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Wachusett Pumpkan - Wachusett Brewing Company

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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | 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 chefhatt:
Photo of chefhatt
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a glass. It has a orange color body with a small head to it. The aroma has a slight hint of spices not a lot of pumpkin. The taste has a little spice to it and I don't get a lot of pumpkin. Mouthfeel is good and overall a ok pumpkin beer.

chefhatt, Jan 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Mac19872, Sep 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

csniezek, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

tigg924, Sep 10, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Kdinmd, Aug 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Trashcat, Nov 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Larrydoherty, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
2.13/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Kegatron, Nov 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

rjm0715, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

tone77, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
3.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

puboflyons, May 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

liquorpig, Oct 06, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -48.7%

st9647v3, Sep 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

metter98, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of mountdew1
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

mountdew1, Dec 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +10%

OnTheBusWithGus, Sep 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Chegui, Oct 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12%

Matchews, Nov 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +10%

JohnnyB, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of SouljaSaia17
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

SouljaSaia17, Oct 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Goldfishman, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of cbutova
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

cbutova, Nov 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +39.3%

WreckingBrew, Oct 06, 2012
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3.52/5  rDev +3.2%

jrstamp, Sep 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

porterman66, Dec 27, 2013
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Wachusett Pumpkan from Wachusett Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.