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Great Lakes Brewing Pumpkin Ale

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

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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gregorymconway (91) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 16, 2014
650ml bottle from the LCBO. Clear amber body with a medium sized foamy white head. Notes of banana, clove, vanilla, cinnamon, pumpkin and nutmeg are present, nice and complex, maybe some subtle ginger. Oily thin texture, some sweetness with a noticable hop character. Soft cabonation with pumpkin based finish with lingers for a little bit.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Randy4Beer (193) - - OCT 12, 2014
Pours a clear light copper, with a fair amount of carbonation. Moderate head settling down quickly, leaving medium lacing. On the nose it is cloves, nutmeg, a bit of banana esters, and black pepper. Medium mouth feel. Tastes are cinnamon, nutmeg, some wheat beer characteristics, bananas, general spice box, and surprisingly very little true pumpkin taste. Overall it tastes more like a wheat beer meets a peppery saison, than it does a pumpkin ale, but it is certainly an enjoyable beverage.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Bendrixian (1134) - Canadiana, Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 11, 2014
clear amber colour. classically styled pumpkin ale with nutmeg and other baking spices. sort of tart and more nutmeg on the palate. I hate this style of beer everytime I have it.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
redpooba (399) - New York, USA - OCT 1, 2014
Very light and tart on the nose, and a pale-amber to the eyes. Crisp on the back and top of the mouth. Has more tart notes than nutmeg or spices. A decent beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopsandBolts (86) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2014
Appearance: Pours a clear amber colour with lots of white head that lasts for a while. Aroma: Pumpkin, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon. Flavour: Pumpkin, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, hint of malt. Mouthfeel: Smooth with low carbonation. Overall: A very nice pumpkin ale with lots of pumpkin and spice aromas and flavours. I didn’t detect much malt or hop presence and would have liked some to provide more balance. Still this is a nice beer worth trying.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
terrybail (630) - London, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2014
650ml bottle from the lcbo Pale copper pour Aroma of slight pumpkin spice Rather thin just ok

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
worldbeertaste (1670) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2014
Smells of nutmeg, pumpkin and hops. Tastes of spices, hops, caramel, toffee, and sweet malt. Kind of a pumkiny aftertaste. Medium pale orange with a white head.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Calisky (872) - ALSACE, FRANCE - SEP 25, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2014 Courtesy of Jaghana Couleur légère ambrée trouble, mousse qui disparait. Nez d’épices, canelle, rondelles citron orange, anis étoilé (ce qu’on mets dans le vin chaud en alsace). Gout bien épicé, des mêmes épices avec arriière gout de canelle, et petite amertume. Corps un peu leger. Mais ce legume donne des aromes peux courants.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaghana (4017) - Strasbourg (France), FRANCE - SEP 25, 2014
Bottle 65cl from Jan thanks. A clear amber beer with low head. Nose is on juniper and elderberries. Aroma is on caramel, toasted caramel, floral, juniper, light clove, kind of fig touch. Body is a bit low but this is an interesting bouquet.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DiscerninDrunk (48) - - SEP 9, 2014
Pours bright orange, very clear with a little head, a very small amount sticks around for a while. Pumpkin pie on the nose. Pumpkin, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon very present on both nose and flavor. Clove exceedingly present on taste, maybe a slight noble hop finish. Medium malt body.


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