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Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale
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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 18
Gots: 4 | 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 +28.9%

04-13-2013 16:42:58 | More by ally24al
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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

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

4.5/5  rDev +16%

01-08-2014 09:37:52 | More by MichaelStoutBeard
Photo of ffejherb


4.47/5  rDev +15.2%

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.

12-04-2008 01:46:57 | More by ffejherb
Photo of challenja


4.38/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

01-21-2012 20:17:30 | More by challenja
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4.3/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

11-03-2009 21:34:11 | More by adamette
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

07-15-2012 04:46:30 | More by Dan_Bowman
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

01-09-2014 19:41:56 | More by Hoppy_McGee
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

10-25-2013 21:40:12 | More by goblue3509
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

11-05-2013 21:36:09 | More by DarrylZ
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

11-11-2012 14:52:43 | More by Yusko
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United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

10-26-2013 21:29:27 | More by Andy_Luft
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4.15/5  rDev +7%

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.


11-11-2007 18:36:59 | More by neenerzig
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4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

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!

11-16-2006 05:15:39 | More by Bones54
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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

01-01-2010 12:18:19 | More by Deuane
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-14-2013 19:10:55 | More by Chrixsus
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-15-2011 18:01:32 | More by ninner00
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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!

01-11-2012 22:43:38 | More by CuriousMonk
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-11-2013 23:29:28 | More by lgmol
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

06-10-2014 18:49:39 | More by Iamjeff6
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

08-24-2014 02:25:47 | More by IronLover
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-18-2012 14:35:16 | More by Zormac
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

01-11-2010 08:59:25 | More by nrbw23
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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

12-02-2012 08:17:43 | More by BEERchitect
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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%

A: Pours a light clear yellow/orange amber, with a small amount of fizzy white head. A little retains, especially around the rim of the glass, leaving small sheets of lacing.

S: Light hops and spices, including mild clove notes.

T: Again quite mild; some spices and finishes with some hops. I wasn't a big fan of the combination at first but it's growing on me after a few sips.

M: Light to medium body, medium carbonation.

D: Fairly drinkable if you like the spice mixture.

12-23-2010 18:22:39 | More by seand
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Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.