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Great Lakes Brewery Pumpkin Ale

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


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RATINGS: 149   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2016
Bottle:   Comes across as a very solid example of a Pumpkin Ale.   Soft sediment floating about in a orange haze, small white head, foamy, little lacing.   Bright nutmeg and soft clove on the nose that carries through onto the tongue.   Lingers quite a while after the finish.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Flavorful from start to finish.   Solid example.   Thanks Mike!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Tranquillity (1878) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2016
Bottled. Sweet artificial aroma, the taste has too much cinnamon. Not refreshing at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChadPoole (321) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2016
Pours orange with an off white head. Aroma is a mixture of pumpkin pie and gingerbread. Taste is same as aroma with a dry finish. All around great beer, I’ll definitely be drinking this again.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
Bengibbs6 (65) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2015
It tastes like Christmas ale without the alcohol heat. Never again. Never, never again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Karol (877) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 25, 2015
Bottled. Overall a very good pumpkin ale. Good balanced aroma of cinamon, pumpkin and ginger Taste is cinamon, pumpkin, ginger with a dry boozy finish. Refreshing. Anytime again!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KoNrRiI (1231) - Århus, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2015
0.65 bottle. Delicately hazy, gold color and a large, thick, white head. Aroma of spices is foremost with pumpkin and pale malts coming in second. Taste is balanced and does not strike with an avalanche of spices but rather slowly introduces all the components: pumpkin, spices, pale malts, some yeasts, cinnamon, carnations. Medium body, creamy texture, and a very soft carbonation. Finish is short, delicately sweet and just as unimposing as the rest. Overall a pleasant beer, an unusual breakout from the sea of pumpkin ales which have a more pungent aroma than pumpkins themselves.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CRock (179) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2015
I like pumpkin pie and this is pretty much pumpkin pie in a glass. One of the best pumpkin beers I’ve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (1826) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 10, 2015
Bottle to pint glass I love pumpkin beers as a local craft brewery in my brothers town was selling growlers 15 years ago. That beer was one of my gateway beers and it’s something that I’m always chasing this time of year. This smells like pumpkin and I also get clove and nutmeg along with a light caramel. It’s a clear, but slightly hazy, amber with a 1/2 cm long lasting, creamy off white head. Taste is pumpkin, nutmeg, clove, malts, and a nice overarching bitterness. Pretty good, Great Lakes Brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kauge (1619) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 2, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 26, 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.)

Edit: I had forgotten I had a tap sample of this at The Beer Experience before the bottle, and guess what, my above rating is almost exactly the same...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gluepot (456) - Ottawa, 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!

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