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Great Pumpkin Ale - Cambridge Brewing Company

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Great Pumpkin AleGreat Pumpkin Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

271 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 62
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: sponberg on 10-09-2002)
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MisterClean

California

2.74/5  rDev -30.3%

22 oz purchased from Final Gravity, yeah you guys are getting some love. Thanks for being one of the first stores to carry it here in Kahl-ee-Fon-Ya.

A - Pours slightly hazy gold to copper with about 2 fingers of head. Moderately dissipates to about 1/2 finger. Kind of hard for the style to maintain head retention, should not be overly hoppy. Carbonation is moderate to low. Well done.

S - Aromas of lightly toasted bread, light spice - maybe clove, and slight aroma of squash or pumpkin. There is a moderate aroma of floral bittering hops. Quite possibly cascade from the slight pininess.

T - There is a little bit of caramel, some light breadiness, little pumpkin, the spices blend together and are indistinguishable, and there is some light to moderate bittering hops. A little disappointed that the pumpkin flavor and spices were outshined by the ale flavor and hops of the beer.

M- Malt slightly dominates, slightly warming, moderate body, light to moderate carbonated, no off-flavors.

O - Typically when I think of pumpkin beers, I hope to see a balance of the pumpkin and spices with the base beer (ale). The ale was overpowering and I did not get a lot of the pumpkin flavor. I would suggest to others to try other pumpkin ales such as Fat Jack T.R.E.A.T, and others unless you are seeking a pumpkin ale that is base beer heavy and pumpkin/spice light. If that was what Cambridge was going for, then they did a great job.

10-12-2013 15:50:22 | More by MisterClean
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braugon

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1.8%

09-23-2013 12:53:07 | More by braugon
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Connecticut

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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.24/5  rDev +7.9%

Poured into a pint glass the beer was rust colored with a small light tan head. Nice color.

The aroma was a nice balance between the pumpkin and the spice.

Cinnamon and nutmeg up front, followed by the pumpkin and malt.

This was a very smooth beer. Unlike a lot of pumpkin beers, the spice wasn't overwhelming, and the pumpkin came through nicely.

09-27-2013 23:02:09 | More by lordofthewiens
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sponberg

New York

4.55/5  rDev +15.8%

Very deep reddish amber with a thin, vanilla colored head.

An aroma like sniffing a malt pile with a pumpkin pie baking in the background. Perfect flavor balance between the malt (toasty/caramelly), pumpkin (very round, orange, no sign of Ernest Borgnine being carved into it), and spices (hints of cinnamon, clove, maybe allspice, nutmeg, mace?) - a rare Pumpkin Ale in which the spices don't overpower the pumpkin doesn't overpower the malt, and the bitterness & sweetness remain in balance. Every brewpub that makes a pumpkin ale needs to try this one - the balance & flavor are dead-on. Leaves a very pleasant, lingering taste in the mouth. A great fall seasonal.

10-09-2002 08:50:55 | More by sponberg
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%

Brightly glowing copper brown with a solid head retention. Seamless aroma of spices, pumpkin and malt. The flavour pulls the palate into a tug of war between the spices (nutmeg and cinnamon most notably) and the malt … the pumpkin is neutral yet noticeable. The hops referee the war and dub the war as a tie between the malt and spices.

Very drinkable and my top pumpkin ale as of yet.

09-24-2003 04:26:59 | More by Jason
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -8.4%

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: one inch head, orange-gold in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: nutmeg, pumpkin, and pumpkin spice

Taste: sweet caramel and bready start followed by pumpkin spice in the middle that continues to the end. There are slight hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: sweet and spicy with slight bitterness at the end, moderate-high carbonation, medium bodied

Drinkability: This one falls in the middle of the pumpkin beers I have had this season. Above average, but I have had better. I would be really curious to have this on tap. Subtle, I would reach for others first, but would not pass this over if offered to me.

11-14-2011 15:56:45 | More by tigg924
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

05-21-2012 05:42:29 | More by standardcherry
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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nate_lyon

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -30%

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doremite

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

06-13-2013 22:29:51 | More by doremite
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Brenden

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.8%

This beer's color is a thick medium-dark shade of burnt orange, and it's distinctive in that there's a lighter color in the depth while it's darker on the edges. A dusty-looking orange-tinted cap barely less than one finger high leaves pretty good spotting.
This beer shows off the pumpkin in both aroma and flavor. Lots of flesh without any of the off vegetal undertones some end up with couples with light kitchen spicing that's neither too subtle nor too strong. It rests on a dryer sort of malts base, though there's some doughiness, with just a hint of sweetness balancing some leafy hop. This beer does manage some depth while keeping the focus on the pumpkin.
It's crisp with a medium body that, while showcasing that crispness, shows a bit of heft. A nice lush smoothness plays all the way through.

