Captain Pumpkin's Maple Mistress Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Saucony Creek Brewing Company

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Captain Pumpkin's Maple Mistress Imperial Pumpkin AleCaptain Pumpkin's Maple Mistress Imperial Pumpkin Ale

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 396
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 15.09%
Wants: 27
Gots: 80 | FT: 0
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Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: IPAchris on 08-19-2013

In the autumn of 1720, Captain Jack Rachman and his pirate-mates were celebrating their victories in typical hard-drinking tradition. Suddenly a British Navy sloop surprised them. The drunken pirates hid below deck, leaving Captain Jack’s mistresses Anne Bonney and Mary Read to defend the ship. The women shared a reputation as “fierce hell cats,” but the British Navy eventually overtook the pirate ship. Captain Jack and the pirates were sentenced to hang. Anne visited her lover in his cell before his execution, and instead of loving words her scathing comments live on throughout history, “Had you fought like a man, you need not have been hang’d like a dog.” Their legacy inspired us to brew an equally ferocious Imperial Pumpkin Ale brewed with pirate rum spices. We added a touch of autumn flavor with roasted butternut squash and natural maple syrup.
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Photo of TrackcoachLVPA
4.86/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5

After trying other beers Saucony Creek had out a few months ago, I saw their Maple Mistress in stores and was pleasantly surprised. It is definitely one of the best pumpkin ales I have ever tasted.
I highly recommend people trying the other beers this brewery has to offer. (273 characters)

Photo of MidasMulligan
4.73/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very flavorful creation.Unique taste right from the start.The squash works well.I can drink this beer anytime,not just in the Fall.Nice abv.adds to the experience.Overrall,this beer is tremendous. (196 characters)

Photo of GoodBeer4015
4.71/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My favorite pumpkin beer by far. I have had Pumpking, Warlock, Schlafly Pumpkin Ale, Punkn; IMHO the Maple Mistress is better then some of the "best". While all of the above will satisfy your taste for pumpkin, the Maple Mistress had a number of other flavors that will awaken your palate. (289 characters)

Photo of mjvu11
4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

As I sit here and sip this beautifully crafted Ale, I gather my full opinion of what's going on inside my mouth and brain. Not only is "Maple" in the title of this beer, but "maple" definitely shows itself. There is a hint of something different, which would be the butternut squash, that adds just enough difference to separate this pumpkin beer from the next. Another piece of the recipe would be the pirate rum spices that mix so perfectly with the pumpkin and maple creating a beautiful brew. Well done, I will be waiting for fall next year. (545 characters)

Photo of EliotTruelove
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Sweeter than expected, yet had a heavier alcoholey taste to it that showed every bit of its 9%+ ABV. Definitely an autumn beer that hits you in the middles (of the tongue, as opposed to the tip of the tongue or the back) and lingers there for quite awhile. Highly recommended for any pumpkin pie, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, or toffee aficionados. my only regret is that I drank it all before thinking to write a review. (419 characters)

Photo of AleYes
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Had it on tap recently at a local Richmond, VA pub, and just had it in the bottle last night. On tap it is amazing, in bottle the maple taste and sweetness was more noticeable, but not to where one could call it sweet. There is much more going on in this beer.

I am not a fan of pumpkin ales, but this one blew me away to the point where I actually sought it out and bought it in the bottle. The label states it is made with butternut squash. The beer is well-balanced, with the slight sweetness and taste of maple, and just enough spice notes and pumpkin (squash?) flavor to make it known, but not diminish the flavor of the beer. (636 characters)

Photo of JohnF
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this in Kutztown near the brewery and then again at the brewery. My wife loves this brew (her rating would be higher!) and so do many folks around Kutztown. It is an exceptional pumpkin fall type brew and we now have a case in the basement (in bottles).
It is always great to buy local, but if you can find this beer, I recommend it. (340 characters)

Photo of IPAchris
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This 9.5% Abv beer was made with an assist from Simmeria & The Fleetwood Grille kitchen. We roasted the butternut squash for Saucony. Sauconys brew crew then did what they do best and finished it with maple syrup and pirate rum spices.

