Brewed by Grand River Brewing
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Cambridge, Canada


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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Appearance: Orange colour, of course! with a white frothy cream topping Aroma: Think pumpkin pie, with contributions from cinnamon, all-spice, nutmeg, cloves and vanilla Flavour: Subtle pumpkin and spice flavour balanced by a pale ale malt profile and hop contributions from amarillo and liberty hops

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GRM (2914) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 11, 2010
Brown bottle, 500 ml, bottled on October 24 2009, gift from Karl Probst (danke!) received on October 24 2009, savoured on Louise’s birthday 2010; eye: copper, clear, no effervescence, white head that turns into a ring, good lacing; nose: nutmeg, hops, ginger, light malt, clove; mouth: nutmeg, ginger, malt, clove, finale in nutmeg with presence of clove, medium body; overall: better than my expectations FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 500 ml, embouteillée le 24 octobre 2009, cadeau de Karl Probst (merci!) reçu le 12 décembre 2009, savourée la fête à Louise 2010; œil : cuivrée, claire, pas d’effervescence, mousse blanche qui se transforme en un anneau, bonne dentelle; nez : muscade, houblon, gingembre, léger malt, clou de girofle; bouche : muscade, gingembre, malt, clou de girofle, finale en muscade avec présence de clou de girofle, corps moyen, texture légèrement piquante; en résumé : meilleure que mes attentes

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
terrybail (555) - London, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2010
650ml bottle from the LCBO pours an orangey amber small white head the aroma is malty pumpkine the taste is malty with a slight pumpkin after taste a little bit on the bland and watery side meh

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
presario (4580) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 31, 2010
Bottle. Orange, of course but the head is a very thin froth that does stick to th glass nicely. Very big squash aroma with mild soft spice. Spice, particularly the cloves, are strong in the flavour especially the finish and aftertaste. Pumpkin notes seem muted and there is a strong metallic edge.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Strangebrewer (829) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2010
bottle. Poured a hazy amber-orange with a thin white head. Light all-spice & pineapple aroma. Light-medium palate, average carbonation, a bit watery. A spicy sourish flavour with a malty base. Dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - DEC 19, 2009
Pours a transparent orange with a short lived head. The aroma is cinnamon, nutmeg, and dough. Pretty cool, just like a pumpkin pie. . . .I don’t really like pumpkin pie, but for beer it seems, i’ll make an exception. Flavours are cinnamon, nutmeg, dough, good malty balancing act. Really pretty impressive how much they nailed the pumpkin pie. Well played Grand River Brewery, you are quickly becoming my favorite local brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
fredthecat (297) - CANADA - DEC 11, 2009
malty, boozy, pumpkin smell like a dark kind of pumpkin cake, its a strong amber with a tiny head that disappeared. taste is like pastry, spices mostly cinnamon and nutmeg, this one is pretty nice but again i dont get whats so special about this brewery

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2009
Bottle, much thanks to Blankboy. Amber body, white head. Nose is some vanilla, pumpkin spices, nutmeg, brown sugar, ginger cookies. Flavor is toasty malt, light spicing and a bit of a twang. Some watery caramel comes out towards the finish along with gingerbread house characters.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garthicus (2655) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 16, 2009
On cask at Volo Cask days: Appearance: Golden red, small white head. Aroma: Pumpkins!!! Lovely creamy allspice, vanilla too, superb, possibly one of the best pumpkin ales I’ve ever smelled. Flavour: Delicious creamy pumpkin, spices, cinnamon, very ’pie’ like, long spicy finish. Deeeeeeeelicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
probstblueribbon (2855) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2009
500 ml bottle from the brewery via my bro, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. Bottled on OCT 24 2009.

App.: Clear amber with a fairly generous off-white foam. Aroma: A nice, unified aroma of medium-roasted malts, pie crust, restrained spicing and almost a creaminess; I think this is as close as your gonna get to liquid pumpkin pie. Palate: Medium+ body, fairly full and fairly gentle effervescence. Flav.: More malt presence than the nose, the spices are thankfully restrained and work well with the rest of the brew instead of trying to jump out and stab you in the tongue, very cohesive; dry with only a hint of bitterness (I was kinda hoping for a bitter kick, but oh well) and some nice lightly spiced malts to finish.

While I’m not a fan of this type of brew, I quite enjoyed this particular attempt. Nice work, Rob.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robinvboyer (2985) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2009
Volo Cask Days 2009. Very spicy pumpkin ale. Lots of cloves, and cinnamon. The finish is sharp, and i would say a little prickly. Some decent hopping that is evident in the finish.

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