The Great PumpCan
MadTree Brewing

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Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #146
Ranked #28,338
3.77 | pDev: 12.47%
MadTree Brewing
Ohio, United States
Very Good
The Great PumpCanThe Great PumpCan
Notes: There are three things we have learned to never discuss with people here: religion, politics and The Great Pumpkin, But that doesn't mean we can't welcome our own Great PumpCan. So sing pumpkin carols and enjoy MadTree's way of delivering some delicious pumpkin pie flavor right to your gullet.


2-Row, Caramel 60L, Victory, Extra Special, Melanoidin, Carapils


Molasses, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Ginger, Allspice
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 107
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks Mike.
This was poured into a becher pint glass.
The appearance was a ruddy dark orange to amber color with a slim finger's worth of white fizzy head. This immediately slid off and didn't leave any lace.
The aroma had some pumpkin pie doughy/maltiness then sweet syrupy/molasses, some allspice, nutmeg and some earthy hops.
The flavor followed suite by combining a semi-sweet to slightly spiced earthy character flowing into a semi-pie - like sweet aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Spices aren't distracting and allow for balance. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt on par. Nice pumpkin pie-like finish.
Overall, to me, it's reminiscent of Southern Tier's Pumking but actually better. I'd be willing to do this again.

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Photo of zimm421
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice dark amber color with a fizzy tan head. The nose is muted, with touches of caramel, spice and a hint of alcohol. The taste is sweet upfront with caramel malts playing the lead, the hint of pumpkin spices come through in the middle, followed by an odd tartness in the finish. Altogether, it's a pass for me.

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Photo of LAp
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a 4oz tasting glass (review revised with a 12oz can poured into a tulip). Pours an amber-caramel with a half finger off-white/almost-tan head. The nose leads with cinnamon and pumpkin spice, and the palate follows that lead closely while intermingling clove and a hint of cardamom. The pumpkin flavor is not overpowering, and that reserved nature actually benefits this beer tremendously. The body is medium-light. Overall, though this isn't a style I personally love, this is a good offering in the genre.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy and opaque ruby-amber, with an average head of tan suds and virtually no lacing.

Aroma: Spices and pumpkin, as well as what seems like a little boozy heat, maybe. Not bad.

Taste: Definitely pumpkin and spice, and this one tastes a lot like pumpkin pie minus the crust, and with a dry, alcoholic finish. That’s not to say that this is cloying or heavy. The medium body and not overwhelming amount of spice makes this one easy to enjoy. A rock-solid and very nice pumpkin ale.

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Photo of Brenden
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The color is a deep orange on the darker side but with clarity and shine. The head rises to a full finger and shows decent heft in a thin layer after some spritzier stuff bubbles down. Lacing is pretty good.
The molasses rides all through this one with a deep thickness and accentuates some heavier malts without adding anything sugary. In fact, it's less sweet than one might expect, instead letting the spices play, though those are also kept from being too overwhelming in themselves. It's got a bit of a prickly spiciness along with the pie spice effect that's present. It's very bready underneath, while hops bring out a light, floral sort of bitterness with some earth. The pumpkin flavor plays out pretty well with it as well.
This beer has a pretty sturdy body with good movement and a balance of smoothness and crispness that serves it well. Overall, it's well-structured all around.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can
Served in a snifter

This beer pours rust colored with burnt orange highlights. It is topped with one inch of tan head.

I get some pumpkin and light spice.

The taste is pumpkin spice with a light bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel

It is a solid pumpkin beer. No smell or flavor is over the top. It has a nice balance.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is not the most balanced of pumpkins but it is a nice ride. Strong nutmeg flavor there a good gourd like base. I get some anise and caraway. It's nearly 8% but drinks easy and is from a can.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Orangish brown, head fads fast. Slight pumpkin smell. Again, slight pumpkin taste, very watery. Also a very light and thin feel. Overall, not worth seeking out.

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can

This beer changed with each can. The first one I had was much less "pumpkiny" than the second. First one had much more of a spiced ale flavor with nutmeg, cinnamon, and hay. Second one had much more of the pumpkin flavor and much sweeter with more cinnamon and brown sugar.

