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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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64 Reviews
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Reviews: 64
Hads: 453
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 36.43%
Wants: 33
Gots: 111 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saucony Creek Brewing Company visit their website
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 DrDemento456
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Having a pumpkin beer this late in the year sound crazy but its not pumpkin its SQUASH!

A - Has a 1/2 inch of head that fizzes out rather quickly. Beer color is a real hazy light amber brown so as expected for 2-3 months old this beer has collected some sediment.
S - Very nice rounded squash smell not vegital with balanced nutmeg and cinnamon spicing.
T - Not Bad! Its been my experience with pumpkin ales after a while the vegital taste gets strong as a beer aged but squash seems to age nicely. Can't complain about the spicing because AGAIN its aged so spices like coffee tends to fade in time but its still has enough snap to make it taste great. Maple with my experience is fermented out so the idea of maple is nice for sweetness but it leaves the finish dry but this is quite smooth and sweet. I love it!
M - Quite smooth a real wintertime treat so drinkable for 9%!

Overall I may go back for a couple more and WILL buy some fresh hopefully next year to compare and possibly up my score. As it stands now this beer taste exceptional and drinks FANTASTIC!

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.14/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

In many aspects, this smells like your run-of-the-mill pumpkin ale, as the fall spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice), but in many other ways, it most certainly isn't typical. For instance, there is a gentle butternut squash character which is ever-so-slightly more savory than pumpkin. The lack of a prominent maple character is disappointing, however. Its flavor profile is much the same way, with the squash adding more savory touches than pumpkin would have. The spicing appears around the mid-taste, and isn't overly intense. Where I'm let down, again, is in the lack of maple character. There is one thing that really impresses me, though - the drinkability. While its body is slightly thin for its ABV ("aided" by its healthy carbonation), I'm amazed how easily this goes down for 9.5%. Definitely not the greatest beer ever, but any 9.5% monster that can drink like it's 5% earns a little respect in my book - now, if only it had some sort of maple character...

3.14/5: If nothing else, she's dangerous

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into narrow pint glass: color is an opaque copper, a little dense looking, nice for a pumpkin.

Smell is interesting, different, i sense some maple like sweetness, very subtle but present. Then spice intersects with mostly ginger, clove and cinnamon.

Taste is less complex than the aroma, heavy spice level, subtle caramel like sweetness, kind of muddled.

Mouthfeel is a little flat and harsh from the spices.

Overall, its a somewhat run of the mill imperial pumpkin ale with a neutral spice profile, but the maple syrup presents nicely in the aroma.

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Photo of Myotus
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled May 2015) into a pint glass.
LOOK: Pours with a finger's worth of off-white foam that dissipates into a quarter's worth after 1 minute. Dark amber in color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. There is a subtle amount of medium-sized rising bubbles. Lacing is thin and moderate.
SMELL: Has mild aromas of butternut squash, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla along with hints of maple syrup and alcohol.
TASTE: Strong flavors of butternut squash and mild flavors of vanilla enter initially and are immediately followed by mild flavors of cinnamon and cloves and subtle flavos of nutmeg. Subtle maple syrup flavors and hints of alcohol enter lastly as all flavors persist, except for nutmeg, which grow mild.
FEEL: Somewhere between full-bodied and medium-bodied. Carbonation is so high, it practically burns the tongue. Goes down somewhat rough. Finishes with a moderate dryness.
NOTE: For being 9.5% alcohol, this is incredible. It is hardly detectable. I would of liked to have had more syrup in both the aroma and taste. Regardless, the combination of The ingredients was a brilliant idea. The downfall of this beer for me was the overcarbonated mouthfeel. I want to feel like I'm drinking a beer, not a soda.

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is quite hazy orange amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving patches of bubbles on the surface, a thin collar around the edge of the glass, and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of butternut squash are present in the nose along with hints of spices and maple syrup.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of butternut squash and and stronger notes of maple syrup and other notes of spices—nutmeg seems to stand out in particular.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This ale is quite drinkable because it does an excellent job at masking any traces of alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of JratBones
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This was a work sample from a salesman. Not really my cup of tea. Big sticky maple flavor. Kind of reminds me of Roadsmary Baby by two roads. If your into spiced "YAM" beer you will def enjoy it.

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Photo of Dopen993
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass.
Medium brown in color, with a good amount of haze, little bit of settlement in the bottle. One finger head.
Lots of spice on the nose with a good a amount of sweetness.
Not a sweet as I was anticipating, which was a good thing. Taste of butternut squash, cinnamon and nutmeg, obvious maple favors with a hint of vanilla.
Really enjoyed it, wouldn't be able to have too many, but the one was great. Easily drinkable.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: October 16, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Affligem chalice.. OCCASION: return home after wishing Mom a happy birthday in H-town... APPEARANCE: dense, dark chestnut body; sediment settles to the glass's bottom; incredibly strong head retention, at a half-finger off-white; lacing is inconsistent but strong... AROMA: nutmeg, cinnamon and the slightest hints of sugary, syrupy sweetness; the bourbon/rum element is alluring and hints at the 9.5% ABV to come .. PALATE: warming, active and fizzy on the tongue; dry finish on the back end; otherwise, a strong ale that is full-bodied and weighty... TASTE: the rum--vanilla and spice--and molasses combination is lethal--full, flavorful and sweet; easily drinkable for a beer this weighty; a candied, dark and sweet profile that lightly evokes the autumnal vegetables, especially pumpkin and squash... OVERALL: having heard this is served in syrup-rimmed martini glasses at the brewery, I could not approximate those accouterments--and yet, the syrup and vegetable are formidable nonetheless, with the alcohol as subtle as the hops themselves...a sticky-sweet desertif that delivers a wicked good experience...

