Review: Great Lakes Brewery - Pumpkin Ale (2012)

This will be the third time I have a look at a GLB product.  If you recall, I had a look at their Red Leaf back in July, and their Crazy Canuck in September.   With autumn in full swing, I thought it would be a good idea to revisit these guys and see how one of their better-known seasonals fares in a review.


This 5.5% ale comes in a larger than usual bottle, at a whopping 650mL.   Great for sharing with a friend (or, if you're like me, great for yourself.)  This is a fairly common Pumpkin Ale, and from my experiences is usually available at most LCBOs.  A bottle will run you $5.  While that sounds expensive, remember this baby is nearly the size of two normal beer bottles.

Let's have a drink, shall we?  It pours slightly golden with an orange tinge and is slightly hazy.  A thick, foamy off-white head forms with good retention and light lacing.  It has everything in the nose that you would expect from a good pumpkin ale: cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, pumpkin and sweet malts.  All of this transitions very well into the taste.  It starts off with the spices, moving into pumpkin and caramel malt, and finishing with a very light hop bitterness.  The spices - cinnamon mostly - lingers lightly in the aftertaste.  It goes down so smoothly!  Overall, this is very satisfying.  I find they go a little harder on the spices than most other pumpkin ales I've had, but that's not a bad thing for my tastebuds. 

Thanks for checking in.  I look forward to bringing you more reviews on seasonals in the near future.