Brewed with 110 lbs. of pumpkin & spiced with cinnamon & nutmeg, our Great Pumpkin Ale is the perfect Autumnal libation! Caramel malt is used to create an almost cider appearance while Victory Malt is added to create a rich, malty flavor.
JMerritt (1899) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red-orange in color with a medium-sized off-white head. Slight pumpkin pie spice aroma with some brown-sugary butternut squash. Spicy flavor, much more flavorful than most other pumpkin beers I’ve had the pleasure of tasting - generous use of nutmeg and cinnamon with noticeably rich caramel malts. Mild-to-moderate carbonation. I have to say that I was impressed - too many other pumpkin beers try bombarding you with so many spices that it ends up being a baker’s nightmare; this seems rather well though-out and nicely balanced.
JPDIPSO (5124) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark copper color with a modest light tan head. Too cold as all the beers at this place are (cold lines - not necessarily bad, coupled with frosted glass -almost always bad). Dark caramel and dry pumpkin spice aromas. Dry spices dominate the flavor with not the normal overpowering ginger and cinnamon, but a decent dry nutmeg. A slightly different twist. Darker and a touch richer than some of the more recent samplings out this year. Decent enough for my pizza with the kids.
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