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Pumpkinhead Ale | Boston Beer Works - Canal Street

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Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Fall

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Added by taez555 on 09-04-1998

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4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.76/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.45/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.27/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Pumpkinhead Ale from Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 48 ratings
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