Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Great Pumpkin Ale

The name of this beer conjures images in my head of Linus blowing off Trick-or-Treating to wait in the pumpkin patch all night with his little blue blanket. He has faith that The Great Pumpkin will come despite the mockery of the rest of the peanut gang. The kid had conviction, if nothing else.

Ah, the warm fuzzy memories of my youth.

The Great Pumpkin Ale (4.40% ABV) brewed by Cambridge Brewing Company is a nice sessionable pumpkin beer.

Cambridge Brewing claims to be the first brewery in New England to brew pumpkin beer. The Great Pumpkin Ale has become their signature beer.

It is, indeed brewed in honor of the fabled Great Pumpkin. That makes me happy.

It pours a slightly hazy amber with a small one finger had that diminishes to a fine halo of foam around the edge of the glass.

The aroma is a soft, pleasing blend of  pumpkin and spices.

The taste is somewhat light but pumpkin and spices come forward enough to entice the palate. This beer is gently sweet with nary a bit of bitterness. The finish is crisp and mildly spicy.

The mouth feel is light to medium with nice tingly effervescence.

I've had bigger, bolder, badder pumpkin beers, but The Great Pumpkin Ale is mild and mellow. It's quite nice and exceptionally drinkable. I like it.

Over all: very good

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