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium amber maplely color into the glass with a nice medium sized head that lasts for a bit. Somewhat sweetish smell with some spice. Taste is on the sweet side, but the spices come through. Enjoyable and dangerous!

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Photo of Beejay
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Medium to dark brown in the glass, hazy with a moderate amount of soft tan head.

S: Gourd and spice, some sweetness. Cinnamon and clove as well as a touch of vanilla.

T: Lots of spice, clove and nutmeg, with vanilla coming in later.. Nice amount of squash, with light maple overtones. It tastes like the smell of baking squash with brown sugar.

M: Light in body, with fairly high carbonation.

O: Overall an interesting take on the style. Nice to see something in the vein of pumpkin spice, but with an interesting twist.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i need a maple mistress in real life, i just adore maple syrup, and had slightly higher hopes for this one. not a great example of a maple beer, there is too much else going on here, and it ends up being a little more of an extra fermentable than a flavor agent. its a cool beer though, ive seen a lot that use other squash instead of pumpkin, but this is the first i can remember that uses both butternut squash and pumpkin. its a neat combination and you can really appreciate the squash through the thin and relatively lighter malt base for the style. the spices arent overdone so you can taste the vegetable, thats really the beers best feature. more maple would obviously improve the beer in my opinion. i get its unique sweetness, but its flavor is faint. similarly, the body could use a little boost as well, seems thin for the abv and for all the flavors its trying to hold up, but the beer isnt boozy in the least. one of the more unique pumpkin beers i have had so far this season. worth a try for sure.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tulip, the beer is a deep, vibrant, caramel coloring with a foamy, clingy, off-white head. Nose of subtly sweet maple syrup, toasted pumpkin, a bready backbone, cream highlights, and a spice blend of cinnamon and nutmeg. Flavors are richly sweet and roasted forward, with a heavy dose of pumpkin bread, subtle maple and cream sweet highlights, and a solid dose of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. Smooth bodied and light, with a pumpkin bread and cream aftertaste. The finish is smooth, slightly effervesced, and a richly sweet pumpkin pie linger. Very good beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A gusher and that's a demerit; pours a cloudy copper with modest head (the way gushers sometimes do) and leaves only the occasional strand behind

Smell: The aromatics are dominated by the maple but a strong sniff brings in the butternut squash; not much spicing in the aroma

Taste: While the butternut is vague in the aroma it is much stronger on the front end, with the maple receding to an accent; surprisingly sour in the middle, with some spice detected in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I am thinking this beer is borderline infected, with the gushing and the sour tones; I guess I would need to try other samples to be sure but I am not convinced I want to

Thanks, justanrewby, for the opportunity

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Photo of hophugger
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pumpkin deep golden in color. Aroma of dry pumpkin spices, sweet syrup and gourds. Taste is sweet maple with squash and pumpkin spice. Balances pretty decently and finishes with a touch of cloying dry spice. Definitely feel the alcohol in this one...

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Photo of teromous
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a very dark amber body with a very short ring of off-white head. The body is very hazy and has some hints of orange and brown.

Aroma: Definite "pumpkin pie" spice aroma here. It smells like gram cracker crust mostly. There are some hints of caramel. It smells very nice.

Taste: It tastes even better than it smells, consisting mostly of flavors that you would find in the gram cracker crust of a pumpkin pie. There are fairly strong cinnamon and honey flavors. I am enjoying this beer a lot. The bottle mentions maple syrup in the title and the huge paragraph. At first I didn't pick up maple at all but as I reached the bottom of the bottle I picked up this sweet vanilla maple flavor that was very nice.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very poor. It is very thin bodied and extremely light given the weight it has to support in caramel and pie flavors. A more robust body would really improve this beer.

Overall: It has a great aroma and really good flavors but the drinking experience was hampered by its watered down mouthfeel. I would probably revisit the beer in a few years to see if they have improved on this. One thing I will note is that I didn't taste any maple from the get-go. I would suggest lightly rolling the bottle a bit before opening to get that maple flavor in the bottle. I haven't tried this but perhaps it will "mix-up" the flavors that rest on the lees in the bottle a bit. In any event it was a good beer and I'll keep my eyes peeled in the future.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is a blend of spices, butter and dark rum. A very rich pumpkin beer, tastes like roasted butternut with maple syrup, spice and rum. Very enjoyable with a long pleasant spiced buttery-rum finish that hits you as hard as rum.

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Photo of pinyin
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Awesome spiced vegetable ale. A little more mild and balanced than Pumking,
but not quote as bold. Great nonetheless. I will update wth more particulars during pumkin season. August is way too early for pumpkin ales.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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.


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Photo of tigg924
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of MidasMulligan
4.73/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

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Photo of Slack
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Act25
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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