Pumpkin Ale
Propeller Brewery

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Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #277
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3.54 | pDev: 12.15%
Propeller Brewery
Nova Scotia, Canada
Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale
Notes: In the fall of 2004 we created a Pumpkin Ale at the request of the Town of Windsor's Pumpkin Festival and a fall classic was born. We brew this ale using Howard Dill's® world famous Atlantic Giant Pumpkins® with a special blend of spices - this of course in addition to the usual ingredients: highest quality malted grains, hops, water and yeast. It’s the next best thing to pumpkin pie. This one goes fast so make sure you mark your calendar for this October.

15 IBU
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rolltide8425 from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Big pumpkin spice notes in the nose, particularly nutmeg, unfortunately that is not replicated on the tongue as strongly. Trace notes of pumpkin and a thin, almost plasticy mouthfeel.

Oct 25, 2017
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treeoceaneast from Canada

3.39/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I find this a pleasant beer and the nutmeg light spice is nice.
I do have one major problem with this beer, and it is the finish taste. It may be some natural constitution of the ingredients but I get what I can only describe as a plastic finish. I have had red wine with a burnt rubber finish (a good thing for a very old red of this type, or so I was told) Am I alone in this observation, or am I missing what is actually making up the finish taste/flavour?

Oct 31, 2013
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doopydoogle from Canada

3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Very light and somewhat clody in color with a fairly thin head that doesn't really hang around.

S - Wheat and malt aromas come through with the spice notes backing it up. Pumpkin aroma seems subtle.

T - Crisp up front, almost akin to a pilsner, but then the pumpkin and spice flavors kick in with cinnamon and nutmeg jumping out in front. This spice profile is then followed by a pronounced bitter which lingers long on the palate. The finish is malty/bready with some pumpkin remaining. Not sweet ,which I appreciate for the style

M - Crisp but still creamy, it rests well on the tongue.

O - A good, sessionable pumpkin. While spiced, it has a great balance of malt, spice, and hop, so it's really just a good all-around spiced brew. One of the better examples of balance i've seen in the style. If you're not into that and want something sweet or something that's a spice bomb, this might not be your cup o' brew.

Oct 09, 2013
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NightINgale from Russian Federation

3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle that I was sent in a beer mail from Nova Scotia.

A - Clear orange body, with a nice frothy head and a million of small bubbles. Pretty good head retention.

S - Pumpkin mash on the nose. Some mild spices and caramel.

T - Straight up pumpkin flesh, followed by some nutmeg and cinnamon notes, with a moderate bitterness to it. The after-taste is slightly grainy and a little bready. Unlike some other pumpkin beers that taste like pumpkin pie, this one just tastes like pumpkin, which is definitely not bad.

M - Light-bodied. Crisp at first, then almost creamy after. Definitely easy-drinking and sessionable.

O - Overall this is a refreshing and tasty lighter kind of pumpkin ale.

Jan 13, 2012
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liamt07 from Canada

3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle from cjbmcdon, into a tulip. Brewed in the 4th week of September, as per the label.

Hazy orange brown fluid, with some fluffy white head. Soapy lace and retention. Nose has a solid pumpkin pie feel to it, lots of pumpkin flesh, cinnamon and a fair bit of allspice. Taste has less but still moderate pumpkin flavour, while the cinnamon and allspice prevail. Touch of hop bitterness in the finish. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation is a touch higher. A pleasant and straightforward pumpkin ale, above average.

Oct 27, 2011
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bobsy from Canada

3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've been after this beer for a while, so huge thanks to BBrianBoogie for sending this as part of CanCon BIF!

Pours a slightly clouded yellow with orange highlights and a stuff egg white head that showed good lasting power and left large chunks of lace. The one thing that concerned me was the difficulty of the pour, which indicated either an overly aggressive carbonation or an infection. After tasting, it looks like it's the former. The aroma is pretty decent too, with rich pumpkin and spice notes overlaying light biscuit and grain.

