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Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale - Great Lakes Brewery

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106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.65%
Wants: 9
Gots: 5 | 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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Pours a clear darker golden colour with minimal head.

Light spicy pumpkin smell...some bready notes....some malt sweetness.

The pumpkin notes are more subtle this year it seems and more subtle than in other pumkin beers for sure. Seems a little maltier. Very nice.

Has a nice light mouthfeel. Seems lighter than the abv.

Overall this is a great beer. I look forward to it every year.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale
Colour is a rich orangey brown, a slightly hazy profile, pretty solid film and lacing, some visible carbonation. 3.75

S – meaty pumpkin flesh, with some cinnamon apple, lemon, nutmeg, some roasty nuttiness. The earthiness and spiciness of pumpkin pie but less sweet, though there is some toffee, caramel and maybe some vanilla. 3.75

T – a sweet lemony bitter profile, some almond nuttiness, then some roasty pumpkin comes in with some strong clove notes. Earthy bitterness. Pumpkin is there in the backdrop but not a really dominant note until the finish, mostly a rounded roasty malty beer with some cinnamon, clove, nutmeg spiciness and a biscuity aspect. Then the finish has a sourish pumpkin bitterness and a dry long aftertaste. 3.5

M – balanced, moderate body, light carbonation and some malty sweetness comes through, fair bit of bitterness for the style. Sessionable and easy-drinking but could be improved. Feel could use some more body to really carry the flavours through though. 3.25

Not the best pumpkin beer I’ve had, this had a fair bit of lemony hops and spice notes dominate, pushing the malt and pumpkin back. You could certainly pick it up but it didn’t really shine I thought. Some balance issues as well, full-flavor though and with a sharpness to it, but this is not a beer I would come back to really soon. Shows potential though. 3.25

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

650 ml bomber poured into a pint glass from LCBO for $4.95CDN.

Appearance - Dark orange color, slightly hazy but mostly clear. 1.5 fingers of head, with creamy white cap. Reminds me of whipped cream over pumpkin pie. Decent head retention. Fantastic lacing

Smell - Pumpkin, spices, maybe some cinnamon. Nutmeg was another scent I picked up on right a way but couldn't name it. Not much in the way of any earthy tones.

Taste - Quite mild, hints of pumpkin, less sweetness than expected. The remaining tastes are similar to the nose. A bit spicy after a few sips.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation, slightly rough mouthfeel, medium dry finish. Very little in the way of aftertaste. Feels a bit thinner than I would have otherwise expected, yet finishes creamy. Interesting

Overall - My first foray into the pumpkin ale class is a pretty tasty one. Not really sure what I was expected,but this is a nice beer for autumn and I’m certain would go well with a Thanksgiving Feast.

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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.

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Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.