Saturday, 12 January 2013

Gourd-geous Brews--Pumpkineater Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Pumpkineater Imperial Pumpkin Ale is a "strong ale brewed with pumpkin and spices" made by the Howe Sound Brewing Company out of Squamish, British Columbia. P.I.P.A. comes in mammoth 1L swing top bottles, which is a good thing, since, at 8% alcohol, there is a pretty good chance that you'll be refrigerating a portion of this stuff, rather than drinking it all in a single session. (I drank the whole thing, but I'm ridiculous.)

P..I.P.A. is a very attractive beer.  It's a cloudy copper orange colour topped with a frothy cream head. It has a boozy aroma of pumpkin and nutmeg. It's a malt forward offering that features a healthy pumpkin profile. There is some definite spice flavour, but a touch more might be nice. It tastes every bit of its 8% alcohol and builds to a solidly bitter finish.

There's a lot to like in this one--awesome potency, great large format bottle, and a robust flavour. A bit more spice to mask the high alcohol content is my only suggestion.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10.

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