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

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RATINGS: 117   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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
cfrancis (2355) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2010
Dark amber colour with off white head. Aroma is clove and cinnamon. Taste again is heavy cinnamon, clove and spice. Not a bad seasonal.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2010
From notes. Amber pour, off white carbonation. Lots of pumpkin with a mild dose of spices- nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice- cereal grains in the background. Very easy to drink. Medium body, balanced. Decent pumpkin ale.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
markas101 (1843) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 16, 2009
65 cl bottle, Mulmur, ON, Canada. Deep golden colour, frothy thick head. Heavy clove aroma, cinnamon and nutmeg coming through. Sharp spice on the tongue that turns mellow, finishes sharp again. More watery than expected but drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DenisLD (87) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 22, 2009
A - Clear light amber/gold body with a nice fluffy light-tan head. Nice head retention and impressive lacing. The aroma is not a very strong one overall. It’s floral, with a nice pumpkin base, a fair amount of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove) and some caramel notes. The taste starts out with very pronounced pumpkin, followed by a moderate spiciness and a touch of caramel. Some floral hop bitterness was also present. The taste finished in a fair amount of spice notes, as well as some bitterness and light sweetness. The pumpkin taste gets stronger as the beer warms up. Overall, a good example of the style, and quite a tasty one, with just enough pumpkin and spices.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jgb9348 (4734) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2009
Nice slightly hazy orange/copper coloured body with a nice thinnish slightly white head. Aroma of nice spice, squash, pumpkin, nutmeg (big time) and a light bit of caramel. Light to Medium-bodied; Very mild spiciness with some nutmeg, raw sugar and squash with a thinnish lemon taste at the end. Aftertaste shows just about nothing, perhaps some mild cinnamon and nutmeg. Overall, I’m not sure if this is the same batch that everyone else had - but this is pretty bland and definitely not impressive when compared to other beers in the style. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from the LCBO (Summerhill) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on 11-October-2009, sampled at home in Washington on 05-November-2009.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
OntBeerDrinker (432) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2009
This stuff is awsome. Pour it into a glass and cover the rim with cinnamon and suger(makes it extra yummy)and sip on it and make it last. Every yr I try and drink it. Took a while to get this yr since it was selling out fast. I still haver 2 that i put a side for some other time since it’s so good and only sold in October. I have youtube video’s with review’s. aagin privet msg me for the link. This stuff rules!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rederic (2923) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 4, 2009
650ml bottle, amber color, with a thick white head, yeasty, spicy nose of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, gingerbread, with a toasted, biscuity malt, bready dough, pumpkin skin accent, and light pumpkin pie aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a crisp, faint fruity pumpkin, spicy character of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, gngerbread, with a biscuity, caramel malt note and a hint of cookie dough, with mild pumpkin skin fruitiness, and faint flowery hop grassy accent, leading towards a toasted malty, spicy cinnamon, lingering hop bitterness finish.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 3, 2009
Bomber courtesy of matt7215. Pours copper with a nice, lasting white head. Smells of pumpkin pie spice, fresh pumpkin flesh, caramel, grassy. Tastes of fresh pumpkin, a touch of lemon, spice, pepper, earthy, crisp. This brewer does a great job incorporating flavors and aromas I associate with cutting into fresh pumpkins. Excellent!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Imperial-John (192) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2009
Nutmeg and allspice ale aroma. Golden with thick white head that thins quickly with a little lacing. Dry, bitter, nutmeg, allspice taste. Concentrated on the spices but they forgot the pumpkin.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2009
650mL bottle. Not a bad beer, but not a big fan of pumpkin beers in general. Orange colour, small white head. Nose of cloves, cinnamon, and pumpkin. Medium body, taste of more pumpkin and spice, relatively sweet.


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