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

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RATINGS: 118   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gramity (1307) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 29, 2011
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 really a beer for me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Courtesy of Pailhead. Amber, minimal head. Loaded with spice up front, not much else. Flavors round out pretty nice, spice, crystal malts. flat, oily slick mouthfeel. Decent overall.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (4806) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Courtesy of 5000 via trade

Bottle: The aroma consists of mild ginger, cinnamon, and light nutmeg. It pours a slightly hazy amber with a small off-white head that leaves behind minimal lacing. The flavor starts with a quick touch of sour fruit and caramel. The finish consists of nutmeg, ginger, cinammon, and a hint of apple. Medium bodied with ligt-moderate carbonation. Overall, pretty solid, but not in my elite pumpkin beer choices.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11047) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
1L swingtop from Malt & Vine. Pours copper with a beige head. Cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg are upfront aroma. Fairly intense. Med body. The taste surprise is that there seems to be a surge of chocolate before all the spices attack. The anise sort of tags along in the finish. It’s a pretty dry and spicy finish. There’s some sweet, but the spice hammers it down. Pretty darn good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7135) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Very large bottle. Poured clear medium orange with a tall, sticky off-white head.. looked very good in the glass. The aroma picked up lots of cloves and anise with lesser cinnamon and vanilla.. pumpkin gave a little sweetness beneath, but the spices really drove the drink. The flavor was along those same lines.. sweet, sticky pumpkin meat, honey, and a pinch of molasses at the core.. cloves, anise, and nutmeg around.. the finish carried through a grainy, spicy paste.. tasty, but it needed more pumpkin. Medium-bodied, dry, and spicy on the palate, with a little spice-related sourness on the edges.. OK feel and flow.. this was a nice, but not spectacular pumpkin brew.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
garthicus (2670) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 22, 2011
Thanks to the Taps lads. Appearance: nice ruby red body with a thin white head. Aroma: spicy, pumpkin, cinnamon, lemon, nice. Flavour: lovely pumpkin spice, cinnamon, chocolate, lavender & alcohol. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4548) - 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 (399) - 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 (72) - 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.


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