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Wachusett Pumpkan | Wachusett Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wachusett Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
wachusettbrew.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

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.

Added by steve8robin on 08-20-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
92
pDev:
14.08%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 21
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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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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.

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of tone77
3.49/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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3.76/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light brown colored ale with good clarity. Very little aroma to this beer, there is a hint of squash like scents but no malt to be found. The flavor is dominated by ginger and very crisp with high carbonation. For a moment I thought I was drinking ginger beer.

This beer definitely needs more malt to carry the ginger flavors but the aroma intrigued me for a moment. Most pumpkin beers have a spice heavy aroma but this came close to a wonderful squash or sweet potato scent. Would love to see Wachusett break away from the pack more and focus on earthy squash like flavors vs. spice centered brews like most pumpkin seasonals.

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of mountdew1
3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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2.14/5  rDev -37.2%
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.

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Wachusett Pumpkan from Wachusett Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 92 ratings
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