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 #10,714
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 13.23%
Reviews:
136
Ratings:
376
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Cambridge Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Fall
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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
Photo of Truh
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ran screaming with Ichabod Crane with this one on 10/1/2004. 16-oz. pour in a 16-oz., chilled pint glass at the Cambridge Common.

After allowing the pint to warm, a petri dish layer of sworling head to start was observed. Washed out orange hue was crystal clear with no noticable action. Clover, all-spice, squash, errr, pumpkin to nose. Pumpkin pie sweetness to taste with cinnamon, a tang of ginger, and dark brown sugar all jumping about frenetically and followed up by a cooling malt effluvience. Almost a candy corn sweetness to the offering, but not going overboard with it. The pumpkin notes give a kick at start, but mellow to a point that two or three more pints would be more than acceptable and, if fact, pleasurable.

This is a wonderful pumpkin ale, and one that I would rate head and shoulders above all others that have sprouted up over the past month.

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Photo of brewhiker
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presents as a clear and amber colored brew with little to no head. Some spice, but no pumpkin on the nose. I was looking forward to a serious pumpkin flavor, but found it more of a spicer amber ale. Quite drinkable nevertheless; good quaffing on a warm autumn day! From reading the other reviews I either bad a bad batch or the sampler glass did not do this brew justice. I'll have to re-try with a full pint.

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Photo of scottum
4.77/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served an orangey amber with a light head at Anam Cara in Brookline, MA. Ding ding ding ding ding! Best pumpkin beer I've ever had and I am a fan of the style. Nice and pie spicey with that lovely pumpkin flavor chillin with the malts, but what's this? Hops in a pumpkin beer? It works! Very well balanced. I could drink it all night long and never get tired of it.

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Photo of taez555
4.84/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this beer on tap at Anam Cara during game 3 of Sox/Yankees playoff series.

Poured a very clear amber/brown body with a small white head that died almost immediatly.

The nose was pure pumpkin pie spice. Cinnamon, allspice, with an upfront malt smell. One of the best pumpkin beer noses I've ever smelled.

The taste was just as amazing. Fresh, fresh pumpkin pie spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger. Malt. What really stands out about this beer is the bitterness. It's very bitter and slightly hoppy. The thing is.. it's perfectly balanced against the malt and pumpkin pie spices. An amazing interplay of tastes.

Simply put, where has this pumpkin beer been hiding? I've had a lot of pumpkin beers but this one might take the cake, or should I say pumpkin pie. It's like eating a fresh peice of your great grandmothers pumpkin pie but in beer form. So well balanced with malt, bitterness and fresh pie spices. A work of art.

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Photo of LiamStLiam
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at CBC as part of my eternal search for the great Pumpkin Ale.

This is a pretty good one. A little lighter than most in color, and a white, rather thin head.

Comes to a nice balance between the pumpkin and the spices, which to me is always the key point in pumpkin ales. This one has a little more malt than some of the others.

I'll definitely pick up a growler the next time I am down there.

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

Sampled at CBC. A clear burnt sienna color when poured. Not much head, but subtle lacing left in the glass while drinking. Smell was reminiscent of sweet pumpkins. Taste was exactly of pumpkins, with a light hand with the spices. It was a nice change to have smooth pumpkin flavor, with not a heavy hand with the spices. A very nice version that is easy to drink as well.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the brewpub. Great Pumpkin Ale. 4.2% ABV.

This pumpkin ale poured a clear, orange-amber color with white foam that settled. The smell was mildly malty with some pumpkin/squash notes and a hint of mild spice. A very mellow aroma. The taste was malty with a flavor of pumpkin and some spices (nutmeg and cinnamon), and finally some hops in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and moderate carbonation, and an overall mild spiciness. This was a very pleasing and good pumpkin ale.

Ratings updated for the 2004 edition.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap last night at Rudy's in Teele Square. Light amber in color with a nice fluffy head. Soft spices, pumpkin and malt are the smells that I pick up. The taste is very similar but more pumpkin coming through. This is the first Pumpkin Ale that I have had that was so perfectly balanced. Pumpkin, malt, nutmeg, hops and cinnamon are all dead on.

For a spiced beer, the drinkability was amazing. I could of easily had four or five and not even known it. I believe they have this on at CBC as well right now.

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Photo of Jason
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brightly glowing copper brown with a solid head retention. Seamless aroma of spices, pumpkin and malt. The flavour pulls the palate into a tug of war between the spices (nutmeg and cinnamon most notably) and the malt … the pumpkin is neutral yet noticeable. The hops referee the war and dub the war as a tie between the malt and spices.

Very drinkable and my top pumpkin ale as of yet.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Great Pumpkin ale starts with a minimum head and leaves liitle lace. Very noticeable spices - nutmeg, cinnamon. The brewer puts 125 pounds of pumpkin in each 300 gallon batch and this is clearly noticeable. Excellent seasonal - good malt/hop mix.
The ABV is 4.2%.

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Photo of sponberg
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very deep reddish amber with a thin, vanilla colored head.

An aroma like sniffing a malt pile with a pumpkin pie baking in the background. Perfect flavor balance between the malt (toasty/caramelly), pumpkin (very round, orange, no sign of Ernest Borgnine being carved into it), and spices (hints of cinnamon, clove, maybe allspice, nutmeg, mace?) - a rare Pumpkin Ale in which the spices don't overpower the pumpkin doesn't overpower the malt, and the bitterness & sweetness remain in balance. Every brewpub that makes a pumpkin ale needs to try this one - the balance & flavor are dead-on. Leaves a very pleasant, lingering taste in the mouth. A great fall seasonal.

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