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

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RATINGS: 132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 18, 2011
Gingerbread! Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, caramel and some apples in the aroma. Hazy amber brown body is tipped by a low off white, fine bubbled head that recedes to a partial cover with some lacing. Flavour is quite sweet up front with pie spices strong in the aftertaste. Although it is really sweet, there’s enough going on with the hops and spices to keep it from becoming cloying. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Rather nice in body. A well-made pumpkin beer, perhaps better than most, but still a bit too sweet for my taste. Sampled on tap at St. Augustine’s.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
v1rgil (151) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 16, 2011
I drank this alone while playing single player. at 8% ABV it is a STRONG beer. In fact it’s a monster. Medium brown in colour, medium head retention but the aroma is pumpkin spice and cloves. Taste at the front is spicy and sweet with light fruit tones and a malty body. Like a pumpkin pie liqueur.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
darrennelson12 (455) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 14, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2013 In bottle. Aroma almost sweet and creamy with subtle nutmeg notes. Taste is a little light bodied with a nice hoppy taste and final notes of subtle pumpkin and nutmeg. Nice alc% which is quite well hidden. Not bad at all .. UPDATED; 09.2813. = still about the best pumpkin beer available on the market

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hamfisted (74) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 10, 2011
A good pumpkin ale with a nice, deep orange hue. The extra bit of alcohol gives this a stronger, more assertive flavour. Good balance of spice on this, matched to a good earthy pumpkin tone.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GothGargoyle (1689) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 10, 2011
Pours a darkish orange with a reasonable off-white head. Aroma is of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon. Taste is pumpkin, brown sugar, spices and a slight hint of banana. Reasonable body, slightly creamy on the palate, medium finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CampesinoTino (799) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Bottle. Deep amber and burnt orange colored in appearance with creamy beige head. Aroma is fresh pumpkin, anise, nutmeg and brown sugar with some herbal hops notes in the background. The flavor opens up with bready, toasted malt and pumpkin followed by cinnamon, caramelized sugars, ripe banana and cloves. Also some citrus and hops characteristics toward the back end. The body is smooth with moderate carbonation and a finish that’s all dark sugars and spices. Overall, an enjoyable blend of spices and malt flavors although the pumpkin is more dominant in the aroma than in the taste.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (6686) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Draft at GPBF. Pours a hazy medium amber with gold edges. Loose creamy tan head. Sweet caramel and pie spice nose. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Mostly caramel and canned pumpkin pie on the mid-palate, just aiming for a sweetness with broad appeal here. Pleasant for those with a sweet tooth.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6675) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 23, 2011
Bottle 1000 ml
Aroma frontal pepper, spice , vanilla , clove and sugary behind. Pumpkin ale bite.
Appearance slight haze on red-amber with plus sized creamy beige thick top. Sticky lace.
Flavor and Palate : medium full bodied. Sweet up front , brown sugars , caramel. Fairly low carbonation. Following with pumpkin theme – vanilla, pumpkin spices , some pepper. Finish has some fruity bitterness. Pleasant fairly bold spiced ale.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (9524) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2011
Bottle half pint at Bar Volo takeover. About an average pumpkin beer. Attractive orange colour, with little head. A good spicing, ginger, cardomon. Decent drinkability. Spicy nose, average mouthfeel, appropriate understated carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Clear medium brown pour, beige head. Malty toffee aroma, nutmeg and clove pie spice and anise. Sweet toffee body, kind of brown ale-ish, lots of pumpkin and pie spice as it finishes out, pleasant touch of anise. Not very boozy despite the alcohol content, nice warming finish. Very nice, one of the better beers I’ve had from Howe Sound.


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