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

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RATINGS: 153   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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3.5
Hammy78 (973) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2011
Bomber purchased at the LCBO in Dundas. Pours a very light copper orange with a nice fluffy white head. Aroma is spicy and of pumpkin and something else, nutmeg possibly. Taste is spicy and of pumpkin, hop bitter. Quite light in the mouth feel. There is an after taste that I find with all Great Lakes Brewing brews that is very tart. Almost mouth puckering.

2.6
RayOhm (474) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2011
very very thin. almost like a lager with a hint of pumpkin. drinkable I guess. but pretty disappointing overall

3.1
BelgianBeerGal (4066) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2011
Bottle from Niagara-on-the-Lake. It was okay overall. The alcohol was a little noticeable for "only" 5.5ABV. Seemed like a fairly benign base beer with a hint of pumpkin and spice tossed in the mix. Fine I suppose but there are better pumpkin-specific beers out there.

2.5
rejtable (2672) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 18, 2011
Not what I was expecting, but not that it’s bad either. Tastes like a pretty standard beer, some hops up front I guess, maybe a bit of a wheat beer presence as well. Pumpkin very light, have to strain to find it. I kind of like that it isn’t a big syrupy sweet pumpkin like some, but this one is just too much on the opposite (light) spectrum. Not terrible, just not great.

2.9
Phatman (176) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 17, 2011
2011 Vintage, from LCBO. pours a slightly cloudy light amber colour with a thin head. Aroma wise i think i’m getting some of the cinnamon and cloves. Tastes kinda like a wheat beer IMO, nothing wrong with that but tbh i was expecting something a little different that claims to have a "generous amount of pumpkin" added as well as the associated spices. Tasty beer but not a stand out. The hunt for some great pumpkin ale continues!

3
rwgould (331) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 16, 2011
Appearance: Transparent orange, frothy beige head. Aroma: Spice, cloves, strong smell of pumpkin, hops. Palate: Smooth, medium body, bit of a bite at the end. Taste: Sweet, slightly bitter. Taste is about what I expect from a Great Lakes - tastes like standard beer, with very subtle hints of the proclaimed flavour. I have to strain to taste the pumpkin in this, even though I can smell it. Nothing really special, though it’s quite drinkable.

3.5
jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 17, 2011
Tasted Oct 2010. 650 ml bottle from the LCBO. Pours amber in colour, with nice frothy off-white head. Aroma and taste are classic pumpkin spice, with a hint of pumpkin flesh. Pretty good one!

3.3
yngwie (17053) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 21, 2011
Bottle, 65cl, courtesy of Enjoyit. A more or less clear one, dark golden to amber in color, and with a dense, beige head leaving lacings. Spiced nose with some sweet, malty fruityness. Nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon. The flavor has the same spice mixture, as well as malty sweetness and a generic fruityness. Spiced finish with citrus fruityness, and sweetness. Too spiced for my likings. 110129

3.1
Metalchopz (3384) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 19, 2011
Originally rated November 2008. Second pumpkin ale reviewed tonight (of two). This one being a Canadian one, the other, American. This one is on the hazy side, with a golden-orange colour. Its head is off-white, longer lasting and leaves a thick chunky lace all around. The spices are not as predominant as the other though. After waiting a while, a little cinnamon comes out. It has more of a hoppy scent to it. The mouthfeel is not as crisp as the Brooklyn one, but has a little more stickiness to it. The hop takes over the spices in the taste as well. The pumpkin is also taking over the spices (that I really enjoy in these pumpkin ales - see St-Ambroise’s pumpkin ale). Again, not a bad pumpkin ale, just missing some impact. Judging from the other reviews, I wish I could try this one fresh from the brewer. This brewer seems to be getting better every year. I like to try this beer every Halloween.

3.1
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2011
650 mL bottle from the LCBO, served in a tulip. Pours clear orange-golden with a medium sized white head. The head slowly fades to a thin remnant and leaves a small amount of fine lace. The nose is spicy, with big notes of allspice, clove and nutmeg, along with cinnamon, and a touch of toasted malts. The flavour is surprisingly dry and bitter with perhaps a touch of pumpkin but a continuation of the spicy notes from the aroma. The finish is long with a distinct autumn spice quality. On the palate, it is light-medium in body with a dryish texture and soft carbonation. Overall, I was a little disappointed with this one. While the requisite spices are there, the body was thin and left me wanting something more substantial. 2011-04-29


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