From Nanaimo’s Longwood Brewery comes their “Full Patch Pumpkin Ale”. The beer pours a brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of pumpkin, spices, toffee, anise and some sweetness. The flavour is of pumpkin, spices, toffee, anise, dark fruits, roasted malts, mild smoke, sweetness and some alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 9% with an IBU of 30. I have been a bit burnt out with pumpkin beers over the last few years but this one is a nice take on the style and I am quite happy I gave it a try.
Commercial Description: This seasonal, Belgian Style Saison is not for the faint of heart. Born in a pumpkin patch and raised in the brewery, this 9% bad boy is not your grandma’s pumpkin pie. Eight slaughtered pumpkins and a whole lotta spice were boiled in a cauldron of barley, hops and anything else we could find lying around. Fly orange with full patch.
From Cannery Brewing Company out of Penticton BC comes their seasonal “Knucklehead Pumpkin Ale”. The beer pours a deep reddish colour with an off whit head. The aroma consists of pumpkin, cinnamon, spices and a sweet finish. The flavour is of malts, caramel, earth, pumpkin, cinnamon, spices, sweetness and a roasty finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 20. If you are a fan of the pumpkin beer then make sure to grab a bottle or two of this as it is one of the better ones.
Commercial Description: The Knucklehead Pumpkins are grown locally for us by Harker’s Organics in Cawston, BC. We roast the pumpkins with brown sugar at the Kettle Valley Station Pub and brew them with traditional fall spices to make this gnarly brown ale. The roasted Knucklehead Pumpkins bring a rich mouth-feel and a touch of sweetness to this traditionally spiced brown ale.
From Central City Brewers & Distillers in Surrey comes their latest in the Central City line of beers called “Patrick O’ Pumpkin Barrel Aged Imperial Pumpkin Ale”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of spices, vanilla, bourbon, sweetness, pumpkin, malts and some wood. The flavour is of sweetness, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, roasted malts, coffee, spices, pumpkin and oak. The alcohol content comes in at 8%. The barrel aging really made this a very interesting pumpkin beer and well worth the pick up this fall.
Commercial Description: A new fiery character-based beer smashes through the season with Patrick O’ Pumpkin. A seasoned and embittered lawman who has fallen to the dark side, Patrick O’ Pumpkin is as ruthless as they come, squashing even the scariest jack-o’-lanterns with no tricks or treats, confronting Detective Saison. Patrick O’ Pumpkin Barrel-Aged Imperial Pumpkin Ale is a full-bodied spiced pumpkin ale that has been barrel-aged in bourbon barrels with a dark amber orange colour. This robust, strong ale is rich and flavourful with a spicy attitude that has been brewed for the seasoned craft beer drinker. “We added a bit of twist to our pumpkin ale with an Imperial strength barrel-aged beer with bourbon and vanilla essences and some coffee and roasted flavours to make it a wonderful drinking experience,” says Gary Lohin, Central City’s brewmaster.
Tree Brewing in Kelowna has opened a second location named the Beer Institute. The beer institute brews all of their own beer on site using the standard recipes while also making a few of their own seasonal beers. One of these Beer Institute seasonals that was created was the “Pumpkin IPA” and was packaged in bombers with a sharpie label and was only available in the retail space on site. The beer pours a brown colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of malts, pumpkin, spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and an overall sweetness. The flavour is of a great malt beginning with a fairly big hops bitterness, pine, resin with pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg to finish it off. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 65. Having drank many pumpkin beers this was a welcome change. Making it an IPA really threw a wrench into what I was expecting with a pumpkin beer. I hope more breweries will try out this as a possible style as hops always make a beer better!
From Bomber Brewing in East Vancouver comes their “I, Braineater Pumpkin Ale”. The beer pours an amber colour with a white head. The aroma is fairly malt forward with pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and clove. The flavour consists of a big malt front with a pretty decent hops bitterness and pumpkin, and all the same pumpkin pie spices. I am amazed that a beer that only has an IBU of 20 is so hop forward although I really enjoy the hop forward notes. The alcohol content comes in at 5.8%. This is one of the best pumpkin ales that I have had this year so far.
Commercial Description: What does Vancouver musician and artist Jim Cummins (a.k.a. I, Braineater) have in common with pumpkins? Answer: this beer. And we may seem late to the game, but the pumpkins we harvested from Abbotsford’s Lepp Farm make this rich, flavourful ale well worth the wait. With distinct Tettnang hops, a touch of spice, and a label featuring Jim’s iconic, ‘Devil Girl’, we think this could just be your perfect Halloween beer. It’s a no-brainer.