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Pumpkinhead Ale - Boston Beer Works - Canal Street

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BA SCORE
87
very good

45 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 15.09%
Wants: 10
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Works - Canal Street visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: taez555 on 09-04-1998)
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Photo of mynie
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%

Sampled at the Salem Beer Works location. Served in a sugar-rimmed glass. Not a bad touch, really, but the cinnamon sugar overwhelmed the beer and I would have preferred to at least try it without blandishment. So, if you order one of these, be sure to let the bartender know if you don't want sugar.

Okay, as to the beer... pretty boilerplate. Lately brewers, especially midwest brewers, have been trying their damndest to make pumpkin beers taste like pumpkin pie. The results are tasty and often candy sweet, but they also blot out nearly all of the pumpkin flavor in favor of cinnamon and cloves. Beer Works' Pumpkinhead is oldschool in the sense that the spices and sweetness don't dominate, which allows for pumpkin nodes to actually shine through.

mynie, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of Nickcal
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Nickcal, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of Sellen
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Sellen, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of ParkbrauFan
4/5  rDev +2.3%

ParkbrauFan, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

SunDevilBeer, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of tigg924
3.26/5  rDev -16.6%

Had on tap at Hingham location

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, orange-brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: cinnamon and clove

Taste: cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and some pumpkin

Mouthfeel: sweet but not overly so, high carbonation, light bodied

Overall: Solid slightly above average pumpkin beer. I could no a couple of these, but there are better pumpkin beers out there.

tigg924, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of Bassman2019
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Bassman2019, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.91/5  rDev 0%

12oz bottle poured into a glass. The beer I am reviewing is new to retail in the 6-pack format, and called 'Pumpkin Works'. I believe this is the same beer, just re-branded for the retail market.

A: Beautiful burnt orange color, brilliant clarity. A quarter inch of off-white head settles shortly. A broken ring of lacing remains on the glass.

S: Enticing pie-like aroma of sweet pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Malts lend a crust-like and toasted bready aroma that reaffirms the brain's connection to pumpkin pie. No real hop contribution, but that would probably prove to be more of a distraction anyway.

T: Sweet pumpkin up front is quickly chased, letting the pie spices come forward for a while. However, rather than fading completely into the background, it creates a sort of ever-present baseline. Lots of cinnamon. Some nutmeg as well. Slight jab of oily hop bitterness pokes out from behind the spicing very briefly. Malts lend a toasty, crust-like character and fleeting hints of brown sugar. Spices linger on the palate in a long but gentle finish.

M: Medium body. A touch watery, though it has just enough substance to keep it from going south. Moderate scrubbing carbonation enhances the spiciness a bit.

O: This is a pumpkin beer that the neophyte and the more experienced craft drinker alike can enjoy. It strikes a nice balance, and though the spicing is ample, it never goes over the top. The light body and easy drinkability make it perfectly sessionable. My only real criticism is that the body does leave something to be desired. Just a little bit more of a rounded, creamy texture would do a lot for it. Still one of the best choices when you survey the other 6-pack options on the market.

ryan1788a5, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of harpus
4/5  rDev +2.3%

harpus, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of jmmy3
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

jmmy3, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of WreckingBrew
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

WreckingBrew, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of emceecue
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

emceecue, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of Didier
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Didier, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of Darkbat53t
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Simply the best beer in town. I wait eagerly all summer for the arrival of Pumpkin Head. beautifully accented with the cinnamon sugar trimmed glass. Perfect taste, my absolute favorite by far. the only flaw I can see is that it's a seasonal beer, leaving me wanting more from January till September.

Darkbat53t, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of RobVan
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

RobVan, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of NorCalBeer
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

NorCalBeer, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of carrollmel7
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

carrollmel7, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of Hophead717
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Hophead717, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.48/5  rDev -11%

Received a bright orange brew with a good head. They rim the glass with sugar and cinnamon. Nice appearance.

They rim the glass with cinnamon and sugar, and that is all you get in the aroma.

Cinnamon again, but this goes away as you get through the glass (or clear a space). Pumpkin is very mild, and toasted malt notes and some malty sweetness comes through. Bitter note is present, and helps to balance it out. You have to hunt for the pumpkin though.

Medium body, good carbonation.

Not bad, just improperly served and a bit mild in the areas that are supposed to be strong points.

OtherShoe2, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of waiting4lunch
4/5  rDev +2.3%

waiting4lunch, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of jlordi12
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

jlordi12, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of KTCamm
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%

Served on tap at the Lowell Beer Works. Also known as Pumpkinworks.

Pours a light to medium copper amber with white foam. Was served with cinammon sugar around the rim of the glass, which wasn't as distracting as I anticipated.

Strong spiced autumn smell. Nutmeg too.

Light pumpkin flavor, too much of the rim seasoning and it alsmot gets lost. Pretty good overall.

KTCamm, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%

On-tap at Beer Works Fenway. On the board as Pumpkinworks, but the tap handle said Pumpkinhead.

A: The glass comes rimmed with cinnamon sugar, but the beer is amber with a creamy off-white head.

S: Starts off with sweet malt and very moderate spices. At first the cinnamon sugar was all I could smell, so I gluttonously licked it all off the glass. After that just a lot of bread and some toffee.

T: Only a bit of pumpkin flavor. Not too much in the way of spices, mostly cinnamon and nutmeg. Overall, I must say it is a bit bland. Toasted malt and bread with a bit of toffee sweetness. Very mild spice character.

M: Medium in both body and carbonation.

O: Sort of a lackluster pumpkin beer. Wasn't overly spicy, though, which was kind of a nice change.

womencantsail, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of jrenihan
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

On tap at beer works in logan airport, of all places.

Beer is copper/amber. No head to speak of. Minimal lacing. Looks fine but not too impressive.

Smell is pretty good. Nutmeg, clove and other pumpkin pie spices. More spice than pumpkin, but pumpkin is there as well. A little faint.

Taste is good- more flavourful than the nose let on. Nutmeg sticks out strongly. Clove is present as well. Like the nose but stronger. A nice but standard pumpkin ale.

Beer is medium bodied, with pretty strong carbonation. A bit irritating, but overall pretty decent.

Overall, a solid pumpkin ale. Nice way to wait for a flight.

jrenihan, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of MTNboy
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%

It has hazy brown body with a little bit of and orange. There is some nice off white head and lace. The aroma is sweet but spicy at the same time. There is a lot of spice to the flavor but not overdone as with a lot of pumpkin beers. You can also taste the pumpkin in this beer which is not always possible in other beers. The mouthfeel is medium with a good bit of carbonation. It is not bad I would drink it again.

MTNboy, Nov 21, 2008
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Pumpkinhead Ale from Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
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