Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Blenheim, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
"Great Punkin" Brewed with roasted pumpkin and a blend of spices to yield ’pumpkin pie’ notes and a deep red/orange colour. Lightly hopped with NZ Fuggle and fermented with ale yeast; medium body and moderate bitterness allow the flavour of pumpkin, spice and caramelized malts to shine through. Special thanks to Andy, Jim, Holly and JDawg.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, - NOV 23, 2012
This beer is just... wholesome. Like pumpkin pie, perhaps? There’s a solid round roasty bitterness on the nose, in the mouth it feels full and filling. The roasted flavours fit nicely around the sweet malt and slightly bitter hops, and I just want to slowly sip it in front of a roaring fire... but it’s working just fine on this sunny summery afternoon too!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2016
Bottle:   Spritzy on the tongue, lots of brown sugar, a little mulled spice wine like aspects.   Not a bright spicy example.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Fairly dark in color too.   Tart soft vinous finish, a bit musty.   Flavors fall off quickly after the finish.   Just leaves a little basement mustiness, like really old wine without the sourness.   Meh...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (5002) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2015
Bottle. Bronze and spicy with a subtle bitterness. Medium body. Pleasant but a bit too spicy for my palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (5831) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 16, 2015
Aroma is spices/cinnamon, malts and a hint of vegetables. The flavor is malts, spices/cinnamon, fruit and a slightly tart/sour finish.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ardi (32) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 22, 2015
Disappointed. Green, acidic and damned well disappointed. Some interesting flavours coming through but what a rough delivery!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2015
A splendid and solid pumpkin beer. The spice notes are perfect. Definitely recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Super rich, fairly complex, thick and chewy pumpkin brew. Blood orange pour with an eggshell head. Guard meat, nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel, vanilla, and honey. A pretty damn good representation of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabuzzer (586) - Hamilton, SCOTLAND - FEB 6, 2015
500ml bottle. Poured dark red/brown, pumpkin spice aroma, taste of pumpkin and spice without being over sweet or cloying

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (13602) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2015
Bottle. Poured clear orange color with an average off-white frothy head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Solid pumpkin spice aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium pumpkin sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Soft seasonal beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (10864) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 30, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours deep brown, nose is pumpkin spice, sweet toffee, taste is sweet, toffee, light spice, light pumpkin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 12, 2015
500mL, no date from Olive Tree Market in OB, $11.49 back in fall of 2013. Speed rate. Hazy medium brown body with a ¼" beige head, low retention. Overall it’s like a spiced Scotch ale. Chewy toffee and nutmeg dominate. Scant earthy bitterness in the finish. A little bit oxidized and a scant tang also present, showing its over a year old. A little lower on the carbonation than I’d like, making the ample body seem even fuller. OK. Not $12 ok, though.

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