Wild North Pumpkin Ale by Lake of Bays Brewing Co.

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ABV 6% IBU 25

We are now on to week number 2 of ‘Pumpkin Ale October’ and this week’s entry is Wild North Pumpkin Ale by Lake of Bays Brewing Co. Love them or hate them, pumpkin ales hit the shelves every October. I’ve had mixed feelings about pumpkin ales in past years and am determined to try a bunch to get a better feel for the style.

Wild North Pumpkin Ale is described on the can by the brewery as a “refreshing malt forward ale, featuring Magnum and Fuggles hops, pumpkin, vanilla, and spice”.

Wild North Pumpkin Ale is a deep amber colour with a reserved, but present, white head. The aroma is mostly malty, with a hint of floral

earthiness. The flavour is a balance of sweetness, caramel, and a hint of vanilla. The mouthfeel is full bodied and the finish refreshing. This beer is really well balanced.

I really liked this pumpkin ale. It didn’t overpower with any of the elements. I think the underlying beer is styled as a brown ale. The caramel malt really complimented the pumpkin, vanilla, and spices. My only knock on this beer is that I don’t think I would have picked up that it was a pumpkin ale on a taste test alone.

Lake of Bays Brewing Co is located in Baysville, ON (Muskoka area). They brew small batches and seasonal beers in addition to a regular and popular lineup. Check out their site here.