Pumpkin Beer Nineteen, It’s Finally Hallowe’en

Canadian Hallowe’en Fact (courtesy of CBC) 850 — the number of Canadians who reported that they were Satanists in 2001, up from 340 in 1991


Beer nineteen, the final milestone in my ground-breaking research into the addition of pumpkin to ale. Did we end on a high note? Did I finally find the elusive, perhaps mythical, 10 candy corn beer? Is Lighthouse Brewing Company’s boringly named Pumpkin Ale the pinnacle of pumpkin perfection in a pint glass? Well, no.



Lighthouse Pumpkin Ale pours very clear, pale orange copper in colour with absolutely no head retention whatsoever. The white head that initially appeared was gone by the time I moved the glass to snap a picture. The nose has some pumpkin pie spices and a brown sugar element to it. Mouthfeel, this one is very, very light bodied and a bit cloying in its sweetness, like there was lots of sugar remaining in the beer. It is also the flattest of all the pumpkins I sampled. Pie spices and sugar are the dominant flavours and there is not a lot to the finish. Far too light and too sweet for my taste.

So things turned a little gruesome on Hallowe’en day but maybe that was my trick since I am undeserving of a treat…


Lighthouse Pumpkin Ale is being bestowed four candy corns out of a possible ten.


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