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RATINGS: 113   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!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (6892) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Draft. Pours golden orange with a white head. Pumpkiny sweetness, pumpkin spice, and some lingering malty sweetness. Good stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
merc7186 (2526) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2013
A: Mildly Hazy Orangish/Golden Straw Hue, Passes Most Light, White Head, Some Lacing S: Light Pumpkin, Mild Cinnamon T: Mild Pumpkin, Mild Allspice, Watery M: Decent Carbonation, Light to Medium Bodied, Semi Watery Overall, a pretty thin pumpkin ale, not overly spiced which is a good thing but not overly flavorful either.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (2168) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Hazy orange-brown pour with a 2 finger, creamy, soapy off white head. Aroma is caramel, pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin, light roast, cereal, hints of rustic grain and light spicy, floral and citrus hops. Flavor is full of cereal up front, then nice caramel, light toffee nuts, sweet and earthy pumpkin, light pumpkin pie spice, mostly ginger and allspice, a hint of earthy roast hay and herbal, floral and spicy hops. Light, creamy body with a light, blanketing and playfully wavy on the tongue carbonation. Really great stuff, not only great for a pumpkin beer, but an awesome session ale as well with plenty of flavor and a great mouthfeel at in an easy going and 4.4%abv package.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerathon (1540) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2013
I am so tired of this style. People get all hyped up for this time of year and I’m not sure why. Pumpkin beers and Oktoberfests...meh. This one is very thin, leaves my tongue with a strange numbing feeling, and has slight allspice character.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmohno (1240) - Iowa, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Brilliant clear light orange. LIght fizzy head,leaving a ring fairly shortly after with light soapy/sugary lace. Pungent aroma hop like pungency dankish earthy,light earthy light fruit tones. Mild Orange citrus. Refined complex spice. Light pie crust breadiness.Even some woody oak almost bourbon like quality to it. Quite impressive aroma for a pumpkin. Taste is light medium body with light slickness,light caramel.Spice is a bit more in flavor with pumpkin tannin,fairly easy drinking and for only 4.4% this is really impressive on this lighter level. MIld orange tone. Nice mellow but noticable pumpkin flavor with the right amount of spice. All the flavors meld well and nothing really sticks out like most pumpkin ales when you get hit with a certain heavy spice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Pours light orange with a finger white head. Smell lots of gourdy pumpkin. Taste vanilla, light clove, strong flavors Medium body Good

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
queenholly (3374) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Bottle courtesy of AirForceHops. Light vegetal caramel malt and spice aroma. Hazy copper with a large ivory head. Pie spices and vegetal malt flavor with a slight bitter finish. Thin body, moderate carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrhoppy (1289) - Santa Clara, California, USA - OCT 8, 2013
A very good pumpkin ale. This one is all about the pumpkin. Pumpkin through and through. Mediim body. The spices are very light and the pumpkin shines. I’d like to see a double version of this.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jrodooo5 (1218) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 7, 2013
Great??? I must be missing something cause there is nothing "great" about this beer. It has a nice copper pour with a good white head that leaves solid lacing. The aroma is faint at best but at least there’s some hint of pumpkin in there. The taste is fairly well balanced but just really lacking in flavor & complexity. I was expecting so much more especially at $8.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ScipioA (382) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 3, 2013
I work a few blocks away from the brewpub, but we really only go there for after-work things in the fall. This beer is the reason why. A Kendall Square tradition. It pours a fitting hazy orange, and has a fairly meh aroma, bits of spice here and there. Very tasty in spite of this, sweet with lots of spice and some gourdiness to it. On tap from the brewpub, drank alongside a year-old barrel aged version. The fresh stuff is a bit better.


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