I am not a huge fan of Pumpkin styles but I really enjoyed this new bottle from Saucony Creek. The bartender at the Fleetwood Grille also rimmed our glasses with a cinnamon brown sugar mix which enhanced the experience. You could definitely taste the butternut squash and the maple finish. (528 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into wide-mouth Dupont glass.

Pours with a short, off-white head - very soft looking, that fades to a consistent film. Body is rich orange - with western sunset.

Aromas are full and spiced. The squash comes through, along with lots of cinnamon, and plenty of maple sweetness.

Flavors are dominated by the sweetness, but not in a creme brulee type of level. Mouthfeel is actually pretty tame, given the ABV.... the carbonation is pretty strong, and helps cut through. Picking up maple-covered sweet potatoes, cinnamon, and allspice. Just a touch of sour, gourd quality in the finish, but not distracting. Mouthfeel is nowhere near as cloying as Pumking or similar.

Pretty darn tasty beer, and given the massive variety of pumpkin ales out there, this one has some nice, unique qualities. (806 characters)

Photo of OpusMike
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Pancakes. This is what you drink with pancakes. Strong maple aroma and taste dominates. Fantastic for those with a sweet tooth. ABV doesn't hit until it is too late. (165 characters)

Photo of jhartley
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a long stemmed wine glass. Some kind of date code on the bottom of the bottle.
Great looking label art with a cool back story. Poured into the glass with little to no head. Burnt orange body with some floaties.

Aromas of pumpkin pie, maple syrup and cinnamon.

Initial tastes remindsme of sweet potato pie with marshmallows on top. Spicy up front, with squash/pumpkin, cinnamon and rum. Alcohol bite towards the end. Flavors start to intensify as it warms up, sweetness really starts to come through and the alcohol starts to come to the front.

Mouthfeel of light carbonation and a viscousness almost like a thin syrup.

Overall a really enjoyable fall offering from a local brewery! There was much more going on in this brew than I was expecting: rum-like flavors, not an overpowering sweetness or pumpkin flavors. Spices were well integrated and added a nice layer of flavors. If you can get this: DO IT! (942 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer deep orange-reddish rusty color with a one finger fizzy cream colored head. The head fades almost instantly leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is massive of a pumpkin pie spice with tons of cinnamon, a mound of nutmeg and some clove. Along with these aromas comes a big level of sweeter caramel and brown sugar as well as would be expected for a brew with maple syrup added a big sweet maple syrup smell. Along with the sweet and spice, comes the aromas of pumpkin and squash that have been nicely roasted. Overall the aroma is quite pumpkin pie like in nature and quite delicious.

Taste – The taste begins with a massive hit of maple syrup and brown sugar with a good base of a bready malt taste mixed with a good showing of a pumpkin like flavor. The maple syrup, while strong upfront, gets even stronger as the flavors advances, with the squash initially gaining a roastiness more toward the middle of the taste. Along this time, the spices, of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg, which were lighter upfront, really gain intensity to the end. While the squash flavors grow slightly more roasty toward the middle, they lose the roasted flavor, and with the increase in the sweet and the spice, end up leaving a maple syrup flavored pumpkin pie taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the big maple and sugary sweet pumpkin pie flavors of the brew the feel is very nice, with the creamy texture of the brew complementing nicely the dessert characteristics of the beer.

Overall – A rather nice and sweet thick and tasty pumpkin pie flavored brew with a huge maple syrup presence. While at 9.5% abv., the alcohol is barely detectable and makes for a fantastic sipping dessert brew. Definitely one to try if you get the chance. (1,961 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to mr Dave Hackman for hooking me up with this one!

The look is great, a very dark brown to crimson look with a great reddish gold edge. Decent white head and just a whisp of lacing.

The smell is nice, a warm mix of rum, maple, sweet cinnamon pumpkin pie, honey malt, overall nice subtle but solid aroma. The taste goes a little further with some great added pumpkin and squash notes with some more subtle warm nutmeg spice. It has again a nice rum like alcohol flavor without any of the edge of booze, it almost seems like a really balanced slightly sweet cocktail with pumpkin spice notes. Creamy nice feel, decent carbonation etc. maybe a touch thin though to my palate.

