Black Creek Pumpkin Ale

There are perhaps a record number of pumpkin ales on shelves at least in Ontario . One of them is Black Creek Pumpkin Ale. Black Creek is a historic brewery that brews beer using 19th century methods. It is part of Black Creek Pioneer Village, ironically nestled alongside the ’60s concrete mass of York University and the worst neighbourhood in Toronto.

But Black Creek opens with a promising aroma. It smells like a homemade pumpkin pie in a beer bottle. The body is an amber-orange with a medium white head. The flavour is disappointing. It starts with a hint of pumpkin and moves to to a watery and grassy flavour before ending with a hint of pumpkin that at least lingers. The lack of pumpkin flavour was disappointing after opening a bottle of pioneer-style brewed pumpkin ale with such great aroma.  When picking my all-time favourite pumpkin ale I still go with the first one I ever tasted at the Olde Stone Brewing Company in Peterborough, Ontario.


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