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Great Lakes Brewing Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by Great Lakes Brewing (Ontario)
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Etobicoke, Canada


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RATINGS: 141   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
In our pursuit to bring you the most flavourful and unique beers possible, we are proud to release this tasty autumn ale. Handcrafted with an assortment of specialty malts and hops, we added a generous amount of pumpkin directly into the brew. Combine this with hints of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and allspice, and you’ve got a beer that you won’t soon forget. Rich, satisfying and slightly spicy, our seasonal ale goes perfectly with your favourite dessert or traditional feast. But like fall, Pumpkin Ale comes but once a year!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kauge (842) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 2, 2015
Bottle from LCBO. Slightly hazy, pale amber. Head’s moderate, off-white, and disappears rather fast. The nose is pretty nice - not dominated by the usual marinated or roasted pumpkin, rather, the pumpkin here is very pure, clear, and is seconded by a nice proper beer aroma. So it’s nice and pumpkiny, but also grainy, with very subtle notes of spices. The flavour is similarily very light in the pumpkin department, with a bandaid-like chemical burning bitter finish. Very active, thin carbonation - a bit too aggressive even. Somewhat light on the body. If someone told it’s from last year, I’d believe them.

Oh my. The imprint on lower end of the bottle does say 09/15, so... is this really the BB date? (If so... another massive fuck you @ LCBO.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gluepot (198) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2015
A bit of a fizzy, thin white head on an unexpectedly light and transparent ginger ale-like body. The nose features brown sugar, cloves and nutmeg. A very nice pumpkin ale, with enough pumpkin, cloves and nutmeg to easily earn the name. The malt is bready on one level, but I do taste some seasonal pie crust as well! A hint of citrus hops livens up the taste profile. Light bodied but very flavourful. Nice balances. A great beer at the price!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (8487) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 26, 2015
Bottle - Sweet pumpkin and spice notes. Clear gold with a decent white head. Pumpkin notes and nice spice. Lots of pumpkin and not just spice. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CurbDog (42) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2015
One finger off white head, fades to a thin ring. Light orange, quite clear. Aroma of pumpkin pie spice (nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla), baked pie crust, biscuit, graham cracker. Matching flavours with a faint vanilla character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperTiti33 (787) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2015
Blonde ambré. Sucré. Caramel. Bien épicé. Pâte à biscuit. Citrouille. Gingembre. Boisé. Muscade. Cannelle. Vanillé. Représente son style à merveille.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (4879) - Connecticut, USA - APR 15, 2015
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma of pumpkin and spices, some pale and caramel malts, and light dough. Flavor the same. Average texture. Actually a pretty clean pumpkin beer even with the pumpkin and spices presence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeckyPez86 (11) - - APR 7, 2015
This beer reminds me of "sugar, spice & everything nice". Pumpkin on the finish. Great Fall beer. Beer drinkers equivalent to the Pumpkin Spice Latte!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
arminjewell (8752) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Pour on tap, clear orange pour with thin white head, aroma brought big cinnamon, clove, ginger into some slight vegetal notes, touch of caramel, toffee into a bit of slight bready notes. Taste is a mix of slight orange into big caramel, toffee, lots of spice and cinnamon, slight vegetal and earthy pumpkin note, finishing sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TaktikMTL (6483) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2015
Bouteille de 650 ml achetée à la LCBO (Cornwall, ONT) au coût de 4,75$. Arôme: Légère odeur de citrouille et de clous de girofle. Apparence: La couleur est orangée légèrement voilée avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de canelle et de clous de girofle avec une pointe fruitée. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement épicé. (Rating #6131)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
javiercrasher (219) - Granada, SPAIN - NOV 15, 2014
De color anaranjado, nublada, con una capa de espuma blanca jabonosa de medina retención. En nariz agradable aroma especiado: nuez moscada, clavo y canela dice la botella. Cuerpo medio, oleosa y de carbonatación media. En boca dulce, supongo que la calabaza. De las mejores pumpkin ales que he probado.

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