It’s fall! My favourite time of year. I love the changing colours in the trees, the approach of Thanksgiving, cozy warm sweaters, boots, and pumpkin pie. My love of pumpkin is pretty deeply rooted – it has been my go to request instead of cake at my birthday for as long as I can remember. Conveniently, my birthday is right around Canadian Thanksgiving so pumpkin pie is usually easy to come by.
In recent years there has been a bit of an explosion of pumpkin spice or pumpkin flavoured things. Hot and cold pumpkin beverages abound – though I’ve found they often miss the mark in taste and pumpkin qualities. Despite former letdowns I recently picked up a Pumpkin Ale by Great Lakes Brewery.
The beer poured a slightly orange-red colour with minimal head. It smells like a great mixture of pumpkin and spices – namely nutmeg, cinnamon and clove. The taste wasn’t bad, it didn’t fall into the common pumpkin beer problem of being a mouthful of way too many spices. The pumpkin wasn’t all the prominent but it was a good tasting beer with a slightly pumpkin note. This was surprisingly light and subtle a good beer if you’re looking for something fall inspired but not hit you in the face pumpkin.