Pumpkin Ale – Granville Island Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (re-tasting)


  • My Rating: [C+, upgrade from C],  I gave it a (3 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

Pumpkin Ale (alias: The Pumpkining)– Granville Island Brewery (Molson-Coors), 6% ABV, 650ml, 15 IBU, (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)

-cellared for nearly 5 years! Not bottle conditioned so there will likely be no improvement.

on the front-right label:

“Earthy undertones give our pumpkin ale a unique twist. Burnt orange in colour with roasted pumpkin and spice this untraditional ale is a reflection of autumn’s changing landscape. Enjoy it’s distinctive flavours as a complement to roasted meats, winter vegetables and this city’s crisp fall weather.”

  • Style: (pumpkin, spices) Spiced Ale
  • Taste: roasted pumpkin toasted malt cinnamon/nutmeg palate roughness
  • Where I got it : St. John’s Liquor / Port Moody
  • How much: $7 CAD- 650ml., October 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Initial September 2013 tasting (Rating = C):

Visual: Definitely a new label for 2013. It might be the same brew but this time it’s clear that the taproom IN Vancouver brewed this and not the Granville Island Brewery in Kelowna that produces all their larger batch beers. I’m not sure if the is the same as last year’s brew since the label and name of the beer have totally changed. I still have a bottle of 2011 lying around so I’ll get around to comparing them eventually… Pours clear dark copper brown without much head, thin ringed retention, clusters of activity.

Nose: pumpkin pie spiced sweet caramel malts on the nose. (6)aromatic strength.

Attack: light fizzy mouthfeel

Mid-palate: creamy (6)sweetness, (MAIN) cola, toffee malts, (HINT) pumpkin

Finish: light burpy, thin-water body, mild ANISE/NUTMEG/CINNAMON exhale, thin malty finish.

Summary: Clean flavours and crisp clean palate after sipping. Flavour profile is quite like an alcoholic cola, without the excessive sweetness. The thin body and lack of depth don’t make this a winner. (Note: all numbers above are on a 10-point scale, with 1 being weak and 10 being the strongest)


February 13, 2016 tasting notes:

Visual: Pours clear reddish-orange without much head, thin ringed micro retention, lots of singular but tight steady micro streams.

Nose: graham cracker, biscuity nutmeg/cinnamon. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: soft crisp

Mid-palate: light tingly, (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) brown sugar, roasted pumpkin, toasted barley malt, cola, light background acidity

Finish: palate roughness, roasted malt exhale, residual spices, malty finish.

Summary: Some decent roasty flavours and aromas but not the best mouthfeel or texture.