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

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RATINGS: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   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!

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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Agaguk (122) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2009
Orange amber with full white head. Aroma: pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger and clove. Flavor is pritty much the same as the aroma. Palate: creamy and thick a well balance beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cyrenaica (1126) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2008
650ml bottle
5.5% ABV
I tried this beer on September 30, 2008 after purchasing from one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer poured a translucent orangy-gold with a thin light brown head that lingered. The aroma was weakly pumpkin-like, with some grassy malts, and cinnamon. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was malty, but there was a hint of pumpkin, and more than a hint of cinnamon.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mullet2007 (209) - St. Johns, Newfoundland, CANADA - NOV 1, 2008
Pours a vaguely hazy deep amber colour with a a thick white head. Smells slightly of bitter hops, some sweet caramel malts, and a few notes of pumpkin pie spice. Flavour is nicely sweet, very strong crystal malt notes coming through. And a very nice pumpkin pie flavour as well. Finish is a perfect dash of hop bitterness and some more spices. It’s quite creamy and thick, and carbonation is low, but very nice. All in all a very nice beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 26, 2008
From bottle. Delicate aroma of pumpkin and sweet spices. Syrup and strong hint of cinnamon. Great looking orange/copper colour with white head. Pumpkin flavour, strongly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. Smooth texture. Rich finish. This beer grows on you. Now I’m towards the end I love it. The spices in this beer remind me of a Christmas ale.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4903) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robinvboyer (4260) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
garthicus (2915) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2008
Skeptically, I purchased a bottle from the LC last fall...ended up grabbing another 24 after sampling the first. This pured out a bright, transparent orange with ample white head...aroma was more spice than pumpkin. Flavourwise, I was worried that it would be too much pumpkin or spice but they did a great job here. The pumpkin was not overdone but easily detected, even by non-beer geeks...and just the right amount of spice/herb to balance things out. This was so drinkable that it become my session beer for about a month, last fall. Lookin forward to the next batch.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Viper666 (3276) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 18, 2008
Bouteille 650ml étiquetée sous le nom « Great Lakes Brewery Pumpkin Ale », courtoisie de Hogtownharry. De couleur orange et claire. Nez épicé (cannelle, muscade, léger de clou de girofle, traces de pain d’épices et de gingembre), léger de grains de céréales et de citrouille avec des notes de biscuits. Moyenne-mince en bouche avec un pétillement moyen-bas mais croustillant ainsi qu’une texture légèrement crémeuse et aux notes huileuses. Goût épicé (cannelle, moyen de muscade, léger de clou de girofle, traces de gingembre) avec un léger goût de citrouille ainsi que des traces fruitées (citron) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un léger goût de biscuits au pain d’épices (présent en arrière-goût jusqu’en finale) ainsi que des notes de céréales fraîches et de pain puis en finale l’on retrouve un léger regain de goût épicé (pain d’épices et muscade) avec des notes amères de houblon herbeux (herbe mouillée). Post-goût moyen, aux petites notes amères de houblon herbeux ainsi qu’avec un goût épicé (muscade, léger de cannelle et notes de pain d’épices) et un petit goût de citrouille.

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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