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Church-Key Itís The Great Pumpkin Ale

Church-Key Itís The Great Pumpkin Ale
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Brewed by Church-Key Brewing
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Campbellford, Canada

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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Metalchopz (2285) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 9, 2014
Thanks to Ron for this bottle. Pours a slight hazy light golden colour with a white head, decent retention and lots of thick soapy lace. Spicy aromas with some cinnamon and the soapy hops. Pretty close to the same for the taste, with just a tad of sweet malt in the background with the pumpkin puree. Feels like real ingredients, and not essences. Still, a little unbalanced to be a good pumpkin beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (2006) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2013
Cask at Beauís Oktoberfest 2013. Very much a pumpkin pie in the bottle with a doughy malt presence, mild carbonation, moderate body, a smooth palate and a sweet ending. Interesting because the doughiness and sweetness balance well without overwhelming the spice and vise versa.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AGAquino (659) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2013
On tap at Bar Hop. Pours a nice orangy amber with a slightly head. Refreshing pumpkin, spice and malts. Nice carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (5762) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
[4907-20121031] Tap. Herbal soapy fruit cinnamon spice aroma. Slightly hazy, light golden orange body with a quick bubbly head. Floral herbed yeast flavour has a little cinnamon. Medium body. Interesting but odd with the fruit infusion. (6/3/6-/3/13) 3.1
(@ Bar Hop, Toronto, ON)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ontbeertaster (2338) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2012
Bottle, from the brewery, pours a amber. light head, a nice aroma is nice and spicy, I get lots of cinnimon and a good overall pumpkin ale, quite yummy

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorbalev (2924) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2012
Forgot to rate this last month when I had it in the bottle from the brewery and on tap at The Stinking Rose in Campbellford. I am going to rate it now off the second bottle I bought from that visit which I have just cracked . Medium orange, creamy orange tinted white head. Really nice pumpkin aroma - some spice, some sweetness, really enjoyable. Taste - much more on the sweet than spicy side - one of the few pumpkin beers which is not drowning in spice. Mixes well with the alcohol. Not sure how it balances it out with what I assume is the house taste of Church Key - either yeast or water (Iím not near knowledgeable enough about this sort of stuff, I can only describe what I taste) - it does fine, but there is soemthing just a bit unbalances initially (like pumpkin added to Northumberland). Alcohol well hidden - a very drinkable pumpkin. A solid effort.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (9998) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2012
An orange amber ale with a thin white head. In aroma, nice nutmeg and cloves, smooth and classic. In mouth, a nice balanced caramel malt with natural cinnamon, and cloves, nice. On tap at Wellington Gastropub, Oct. 18 2012.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 12, 2012
2012-10-31. Lightly hazy orange boy, small beige head. 3+ Flavour has an odd tangy fruity quality, pumpkin, mild bitterness. 6+ Aroma is similar, tangy fruity pumpkin is the dominant character. 6+ Average bodied palate. Not unpleasant but there is something odd about the way the pumpkin character presents itself. Not sure it was not in the best shape, or if I just didnít care for it. On tap at Bar Hop, Toronto

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8627) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2012
Enjoyed on cask at WVRST. Cloudy orange coloured body, and lacey. Very fresh tasting pumpkin and spices. Nice drinkability for the style. Medium mouthfeel. Nutmeg aromas, cinammon, white pepper, allspice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6101) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2012
October 12, 2012 - draught pint at BurgerBar. Very clear bright and refractive amberish gold with an average creamy off-white head (3+). Smells like pleasant pumpkin pie spice - nutmeg and cinnamon, not much actual pumpkin character. Taste follows, a little pumpkin meat tang, quite grainy. Light body, a little slick and astringent, decent carbonation - a solid MOR pumpkin ale, mostly about the spice.


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