jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
GRM (3581) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 11, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
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
terrybail (704) - London, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 31, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Strangebrewer (1097) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - DEC 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
fredthecat (318) - CANADA - DEC 11, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
garthicus (2860) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 16, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
probstblueribbon (3579) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.