mikkopen (1193) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2017
650 ml bottle. Hazy golden colour, thin white head. Sweetish, spicy aroma of malt and pumpkin, notes of caramel. The taste is sweetish malty, with cinnamon and cloves, pumpkins, and a nicely spicy finish. Not bad at all. arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2015
Pour on tap at Crunchy’s slightly hazy orange pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of big spice, ginger, clove, some cinnamon into vanilla, sweet pumpkin, slight caramel. Taste was a mix of caramel, toffee, lots of vanilla, cinnamon, and clove, slight earth into pumpkin, finishing sweet, slightly spicy. superspak (6015) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2015
22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 1/28/2016. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, allspice, peppercorn, brown sugar, light caramel, toasted biscuit, and herbal/spice earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of pumpkin/spices, dark/bready malt, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, allspice, peppercorn, brown sugar, light caramel, toasted biscuit, and herbal/spice earthiness. Light-moderate herbal spice/hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, allspice, peppercorn, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, and herbal/spice earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of pumpkin/spices, dark/bready malt, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from spice/bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/bready/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5.4%. Overall this is a damn nice pumpkin ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of pumpkin/spices, dark/bready malt, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering. TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Pours an amber color with off-white head. Pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice on this, but fade fast on the nose, and don’t follow to the palate very well. It’s an average pumpkin beer. DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2013
On tap. Clear orange / yellow color, with a thin white head, that retains well. Good dots and splotches of lace. Awesome fresh hearty pumpkin flavor, and light on the spice - much better flavor than expected, with true fleshy hearty pumpkin flavor. Moderate sweet taste. Smooth, light carbonation, kind of creamy, with a more dry finish. Light body. Very smooth and easy to drink. Great light pumpkin ale. Actually kind of refreshing. Outstanding for the style (sub-6% pumpkin)
JStax (7186) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2013
Draft pour at the source. Pours a translucent copper with white head of of foam. The are.a is spicy pumpkin spice and sweet spices. Overall, this beer is quite tasty. English and Belgian profile. Lots of good stuff to drink here
In of the better beers on draft. Travlr (26134) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Draft. Clear deep amber color. The spice and the gourd are subtle enough in this one. Tasty. crossovert (13947) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2012
On tap. A decent light and pleasant pumpkin ale. Good spring/summer brew. Nice and mild. Drjohnrock (841) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Draft at tapping party at Arnold’s on December 8, 2011. Dark cloudy gold color, firm pumpkin aroma, moderate white head, somewhat thin body, pretty strong pumpkin flavor with sharp alcohol/hoppy finish. Really enjoyable. Brigadier (3750) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Ordering a sample of this was all I needed to tell it was another average Great Lakes release. There is a good reason that I tend to favor other local options. Kudos on their success - things like Christmas Ale do deserve praise. However it just seems that other times they mail it in.
Aroma / Appearance - Cloudy orange with a dim white head the body is a little flat. Nutmeg, pumpkin, squash, and whipped cream are the primary drivers of a standard fall seasonal.
Flavor / Palate - Moderate spices tickle the tongue but leave the palate wanting more. Cinnamon and nutmeg remind me of a cooled pumpkin pie. Squash provides a vegetatal nature that supports everything. Overall it isn’t bad. Even so I found myself bored after just a few ounces. Maybe this year was just a subpar batch.