RC8 (305) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was more impressed with St. Ambroise’s take on the pumpkin ale, but if you are a fan of the style this one shouldn’t let you down. It’s easy to drink and not as ’spicy’ as I expected it, but it’s easily recognizable as an autumn pumpkin brew.
gilvanblight (819) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very hazy orange pour. Light head. Spicy cinnamon pumpkin scent, pretty much as expected. Like sticking your nose over a cold pumpkin pie. I say cold as a hot pie would fill the room with scent and this beer does not do that. Interesting mouth. All that was in the nose is in the mouth. Much more pumpkin and spice then beer which I’m sure will turn some people off. I can’t quite decide myself. While the taste is rather nice it’s odd. Synthetic maybe? The only other Pumpkin Ale I have had was from McAuslin (sp?) I definitely prefer that. This is good but not as good.
kevinsenn (1434) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
650mL bottle from LCBO. Nice clear orange colour. Pumpkin and spice aroma. Taste is very spicy, with a little pumpkin. Feels a little bit "thin" - not the mouthful you’d expect from a pumpkin beer. Still, quite nice.
JoeMcPhee (8962) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale amber pour with a thick, tight laced white head. The aroma is lovely. Softly spicy with a mixture of nutmeg and allspice (fairly different from other brewers who tend to go with more cinnamon) and a little bit of light black pepper as well. Moderate palate with a nice touch of light sweetness and a bit of soft pumpkin character through the middle. It’s a pretty tasty autumnal ale.
Hammy78 (860) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber purchased at the LCBO in Dundas. Pours a very light copper orange with a nice fluffy white head. Aroma is spicy and of pumpkin and something else, nutmeg possibly. Taste is spicy and of pumpkin, hop bitter. Quite light in the mouth feel. There is an after taste that I find with all Great Lakes Brewing brews that is very tart. Almost mouth puckering.
RayOhm (474) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
very very thin. almost like a lager with a hint of pumpkin. drinkable I guess. but pretty disappointing overall
BelgianBeerGal (3373) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
rejtable (1703) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 18, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not what I was expecting, but not that it’s 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 isn’t a big syrupy sweet pumpkin like some, but this one is just too much on the opposite (light) spectrum. Not terrible, just not great.
Phatman (176) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 17, 2011
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2011 Vintage, from LCBO. pours a slightly cloudy light amber colour with a thin head. Aroma wise i think i’m 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!
rwgould (331) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 16, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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 it’s quite drinkable.