The Howe Sound Pumpkineater is an Imperial Pumpkin Ale. From the 1l, resealable bottle the beer pours a reddish-copper colour and is topped with a finger and a half of very lightly lacing head. At a high (by pumpkin standards) 8% alcohol level, the Pumpkineater pours with a strong ale sharpness next to the big pumpkin-spice aroma. Strong scents of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and of course pumpkin come through on the nose. The smell radiates autumn notes that remind me of a soon-to-be thanksgiving dinner. Tasting the beer, Pumpkin is not necessarily the first thing that may come to mind. It is definitely reminiscent but the flavour is deep and rich with spice tones such as of clove, cinnamon and nutmeg. Pumpkin does not come in to play but the spice profile is bang on for a delicious slice of pumpkin pie. A light hop flavour shines through a spicy malt-forward body to complete the package. The Pumpkin Eater is a well-balanced, flavourful and very enjoyable, big bodied fall seasonal beer.
Alcohol – 8%
Size – 1000ml
IBU – 19
Price – $10.50 per bottle (craft retailer)
Last updated: September 6, 2015