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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

50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 17
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:
No notes at this time.

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

West Virginia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2005 22:48:54 | More by WVbeergeek
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cynical1027

Ohio

3/5  rDev -22.7%

02-20-2012 16:35:45 | More by cynical1027
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Lanstrum

Ohio

3/5  rDev -22.7%

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

Texas

3/5  rDev -22.7%

05-29-2014 02:12:18 | More by TX-Badger
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amstelcat

Ohio

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2005 02:35:15 | More by amstelcat
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spark3148857

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

10-07-2013 22:10:26 | More by esto
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lorla117

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

06-18-2014 22:39:06 | More by lorla117
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evil_liver

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

10-21-2013 04:58:13 | More by evil_liver
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joefinnigan15

Manitoba (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

09-22-2013 01:08:51 | More by BeerMeColorado
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GrindFatherBob

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

12-19-2011 21:56:46 | More by GrindFatherBob
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2011 01:39:06 | More by TMoney2591
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Twifiter

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

10-17-2012 13:35:36 | More by Twifiter
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

02-22-2013 20:17:57 | More by Tyrawlings
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Spider889

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

12-07-2013 04:44:59 | More by Spider889
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

12-23-2013 03:21:52 | More by KAP1356
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Aubs723

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

06-18-2014 12:24:43 | More by Aubs723
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

10-29-2013 00:25:47 | More by Stevedore
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

07-05-2012 21:16:55 | More by Stinger80OH
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crawdadwilly74


3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

10-31-2012 11:25:38 | More by crawdadwilly74
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bruachan

District of Columbia

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

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2006 00:30:38 | More by bruachan
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zi1ch


3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle picked up at liquor mart. Overall great looking bottle with orange foil covering neck and cap giving it a nice presentation.

Appearance - Pours with a nice creamy offwhite head which is relatively short lived. Beer is hazy orange color. A small amount of lacing is left behind.

S - Spicy! Nutmeg, bit of clove, pumpkin. Sweet smelling but not overbearing at all.

T - Heavier on malt, clove, and nutmeg taste, with more pumpkin and cinnamon aftertaste. Moderate hop bitterness on the finish.

M - Moderate carbonation, with medium body.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer - it's not overpowering in pumpkin and spices which makes it easy drinking. I would have liked a bit less clove taste, but that won't stop me from having this again next year.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 01:55:56 | More by zi1ch
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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