Cambridge Great Pumpkin Ale
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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Bomber bottle provided to me by Shawn: Clean deep golden hue with orangy highlights, fading frothy head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of traditional pumpkin pie spices (the ginger and nutmeg shine here) as well a pumpkin puree, caramel and bready malts, just a touch of herbal hops. The taste is actually very restrained and is more Amber Ale than Pumpkin Ale... light spices, some fleshy veggies, and a hint of hop bitters towards the finish. The mouth feel is clean and crisp, thin to medium-bodied with a slight metallic finish. Overall, not a bad session brew but it suffers from the same criticism that I lay upon Greenbush Autumn Ale lineup, simply not spicy enough on the palate, nice nose however. It is tough though because I do not want in your face spice character either...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thicksuds (449) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 7, 2011
I think this is about as good as you can get for a pumpkin, maybe rivaled by dogfish, but very malty and sweet, pumpkin taste is natural and not overpowering, nice carbonation and some spice notes in there as well, very well done

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (9737) - Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2011
650ml bottle. It pours a hazy peachy orange with a foamy white head. It is the perfect appearance for a "pumpkin beer". The smell is mostly herbs and spices with some malt and a small hint of pumpkin. The taste is spicy with some pumpkin and hops. It isnít overtly sweet, rather subtle. It isnít bad. For a pumpkin beer it is actually pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (13757) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SrSilliGose (3325) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
damzz (382) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4924) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (8000) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5433) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - 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.

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