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Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale - Great Lakes Brewery

Great Lakes Pumpkin AleGreat Lakes Pumpkin Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

90 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.16%


Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
In our pursuit to bring you the most flavourful and unique beers possible, we are proud to release this tasty autumn ale. Handcrafted with an assortment of specialty malts and hops, we added a generous amount of pumpkin directly into the brew. Combine this with hints of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and allspice, and you've got a beer that you won't soon forget. Rich, satisfying and slightly spicy, our seasonal ale goes perfectly with your favourite dessert or traditional feast. But like fall, Pumpkin Ale comes but once a year!

(Beer added by: Viggo on 09-29-2007)
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yay for pumpkin beer season! I have been waiting for 10 months for pumpkin beers to come back. It is a shame that we don't just assign another month, say April, to be the mid-year pumpkin month so at least it would be twice a year. Anyways, on with the review...

Pours a deep golden orange with thick white head. As the head dissipates, still leaves a small ring on the top of the beer with spotty lacing around the glass. Smells of beautiful pumpkin pie - nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and other assorted spices. Some hops and bread malt too Flavour has mild bitterness with sweet pumpkin pie. This is my favourite of the Great Lakes seasonals.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 00:47:08 | More by kwjd
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SuperSnake

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this beer.
Appearance:
Pours deep orange with a carbonated foamy head that settles to a light cap on the top of the beer.

Smell:
light cinnamon spicy smell close to a light pumpkin pie smell.

Taste:
About the same as the smell more spicy with the slightest pumpkin flavor

Mouthfeel:
very smooth and lightly carbonated

Drinkability:
Only 5.5% so very seasonable and would love to do so

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 04:21:37 | More by SuperSnake
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EatsTacos

Yukon (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very deep orange to amber colour. Pumpkin orange I'm sure is what they shot for and its pretty good.

Aroma is totally pumpkin pie, I get nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, some hops poke through.

Taste is nicely complex and very spicy. The pumpkin is in the background, but I think that works well here. Although the taste is dominated by the spices, there is a good balance between hops and malt, and the finish is very clean and dry

Good level of carbonation and a medium to light body make this beer fairly drinkable. I could have a few of these no problem

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 04:10:21 | More by EatsTacos
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ecoastman

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm very surprised about this beer and could easily drink a few of these festive brews. I was intentionally ignoring this beer until the store clerk talked me into trying one. I'm glad she did because this is an easy winner for Christmas too. I'll try to grab a few more for the season.

The appearance is nice with an orange golden colour and very slight haze. The head has decent retention and some nice lacing through the drink.

Being my first pumpkin ale I didn't expect much but the aroma is quite nice and mild. The expected pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg/clove/cinnamon) are nicely balanced with a bready backing.

The taste is not overpowering and has a great lingering aftertaste of the spices. Some may complain that the beer is too mild but the level of intensity makes this a great festive session-drinking beer.

The mouthfeel is refreshing while still creamy smooth. No courseness and good carbonation. A tiny bit sticky in the finish but I guess that comes with the pumpkin territory...great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 22:45:25 | More by ecoastman
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear orange hued beer with a big head that settles to a film and leaves moderate lace - looks good. Pleasant aroma of spice and pumpkin, not overwhelmingly pumpkin pie in character.

Bitterness of an ale up front followed by pumpkin and spice which don't overwhelm the beer. Fairly light going mouthfeel makes for easy drinking. Nicely balanced brew that lets you enjoy both the beer and the pumpkin/spice.

Another decent seasonal from Great Lakes.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 00:36:26 | More by TerryW
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demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting looking brew. Strange orangish hued relatively clear ale. Decent and persistent level of carbonation gave a big three finger off white head which is displaying very good retention. Some slippery lacing also evident, although the sheets gradually disperse to intricate webs which succumb to gravity and reenter the brew in my mug.

Some caramel from the malts, a touch of noble hops, but the main player is pumpkin pie spice, although not in a dominating way. Nutmeg and cinnamon with a hint of ginger present.

A good flavour in this one. Pumpkin and spice take the front. And yes, i said pumpkin! I like a pumpkin ale with a predominant pumpkin flavour and this one has it. There are some caramel and bready notes from the pale malts as well. A touch of grassy hops is also present, but there is a solid and almost substantial level of bitterness from the spices. According to the website there is allspice and clove as well as the aforementioned spices, minus the ginger (although the touch of cove probably contributes that which i had misattributed to ginger).

