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

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RATINGS: 132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   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 youíve got a beer that you wonít 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!


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
RayOhm (474) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2011
very very thin. almost like a lager with a hint of pumpkin. drinkable I guess. but pretty disappointing overall

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BelgianBeerGal (3235) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2011
Bottle from Niagara-on-the-Lake. It was okay overall. The alcohol was a little noticeable for "only" 5.5ABV. Seemed like a fairly benign base beer with a hint of pumpkin and spice tossed in the mix. Fine I suppose but there are better pumpkin-specific beers out there.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rejtable (1399) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 18, 2011
Not what I was expecting, but not that itís bad either. Tastes like a pretty standard beer, some hops up front I guess, maybe a bit of a wheat beer presence as well. Pumpkin very light, have to strain to find it. I kind of like that it isnít a big syrupy sweet pumpkin like some, but this one is just too much on the opposite (light) spectrum. Not terrible, just not great.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Phatman (176) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 17, 2011
2011 Vintage, from LCBO. pours a slightly cloudy light amber colour with a thin head. Aroma wise i think iím getting some of the cinnamon and cloves. Tastes kinda like a wheat beer IMO, nothing wrong with that but tbh i was expecting something a little different that claims to have a "generous amount of pumpkin" added as well as the associated spices. Tasty beer but not a stand out. The hunt for some great pumpkin ale continues!

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rwgould (331) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 16, 2011
Appearance: Transparent orange, frothy beige head. Aroma: Spice, cloves, strong smell of pumpkin, hops. Palate: Smooth, medium body, bit of a bite at the end. Taste: Sweet, slightly bitter. Taste is about what I expect from a Great Lakes - tastes like standard beer, with very subtle hints of the proclaimed flavour. I have to strain to taste the pumpkin in this, even though I can smell it. Nothing really special, though itís quite drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 17, 2011
Tasted Oct 2010. 650 ml bottle from the LCBO. Pours amber in colour, with nice frothy off-white head. Aroma and taste are classic pumpkin spice, with a hint of pumpkin flesh. Pretty good one!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (13948) - 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 (2372) - 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-Ambroiseís 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 (1169) - 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 (35735) - 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]


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