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Brewed by Great Lakes Brewing (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%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrewturba (1190) - 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 (1731) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CurbDog (99) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2015
One finger off white head, fades to a thin ring. Light orange, quite clear. Aroma of pumpkin pie spice (nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla), baked pie crust, biscuit, graham cracker. Matching flavours with a faint vanilla character.

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 (3498) - 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 (11932) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 19, 2008
Gift from jerc and mabel as they went through town. Dark amber. Steady carbonation keeps a fair head. Strong spice leans more to cloves than cinnamon masking most of the pumpkin scent. Kudos for real pumpkin. Light beer with a meaty body and spice. Lighter flavoured than others. A bit of a caramel quality to go with the pumkin and spice. Flavour seems to nicely lean more to cinnamon than cloves. Easy drinking and soft enough that you could certainly have more than one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Growler shared by JaBier: Spices! This one is packed with cinnamon, nutmeg, and a nice raw pumpkin flavor but still finishes slightly hopped enough not to be too sweet. Good pumpkin beer.


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