10-15-2013 16:47:57 | More by Brenden
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sloejams

California

4.58/5  rDev +16.5%

After having quite a few of these already, my friend (and former CBC employee) suggested I give one of their other fines beers a try. I don't get to Boston much these days and it's rare when it lines up to be when the CBC has the Great Pumpkin flowing.

"Try the Half Wit, it's great"

"Ok get me one of those--- er, no another Great Pumpkin it is!"

We get 2 pumpkin beers when any regularity here in Los Angeles. Neither are any good. Great Pumpkin is outstanding. It doesn't hit you with the overwhelming pumpkin pie type flavoring like many others do. I was told the brewer Will insists on using real pumpkins and not the canned stuff most others do. And the flavor comes through.

At 4.2% it's quite sessionable. Love it.

09-29-2008 22:17:16 | More by sloejams
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BetterDarker

Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +22.9%

Foamy white head, almost looked like thin layer of whipped cream on my pumpkin pie dessert. Clear orange amber color with small amount of bubbles rising to the top with nice lacing.

Aroma is of expected spices and pumpkin. Surprised at how noticeable the actual pumpkin smell is. Fantastic.

Flavor is by far the best pumpkin beer I've had this year. Very smooth and well balanced. Fall spices are present but not over powering with a solid pumpkin and slight hop presence at the end

Crisp, dry finish with a medium in body. Good carbonation.

Very drinkable, I hope my homebrew comes close to this, because if it does, it's going to be a great November.

10-29-2009 16:49:06 | More by BetterDarker
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mdaschaf

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-14-2013 12:41:40 | More by mdaschaf
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dmachado

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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leschkie

California

2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

11-29-2011 00:07:21 | More by leschkie
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blknikon

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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Larrydoherty

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

10-14-2012 20:07:08 | More by Larrydoherty
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jmccraney

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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bewareOFpenguin

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -23.7%

Was looking forward to this after reading all the reviews. What a let down. Looked "lighter" than I anticpated, not a very good hue of orange. Carbonation was ok. Very little pumpkin taste, a little spice. Overall, I found it to be on the verge of a weak ale, almost watered down. I just saw my growler review from last year and am wondering, "what happened?"

11-01-2004 14:32:21 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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frankminichio

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +27.2%

03-23-2013 16:39:48 | More by frankminichio
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a couple fingers of foamy slightly off-white head. This retains with a thin fizzy layer that stays a touch richer on the edges and leaves back some very faint lace. The aroma smells of fresh and juicy pumpkin flesh, which seems to just jump out of the glass. Notes of herbal hops and some slight veggie character hangs on the edges, while sweet and sugary malt flavors sits along the back. The pumpkin spics are a bit more on the subdued side but I’m enjoying that aspect of this, as it keeps the overall focus of the nose on that pumpkin character.

The taste follows the aroma with a bright pumpkin flavor that has a real sweet juiciness to it. Almost like a piece of ripe cantaloupe and there is maybe a touch of a roasted edge to the flavor as well. Hops add an earthy and citric bitterness to this but it’s not overly assertive, instead adding some needed crispness to this. Doughy sugars sit along the back the profile and while offering up some balance here, mostly works with the sweetness of the pumpkin to help pop that flavor a little more. The spice is tad more forceful than it was in the nose but seems like the perfect amount is scattered throughout the taste here and finishes this with a festive feeling smack. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp on the tongue before moving out onto the palate with more of a softer foamy creaminess. The combination of crisp and smoothness to the carbonation just fits the flavors here perfectly.

I really have to offer up kudos here to the CBC and Mercury Brewing Company for getting this right in bottle form. This is very close to what you would find on tap at the brewpub (I just had some at the Great Pumpkin Fest this past weekend) and this had got to be one of thee mostly authentic tasting and easy drinking pumpkin beers out there. I love that this is in bottles and look forward to grabbing some each fall when we are up in New England.

11-02-2011 19:04:54 | More by Kegatron
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PaBeerLover

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-09-2011 21:44:46 | More by PaBeerLover
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Great Pumpkin Ale from Cambridge Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.