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

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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   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


3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rudolf (2341) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garthicus (2670) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
probstblueribbon (2918) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robinvboyer (3111) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DerWeg (1494) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2009
Notable pumpkin and spice flavors that let those caramel malts show. Surprisingly easy drinking. The hopping seems english like goldings and fuggles. The spice-sweet-squash-malt interplay did not blow me away but I’d like to try it again. Thansk GR!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4726) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2009
Bottle: poured a clear deep copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and not much lacing. Aroma of ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg are well balance. Taste is also a well balanced mix between some ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg with not much pumpkin per say abut a nice and easily drinkable caramel malt backbone. Body is about average with good carbonation. Very well done with great balance and easily drinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bejaaamin (115) - London, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2009
cloudy golden amber- little white head. nose of pumpkin spices, but not the pumpkin. pumpkin taste picks up as it warms, spices predominant-cinnamon, clove, allspice, nutmeg. delish!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 1, 2009
500ml bottle. Pours a cloudy swampy orange color, swampy. Nose of fresh pumpkin, all spice, nutmeg and faint hops. Some orange zest, spice and baked pumpkin in the flavor. An interesting beer, pretty tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 1, 2008
500 ml bottle from the brewery- Slightly hazy, deep gold pour pours a frothy beige cap. Nose of pumpkin pie spices.....nutmeg, cinnamon, some allspice, a bit of coriander, followed by earthy malts. Tastes of hoppy pumpkin pie with all the aforementioned spices. A bit of caramel malts with fresh hops leading to the finish. Bitter, spicy, good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Matt7215. Pours gold with a nice frothy off white head. Smells of pumpkin pie spice, some caramel. Tastes of pepper, dry malt, some spice. Decent.


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