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 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%.
Mill Street Brewing in Toronto presented us with a pumpkin ale named “Nightmare on Mill Street”. This scary beer poured a deep copper colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of sweet cinnamon and nutmeg. The flavour consisted of pumpkin, sweet cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and malts. The alcohol content is 5%. This is a nice addition to the pumpkin beer lineup.
From East Vancouver’s Parallel 49 Brewing comes their latest addition to their beer lineup “Schadenfreude Pumpkin Oktoberfest” a Pumpkin Lager. This beer replaces Parallel 49’s popular Seedspitter Watermelon Wit for the Fall/Winter months. The beer pours an orange colour with a white head. This beer has a powerful aroma of pumpkin, spices and malts. The flavor is quite similar with strong malts and pumpkin, spices and a slight hops bitterness to finish things off. The alcohol content of the beer is 5% and the IBU is 27. I do not enjoy pumpkin pie at all so I was a little worried when I looked to pick this beer up. I decided to head to their tasting room and try it out there before the purchase. The beer was amazing and I left with a 6 pack to continue to sample!