of the first pumpkin beers of the season for me, and while i dont taste much actual squash in here, i liked the beer a great deal. there is a solid spice complex here, not overdone, but pretty robust, sturdy enough to get through the dark roasty malt and the bitterness it contributes. nutmeg and clove seem to be at the front of it, but i also get a hint of cardamom and coffee in this, which is an interesting complexion that reminds me of turkish coffee, might just be coming from the malt and the other spices, maybe thats where the pumpkin itself makes its presence known, but i like it a lot. i dont mind a high spice beer like this, as long as it isnt sweet, and i dig this because its on the drier side, maybe not compared to most porters, but definitely compared to most pumpkin beers, and i think thats necessary with all these extra flavors. good bitterness from the roasted malt too, and a nice fuller body for a lower alcohol beer. better than its ratings, i enjoyed this quite a lot.

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Photo of Prager62
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this at the grocery store in the Grand Canyon Village on a recent visit. No bottle date, but I know it's a recent release at the brewery. A waxed bomber poured into a twelve ounce tulip glass.

Look- Pours a dark brown with a half finger of mocha colored lingering foam.

Smell- Mild pie spices with some faint pumpkin flesh.

Taste- A peppery spice with a medicinal bitter after taste.

Feel- Fizzy with some spice and bitterness.

Overall- The cheapest wax bottle I ever bought at $6.60. I kind of bought it as a gag with that in mind. Not quite a drain pour, but it tastes like a seven buck bottle.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
2.82/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2015 batch from Craft 64. Thin, very dark ruby color with little head and little to no lacing. Smell is light cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and ginger. Taste was massive amounts of metal and very disappointing to kick off the AZ "fall," and possibly a bit over-carbed. I've had previous batches of this that I've loved but maybe this was rushed out the door to try and compete with the rest. Will try this again but really disappointed in the first wave of this brew.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with an eighth of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: A little weak in the aroma department, which is disappointing as most other pumpkin beers excel in having a big, strong aroma. There are some notes of bready, roasted malt, as well as some pumpkin and pumpkin pie-like spices, such as of brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger and all-spice, but the aromas are muted rather than bold.

Taste: What this beer lacks in aroma, it more than makes up for in flavor! Great flavors of roasted malt up front, rich and bready and a touch smoky, followed by lots of brown sugar-like sweetness, pumpkin and pumpkin pie-like spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger and all-spice. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy and extremely smooth and creamy as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 5.8%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Even with some age on it, this is an excellent pumpkin porter! Roasted malt, brown sugar-like sweetness, and tons of spices! Delicious!

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Photo of arizcards
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine in mid-August for $5.99. Best before 02/03/15/

Beer poured like a cola, dark brown with a fizzy off white head.

Nose is pumpkin pie spice and maybe some sage?

Taste is definitely a nice porter with a hint of pumpkin, squash, and vanilla. Decent amount of hops keep the cloying sweetness away.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this is probably the best pumpkin infused beer i have had this season. Definitely give it a shot if you see it.

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Photo of Rado
3.24/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - pours dark coffee/root beer colored. Moderate head retention with minimal lacing

S - smells of strong Christmas cookie type smells that come with many pumpkin beers, spices etc. not much good pumpkin here. As it opens there are some bland cardboard notes.

T - base porter seems ok, but pumpkin is not well integrated here. Spices are predominant and leave me not wanting more.

M - typical of porter but watery and doesn't finish as good as a porter should

O - they might want to try again here, base beer seems adequate but the pumpkin and especially spices were not how they should be.

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Photo of kerry4porters
4.54/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Let me just say this I love pumpkin flavored things, I wait all year for fall to come so I can consume to my Hearts content. I'm also a huge fan of porters which to me are almost perfect in taste, flavor, smell, and appearance. So when I saw this nicely priced pumpkin porter I was all over that! Grand Canyon Brewing Company beers I've tried in the past were nothing special. But this is probably the best pumpkin beer I have had as of yet. In my opinion its got a perfect Balance of delicious pumpkin flavor and rich Beer flavor. I poured it from a waxed top covered bottle into a Belgian style goblet.

It poored nicely with a very dark color With a delightful light tan head.

Sniffing brings in the pumpkin spices right off the bat as well as coffee, chocolate, and smokey flavor.

Has a nice creamy mouth feel that has a nice almost milk feel in your mouth

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this bargain priced delicious Pumpkin Porter I would dedinately buy another. My only real complaint is with the thick coat of wax over the cap and top of the bottle made it very difficult to open.

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Pumpkin Springs Porter from Grand Canyon Brewing Company
3.68 out of 5 based on 32 ratings.
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