Cape Ann Pumpkin Stout

Pumpkin Stout

Something different this Halloween


Brewery: Cape Ann Brewing Co.             Origin: Massachusetts, USA

Style: Munich Helles Lager                       ABV: 6.8%

Glassware: Flute, Pilsener Glass

Pair with: Cuisine (German), Cheese (buttery), Meat (pork), Seafood

Appearance: 7/10     Smell: 6/10     Taste/Mouthfeel: 7/10     Drinkability: 8/10

Overall Score: 71%


It’s a stout, so it’s appears to be black but when held to a light it is a actually a deep red. The head was almost non-existent, and even the little amount that did appear didn’t linger long.


Roasted malts and a deep breadiness dominate this one. There is a small hint of pumpkin and spices.


The pumpkin is there immediately without being overbearing. The spices follow up along with the roasted malt bitterness, which dumbs down the spices to an enjoyable point. Finely carbonated this one feels almost flat. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, however, as it adds a hint of familiarity with the biggest name in the stout game, Guinness.


Higher ABV than is standard for this style makes this less drinkable than it should be. This one should be closer to pilsners in their drinkability and resemblance to session beers. This one again is disappointing in this category.