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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

163 Ratings
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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saucony Creek Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: IPAchris on 08-19-2013)
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skiofpinsk

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

12-01-2013 00:41:32 | More by skiofpinsk
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EFR94

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-01-2013 00:35:14 | More by EFR94
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

11-28-2013 05:59:25 | More by djrn2
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 22:01:34 | More by woodychandler
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StevenH

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-24-2013 03:17:41 | More by StevenH
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VAcrossr

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-23-2013 22:57:19 | More by VAcrossr
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-23-2013 21:12:32 | More by ShemRahBoo
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erialbill

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-23-2013 17:41:28 | More by erialbill
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Chevelle66

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

11-22-2013 01:52:07 | More by Chevelle66
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Abstractattack

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  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

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 15:42:42 | More by Abstractattack
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thampel09

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

11-19-2013 03:13:56 | More by thampel09
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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

2/5  rDev -48.7%

11-17-2013 22:09:09 | More by lunarbrew
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egrace84

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-17-2013 22:05:36 | More by egrace84
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prdstmnky

Vermont

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-16-2013 19:53:48 | More by prdstmnky
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3/5  rDev -23.1%

11-15-2013 04:37:14 | More by EgadBananas
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Mikecap

Louisiana

4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a medium hazy amber with some sediment and a short white head that fades to a fluffy lace.

S: So much going on - cinnamon, pumpkin, cooked sweet potato, maple and even some apple. Smells a bit like warm pie on thanksgiving.

T: Less pumpkin than the nose with some cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice up front. I do get some pumpkin and a subtle apple tartness. Well rounded overall.

M: Medium bodied and smooth with mild carbonation and a crisp, spicy finish. No apparent alcohol but definitely a sipper.

O: I'm very surprised but this is fantastic, and one of the better pumpkin ales I've had in some time. Absolutely worth a try for the fall season.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 03:11:28 | More by Mikecap
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KevSal

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-14-2013 04:48:39 | More by KevSal
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.1%

11-13-2013 19:20:19 | More by brez8791
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Mcooly

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-10-2013 03:55:35 | More by Mcooly
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ejeitner

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-10-2013 03:49:37 | More by ejeitner
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wiltznucs

Florida

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-10-2013 00:40:27 | More by wiltznucs
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Luweezy

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9%

11-07-2013 17:59:45 | More by Luweezy
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 05:26:15 | More by Omnium
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to mr Dave Hackman for hooking me up with this one!

The look is great, a very dark brown to crimson look with a great reddish gold edge. Decent white head and just a whisp of lacing.

The smell is nice, a warm mix of rum, maple, sweet cinnamon pumpkin pie, honey malt, overall nice subtle but solid aroma. The taste goes a little further with some great added pumpkin and squash notes with some more subtle warm nutmeg spice. It has again a nice rum like alcohol flavor without any of the edge of booze, it almost seems like a really balanced slightly sweet cocktail with pumpkin spice notes. Creamy nice feel, decent carbonation etc. maybe a touch thin though to my palate.

Overall very nice! It doesn't seem too sweet to me as other reviews suggest, totally solid and deceptively drinkable at 9.5%.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 02:24:53 | More by Dreadnaught33
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zaphodchak

Virginia

4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy amber-brown with some floaters. A fine white head that dissipates in relative haste.

It smells of rich brown sugar with a hint of the promised butternut squash and a bit of maple and spice. Real maple, not 'breakfast syrup', so it's restrained as to not be too intense.

Tastes like rich maple, butternut squash, and some pie-spice/pumpkin. Funny that they get the 'pumpkin
vibe with a different gourd, but whatever works. Definitely on the sweet side, but spicy enough not to be syrupy. This flavor portends its higher ABV, but makes it dangerously drinkable.

Thick (and there's some serious sediment, so not for the faint of heart) feeling and rich, appropriate for this style as far as I'm concerned. You'll want a glass of water though, as it lingers a bit and can be overwhelming especially if you are thirsty or dehydrated to begin with, as I am.

I bought this on a whim for novelty value because it wasn't too expensive. I found it so good that it's one of the few pumpkin beers I liked so much, I'd buy again (not that I dislike pumpkin beers, but I've had so many that they hardly ever stand out).

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 03:45:03 | More by zaphodchak
Captain Pumpkin's Maple Mistress Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Saucony Creek Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.