Witching Hour Dark Pumpkin – Torque Brewing


From Torque Brewing in Winnipeg Manitoba comes their “Witching Hour Dark Pumpkin”.  The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of pimpkin, cinnamon, allspice, mild roasted malts and some residual sweetness.  The flavour is of roasted malts, pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice, earth, caramel, toffee and some bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 30.  With so many pumpkin beers being overrated this one stands out in the pack.

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Granville Island Brewing – Hey Day Hefeweizen


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Vancouver’s Granville Island Brewing has, in it’s Under the Bridge Series, the Hey Day Hefeweizen.

Not super cloudy, I can see shapes on the otherside but it is cloudy enough that I feel like it is a Hefeweizen.  It is a pleasant orange-gold colour with a startlingly white head.

There is a nice grassy aroma from the beer, a little bit of hay and a hint of banana.  A little bit of spice comes out if you swirl the beer.

Banana is at the forefront of the flavours up against a dryness that makes the banana nice rather than cloying.  There are some nice clove and allspice notes underneath the main flavour.  The carbonation is a bit prickly, you can feel it going down in a satisfying way.

Pumpkin IPA – Tree Brewing (The Beer Institute)


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!

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