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.