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Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale
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BA SCORE
87
very good

55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 18
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 11-29-2005)
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

ally24al, Apr 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Skott1123, Apr 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

MichaelStoutBeard, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of ffejherb
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Great Lakes on 12/1/08. Served in a 12-oz. glass.

A - Poured a hazy pumpkin orange-tinted color with almost a finger of creamy froth on top. Lacing slide down the sides of the glass. Nice head that retained well and flared up with each swish of the glass.

S - Lots of pumpkin spice up front with a heaping amount of nutmeg and brown sugar. There is also hints of cinnamon and pumpkin meat with a touch of sweet cream.

T - Mix of pumpkin meat, nutmeg and sweet cream in the initial flavor, followed by brown sugar and cinnamon sweetness and a crackery/crusty maltiness in the finish.

M - Medium body with a pretty smooth, creamy texture. Spicy finish with minimal bitterness on the palate.

D - Definitely one of the better pumpkin ales I've had on tap. This one blends the spices and the authentic pumpkin flavor quite well, and throws in ample maltiness and sweetness for good measure.

ffejherb, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of challenja
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served On Tap at Smoke and Barrel Adams Morgan DC

A: A nice Orange rind pumpkin haze with a soulless head, nice ripe pumpkin orange.

S: Nice sweet pumpkin, subtle nutmeg, spicy clove and orange rind spice.

T: A really good sweet pumpkin rind, subtle nutmeg, with a clove backbite, orange rind spice. A really good solid pumpkin beer.

M: Racy and lingering, strong refreshing medium body. Medium carbonation with a nice firm body.

O: This beer is dangerously close to breaking into the top 5 best pumpkin beers that I have had. This is definitely a pumpkin beer to be enjoyed by all beer fans.

challenja, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of adamette
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into clean, clear glass by Steve, day bartender in the front of GLBC.

A Opaque light orange body under a minimal head that leaves little lacing. 3.5

S Nice pumpkin and spice smell profile, probably some nutmeg, cinnamon spices included. I really do like the smell that conjures up smells of pumpkin pie. 4.0

T Strong pumpkin taste with minimal spice profile. Not the sweetness that I have enjoyed in other pumpking ales, this one is probably more accurate as far as a true pumpkin taste. Lingering aftertaste of pumpkin came back to me after several minutes. This is an expertly brewed beer from Great Lakes. 4.5

M Medium feel with some malt but mostly the feel of pumpkin. Really nice. 4.0

D Very, very good. 4.5

Notes: I was pleasantly surprised by this beer that I did not expect too much from. I had come to the brewery today to taste the sublime Rackhouse Ale but this was a pleasant surprise.

adamette, Nov 03, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Dan_Bowman, Jul 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Hoppy_McGee, Jan 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

goblue3509, Oct 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

DarrylZ, Nov 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

JavierGC, Nov 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Yusko, Nov 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Andy_Luft, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of neenerzig
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap recently at the brewery as this is another one of their on-tap only "pub exclusives." This beer is a nice orange.golden color. Mine didn't have much of a head when it was drawn from the tap, just a fairly thin surface layer and not to much lace either. Aroma wise this beer is chock full of pumpkin, spice and is rounded out by hints of hops. Tastewise it is malty sweet and spicy with flavors of nutmeg and obviously pumpkin. Perhaps a hint of cinnamon as well. The taste is rounded out by a hint of hop bitterness. Not very complex flavorwise, but quite enjoyable. Has a crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink. Another tasty treat from Great Lakes.

Eric

neenerzig, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of Bones54
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally- a pumpkin brew that can live up to its name!! Disregard this review if you don't want a pumkin ale that is loaded with spices and pumpkin flavor. However, if thats what your looking for than this is a brew for you. The people in the next table can smell this beer! And no, it's not pumpkin pie! Sure, you're not going to sit down and drink 10 of these in a setting, but this brew is not meant for that. Have one or two. Enjoy the boatload of pumpkin flavor that this brew provides. Cheers to you GLB!

Bones54, Nov 16, 2006
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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Slightly hazy copper with a medium light tan head that reduced to a thin cap and left spotty lace.

S-Bold nutmeg, and clove aroma with a bit of malt sweetness..

T-Spicy upfront with a significant pop from the combination of nutmeg and clove. Underlying sweet caramel malt contributes to good balance.

M-Medium-light to medium body with a crisp, dry finish. Good lasting spicy notes.

D-Nice. Bold without being annoyingly spicy. Does not taste fake at all and the flavours taste very true. This is a very well done pumpkin brew.

Deuane, Jan 01, 2010
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Chrixsus, Jan 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

ninner00, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprised to see this on a tap takeover at a local bar in DC. Poured into a snifter glass. Pours a cloudy orange amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma is spiced all the way with cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and allspice. Flavor is upfront with a mild pumpkin flavor, nutmeg and clove, then mellows to a spicy dry finish. Glad to have tried this one!

CuriousMonk, Jan 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Jotora, Sep 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

lgmol, Dec 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Iamjeff6, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of IronLover
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Reddish orange in color with good clarity. Poured with a short off-white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Sweet malt , pumpkin and ginger aromas. Medium bodied with rich carbonation and a tangy hop bite through the middle. Rich caramel malt, pumpkin and ginger flavors with a tangy herbal hop bite through the middle. A very malty pumpkin ale without the typical, pepper and coriander spices. Easy drinking....very enjoyable.

IronLover, Aug 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Zormac, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of nrbw23
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy orange color with a pretty nice creamy colored head. Head leaves some nice lacing down the sides of the glass.

S- Smells of pumpkin spice, nutmeg, brown sugar and cinnamon. Nothing really shocking here.

T- The taste is nothing over the top and pretty solid. Follows the nose very well.

M- Medium body and in carbonation nothing out of the ordinary.

D- I've been wanting to try this one for a while now and it did not disappoint. Easy to drink, well balanced and one of the best out there.

nrbw23, Jan 11, 2010
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Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.