Cake!
Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company

Cake!Cake!
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From:
Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #19
ABV:
6%
Score:
87
Ranked #15,922
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 9.51%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
13
Status:
Active
Rated:
Dec 16, 2023
Added:
Nov 22, 2018
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Our Fall seasonal beer brewed with pumpkin coffee cakes from My Grandma’s of New England and light roast coffee from Share Coffee Roasters in Hadley, MA, along with fresh vanilla beans and cinnamon.
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Rated: 3.84 by smithj4 from New York

Dec 16, 2023
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Reviewed by Kgoldsbe from Colorado

3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This beer is different in a good way than most pumpkin spice beers. It does a good job of blending flavors that are bold and usually dominate: coffee, fall/winter spices, and pumpkin puree. While none of these takeover the final product they all remain single players in the end product creating a layered effect while tasting. The spice blend seems to avoid clove which is a good thing..The spices (nutmeg, cinnamon and possibly cardamom) meet you upfront, the middle is the brightness of the coffee , and the end is the feel and earthiness of the pumpkin purée. Overall, it is like taking a bite of coffee cake and a sip of your coffee, but not much like drinking a beer.
Nov 03, 2023
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Reviewed by LeRose from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The pour is initially clear and looks suspiciously like a brown ale, but it ends up kind of murky brown with whatever is left from the additives. Tight tan head falls to a ring pretty quickly. Not the most attractive thing when all is said and done.

I like the smell. It's not overpowering in the spice department. Clearly coffee, cinnamon, vanilla. Pumpkin fruit. A bit brown bready, maybe a touch of smokiness. The coffee is very nice. The net effect is sitting at the bakery dipping a pumpkin coffee cake into a nice cup o' Joe. A bit of hoppy earthiness.

And I like the taste - it's more of the same, essentially. The spice I don't find dominant at all. There, but tamed. Cinnamon, maybe nutmeg, a tad bit of brown sugar sweetness. Toasty bready grain taste. The coffee comes through and it seems a good quality coffee - bright and light. I get a definite smoked flavor. I'm finding the coffee is kind of the star for me as it peeks through just briefly. There's an earthy, slightly bitter hoppiness. A little peppery tingle on the back end. Starts ever so slightly sweet, finishes on the dry side.

Feel is medium, a little creamy. Flavor peaks quickly and fades cleanly leaving a little spice tingle.

The taste is great and unexpected. It's not the typical pumpkin pie type of beer. I also get elements of a winter warmer from this concoction. Herb and spice or pumpkin, this one is excellent. Everything in the beer works together, but I think the coffee component elevates it. Put the pumpkin coffee cake with vanilla icing in the blender with the coffee, buzz it up, gimme a straw.
Oct 16, 2023
 
Rated: 3.96 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

Dec 18, 2022
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Reviewed by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
16oz can poured into a snifter.

A: Sort of ruby colored but approaching brown. Lighter orange highlights. Good clarity. Two fingers of fine-bubbled beige head settle after about 20 minutes and repeated sips. Delicate, penciled rings of lacing.

S: Lots of pumpkin puree and pie spice forward on the nose. Definite vanilla. Medium roast coffee beans. Cinnamon is bold but not overbearing. Brown bread and molasses with a kiss of smoke. Subtle whiffs of green hop oils.

T: Pie spice front and center. Cinnamon and nutmeg. Brown sugar. Coffee cake. Backbone of toasty grain and brown molasses. Medium roast coffee nuttiness and a kiss of smoke; the coffee beans solidly own the mid-palate. Pumpkin puree and undercurrents of vanilla. Mild balancing hop bitterness with a bit of earthy/green flavor. A bit steely. It starts on the medium sweet side and dries toward the back end. Pie spice, pumpkin puree, vanilla and drying smoke linger on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Slight creaminess, blast of stiff carbonation cuts through it all and scrubs aggressively. Mild grippy hop tannin.

O: For as loudly as they make sure to trumpet the "pastry" aspects of this beer, it isn't the sickly sweet dessert in a glass that many would expect. I actually appreciate that. There is good balance and drinkability in this off-dry package. The recipe is soundly executed and this is a well-brewed beer. That said, it still feels a bit token despite the more novel coffee/coffee cake approach to a pumpkin spiced beer. It's fine, but it doesn't really stand out from the pack and didn't leave a memorable impression or leave me wanting more.
Nov 07, 2022
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Reviewed by RR_BeerMan from Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
This beer is ok and I suppose non beer lovers may enjoy the incredibly sweet and pumpkin spice cake flavors. For me, the pumpkin spice cake is just way over done in this one. It’s almost dense, overly heavy with no discernible beer present. I will say the flavors are there front and center so if that was the goal they did nail it. I never regret trying something new but this is one and done for me.
Oct 23, 2022
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Reviewed by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.04/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
16 oz can.