Meaty pumpkin flavour is hidden behind a clean malt body, and it takes a lot of warming for it to come to the fore. The spicing is well handled, allowing notes of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg to hit the roof of the mouth and linger in the finish. A surprisingly intense bitterness springs up when the beer hits the side of the tongue. I love IPAs,but the bitterness in this beer seems out of place, and acts as an occasional distraction, when I think a lighter and sweeter touch may have been preferable. The carbonation is far too high, and only becomes pleasurable after some sitting and swirling. From looking at past reviews it sounds like they've not achieved any consistency with this year's batch.

A bit of a disappointment. The balance is askew, and the carbonation heaightens the unpleasant bitterness in the flavour, and makes this very harsh for a pumpkin brew. I'd expect more from Propeller... this is the only one of their lineup to let me down.

Dec 08, 2009
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jbonapar from Canada

3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice bottle with a super cool label.

Smell - flowers, pumpkin and spice
taste - A bit more bitter than expected, light pumpkin and light spice. Not as flavorfull as the St Amboise version. However, different.

Overall, average beer. I think Propeller will improve on this as their beers continue to improve everytime I drink them. Still the best brewery in the Maritimes.

Dec 08, 2009
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Viggo from Canada

3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to pubstyle for the hookup.

Pours a clear light amber, some orange highlights, big thick white head forms, settles down to a thick ring and layer, lots of lace chunks stick to the glass, looks good.

Smell is nice, lots of pumpkin character, caramel, wheat, honey, clean and lagery, some light spicing, cinnamon and cloves, some nutmeg, a lot of spice character but not much to support it.

Taste is not so good, much too clean, wheat and some pumpkin, caramel, light toast, not enough malt character to support the spices, a lot of nutmeg and cinnamon, a lot of malt sweetness, but not enough there.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. A pretty drinkable pumpkin ale but a little light. Thanks Troy!

Dec 05, 2009
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wordemupg from Canada

3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into pint glass nov30 2009

A golden yellow with lots of carbonation and suspended particles, with a off white two finger head that has great retention and a few rings of lace followed by a couple patches

S heavy on floral perfume with the roasted pumpkin

T again it's very floral and the usual pie spices are a little faint

M light bodied and it almost turns to air in my mouth

D I had a hard time getting over the perfume aspect of this beer but that's my only major complaint

once again I thank Long813 for this one, now I can say I've tried pumpkin ale from every Canadian region this year (except the north, any Ideas for arctic pumpkin?)

Dec 01, 2009
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mikejc from Canada

3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Light orange in color with low head diminishing quickly.

S: Pumpkin exactly as it would smell in fresh baking. A nice blend of cinnamon and spice present.

T: Starts with pumpkin and finishes with a nice balance of spices.

M: Light with low carbonation, feels a bit lackluster compared to rest of beer.

D: Despite the mouthfeel this beer is highly drinkable. Will be picking up more of this great seasonal beer.

Oct 21, 2009
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Seanstoppable from Canada

3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've somehow managed to miss this not once, but twice in the last three years. Despite frequent sell outs at Propeller's Prop Shop, I managed to pick up a few bottles to sample. As my first Pumpkin ale I wasn't sure what to expect, but...

Poured a golden color with a finger or so of bubbly head.

Smell reminds me of a pumpkin pie. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices.

Pumpkin pie flashbacks carry through to the flavor. Pumpkin up front with some spices in the back. Spices aren't quite as apparent as in the nose. Some minor maltiness in the back as well. Very 'wet', maybe just a bit too wet.

I wasn't sure what quite to expect, but what I got is quite pleasing. Very smooth, nice flavor, very drinkable. Definitely going to pick up a few extra bottles before it is gone for the year.

Oct 16, 2009
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Long813 from Canada

3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a crisp and clear golden ale with a tint of orange with little head that dissipated leaving no lacing.

