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: 399
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 scottfrie
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into tulip. Thanks Josh!

A: Pours a deep iced-tea color with a very fizzy and short-lived light tan head. The head quickly bubbled away into a faint collar before disappearing completely.
S: The smell lives up to the label. Butternut squash dominates alongside tons of nutmeg, cinnamon and other spices to give off the perception of pumpkin. The maple adds a nice touch of pancake sweetness, and there is a hint of fruit as the beer warms.
T: Follows the nose with tons of spice, buttery and creamy squash, and a kiss of balancingly sweet maple. I get hints of clove, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, all spice, and pumpkin bread. The maple isn’t sugary or cloying, but instead has that characteristic earthy woody flavor. The squash is more subtle than the nose, but it does taste like smashed butternut squash or maybe baked sweet potato. The finish is spicy with hints of leather and cocoa, and the aftertaste is fully of linger squash, vanilla, nutmeg, and sweet maple.
M: Full body, soft but frothy carbonation, slick, slightly greasy, and heavy mouthfeel. Booze is hidden well.
O: One of the better spiced beers I’ve had, one of the better pumpkin beers I’ve had. Overall a unique brew. (1,207 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Captain Pumpkin’s Maple Mistress has a thin, cream-colored head, a semi-clear, orange appearance, lots of tan sediment chunks all about, and no lacing left behind. The aroma is of a spiced broom and sugary syrup. Taste is of a strongly-, but not overly-, spiced pumpkin pie, with some maple sweetness. No alcohol shows itself. Mouthfeel is medium, and Captain Pumpkin’s Maple Mistress finishes sweet, wet, and enjoyable.

RJT (430 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Taste is cinnamon, clove, toasted malt, with light maple in the background. The maple is not as pronounced as I would have thought it would be. This to me is a slightly above average pumpkin ale. I do have others that I prefer in the style. (243 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 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 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)

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 GreesyFizeek
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Curran last night.

This one pours an orangish-amber, with a small half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells really strongly of squash, which I unfortunately don't like all that much, so I'm not digging it. Don't really get a whole lot of maple here, but I do get cinnamon and vanilla.

Like the aroma, this is quite a squash bomb. It's definitely nice to get a different take on this style, but it just doesn't work for me, it tastes like liquid squash, with cinnamon and vanilla. I get a slight hint of maple, but it's not that strong for me.

This is medium bodied, with a creamy but grainy mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation.

This didn't work for me, but someone who likes squash might dig it a bit more. (750 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 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 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 JuicesFlowing
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: The body is a rusty burnt orange while the head rests as a patch of light cream foam. Light lines and patches of random lacing.

Aroma: A very good pumpkin/squash note is dressed in spices, especially cinnamon. Maple syrup develops as the beer warms.

Taste: Mostly cinnamon and spices come through, but there is a subtle squashy backbone in there, somewhere. It tastes a little bit like Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal.

Mouthfeel: Dry, very dry.

Overall: Pretty good, although maybe too subdued. A little more pumpkin and a little less spice and this would be stellar. (604 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 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 tone77
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty orange/copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is like pumpkin pie. Taste is unique an d quite good. Maple and pumpkin dominate, with alcohol not far behind. A good bit of spice, and a tasty treat of a beer. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is worth seeking out. (323 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark hazy copper amber with a short lived medium beige head. There is an essence of pumpkin and vegetable along with some mild notes of sweet spice and maple. Taste is sweet flavors a spices and some bit of malt with some bitterness. Palate is a medium body with moderate carbonation. The finish is same as taste, a combination of sweet spices, squash pumpkin vegetable and mild bitterness on the end. A bit strong ( on the alcohol ). Malt and maple flavor is weak. Overall though just an OK brew. (505 characters)

Photo of Markdad
1/5  rDev -74.4%

This is absolutely the worst pumpkin beer I have ever had. First I went to the brewery to try the beer and it was completely warm and flat when it came off the tap. Very disappointed! I met the owner who told me the beer was not flat and if I did not like the carbonation then to leave. Besides the terrible beer the owner of the brewery was completely rude. I assume he was the owner. Short awkward looking guy with a tattoo on his arm. He must be very insecure when it comes to his beer. I would never buy this beer again or go back to Saucony Creek. (560 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 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 Treyliff
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a bright and copper clear color with a small creamy white head that retains after the pour, leaving some short-lasting lace behind

S- vegetal aromas of yam, squash and pumpkin. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg, sweet maple syrup, buttery pie crust malt. Aroma reminds me of The Bruery Autumn Maple

T- Cinnamon flavor is the first thing to jump out, like cinnamon toast. A maple sweetness kicks in mid-palate with vegetal squash flavors. Pie-crust-like malt on the finish with more maple on the linger

M- medium body and carbonation lead to a chewy mouthfeel and a foamy finish. Light alcohol warmth, but pretty well hidden given the ABV.

O- An interesting take that plays well with the maple and spices. The pie crus flavor of the malt was an inspired touch as well (774 characters)

Photo of RandomExile
2.94/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: hazy amber, translucent; beige head dissipating to surface film; jags of lacing
S: fresh pumpkin pie, slightly buttery sweet
T: clear nutmeg, bubble gum, alcohol, a hint of maple
M: full-bodied, cream, on the cloying side
O: Much better initial taste than aftertaste, but unfortunately that's what you're stuck with. Weird spiced bubblegum,

20 oz / Pint Glass / Victoria Gastro Pub, Columbia, MD (399 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brownish-copper color with a finger of off-white head. The head retains for quite some time and leaves some lacing on the glass. The most pronounced note in the nose is pumpkin. The flavor profile has maple and brown sugar upfront. The taste of the pumpkin is completely overwhelmed by the maple and brown sugar. The finish is semi-dry with an alcohol bite that sneaks up as the beer warms and becomes unpleasant by the end of the glass. (445 characters)

Photo of klimoja
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Split this bottle with another in a wine glass. I've been anxious to try this beer. I see it locally a lot. It has a thick mouth feel, very sweet cloying cordial like dessert taste. Delicious sipper on a cold night. Very impressive. Kind of a silly looking bottle although I have seen worse. (291 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)

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