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

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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   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


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rob6239 (651) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 28, 2012
On cask at Torontoís Cask Days festival. Mild pumpkin aroma but some other spices I couldnít place were more prevalent. Taste wasnít overpowering with the pumpkin but could have used a slight touch more. Otherwise good drinking beer. One of the few pumpkin beers I could drink a few of in a row.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gilvanblight (801) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2012
Very strong scent immediately upon opening. Love the bottle. Itís not often that you get a re-sealable bottle. Slightly hazy brown orange pour. Lots of pumpkin and spice in that nose. Cinnamon, clove. Yeasty slightly bready mouth. Reminds me of Remark Farms Pumpkin Spice Loaf. Lots of spice. Very easy to drink. Low carbonation. So far the best Pumpkin beer Iíve had. Mixes the sweetness perfectly. Really enjoying this one and glad it comes in a 1 liter. Wonít need to re-seal that bottle tonight.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ontbeertaster (2345) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2012
Bottle, pours a dark copper, aroma is a light spice of pumpkin, very strong flavoured with a minimal spice in the flavour, overall it was drinkable, wasnt one of my fav pumpkin ales

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorbalev (2957) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2012
Bottle, LCBO. Huge 1L bottle, glad I split it with my wife. Dark murky brown with a thin tan head. Nutmeg, pumpkin in aroma, but also a lot of malt sweetness. Taste - big sweet malt body mixed with some earthy spices and a good dose of alcohol. A decent combination that I took a bit to warm up to. Certainly comes together quite well; I just found that it almost ended up being too "big" to enjoy the flavours, if that makes any sense. Still, this one is a winner, nice to get the chance to try it!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (1963) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2012
1L bottle with cap and swingtop. Nice idea with the big bottle. Looks like a pumpkin beer, I suppose. Smells like a pumpkin beer. But tastes much better than most pumpkin beers. The bigger malt base and higher gravity hold up better to the spicing, so that you are not overwhelmed by the brown spice. It is big but balanced. Iíll get this one again.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinsenn (1146) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2012
1L bottle from LCBO. Pours a gorgeous clear deep copper, with a thin head. Rich pumpkin and spice aroma. Taste is smooth, with pumpkin and spice, with a slight alcohol finish. Smooth creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation. A great pumpkin ale.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6843) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Draft served in a pint glass at The Charles Bar in Vancouver. Pours a deep, clear, dark orange color with a small off-white head. Aroma of vanilla, butterscotch, toffee, nutmeg, allspice, clove, and mild cinnamon. The flavor wasnít quite as sweet, fortunately, and the spices came out more. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a malty mouthfeel. Solid pumpkin ale but the overall profile is just a tad too sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spab (2575) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2012
1 litre bottle from LCBO. Pours a murky dark orange with small off-white head. Aroma is sweet pumpkin, spices (notably cinnamon) and bread. Flavour is quite sweet for a pumpkin beer with cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin and bread. Some alcohol in the finish. Average-full body. I enjoyed this one,

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JesseM (1151) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2012
1L bottle from the LCBO that I shared with matt7215 and jsprime. Pours a hazy orange-amber with a large beige head. The aroma is weird, not the typical mix of pumpkin and obligatory spices, some cardamon, cinnamon, and butter? Flavour is just as odd to my palate, with some pumpkin and spice, but also a lot of butter, but Iím not sure if itís diaceytal or something I canít quite describe properly. Felt thick on the palate as well. Not a horrible beer, but holy crap Iím glad I didnít have to consume the entire bottle on my own.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
matt7215 (2231) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2012
1L bottle shared by jessem with me and jsprime. deep orange with a tan head. the nose is spice forward but there is a firm malt body supporting. the flavour is similar but there is quite a bit of funky pumpkin flesh in the flavour as well. no way i could drink more then a glass.


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