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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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very good

200 Ratings
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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 9
Gots: 28 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: IPAchris on 08-19-2013)
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Knapp85, Oct 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

mozim, Oct 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

rfgetz, Oct 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

IdrinkGas, Oct 03, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev +3%

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...

philbe311, Oct 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

JohnK17, Oct 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

jwat, Oct 01, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev +6.8%

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!

jhartley, Sep 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

whatname, Sep 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

rct, Sep 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

aszatk01, Sep 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Houser, Sep 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

ryser2k, Sep 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

Porter, Sep 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

pwoody11, Sep 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

bigfnjoe, Sep 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

soupieman, Sep 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

Jason1337, Sep 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

rydev24, Sep 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

podes, Sep 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

SDL1911, Sep 20, 2013
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4.55/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

EliotTruelove, Sep 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

GeorgianBayPackr, Sep 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

rjvanston, Sep 19, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

teak, Sep 16, 2013
Captain Pumpkin's Maple Mistress Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Saucony Creek Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.