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RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   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!


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (10841) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 6, 2011
A: The beer pours the expected copper color with a finger of off-white head. S: A rather subtle pie spice aroma, which is kind of surprising. Just a touch of vanilla along with pumpkin, toasted malt, and toffee. There are a couple spices that do come through a bit more, namely nutmeg and cinnamon. T: Fairly sweet with a strong toasted malt and toffee flavor. Like the aroma, a good dosing of nutmeg and cinnamon with a hint of vanilla and pumpkin. Again, it is certainly spiced, but not overly so. M: The body and carbonation are both medium. O: Seems the folks at Cambridge are pretty adept at brewing pumpkin beers.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SrSilliGose (3248) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 24, 2011
batch no. 1. bottled sept, 2011. cross between an octoberfest and a pumpkin ale. notes of pumpkin pie, toast, caramel, pumpkin spices, cinnimon. tasty. dry. says 4.4% on the label. tasty sessionable pumpkin ale. well made. like quite a bit.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
damzz (256) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 22, 2011
Head is white and short-lived. Color is light orange-yellow. Nose is slight spice. Palate is light spice with a light body. The joy of this beer is its low gravity. This a pumpkin session beer differing from the high gravity Southern Tier Pumking at 8.8% (and others), which is a great pumpkin ale but is not conducive to more than one :>). 22 oz bottle

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4373) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Pours light gold into a shaker. White head recedes to skim surface. Nutmeg and cinnamon aromas. Soft with sweet pumpkin, allspice and nutmeg. Slightly sour finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2011
On tap at CBC the Saturday night after Belgian Beer Fest up in Boston. Pours a lightly hazed orange with a thin to medium sized white head. Soft pumpkin and pie spice. A touch dry, nutty malt and more pie spice. Malt, toast, caramel. Light spice. Drinkable and easy. Toast with a touch of malt, cereal toast and spice. Given that this is only 4% thereís quite a good amount going on here.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (4905) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Tap, brewpub. Pours a clear dark gold to orange body with minimal to no head. Sweet nose, mostly cinnamon and nutmeg, caramel malt, and a lighter amount of pumpkin meat. The flavor is very heavily spiced, tons of cinnamon and nutmeg, some ginger on the back end. Not a whole lot of pumpkin, but a good bit of sweetness. A touch clingy and sticky with moderate fizzy carbonation. Yer average Pumpkin Ale, no flaws though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2011
Slightly hazed orange pour with a tight white head. The nose is lightly spicy with a soft nutmeg/clove over a little bit of pumpkin flesh flavour. A soft touch of wheaty flavour on the back. Soft malt with a distinct Maris Otter biscuity base underneath. Pretty lovely stuff really.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
evergreen0199 (2008) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2011
On tap at Deep Ellum, Boston, Mass last October. An amber coloured pour with a smallish white head on top. Slight pumpkin aroma. Tastes malty, slight pumpkin, thin and lacking complexity. Barman recommended this but I was rather disappointed with it to be honest.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3480) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Growler thanks to bring. Really has an excellent appearance. Bright clear orangish-copper with a two-finger creamy white head that lasts, and good lacing. The aroma is rather subtle but nice, with pumpkin and spice. The flavor is also subtle, but hey, itís 4.2% - ALMOST a session beer, but not quite. Donít make that mistake or the British will have your head. Good sweet malt notes, pumpkins and spice. Very traditional style pumpkin ale with nothing overdone about it. Medium-light on the palate, fairly dry, with a good soft carbonation to it. Good subtle light pumpkin ale. I like what they did here. Very drinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hypn0toad (267) - Maryland, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Not bad, pretty mild pumpkin flavors. Still not as good as the pumking beer I had. A bit fruiter than I would like. Not as great aftertaste.. But I am hungry. Not much smell and boring taste.


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