Cambridge Great Pumpkin Ale
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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, 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillKismet (3335) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2009
Tang-orange pumpkin color, ok head. Vegetal pumpkin aroma wafts from the glass. Overall, neutral bouquet with some sweet notes. Neutral pumpkin flavor, enjoyable vegetal subtleness with a bitter pumpkin finish. An "authentic" tasting, no frills, pumpkin ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (9999) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2009
A golden amber ale with a thin white head. A pleasant aroma of pumpkin spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. In mouth, a good malt with light spices, nice and balanced. On tap at brewpub Oct. 11 2008.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2008
Light sweet malts with very light pumpkin spices. Pours a golden orange, thin head. Light sweetness in the flavor. Not much going on except a little spice and maybe a light earthy tartness in the finish. Light body, uninteresting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
after4ever (6127) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Draft at Elysian Great Pumpkin Beer Fest (GPBF) 08. Crystal clear bright pale orange. Thin white head. Mild pumpkin pie spice nose. Watery light body. Biscuity, pie-spice-y mid-palate. Flat, earthy hop finish. Deeply uninspired johnny-come-lately effort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2008
Draft at the brewpub. Pours a mostly clear, dark, pure amber color. A small, foamy, off-white head leaves behind minimal, soapy lacing. The aroma shows a strong cinnamon influence, with ginger, clove, cardamom, and heaps of fresh pumpkin flesh. Coriander is nowhere to be found, thank heavens. I don’t think that spice belongs anywhere near a pumpkin beer. The flavor shows a light caramel malt base, more fresh pumpkin, cinnamon, and very subtle, complimentary notes of clove and nutmeg. Medium bodied, despite the low ABV, this brew is smooth and sessionable. I usually despise pumpkin beers, but this is one I could drink a good bit of. Nice brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (29286) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2008
GABF 2007. A slightly hazy golden beer with a lazing white head. The aroma is sweet malty with spicy notes of cinnamon and more mixing in with notes of pumpkin. The flavor is sweet malty with spicy notes of cinnamon mixing with notes of pumpkin. The body is light. Not my thing with pumpkin in beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2007
(Draught) Pours a clear bright orange body with a small white head. Aroma of pumpkin and sweet potato. Flavor of pumpkin, caramel malt, and light clove.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Allie (40) - USA - OCT 23, 2007
I had this in a small glass from a tap at CBC. It came to the table with very little head left. The color was very nice, a kind of copper-dark honey look. The aroma was slightly fruity, but I didn’t get much trace of pumpkin in it. The palate was fairly full, carbonation OK. The flavor was rather ’beery’ but rich and warm, with some fruitiness and a moderate hop tang--but, again, little real pumpkin taste. It was very smooth, a nice tail with no nasty dregs. OK overall, but something of a disappointment. If they’re going to call this a pumpkin, they need more pumpkin in it. I’ll take a Dogfish Head Pumpkin over this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - OCT 16, 2007
on tap at gabf. Smells like a pumpkin pie with buttery graham cracker crust, and tastes like it too! clearly going for the pumpkin pie flavor, this beer includes many pie spices, nice hefty palate, and great malt presence. a true delight.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
gws57 (1274) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Had this one on draught at the brewpub in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Hazy medium orange pour with a thin white head, sweet candy apple nose with some cider, pumpkin and clove. Spicy finish. Good!

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