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Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale
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87
very good

46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%


Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

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(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 11-29-2005)
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evil_liver

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

10-21-2013 04:58:13 | More by evil_liver
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Hoppy_McGee

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

01-09-2014 19:41:56 | More by Hoppy_McGee
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MichaelStoutBeard

New York

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

01-08-2014 09:37:52 | More by MichaelStoutBeard
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

12-23-2013 03:21:52 | More by KAP1356
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this growler back in November, popped it today
I poured this beer and it has a very nice amber/orange color body with a thick tan head that lays down to a thin lace.
The smell is very gingery and clove. The taste has a clove and pumpkin flavor up front but then mellows out with some cinnamon and a ginger finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and overall this is def one of the better pumpkin beers i have had.
I drank some of my frineds growler that was filled when mine was and it is just a awesome beer, wish they would bottle it.

Serving type: growler

12-22-2013 20:17:55 | More by chefhatt
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

12-21-2013 17:50:32 | More by BARFLYB
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lgmol

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-11-2013 23:29:28 | More by lgmol
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Spider889

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

12-07-2013 04:44:59 | More by Spider889
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DarrylZ

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

11-05-2013 21:36:09 | More by DarrylZ
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

10-29-2013 00:25:47 | More by Stevedore
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Lanstrum

Ohio

3/5  rDev -23.3%

10-27-2013 17:29:30 | More by Lanstrum
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Andy_Luft

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

10-26-2013 21:29:27 | More by Andy_Luft
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

10-25-2013 21:40:12 | More by goblue3509
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esto

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

10-07-2013 22:10:26 | More by esto
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BeerMeColorado

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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joefinnigan15

Manitoba (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

08-18-2013 02:04:36 | More by joefinnigan15
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spark3148857

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

05-28-2013 00:02:15 | More by spark3148857
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Skott1123

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

04-13-2013 16:48:26 | More by Skott1123
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ally24al

Ohio

5/5  rDev +27.9%

04-13-2013 16:42:58 | More by ally24al
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

02-22-2013 20:17:57 | More by Tyrawlings
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Chrixsus

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.3%

01-14-2013 19:10:55 | More by Chrixsus
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

While most brewers of pumpkin ales strike early for the Halloween season, this is often to the dismay of the lovers of pumpkin ale who prefers the taste much later in the season, ....say Thanksgiving? ...To accompany all of those desserts, dressings, and spicy foods that define the season? Why not, and I'm on board- let's extend the pumpkin ale season!

Great Lakes' version opens with the quintessential appearance of the style- one that captures the color of orange through a range of amber, gold, and red kilned malts used in its brewing practice. A frothy, and semi-meringue textured head talks the "whipped cream" language. It's medium-firm staying power and soft lacing tells me it's still a worthwhile beer and not a after dinner treat.

At first sniff, the ale offers the pleasantries of caramel (maybe soft praline), but fused with lightly kilned barley, and decorated with the sharp yet restrained spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice, and peppercorn. With both a delicate tone to dumb down the sweetness and an elevated sense to drive dryness, the beer evokes the sense of drinkability and succulence with its aroma alone.

As the flavors take hold, it's the driving force of dry caramel taste that leads the pack. Though the taste of caramel exudes, it doesn't carry the sugary sweetness that's expected from caramel or praline, but instead a dry malty taste of barley suffices. It's this "grape nuts" character that weaves in honey-ish tones and and paves the way for spices to come. Then there's the cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice taste that the nose promises, but does so in the rounded way to imply pumpkin pie! With low bitterness, the beer achieves all of its complexity and balance from the barley malts and the contrasting spices- just like dessert, but at 5+ percent.

Medium bodied, it is temping to read lighter textures into the beer because of the fleeting malt presence of sweetness and the elevated spiciness. It's those spices (and their implied heat), coupled with the firm dryness of malt and medium alcohol presence that the beer registers lighter to the trigemental forces that define weight. It's only the spice astringency that work against it's overall mouthfeel, but with slight effect.

Ok, a lot of big descriptors hit this review. And at first glance, the beer does little to separate from the rigor of adequate pumpkin ales. But as the beer opens up, I see a drier taste and textures that never waiver in variety and layered complexity that remind me of the often dismissed Anchor Our Special Ale of the Christmas Ale varity.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2012 08:17:43 | More by BEERchitect
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Zormac

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-18-2012 14:35:16 | More by Zormac
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Yusko


4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

11-11-2012 14:52:43 | More by Yusko
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crawdadwilly74


3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

10-31-2012 11:25:38 | More by crawdadwilly74
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Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.