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Pumpkin Beer Ten, Not Again

On this pumpkin fueled roller coaster ride I started out slow then picked up speed but alas I think I may once again be on a downhill slope not because this beer is bad per se but rather I have run into another beer with an identity crisis, Epic Brewing’s Imperial Pumpkin Porter.



The Imperial Pumpkin Porter pours a deep black amber with some opacity. There is a little mocha coloured head that has good retention. Cold coffee and roasty chocolatiness on the nose. These rich notes carry on to the flavour of the porter. Imperial Pumpkin is medium bodied with a real chewiness in the mouthfeel. The depth of this beer carries the deep roasted malty and chocolate flavours quite well and the finish has a nice burnt quality yet I am having a tough time finding the pumpkin in this one. There is a bit of spiciness in the flavour but the earthiness that comes from real pumpkin eludes my palate. I also found the spices on the nose pretty subtle with the other flavours dominating not enhancing the pumpkin character.


As a porter I like this one but as a pumpkin beer I don’t think it is the best option out there so I am giving this one six out of a possible ten candy corns.


Pumpkin Beer Nine, This One is Fine

I think by the end of this endeavor I will have created an excellent (adult) skipping rhyme…

Well I am nine beers in and the diversity of pumpkin ales has made this task far more enjoyable than I thought when I initially posited drinking a pumpkin beer a day for nineteen days. Luckily there hasn’t been anything undrinkable so fingers crossed that Tree Brewing Co.’s Jumpin Jack Pumpkin Ale continues the streak.



Jumpin Jack pours a deep amber colour with tons of sediment. There is a small amount of cream coloured head that has good staying power. There are hops and pumpkin pie spices on the nose. Jumpin Jack has good body, edging towards a medium bodied ale, which suits the complex flavours happening in this beer. Earthy pumpkin comes through as you drink it and the hop and spices also linger making this one a bit more substantive than some of its’ pumpkin counterparts. The finish has a hoppy bitter quality. Overall another really drinkable pumpkin ale.


I give Jumpin Jack seven candy corns out of a possible ten.

Pumpkin Beer Six, A Surprising Top Pick

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.


A Pumpkin (Beer) a Day Keeps the Doctor Away


Hallowe’en is one of my favourite holidays – dressing up as someone or something else, eating too much candy corn, watching cheesy horror movies and, of course, the arrival of pumpkin beers!

To honour this holiday in the best beer geek fashion I am going to do a series of blogs reviewing a different pumpkin beer everyday until Hallowe’en.

I have a pretty decent selection in the fridge but I will need some recommendations to meet my goal so feel free to add your favourites to the comments section…


Pumpkin Beers on Deck

Phillips Crooked Tooth Pumpkin Ale

Tree Brewing Co. Jumpin Jack Pumpkin Ale

Parallel 49 Lost Souls Chocolate Pumpkin Porter

Steamworks Pumpkin Ale

Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale

Fernie Brewing Co. Pumpkin Head Pumpkin Brown Ale

Parallel 49 Schadenfreude Pumpkin Oktoberfest

St. Ambroise The Great Pumpkin Ale

Epic Brewing Fermentation without Representation Imperial Pumpkin Porter

Two Beers Brewing Co. Pumpkin Spice Ale

Elysian Dark O’ the Moon Pumpkin Stout

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

Pike Brewing Co. Harlot’s Harvest Pike Pumpkin Ale

Southern Tier Pumking Ale

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