Overall very nice! It doesn't seem too sweet to me as other reviews suggest, totally solid and deceptively drinkable at 9.5%. (811 characters)

Photo of zaphodchak
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy amber-brown with some floaters. A fine white head that dissipates in relative haste.

It smells of rich brown sugar with a hint of the promised butternut squash and a bit of maple and spice. Real maple, not 'breakfast syrup', so it's restrained as to not be too intense.

Tastes like rich maple, butternut squash, and some pie-spice/pumpkin. Funny that they get the 'pumpkin
vibe with a different gourd, but whatever works. Definitely on the sweet side, but spicy enough not to be syrupy. This flavor portends its higher ABV, but makes it dangerously drinkable.

Thick (and there's some serious sediment, so not for the faint of heart) feeling and rich, appropriate for this style as far as I'm concerned. You'll want a glass of water though, as it lingers a bit and can be overwhelming especially if you are thirsty or dehydrated to begin with, as I am.

I bought this on a whim for novelty value because it wasn't too expensive. I found it so good that it's one of the few pumpkin beers I liked so much, I'd buy again (not that I dislike pumpkin beers, but I've had so many that they hardly ever stand out). (1,115 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%

Disclaimer: I prefer my pumpkin beers to be akin to the old "liquid pumpkin pie" phrase because I have a sweet tooth.
And, quite frankly, if I'm going to drink a pumpkin beer I want pumpkin to dominate, not just be a background spice - I can have non-pumpkin beers the other 11 months of the year.
Poured a reddish copper body with one finger head that went away quick.
Smells like the sweet part of pumpkin pie - pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, all around sugary sweetness - not much spicy edge or breadiness (crust) to this beer at all.
Medium body, very sweet and that's how I like it, not overtly sweet to where it's sickening, pretty simple, actually.
Goes down smooth although at times sticky (I guess that's the maple syrup) and the profile is like the aroma, pumpkin and sugary sweetness.
Must say did not realize how high the ABV was on this until got on this website b/c I didn't get any booze at all in the finish. (920 characters)

Photo of Mardrommar
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Stone pint glass.

Pours a clear orange-amber color and forms a 1/4 inch bright white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a thin ring along the edges of the glass. There is a spot of film in the center of the glass. In general, the head is completely gone by the first few minutes.

The aroma of the beer is sweet with pumpkin and maple syrup upfront. Hints of butternut squash, spices and cinnamon are also present. The nose is quite pleasant and has a thick scent similar to pastry.

Mouthfeel of the beer is medium with low-moderate carbonation. Has a sticky feel in the mouth.

The initial flavor is pumpkin that transitions into a maple syrup sweetness and has a brief bitterness that is paired to a set of spices in the aftertaste. Aftertaste is pumpkin and spice with a sharpness to the flavor profile.

This beer is sweet and might benefit from a food pairing to lessen this. Otherwise, it is extremely smooth and easy to drink. Quite enjoyable. (975 characters)

Photo of Act25
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

THIS IS A BUTTERNUT SQUASH BEER (ala CARTON RAV), and as such, it's in the top tier for squash / pumpkin beers. Along with Carton and Elysian. Butternut squash appears to be a superior add-in than Pumpkin. I dread getting too many pumpkin repeats in my craft packs, but I'd love to get more of this!

Poured from bottle into a Leffe chalice glass.

A – Deep orange rusty color with a multi finger fizzy cream colored head. Modest retention and a little lace.

S – Massive Squash and maple syrup, along with pie spice, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. featured is caramel and a big sweet maple syrup smell. One of the best

T – This is dessert beer. However, it was tasty with dinner too. Great with cheeses. Follows the smell with maple dominant, caramel and squash followed by the spice cabinet. Tea like finish, with lingering (good) spice.

F – The body is thicker, creamier than most. A dessert beer, but never cloying. A meditation beer. Better than other heavy beers. ABV well hidden.

O – Definitely try if you get the chance. (1,045 characters)

Photo of philbe311
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I worked hard to track down a case after hearing lots of good things about this one... Plus, who doesn't loved a blue-haired pirate vixen holding a stack of pancakes...

