Howe Sound Pumpkineater Imperial Pumpkin Ale

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


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RATINGS: 149   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   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

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bdleedahl (424) - , Saskatchewan, CANADA - JAN 2, 2017
Spices are quite strong, but well balanced by the malt. This beer is really good for the style. It's easy drinking for the high alc.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dacrza (929) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2016
DATE: October 14, 2016... OCCASION: after watching LVR defeat Hackettstown, time to warm up... GLASSWARE: Schneider Edel-weisse pokal...dense, dark brown amber body that allows little light through... tough to discern effervescence... head is one-finger, off-white and solid in its consistency... nutmeg, pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, and some licorice provide a cornucopia of aromas... the palate is easy-drinking, with some activity up front and a slight warming return... the flavor profile is decidedly cinnamon and nutmeg, with licorice, clove and pumpkin, as advertised... overall, a fine, albeit understated, ale that clocks in at 8%... I like its flavor profile, its balance, and its easy warming feeling... love the fact it comes in a quart bottle with a stopper--not that I will stop until it is finished!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tnkw01 (1750) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 8, 2016
Bottle. Cloudy, orange in color with a small head. Aroma is nutmeg, cinnamon and other pumpkin pie aromas. Taste is rich in flavor, like a pumpkin pie in a bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
trapped (2871) - New York, TURKEY - OCT 6, 2016
Draught @ Mugs Ale House. Murky reddish brown with very small frothy off-white head, pumpkin aroma with some liquor smell, low carbonation, initially sweet caramel like taste with pumpkin flavor with alcohol undertones, thin body, medium caramel-pumpkin finish. Not bad, kind of a caramelized-pumpkin ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pumpkin87 (247) - - 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 hasnt lost a step. While not quite the festive dancer that McAuslans St. Ambroise Citrouille remains, this beer is just a half-step behind alongside Schlaflys Pumpkin Ale and Rumking (whatever its called these days) as a pumpkin brew worth seeking out. Bring me more!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rubyroo (146) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 20, 2016
Aroma is gingerbread, pumpkin pie, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice. The appearance is a Carmel / Amber. Very little head retention and some spotty lacing. Taste is as the aroma would suggest: gingerbread, pumpkin, clove, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, biscuit, blackstrap molasses. Palate is a lot thinner than I would have guessed although I would say it is medium-bodied. Little to no head retention with below average carbonation. Overall, a damn good pumpkin beer. Probably one of the better examples I have tried. The spices are balanced, the alcohol is well hidden and the pumpkin is on point. Recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Headbanger (3986) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2016
Sample 1/16/16 (Binnys Downers Grove)-Pours a darker brown with a small head. Aroma of pumpkin and spices. Taste of the same but a bit weak for an Imperial IMO. This medium bodied brew was not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bulldogops (2490) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 21, 2015
Rating #1317 - On tap @revolutionyeg. Pours a darker brown, that produces a bubbly foam. Aroma is potent alcohol, lots of toasted pumpkin seed and cinnamon, caramel malt. Taste is malty, lots of sweet and grainy notes, and a heavy fleshy pumpkin flavour. ABV is a little messy here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
AAEA (266) - California, USA - NOV 1, 2015
1 Liter ($12) this wasnt as good as i had hoped. still better than most pumkin beers but its not in the top 10 this year.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike5326 (1726) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2015
Poured from a bottle. Clear copper color, small white head. Light nutmeg and pumpkin mash aroma. Medium body with a strong nutmeg flavor and a sweet finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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