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Great Pumpkin Ale - Cambridge Brewing Company

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Great Pumpkin AleGreat Pumpkin Ale

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very good

267 Ratings

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Ratings: 267
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 56
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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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

11-20-2011 02:03:48 | More by PEIhop
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

11-17-2011 00:42:11 | More by Burt
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3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy golden amber color with a decent white fluff on top and fair traces of spotty lacing. The aroma is skunky swamp squash with a hint of cardboard. Not exciting me but not a game ender. The flavor is a bright orange pumpkin squash with an Alka-Seltzer feel. This is definitely a vegetable beer. No real hop presence, very little sweetness or spice touch, just bare bones authentic raw pumpkin with a soda-like feel. Thin bodied with a hint of woodsy-leafy almond. It becomes more palatable as you finish it but this is far from my favorite pumpkin beer. Interesting but not delectable.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 03:51:08 | More by Durge
Photo of Bilco


4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

11-15-2011 11:53:09 | More by Bilco
Photo of Dope


3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A very cloudy orange pour. Decent white head with just a hint of orange in it. Retention is so-so and almost no lacing.

S: Very subtle smell. Just a touch of pumpkin and nutmeg. Not much else that I can discern.

T: Nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice. Maybe just a hint of pumpkin. Sweet at the start and in the middle and just a brief hit of some earthy bitterness in the aftertaste. Pumpkin spice flavor is very long lasting, sticks to your mouth. All flavors are pretty mild as this is a low ABV beer.

M: Very thin but not watery at least. All smells and flavors are pretty mild. A good departure from the high ABV pumpkin monsters (Pumking for example).

O: Interesting take on a pumpkin ale. Once of the mildest I've ever had, it's almost hard to discern the flavors sometimes. Wish it was a little stronger but it accomplishes what it came to do. Well balanced spices with the pumpkin and nothing is too dominating.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 03:46:25 | More by Dope
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

11-14-2011 23:26:25 | More by Lawnboy33
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

11-14-2011 22:39:57 | More by EmmetD
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

11-14-2011 16:57:28 | More by seanwhite
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

11-14-2011 16:41:19 | More by bpfrush
Photo of tigg924


3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-14-2011 07:20:17 | More by Pahn
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Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a Playboy pint glass.

The color is a hazy golden amber with a finger and a half of foamy white head and some nice lacing on the glass. Some nice bubbles is cascading throughout this beer and giving it some amazing retention.

The smell is a little pumpkin but also a little bit like a wet kitchen sponge. There is some spicy aroma that is slightly like lemon but also like sweet like orange.

The taste is at first pumpkin but also has some light yeasty flavor light a Belgian white beer. There is some sweet malt flavor that is all around you and pulling things along as the flavor turns a little bitter. There is just small slap of hops but then get a little smoother as it goes down.

The feel of this beer is smooth and has a light mouth feel that nice to have in a great tasting beer like this. It will not hit you too hard as it delights your taste buds.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 06:21:25 | More by Duhast500
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3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch #1; bottled Sept '11

A: Clear orangey copper in color. Forms a sizable off-white head. Good retention, but only minimal lacing.

S: The aroma is a mix of pumpkin pie spice and herbaceous hops, but mostly the spice.

T: The flavor is fairly thin, almost like a pumpkin beer light. Starts off with some light, clean, lightly sweet malts, and then the spices kick in: nutmeg and allspice, with ginger and cinnamon to a lesser extent. Finishes with a light, juicy, almost sugary, sweetness. The bottle says there is actual pumpkin in this beer, but I can't taste it.

M: Lighter bodied with heavier carbonation. Only the faintest hint of bitterness.

O: A very light pumpkin beer. Light in body, light in flavor, light on alcohol, and light on the pumpkin. Decent and drinkable, but couldn't see revisiting this one ever again.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 02:47:07 | More by Florida9
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4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bottle into a Boulevard Tulip.

Color is a cloudy, rusty orange - exactly what you'd expect a Pumpkin Ale to look like. My pour yielded almost no head - maybe I poured it wrong? No lacing.

Aromas of pumpkin pie spices - cinnamon and nutmeg - are well-balanced against a mild floral counter-note. Definitely smell real pumpkin as well. Smell finishes with a mild sweet malty quality.

Taste is exceptional - like a juicy pumpkin pie. All elements of smell are pervasive in the taste and they translate into a well-balanced, medium bodied, pleasant mouthful.

Mouthfeel is solid, but could maybe stand a hint more carbonation. Smooth finish.

Overall, you'd be hard pressed to find a better Pumpkin ale. To me, this beer captures the essence of fall in a glass - whimsical, fun, beautiful and only lasts a short while (because I enjoyed it so much!).

Would love to see a thicker, foamy head on this but maybe I need to work on my pour technique :D

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 00:26:56 | More by bpk59
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4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

CBC Great Pumpkin Ale pours a hazy yellow/orange into the glass with a small off-white head on top. The foam fades away quickly leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is loaded with cinnamon and nutmeg.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth with moderate carbonation. The flavor is like a pumpkin pie. Loads of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice. Some malty sweetness and pumpkin flavor help to balance out the spice. It finishes with a very mild bitterness. Once gone the spices linger on the palate.

