Gethinbeer (2285) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 26, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From bottle. Delicate aroma of pumpkin and sweet spices. Syrup and strong hint of cinnamon. Great looking orange/copper colour with white head. Pumpkin flavour, strongly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. Smooth texture. Rich finish. This beer grows on you. Now I’m towards the end I love it. The spices in this beer remind me of a Christmas ale.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 19, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gift from jerc and mabel as they went through town. Dark amber. Steady carbonation keeps a fair head. Strong spice leans more to cloves than cinnamon masking most of the pumpkin scent. Kudos for real pumpkin. Light beer with a meaty body and spice. Lighter flavoured than others. A bit of a caramel quality to go with the pumkin and spice. Flavour seems to nicely lean more to cinnamon than cloves. Easy drinking and soft enough that you could certainly have more than one.
robinvboyer (3495) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aromas of pumpkin spices, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and a touch of malt. Flavor is much of the same, putting this side by side with the st ambroise i’m finding them very very similar, but this one seems a tad more full bodied, and have a little less of a thin flavor profile.
garthicus (2787) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 bottle from LCBO - No mention of the word ’double’ on the label. App: Deep orange with a pancake coloured head. Aroma: Wonderful spiced pumpkin aroma with some malt. Flavour: Cinnamon, spice, pumpkin, nice malt finish too. I reckon this will be my go to beer as long as the season lasts! Lovely.
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 (2787) - 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 (7059) - 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 (11014) - 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.