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


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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomthompson89 (1976) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2007
C’est what fall fest. Nose is allspice and nutmeg, some pumpkin. amber color, little head. Flavor is definate Pumkin some malts balanced with some spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2007
Draught at The Rhino - came an amber shade with a white head. Aroma of caramel, pumpkin spice, sweet malt, sort of candy-like actually. Body is soft and delicate. Flavour is sweet with malt and caramel, balanced well by the spices (pumpkin, cloves, nutmeg, some cinnamon). Not as spice heavy as some American pumpkin ales sampled. This one is lighter - very sessionable in fact. The best of Great Lakes seasonal offerings so far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gpnterojd (179) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2007
Pours amber. Surprisingly sweet and spicy pumpkin aroma. Flavour of spicy pumpkin and some hops -- spices include nutmeg, clove and cinnamon. Very tasty. Short , slightly dry hop (and pumpkin) finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (5836) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 8, 2007
Bottle: Poured a clear orangey color ale with a small foamy head with no retention and no lacing. Aroma of pumpkin and cinnamon is dominating and well balance. Taste is also dominated by some pumpkin notes with some cinnamon and maybe subtle cloves notes. Full body with some minimal carbonation. Well done overall with some good balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
garthicus (2905) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 28, 2008
650 bottle from LCBO - No mention of the word ’double’ on the label. App: Deep orange with a pancake coloured head. Aroma: Wonderful spiced pumpkin aroma with some malt. Flavour: Cinnamon, spice, pumpkin, nice malt finish too. I reckon this will be my go to beer as long as the season lasts! Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robinvboyer (4106) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2008
Aromas of pumpkin spices, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and a touch of malt. Flavor is much of the same, putting this side by side with the st ambroise i’m finding them very very similar, but this one seems a tad more full bodied, and have a little less of a thin flavor profile.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thorongil2 (2249) - , Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2010
(bottle) clear orange with small white head; aroma of pumpkin and spices; balanced mostly dry flavour with long medium bitter finish; nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sudomorph (1079) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 16, 2013
Pours a translucent light copper with a one finger off-white head that fades to a film. Aroma is of pumpkin pie. Pumpkin, sugar, and cinnamon. Taste is a touch bitter with a slight spiced finish. Medium body and with a low to medium, bubbly carbonation. Clean mouth feel. Not overly sugary or overdone. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (9722) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2009 2009-09-10. No notes; The spices seem much more assertive than in previous years, one in particular stands out but I don’t know what it is, perhaps nutmeg? Pumpkin is noticeable but defers to the spices. Supporting beer is a touch light, leaving the spice as the dominant character. Pleasant. Cask at the brewery

Sept 2007. Cest What Festival of Small Breweries. Orange body with a short lived head. Muted aroma in the first sample is bigger in the second. Fruity quasi-pumpkin in the nose. Flavour has similar fruitiness with more obviously identified pumpkin, moderate spices with clove sticking out a bit more than the rest, especially after it is confirmed to be there. Smooth average to medium palate ( 6+). I found this to be more pumpkiny but a little less interesting than Grand Rivers offering. A very nice beer though, I look forward to seeing it every year. 7/3/7/3+//14-15

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