Full Patch Pumpkin Ale – Longwood Brewery (Nanaimo, BC, Canada)

Full Patch Pumpkin Ale – Longwood Brewery, 9% ABV – 650ml., (Nanaimo, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the front-left label:

“This seasonal Belgian style saison is not for the faint of heart. Born in a pumpkin patch and rasied 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.”

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  • Style: (pumpkin, spices) Spiced Ale
  • Taste: Sweet pumpkiny brown sugar barley malt mild ginger light clove
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $7.30 CAD (after 12.5% off) – 650ml., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Recommended: nah
  • What made a impression: big brown sugar sweetness

Visual: (cellared for 1 year). Pours dark brown with a smallish 1mm lasting creamy head, lots and lots of singular steady micro streams.

Nose: brown sugar, ginger, clove, biscuity barley malt (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, thicker tingly

Mid-palate: pumpkiny (lvl-7-sweetness), ginger, brown sugar barley malt,

Finish: residual brown sugar sweetness, clove exhale

Summary: Not terribly complex but at least the 9% ABV is well hidden. The sugars become heavy on the palate after half a glass – there’s not enough depth to round it out.

Red Racer Snickerdoodle Pumpkin Ale – Central City Brewers (Surrey, BC, Canada)

Red Racer Snickerdoodle Pumpkin Ale – Central City Brewers & Distillers, 5.0% ABV, 650 ml., (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)

-2017 pumpkin beers are finally here! Here’s the 1st of 2017.


printed on the front-left label:

Like a delicious Pumpkin Snickerdoodle, this craft beer creation is infused with real pumpkin, fall spice flavour, and has a smooth, creamy centre.

Ingredients: water, malted barley , pumpkin puree, lactose, hops and spices.

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and in case you were wondering what’s a snickerdoodle (via wiki):

“A snickerdoodle is a type of cookie made with butter or oil, sugar, and flour, and rolled in cinnamon sugar. Eggs may also sometimes be used as an ingredient, with cream of tartar and baking soda added to leaven the dough.”


  • Style: (flavoured – pumpkin, lactose, spices) Spiced Ale
  • Taste:
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6.30 CAD – 650 ml., September 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nope, weak body

Visual: Pours clear copper brown with a dissipating 1mm head, ringed retention, scattered loose singular streams.

Nose: nutmeg-cinnamon, brown sugar malt. (lvl-7)-intensity

Attack: crisp-light fizzy, malty sweet impresion

Mid-palate: lengthy cinnamon/nutmeg spices, pumpkin base, brown sugar malt-(thin), (lvl-5)-sweetness,

Finish: mild lactose, residual malt body

Summary: The pumpkin-spices to malt body ratio is off; The barley malt base is too weak and lacks length and carry while the pumpkin and spiced flavours gradually dominate from the start of the mids onward. The lactose adds a bit of thicker mouthfeel at the end but by then the malt body has already stopped short. Drinkable, but below average – not worth your time.

Pumpkin Ale – Laurelwood Brewing Co. (Portland, OR, USA)

Pumpkin Ale (aka Stingy Jack Pumpkin Ale) – Laurelwood Brewing Company, 7.5% ABV – 25 IBU, 22 oz., (Portland, Oregon, USA)


on the front-right label:

Laurelwood Pumpkin Ale is brewed using pumpkin puree and a blend of seasonal spices creating a smooth and robust amber ale.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – pumpkin, spices) Spiced Ale
  • Taste: Heavily clove-cinnamon-nutmeg spiced pumpkin sweet toffee malt gaggy finish
  • Where I got it : Bainbridge Liquor / Burnaby
  • How much: $8.75 CAD (after 10% off) – 22 oz., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah, didn’t love it

Visual: Pours clear copper brown with a very small dissipating head, just a touch of lacing, thick ring of retention, steady spread out clusters of activity.

Nose: cinnamon-nutmeg-clove trifecta mixed with toffee malts and baked pie crust (lvl-6)-intensity

Attack: crisp numbing bite, incoming sticky sweetness

Mid-palate: cascading creamy-tingly mouthfeel, (lvl-7-sweetness), toffee barley malt, pumpkin

Finish: residual cloying sweetness, soft hopped pie spiced bitterness mixed with toffee’d barley malt.

