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Wachusett Pumpkan - Wachusett Brewing Company

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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wachusett Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
New England’s first pumpkin in a can. A blend of spicy malts, spices, & Blonde Belgian Candi sugar creates a deep orange color with subtle spice flavor.

(Beer added by: steve8robin on 08-20-2012)
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Reviews by Kegatron:
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

2.13/5  rDev -37.9%

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with 2 fingers of foamy off-white head. This retains with a thin sudsy look, ringing the sides of the glass with frothy lacing. The aroma smells raw and fruity, backed by a sweet and sticky feel. Spices stick to the sweetness, while light metallic notes hang on the edges.

The taste is raw earthy hops, vegetal feeling pumpkin, buttered sweetness and weird medicinal notes. There is a handful of moderate pumpkin spices sprinkled throughout the profile and is probably the least offensive aspect of this. The finish is dry, earthy feeling and bitter. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm and prickly carbonation that fills up the mouth and then continues to expand along the back. This is a touch over carbonated to say the least.

Wow. Cool looking can but the overall beer here is a mess. This was very off putting for me in parts, whether its butter, metallic, medicinal or vegetal notes and the carbonation was just too sharp at times to try and keep this smooth and drinkable. Glad I didn’t go for a 12-pack of this. It needs lots of work still.

11-02-2012 18:50:20 | More by Kegatron
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Mac19872

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +16.6%

09-02-2012 20:51:06 | More by Mac19872
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csniezek

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +2%

09-06-2012 00:53:44 | More by csniezek
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -0.9%

Appearance: 1 inch head, orange in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, pumpkin, and pumpkin spice

Taste: nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, pumpkin, caramel, and pumpkin spice

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight bitterness and a dry aftertaste, high carbonation, light bodied

Overall: A solid but not great pumpkin beer. There is a slight off bitterness at the end that takes away at the end. Not a bad beer, but not even in the same ballpark as their Imperial which is one of my favorite pumpkin beers.

09-10-2012 12:54:47 | More by tigg924
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Kdinmd

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

08-23-2013 23:35:11 | More by Kdinmd
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Larrydoherty

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +2%

09-16-2012 16:32:24 | More by Larrydoherty
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rjm0715

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +16.6%

02-03-2014 22:30:38 | More by rjm0715
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.46/5  rDev +0.9%

This beer comes my way courtesy of the creator of the canquest, woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has an amberish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of spices and pumpkin. Taste is very mild compared to the smell. Some spice and pumpkin, but a bit subdued. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

04-20-2013 13:33:53 | More by tone77
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.74/5  rDev +9%

From a 12 fl. oz can dated Best by 021313. Okay so I sampled it on May 16, 2013 which is not only past date but it is way out of season. I picked up a 12-pack on clearance for $4.99 so I did not think of it as wasted money.

It looked like a pumpkin spice should with a handsome orange-amber and a large, long-lasting puffy off-white head. That's still a good grade.

Aroma of sweetness and pumpkin spice with a kind of Nut-brown ester as well. Mellowed with age I suppose but still enticing.

The body is medium.

The taste still presented plenty of pumpkin spices even three months after its expiration date and 8 months past season. A slight lingering bitterness but it was a low bitterness. Actually I could drink several of these easily despite being past date.

05-16-2013 21:10:16 | More by puboflyons
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liquorpig

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +2%

10-06-2012 01:05:02 | More by liquorpig
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st9647v3

New Jersey

1.75/5  rDev -49%

09-29-2013 23:39:17 | More by st9647v3
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metter98

New York

3.5/5  rDev +2%

A: The beer is hazy orange amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that quickly died down, leaving a bit of lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of pumpkins and spices are present in the nose; ginger seems to stand out in particular among the spices.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has flavors of ginger spices and pumpkins along with hints of malts and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down rather easily, but the pumpkin and spices are not as prevalent in the aromas and flavors compared to other pumpkin ales. You really need to let this beer to warm up for the smell and taste to strengthen a bit.

10-01-2013 01:03:51 | More by metter98
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -1.5%

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a medium orange amber, with a thin 1/4 inch white creamy head. Copious carbonation rose from the bottom. Aroma was weak, but was primary of a squashy pumpkin with subtle nutmeg in the back. Flavor was primarily a spicy pepper up front, with subtle squash flavors. Felt a little watery in the mouth, didn't coat as well as they often do. A bit tangy on the tongue, seemed to almost be over carbonated. Overall much more a peppery spice than what I would expect from a pumpkin beer.

12-01-2012 00:16:02 | More by mountdew1
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Chegui

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +2%

10-29-2013 20:39:17 | More by Chegui
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Matchews

California

3/5  rDev -12.5%

11-02-2012 03:23:27 | More by Matchews
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JohnnyB

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

11-11-2012 02:12:24 | More by JohnnyB
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SouljaSaia17

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev +5%

Always enjoy craft beer in a can and when I saw the cool design of this can, I knew I had to try it.

