The Pumpkining | Granville Island Brewery

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Granville Island Brewery
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Pumpkin Ale’s earthy undertones lend a unique twist to this untraditional ale. Burnt orange in colour, this ale is a reflection of autumn’s changing landscape.

15 IBU

Added by canucklehead on 10-14-2009

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +13%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of LampertLand
3.92/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Granville Is 'The Pumpkining' @ 6.0% from the Black Note Book Series , served on *cask* @ GCBF'13&'14 , plus the 650 ml bottle purchased for $5.50

A-pours is light gold from the bottle to a clear amber/gold with a small off white head leaving minimal lacing along the pint

S-not a fragrant as some , but still a pleasant smell of nutmeg , cinnamon and cloves

T-a rich and robust start but a dry bitter clove finish is found in the bottle

MF-was a bit light and weak , mild/medium carbonation , light/ medium body , bit thin

Ov-ok beer , tasted so similar to the 'old' pumpkin ale , dissapointing it's not a new brew ,
just re-labelled

prost LampertLand

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +13%

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3.86/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +13%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy copper appearance with minimal lacing.

S: Initial scents of cinnamon and cloves together with brown sugar. Definitely reminds me of pumpkin pie.

T: Malty with sweet graham crackers together with winter spices of cinnamon and cloves.

M: Medium bodied with nice level of carbonation.

O: This definitely brings the pumpkin pie smell and flavour, very drinkable ale.

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2/5  rDev -39.8%

Photo of IronDjinn
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a clear bright copper hue, lots of carbonation action (a bit of gushing when the bottle cap was popped), with 2 fingers of loose frothy off-white head.

Bready malt, some earthy pumpkin, and nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger on the nose.

Earthy character with a bit of bite in the flavour up front, while some warm rounded bready malt accompanied by cinnamon and nutmeg pop up on the finish. Seems to lack balance and harmony.

Medium-full mouthfeel, full velvety texture, some brisk pin-prickly carbonation on the finish.

Looks good, feels good, however lacks balance and cohesion where it really counts.

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle. That reminds me, the pumpkin we carved two weeks ago is still sitting out on the balcony...

This beer pours a crystal clear medium golden amber hue, with two fat fingers of foamy, creamy off-white head, which leaves a rising sea-spray of lace around a portion of the glass as it ebbs away. It smells of warm caramel malt, stewed pumpkin, soft clove, and a bit of light pepper. The taste is more of the same, consistent with the solid caramel malt, light toasted pumpkin meat, mild eponymous pie spicing, a few herbal notes, and a warm, mellow undercurrent of booze. The carbonation is present, but in no great nor prickling amount, the body a stumbling medium weight, and not quite unassailable in its smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the malt gaining a metallic edge, to go with the waning vegetal character.

Not the Turkey Day dessert affair so common in these types of seasonal ales, this one. More malty, somewhat gourdish, and with an alcohol profile quite in line with a winter warmer. Enjoyable enough, but for the 10 bones that this cost in our fair province, I'm not clamouring for a second round.

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3.27/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Bronze with an off-white head, ring of retention, light lace.

S: Ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, all-spice and grain. Good aroma.

T: There's a light, tartness/astringency that I'm not fond of. Serious vanilla, ginger & cinnamon. A little biscuity like graham crackers. It's got some good flavours here, but at the same time it just seems a little off. No residual sweetness and the bitterness is fairly mild. A little sweetness might round out the flavour? The aroma was quite good... so the flavour is a real let-down.

M: Light body has a dry finish.

D: Not really my thing. I dumped a Brooklyn chocolate stout in it to finish it off... what a waste of a great stout.

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3.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure when GI first released this, but I think I may have missed it last year.

Not the best. Looks good - orangey-amber with a nice, creamy white head.

Wierd, butter-scotch smell with a bit of spice. Not like any other pumpkin beer I've had.

Somewhat bitter and coppery taste, with a definite spicy, smooth character to it. There is a certainly a pumpkin taste to this - but this is more savoury than sweet. Really not feeling this as a pumpkin ale - too bitter, metallic and oddly sweet at the same time.

Not sure how last year's was, but I really think this needs more work.

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The Pumpkining from Granville Island Brewery
Beer rating: 3.32 out of 5 with 29 ratings