Great Pumpkin Ale | Cambridge Brewing Company

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88
very good
128 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
128
Ratings:
357
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
22.03%
 
 
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Great Pumpkin AleGreat Pumpkin Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
New England’s first and CBC’s most sought after seasonal beer, The Great Pumpkin Ale, is back in bottles and on draft! We are very proud to be brewing with locally-grown sugar pumpkins from our friends at The Farm School in Athol, and Wilson Farms in Lexington. We’re also using organic barley that was grown in MA and then small-batch malted by our friends at Valley Malt in Hadley, MA.

Added by sponberg on 10-09-2002

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Photo of bpk59
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
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

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2/5  rDev -49.4%
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.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.19/5  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.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of zbellino
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a hazy dark orange-copper color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing left on the glass and an inch of head throughout drinking it.

s - Smells of spices, pumpkin, bready malts, light cinnamon, and light ginerbread. Pretty nice, and a little heavy on the spices.

t - Tastes of spices, pumpkins, gingerbread, nutmeg, cinnamon, and bready malts. Again, heavy on spices, thought the gingerbread comes through a bit more than the nose. A small step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a good pumpkin ale. Seemed a bit heavy on the spices, especially in the nose, but a good pumpkin ale. Very easy to drink and would like to have it again.

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Photo of cbutova
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- 22oz bomber poured into a snifter and a goblet. Small white head forms atop the somewhat hazy orange-amber ale. Head retention is low and lacing is spotty.

S- Apple cider element on top of a traditional pumpkin ale character. Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin and bread come to mind.

T- Squash-like pumpkin flavor mixes well with spices (cinnamon, nutmeg) and apple cider/fruit notes. Yeast bread finishes off a well rounded, autumn flavor.

MF- Silky, creamy light body with nice smooth, moderate carbonation. Finishes slightly bitter.

The fruit and spice flavor meld beautifully with an authentic pumpkin flesh character. Truly a great pumpkin ale. This really makes me want to try more CBC.

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Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big fizzy 1.5 finger head fades at a semi quicker pace with some soapy lacing, over somewhat hazy orange-ish carrot colored beer.

Nose has some nice pumpkin, a bit of fresh pumpkin and pumpkin pie filling, very light toasty malts, some light pie spices as well, a light nutmeg/hazelnut like aroma.

Taste starts lighter as well, some light toasty almost bready malts, a light sweetness and juicy malt like flavors. Then come the light pumpkin, a mix of fresh pumpkin and light pie filling again. Spices come through but again lighter, with hints of nutmeg, hazelnut, allspice, etc. Hint of bitterness I think from spices and maybe a hint of hops. Finish is a bit drier which helps, touch of light malt and pumpkin lingering, as well as a bit more bitterness.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall decent, nice light and clean, light bitterness from some light hops and spices balance the light malts and nice pumpkin well. Spices come out more on the nose than taste which is how I think it should be. Good pumpkin addition overall and doesn't try to overpower anything. very drinkable and tasty beer.

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Photo of portia99
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (batch 1 bottled September 2011) poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a stunningly clear deep orange amber color with a finger of not quite white rocky foam that dies fairly quickly to a skim coat leaving behind only faint traces of lace on the glass.

S - Immediately after opening the bottle I got a big whiff of pumpkin spices - lots of cinnamon, brown sugar, fresh pumpkin, a bit of apples, light cloves, nutmeg. A liquid pumpkin pie.

T - The aroma set me up to think this was going to be an overly sweet beer...but happily, not the case. Spices come thru nicely, especially the nutmeg and cinnamon but these are melded nicely into a somewhat dry overall impression. Malt is biscuity, hops are noticeable with a mid-level bitterness that really serves to balance things out almost perfectly. Left behind after the swallow is a mild but distinct fresh pumpkin flavor that lingers a bit.

M - A lighter body, just shy of medium with a corresponding carbonation level. Carbonation is lively but not overpowering...seems to effervesce the flavors out onto the taste buds...almost gives a sense of inhaling the flavors.

O - One of the better pumpkin beer examples I've had. Really well balanced - has the required pumpkin pie spices, but doesn't overpower as the syrupy dessert that many of this style seem to do. A welcome change of pace that fits well with the season.

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Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Kegatron for hooking me up with this fine brew. Poured from a bomber (batch 01, bottled Sept 2011) into a shaped pint glass. The brew appears a hazed copper color that is hazed. Some golden coloration appears around the edges. 2.5 fingers worth of yellowish stained head sits atop the brew with a bold, uneven topping of froth. Patches and finger-like patterns of lace reach upward from the top of the liquid.

The smell of this brew is pretty darn nice. Pumpkin flesh is noted immediately with some green veggie character. A little bit of sulfur and some herbal hops keep this in check reminding you that this is in fact a beer. The herbal character of the hops plays a very nice contrast to the seemingly sweetness of the pumpkin flesh. More smells reveal a caramel hint of sweetness mixed with spices like nutmeg, cinnamon and maybe something a little brighter like ginger. This isn't the most pumpkin forward flavored brew I have had, but the mixture of character to the nose presents itself in a very pleasing and not too spiced aspect. Very well done.