Almost light in body, with a pronounced creamy feel which adds some substance. A nice pumpkin ale, the pumpkin, malts and hops try to assert themselves but dont quite manage to stand up to the bitter and earthy spices.

This is pretty drinkable, it will be easy and pleasant enough to knock this bomber back all by myself. At 5.5% abv its also bordering on a true session ale. I will do what i can to get the LCBO to bring this brew further west next fall. One of the best pumpkin ales i have had the pleasure of trying, thanks to its pumpkin presence, which is more substantial than the norm. Big thanks go out to Derek for sending this my way.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 23:30:31 | More by demcorhip
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into wheat beer glass oct14 2009

A clear golden orange with lots of big bubbles, a decent off white head with a few minuets worth of retention and lace while it lasted

S I like how I still get what I expect from a pumpkin ale things like nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon but it still has the malt and hops you don't get with a lot of pumpkin ales.

T again not overpowering with the spices and pumpkin, I liked this one not as sweet as most pumpkin ales. I like this one its pretty well rounded, lots of flavors but a good amount of each

M its got a little bite going on and it helps its cause, good carbonation helps it out as well

D this is a pretty easy drinking beer on a day like this watching the snow fall outside

tastes more like beer then a lot of pumpkin ales I liked it more then most
thanks to wittaker for this one

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 19:36:52 | More by wordemupg
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IdeaSpeeder

Ontario (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 650ml bomber, poured into a pint glass

Appearance - Copper coloured, leaning towards an orange hue. On top is 3 fingers of bright white head with moderate retention. The beer is hazy and some carbonation is visible.

Smell - Yumm. Smells like pumpkin pie. Nutmeg and cinnamon and vanilla. Also ya'know some beer smells too. Mostly light grains and some sweet malts, but it's seriously masked by the awesome pumpkin pie smells.

Taste - Sorta like in the nose. A good deal of spice comes in right away. Again, lots of nutmeg. A good dose of vanilla. Towards the middle there's some caramel malt, and there's an ever so faint lingering hop bite that finishes the experience off in a fantastic note.

Mouthfeel - Extremely light. But in a beer like this it might be a good thing. it certainly doesn't detract from the experience.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 02:01:24 | More by IdeaSpeeder
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a draft at the brewery but this rating is from a fresh bottle sample.

Poured a bright orange-amber with a 1 finger white cap...does not last long but makes a surface lace that laces the glass well enough.

Wonderful nose: pumpkin pie spices with toffee malts and some botanical mustiness ( the pumpkin)

Good mouth feel, silky and ample.

Big caramel malts in the front start to go sweet but the spice- hop astringence rushes in to balance very well, lovely spicy, malty lightly sweet middle with a sharp clean finish and light spice and bread after taste.

Well carried off Pumpkin ale....rich and satisfying but smooth and drinkable...best of the seasonals from this Brewer so far

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 01:05:06 | More by pootz
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another welcome sight to northern Ontario, which rarely sees the gems that southern Ontario LCBO's enjoy. Cheers to peensteen for the hook up!

A - Pours a slightly hazy golder copper colour, finger of head with solid retention and some spotty lacing.

S - Loads of spice on this one; cinnamon, all-spice, nutmeg and cloves, hint of earthy pumpkin and caramel and toffee on the finish.

T - Much like the nose with the spices dominating, cinnamon, all-spice, nutmeg, cloves and vanilla; the earthy pumpkin is detectable but subdued; the caramel and toffee backbones lingers on the finish alongside some leafy hop notes and spiced up bitterness.

M - Nice and smooth, good carbonation level and finishes wet.

O - A tasty pumpkin ale, though a bit heavy on the spices. A bit more earthy would've bumped it up a notch. I find the lower ABV pumpkin ales can get away with less spice, which can lead to a bit more of an authentic experience. Not to be misinterpreted, I would buy this again and recommend it to others.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 03:01:21 | More by andrenaline
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper-bronze, off-white head, no retention, slight lacing.

S: Pumpking spice (ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon).

T: Ginger, nutmeg, mace, light cinnamon, pumpkin, balanced bitterness.

M: Light to moderate body, dry finish, greater than moderate carbonation.

