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Brewed by Howe Sound Inn and Brewing Co.
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Squamish, Canada

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RATINGS: 110   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


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
smpeytone (3) - Grande Prairie, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 14, 2013 does not count
Nice fall flavored beer. Has all the right spices, but, not overly pumpkin flavored. But incredibly smooth as far as strong beers go. You'd never know it was 8% sipping on it at your thanksgiving dinner. -- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tessic (816) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2013
This pumpkin ale poured a cloudy deep amber colour with a minimal off white head. Scents include pumpkin, allspice and bananas. First sip was quite carbonated but a little watery but still good. Flavours of pumpkin and allspice most predominant. Finish is pumpkin pie with a light hop addition.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beer_dan (1) - - OCT 5, 2013 does not count
Great pumpkin ale. Beautiful amber colour with a sweet aroma. The taste is complex with the variety of spices. The only thing that it lacks is a good head, but that may have been from my pour or from the lack of hops. -- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (923) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - OCT 2, 2013
Very spice-forward pumpkin ale that has a nice flavor and hides its ABV to boot. Only minus is the mouthfeel seems a little thin. B. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pootzboy (1570) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2013
I have sampled this big west cost pumpkin beer on a few occasions and it’s wonderful to see it available in the Ontario market. A hazy dark orange-amber high gravity (8%abv) pumpkin ale brewed with amber malt, fresh roasted pumpkin, west coast hops, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise. Rich and spicy, it dries in the finish - a superior well-crafted big pumpkin ale. Comes in a 1 liter capped swing top bottle so you can finish it in 2 sittings. This beer is produced in very limited quantities each fall so if you see it on LCBO shelves snag it, it cellars fairly well.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brleo (64) - - SEP 28, 2013
Normally, I have not liked pumpkin ales very much - ironic, considering I love darker ales and that the Fall is my favorite season. Pumpkineater is literally like drinking pumpkin pie. Appearance is a rusty reddish-brown, not much head. The aroma is fresh pumpkin pie, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon. Flavor is rich pumpkin pie, with a malty bitterness reminiscent of the Germanic pilseners. Not overly carbonated, nice and smooth. A wonderful choice for having by the fire on a cold autumn day.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfearnley (760) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 21, 2013
Bottle to pint glass Strong pumpkin and spice aroma, with apple and a bit of smoke. Deep reddish amber with a creamy head and lacing. The taste is prevalently pumpkin with some clove and nutmeg.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (2000) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 2, 2013
Bottle - Pumpkin, cinnamon, clove and toffee with a touch of licorice. Clear amber with a thick off white head. Heavy on the pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg with a bit of kick from the hops. A nice rich body to go with the heavy flavors, bit of alcohol burn at the end, but appropriate for a nice cold day. Good job.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
poisoneddwarf (1616) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - APR 4, 2013
1L swingtop bottle. Pours hazy dark orange with a medium beige head with decent retention. Aroma is full of pumpkin pie spices along with some authentic pumpkin; also a bit perfumy. Taste is sweet and savory; finishes dry. Creamy mouthfeel; medium to full body. Great pumpkin beer; maybe I can get it again for Halloween.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4490) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2013
Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of cinnamon and cloves are quite dominant with light pumpkin and caramelized notes. Taste is a solid mix between some cinnamon and cloves notes with some good notes of pumpkin and caramelized malt. Body is full with good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Solid interpretation of the style and somewhat reminiscent of Pumpking with less aggressive spicing.


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