Cambridge Great Pumpkin Ale
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RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (8711) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2013
22oz bottle. Labeled 4.4%. Mostly clear orange color. Thin, sort of bubbly off-white head. No lace sticks. Lighter body. Smooth, lighter kind of soft, crisp carbonation. Lightly dry finish. Good hearty pumpkin aroma, light on the spice. Light hop. Light to moderate bitter taste, not as sweet as expected, more of a dry taste. Very solid light pumpkin ale, one of the best I’ve tried at the sub-6% level. A session pumpkin ale that I can handle, not too sweet at all (drank the whole bottle myself without issue). I normally only really enjoy stronger pumpkin beers, but this one managed to satisfy! Very well-balanced and authentic-tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacterial (2286) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Really nice autumn seasonal. Dark amber with a nice white head. Great balance of pumpkin, slight spice and solid ale character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hfmejias (1061) - Dover, Delaware, USA - SEP 27, 2013
22 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured hazy, orange with about half an inch of white head. Aroma of spices, pumpkin and malts some yeast in there too; super nice. Taste is sweet, spicy (clove) and quite earthy very balanced. Nice seasonal beer very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Damico (2952) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Pours unclear orange amber with a white head. Aroma of amber malts and spices. Flavor brings zesty malt flavors and some subtle spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcox90 (1707) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 26, 2012
22 oz bottle. Batch 03, Sept 2012. Pours a hazy orange, reminescent of an actual pumpkin, with a 1/2" of creamy off white head. Real pumpkin aroma with complimentary spice scents which do not attempt to dominate. Taste is ever so slightly sweet. More pumpkin balanced nicely with light spice and a bit of hoppiness. Easy to drink and smooth. Spices linger on the tongue. Nicely done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Had this brew a few times, my favorite being from a firkin at a local brew fest. It was just awesome from a cask. One of my favorite pumpkin seasonal I look forward to it every year. Try it on cask if you can

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 25, 2012
On tap at Barleyfest - Hadley, MA. Classic minty nose that seems to emerge from the gentle use of cinnamon combined with pumpkin. Immediately the spiced sugars come out with the meaty and hearty tooth of pumpkin flesh. Thankfully, the spices are restrained and this is good. Not Selin’s Grove good, but leagues above most pumpkin beers. Good body, nice spicing, and a rich flavor base. A nip sweet. If I like a pumpkin beer it must be good, because I largely loathe spiced beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5819) - 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 (1069) - 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 (7670) - 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 Schlafly’s, at 8%) but this works.

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