Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 50 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
2.95/5 rDev -24%
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.
11-29-2005 22:48:54 | More by WVbeergeek
3.33/5 rDev -14.2%
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.
11-30-2005 02:35:15 | More by amstelcat
3.68/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
11-25-2011 01:39:06 | More by TMoney2591
District of Columbia
3.88/5 rDev 0%
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
11-20-2006 00:30:38 | More by bruachan
3.9/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
10-07-2012 01:55:56 | More by zi1ch
3.94/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
12-22-2013 20:17:55 | More by chefhatt
Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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