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Merchant Ale House Headless Horseman Pumpkin Ale

Merchant Ale House Headless Horseman Pumpkin Ale
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Brewed by Merchant Ale House / Murray Street Brewing
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Saint Catharines, Canada


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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.17/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   ABV: -
Also known as "It's the great pumpkin ale Charlie Brown" our pumpkin ale is a seasonal favourite. We add roasted pumpkin with the grain in the mash tun to produce a uniquely flavoured wort. The wort is then boiled with a light addition of Goulding hops cinnamon and nutmeg to accent the beer. Come join us for a pint in late October till it is gone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeMcPhee (9268) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2014
Hazy pour. The aroma is of spiced pumpkin and some soft toasted malt. Nutmeg, clove and cinnamon. Light bodied and fairly sweet. Some odd slickness on the back. Okay.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
redpooba (404) - Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2013
A golden amber with an off-white head. This beer tastes like a less mature version of Dogfish’s Punkin. There is likewise very little nutmeg, but very clearly got its flavors from the pumpkin itself. The aftertaste is a bit off though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Studentofbrrs (98) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2013
this was an absolute delight, you could smell the swirl of roasted pumpkin and nutmeg and even a hint of cinnamon. Had a clear pumpkin tasted with a little spice, clear nutmeg notes and the cinnamon came through a bit at the end. It was a very clear golden in appearance, great pumpkin ale!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoberDave (182) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Without doubt the best pumpkin ale I have had. Mild aroma of pumpkin with sweetness. Clear orange colour. Taste has a fantastic balance of pumpkin and nutmeg, tastes like a pumpkin pie in a glass, goes down smooth and clean. Left me raving.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rob6239 (678) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2011
Pours clear and dark amber with a slight foamy head. Aroma of pumpkin and nutmeg is slight and carries over to a slight aftertaste and a good tasting ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2011
Tap at the ale house, pours a hazy yellow. smell is faint, similar to the of other merch beers, prob due to the yeast flavouring, the taste is light pumpkin with a light pumpkin spicing, overall it was quite enjoyable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9549) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2009
Note - with about 3 years between rates I’m not sure if this is a new pumpkin seasonal, or a reworked version of the old one. Seemed a lot better than the old ratings though, so maybe they’ve learned something in three years. On tap at the Merchant Ale House. Pours a clear orange with a thin white head. Pumpkin flesh, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a bit of clove. Light malt, a bit more spice, and a touch of grain at the back end. Finishes with some more light spice, and a bit more dry grain.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2006
Mixed spice aroma with yeast? Deep amber, small white head. Faint taste of pumpkin, light bodied, sweet, average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (7134) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2006
Cask at Volo Cask Day 2006. Pours a cloudy orange with a small creamy white head. Aroma of Xmas spices, some light sourness and pumpkin. Flavour of slightly sour fruit, pumpkin, spices, some light malt and some hops in the finish. Medium bodied. Pretty good for what it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2006
On cask at Volo Cask Days, 2006. Hazy orange, small white head. Decent pumpkin spice aroma. Malt and pumpkin spice in taste with a nice bitter finish. Very quaffable, if not a little muted in flavour. Nice job Merchant, thanks for sharing your stuff in T.O!

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