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

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RATINGS: 134   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 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!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tompete (229) - Tillsonburg, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2013
650 ml bottle. Pours a hazy light brown with an off white head. Aroma is pumpkin and subtle spice cloves. Flavour is baked pumpkin pie - excellent. Finish is slightly sweet and spice. Well done pumpkin ale.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (9300) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 4, 2014
650ml Flasche. Ins Glas ergießt sich ein trübes orangegelbes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch würzig, fruchtig, Kürbis. Geschmack fruchtig nach Kürbis, Zimtgeschmack, trocken malzig fruchtiger Abgang.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Randy4Beer (305) - - OCT 12, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2014 Pours a clear light copper, with a fair amount of carbonation. Moderate head settling down quickly, leaving medium lacing. On the nose it is cloves, nutmeg, a bit of banana esters, and black pepper. Medium mouth feel. Tastes are cinnamon, nutmeg, some wheat beer characteristics, bananas, general spice box, and surprisingly very little true pumpkin taste. Overall it tastes more like a wheat beer meets a peppery saison, than it does a pumpkin ale, but it is certainly an enjoyable beverage.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrewturba (1134) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 26, 2014
Pours a partially hazy gold with a small white head that lasts. Aroma is all spice, cloves, pumpkin/vegetable notes, and overall just nicely balanced spice. Flavour is spicy, all spice, cloves, cinnamon, pumpkin pie filling, mildly bitter and a decent balance.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reimer96 (1431) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 26, 2014
Pours a clear orangish amber with a foamy white head. Aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cereal. The taste is a bit light as its mostly toast and pumpkin with light amounts of spices overall Stull a nice drinking pumpkin beer that could use just a bit more body.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bobsy (194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2007 Initially sampled at C’est What? fall fest, and then poured from the bottle when it arrived at the LCBO. Smells like Thanksgiving. Colour and taste is that of pumpkin. Finish left the taste of mulling spices behind. Medium bodied. I think this beer was really well-balanced, as I found that the pumpkin flavour did not overpower. A great beer for fall!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
probstblueribbon (3182) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2007
Bomber from LCBO, served cold in a tulip glass. No indication of “Double” on the label...

App.: Clear orange-amber, small off-white head. Aroma: Ginger leads the charge, followed by cloves and allspice, nutmeg comes on late as the temperature rises; there are some underlying bread-crust malts I think (we’ll see as it warms); the spices jostle for pole position as the beer warms, a touch of leafy hops starts to peak its head out. Palate: Medium body, a touch slick, medium effervescence. Flav.: Clove and nutmeg overtake ginger with allspice/cinnamon trailing by a neck; a bit of med-roasted malt hidden in the wings; on swallowing, the spice profile softens and the after taste is restrained (thankfully).

Never a fan of this style, I like that Great Lakes dialed back the spicing. Give me hops or give me hell. Leave the spices in the kitchen.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (10700) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2007
A dark golden ale with a thin off white head. A sweet caramel and nutmeg aroma, pumpkin spices, expected. In mouth, a clean crisp malt with sustained cloved and nutmeg, lightly oily mouthfeel, and medium bodied. Very nice for the style. Dec. 14 2007.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2007
(Rated earlier in November, but on the wrong "Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale" page!) 22oz bottle purchased from LCBO in Toronto for around $5. (I think the alternate "Double" listing comes from early kegs on draft. I don’t believe there is any intentional difference between the draft versions and the bottled version that does not say "Double".) Pours a light straw with lots of carbonation. Quite nice aroma of "pumpkin beer" spice. The first taste is tangy from all the carbonation. The wife comments that it burns her tongue. Flavour is a nice, typical pumpkin beer. Not mind blowing, but nice to at least have the option in this variety-starved province.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jasonm (22) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Clear, orange color topped with a fingerwidth of off-white head. Moderate retention, no lacing. Nice pumpkin spice aroma, both sweet and savory, with cinnamon and nutmeg. Slight hint of pumpkin flesh and buttery crust. Taste is spicy pumpkin pie, although not as prominent as the aroma. Finishes with a dry, pilsner malt quality. Medium bodied with dense, prickly carbonation. A nice, well-rounded pumpking ale.


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