Pumpkin Beer six and I am roughly one third of the way into my journey to drink all ales pumpkin flavoured. This time out I am sampling Granville Island Brewing’s Limited Release Pumpkin Ale.
Their pumpkin ale pours a burnt orange copper colour with a decent amount of white head that turns pretty quickly into a light layer of lacing. Initially there is not a lot of nose to this ale but as it warms you get a complex mix of malt, hop and earthy notes on the nose. There is a ton of earthy pumpkin flavour, some sweet caramel notes from the malt, and a touch of nuttiness or roasted grain. The ale is light bodied, fairly low in alcohol at 6%, with a dry and slightly bitter finish. A really good pumpkin ale characterized not by pumpkin pie spices but rather by the earthy squash-like flavour of real roasted pumpkin.
This one was a pleasant surprise and I would give Granville Island’s Pumpkin Ale eight candy corns out of a possible ten.