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Heavy Seas - The Great Pumpkin - Heavy Seas Beer

Heavy Seas - The Great PumpkinHeavy Seas - The Great Pumpkin

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85
very good

366 Ratings
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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%


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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: sinstaineddemon on 09-18-2009)
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dar482

New York

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a very dark orange caramel color with a bit of head.

The aroma has tons of juicy pumpkin, caramel malt, spices of prominent nutmeg, cinnamon, and all spice.

The flavor follows with a strongly bitter pumpkin and then a tinge of caramel sweetness, onto again, more spicy bitterness. Nutmeg and all spice, a bit of cinnamon stand out. A stiff amount of alcohol on the end. Lots of warming.

The mouthfeel is quite decent and medium.

The beer is a bit boozy, but a decent beer of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 00:45:32 | More by dar482
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JPbeer14

Rhode Island

4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Extremely impressed with this brew! Wasn't expecting much but i was definitely wrong. Has a perfect texture and blend of flavors with pumpkin and caramel tasting the boldest. This could be my new favorite pumpkin brew, and for a 22 at $5.49 i'll be stocking up on these.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 00:03:27 | More by JPbeer14
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scootny

New York

3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very clear, dark pumpkin colored. Like a dusky fall orange. White head is thick with great retention and lacing. Clumps are sliding down the glass and sticking to the sides. Active carbonation is evident as the glass sits and with each swallow. Smell is a mix of biscuit malt and pumpkin meat. Toasted multigrain bread and light butterscotch. Pumpkin pie spice is showing along with a sweet alcohol note. Taste is sweet and alcoholic with a firm bitterness in the finish. Malted caramel sweetness in the front with a Maris Otter malt biscuit and toast flavor. Pumpkin pie sits on top of the caramel and tries to cover the alcohol but it just can't a as the flex is too bold. Firm bitterness rides in on the last of the booze and leaves an herbal and slightly minty finish. Slight metallic mineral edge along with other flavors give this an overall English character with an imperial pumpkin edge. Feel is slightly heavy with a light syrup consistency. Carbonation is smooth and very well done, making this sipper of an ale quite easy drinking. A solid imperial pumpkin that while a not a quaffer goes down easily. Temperature is very important with this one. The flavors develop and unify as it warms to English pub temp. Much better flavor cool than cold.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 00:37:14 | More by scootny
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a snifter. The brew appears a beautiful color of clear orange with a white finger of head. Spotty lacing effect sticks to the glassware. Some yellow almost green hints are seen around the edges when held to the light.

The smell is quite herbal with hops and a bit of something like cinnamon bark. More spice like nutmeg and a little ginger and alcohol comes out as it warms up. There is a bit of a vegetative raw pumpkin character also present.

The taste is tannic with cinnamon bark and herbal hops leading the flavor show. Some pumpkin flesh and herbal hop bitterness rounds things out. There is a mild fruity alcohol aspect and a lingering spice and ginger-like bitterness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is an interesting tannic offering with enough pupokin flavor to keep you interested. I think this is a decent take on the style but a little too tannic and bitter to make me want to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 20:46:57 | More by stakem
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear dark orange to copper in color with glowing orange highlights and moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dark beige head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice stand out). Light amounts of sweetness in the smell.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of caramel malts with quite a bit of sweetness along with moderate flavors of pumpkin and strong pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon really stands out).

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol heat in the finish.

O: Enjoyable but the alcohol is not as well hidden as in some other beers in the style - also, the cinnamon is a little too intense in this brew for my tastes (things seem just a touch out of balance between the pumpkin and spices).

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 02:33:46 | More by dbrauneis
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deep amber orange color with some nice highlights of red. Upon pouring there is a huge white head that fades fast to a head of one finger. The one finger head has a good level of retention but fades over time to give a medium level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a sweet pumpkin pie smell. A strong pumpkin aroma greets the nose with a large amount of caramel sweetness. Mixed with these are aromas are some of pumpkin pie spices – cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.

Taste – The taste begins sweet with a lightly roasted tasting pumpkin and some flavors of caramel and brown sugar. Spice flavors quickly come to the tongue. They are heaviest of nutmeg and allspice with some flavors of cinnamon mixed within. Most of these flavors remain relatively constant throughout the rest of the taste but as the flavor advances to the end the cinnamon gets a bit stronger and a big alcohol flavor comes to the tongue. In the end a tingly alcohol flavor mixed with a nice pumpkin pie flavor are left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather creamy with a carbonation level that is just below average. The feel is quite nice for the pumpkin and spice flavors of the brew and make for a nice pumpkin style beer.

Overall - A tasty pumpkin brew. It has a nice warming feel with a nice flavor profile. A good holiday brew to sit back with and sip during the fall season.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 01:07:53 | More by Darkmagus82
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally trying some Heavy Seas beer, and the perfect one for the season, at that: their imperial pumpkin ale. This is the biggest pumpkin beer I’ve come across this year, so I’m hoping it’s one of the best. Cheers!

A: Deep red body, luminous in the light; creamy tan head above, though only rising to a half-inch. With only a few tiny spots of lacing and a slight layer of retention, this looks like one thick beer.

