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Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale | Great Lakes Brewery

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Great Lakes Pumpkin AleGreat Lakes Pumpkin Ale
BA SCORE
3.59/5
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127 Ratings
Great Lakes Pumpkin AleGreat Lakes Pumpkin Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewery
Ontario, Canada
greatlakesbeer.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

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!

Added by Viggo on 09-29-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,152
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
127
pDev:
13.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
13
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 70
Photo of StormAles
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jtee
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a 650ml bottle served straight from the fridge at 8 degrees Celsius into a white wine glass. I couldn't find any dates on the bottle.

Look: The beer pours an ever so slightly veiled amber with 3cm of moussy, tan head that fades into a partial film in 2+ minutes. Mediocre overall head and poor lacing.

Smell: Medium-light and balanced. The first hit from the initial volatiles deliver some earthy, spicy, funky hop-funk. After getting up close and personal with the beer it reveals prominent notes of pumpkin with hints of cinnamon and clove as well as pale, bready malts.

Taste: Moderate intensity and leaning towards sweet. The flavour comes across as an understated marriage of beer and pumpkin pie.

Feel: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Creamy with a trace of alcohol warmth (only after the temperature has elevated).

Overall: In essence a simple, seasonal offering with great drinkability. Even though I want more from my beer, I think it's well-crafted for the public. Worth a try but I've had more interesting pumpkin beers.

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Photo of ConnorG
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yancot
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leitmotif
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow color with off-white head. Aroma has mostly spices associated with pumpkin pie but not really raw pumpkin. Taste has some spiced biscuits, grains and earthy hops with a light bitterness on the finish. Light body, medium carbonation. Overall it's decent but nothing really special.

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Photo of Electros
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Determined419
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fortyfield
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rapayn01
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a pint of this at a local Great Lakes tap takeover. Love the brewery, generally, and this did not disappoint although the style is not my favorite. But I love pumpkin and this fit the bill. Not overly spiced as some are.

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Photo of atone315
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cuvtcuv
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Glanzman
4.31/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear, orange color with a 1 finger head that dissipates pretty quickly. Really no lacing to speak of.

Smells great... spices, pumpkin and malts.

Taste pretty much the same. Not bad... not great either.

But at $7.99 (what i paid) for a 22 ounce bottle, there are better options at a better value.

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Photo of leocolgan
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very nice, actually pumpkiny. Nice spice. A little too much carbonation.

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Photo of talbotjf99
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Long813
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jotora
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jaisell
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OneTuffPony
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look: Light orange. Foamy white head that sticks around for a while.

Smell: Spices. Nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, etc.

Taste: Spices come through on this one (see above). Some caramel and some grassy hops as well. Pumpkin flavour not as strong as one would hope.

Mouthfeel: Light and watery, medium carbonation. Easy drinking.

Overall: My first pumpkin ale ever, so I can't compare it to much else. Not as "pumpkiny" as I thought it would be, but an interesting style to say the least. I'll definitely be trying more beers of this particular style. As far as buying this brew again goes, I'll pass.

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Photo of Amartian
4.7/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best flavour brews.

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Photo of djchrismac
4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of Marina
4.44/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of Coronaeus
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Mr_Hoptimistic
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%

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Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 127 ratings
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