Cannery Knucklehead Pumpkin Ale

Reviewed by on October 26, 2015 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Cannery Brewing Company

  • Origin: Penticton, BC, CA

  • Rated On: October 26, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Pumpkin Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Pentiction’s Cannery Brewing supplies one of the later pumpkin ales to make it to market as this particular season starts to get a bit long in the tooth. The label displays a suitably creepy-looking and suited-up Mr. Pumpkinhead.

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, dark bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves some cannonball splash aftereffect lace around the glass as it steadily abates.

It smells of spicy ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg, a hearty vegetal gourd fleshiness, some bready, pie crust adjacent toasted caramel malt, and tame earthy, leafy hops. The taste is a sort of flip-flop of the aroma – big, stringy pumpkin mush, more bready caramel malt, a touch of toffee, a generally subdued nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon spiciness, and rather innocuous earthy, weedy hops. The bubbles are pretty understated, and hardly detectable at times, the body a pleasantly hefty medium weight, and actually quite smooth, with an undeniable dessert-worthy creaminess. It finishes a bit on the sweet side, the near-fruity pumpkin and caramel malt outlasting the remains of the seasonal spice day.

Definitely more of my kind of a pumpkin ale – spiced, sure, but not at the expense of a heady, robust early October pie goodness quotient. This one, while not the most complex of its ilk, still fulfills my requirements nicely, and at a reasonable next door provincial neighbour price. That said, is this month/season almost over yet? #pumpkinbeerfatigue

Brady White

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