A - A full finger's plus worth of audibly fizzy, crisp and uniform light to medium khaki colored head... Modest at best retention yields to reveal a swirled splotchy veil of lace and light collar... The color is equal parts muted dark amber and light copper... A few moderate paced carbonation streaks can be seen along the edges of the glass... There is a very subtle haziness to this one... This one looks the part...

S - The big assertive aroma can be detected without even bring one's nose near the glass... Lots of rich complexity... Rum-esque spiciness... Maple syrup... Caramel... The pumpkin notes are present as well, but aren't quite at the forefront... Some graham cracker crust as well... Nothing really dominates and all scents take a turn at the front of the pack... Nice depth and complexity... There is also a very subtle booziness which lingers a bit beneath the surface...

T - The first notes are a mix of maple syrup and caramel... These are quickly joined by the rum spice notes which add a very unique character... The pumpkin / butter nut squash takes a distant back seat on the palate but still provides additional depth and complexity... The maple syrup rises on the finish to provide a rich sweetness which stops short of becoming cloying... The booziness then begins to emerge again in a slightly warming fashion...

M - Dense and rich... On the lighter side of full bodied... Velvety smoothness... Ultra sleek... A light carbonation packs a pretty good punch... Thick and slightly chewy... Each sip prove to be slightly exquisite and satisfying...

D - A fabulous Pumpkin Beer that doesn't pull any punches and doesn't even attempt to hide it's potent 9.5% ABV punch... A delectable sipper to say the least... What a terrific offering the little known Saucony Creek Brewery... I will be sure to check out their other offering when provided the opportunity... If push came to shove in a blind taste test, I'm not sure I would peg this as a Pumpkin Ale, but rather an autumnal seasonal offering with some barleywine and old ale characteristics... Complex, assertive, and quite enjoyable... (2,288 characters)

Photo of emericanchaos
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours into a tulip shaped glass with a considerable depth of color. Dark garnet red nearing brown and purple. Similar to a Belgian double or quad. Possibly some Special B in this one. More on that later. Develops an off white head tightly packed with foamy soft bubbles. Head quickly subsides and lacing is non existent. 9.5% showing it self.

Smells of fall foods. Pumpkin or squash is apparent. Hints of dark sugars and sweetness like a very dark pumpkin pie. Something resembling pumpkin spices but not as pungent. Maybe a reduction in clove? Hints of booze.

Following through with the nose the flavor is big on squash. Pumpkin and butternut are apparent as well as the pumpkin spices. The middle goes sweet with lots of lush dark sugars. Hints of dark caramels, maybe some dark fruit. Several layers of caramel malt at play. Possibly some special B as the finish is very sweet with notes of warm alcohol and pumpkin pie spice along with a touch of ginger.

Feels viscous in the mouth. Very heavy. Sticky as well. Leaves a great coating in the palette which could throw some people off especially those not accustomed to big beers. Certainly not a session beer.

Overall I like this stuff a good bit. It's not a favorite but I'm a solid IPA guy. That being the case a few non IPA's have made my hits list and this one comes close to cutting the mustard but it's just a tad too sweet in the end for me. Along with a Nicaraguan cigar or some type of seasonal food this would do very well. Pumpkin or apple pie is very obvious. German sausages could be nice as well or something with anise as a base. Maybe traditional german pork and kraut like on new years. (1,660 characters)

Photo of Mikecap
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a medium hazy amber with some sediment and a short white head that fades to a fluffy lace.

S: So much going on - cinnamon, pumpkin, cooked sweet potato, maple and even some apple. Smells a bit like warm pie on thanksgiving.

T: Less pumpkin than the nose with some cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice up front. I do get some pumpkin and a subtle apple tartness. Well rounded overall.

M: Medium bodied and smooth with mild carbonation and a crisp, spicy finish. No apparent alcohol but definitely a sipper.

O: I'm very surprised but this is fantastic, and one of the better pumpkin ales I've had in some time. Absolutely worth a try for the fall season. (659 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this bottle chilled in a pint, review from notes.

