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

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52 Reviews
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Reviews: 52
Hads: 410
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.83%
Wants: 30
Gots: 89 | 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 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 Gary1
2.94/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I just bought a 4 pack at Wegmans. I normally buy a small amount before investing in a case.
I bought a case of Smutteynose pumpkin ale on a recommendation last year. What a mistake.
That stuff tastes like potpourri. One person in 10 liked it (not me). Gave the remainder to him. Maple Mistress came highly recommended too, but not my favorite. I love pumpkin ales and have tried many. This stuff tastes like maple ale. Not bad, but not good either. Any pumpkin Flavor is not apparent to my taste buds. It is very strong though. if you like maple
and want to get drunk quick, then this is your beer.

If you are a fan of pumpkin ales, my favorite is Weyerbacher Imperial~ almost as strong too with a scotch aftertaste. Next step down is Long Post. In the lighter pumpkin ales I like Pumpkin (Uinta), Long Trail, Saranac, & Buffalo Bill. Woodchuck Pumpkin is interesting if
you like hard cider and a mild pumpkin flavor ~ subtle and smooth.

Other pumpkin ales that I do not like include Samuel Adams and Blue Moon.

Other pumpkin ales I have tried and liked (but did not purchase in quantity) include UFO, Tommyknocker, Ichabod, and Southampton. (1,152 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 justintcoons
3.27/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Amber with 1 finger of head. Okay retention and clarity. Heavy carbonation.

Nose
Pie crust, maple syrup and apple cider.

Taste
Toasted pie crust, sweet maple syrup and molasses. Lighter notes of butternut squash, pumpkin meat, caramelized brown sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, drying and heavily carbonated.

Overall
Hides the alcohol well. It's okay. (427 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 hophugger
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
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... (250 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 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 confer
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wanted to like this more as it a local beer by a small new brewery, met the one of the principles at the distributor when I was picking up the case.
It looks beautiful, like a dunkel weizen, light brown, tan head and very cloudy.
Smells like maple syrup and alcohol.
Tastes more like a mixed drink than a beer, gets sweeter and more cinnamon comes out as it gets warmer.
Not bad overall, a couple bottles every fall would be a good thing. (440 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 cjgiant
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: cloudy dirty light brown
S: lovely sweet aroma of maple and pumpkin spices
T: sweet. Maple. There is some nice pumpkin spice flavor, but it is unfortunately dominated too much by the maple
M: little spiciness, sweet coating that lingers a bit
O: too sweet on the maple, I think if it were more subdued, it could be a really good beer. That said, it was more enjoyable than I anticipated. (390 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 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 teromous
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (1,495 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a cloudy brown/amber, lots of sediment floating in this one. massive 3 finger head, little lacing.
S - Lots of maple, definitely some booze, mild pumpkin, roasted squash, some kind of spiced rum quality.
T - Taste is very sweet, and its definitely boozey, there's a bountiful amount of maple flavor, which I think if you're going for maple, go all out. Definitely more of a roasted pumpkin and squash type flavor in that area, some mixed spices, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, pepper, and a touch of that spiced rum, complex, but unbalanced.
M - Sticky sweet, alcohol burn.
O - Its ok, something I'm glad I've tried, the maple is done right, its just too much, and the complexity is there too, but needs evened out. (746 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appears a murky dark copper toned amber with a mild cap that quickly fades out into a gentle collar. Tiny speckles of lacing droop back down the glass.
Smell is of maple syrup, brown sugar, roasted squash, and cinnamon.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a sweet, spiced rum, and maple flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied, chewy, and darn sweet in the finish.
I'm at odds. I kind of like the blend and flavor but it finishes on the cloyingly sweet side with a syrupy smack that leaves you with a sugar high halfway through. I'd hate to say it but I'd like it a bit drier. A 12 ounce bottle is too much for one person to handle. Split it with a friend when it gets folder out in the Fall and maybe the warming sweetness will fair better. (743 characters)

