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


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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
bunget (844) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2012
650ml bottle. Clear orange body, big fluffy head, medium retention and sporadic lacing. Spicy sweet nose, coriander, cinnamon, vanilla, ginger, pumpkin. Taste is soft and sweet upfront, with a strong hop bitterness and dryness that kicks in later, good dose of hops, and no pumpkin. A little worse than you would expect from the aroma.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RC8 (305) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gilvanblight (821) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
kevinsenn (1993) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hammy78 (961) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2011
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.

   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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BelgianBeerGal (3838) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rejtable (2309) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 18, 2011
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.

   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 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!

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