Cape Ann Brewing: Imperial Pumpkin Ale
Features - Local Libations
Written by Michelle Collins   

Rich chocolate, espresso, nutmeg and pumpkin spice – all wrapped up in an ice cold brew. This is what fall should taste like. 


Cape Ann Brewing Company is a family-owned microbrewery located in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Their beers possess bold flavors and characters that are meant to resemble the courage of the sailors of the North Atlantic fishing fleet. Despite the impressive list of brews Cape Ann produces year-round, the brewery also makes their own pumpkin stout this time of year – along with an imperial version for the true stout fans.

The Imperial Pumpkin Stout is just as thick, creamy and full of pumpkin flavor as its non-imperial counterpart – but at 11% abv., it’s anything but weak.

This quality pumpkin stout is dark in color and thick in texture with very little head, yet is still not overly filling. The aroma smells of pumpkin and holiday spices (such as nutmeg and cinnamon). The best part – the flavor – is smooth and rich, with strong notes of chocolate, coffee, and pumpkin spice. 

The Imperial Pumpkin is meant to be sipped slowly, and preferably enjoyed alone – recommended after dinner (liquid dessert never goes out of style). Or, enjoy a glass alongside a slice of homemade pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, and the turkey and stuffing (not to mention the in-laws) will be long forgotten in no time. 

Although the pumpkin stout is only available during the fall, Cape Ann has a restaurant and brew pub worth visiting year-round. Free tours of the brewery are also available. 

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