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

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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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"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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6606) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 12, 2013
Bottle from Total Wine, Sacramento. Pours dark brown with an attractive beig head and a strong pumpkin aroma. There is a sweet pumpkin and spice flavor with a bitter finish.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zgaier (1424) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Bottle. Pours an amber orange with a beige head and spiced, pumpkin pie aroma. Taste is light, spicy with cinnamon, allspice, and pumpkin pie flavors into the fall spiced, dry finish. Very drinkable pumpkin brew

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjgmd (1473) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2014
With Zach and Josh, pours a dark orange brown pour with a small head. Nose is malty, with chocolate and fall pumpkin spices. Taste is spicy, with nutmeg, cinnamon , pumpkin and allspice. Finishes sweetly and on the same fall autumn notes. quaff score 7 / 10

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
kathouse (1046) - Nevada, USA - OCT 23, 2014
Murky brown with a really thin head. Spicy pumpkin aroma. Some toasted malts. Strong spice and anise flavors. Finish is heavy and long lasting.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cmacklin (297) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 14, 2014
500 ml bottle. Pours a deep red orange with a large tan head. Spicy aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin, caramel malt, over ripe fruit and a hint of yeast. Sweet flavour of pumpkin, cinnamon, caramel malt, alcohol and over ripe fruit with a dry, bitter, spicy finish. Medium body with a sticky texture and average carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
outlawskies (967) - - OCT 12, 2014
Julie gives a 4. Very nice very smooth. And is nicely spiced. Julie likes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GregClow (2903) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2014
Bottle from the LCBO. Dark ruby body with a creamy off-white head. Aroma is fairly sweet with a nice spiced gingerbread note, a bit of cooked apple and baked pumpkin, subtle hops. Flavour has more of a fruity character than expected, with some dark plum and blackberry notes up front, before some spices (clove, cinnamon, ginger) start to come through. The pumpkin seems to be hiding at first, but as the beer warms up, it makes itself known. The finish is moderately dry, with a slightly metallic hop character. All in all, this beer is a bit of a headscratcher - but in the end, I kinda liked it.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8774) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2014
LCBO find. Orange body with big foaming action. Pumpkin aroma. Average mouthfeel. Not a bad pumpkin.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3017) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2014
500ml bottle, dark amber color, with a beige head, nice mild cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon spicy, pumpkin pie nose, with a gingerbread cookie, carrot cake, biscuity, toasted, caramel malty, nutty accent, and a faint dried fruit, pie crust, light floral hop note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a good spicy cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, gingerbread, caramelized, biscuity, toasted, bread malty character, with a nice pumpkin pie, sweet caramelized pumpkin flesh, brown sugar, light candied nuts, faint flowery leaf hop flavour, leading towards a yeasty, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves spiciness, lingering sweet pumpkin pie finish.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
kiwianer (3340) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 13, 2014
The head is good, the body dark brown and cloudy. It smells a bit alcoholic, fruity-strange, dry, strange. The taste is fruity in a strange way, creamy, intensive fermented darkfruits+punkin. The first Renaissance beer of more then 10 that I don’t like.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfearnley (1036) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle to pint glass There’s a lot of spices on the nose which overpower any pumpkin aroma. I guess there’s a gourd or melon aroma, but it isn’t distinct. Primary aromas are clove, cinnamon, all spice, mace, and nutmeg and a bit of sweetness. It’s appearance is a deep dark amber with a thin (2 mm) mottled tan light tan head. Primary taste is ginger and cloves, with some mace and pumpkin. This isn’t a pumpkin pie or pumpkin beer in my opinion, just a spicy ale.


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