Knucklehead Pumpkin Ale – Cannery Brewing (Penticton, BC, Canada)


  • My Rating: C

Knucklehead Pumpkin Ale – Cannery Brewing, 5% ABV, 20 IBU – 650ml, (Pentiction, BC, Canada)

On the front label:

“Nothing says fall better than this gnarly, spiced-up brown ale. We added 250 pounds of roasted knucklehead pumpkin along with traditional fall spices to this seasonal ale. Not your average knucklehead’s ale.

Ingredients: Malted barleys, hops, water, yeast, KNUCKLEHEAD PUMKPIN AND SPICES.”

Here’s the scoop on the Knucklehead pumpkin varietal.

  • they are smaller than typical pumpkins
  • have characteristic “knuckles”
  • usually upright and oval shape


  • Style: (seasonal, knucklehead pumpkin) Spiced Ale
  • Taste Profile: creamy sourness -> brown sugar malts/roast pumpkin/tang -> sour bitter burnt roast malt finish.
  • Where I got it : W.16th Liquor
  • How much: $5 (after 10% off) – 650ml, December 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: This is the first time trying a Knucklehead pumpkin ale, let’s see how it differs. Pours dark cola brown, with a large foamy head with long retention, lots of active streams.

Nose: sour/mild funk acidic brown sugar, roasted malts. (6)-aromatic strength

Attack: creamy-fizzy, incoming sourness

Mid-palate: (6)-sourness, (MAIN) brown sugar malts, roast pumpkin (HINT) yeasty tang, cinnamon/nutmeg

Finish: sourness, medium (5)-bitter burnt malt finish.

Summary: Somewhat surprised for such acidity/sourness in a pumpkin brew. Persistent sourness without complexity makes this one just an average beer for me. (Note: all numbers above are on a 10-point scale, with 1 being weak and 10 being the strongest)