Pioneer Harvest Pumpkin Ale

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ABV 5% IBU ?

Here we are for round 3 of ‘pumpkin ale October’. So far, we’ve had mixed results with my preferred pumpkin ale being very light on pumpkin flavour.

The brewery uses wood fires to heat all their brewing water, mash tun, and kettle. All the beers are cask conditioned and served at cellar temperatures and carbonation levels. This place is cool without hipsters!

Simplify, man!

This week’s entry comes to us from Black Creek Historic Brewery in Toronto. Black Creek Pioneer Village is a family friendly educational tourist attraction that shows what life was like in Ontario in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. The working brewery uses methods true to the time period to craft a variety of cask ales in small batches. Every year in the fall, they release their Pioneer Harvest Pumpkin Ale.

Pioneer Harvest Pumpkin Ale is a dark amber colour with low carbonation and a rapidly vanishing head. The aroma is a mild floral with a hint of spice. The flavour is robust with malt and pumpkin sweetness and some ginger coming through as well. There is no detectable hop characteristic or flavour. The finish is a mild and lingering sweetness.

This beer was a pleasant surprise. I wasn’t expecting to like this beer as much as I did. It’s a good example of how a small, no electricity brewery can make something the macro breweries never could. There is a character to this beer that could not be mass-produced.

It’s possible that I’m a recent convert to the pumpkin ale lover camp.

Check out more about Black Creek Historic Brewery here.

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