D: Decent drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2007 02:19:20 | More by Derek
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marty21

Manitoba (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pretty clear nice orange colour with one finger worth of creamy off white head. Settles to a very solid cap and left a bit of lacing at the top of the glass.

S: Very nice pumpkin aroma right off the bat. Then you get the spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Maybe a little caramel, but hardly any.

T: The taste is a bit thin but still good. Up front you get all of the spices and more in the after taste is when you get the pumpkin. The pumpkin is more creamy though almost like pumpkin pie.

M: Light to medium carbonation with a light to medium body.

O: A really good take on a Pumpkin ale. I would gladly have another glass of this.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 01:52:56 | More by marty21
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have not had many pumpkin beers but I really enjoyed this one. I love the fact that the spices come through over everything else. It ends up being a bit unbalanced but I really didn't mind. I would not be able to drink a whole lot of them though. It pours with a fluffy off white head, great retention and lacing. Has a clear orange copper color.

I found the nose to be at its best right after the pour ( strange but thats what I thought). Notes of pumpkin pie spices ( cinnamon, nutmeg etc), a bit of pumpkin and caramel malt.

Tastes similar to the nose, the spices are king in this beer. Also has hints of caramel malt and hop bitterness. Great fall drink that I hope Great Lakes keeps on brewing.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 08:07:01 | More by irishkyle21
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Reinheitsgebot71

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is great lakes fall seasonal offering I've had it a few times but never reviewed it, so here we go.

It pours a clear golden orange much akin to honey, with a thin white head atop.

Aromas of pumpkin (surprised surprise) and grassy wheat first hit the nose. Bread and honey/corn syrup notes make a showing along with hints of clove. There is an underlying scent of wet leaves which seems a tad strange.

Hop bitterness is the first flavour to strike the taste, quickly followed by some malt sweetness and what can be best described as dry crackers. The bite of cinnamon and clove can be detected in the aftertaste. Additionally some subtle pumpkin flavours pop up but it adds much more to the body then the actual taste. As with most pumpkin beers there is a fine mouth feel gently coating the tongue providing a smooth slightly viscous sensation.

This is a decent pumpkin beer, tasty and easy drinking, with the characteristic fine body.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 19:12:10 | More by Reinheitsgebot71
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear orangey color ale with a small foamy head with no retention and no lacing. Aroma of pumpkin and cinnamon is dominating and well balance. Taste is also dominated by some pumpkin notes with some cinnamon and maybe subtle cloves notes. Full body with some minimal carbonation. Well done overall with some good balance.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2007 16:49:07 | More by Phyl21ca
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer at three different time points now, and the character has been slightly different at each tasting. From the tap at the fall festival of beers, it tasted fresh and full of pumpkin. From the bottle, just after release, the spices dominated and the pumpkin lurked in the background. I'll base my comments on a bottle that has been sitting for several months.

A frothy off-white head crowns a radiant orange body. I believe this is what pumpkin beer would look like in a perfect world. The aroma, as expected, was pumpkin pie. The spicing seems more subdued than the previous bottle, so this could be a good sign. That's more like it! The flavours have become very well integrated, and it tastes like sipping on a pumpkin pie. A nicely carbonated pumpkin pie. I'll definitely pick up some more next fall.

Edited to add: tastes excellent on cask.

Serving type: cask

01-12-2008 15:27:41 | More by bobsy
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NightINgale

Russian Federation

3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear light amber/gold body with a nice fluffy light-tan head. Nice head retention and impressive lacing. Moderate carbonation.

S - Not a very strong smell overall. Floral, with a nice pumpkin base and a fair amount of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove). Some caramel notes.

T - I could definitely taste the pumpkin right away, followed by a moderate spiciness and a touch of caramel. Some floral hop bitterness was also present. The taste finished in a fair amount of spice notes, as well as some bitterness and light sweetness. As it warmed up, I started tasting more peppery notes from the allspice. The pumpkin taste was also getting stronger with time.

M - Light-to-medium bodied. The carbonation makes the beer crisp.