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 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 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 DrinkSlurm
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Purchased at a beer shop near Tired Hands in PA - cant remember the name of it - pretty cool place though.
Pours an amber caramel color with a finger of foamy head. Actually really nice head on this considering the abv. Huge sugary sweet aromas - maple, caramel, cinnamon, and toffee. taste is really nice. all the same flavors as the aroma with a hint of vanilla or bourbon maybe. Its just a tad too sweet. Its so easy to drink being nearly 10%abv which is dangerous - I find myself drinking this fast. Overall, nice pumpkin brew and worth a visit. (590 characters)

Photo of Abstractattack
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A fellow beer advocate user is spot on suggesting the flavor profile is like a sweet potato casserole with the spices and sweetness of such a recipe. There is a roasted squash flavor that is up front and lovely.

The price of this beer as it is very reasonable (I paid 44.94$/case) combine with the quality and flavor profile is what drew me away from like beers within a 10$ price range.

This brew ages very well. I suggest 2 plus months as It has been in PA markets for roughly that amount of time and I have been aging a few since they first released. The sweetness tapers off and the very subtle alcohol pretty much disappears. The spices tame. Everything mellows and rounds the beer out.

It is pretty cool to see this beer at almost every bar I have visited, and that Saucony Creek is getting love from the local markets. Congrats Matt, Mike and the crew (864 characters)

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper colored, with just a hint of haze. I got a bigger head than I expected (although my pour was only medium-aggressive), although it didn't linger long, and the lacing was only so-so.

S: True to the name, maple syrup is the first aroma on the nose. Vanilla and spice also come through. Only a faint, Bready note tells me this is beer.

T: a lot of sweetness here, whether from malted grain or the maple I'm not sure. There is certainly some vegetable pumpkin flavor, but it is in the background. Spices (allspice, cinnamon) play a big role. Tangy hops are barely noticeable.

M: More moist than crisp initially. Carbonation is so-so. Booze is what I'd expect for the ABV. A hint of dry in the finish.

O: Very tasty, although the pumpkin isn't very strong, certainly not next to other "pumpkin" ales. If you set aside that expectation, you won't be disappointed. (870 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a brownish color body with a small white head. The aroma is sweet of malple syrup. The taste has a subtle pumpkin flavor that is balanced with the maple syrup. I also taste a little spice. The mouthfeel is nice just a little thick and leaves a light after taste on the tongue. (290 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My attempt to score and review as many pumpkin beers has landed me at the feet of this saucy serving wench!

From the bottle: "crafted with butternut squash, maple syrup & spices added"; "In the autumn of 1720, Captain Jack Rackham 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 hellcats,' 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.'"; "From farm to pint, our beer is alive! Unpasteurized keep it chilled!"; "Their legacy inspired us to brew an equally ferocious Imperial Pumpkin Ale. Brewed with pirate rum spices, we added a touch of fall flavor with butternut squash and natural maple syrup."

Brew Dogs would have me say, "Hello!" to the beer as I bring it up to my nose for a sniff, but that is for landlubbers! Ahoy, me lovely, I said as I watched the dense, creamy two fingers of tawny head slowly fall into the surf. Color was a hazy orangish-amber (SRM = > 17, < 22). I am not a fan of filtration, so cloudy and hazy are okay by me in most beers. Nose had the usual suspects - cinnamon, clove and nutmeg, but not in overwhelming quantities. We may get along, lasses. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but close. The flavor was semi-sweet with the maple syrup getting a fair shake, but not overtaking the spices, which was my fear before opening it. The potential for cloying sweetness existed, but the brewer held fast. Properly moored alongside in Siamese-fashion, I settled in as the wench proffered pancakes with butter and syrup and a hit off of her bottle of rum. Yo, ho ho! Warming, I began to sense a bit of alcohol heat, reminding me to be aware of its ABV. It finished with a warm semi-sweetness, very evocative of pumpkin pie. I kissed the mistress, requested permission to go ashore and headed off on my next (mis)adventure. (2,286 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)

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Captain Pumpkin's Maple Mistress Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Saucony Creek Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.