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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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Back by popular (and incessant) demand, it’s CBC’s most sought after seasonal beer! The Great American Pumpkin Ale flows from the taps all Autumn long, through Thanksgiving, Brewed with over 150 pounds of fresh, locally grown, organic sugar pumpkins in each batch, (from our friends at The Farm School in Athol and Wilson Farms in Lexington!) it has an appropriately ruddy orange hue. The subtle pumpkin flavor is enhanced by the addition of traditional autumn spices, and is guaranteed to please even the most finicky of the harvest-time ale fanatics. Come raise a glass in honor of the Great Pumpkin!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (11208) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 18, 2014
Bottle. Deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is malt, spices, hop. Flavour is pumpkin, malt, hop, pine, spices. Nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (4057) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 16, 2014
Aroma is pumpkin, malts and spices/cinnamon. The flavor is pumpkin, spices/cinnamon, malts and a mix of mild/medium sweetness and sour in the finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2014
650 ml bottle
While picking this up the clerk at the store compared it to Jackie O’s autumnal seasonal. Personally I would much rather have some Barking Pumpkin. The promise of a solid fall release dissolves over the course of a pint until you wonder what happened to the rest of the recipe. Perhaps the time of the pumpkin seasonal is not here yet.

Aroma / Appearance - A warm walnut base retains an orange hue. Paired with the creamy vanilla head it looks like dying embers in a fire pit. Pumpkin pie, whipped cream, and other sweet aspects pin this firmly in the "dessert" end of the seasonal spectrum.

Flavor / Palate - A carbonated mouthfeel bounces around the mouth with a changing profile of squash, vanilla, ice cream, and cool crust. The light body may be due to the low ABV. Even so it fades so quickly that you wonder if there should be more. Future sips do little to add complexity. Overall this promising beer falls short of being a repeat purchase.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Beaver (1342) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2014
22 oz bottle. Pours hazy amber orange with a medium fizzy creamy head that goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet malts and cinnamon.

The flavor is sweet sugary malts, some vegetal notes and cinnamon. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and a bit watery.

Overall, a bland pumpkin, and very restrained.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (4980) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Keg @ CBC. Light amber with a small head. Nose is sort of what you’d expect. All spice, cinnamon, caramel, nutmeg. General spice rack. Not a lot of room for nuance. Flavor is welcoming lt dry. Dried pumpernickel bread. Hot cinnamon. A bit peppery. Leaf pile. Medium body, soft carbonation. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zoucrew102 (616) - - OCT 25, 2014
Bomber. Mild spice aroma with notes of nutmeg and cinnamon and a bit of pumpkin. Pours amber colored with a half a finger of off white head and some lacing. Starts with bright pumpkin sweetness with the aforementioned spices mixed in a little. Finishes finishes smooth with the spices taking over a bit more with the pumpkin fading to the background. Good, light bodied pumpkin ale.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rondphoto (2287) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - OCT 24, 2014
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY -- Hazy medium amber, solid off-white head cover, streaks of lace. Taste is malt and pumpkin pie; all turns a little bitter (and a little sour) in a medium finish. Decent, unique, definite pumpkin, but not exactly appealing, and not for regular consumption.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (13407) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 23, 2014
Draft at Track 84. Hazy golden color, thin white head. Aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste has just enough spice. Nice.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerandBlues2 (10073) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2014
Tap at Track 84. Pours clear copper with a small, frothy off-white head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is pumpkin, nutmeg, cloves, dates and toast malt. Flavor is lightly bitter earthy hops, dates and nutmeg, pumpkin, toast malt and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Concealer (838) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Bomber. Opaque golden orange with a foamy beige head. Aromas of pumpkin, caramel, brown sugar, yeast and nutmeg. Flavor is caramel malt, pumpkin, squash, brown sugar, light yeast and nutmeg. Medium bodied, smooth with a dry finish.


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