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

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RATINGS: 133   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
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gilvanblight's rating

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gilvanblight (819) - Windsor, Ontario, - 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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (10786) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 31, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours clear copper with a small, fizzy beige head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is brown sugar, pumpkin, nutmeg and vanilla, and toast malt. Flavor is sweet toast malt and brown sugar, vanilla and nutmeg with pumpkin and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (7105) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 18, 2015
missed review from the fall. solid pumpkin brew with all the requisite spices but not overdone. nice color and body holds it all together. Iíd get again.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
unclemike (2550) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - FEB 23, 2015
pours a clear copper-orange with a large white head, and some lacing. smell is of spice, pumpkin, and malt. taste is of spice, pumpkin, some caramel, malty, flavor grows on you over time (gets better as it warms). ends a little dry and definite pumpkin

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (4176) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 18, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2015 1 L. swingtop. Lightly hazy orange-copper body supports a lasting thin disc of creamy foam. Nose is dark fruit bubblegum, sassafras-spiced hard candy and an occasional bit of squash. Tastes of bubblegum, toffee, earthy spice mix, toasted nut and some nice notes of vegetal pumpkin. A bit of wooden hop, roast and the spices provide a dry, mildly astringent finish. Medium body has medium carbonation and shows just a pleasant warming from the 8%. Great spice mix that provides lots of complex flavors, doesnít have any one spice dominating the flavor and on the whole doesnít completely overwhelm the pumpkin or the yeast. Would be really great if there was just a pinch less of the spices though.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cidertron (33) - California, USA - FEB 16, 2015
I saw this in the holiday section at BevMo and couldnít believe the size of the bottle. My friend and I were joking about it and then when we looked it up on Rate Beer, we had to try it. This is the most enjoyable holiday craft brew Iíve had by a long shot. It has a lot of the fall seasonal flavors like cinnamon and nutmeg along with caramel in it. At the same time it runs very smooth and pours out orange :) Itís something definitely worth trying if you havenít had it before. Itís not very bitter or anything but it settles quite well. It doesnít taste like itís 8% either :)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ads135 (3357) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Your basic pumpkin beer, but a bit more assertive and alcoholic. The assertiveness comes though in the spicyness, accentuated by added hops.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rodenbach99 (3584) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2014
Soirťe Pumpkin ale au Rattle íní Hum NYC. En fŻt. Une autre biŤre impťriale ! Un liquide ambre. Un nez plus prŤs du chocolat que de la citrouille. Une bouche qui joue du mÍme instrument, une touche ťpicťe parmi ce chocolat. Correct sans plus.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
UXO (825) - CANADA - OCT 31, 2014
Pours clear medium amber with two fingers of fluffy off-white head diminishing gradually to a thick cap, moderate lacing. (3/5) Nose is pureed peaches and squash, caramel malt, pumpkin pie spices. (5/10) Taste is sweet tending to cloying, mild bitter. (5/10) Medium body, low carbonation, mild bitter finish. (3/5) Hey, itís Halloween! If I canít have a pumpkin beer now, when can I? Well... Never, maybe? A bit disappointing, to be honest. I read the reviews before buying this, and thought it might be one of the (very) few pumpkin ales that bucked the trend. But this isnít even close to being the best pumpkin beer Iíve had, and pumpkin beers arenít even close to the best beers in general, so... Yeah. (10/20)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robbienate (113) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
Pours clear orange, thin off-white head, doesnít last, lacing is spotty. Nose is pumpkin pie spices, crystal malt, light non-specific fruitiness, standard clean yeast, some pumpkin here, but if there wasnít a giant Jack-o-Lantern on the label, Iíd be hard pressed to pick it out.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewGoblin (550) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
I didnít even want to like this thing so much. In the past I have had some fairly awful at worst and lackluster at best Pumpkin Ale experiences. As I am a sucker for all things pumpkin though, I keep going back in hope of finding a decent festive brew. From the smooth notes of clove, cinnamon, anise, nutmeg, brown sugar, caramel and of course pumpkin to the beautiful red-orange glow with the lofty cream head, this liquid pie does it right. The taste is sweet but not saccharine and is thoroughly pumpkininny. A smooth and low carbonated body with a small hint of oiliness, this gourd guzzle hides itís booze bomb well but warms this fella on a crisp autumn day. Huzzah!


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