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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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DerWeg (1483) - 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 (4637) - 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 (2975) - 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 (2003) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (9752) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2008
A golden amber ale with a thin white head. Caramel malt aroma melds with light pumpkin spices. In mouth, a good crisp malt with a good balance of pumpkin spices, cinnamon, nutmeg. Medium bodied. On tap at Wellington Gastropub, 6.30$ pint.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Spab (2261) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2008
500 ml bottle from retail store. Pours a clear amber-gold with very thin white head. Spices quite clear in the nose, while not overpowering. Similar re: flavour but spices even more muted and with a hint of fruitiness. Light body, dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2008 Cask sample at C’est What - poured a lightly hazed apricot with a billowy white head that lasted a long time. Enticing soft spice in the aroma - cinnamon, nutmeg, some clove, a bit of ginger, but fruity overall. As others have noted, peachy even. Flavour more of the same, but not overpowering like some pumpkin ales - well-integrated spice and soft in the mouth, lending to an overall package that could be enjoyed over a session, and wouldn’t restrict itself to one pint. Quite lovely actually. I’d like to try the regular (uncasked) version of this, but have a sneaking suspicion I’m going to prefer the cask. Update - Tried the bottled version from the brewery, and it was slightly inferior to the cask. Head retention was lower and the overall package was a bit less ’’’’put-together’’’’ still good though. I averaged the two scores, but the (rare) cask is preferable.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2008
Subtle aroma of pumpkin, orange, tiny custard head. Taste is Peach? and some other mixed fruit. Light bodied, sweet. Nice peche, but ain’t a pumpkin ale!


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