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

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RATINGS: 92   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


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GregClow (2881) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2007
Draught sample at C’est What’s 2007 Fall Festival of Craft Breweries. Clear orange-amber, small head. Definite strong pumpkin pie aroma. Body is light. Flavour isn’t as spicy as the aroma would lead you to believe, but still nice, with a bit of citrus in the finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mds (2205) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2007 Draught. Clear light orange with a small white head. Very fragrant sweet pumpkin aroma, soft spices, and oranges. Soapy, decent palate. Refreshing and unique infusion of pumpkin and peach sweetness with a citric touch. I enjoyed this.
C’est What, Toronto. 2007.09.28

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matt7215 (2167) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2012 growler from the brewery. pours orange with a small white head and little carbonation. aromas of nutmeg, cinnimon, peach, pumpkin and hops. it is basically liquified autum in a glass. a malt backbone provides the balance for the other flavours to cascade around in a dizzying display of delicious complexity. my wife simply stated "that is the best beer ive ever had!". I wont go as far as that but this is an excellent brew. the continued consistancy of steller top-notch products that come from this brewer and un-matched in this area. 5 for 5 so far! I cant wait for the christmas ale. <P> 2012 versionis still similar, realy good for a sessionable pumpkin ale, dryer and hoppier then most

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2007
Draught. At C’est What Beer thing September 2007. Clear light copper with a small white head. Decent aroma of pumpkin pie spices (not actual pumpkin, really) and light rye. Mild, sweet and spicy flavour, not as pumpkin-y as the aroma - just spicy and sweet. Light, almost watery body, with a very quick finish. This one didn’t impress me that much.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6023) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2007
Draught at ’C’est What? Festival of Small Breweries’. Pours a clear amber-orange with a small diminishing white head. Aroma of pumpkin, spices, more fruit and light hops. Flavour of pumpkin, bready malt, light spices and light hops. Average to medium bodied. Pretty good, a well done Pumpkin Ale.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6390) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 3, 2007
On tap at Cest What
Appearance :Clear copper gold with small top.
Nose :Neat pumpkin aroma, clean straight nose.
Flavour/Palate : Medium bodied. Clean well used malt with balanced dose of pumpkin extract. Fruity finish, berry like. Gentle hop reminder at very end.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hyde (27) - Kelowna, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 3, 2007
I tried this at the C’est What fall festival and had a chance to speak to the brewer. He said this was their first pass, and they’d be adding more flavour when they filtered. The Amarillo hops have certainly yeilded some fruityness.... A: Amber-bronze, no head.... S: Nectarine, pumpkin spice, bready malt.... T: Bready, nectarine, pumpkin, very light spicing, fairly bitter (somewhat surprising).... M: Moderate body, smooth, dry finish, moderate carbonation.... D: Nice drinkability.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JesseM (1151) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2008 Growler straight from the brewery. Pours a nice copper colour, with a small beige head that almost has a tinge of orange. The aroma is of pumpkin pie, ginger, and hops. The taste is a blend of some spices and hops, not much in the way of malts. I find that the most dominate flavours seem to be ginger, clove and pumpkin, but you may find that the pumpkin only comes through at first in the finish and aftertaste. When it warms the pumpkin becomes more evident. The mouth-feel is smoother than the other GRB ales. I wish I didn’t have to travel so far to get their beers, but once again GRB has provided me with an outstanding beer, at a decent price. Unlike anything I’ve tried before.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pootzboy (1586) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2007
Fresh sample from the brewery: A shimmering dark amber-gold in color with a decent 2 finger white cap Aroma is distinct and interesting...you get spice (cinnamin/nutmeg) over some fruity esters ( peach-strawberry) and a nice whiff of crystal malt that carries the musty botanical tones of pumpkin. Pumpkin is less defined in the flavor which is a very tasteful blend of spices and savory hops, bready-sweet malts with light fruit/pumpkin tones...all in a extraordinary balance where none over power the other. Finishes slightly bitter but pleasant. The 5.2% ABV makes this a satisfying and more substantial ale. A very decent ale and a good attempt for this brewer’s first specialty offering. My favorite ale from GRB so far.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7782) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2009 2009-10-01. No notes. Much more mildly spiced than I remember the sample at Cask Days being, but I may be confusing it with something else since I don’t have notes below for that. Pleasantly quaffable, I look forward to more of this. Cask at C’est What

2007-10-XX. Draught at Cest What. Pint and a sampler. Orangey body with a smallish head, big fruity aroma like sweet orange with a hint of pumpkin. Sweet bready malt underlies a surprisingly bitter flavour. Modest ambiguous spice in the flavour - just a bit more noticeable in a second glass. Smooth average palate is lightly carbonated (3+). Very lovely and quaffable, but a touch less assertive in the pumpkin and spice department than I had hoped. Went back for more later. 8/3/7/3+/16-17


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