The color is honey-like amber with two finger white cream with fine bead and thick lace stickage. The smell has lots of spice with mix of nutty sweet and mild malt ester with a slight cinnamon-like woodiness with subtle aroma of vanilla and gentle fruity yeast ester. The feel is decent with malty entry and moderate carbonation with mildly creamy yeast yet alcohol is noticeable mid palate into the finish.

The taste is good with light spice up front with more of a fruity yeast flavor and subtle maple type fruity earthiness with sweet element and light spice mid palate. The taste carries a subtle vanilla-like earthiness which also comes off sweet with mild floral aspect. The maple taste comes through as a sweet woody taste with alcohol adding a dry quality to the finish without tasting hot. This is a very good beer, nicely flavored with pleasant spice profile and moderate sweetness that works well with moderately high level of alcohol for the sake of complexity yet still drinkable for the strength (1,073 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saucony Creek "Maple Mistress"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating (perhaps my sample is quite old)

Impressed, or at least intrigued, by some of Saucony Creeks other beers I went out of my way to find this 'butternut squash and maple syrup' beer.

It poured a cloudy orange body (it's unfiltered) with dulled golden highlights beneath a thick head of tan foam. Standard sized bubbles seemed to rise a little slower than they might normally, signifying a full body.

Raised to my nose I found an interesting aroma that I couldn't quite place, and which I can only assume was coming from the butternut squash; but the maple behind it was quite clear. Sweet and malty to be sure.

In the mouth it was crisp, foaming as it warmed, with a full, dextrinous body.

As I'd expected, it was sweet but it leaned more towards malty than sugary sweet. The maple was present but not like you would find in maple syrup, and there was a touch of semi-descript spiciness to it. Thankfully it wasn't over spiced, and there was just a little bit left behind in the lingering, sweetish finish. Beyond that there was an unusual fruitiness that I couldn't help but think of as grape-like; as you might find in a white ice wine (perhaps that's coming from a combination of fermentation esters and green cardamom and vanilla in the spicing?). There wasn't a whole lot of bitterness to balance it, and I certainly hope that was intended because it's almost impossible to balance out a beer of this size with so much residual malt and sugar - it would just become a sweet, dull-hoppped, muddy swamp of a disaster. No, I think the brewers know what they're doing and they've pegged it. This isn't meant to be a pumpkin beer that you drink by the bottle, this is far more than that; you might not want to call it a dessert beer, but it's certainly one that you sip on! And at 9.5% abv (or 9.8 according to their website) that makes sense.

So, working under the impression that what I have in front of me is anything like what it's meant to be like fresh, I think that this is a really interesting beer. For the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, and then going forward into the colder months, I occasionally enjoy a spiced beer with my meal, followed by a Barleywine after dinner as I relax - and this beer combines both of those into one! Well worth trying! (2,355 characters)

Photo of Slack
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber to copper in color with a touch of head. Smells a bit like raw squash with background (all)spice. Taste is dominated by allspice, nutmeg, maybe cinnamon with background squash flavor and a lite sweetness. Carbonation is lighter with a medium body. Overall a different take on a pumpkin and worth a try. (313 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A slightly hazy amber with a lot of floaty and a two finger off-white head.

S- Yams, maple syrup, pumpkin, some spices (cinnamon and nutmeg). Makes me think of pumpkin pancakes with maple syrup.

T- Cinnamon, nutmeg, maple syrup, yams, pumpkin, earthy finish.

M- Smooth, medium body, too much carbonation.

O- Spices and maple syrup are the main flavors, pretty done. Glad I pick this up, will pick up up again next year when it is fresh. (479 characters)

Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good pumpkin ale. Poured into a pint glass. Clear bright orange color with a big slightly off-white head. Head retention is very good and there is thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma starts off with strong pumpkin spices. As the beer warms, the pumpkin/butternut squash and maple syrup are more apparent.

Taste is very good. So many pumpkin ales with a strong spice presence also include a weak, malty beer as the backbone. Gives the potpourri effect which is pretty annoying. This beer has a flavorful presence with the pumpkin and butternut squash and the maple syrup. The strong spice presence enhances an already rich beer rather than overpowers it.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. This is one of the better Pumpkin Ales out there. (745 characters)

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Captain Pumpkin's Maple Mistress Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Saucony Creek Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.