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Brewed by Howe Sound Brewing
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Squamish, Canada

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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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A high gravity pumpkin ale brewed with barley, fresh roasted pumpkin, hops, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise, water and yeast, it is one of the local seasonal favorites. This beer is produced in very limited quantities each fall as part of the John Mitchell series
16.7 Plato


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (5957) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2011
Bottle [1L] shared with HogTownHarry, tupalev, jerc & mabel -- c/o j&m. Pours a deep orange-amber with a large diminishing frothy white head. Good lacing. Aroma is pumpkin and Xmas spices and not much else, which I don’t mind, I like it. Flavour of pumpkin, light spices and sweet malt. Alcohol’s well hidden. Average to medium bodied. A pretty good Pumpkin beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillKismet (3321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Rich brown tinged orange amber apportioned with a lush, beige head. Beatific, piquant roast pulped pumpkin nose pricked with cinnamon, light cloviness, brown sugar, and maltiness. I am floored by how well balanced this brews and the incredible harmonizing aspect of all the disparate spices and malts. Well-balanced cinnamon malted body, full or roast pumpking, tinged with subtle clove and star anise. Wonderful complexity of malts and spices dances across the palate. Medium to full-bodied. Well developed malt backbone serves as an adept springboard for the natural pumpkin flavor. A top-notch pumpkin beer and a true standard-bearer for the style.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2010
[3474-20101113] 1L bottle. Light fruity pumpkin pie crust aroma has mild leaf peat notes. Slightly hazy, dark orange body with a long-lasting creamy white head. Sweet toasted caramel grains flavour has a little fruity pie. Medium body is smooth. Drinkable, good.
(w/ blankboy, HogTownHarry, jerc, tupalev)

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7638) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2011 2011-09-20. No notes. Rather drinkable, but pretty much the same as my initial impressions. Could use just a little more oomph all around a la Southern Tier. Bottle at Volo, Toronto

2010-11-13. Dark orange amber body with a modest beige head. 3+ Muted aroma, sweet malt. 6+ Flavour is also fairly mild, hints of pumpkin, light spic, fruity, pumpkiny finish. 6+ Smooth average palate. Alcohol is near invisible, which is impressive considering the strength. Pretty decent but less assertive than hoped. Bottle via trade with Vertical Bacon Strips

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4475) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 15, 2010
(1 litre flip-top) Purchased at Cook Street Liquor Store in Victoria. A great fall beer that we used to celebrate ’Pizza Nite’ at our abode. Pours a large, frothy off-white head atop a brownish amber body. Low carbonation. Nose is more spice and alcohol and less gourd. I like that the ABV is restrained letting the pumpkin and spice do battle - so often its too dramatically one-dimensional of either pumpkin or nutmeg. A very pleasant fall seasonal.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
patricks110 (1620) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 13, 2010
An average beer. High alcohol aroma and taste doesn’t mix very well with the allspice, cinnamon and pumpkin flavours. The pour is golden orange with a finger of off white head. The taste is mostly alcohol and malts with a bit of spice. Not the best effort here.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Powertrip (999) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 10, 2010
Colour: Darker orange than actual pumpkin, but still gorgeous and a lovely soft foam head. Nose: Small traces of pumpkin, but more abound with florals and spices, of which play gently with ripely malt and wet barley. Taste: Slightly aggresive entry displaying pepper, stale coffee, brine. Tempers out slightly in the middle with pumpkin pulp, chalk, oregano, and stringent malt. Finish has an earthy dirt presence that lingers. Over-carbonated as well. Doesn’t quite fair so well on the palate as its lead-up would have suggested.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sask89 (410) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - NOV 7, 2010
Pours a dark amber colour with a medium tan head, fairly clear. Aroma is of pumpkin, spice, nutmeg and caramel malts. Taste is somewhat sweet, mostly mild and a little dry. Medium bodied, thick on the palate with soft carbonation. Overall a good beer and a good pumpkin ale.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - NOV 4, 2010
Pours dark brown with a very thin head. looks nice though. Aroma has lots of spice, corriander is present. Smells like a weiss beer with out the banana. Flavour is nice, lots of spices, very bready with a dry bitter vegital finish. Not bad, not great. Very drinkable. I’m not a big fan of pumpkin beer but this is pretty good.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheHulk (486) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 3, 2010
I quite like the pumpkin beer and this one is quite good, though I find it really delivers in certain areas and really lacks where it does. From the arom is the is a beer first and foremost, hence the name. There is definately some pumpking pie in there though, not just the pie filling but the crust as well. Kudos to the brewer, this is exemplary. It smells exactly like the pies I bought myself to console my overworked bacheleorhood, that is totally spelled wrong, at Canadian thanksgiving. There is great head and unreal retention, like it has wheat in it or something. A really cool dark orangy brown colour, not too clear but not that thick either. It tastes like it should have been named "Beer Geeks Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie". Its foamy and creamy and tastes good and all, but it just doesn’t leave my mouth sweet and wanting another taste, its a bit bitter after. This is damn fine pumpkin brew, I’ll be sure to get some more!


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