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RATINGS: 103   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!


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3483) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mephisto (1268) - TAIWAN - MAY 14, 2010
pours hazy orange with little head, the aroma and flavor are very subtle as usually the case with pumpkin ale. a little spice note and quite an enjoyable drink right before the thanksgiving.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Draft at Washington Square Tavern. Pours a light golden color with a bright white head. Nose is light straw and grass, light pumpkin notes. Palate is medium bodied with a nice fizzy feel. Flavor is light grassy hops with some dirty malt notes but a clean finish. Pumpkin is present upon swallow and in the finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2009
Draft at Iron Hill West Chester. Poured clear amber with a small white head. Aroma of pretty weak with pumpkin spices and caramel malts. Tastes is pretty watered down pumpkin, spices and caramel malt.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KornDogg (529) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2009
Draft. Iron Hill WC... Light pumpkin flavor... a bit sweet with hints of spice... well balanced but I would like more pumpkin flavor

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (5840) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 27, 2009
@Elysian Pumkinfest2009. Clear amber with a white head. Big sweet malty grainy yeasty aromas with mild pumpkin. Medium body. Lightly sweet pale malt base brew with smooth pumpkin pie flavors.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
egajdzis (5336) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Amber with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of light spices, pumpkin, some nuts, and caramel. Taste of light spices, nuts, caramel malt, and pumpkin.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TomDecapolis (4477) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Tap at IH WC during Gathering of the Gourds 2009. Pours a translucent amber with a medium bubbly off white head. Aroma of light pumpkin pie spices, some pumpkin notes, toffee and toasted malt along with a heavy does of caramel malt. Flavor of the same. Thin.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7365) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2009
On tap at Kinsale Irish Pub, Boston MA, 2 October 2009. Amber colour. Fairly dry and firm. Biscuity malt in evidence. Some diacetyl on the nose. Subtle spice aroma but doesnít carry through too intrusively on the palate. Result is a nicely balanced, drinkable pumpkin ale, rather than a spice bomb as is often the case. As Iím not a big fan of of those spice bombs this suited me fine. If you prefer a more spicy style you might find this too restrained.


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