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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (13194) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 21, 2011
Bottle, 65cl, courtesy of Enjoyit. A more or less clear one, dark golden to amber in color, and with a dense, beige head leaving lacings. Spiced nose with some sweet, malty fruityness. Nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon. The flavor has the same spice mixture, as well as malty sweetness and a generic fruityness. Spiced finish with citrus fruityness, and sweetness. Too spiced for my likings. 110129

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Metalchopz (2209) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 19, 2011
Originally rated November 2008. Second pumpkin ale reviewed tonight (of two). This one being a Canadian one, the other, American. This one is on the hazy side, with a golden-orange colour. Its head is off-white, longer lasting and leaves a thick chunky lace all around. The spices are not as predominant as the other though. After waiting a while, a little cinnamon comes out. It has more of a hoppy scent to it. The mouthfeel is not as crisp as the Brooklyn one, but has a little more stickiness to it. The hop takes over the spices in the taste as well. The pumpkin is also taking over the spices (that I really enjoy in these pumpkin ales - see St-Ambroise’s pumpkin ale). Again, not a bad pumpkin ale, just missing some impact. Judging from the other reviews, I wish I could try this one fresh from the brewer. This brewer seems to be getting better every year. I like to try this beer every Halloween.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
neuromatt (1105) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2011
650 mL bottle from the LCBO, served in a tulip. Pours clear orange-golden with a medium sized white head. The head slowly fades to a thin remnant and leaves a small amount of fine lace. The nose is spicy, with big notes of allspice, clove and nutmeg, along with cinnamon, and a touch of toasted malts. The flavour is surprisingly dry and bitter with perhaps a touch of pumpkin but a continuation of the spicy notes from the aroma. The finish is long with a distinct autumn spice quality. On the palate, it is light-medium in body with a dryish texture and soft carbonation. Overall, I was a little disappointed with this one. While the requisite spices are there, the body was thin and left me wanting something more substantial. 2011-04-29

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (34282) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2011

Bottle 650ml.

[ As Great Lakes Brewing Project X Pumpkin Ale (orange foil) ].
Clear medium orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted - caramel, pumpkin, soap, coriander, pumpkin spices. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long long duration, coriander, pumpkin spices, peppery. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110129]

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (7275) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 29, 2011
Bottle 650ml @ fonefan
Pours cloudy golden with a white head. Aroma has notes of malt, pumpkin and spices. Taste is light sweet and spicy. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dedollewaitor (13748) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2011
Bottle @ Ulfborg Weekend, Jan 2011. Pours unclear amber with a large frothy white head and lacings. Nose is spicy. Cinnamon and pumpkin. Medium bodied. Spicy and one dimensional. Pepper and yeast.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25089) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2011
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of Enjoyit. Comes as "Great Lakes Project X Pumpkin Ale" at 5.5% ABV. Pours an almost clear deep golden with a frothy off-white head. Very sweet pumpkin spice in the nose. Medium body, very dry and astringent with some mild pumpkin spices. Ends very dry. 290111

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sinkhole (263) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2010
Bottle. Pours amber orange colour with ample white head. Aromas of malts, pumpkin seed, and spices. Taste of sweet malt gives way to slightly bitter pumpkin seed finish. Notes of cinnamon and caramel as well. Overall a solid brew that balances well.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fullers (251) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2010
Bottle LCBO. Pours dark amber with small off white head. Aroma not pronounced, spice notes. Medium bodied. Fairly bitter. Underwhelmed.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Frothmeister (546) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 12, 2010
650ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy orange with an off white head. The nose is thin, but honey, cloves, vanilla, gingerbread come through. The taste has far less spice than I was expecting. Pepper, faint, caramel, and again gingerbread with a bitter spicy finish. Could use some sweetness to balance it out. Tastes a bit too "potpourri" for me.


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