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


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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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

   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 :)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pumpkin87 (235) - - SEP 21, 2016
If you see this beer, buy it. Pours brown with auburn-orange highlights and a small tan head, which leaves slight lacing. Big vegetal aroma, squash first followed by sweet potato pie, a calling card much more pronounced than the nose of most "pumpkin" beers. On the palate, that coalesces into a pumpkin pie, with a bit of brown sugar sweetness upfront but unfiltered pumpkin underneath. The expected spices show up in turn, recognizably, and blend into a greater whole. That spice array contributes some dryness, and at moments is a bit more munchy than smooth. But overall, the spices are well-gauged to offset the sweetness and help produce a balanced taste that is what I, at least, have in mind for a seasonal pumpkin brew. If you are unfamiliar with this Canadian brewery, it is an originator of craft beer in North America, and it hasnít lost a step. While not quite the festive dancer that McAuslanís St. Ambroise Citrouille remains, this beer is just a half-step behind alongside Schlaflyís Pumpkin Ale and Rumking (whatever itís called these days) as a pumpkin brew worth seeking out. Bring me more!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
garth_86 (225) - EDMONTON, Alberta, CANADA - APR 8, 2012
One of my favorite pumpkin beers. Huge pumpkin pie taste and smell. Orange/amber color with white head. $9.25

   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Great chewy fleshy vegetable aroma, good balance between cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Clear dark copper, creamy dense pale tan head. Instant gratification here. Warm brown sugar sweetness up front, the spice blend dances about and cuts through nicely, the anise is a nice touch. Slowly the tannic vegetable creeps out in the finish with a smoky edge. Only later on does the alcohol start to show itself.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gilvanblight (821) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewGoblin (632) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lagerboy (1958) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 17, 2011
Amber orange, lots of spices and pumpkin, and high in alcohol... my favorite pumpkin offering this past season. Might frighten away the more timid Lagerboys!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinsenn (2021) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
poisoneddwarf (2297) - Coeur dí Alene, 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.

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