Cambridge Great Pumpkin Ale
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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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Back by popular (and incessant) demand, itís CBCís 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5390) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2012
(22oz bomber thanks to jleblanc) Clearish deep amber, ring of tiny tan bubbles. Nose of pumpkin, spices, pumpkin pie filling, not super rich but definitely noticeable, sweet potato/yam, a touch of brown sugar, and light lager-style yeast. Is this a lager? Tastes like one with its earthy notes in the taste, alongside muted pumpkin mash, nutmeg and cinnamon, clove, spicy, an interesting take on a pumpkin beer, but the feel of forced carbonation takes away from what could be a really creamy body. A good pumpkin that I would seek out again though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrinkEmUpJones (1062) - Georgia, USA - OCT 9, 2012
Hazy orange gold. Good pumpkin, nutmeg and toast on the nose. Medium-bodied, well balanced palate with great pumpkin flavors and no sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (5863) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Draft at the brewpub, shared by my wife. Pours a semi-cloudy orange-gold color with a small white head. Notes of nutmeg, brown sugar, sweet malts, cinnamon, and even a slight vegetal/gourd note. Light-bodied, with low carbonation and a dry finish but primarily earthy, vegetal mouthfeel. I like the sessionability of this; I normally tend toward the bigger pumpkin ales (like Schlaflyís, at 8%) but this works.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PackPride (112) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Pumpkin beers are my favorite of all seasonal beers, but in my opinion they are the most missed in the good taste column. This one was good, but didn't live to the hype. The body was a little light, even though the aromas were very pleasing. Still recommend you try it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2012
Bottle poured into snifter. Super pumped to finally try this pumpkin! The aroma has nice presence of pumpkin, cinnamon and spice but the flavor doesnít really match up. The flavor is somewhat bitter and lacking that pumpkin flavor so Iím more then a little disappointed with this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
matalec1984 (115) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 21, 2012
Not a bad pumpkin. More of a session autumn ale then what I typically look for in a pumpkin but still tasty. More pumpkin flavor than pumpkin spice which was also fairly refreshing

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (4078) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 26, 2012
Bottle. Orange amber pour, off-white head. Pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg and such), a bit of sweetness, bread, and of course pumpkin. Fairly light, not surprisingly. Fine, but nothing to write home about.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jkwood04 (3394) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 11, 2012
22oz bottle in a tulip. Very carbonated. Pours copper with a thick, lacy, cream-colored head. Aroma of caramel malts, pumpkin, spices, a little light fruit, and some floral hops. Flavor about the same, with more pumpkin. Average texture. A decent pumpkin beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (3646) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 29, 2012
22 ounce. Batch No 2. Big carbonation. Light pumpkin taste. Not heavily spiced which is decent. Bit of a spritzer like quality.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (9833) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2012
Bottle at Sanderís place in NYC. Pours slightly cloudy orange-amber with a fine white head. Some faint pumpkin and spice in the nose, with lightly toasted malts. Flavor is light to medium sweet, some light bread, mild spiciness, slight tang, light bitterness. Medium bodied with very lively. Alright balance in the finish, a bit of pumpkin character in the aftertaste, light leafy bitterness, light nutmeg, mildly sweet. Iíd say this beer is a little bit past its prime, but the heart is still there. Even still, itís just an OK beer.

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