Archive for the Pumpkin Beer Category


Posted in Ales, Flavoured Beers, Pumpkin Beer, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on November 23, 2011 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Philips Brewing Company, Victoria, British Colombia

  • 5.0% ABV
  • Another pumpkin spiced beer, this time from B.C.
  • Pours a fairly consistent head, with a bright orange colour similar to that of pumpkin.
  • Taste is very sweet and there is a bit of the spices coming through on the palate especially nutmeg.
  • Wonderful mouthfeel as it coats the whole mouth and lingers.
  • Definitely one of the better pumpkin beers we have tried this year, worth picking up at Willow Park or ZYN.


Posted in Ales, Pumpkin Beer, Reviews with tags , , , , , , on November 8, 2011 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Rogue Brewing Company, Portland, Oregon

  • This beer is brewed with fresh pumpkins, grown on Rogue’s own farm, 77 miles from the brewery! This is the brewery’s first go at a pumpkin ale. Rogue also grows their own hops and other delicious beer making ingredients at this location in Independence, Oregon.
  • Also flavoured with ginger, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and vanilla bean.
  • 5.6% ABV, 25 IBU’s
  • This beer is a totally opaque, mahogany colour in the glass. Very rich and visually appealing ale.
  • The head is a whisky, cloud-like foam, with a light brown hue. It doesn’t stick around for very long, and dissipates suddenly.
  • Smells Amazing! The aroma is truly pumpkin pie….every aspect of it….Custard, spice, pumpkin, whipped cream, crust, vanilla. The complete package.
  • The flavour is surprisingly light and refreshing, but with each sip you smell that rich aroma as the glass approaches the nose.
  • Spice comes out strong in the taste, but it’s difficult to pick out any individual spice.
  • There is also a strong brown sugar, molasses after taste, with a creamy full mouthfeel.
  • This is another great pumpkin ale. Although they tend to make shocking and creative beers, Rogue Brewing rarely disappoints.




Posted in Pumpkin Beer, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on October 30, 2011 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Tree Brewing Co., Kelowna, British Columbia

  • 6.4% ABV
  • “Shmell like punkin!!” exclaimed Shane.
  • Dark amber to red coloured, cloudy and full of sediment
  • Good fingers worth of beige creamy head
  • The aroma has a smooth and mellow spiciness, light biscuity malt, and a slight baked pumpkin smell. Nutmeg seems to be the prominent spice noted.
  • Tastes like sweet liquid pumpkin pie. Very malty….sweet heavy molasses.
  • Not much spice on the palate.
  • The mouthfeel is creamy and sustains in the mouth.
  • One of our favorite pumpkin beers of the season….buy it, and try it. Belching is encouraged.



Posted in Ales, Pumpkin Beer, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2011 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Brasserie McAuslan, Montreal, Quebec 

  • 5%ABV
  • Ingredients include: Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove, and pumpkin.
  • Dark golden, amber to orange colour. Translucent, with a very light, almost negligible head.
  • Very spicy aroma; Nutmeg and cloves come through the strongest with last-minute hints of cinnamon and just a touch of pumpkin and apple.
  • This truly smells like fresh pumpkin pie. Very reminiscent of autumn.
  • The flavour is of brown sugar, caramel, and warm spices. Just a touch of pumpkin. This beer differs from other pumpkin beers we have sampled, that have come up rather weak in the spices department.
  • Medium body mouthfeel, with a nice finish in which an every so slight bitterness touches the tongue. The spice and brown sugar flavour seemed to linger in my mouth for hours.
  • This has been my personal favorite pumpkin beer of the season. More on the spice and less on the pumpkin. Very tasty fall treat!


Posted in Ales, Flavoured Beers, Pumpkin Beer, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 16, 2011 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Brooklyn Brewery, New York City, USA

  • 5% ABV
  • Brewed with pumpkin and spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • Orange to honey coloured translucent beer with a fairly substantial frothy head.
  • It has a damp squash smell to it with yeasty undertones.
  • There is definitely a strong pumpkin tastes in this one….pure pumpkin flavour. Not a lot of the spiciness comes through in this one.
  • This pumpkin ale doesn’t seem to be well balanced. You get pumpkin and yeast, but it would be nice to get more of the malt and hops coming through a touch more.


Posted in Ales, Flavoured Beers, Pumpkin Beer, Reviews with tags , , , , , on October 6, 2011 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Howe Sound Brewing, Squamish, BC

  • 8% ABV, 19 IBUs
  • Ingredients: Barley, fresh roasted pumpkin, hops, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise and yeast.
  • Deep orange to red coloured opaque ale
  • Seems to be highly carbonated with a high and tight head the dissipates quickly
  • Intense aromas of star anise and cinnamon
  • Nutmeg comes through as the strongest spice flavour. There is also a strong brown sugar and molasses component.
  • The warm spices linger through the finish.
  • Great colder weather, my insides need warming , feel good kind of beer