Pumpkin Ale by Great Lakes Brewery

Pumpkin Ale Bottle

Great Lakes Brewery Pumpkin Ale bottle

Name: Pumpkin Ale
Brewery: Great Lakes Brewery
Style: Flavored Ale
ABV: 5.5%
Origin: Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
Cost: $4.95 per 650 mL bottle

Appearance 5/5

Pours a slightly cloudy burnt orange with a generous head made of large bubbles. The head tends to linger.

Aroma 2/5

Very hoppy, somewhat acidic smell, with notes of pumpkin and spices like nutmeg and clove.

Palate 2/5

Dry with very high carbonation, and some chalky mouth-feel.

Flavor 2/5

This pumpkin ale starts sweet, has notes of pumpkin, spices, and grows very hoppy towards the end. The finish is incredibly spicy and has a pine aftertaste.

Great Lakes Brewery Pumpkin Ale poured

Great Lakes Brewery Pumpkin Ale poured

Overall 11/20

Brewed in Etobicoke, Great Lakes Brewery’s Pumpkin Ale is a very rough ale that seems like the pumpkin was added as an afterthought. It looks amazing, but the aroma, plate, and flavor, leave a lot to be desired. The spices and hops overwhelm the pumpkin and it finishes stronger then most India Pale Ales.

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