Cambridge Great Pumpkin Ale
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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 29, 2011
22oz. A nice change up from the high octane 22oz pumpkins. Pours a lighter orange hue, white fluffy head. The aromas are nice, spice, nutmeg, a little cinnamon, nothing over powering. Smooth across the palate, lighter fleshier flavors of pumpkin in the background, slight bitterness, spice is balanced. Really nice for the lower ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alobar (3561) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Pours a slightly amber orange color with a pumpkin aroma and hints of spice. Mostly pumpkin flavor. Not over spiced at all. Very good beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - OCT 27, 2011
A nice cloudy orange-amber body with a white to off white head. Aroma had mostly pumpkin upfront. some spices and caramel malts to balance it out. A good pumpkin flavor too, spices seemed to be a little more prevalent and the malts were just enough to balance out the other flavors. Body was a little thin but not enough to affect the beer negatively.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (40865) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2011
From tap at the brewpub. Pours clear and golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is nutmeg, cardemomme and cinnamon spiced. Toasted malty, spiced and light caramelish. Bitter, herbal and dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PaulUnwin (87) - Pinellas Park, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2011
Def a Pumpkin beer by the aroma and taste, not too strong tasting. Light on the PK but neverthless a decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 13, 2011
Tap @ Elysianís Great Pumpkin Beer Fest... Poured orange with a white head. Dry, thin body with pumpkin and pie spiced tones. Notes of oat and malt, quite worth with more of that sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6557) - 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 (11424) - 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 (16057) - Dublin, 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.

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