Great Pumpkin Ale
Cambridge Brewing Company

Great Pumpkin AleGreat Pumpkin Ale
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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #33
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #10,691
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 13.23%
Reviews:
136
Ratings:
376
From:
Cambridge Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Fall
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Gots
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SCORE
88
Very Good
Great Pumpkin AleGreat Pumpkin Ale
Notes: 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.
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Reviews: 136 | Ratings: 376
Reviews by GPHarris:
Photo of GPHarris
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a two-fingers thick creamy, eggshell-colored head into a snifter that settled to a nice ring of lace but it disappeared halfway through the beer. the body was a slightly hazy amber color.
s - pumpkin with some sugary spices.
t - pumpkin, spices like nutmeg and cinnamon with a hint of fruitiness.
m - thin and sharp.
o - decent beer and i've had worse pumpkins but this wasn't one of my favorites.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass the beer was rust colored with a small light tan head. Nice color.

The aroma was a nice balance between the pumpkin and the spice.

Cinnamon and nutmeg up front, followed by the pumpkin and malt.

This was a very smooth beer. Unlike a lot of pumpkin beers, the spice wasn't overwhelming, and the pumpkin came through nicely.

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Photo of Kelp
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of misternebbie
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of founddrama
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Actually pretty good. They've toned down the pumpkin & spice compared to most of the others I've had. Nice amber color too. Color reminds me a bit of Switchback, actually.

Also: having had this right after Pumking, makes me feel like that one was maybe over-spiced and didn't really earn its 4-star rating.

LASTLY: the least pumpkinny pumpkin beer?

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Photo of jayiz
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of InkedinRi
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of tigg924
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: one inch head, orange-gold in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: nutmeg, pumpkin, and pumpkin spice

Taste: sweet caramel and bready start followed by pumpkin spice in the middle that continues to the end. There are slight hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: sweet and spicy with slight bitterness at the end, moderate-high carbonation, medium bodied

Drinkability: This one falls in the middle of the pumpkin beers I have had this season. Above average, but I have had better. I would be really curious to have this on tap. Subtle, I would reach for others first, but would not pass this over if offered to me.

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Photo of KAP72
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SirSketch
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A 1/2 inch of white head falls to a thin ring. Deep yellow to amber orange colored beer underneath.

S - Vibrant aroma of honey, molasses, nutmeg and faint vanilla. The pumpkin character is strong, but a bit bland, like bread dough, and could be toned down a bit.

T - Sweet caramel malt flavor and banana undertones give way to a mild cinnamon and bready pumpkin.

M - Medium bodied with little carbonation. Finishes clean and balanced between dry and sweet.

O - A beer first and a spiced beer second, as a pumpkin ale should be.

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Photo of jpuetz
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tommyguz
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Jesse-C
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Reagan1984
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have had this on tap many times and was pleased to see that they bottled it this year. Happy to sit with a bottle and see how it compares. I made sure not to look at my draft review.

Pours with a 3 finger fluffy white head. Bright clear orange amber color. No lacing at all.

Aroma is mostly light spices with a touch of toasted malt. Really smells more like pumpkin bread. Nice.

What’s interesting is that Pumking is my favorite pumpkin beer partially since it’s so in your face. On the other hand, I really enjoy the subtle notes in this one. At first it’s as if you might be drinking a pale ale, then instead of late hop flavor/bitterness you go into a world of spice and bread notes. Again, I get more pumpkin bread here, which is fine with me. Just a light dollop of sweetness at the end.

Fairly light and refreshing body, very mild carbonation.

A very nice beer and frankly as nice as I remember from the tap. Well done.

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Photo of destinyjolea
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Yuuuummmmy

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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 harryhops
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received a pint of ambery-orange brew with a decent head to start that disappeared quickly, with some lacing.

Scent is some faint sweet malt and pie spice.

Spices are right up front, with the sweet caramel/toffee malt coming through. Not too strong or overdone. Bit of a dry/tannin pucker finish on this one as well.

Lighter bodied than I expected, which keeps it from being cloying. Had one, and it was enough. I think for a seasonal pumpkin brew, they hit it pretty well, but I think I'd tire of this after getting a second pint. Trying very hard to review the characteristics of the beer here, and not my preferences, but these are inseparable. I think I'm done with the pumpkin brews for a while.

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Photo of twosheds
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orangey brown with a tan head

Smells mostly of cinnamon.

The taste has obvious pumpkin pie flavors but it well balanced with a hearty ale.

This is a really good pumpkin ale. One of the best.

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Photo of clegolfski
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of SebastianOwl
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank in a tumbler glass on Halloween night

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Photo of ms11781
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch No. 01, Bottled in September 2011 on label. Label also has ABV at 4.4% though it's listed at 4.2% on the site at the time of the review. 22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a clear, golden orange color. Almost copper but not quite. Copper beers seem to be duller but this has a brightness to it. A fizzy head develops and fades pretty quickly, settling as a soft foam cap. A bit of foam is left on the glass with each sip but slides back down the glass slowly. Carbonation is evident from appearance alone. Great, clean looking beer, a bit lighter, and brighter, than a typical pumpkin ale.

The nose is subdued but it actually doesn't seem to be a bad thing here. Cinnamon and nutmeg come across first. The pumpkin is there as is a hint of sweetness, perhaps from the malt. What may seem like a weak nose at first quickly becomes a nice, subtle mix of the spices and pumpkin that work well.

The taste has the same characteristics as the nose but they don't hit in the same way. The pumpkin comes across first with a touch of a sugary character. Not brown sugar, but more of a sweetness that definitely isn't from the malt. The spices fill out the middle and back end of each sip. Some nutmeg and clove are here before a finish that provides a an excellent kick of cinnamon. Cinnamon is a strong flavor that can be overpowering at times but here it is assertive with out being too much to handle.

The carbonation is surprisingly soft, given that the beer looked well carbonated in the glass. The medium body and soft carbonation give the beer a medium mouthfeel that works well.

Overall, this is a very good beer. The spice and pumpkin flavors and aromas here are very delicate but they are pulled off very nicely. Each flavor seems like it was carefully chosen to play off each other in the ways that they do. Very well done.

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Photo of Mattymystique
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of puboflyons
3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 60 ml bottle. 2015 batch. Sampled on Nov 1, 2015.

Dark amber-orange with an amber short-lived head.

The aroma has some pumpkin spices and a light nutmeg character.

Medium body.

The taste brings out the nutmeg and cinnamon spices I was hoping for and they work well with this beer but not extraordinary.

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Great Pumpkin Ale from Cambridge Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 376 ratings