A: This beer pours a darkish golden, amber color with a 1/2 inch soapy white head that leaves some good lacing.

S: My nose is kind of stuffy for this review, so im not getting much of anything besides a little malt and pumpkin spice.

T: I get some all spice in the flavor with some mild malts up front. I do get some pumpkin flavor in the middle but it taste more like imitation than the real thing. The taste ends with some nutmeg and a little bit of a yeast texture in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied beer, leaning towards the fuller side than lighter. Mild carbonation but the flavor is good, so this is easily a sessional beer.

O: I enjoyed this beer, but I enjoyed the design of the can a little bit more. Definitely has some good flavor and is easy to drink, but overall, not the best of pumpkin beers out there. I will give it a slightly better than average!

10-15-2012 03:27:45 | More by SouljaSaia17
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Goldfishman

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

08-21-2012 23:26:08 | More by Goldfishman
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev -10.2%

Finally getting around to trying this one.

A- Poured into a can-shaped glass with a slightly murky dark amber-light brown body. An off-white head builds to about two fingers and has good retention. Nice spots of lace all around the glass.

S- Needs some major warmth before it really opens up. That being said it still isn't the most memorable or strongest of noses. General pumpkin pie mix, nutmeg, tart apples, yeast bread and vanilla.

T- Nutmeg, clove and pumpkin pie spice mix lead the way with light tart fruits and pumpkin flesh. Beer yeast notes make it taste more like a spice pumpkin loaf more than a pie, not much vanilla or sweetness here. It all seems kind of diluted too, not just light but watered down.

MF- Light body with high carbonation giving a slight sting similar to soda water. Very light bitterness in the finish. More on the watery side of things.

Starts to taste more diluted and light with each sip. There is a pretty good vegetal pumpkin character which I really look for in the good pumpkin ales. Seems like they were going for a light, drinkable pumpkin ale but I think a bit too much flavor is sacrificed for my liking.

11-16-2012 04:24:16 | More by cbutova
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WreckingBrew

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +38.5%

10-06-2012 22:52:01 | More by WreckingBrew
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porterman66

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +2%

12-27-2013 23:00:57 | More by porterman66
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insearchofhops

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

07-01-2014 20:57:47 | More by insearchofhops
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.36/5  rDev -2%

Jeez-O-Man, what a comedy of errors it has been since I received this CAN for inclusion in The CANQuest (TM)! First, my camera would not take a picture that would allow me to shrink it to the specified parameters. Next, the resizeyourimage.com website seemed to experience some technical difficulties that have since been resolved. Further, once I got both camera and website to sync up, the approval process lagged until recently. I will never review a CAN without an existing pic as I may not have access to a replacement and pics of spent CANs are unappealing. My pic needs to be approved before I will move on it.

I just reviewed another pumpkin ale, so this seems an (in)appropriate moment to move onto another. From the CAN: "Ale Brewed with pumpkin and spices"; "Pack It In, Pack It Out"; "100% Endlessly Recyclable Aluminum [CAN]"; "Enjoy with friends [undersigned Ned, Kevin, Quincy]".

I went with an inverted Crack & Glug since it has been so long that I was beginning to wonder if I had forgotten the procedure. Nope! It went swimmingly. I had a finger of foamy, tawny head that slowly settled, leaving nice lacing in its wake. Color was a deep-copper with NE-quality clarity. I wonder if it would get me anything at the local metal recycling plant? Nose was muted, but spicy. I will attribute that to my wait time, although the CAN took up reefer space since its arrival. Mouthfeel was medium and the spices were less intense than the bottled pumpkin ale that I had before this. Is it possible that bottle beats CAN? Perhaps in this instance. Finish was more malty than spicy and was semi-sweet as opposed to the previous pumpkin ale. Sticky lacing began to form as I drank it down.

03-19-2013 22:45:13 | More by woodychandler
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BostonPhilly

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -12.5%

06-24-2013 15:53:18 | More by BostonPhilly
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WunderLlama

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +15.2%

12oz can poured into a pint glass

Clear orange amber liquid with faint carbonation leading to a thick two finger cap that settles with nice lacings.

Nose full of spice, little pumpkin, little cinnamon.

Not overpowering pumpkin taste but more like a beer with a wisp of pumpkin. Medium mouthfeel. Smooth with mainly clean finish. Hint of a hop bitterness aftertaste on back of the tongue.

I generally don't like this type of beer. This is one that I do like , would buy and drink again. One of the better pumpkin beers of the season. More treat than trick!

10-25-2013 01:51:38 | More by WunderLlama
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Wachusett Pumpkan from Wachusett Brewing Company
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