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


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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 14, 2010
500mL bottle, gift courtesy of mds. Thanks, Mike!! Pours a reasonably dark, tarnished orange color, like a strong iced tea; mixed-bubbled light-tan head with light retention and lacing. Some overripe, candied fruits in the aroma with spice contributions from nutmeg and clove; honestly, falls on the side of an unchecked candied maltiness, though the spicing’s pretty solid. Medium mouthfeel; relaxed carbonation. Not sure whether its a point of age or the lax carbonation, but that same candied sweetness plays out hugely here: not that toasty, restrained maltiness of a crisp Oktoberfest; less restrained, more sugary sweet; again, soft nutmeg and cloves serve the dominant spicing here, but the overall beer is just overripe fruitiness and a flabby malt core; not unenjoyable, but not quite dialed in. Medium finish of candied malts, with a light toastiness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yarry (528) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2010
500ml 5.2% a/v Aroma is spicy and pumpkiny, Very pumpkin pie. Best smelling pumpkin beer yet! The appearance is a light copper, with an offwhite head. Average id say. The taste is also very "pie" and I am a man who loves his pie. Very impressive. Palate is very good.. this is THE BEST thanksgiving beer I have ever tried. Sorry Great Lakes, but Grand River has your number on this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Frothmeister (733) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2010
500ml bottle. Pours an amber / orange colour with a creamy light tan head. Aroma of caramel, light pumpkin spices, cinnamon hard candies, vanilla and faint squash. Taste starts bitter with light spices, bread, pumpkin seeds (?), definite pumpkin (which though it is a pumpkin ale, I’m not really enjoying), and a little hint of butter. Finish is bitter with pumpkin, and faint spices.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thb (807) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 26, 2010
This one really plays up the pie part of pumpkin pie - cinnamon,clove, nutmeg are especially big here. Pumpkin’s there too of course. Sweet, exotic tasting. Didn’t care for the look of it though - looked like watered down pumpkin pie plus bubbles...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BTofthe4Bros (20) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2010
Appearence - clear brassy orange body, thin white head. Aroma - nose is spicy, a good dose of pumpkin pie, cinnamon, cloves, a touch of lemony hops. Palate/Flavour - body is soft, slick, a bit watery, is spicy, pumpkin and spices, a bit bready, cloves linger in the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2010
500 ml bottle from the brewery. Pours orangey amber in colour, large frothy off white head. Mild aroma and taste of pumpkin spice, nice underlying malty ale. Decent, not overdone on the pumpkin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GRM (3764) - 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 (704) - 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 (4903) - 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 (1180) - 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.

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