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Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale - Great Lakes Brewery

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104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 10
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Vyronian, Oct 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Dayna, Apr 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

randallpink, Nov 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

DarkForest, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of kwjd
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.

kwjd, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of SuperSnake
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

SuperSnake, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of EatsTacos
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

EatsTacos, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of ecoastman
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.

ecoastman, Oct 20, 2009
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Swedes21, Dec 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Cmteagardin, Aug 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

batmanbach, May 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Kaydogg, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of demcorhip
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.

demcorhip, Dec 13, 2008
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

rogueleonardi, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
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

wordemupg, Oct 14, 2009
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

BigGruntyThirst, Jul 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Molson2000, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

bigox420, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of TerryW
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.

TerryW, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of IdeaSpeeder
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.

IdeaSpeeder, Sep 16, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev +12.2%

real_human_bean, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of pootz
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

pootz, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of andrenaline
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.

andrenaline, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of Derek
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.

Derek, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of marty21
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.

marty21, Nov 05, 2011
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Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.