Black Creek’s Pumpkin Ale is from Ontario, and is relatively balanced in terms of the cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice that you might find in a pie.
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Pumpkin beers are almost always a difficult conversation and it's for a very simple reason. They emulate pumpkin pie and everybody grew up with a different one. We all remember being 6 or 7 years old and going to Thanksgiving dinner; the highlight, aside from watching dad mangle the turkey with an electric carving knife, was the pie.
Possibly the recipe was handed down through generations of your family. I know that in our family the recipe started with the words "First, you take a pumpkin." They all start more or less that way, with some specifying canned. The real difference is in the blend of spices used to flavour a pumpkin pie, which might vary wildly depending on where your grandmother got her recipe from. It won't surprise you to learn that brewers also have grandmothers, and that they probably take their inspiration from the recipes they grew up with.
For that reason, it's hard to suggest what the best pumpkin beer might be because to dismiss one out of hand since it doesn't fit your idea of what one ought to be is tantamount to talking smack about a brewer's grandma. These brewers are large people who move 70 kilo kegs for a living, and this is therefore a bad idea. The best I can do is point out which spices come through in which beers, and leave it up to you to decide which ones you might enjoy.
From Ontario, there's Black Creek's Pumpkin Ale, which is relatively balanced in terms of the cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice that you might find in a pie. It is very slightly buttery over the caramel malt, which, in terms of pumpkin beer is welcome. I suspect that it might be best enjoyed as a cask ale. There is also Grand River's Highballer Pumpkin Ale, in which the spices are much more pronounced, with cinnamon leading the aroma in this year's batch. It finishes dry, with peppery notes, allowing the cinnamon to linger on afterwards.
From British Columbia, there's Howe Sound Pumpkin Eater, which weighs in at 8% alcohol and comes in a 1-litre bottle. The nutmeg and cloves are more pronounced in the aroma here, followed by the cinnamon and sweet malt character. This one is probably suited to sharing between two people, and as a bonus, you can keep the bottle for any friends that homebrew.
In addition to Shipyard's Smashed Pumpkin, which is heavy enough on the ginger to be more reminiscent of Christmas, and Southern Tier's Pumking, which tends to favour a fuller body and brown sugar sweetness, there's a new pumpkin beer from Rogue available in Canada this year. Chatoe Rogue Pumpkin Patch Ale manages to be something atypical for Rogue: It's subtle. I suspect that this is because the brewers are treating the organic ingredients very gently so as not to waste input from any of the ingredients. In terms of balance of pie spices and other ingredients, this is possibly the best pumpkin beer to start with as an introduction to the concept.