This is a very tasty pumpkin beer. The spice combination is very nice. It tastes like a pumpkin dessert. I'm glad the beer is finally in bottles. I've only managed to try it once or twice at the pub in Cambridge. The bottles make it so much easier to obtain.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 20:04:57 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of Arbitrator


2/5  rDev -49.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 03:59:13 | More by Arbitrator
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New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a pale golden amber, with a dirty white foamy head. No cling, and the head only lasted a few minutes, but ended up leaving a thin layer. Constant streams of carbonation rose from all over the bottom. Aroma was a fruity floral with just a hint of gourd. Flavor was more spicy and peppery than what I normally think of for a pumpkin beer, but it did finish off with a subtle pumpkin note. Pumpkin definitely developed as it breathed. Felt good in the mouth. Not overly chewy or sticky, and slightly carbonated. Overall it was a nice twist on a pumpkin. Not overly flavored in any direction, not artificial, not to much like a pie.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 22:21:02 | More by mountdew1
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4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 19:04:54 | More by Kegatron
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3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly hazy copper colored orange. Creamy white head caps it off nicely.

Aroma has the spice thing going on with notes of nutmeg and allspice. Pumpkin adds a vegetable/gourdy note to it. Malty bread character rounds it all out. Palate lines up with with these notes as well, with only the spice being a bit more noticeable.

Mouthfeel is rather light and crisp. Overall, not a bad pumpkin beer but nothing really special either. Maybe I'm just pumpkined-out for the year.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 00:17:38 | More by Kinsman
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4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with CheesyBlaster, thanks!

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass. The bottle bears a label stating it was part of Batch No. 1, bottled in September, 2011. The bottle had been sitting for well over half-an-hour before I opened it; nonetheless, a fountain of foam came gushing out, leading to some minor spillage and loss.

When it settled some and I poured it, it poured a hazy pumpkin orange color with a three finger creme head that quickly reduced to a slight skim on top.

Has a very fresh pumpkin flesh aroma, with mild cinnamon and nutmeg spicing underneath. The spice is pleasantly understated, and not in-your-face overly spiced like so many pumpkin beers.

Very pleasant and easy tasting; a full pumpkin taste, with moderate spicing, mild malt, and even a bit of hop to finish it off. The spiciness is rounded, rather than sharp, with a bit of warmth to help it go down.

Medium bodied, this manages to be heavy enough that it is not some weak lager-style pumpkin beer, but not as heavy as a Punking. There's a definite smooth, creaminess that serves this beer well.

A very pleasant and easy drinking pumpkin beer, this would be the pumpkin beer to use to introduce someone to the style who never has had it before. Plenty of pumpkin taste, moderate to mild spice, and a bit of hops to finish, this is a definite keeper.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 01:41:15 | More by TheHoppiest
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4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had out of a bottle, in first btach from the CBC, thanks to Guy Bellino.

A - Deep burnt yellow with hints of orange as carbonation ascend up through the pilsner glass. Tight foam head, with little retention.

S - Rich and spicy, with mondo pumpkin and cinnamon aromas.

T - Extremely well balanced between nutmeg, cardamom, and cinnamon versus deep earthy malts, with a tinge of bitter hoppiness that cleans the palate. This last bit can't be overstated, because it separates this from lesser pumpkin ales that tend to cloy rather quickly.

M - Excellent whole-milk to HnH feel, with really surprising carbonation that keeps it fresh.

O- An exemplary Pumpkin Ale ... reach for this one if you can find it and want to ring in the early holidays with a festive flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 06:33:32 | More by zbellino
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3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lasting thin head after the initial fluffiness. Leaves only a couple of spots. The color is gold with a mild chill haze.

Some spiciness to the smell, not much pumpkin.

Notable cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice. I can detect light pumpkin. The aftertaste is lightly sour. Thin with an above average level of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 23:31:27 | More by smcolw
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4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Hazy, deep orange color with a big, fluffy white head. Allspice and fresh pumpkin pie with a buttery toasted crust. Flavor is caramel sweet malts and pie spice. Almost perfect balanced of creamy, caramel bread malts and spices. Medium body makes me think about warm pumpkin pie. Tasty and enjoyable beer but like most pumpkins beers I was satisfied after a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 19:15:18 | More by DrinkingDrake
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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into goblet, Batch #2 (at the most 19 days old), ABV listed as 4.4%.

Pours a hazy bright orange, a bit of sediment seen, white head is quickly a thick ring and cap but retains well as that.

Scent is nice, slightly better than average pumpkin ale smell, good strength. Reminds me of fall desserts. Pumpkin, sugar cookie malt, big sweet and some spicy.

Really nice harvesty squash and pumpkin notes up-front...good amount of spice, cinnamon noticeably. Sweet malts and hops are kept mostly on the DL, but at a nice level. Has an overall good autumn food vibe without being over the top at all, if anything it's a bit too subtle...but that's a nice change for pumpkin ales.

Very smooth mouthfeel, great body for the ABV but maintains a light feel, good balance.

Really dug the squash notes here, really authentic. It didn't blow me away but this is one of the better pumpkin ales I've had, the low ABV works well for this beer, great balance and pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 21:31:02 | More by Chico1985
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