Pumpkin Ale – Steamworks (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C

Pumpkin Ale – Steamworks Brewery, 6.5% ABV, 650ml, 25 IBU, (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Ingredients: water, barley malt, PUMPKIN PUREE, hops, yeast, spices (CINNAMON, GINGER, NUTMEG, CLOVES)

  • Style: (seasonal, pumpkin) Spiced Ale
  • Taste Profile: cream-fizzy malts -> brown sugar/ginger/cinnamon/pumpkin -> ginger spicy/malty spiced dry bitter hopped finish.
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5.50 – 650ml, September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Beautiful artwork printed on the bottle; it shows care and pride even for short-term seasonal brew, kudos. Pours dark copper-reddish with a nice-sized foamy head, a bit of lacing, thin layer of retention, lots of fast activity.

Nose: brown sugar malts with some metallic notes. Cinnamon and caramel as well. (6)aromatic strength

Attack: creamy-fizzy mouthfeel, malty (7)sweetness

Mid-palate: (MAIN) brown sugar malts, ginger dryness, cinnamon, pumpkin (3)saltiness

Finish: (2)ginger spiciness, residual sugars, malty pumpkin spiced light (3)bitter hopped finish.

Summary:  I like this more than the GI Pumpkining I had yesterday. Better packaging, visually, more character and depth, however it’s astringent with the dominant dry ginger bitterness. (Note: all numbers above are on a 10-point scale, with 1 being weak and 10 being the strongest)

Steamworks Pale Ale (Canada)

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Pale Ale – Steamworks Brewing, 5.2% ABV – 355ml – 35 IBUs – Zythos/Cascade Hops, (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

  • Style: Pale Ale
  • My Rating: C
  • Taste Profile: Sharp hoppy bitterness -> grapefruit/sour/half-watery -> dry/malty/hoppy bitter finish.
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $12.75/6pack, December 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no, unless you want the cool glass like I did

Tasting notes: pours clear copper brown with a small head, thin layer of retention, sticky lacing, lots of active streams. Faint malts, sourness and hops on the nose. Drinks with a sharp hoppy bitterness up front, 4/10-sweetness, malts, grapefruit hoppiness, light creamy/half-watery mouthfeel, finishing dry, malty, and hoppy bitter. Low-medium complexity, low-med depth, okay transitions, okay carry, okay drinkability. Sub-par excitement. BUY IT FOR THE FREE COLLECTIBLE GLASS!! NOT THE BEER.