Summary: A ton of pumpkin pie spices but an overly sweet drinking experience halfway through the bottle. The lingering spices at the finish leaves a somewhat unpleasant gag reflex, for me at least anyway.

Spiced Pumpkin Ale – Spinnakers Brewpub (Victoria, BC, Canada)

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Spiced Pumpkin Ale – Spinnakers Brewpub, 5.0% ABV – 15 IBU,  650ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)

on the front-right label:

A lighter take on the pumpkin style, our Spiced Pumpkin ale was brewed with roasted, BC grown Kabocha squash, lactose and the unmistakable spices of fall.

Ingredients: aquifer water, malted barley, kabocha squash, lactose, yeast and spices.

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  • Style: (lactose, kabocha, spices) Spiced Ale
  • Taste: Unexpectedly big sour light roast squash barley cinnamon allspice more acidity
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5.60 CAD – 650ml., October 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: Pours cloudy amber brown with a large bubbly dissipating head, 2mm layer of retention, light lacing, very fast singular streams.

Nose: thin toffee barley malt, background woody cinnamon. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp-fizzy-tingly, sour entry

Mid-palate: med-high sour-acidic, (lvl-4-sweetness), light lactose milky, roasted squash, cinnamon, allspice, toasted barley malt

Finish: soft bitter hops, lingering pumpkin spiced toffee malt

Summary: Sour pumpkin ale?! Totally caught me off guard. Decent body, aggressive on the sourness, okay flavours but lacks balance – way too sour.

Night Owl Pumpkin Ale – Elysian Brewing (Seattle, WA, USA)

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Night Owl Pumpkin Ale – Elysian Brewing (AB-InBev), 5.9% ABV, 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., (Seattle, Washington, USA)

on the front-right label:

“Ale brewed with pumpkin & pumpkin seeds & fermented with spices. Our original pumpkin ale is brewed with over 7 lbs. of pumpkin per barrel and spiced in conditioning with nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, ginger and allspice.”

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  • Style: (pumpkin, spices) Spiced Ale
  • Taste: Sweet toffee malt pumpkin spiced brown sugar but thin  & short length
  • Where I got it : 16th Street Liquor / W.Van
  • How much: $6 CAD (after 10% off) – 1 pt 6 fl.oz., September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 50/50

Visual: (Cellared 3 years). Pours reddish brown without much head, thin hazy layer of retention, some bubbles here and there.

Nose: brown sugar barley malt with background pumpkin spices. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: sharp crisp, thicker mouthfeel, light tingly

Mid-palate: cinnamon, toasted pumpkin sweet-dense, toffee barley malt, allspice, (lvl-7)-a tad cloying sweetness, brown sugar

Finish: nutmeg-clove/root beer, lingering barley malt sweetness.

Summary: Pretty smooth entry with a decent amount of pronounced spices and a light-medium bodied/short length barley malt backbone. It becomes slightly cloying and taxing on the palate halfway through a glass; Still the flavours are agreeable.

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

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  • 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.

Happy Jack Pumpkin Ale – Russell Brewing Co. (Surrey, BC, Canada)

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Happy Jack Pumpkin Ale – Russell Brewing Company, 5.5% ABV – 25 IBUs, 650ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft brew*, seasonal)


-It’s been little over a year since I’ve had a Russell brew. I’m looking forward to this one, it being oaked and spiced, both of which are my favourite styles.

printed on the front-left label:

“A wonderfully balanced Pumpkin Ale, with a hint of oak an spices, make this refreshing beer ideal to share with friends. Single-batch brewed with real pumpkin, whole spices and aged with oak….”

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  • Style: (pumpkin, spices, oak-aged) Spiced Ale
  • Taste: Predominantly malty mild cinnamon nutmeg thin finish
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6 – 650ml., October 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no move along

Visual: Pours clear copper reddish-brown without much head, micro-fine retention, huge amounts of activity including a large cluster near the handle.

Nose: brown sugar malts, grapefruit hop backend. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp-sweet-creamy mouthfeel, hint of hoppy bitterness

Mid-palate: creaminess continued, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) brown sugar malts

Finish: sweet carry, subtle soft grapefruit bitter hops, light toasted caramel malt off-dry clean finish.

Summary: All around smooth with very good transitions. I’m surprised at the excellent drinkability in that there’s a great balance of sweet, creamy, bitter and alcohol.