JesseM (1135) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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 didnít 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 Iíve tried before.
kevinsenn (843) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500mL bottle from LCBO. Pours clear orange. Smells of pumpkin and spices. Pumpkin and spice taste as well, with a full body and low carbonation. A very nice pumpkin ale - I highly recommend it.
garthicus (2480) - 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 Iíve ever smelled. Flavour: Delicious creamy pumpkin, spices, cinnamon, very ípieí like, long spicy finish. Deeeeeeeelicious.
Wyrdwulf (1) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I tried several pumpkin ales together. Of the three brands I tried, I would say this was the best. It has a very soft, pumpkiny palate and I absolutely love pumpkin. Cloudier than the otherís I tried, I prefer cloudy and thick.
matt7215 (2080) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
wilderthanyou (718) - 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 donít really like pumpkin pie, but for beer it seems, iíll 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.
yarry (516) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
rob6239 (550) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is good. Pours orange-amber with just slight carbonation for a great pour from the bottle. Aroma is inviting - it has the pumpkin spice of course, but the hop varieties come through as well. Taste is mild sweet with just a slight bite at the start of the sip. One of the better pumpkin beers.
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 donít have notes below for that. Pleasantly quaffable, I look forward to more of this. Cask at Cíest 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
pootzboy (1569) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 brewerís first specialty offering. My favorite ale from GRB so far.