Full Patch Pumpkin Ale – Longwood Brewery


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.

Knucklehead Pumpkin Ale – Cannery Brewing


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.

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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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Pumpkin Ale – Steamworks Brewing


Seasonal Beer

From Steamworks Commercial Brewery in Burnaby BC comes their seasonal “Pumpkin Ale”.  The beer pours a copper colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of malts, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, spices and an overall sweetness.  The flavour is of malts, cinnamon, nutmeg, spices, pumpkin, sweetness and a mild hops bitterness in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 16.  It keeps surprising me that I like pumpkin ales as I do not like pumpkin pie at all.  Like many other pumpkin beers I find this to be quite tasty!

Commercial Description:  A malty spiced ale brewed with pumpkin pike spices & 100 lbs of local pumpkin mash.  Our most popular seasonal ale.

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The Great Pumpkin – Elysian Brewing


From Elyslian Brewing out of Oregon comes “The Great Pumpkin” a pumpkin ale.  The beer pours a slightly cloudy copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma is composed of malts and pumpkin.  The flavour is of pumpkin, malts, cinnamon, spices, nutmeg and citrus.  The alcohol content is 8.1% but does not show up in the flavour and an IBU of 20.  Just another tasty pumpkin beer!

COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION:  Brewed at our original Capitol Hill location in Seattle. silver medalist at the 2007 Great American Beer Festival in the Fruit and Vegetable category, the world’s first Imperial pumpkin ale.  Brewed with pale, Munich, Cara-Hell, Cara-Vienne, Cara-Munich and Crisp 45° L Crystal malts.  Roasted pumpkin seeds in the mash, and extra pumpkin added in the mash, kettle and fermenter.  Spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice. Formerly at 9.5%.

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