S: Well blended mix of pumpkin accompanied by cloves, and other spices.

T: Starts with a medium pumpkin taste and finished with a variety of spices.

M: Light bodied, crisp and low-medium carbonation

D: Very enjoyable, the spices make you want to enjoy the beer longer. It could use more focus on the pumpkin than the spice.

This is my first pumpkin ale and I am impressed with it thus far.

Oct 07, 2009
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nighthawk from Canada

3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow-orange with a smallish white head that dissipates fairly quickly.
Nose is all savoury pumpkin pie: pumpkin, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon with just a touch of toffee sweetness.
Taste is much of the same, pumpkin up front, plenty of spices, only slight citrus from hops in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is slightly thin with plenty of carbonation.
Fairly refreshing, light feeling, with some nice spice to complement.
Drinkable, tasty. Good start for my first foray into pumpkin ales. Makes me want to try more.

Oct 18, 2008
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BigBry from Canada

3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have wanted to have a Pumpkin Beer forever, but never found one locally made. Big Thanks to MMansfield for the trade.

Label has a jack-o-lantern, and clipped in best before date.
"Propeller Brewing Company, Halifax's first microbrewery, is pleased to offer our limited edition Pumpkin Ale. Propeller Pumpkin Ale is made with malted barley, hops, yeast and water with real pumpkin and spices - and as always, is naturally aged with no preservatives."
Pours a slightly cloudy orange color, starts with a white fizzy head that quickly disappears. Some small floaties in the bottom of the glass. Smells exactly like I was hoping. Pumpkin aroma, like a pie (not the vegetable), and lots of spices. This is great.
Taste - just like pumpkin pie in beer form. As mentioned, my first pumpkin beer, so nothing to compare it to. I was really impressed. Lots of flavor, but balanced well against the true beer taste. Pumpkin, spices, cinnamon, but no artificial taste. Not much as far as mouthfeel, but didn't care. The flavor carries this one.

There are probably better examples out there, by I am now partial to this one, just because I have been searching out a pumpkin beer for a long time, and had to trade cross country to get my hands on this one. Thanks again.

Nov 13, 2006
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pootz from Canada

3.39/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3


Poured a hazed golden ale in the glass with a rocky 2 finger cap that reduced to a surface lace...laces the glass sides well. There are little pumpkin "floaties" in the brew...this is good for flavor but murder on tap lines.

Aromas are nice: Cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, honey-like sweetness, musky-pumpkin tones...smells delicious!

Up front the non cloying pumpkin pie tastes mingle with a light biscuity malt then the drink mellows and more ale character ( like a light pale) are detected midway through... the finish is clean and drying ( a bit of wheat in the recipe perhaps?) spices and pumpkin mingle here in a final dance on the palate and leave a lingering pumpkin pie (complete with biscuit crust) decernment....spicey dry after taste.

A nice lighter pumpkin-spice pale ale...not cloying, slightly drying in the end and with a nice crisp biscuit malt snap to it. If it has a fault, it is that it is a tad thin of body compared to other Pumpkin ales but it is flavorful and very drinkable.

Oct 31, 2006
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MMansfield from Canada

3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Bishops Cellar in Halifax. Label says it's made with real pumpkin and spices.

Appearance: Pours a murky yellow-orange with a fizzy head, diminishing to nothing.

Aroma: Smells like liquid pumpkin pie, ginger & cinnamon. Also pick up on some grapefruit essence.

Taste: Just like your grandmother makes! Pumpkin pie in beer form. Taste is comparable to other pumpkin ales, really no improvements. As it gets warmer the finish becomes much less desirable.

Mouthfeel: Very little carbonation, which for me is a turn off. Not too thin, but definately not very thick.

Final Statement: I've had better Pumpkin Ale's. The taste is about right but it lacks in mouthfeel. It's not bad, but nothing to write home about.

Oct 16, 2006
Pumpkin Ale from Propeller Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 26 ratings