Mini Beer Review: This seasonal brew is courtesy of the Toronto, Ontario based Great Lakes Brewery. Putting aside my obvious love of pumpkin ales, I was instantly attracted to their effective use of branding. At 650ml per bottle, it’s just enough for a few pints worth of fall.
Appearance: Most pumpkin brews possess a natural amber colour, but this was closer to a darker golden shade.
Scent: The nutmeg immediately jumped out followed closely by malty sweetness.
Taste: The first mouthful went hand and hand with the scent mentioned above. It starts off fairly spicy and finishes with a sharpness that leads to a slightly bitter aftertaste.
Overall: Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale is both drinkable and well balanced. While it lacks that definitive pumpkin taste of my all time favourites, this is still arguably one of the better seasonal offerings available in Canada.