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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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Photo of metter98
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 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
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

DrunkinYogi, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

oriolesfan4, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

woodychandler, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of Trashcat
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Trashcat, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, vibrant, clear, rustic orange coloring with a frothy, foamy, off-white head that starts tall on the pour but quickly settles into a thin, filmy coating. Aromas of rich pumpkin, roasty notes, and a spice blend that includes cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice. Very balanced aromatics. Flavors are roasted and slightly sharp on the initial tongue, followed by a light pumpkin sweetness that is blended with a touch of caramel. The sweetness in the backbone gets overpowered by the initial characteristics, so balance is lost on the palate. Thin bodied, but smooth once you get passed the initial sharp feel. The aftertaste is more tangy and sweet, and lends itself to a smoother flavor profile than the main taste could do. Light, smooth, slightly filmy finish. This beer isn't bad, and definitely hits the mark in spots, but there are some imbalances that knock it for me personally.

GarthDanielson, Nov 06, 2012
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
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
Photo of st9647v3
1.75/5  rDev -48.7%

st9647v3, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of malfunxion
3.75/5  rDev +10%

malfunxion, Jul 31, 2014
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
Photo of Davepoolesque
3/5  rDev -12%

Davepoolesque, Oct 29, 2014
Photo of DonFrap
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

DonFrap, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of Nichols33
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Nichols33, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of PatGreer
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

PatGreer, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of facundoCNB
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A nice clean amber pour with a finger if creamy off white head. Smells malty with subtle pie spices. Bready. The flavor is pretty subtle and enjoyable. Malty, bready, slight toasted notes with very subtle pie spices.
Medium body low carbonation and easy to drink for the style.
This is well past it's prime.. Pumpkin beer in march? But I prefer it that way. It's nice to taste that there's actually decent beer behind the pumpkin.

facundoCNB, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +17.3%

redfox405, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of shehateme
3.75/5  rDev +10%

shehateme, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of JKV96
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

JKV96, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of fossage78
3/5  rDev -12%

fossage78, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light burnt orange. Head is white, bubbly, thin, with little retention. Perfectly clear. No lacing. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Mild roasted malts. Some underlying pumpkin. Spices jump. Big on the allspice. Nutmeg, cinnamon, a touch of vanilla. Sweet caramel malts. Slightly bready. Hits that solid ratio between malts, spice, and pumpkin that pushes homemade pumpkin pie. As it warms the spices begin to dominate. Malts fade a touch. Slightly grassy.

Taste: Clean, roasted, slightly bready and sweet malt up front. Quickly gets crushed by a punch of nutmeg and allspice. Faint cinnamon spiciness in the back. Malts come across a little thin and watery. Mild grassy finish. Some toasted notes. Pumpkin is buried, and I mean buried, but it helps round things out a bit. Slight spiciness from the hops as well.

Mouthfeel: A little lighter than I like in my pumpkin beers. Just a shade under medium body. Prickly and a touch dry.

Overall: Decent. Bonus points for a can.

It's what I expected from Wachusett. It's middle-of-the-road. Easy drinking and hits the more aggressive spice profile people would expect from the style. Loses a little for me.

Goblinmunkey7, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of jbertsch
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

jbertsch, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of braican
3/5  rDev -12%

braican, Dec 09, 2013
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Wachusett Pumpkan from Wachusett Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.