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Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale
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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.57%
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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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.95/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Orange copper amber hue forms a tiny layer of foam leaves behind spots of thin cream colored lacing. Aroma: Spiced up nutmeg, all spice insert other pumpkin pie like tones here, evident malty sweetness really heavy own spice and light on pumpkin tones very mild hop character pretty much overshadowed by the spicing only 15 IBU anyway. Taste: Spices and pumpkin dessert style beer pretty sweet and somewhat sickeningly spiced with a touch of pumpkin gourdiness and lightly toasted mild ale malts no hop character can I detect. Mouthfeel: Medium to light on the body even carbonation just gets a bit cloying toward the end of a pint I would suggest a half pint serving or at least a twelve ounce. Drinkability: Not the best of all pumpkin ales I tried seems like this is only the second year brewing this one and still working out the recipe. Not a session brew that is for sure I wanted to cut it with some Burning River Pale ale just to mellow out the pumpkin pie spices. I appreciate the attempt but I know somebody out there other than Dogfishead can revolutionize this style that seems like you have to offer it between Halloween and Thanksgiving, not true.

WVbeergeek, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of cynical1027
3/5  rDev -22.7%

cynical1027, Feb 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Lanstrum, Oct 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

TX-Badger, May 29, 2014
Photo of amstelcat
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap for lunch today at GLBC. Nice bright orange hue int the glass. The bartender kept having to wait for the foam to dissipate enough so he could fill my glass but once served, the head disappeared fairly quickly. Nice aroma of nutmeg and other spices with, of course, baked pumpkin. I always like the aroma of pumpkin beers more than I like the flavor (same way with bacon). Spiciness up front on the tongue with no discernable amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel seems a little thin, which always bothers me with pumpkin beers because the pies are so heavy. Not bad for the style... but more than one of these may be a little cloying.

amstelcat, Nov 30, 2005
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

qcbrewer, Oct 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

spark3148857, May 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

esto, Oct 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

lorla117, Jun 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

evil_liver, Oct 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

joefinnigan15, Aug 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

BeerMeColorado, Sep 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

GrindFatherBob, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at The Firkin.

Gotta love Dave's connections. This stuff pours a clear tawny sunset amber topped by a short finger of cream foam. The nose comprises brown sugar, cinnamon, caramel, allspice, nutmeg, and a touch of light cocoa. The taste continues the burst of spices, but things are thinned out, toned down, and washed out with the caramel and toasted rye bread that pervade the proceedings. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, a pretty solid pumpkin beer, one of the more drinkable ones, but surprisingly a bit light on the spice when the tongue gets involved.

TMoney2591, Nov 25, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Twifiter, Oct 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Tyrawlings, Feb 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Spider889, Dec 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

KAP1356, Dec 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Aubs723, Jun 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

BARFLYB, Dec 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

spycow, Monday at 06:36 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Stevedore, Oct 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Stinger80OH, Jul 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

crawdadwilly74, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of bruachan
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this one isn't as pumkpin-y as others. i had southampton's version the night before, and that was basically liquid pie. this is a little drier

the hops involved are strictly utilitarian, as the flavors are fairly subtle to begin with. the aroma has a clean pumpkin to it and the taste features the same, plus some spice at the finish

it's a hazy orange color with no lacing

good pumpkin beer if you're looking for something understated and not like a dessert

bruachan, Nov 20, 2006
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Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.