JesseM (1135) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml bomber. Pours a nice somewhat hazy orange colour, with a large white, fluffy head. The aromas are very sweet, lots of pumpkin and spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, ect. Flavours are somewhat complex, very malty the whole way through, bready and creamy texture which I love and would expect from a really good dortmunder/helles, but there’s also traces of pumpkin and nutmeg. No pumpkin pie flavours here, nor much ginger. It has a really nice spicy finish that’s quite tasty, followed by a sweet, almost fruity aftertaste (I can almost taste banana?). This is only the second pumpkin ale I’ve ever had, and it’s completely different from the first, but they’re both great in their own ways. This one definitely puts a lot more emphasis on the pumpkin and spicy aspects of the brew, with a very solid bready malt backbone. Top notch stuff, I swear pumpkin ales are one of the absolute best things about this time of the year!
MrManning (1982) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle LCBO tasting- Pours transparent orange with an off white cap of froth. Lots of spices in the aroma. Ginger and cinnamon pack the first punch, and nutmeg is the runner up. There’s some bready doughy aromas as well. Mild burnt malts. No real pumpkin aroma, but that’s ok, it’s nice. Very delicate spiced flavour, ginger and corriander, nutmeg, cinnamon with some mild rosemary and bitter hops. Mild tongue tingle in the finish, lots of spices and bitterness.
beergut111 (210) - Berlin, GERMANY - OCT 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Victory. Very nice. Mild spicy pumpkin taste with a nice amount of hops. Gimmie more!
probstblueribbon (2622) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from LCBO, served cold in a tulip glass. No indication of “Double” on the label...
App.: Clear orange-amber, small off-white head.
Aroma: Ginger leads the charge, followed by cloves and allspice, nutmeg comes on late as the temperature rises; there are some underlying bread-crust malts I think (we’ll see as it warms); the spices jostle for pole position as the beer warms, a touch of leafy hops starts to peak its head out.
Palate: Medium body, a touch slick, medium effervescence.
Flav.: Clove and nutmeg overtake ginger with allspice/cinnamon trailing by a neck; a bit of med-roasted malt hidden in the wings; on swallowing, the spice profile softens and the after taste is restrained (thankfully).
Never a fan of this style, I like that Great Lakes dialed back the spicing. Give me hops or give me hell. Leave the spices in the kitchen.
Gorbalev (2870) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle from the LCBO. Orange pour, small white head. Good aroma - spice, some pumpkin. Good taste - lots of pumpkin, even some alcohol surprisingly, and certainly some hops. Not all that spicy. Very drinkable. Good stuff guys, another one-off winner!
TheJester (1650) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
650 mL bottle. Reddish orange with almost no head. Aroma is malty and spicy - caramel and allspice(?) seem to predominate. The flavour is very spicy; definitely some cinnamon and nutmeg in there. More like pumpkin pie beer than pumpkin beer. Quite sweet. Slightly bitter at the finish. Average carbonation. Interesting.
Gpnterojd (175) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber. Surprisingly sweet and spicy pumpkin aroma. Flavour of spicy pumpkin and some hops -- spices include nutmeg, clove and cinnamon. Very tasty. Short , slightly dry hop (and pumpkin) finish.
matt7215 (2071) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml bottle. pours dark orange with an average off white head. aromas of spice, hops and detectable pumpkin funk. flavours are good without complexity but its a little to thin. a nice seasonal ale but nothing overwhelming.
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at The Rhino - came an amber shade with a white head. Aroma of caramel, pumpkin spice, sweet malt, sort of candy-like actually. Body is soft and delicate. Flavour is sweet with malt and caramel, balanced well by the spices (pumpkin, cloves, nutmeg, some cinnamon). Not as spice heavy as some American pumpkin ales sampled. This one is lighter - very sessionable in fact. The best of Great Lakes seasonal offerings so far.
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2008 650 ml bottle - pours a clear amber, actually quite similar to the Orange Peel Ale, with a good sized white head that lingers for awhile and leaves some nice lace. Soft aromas of spice and and a caramel malt undertone. The flavours are herbal, earthy and spices like nutmeg and clove. There’s a really nice biscuity quality in there as well. Delicate carbonation. This is a subtle, beautifully balanced pumpkin ale, and perfect for the season. I bought four bottles of this at the LCBO today, and I think I may be going back for more....This is Great Lakes best seasonal yet, and each one seems to get a bit better.....good job guys. Also, loooove the bottle.