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Great Pumpkin Ale - Cambridge Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

269 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 269
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 57
Gots: 20 | 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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frankminichio

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +26.9%

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

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +26.9%

02-26-2012 22:34:10 | More by johnkyoungoh
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codon2004

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +26.9%

11-29-2011 20:19:59 | More by codon2004
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Mikeynas

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +26.9%

10-20-2012 23:15:50 | More by Mikeynas
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seanwhite

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +26.9%

11-14-2011 16:57:28 | More by seanwhite
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waiting4lunch

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +26.9%

11-22-2011 21:17:24 | More by waiting4lunch
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Jeb37

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +26.9%

11-26-2011 19:46:28 | More by Jeb37
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CraftVA

Virginia

5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A – Pours a transparent orange color with finger-width of a white foamy head.

S – The smell reminds me of Fall and all the delicious baked goods that come with it. It has a forward, spicy scent with a sweetness to it.

T – Unlike other pumpkin ales I’ve tried, the pumpkin really comes through in this beer in a very pleasant way. It mingles with the spices and sweetness of the beer, with slightly hoppy finish.

M – Smooth with a medium level are carbonation. It’s a very enjoyable beer to drink.

O – This beer is my favorite pumpkin beer. The spicy flavor reminds me of my favorite part of Fall and I love having this fresh on tap.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 23:58:33 | More by CraftVA
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redliner8

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +26.9%

01-08-2012 03:14:34 | More by redliner8
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +26.9%

11-14-2011 23:26:25 | More by Lawnboy33
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BrittEBurke

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +26.9%

11-18-2011 23:15:17 | More by BrittEBurke
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CherryGhost

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +26.9%

01-23-2012 19:24:37 | More by CherryGhost
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.93/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasted On-Tap 10/01/05 at the CBC in Cambridge, MA.

Orange-gold color with a nice off-white head. Nice all-spice, cinnamon, pumpkin spice aroma and flavor. Medium-light bodied and creamy. One of the best CBC beers of the day.

It was so delicious, I took a growler of this one back to the hotel.

Per CBC website:
Brewed with over 125 pounds of fresh, locally grown, organic sugar pumpkins in each batch. The subtle pumpkin flavor is enhanced by the addition of traditional autumn spices.
OG: 1.044 FG:1.012 ABV: 4.2%

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2005 17:14:31 | More by RBorsato
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taez555

Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this beer on tap at Anam Cara during game 3 of Sox/Yankees playoff series.

Poured a very clear amber/brown body with a small white head that died almost immediatly.

The nose was pure pumpkin pie spice. Cinnamon, allspice, with an upfront malt smell. One of the best pumpkin beer noses I've ever smelled.

The taste was just as amazing. Fresh, fresh pumpkin pie spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger. Malt. What really stands out about this beer is the bitterness. It's very bitter and slightly hoppy. The thing is.. it's perfectly balanced against the malt and pumpkin pie spices. An amazing interplay of tastes.

Simply put, where has this pumpkin beer been hiding? I've had a lot of pumpkin beers but this one might take the cake, or should I say pumpkin pie. It's like eating a fresh peice of your great grandmothers pumpkin pie but in beer form. So well balanced with malt, bitterness and fresh pie spices. A work of art.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2003 08:56:40 | More by taez555
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BetterDarker

Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Vermont

4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served an orangey amber with a light head at Anam Cara in Brookline, MA. Ding ding ding ding ding! Best pumpkin beer I've ever had and I am a fan of the style. Nice and pie spicey with that lovely pumpkin flavor chillin with the malts, but what's this? Hops in a pumpkin beer? It works! Very well balanced. I could drink it all night long and never get tired of it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2003 00:48:59 | More by scottum
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dmachado

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

04-14-2014 17:49:52 | More by dmachado
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lalaloveyou


4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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cestlavie

New York

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

09-24-2012 00:51:06 | More by cestlavie
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DNICE555

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

10-14-2013 15:13:03 | More by DNICE555
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Streetcore

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

03-29-2012 17:37:15 | More by Streetcore
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber poured into a New Belgium globe. Batch 01, bottled Sept. 2011.

A: Pours a mildly hazy copper/orange with a creamy white dollop of a head seemingly dropped right on top. Good retention, spotty lacing. Looks very inviting.

S: Chopped, cooked pumpkin and mild spice scents of cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, and ginger. Crust-like toasted malts. Smells great.

T: Spices are apparent at the outset. Nutmeg and ginger are prominent, with a backing of cinnamon and clove. Sweet, gourd-like chopped pumpkin tastes dominate the mid-palate, but spices poke through intermittently. Brown sugar and some bready, cookie-like toasted malt flavors call to mind some favorite holiday desserts. Maybe just a hint of some grassy hop tastes, but the hop bitterness has mainly a balancing role. Finishes with some sugary pumpkin tastes and mild spices.

M: Medium bodied. Very silky and creamy. Carbonation is prickly, but not forceful. It rounds out the mouthfeel nicely and makes for a delightfully smooth impression. A very impressive mouthfeel.

O: Excellent. Supremely balanced, which cannot be said for the vast majority of pumpkin beers out there. This is hands down the best pumpkin beer I've ever had. I know what I'm drinking with dessert on Thanksgiving this year.

Notes: The freshest, most authentic pumpkin taste I've ever come across in a beer. The spicing is done perfectly; not too ambitious, and it lets the beer stand on its own two feet. Great mouthfeel, excellent all around, really. Flawless. Can't praise it enough. I can't wait to see what other CBC beers will hit shelves around here next.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 03:15:59 | More by ryan1788a5
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sloejams

California

4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

New York

4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Texas

4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear with an amber-tan color. Smells delicious, like a sweet, savory handmade pumpkin pie cooling off (minus the steam): pumpkin, pumpkin spices, and a touch of biscuit malt balance. Thinner body than I anticipated, but it’s not thin-bodied by any means. I’m guessing it’s in the range of a sessionable 5% or so. The touch of malt is just enough to give some balance to the cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and allspice I pick up in tasting. A great lingering finish. Delicious. Definitely one of the more memorable pumpkin ales I’ve had this year.

Soapbox disclaimer: Had this in a plastic glass at a Cambridge-area pizzeria. Pint-prices for what seemed like a bottle-sized pour to boot. Which is just to say that for what I was charged I’d expect more attention to serving. All that aside, what a beer! Contemplated a growler-to-go upon my visit to the brewery, but travel demands made that unwieldy and impractical. Why, I would have had to drink it all that night…

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2011 21:30:27 | More by elNopalero
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Great Pumpkin Ale from Cambridge Brewing Company
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