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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%
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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


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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rwgould (331) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - NOV 16, 2012
Pours a transparent orange with a foamy white head. Aroma: Strong pumpkin spices: cinnamon, all-spice, cloves especially. Has a bit of a burnt scent to it. Faint hints of banana. Smells really dry and a bit unpleasant, despite the spices. Palate: medium bodied, very very fizzy, rather astringent, slightly dry finish, very very very long aftertaste. Taste: medium sweet at the start, then gets dry and spicy. Definitely a beer with a lot of pumpkin in it. Better than the pumpkin ales that taste just like lager.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OOKPIKABLE (118) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2014
Pours golden brown. Aroma of honey and some malts. Tastes of honey and pumpkin. Smooth.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DuffMan (7019) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 8, 2014
Bottled, shared with TylerDurden, bottled on Oct. 9 2014. Pale orange-gold, hazy, with a very lively off white head. The nose has big pumpkin and spices, a little bready, but notably devoid of darker elements (no brown sugar, no molasses etc). The palate opens with reedy thin malts, pumpkin, lighter spices than in the aroma. This edges toward sour in an odd way. Quite gassy. After the aroma this failed to impress me.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papillon (379) - Sudbury, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2014
500 mL Bottle. Deep gold body with a thin film of head that quickly settled to a wispy film. Pumpkin pudding stands out in the aroma over the pale malts, notes of banana and plum sauce, hops barely discernible. Pumpkin and pale malts pair up for the better part of the taste, subtle notes of treacle and grapefruit rind in the aftertaste, and then the hops do speak up but without much assertion. The best part is the clean finish.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
gregorymconway (135) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2014
500ml bottle from the LCBO. Transparent orange straw body with minimal quickly dissipating white head. Notes of pumpkin, nutmeg, banana bread and some very faint hop aromas. Low percieved bitterness, minimal carbonation, and the beer is also very dry. Light bodied with pumpkin being the predominant part of the lengthy finish. Very light tasting and the most sessionable pumpkin beer Iíve tried.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deepeary (165) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 4, 2014
Pours hazy orange amber with very small white head. Smell is pumpkin with a cider vinegar note. Pumpkin is less intense on the taste, but present. Also, pie spice, Clean, crisp. Low carbonation. Tame but tasty brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Canmoore (282) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 3, 2014
Pours a copper with a foamy white head, and the aroma is of nutmeg, clove, and pumpkin. The tasting notes are of pumpkin, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and some bready malts. Not to shabby, do come nr pumpkin ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
UXO (395) - CANADA - SEP 28, 2014
Pours a clear (first glass) to slightly hazy (second glass) deep gold with a short white head diminishing rapidly to a thin skim, no lacing. Nose is somewhat earthy pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove. Taste follows suit, with pale malt sweetness and a little more spice on the finish (allspice? vanilla?). Light to medium body, somewhat watery, initial prickly carbonation drops back quickly, and a mildly bitter finish. Well, Iíve had worse pumpkin ale. At least this one actually smells and tastes like pumpkin - especially the second glass, when the lees came into play. Almost pumpkin pie flavoured. Itíll do.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shorlin (684) - St. Johnís, Newfoundland, CANADA - SEP 23, 2014
Orange amber colour. Aroma is typical spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove. Pretty refreshing, not too much spice in the taste. Aftertaste is actually pleasantly spicy. Overal ok

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1332) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2014
Quite solid and good, if nondescript. Nice spice notes as expected, and in abundance. Only thing lacking is a distinguishing characteristic to separate this from other fine pumpkin beers.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (4958) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 30, 2014
Draft - Sweet Christmas spices. Clear gold with a rich white head. Spice is very much held in check. Pale malts come through and a pleasant sweetness. Smell is deceptively strong, but overall well balanced.


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