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


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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   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 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.

   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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radiomgb (2505) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2008
Golden amber in colour, thin white coloured head, light lacing. The aroma is quite spicy - allspice, cloves, pumpkin pie including the crust. The flavour is exactly what you would expect from the aroma, clove, cinnamon, pumpkin. Mild mouthfeel, medium/light body, mild carbonation. Finishes mid length, some spice and a light sweetness. Dry at the very end, not bad though, just enough spice and never overpowering.

Growler from <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/ontario/ target=blank>Grand River Brewing in Cambridge, Ontario.
Opened on November 16, 2007.
Bottled November 6, 2007.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (7443) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2009 [711-20070928] Tap @ C’est What 2007 FOSB (Toronto, ON). Very faint at first, aroma has light nutmeg or similar spice and spicy bits of fruit or pumpkin later. Clear, orange brown body with a quick bubbly white head. Allspice nutmeg throughout, mildly fruity flavour has a very nice light ginger aftertaste. Medium body. Well-blended. (7/3/7/3/15) 3.5

[2514B-20091002] Cask. Wonderful allspice pumpkin pie crust aroma. Clear, medium orange brown body with a long-lasting foamy white head. Floral allspice toasted pumpkin pie crust flavour. Medium body. Wow, great quality, couldn’t take a pint but awesome to try. (8/4/8/3/16) 3.9
(21st FFOCB @ C’est What; Toronto, ON)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheJester (2176) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2007
From a growler. (Thanks radiomgb). Pale, rusty copper. The head has good intentions, but ultimately fails. The aroma contains lots of brown spice (cinnamon, clove, allspice), and maybe even a little pumpkin. It taste mostly like those little red cinnamon hearts you see at Valentine’s Day. Maybe some pumpkin pie in there as well. No hops. The body is actually quite light, considering the strong aroma. Dryish, short finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cartoonkhaki (1221) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2007
On tap, Dark Orange with thin off white head. Aroma is laced with spices. Flavour is like chai tea, nutmeg was predominant for me. Light body. The flavour was unique for myself.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2007
Tap. Thin, orangey-amber with a bit of head. Thin, mild profile with caramel and raspberry candy notes. Smells a little bit like raspberry vinaigrette, strangely. Clean, but needs a bit more something to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2007
On tap at Volo. Good spice in aroma without being overpowering. Darker side of orange, decent sized white head. Body is a little thin and a tad watery. Taste is good - more spice than pumpkin, with some citrus as well. Nowhere close to the Southern Tier Pumpking I had this weekend, and I think I’d give the edge to Great Lakes as well. But still good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (9572) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2007
A malty-spicy aroma. A slightly brown appearance with lace and decent head. High carbonation. Sourish taste that barely let out the spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tessic (934) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2007
This ale poured a dark orange colour with a off white foamy head. To the nose you can smell spices, orange citrus and a little pumpkin pie scent. First taste was smooth and slightly bitter. Nicely carbonated, hoppy with a little spice. Finish is slightly bitter with the spice flavour continued.

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