Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Skeptically, I purchased a bottle from the LC last fall...ended up grabbing another 24 after sampling the first. This pured out a bright, transparent orange with ample white head...aroma was more spice than pumpkin. Flavourwise, I was worried that it would be too much pumpkin or spice but they did a great job here. The pumpkin was not overdone but easily detected, even by non-beer geeks...and just the right amount of spice/herb to balance things out. This was so drinkable that it become my session beer for about a month, last fall.
Lookin forward to the next batch.
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille 650ml étiquetée sous le nom « Great Lakes Brewery Pumpkin Ale », courtoisie de Hogtownharry. De couleur orange et claire. Nez épicé (cannelle, muscade, léger de clou de girofle, traces de pain d’épices et de gingembre), léger de grains de céréales et de citrouille avec des notes de biscuits. Moyenne-mince en bouche avec un pétillement moyen-bas mais croustillant ainsi qu’une texture légèrement crémeuse et aux notes huileuses. Goût épicé (cannelle, moyen de muscade, léger de clou de girofle, traces de gingembre) avec un léger goût de citrouille ainsi que des traces fruitées (citron) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un léger goût de biscuits au pain d’épices (présent en arrière-goût jusqu’en finale) ainsi que des notes de céréales fraîches et de pain puis en finale l’on retrouve un léger regain de goût épicé (pain d’épices et muscade) avec des notes amères de houblon herbeux (herbe mouillée). Post-goût moyen, aux petites notes amères de houblon herbeux ainsi qu’avec un goût épicé (muscade, léger de cannelle et notes de pain d’épices) et un petit goût de citrouille.
jasonm (22) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, orange color topped with a fingerwidth of off-white head. Moderate retention, no lacing. Nice pumpkin spice aroma, both sweet and savory, with cinnamon and nutmeg. Slight hint of pumpkin flesh and buttery crust. Taste is spicy pumpkin pie, although not as prominent as the aroma. Finishes with a dry, pilsner malt quality. Medium bodied with dense, prickly carbonation. A nice, well-rounded pumpking ale.
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2009 [716-20070928] Tap @ C’est What 2007 FOSB (Toronto, ON). Bubblegum fruit and ginger aroma. Clear, orange brown body with a small medium-lasting creamy white head. Gingerale pumpkin flavour has a bit of allspice. Medium body is bubbly. Interesting, not too much pumpkin (which may be a good thing). Ƙ/4/7/3/14) 3.6
[2479B-20090910] Cask. Spicy pumpkin pie aroma with apple fruit. Hazy, light brown orange body with a quick creamy off-white head. Flavour continues the spicy apply pumpkin theme and allspice. Medium body is a little spicy. Wow, more on par with a ST Pumpking these days, very nice! Ƙ/3/8/4/15) 3.8
(Project X 3rd Ed. @ brewery; Toronto, ON)
sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Rated earlier in November, but on the wrong "Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale" page!) 22oz bottle purchased from LCBO in Toronto for around $5. (I think the alternate "Double" listing comes from early kegs on draft. I don’t believe there is any intentional difference between the draft versions and the bottled version that does not say "Double".) Pours a light straw with lots of carbonation. Quite nice aroma of "pumpkin beer" spice. The first taste is tangy from all the carbonation. The wife comments that it burns her tongue. Flavour is a nice, typical pumpkin beer. Not mind blowing, but nice to at least have the option in this variety-starved province.
Lubiere (10094) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A dark golden ale with a thin off white head. A sweet caramel and nutmeg aroma, pumpkin spices, expected. In mouth, a clean crisp malt with sustained cloved and nutmeg, lightly oily mouthfeel, and medium bodied. Very nice for the style. Dec. 14 2007.
radiomgb (2249) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear golden-orange in colour, thin white coloured head, lots of visible carbonation, very light lacing. The aroma is of light pumpkin, light spice - mainly clove and allspice. The pumpkin seems to take over in the flavour with the spice taking a backseat, some earth and a light sweetness. Creamy mouthfeel, light body, medium carbonation. Finishes sweet, thin with some light pumpkin. Its okay, starts to become a bit much. With such a new bottle, why was my cap so rusted?
650ml bottle from the LCBO in Peterborough, Ontario for $4.95.
Purchased on October 24, 2007 and opened on November 1, 2007.
rudolf (2341) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Sammy (8679) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Boutip (4738) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 8, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.