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Great Pumpkin Ale - Cambridge Brewing Company

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Great Pumpkin AleGreat Pumpkin Ale

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326 Ratings

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Ratings: 326
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.78%
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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Photo of Arbitrator
2/5  rDev -49%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks, Arne!

A: Pours a pale golden body with slight amber highlights. Short-lived beige head. No lace.

S: It's earthy and slightly vegetal (I suppose I could attribute this to the pumpkin) with only a mild spice presence.

T: As the nose goes, the taste follows. Earthy, even mildly fruity -- I'd say hops have a slight edge in the flavor. Somewhat vegetal, with a slimy and oily back end. Mild on the spices; only some nutmeg is noted.

M: Light-medium bodied. Kind of slimy. Coats the mouth, but it doesn't leave any enjoyable flavors when it does.

O: I think I sampled this out of a growler last year, but I must have thrown away the notes. I obviously didn't hate it, as I make it a point to upload reviews of beers I detest. That means I must have enjoyed it. I'm not sure what the difference is between last year's growler and this year's bottle, but this was fairly horrid and no one finished it. Maybe it's old? Off bottle? Who knows.

Arbitrator, Nov 06, 2011
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2/5  rDev -49%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
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2.08/5  rDev -46.9%

Lfmik2316, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
2.1/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Beaver13, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of alysmith4
2.38/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Too sweet for my taste. Poured a clearish-orange color with a small head. Strong pumpkin and squash flavors coming through in the taste and smell. Also very malty with cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice coming through. The mouthfeel is average - smooth with slight carbonation.

alysmith4, Feb 23, 2006
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2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

leschkie, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of ACD
2.68/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle

Served in pint glasses with a cinnamon sugar rim

appearance - poured great and looked great! A nice creamy head on it

smell- nothing strong or distinctive about it, but also nothing bad

taste- I was disapointed. After reading all the great reviews about it, I thought there would be more of a taste to it. Seemed very average to actually blah!

mouth-feel- overall it was very easy drinking beer and on the smoother side, which is what I like, but nothing outstanding about it.

overall- not a bad beer , but nothing to really write home about as well. There are so many great pumpkin beers out there now that I don't think I would go back to this one.

ACD, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of MisterClean
2.74/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

MisterClean, Oct 12, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

nate_lyon, Mar 25, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

oldedog, Dec 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

woodchipper, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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?"

bewareOFpenguin, Nov 01, 2004
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Kevincredible, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First ever bottling of this beer, sent to me in the Secret Halloween BIF from Carl, thanks! 22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Semi-hazy orange golden copper body, with a slightly off-white head made up of tight little bubbles. Fairly quick dissipation leaving behind a thin cap and absolutely no lace at all. Typical for the style, as I rarely see any pumpkin ales leave anything behind.

S: Pumpkin flesh, allspice and nutmeg with an overall extremely watery character to it. All the flavors smell diluted. Touches of cinnamon towards the end, but aside from the actual pumpkin flesh, there isn't much from the spice side here.

T: Again, pumpkin flesh along with slight cinnamon notes, clove and hints of bready pie crust. It's not big in flavor but tries to showcase actual pumpkin flavor, almost to a fault. Pumpkin itself doesn't impart much flavor into the beer, but if that's what they were going for than so be it. The flavors are still very diluted on the palate as they were in the aroma, watery and dull.

M: Quite thin and watery on the palate with lots of tiny bubbles all over. After looking at the low ABV on the bottle, 4.4%, I can understand the thinner body but to me this takes away too much from the overall experience.

I was extremely excited to try this beer, but this left a whole lot to be desired for a pumpkin ale. I'm not looking for something overly sweet, spicy and sugary but I am looking for some flavor. This was way too light on everything, albeit was extremely easy drinking. A lot of fine tuning needs to be done to make this stand-out among all the other beers in the style.

ShanePB, Oct 07, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

trcasey, Oct 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

sweisel80, Jan 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

SocalKicks, Apr 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

nmann08, Nov 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

BeerBuckeye, Oct 31, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

OriolesFan1008, Nov 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

40ozofGore, Dec 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

JISurfer, Nov 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

fiotch, Mar 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

thampel09, Nov 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

DonFrap, Dec 23, 2012
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Great Pumpkin Ale from Cambridge Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.