D - Not bad at all. This is not the most drinkable pumpkin beer, though.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 00:51:57 | More by NightINgale
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange with a white head, and lacey. Spice including moderate pumpkin aroma. The taste is bold and a naturally above average carbonated. Tasty and one of the better pumpkins I have liked, drinkable. Balanced with some bitterness, a tad sweet with cinammon, nutmeg and faint clove, and of course gourd.
Had almost 2 years later on cask at C'est What and it was a very good cask.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 00:49:57 | More by Sammy
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and some pumpkin.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice spicy character of all spice, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves along with sweet malts and some pumpkin. I wish I could taste more pumpkin in this one.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas. Not the greatest Pumpkin Ale I've tried but still nice and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 18:51:48 | More by SebD
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Ralphus

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pumpkin Ale is the next seasonal beer from Great Lakes Brewery immediately following their "Orange Peel" offering. I was initially skeptical and thought that the pumpkin might be the orange with some nutmeg and cinnamon thrown in. However, I was wrong. The alcohol content is higher, and the beer - although retaining some of the orange's fruitiness - is noticeably different.

Pumpkin Ale pours quite well with an attractive amber colour, pinpoint carbonation and a head that recedes quickly into a small off-white blanket. The smell is this beer's forte though. Even non beer drinkers will appreciate the aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and fruit that can be found within. It just smells good and you will be enjoying it often thanks to the hefty 650ml bottle it's shipped in. When it comes to taste Great Lakes has done a solid job. The flavours in the nose come through but there's also some malty flavours, hops and of course - what you came for - pumpkin.

Drink-ability I rate slightly lower however - as good as it is - its not an all night drinking beer. It does make a great fall beer however and one that you'd be amiss not to try.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 23:35:07 | More by Ralphus
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A much lighter looking and tasting beer than any other pumpkin ale I've enjoyed in North America. Very refreshing and without the cloying malty sweetness found in some harvest ales. Pleasantly spicy aroma followed by a well balanced taste - notes of vanilla and pumpkin and many other spices. Well balanced with a nice dry finish.

Have enjoyed this beer in cask, draught and bottle form - and (unusually) the bottle is my favourite. It is light and refreshing, but somewhat limited in flavour complexity.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 21:11:32 | More by hopsolutely
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to a brandy snifter

A - Orage/yellow colour; very light for a pumpkin beer. Small amount of thin white head.

S - Some warm spices up front - specifically cinnamon & nutmeg, along with a nice pumpkin flavour.

T - A nice spice flavour of cinnamon and nutmeg come through initially with a nice pumpkin backbone providing the base for this ale. Somewhat light compared to other pumpkin beers but very enjoyable nonetheless.

M - Light body, lightly carbonated.

D - A nice pumpkin beer. Only complaint is the overly light body.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 18:17:09 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle LCBO tasting- Pours transparent orange with an off white cap of froth. Lots of spices in the aroma. Ginger and cinnamon pack the first punch, and nutmeg is the runner up. There's some bready doughy aromas as well. Mild burnt malts. No real pumpkin aroma, but that's ok, it's nice. Very delicate spiced flavour, ginger and corriander, nutmeg, cinnamon with some mild rosemary and bitter hops. Mild tongue tingle in the finish, lots of spices and bitterness.
Good.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 16:21:48 | More by mrmanning
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber colour, one finger of white head, no lacing. Smell is bready and spicy, malt, some hop, nutmeg and cinnamon as well as some nutty character. Taste is malty and bready, the pumpkin is fairly subtle, spice, cinnamon and nutmeg, flavours are more pronounced in finish and when swirled around in your mouth. Lightly creamy, medium carbonation, decent feel. This isn't my favourite pumpkin beer but it is a solid effort, a bomber of this is a little big for personal consumption splitting this was a good idea.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 16:49:20 | More by peensteen
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz from the LCBO. Pours a rather lightish (for a pumpkin ale) golden orange, almost IPA like with just a slight orange hue. Light head with little retention, though plenty of carb here.

Nose is nicely spiced, nutmeg being the primary one coming through. Also hints of cinnamon, all spice, behind that some fresh pumpkin.

Taste is pretty light, not as much going on here as I was hoping for this chilly, rainy evening. Nice malt base, light pumpkin additions and light spicing in the finish, hard to distinguish individual spices there (but certainly some cinnamon and nutmeg). Pretty heavy carb and I would prefer it toned down a notch to make it seem a little smoother.

A little smoother, a little richer, little more defined - those would be on my wish list for this beer. Not a bad beer by any means, drinkable for sure. Just not super.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 00:43:00 | More by ritzkiss
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Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.