There are a couple of schools of thought when it comes to pumpkin beers. There are those who don't mind a hint of spice, but who get a little bit leery when things veer into liquid pumpkin pie territory. Pumking is not for those people. If you're the type who gets seconds on pie at Thanksgiving and has Pumpkin Spice Latte day marked on your calendar, this is the pumpkin beer for you, one rich with notes of vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon... and, wait, are you sure they don't make this with pie crust?
Apparently, Cambridge Brewing is not willing to settle for just having what many consider the grandaddy of pumpkin beers on its roster. No! It has to take a batch of its Great Pumpkin, barrel it (on Halloween night, no less!), and then wait a year for the Brett and oak to do their work. The result is a funky, slightly tart beer with musky, earthy undertones and hints of spice and wood. It's a beer geek's pumpkin beer if there ever were one, but it will easily be enjoyed by anyone who pours themselves a glass with an open mind.