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Great Pumpkin Ale - Cambridge Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

276 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 276
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 62
Gots: 25 | 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  rDev +2%

Yabev15, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of elNopalero
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
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…

elNopalero, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of codon2004
5/5  rDev +27.6%

codon2004, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of leschkie
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

leschkie, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Jeb37
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Jeb37, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of clegolfski
4/5  rDev +2%

clegolfski, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +2%

rab53, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of waiting4lunch
5/5  rDev +27.6%

waiting4lunch, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

PEIhop, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of BrittEBurke
5/5  rDev +27.6%

BrittEBurke, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Burt
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Burt, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Durge
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Durge, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Bilco
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Bilco, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Dope
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Dope, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Lawnboy33
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Lawnboy33, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of EmmetD
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

EmmetD, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of seanwhite
5/5  rDev +27.6%

seanwhite, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

tigg924, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Pahn
4/5  rDev +2%

Pahn, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Duhast500
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Duhast500, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of Florida9
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Florida9, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of bpk59
4.43/5  rDev +13%
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

bpk59, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of WanderingFool
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

WanderingFool, Nov 06, 2011
Great Pumpkin Ale from Cambridge Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.