The taste of this brew is earthy with pumpkin flavor that is a mixture of toasted quality and raw almost veggie aspects. The hops provide a nice amount of herbal bitterness which is enjoyable and really works that earthen feel throughout this flavor. Nutmeg is noted lightly mid palate and a bit of cinnamon comes into the finish that clashes a bit with the herbal bitterness. At times there is a bit of a fruity sweet alcohol touch. The grain inclusion is toasty with a bit of bready to biscuit attribute. The flavor that stays on the tongue right before the swallow is perfect, it is a perfect balance of pumpkin to spice ratio.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. This is quite a dry, herbal and bitter representation of the style which is quite enjoyable. As far as spicing goes, I think CBC has nailed this one perfectly. Any more spices and it would have been a bit distracting, any less and it just wouldnt have been enough to withstand the inclusion of the hops and grain. I am loving the level of alcohol in this one, its something I am happy to pour a second glass of. Thanks again Heath!

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of jman892
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy copper color, with a bubbly off white head, minimal lacing

S - Aroma is inviting, smelling of spices like nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon

T - Taste is sweet, with brown sugar and graham cracker leading the way. A bit of toffee also. A mild amount of grassy hops in the background

M - A bit on the thin side, but not watery. The carbonation is alive and well

O - Very impressed with this one, glad I found it. Possibly my new favorite pumpkin beer

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Photo of Chincino
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer last night. It was poured into a goblet and poured to be a medium orange/amber color with an off white head.

The aroma consisted of spices-seemingly nutmeg and cinnamon. I could definitely detect some pumpkin in the aroma, but it was not overpowering like in some other pumpkin beers I have tried.

The taste was crisp, light-medium bodied, and this beer was easy to drink.

In my opinion, a good pumpkin ale.

Cheers!

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Bomber bottle poured into a Boston Beer Perfect Pint glass. Batch number one, bottled less than a month ago.

Appearance: Medium orange in color with a creamy beige head, about two fingers in height. Nice and clear throughout.

Aroma: Big ginger, brown sugar, and some nice spicy hops. The malt is lighter and doesn't come through heavy here.

Taste: Ginger, brown sugar, and some nice pumpkin notes. Hop bitteness is subdued nicely. Not heavy at all, really nice light flavor throughout. Lots of flavor for less than four and a half percent ABV.

Mouthfeel: Light body and plenty of carbonation.

Overall, a really nice pumpkin ale that delivers on flavor without having to be high ABV or too strong.

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Photo of Daktyls
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy amber in color with a half finger head that dissipates to a fine lacing on the top of the brew.

S: There's definitely a pumpkin aroma present along with the usual pumpkin spices, nutmeg, some light cinnamon and light toffee and malts.

T: A sweeter malt character with a light bready pumpkin in the background along with mild spices.

M: Light on the tongue with a medium bodied flavor. Mild carbonation.

O: Overall, on the lighter end of pumpkin beers, but while the pumpkin is lighter, it has more 'pumpkin spice'. Quite tasty.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.01/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

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Photo of crossovert
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle.

It pours a hazy peachy orange with a foamy white head. It is the perfect appearance for a "pumpkin beer".

The smell is mostly herbs and spices with some malt and a small hint of pumpkin.

The taste is spicy with some pumpkin and hops. It isn't overtly sweet, rather subtle. It isn't bad.

For a pumpkin beer it is actually pretty good.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Cambridge Brewing

A: The beer pours the expected copper color with a finger of off-white head.

S: A rather subtle pie spice aroma, which is kind of surprising. Just a touch of vanilla along with pumpkin, toasted malt, and toffee. There are a couple spices that do come through a bit more, namely nutmeg and cinnamon.

T: Fairly sweet with a strong toasted malt and toffee flavor. Like the aroma, a good dosing of nutmeg and cinnamon with a hint of vanilla and pumpkin. Again, it is certainly spiced, but not overly so.

M: The body and carbonation are both medium.

O: Seems the folks at Cambridge are pretty adept at brewing pumpkin beers.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1

Appearance: Deep orange and slightly hazy. Head is off-white. Decent retention. Almost no lacing. Carbonation is solid. It's a glowing pumpkin in a glass.

Smell: Smells like a real pumpkin filled with delicious beer. Spices, the typical fall compliment of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, are present. Vanilla. Touch of roasted malts. Nice hit of real pumpkin brings an earthy, vegetable quality to the whole thing. Gotta love that squash. Caramel malts add some sweetness in the long run.

Taste: More real pumpkin flavor than any pumpkin beer I've had the chance to encounter. Big squashy, pumpkin flavor. Pumpkin flesh coupled with a mild compliment of cinnamon and nutmeg. Thankfully, the cloves and nutmeg take a back seat and let the beer shine through the spices. Earthy and just a touch sweet. The real pumpkin flavor gets a little pressing toward the end of the bottle.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation to keep things moving along. Smooth with a touch of creaminess to bring it all back together.

Overall: This really is a pumpkin turned in to a beer. Loads of fresh pumpkin flavor. At times I really felt like I was drinking down some pureed squash and that got a little distracting. All said and done, I'm really glad this is in bottles and hopefully I'll make it to CBC to try it on tap sometime.

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Great Pumpkin Ale from Cambridge Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.