Captain Pumpkin's Maple Mistress Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Saucony Creek Brewing Company
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4.06/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
09-13-2013 04:43:27 | More by emericanchaos
4.86/5 rDev +24.3%
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.
09-06-2013 04:30:00 | More by TrackcoachLVPA
4.11/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
08-28-2013 19:56:44 | More by Mardrommar
3.73/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
08-28-2013 01:19:10 | More by weeare138
3.26/5 rDev -16.6%
12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.
Amber with 1 finger of head. Okay retention and clarity. Heavy carbonation.
Pie crust, maple syrup and apple cider.
Toasted pie crust, sweet maple syrup and molasses. Lighter notes of butternut squash, pumpkin meat, caramelized brown sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon.
Medium bodied, drying and heavily carbonated.
Hides the alcohol well. It's okay.
08-25-2013 18:39:19 | More by justintcoons
4.33/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
08-19-2013 17:38:18 | More by IPAchris
Captain Pumpkin's Maple Mistress Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Saucony Creek Brewing Company
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