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Great Pumpkin Ale - Cambridge Brewing Company

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Great Pumpkin AleGreat Pumpkin Ale

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324 Ratings

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Ratings: 324
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 64
Gots: 34 | 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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5/5  rDev +27.2%
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.

CraftVA, Feb 20, 2012
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4.93/5  rDev +25.4%
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%

RBorsato, Oct 11, 2005
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4.85/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

taez555, Oct 13, 2003
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4.83/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

BetterDarker, Oct 29, 2009
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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.

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4.6/5  rDev +17%
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.

ryan1788a5, Oct 14, 2011
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Great Pumpkin Ale from Cambridge Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.