Pours a cloudy copper color with a 2 finger khaki head. Very little head retention and almost zero lacing.

The aroma brings a ton of cinnamon up front, followed by some more subtle notes of pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin spice coffee.

The flavor follows the nose, mostly dominated by cinnamon. There's some pumpkin pie and pumpkin spice latte with some roasted coffee bitterness.

The body is light, bordering on watery. High carbonation.

Overall, this is a mediocre beer. It seems to have an identity crisis, and I'm not sure what exactly they were trying to accomplish here. It's like the assignment was to avoid making a pumpkin ale while using all the ingredients you would use in a pumpkin ale.
Sep 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.29 by Iski100 from Massachusetts

Nov 19, 2019
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Reviewed by rudzud from Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Thanks to JLindros for hooking me up with a can of this.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a slightly hazy dark chestnut hue with a good two finger off white head that fades to leave little lacing but a nice creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of cinnamon and vanilla, crumb cake topping, vanilla cake batter, some cloy sweetness and little bit of artificial liquor going on oddly enough. Does smell cakey though!

T - Taste is similar tot he nose. Tons of cinnamon coffee cake, fresh ground cinnamon, vanilla, some sweetness. Straight up tastes like someone blended up some coffee cake in a brown ale. Cake batter, gets sweeter and sweeter as it warms though. Coffee is a bit bitter on the finish as well.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, body is on the thinner side. Finish is cloy as well, comes across as watery.

O - Overall this was a decent enough beer. A fun to try gimmick but not much more than that. Becomes incredibly cloy by the end of the glass.

Serving Type: Can
Dec 24, 2018
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Reviewed by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
16 oz. canned on 11/21/18

Pours brown with a creamy frothy off-white foam head. Real nice aromas of fresh cinnamon, honey, vanilla and coffee cake. Tastes pretty toasted and bready like a brown ale with highlights of roasted coffee, cinnamon, vanilla, some coffee cake, and a hint of dried fruits. Body is medium with moderate carbonation. Overall an interesting coffee cake autumn ale.
Dec 20, 2018
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Reviewed by brureview from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Interesting concept.
If you like cinnamon and coffee cake you’ll like this beer.
It’s a bit over the top but well done.
Cloudy brown color with a 4F head in a Tulip. Initially, the head was more than 4F , but it settled down.

Heavy cinnamon blast, some coffee cake in the aroma.

Medium MF. I think there should have been more weight and a fuller body to the beer.

Cinnamon and coffee cake in the taste.

This isn’t for me. I really like this brewery especially for their IPAs. This is too over the top. I just don’t like cinnamon in my beer. In cookies, coffee cake is fine. Not in beer.
Dec 20, 2018
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Canned 11/21/18
Pours a very thick creamy almost nitro like head then it fades semi quickly at first, then slows to a crawl leaving a fizzy 1 finger head with whispy lacing, dark murky chestnut brown color

Nose big cinnamon out front, then fresh roasted coffee, a mild coffee almost like tiramisu dipped in coffee liquor, some artificial vanilla and cake batter, white cake and butter rum notes, even has the cinnamon crumbles on it, a mild sweet brown ale, toasted brown malts and caramel molasses but barely any of that

Taste brings more of all the same, cinnamon and coffee out front, spicy cinnamon, with a bit of fresh coffee, again mild coffee maybe cold extracted, then more cake batter, white cake and vanilla, vanilla cake batter as well, with a little molasses like syrup, candy cinnamon crumble notes, mild toasted brown malt and caramel so there is a touch of beer in it, a sticky sweet finish, bit more cinnamon and touch of bitterness

Mouth is med bod, touch syrupy, decent carb

Overall mixed, it definitely has some coffee cake flavors, the cake batter, cinnamon, vanilla etc, even the coffee which is nice, but there isn't much left of the beer after it all, coffee is mild thankfully but the beer is hard to get much of it at all, and cinnamon really overpowers just about everything else in there. it was a fun beer to try, but not sure I would get it again.
Dec 18, 2018
 
Rated: 4.1 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

Dec 07, 2018
Cake! from Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 13 ratings