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

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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   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!


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Bottle from Tupalev - Thanks! Gold with a hint of tan, thin white head. Nose is pumpkin pie but also something "christmasy." Actual pumpkin meat in the aroma too - nice! Some light biscuity malt hanging out. Flavor is lighter pumpkin spice than the nose suggests. Whats behind the spice is a passable, if boring golden/amber ale. The one thing keeping this beer interesting is the lingering vanilla note. A bit of malt, spice and vanilla in a thinnish finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8523) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2007
Orange with a white head, and lacey. Spice including moderate pumpkin aroma. The taste is bold and a naturally above average carbonated. Tasty and one of the better pumpkins I have liked, drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4661) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 8, 2007
Bottle: Poured a clear orangey color ale with a small foamy head with no retention and no lacing. Aroma of pumpkin and cinnamon is dominating and well balance. Taste is also dominated by some pumpkin notes with some cinnamon and maybe subtle cloves notes. Full body with some minimal carbonation. Well done overall with some good balance.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quevillon (2462) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2007
Bouteille de 660 ml, acheté au LCBO d’Ottawa (Rideau et King Edward). Orange cuivré, petit collet. Arome d’épice d’automne et de canelle malté, un peu de citrouille. Goût de malte légèrement épicé, un peu de citroille mais pas assez. Mais c’est assez bien quant même!

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2007
It’s double something, alright, but I’m pretty sure it’s not the pumpkin. There’s an almost sickening flavour of nutmeg suspended in water going on here. Needs far more malts to round it out if that’s what they’re going for. One-dimensional and overkill.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JesseM (1151) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2007
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!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrManning (2003) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 25, 2007
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. Good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beergut111 (210) - Berlin, GERMANY - OCT 23, 2007
On tap at Victory. Very nice. Mild spicy pumpkin taste with a nice amount of hops. Gimmie more!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
probstblueribbon (2892) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2007
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (2912) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2007
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!


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