It is down to the wire as far as pumpkin beers go (it’s gauche to consume one after October right?) so when my very nice neighbour dropped off a couple of bottles of The Pumpkining from Granville Island Brewing I knew I had to dutifully drink it before midnight lest I turn into a pumpkin.
The Pumpkining (6% ABV) pours a burnt orange (according to the bottle) but to my untrained eye I would describe it as a very clear chestnut reddish brown beer with lots of thick off white head and excellent head retention. An earthy nose that is rather subtle and an earthy yam-like flavour with a lot of underlying pumpkin pie spices. Body wise I find this one a bit thin with no real warming character despite the label’s assertion it is a strong beer. I don’t get much in the way of maltiness from this beer and the finish continues the earthy notes making this one consistent if not terribly complex. I have to say GIB always nails it when it comes to putting the flavours front and centre i.e. if it says it is a pumpkin beer there are lots of pie spices or if it says vanilla than by gosh there is a boat load of vanilla. Whether this is a good thing can be up for debate. Personally I like my pumpkin beers to be a bit on the sweet side and a little heavier body wise.
Overall not a bad entry into the (overly) saturated pumpkin market but not memorable enough to make The Pumpkining a repeat purchase.