Overall it was pretty good and very dangerous, 7.9%

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.0 A: Clear orange amber color. One finger of beige soda type head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing.

4.0 S: Rich caramel and molasses. Loads of cinnamon with ginger, nutmeg, and allspice. Moderate toastiness. Good amount of pumpkin and sweetness overall.

3.75 T: Good mix of pumpkin and the spices listed above. Caramel and molasses. Toasty malts.

3.25 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. A touch of creaminess. Super smooth.

3.75 D: I hate to say this, but I think last year's was better. I remember it being richer in taste and creamier. In fact I remember it as the best brew produced in Cincinnati. Now it's still solid, but it isn't phenomenal.

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Photo of madelfonatree
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned August 28, 2015 enjoyed September 10, 2015 in a Mad Elf tulip/snifter.

Look - Slightly lighter and more clear than cola. Red as it warms. Medium bubbled tan head faded to light ring. No lacing.

Smell - Cinnamon. Ginger. Pumpkin. Sweet.

Taste - Very strong pumpkin spice. Not that far off from Thundersnow from what i remember.

Feel - Watery. Little too carbonated. Spice does churn in the stomach.

Overall - Not my favorite MadTree. If you want a pumpkin beer, this is not bad. I do like other pumpkin brers better. Over spiced.

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coke colored brown with a little ruby very small off white head S cinnamon, pumpkin, molasses and other spice T pumpkin pie spices some carbonation little lite on mouth feel O good not great

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Photo of Rod_J
2.54/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

The aroma favored nutmeg, cinnamon, spice and of course pumpkin. The appearance is a little lacking with head being small and virtually none. It is off-white in color and mostly diminishing. The hue is a nice orange color. As for flavor, I found it a little sour with a bitter finish as well as the duration being short. On the palate, the body is light but watery with soft carbonation and slight alcoholic feel.

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Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%

Pumpkin and ginger accompany cinnamon and clove in aroma. Brown sugar sweetness prevents it from being too spicy. Flavor is not as sweet as expected, with a fairly dry, lightly bitter finish. Cinnamon, clove, and pumpkin rule the profile, with a touch of nutmeg at the finish. There's a tart squash character, but the dry finish cleans it up well. Ginger lurks in the aftertaste, but doesn't overwhelm.

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Photo of LikesLocalBrews
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%

Notes of molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice. Color is deep ruby red with a frothy tan head. A hearty, spicy, earthy bitterness is coupled with a creamy character, leading into a stout-bready spiciness. What really ties this beer together though are the hops that counterbalances all of the sweet malt flavor and spices. Another delightful seasonal offering from MadTree. 7.90% ABV.

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Photo of patpbr
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

Poured a deep brown with a hint of red. The smell is cinnamon, pumpkin, spice. The taste is a nice balance of sweet and pumpkin pie flavors that still leaves room for malt and hop flavors in a medium body has a spice finish.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4/5  rDev +6.1%

App 4.5, Nose 4.25, Taste 4, Feel 4, Overall 4.0
Serving Type: can
Poured from a can into a Bell's tulip. A fairly rough pour produces an impressive 2 fingers of off-white foam that slowly dissolves into a nice clumpy lacing. The beer itself is quite dark and murky with a russet-brown color that has some red highlights. Very nice-looking in the glass. The nose has all the classic pumpkin pie aromas. I get lots of cinnamon, pumpkin, and allspice as well as some toffee-like aromas.

A medium-full bodied beer with a semisweet flavor and very firm, silky feel. Not a sweet pumpkin beer, nor is it squashy. It balances the sweet brown-sugar-like notes with moderate cinnamon, pumpkin flavor, and a hint of ginger and maintains the toffee-like malt notes and even manages to display some hoppy notes. No booziness at all. Some of the cinnamon, toffee, and brown sugar comes through on the finish.

Of all the solid pumpkin beers I have had, this one tastes the most like a beer without sacrificing on all the classic pumpkin flavors. Not too sweet or too spicy. Very impressive entry in a crowded field.

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The Great PumpCan from MadTree Brewing
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 107 ratings