S: That actually reminds me a lot of pumpkin pie; not just the spice, but the fleshy vegetable undertones. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger give it a succinct spice – not so huge that it distracts from the main event – sprinkled over rich brown sugar, burnt caramel, and buttery pumpkin aromas. It’s brown malt and pumpkin, for the most part, with those delicious spices throughout.

T: This palate isn’t that malty, actually: what I’m getting is a lot of dark spices, like cinnamon, anise, clove, and cocoa, layered on top of astringent alcohol and toasted malts. It seems to be working toward a more stout-like presence, with sweet vanilla and butterscotch playing pretty significant roles keeping the booze in the background – throw in some chocolate malt and you’ve got yourself a pumpkin stout. As for the pumpkin, it’s mild amongst the thick malts, but an accompanying graham cracker chewiness acts to bring out the autumn pie flavors. Finishes with some unexpected hops, actually tasting piney and bitter for the aftertaste. Adds to the holiday character, I guess you could say.

M: This one hits the spot: not too thick, settling over the tongue like airy…well…pumpkin pie filling. Can I get away with that? I’ve got pie on the mind. In beer terms: a light-to-medium body with a frothiness that I find irresistible.

O: I think this takes the cake as far as pumpkin beers go this year. If this were in a six-pack, I’d be buying it over Schlafly’s, even. To be honest, I think it’s the absence of spice intensity that makes this one the best; I mean, we all know pumpkin pie has those spices to it, but if I ever tasted a pie that was as super-spiced as some of these beers have been, I wouldn’t go back for a second bite. Once again, balance wins.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 01:11:28 | More by BarryMFBurton
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TappaKeggaBrew

Ohio

2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a lovely orange-amber, with a massive head; lingering very good, lacing good.

S: A mix of allspice and sweet fruit, perhaps a waft of hops in the background.

T: Sweet malt (too sweet) hits the palate hard. Next comes the bitterness of hops, like a slap in the face. That's about it. The spices were present, but subdued in comparison.

M: Good carbonation, but strong alcohol (seems higher than labeled 8%)

O: I can't say I like this one.There are many better pumpkin beers to choose from, so the last couple of inches are headed down the drain.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 02:25:33 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
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mscudder

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a globe.

A - A deep, translucent orange with an ivory head. Head retention and lacing is below average.

S - Nice pumpkin pie aroma; spices, nutmeg, cinnamon and malts. Perhaps a touch of alcohol. I like it.

T - Starts with some big bready malts granted a feeling of the graham cracker crust. Recedes into a familiar assortment of pie spices. Certainly sweet, yet this is less intense than the Pumking. Lives up to the name and much more balanced.

M - Medium body with a bit more carbonation than I would like to see. Wish it were closer to truly creamy composition.

O - I like it and would but again. Given the almost $3 more to get my hands on a Pumking, I may make this one my choice pumpkin brew! Less intense sweetness by allocating the focus toward the spices. Good job Heavy Seas!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 05:34:12 | More by mscudder
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chrisjduncan

Virginia

4.48/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I know, I am throwing off the curve on this, but I really have to. This is simply one of the best pumpkin ales I have ever had and I LOVE pumpkin ales. At first pour it is as orange as orange gets and really does set you in the mood for the season. The aroma coming out of my glass a full two or three feet from my face was enough that I could smell it and was delighted by it. The taste is purely pumpkin and strong which is a nice change from the more weaker pumpkin flavored ales on the market. Ive been typing for a few minutes now and I can STILL taste it on my tongue. The mouthfeel was a bit more carbonated than I like, too much like soda, but still pleasant. Overall this is absolutely a must have for Pumpkin Ales and anyone who enjoys the style. Well done Clipper City Brewing!

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 02:25:14 | More by chrisjduncan
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle.

Medium deep copper body. Clear and clean. Oranger edges. Small, cobwebby, off-white head. Minimal lacing. Candy corn, butterscotch, graham cracker malt mix with clove, cinnamon, and maybe a little citrus zest.

Sweet and toasted malt right off the bat. Graham cracker crust and butterscotch/caramel malts are sweet and intense. Singed/toasted bitterness around the edges. Clove and nutmeg (?) come in strong in the latter half of the palate, upon the wave of sweet, pie-y malt. Cinnamon shows up in the finish, along with lingering spices, vegetal bitterness and leftover malt sweetness. Medium-full body with a slightly creamy feel. A big, intensely flavored pumpkin ale that comes in a notch below Pumking and Weyerbacher.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 21:13:57 | More by alexgash
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Beer emerges crystal clear and amber in color with bright orange highlights and hues. Topped with a very small and thin white head. Not much action going on under the surface.

Aroma is laced with alcohol, which in this case, is a deterrant. Kind of corn like and cheap smelling. There are aromas of pumpkin but the overall aroma is laced with adjuncts. I dont think this one is too bad but this one just sets me off the wrong way.

Decent flavor profile but unless this one is served cold, the alcohol is definitely noticeable (mine is slightly less than cellar temp). Hot alcohol. Take your favorite malt liquor and place some pumpkin pie spice and a Nilla Wafer in the bottle, and this is what you come up with. I like the pumpkin flavors better than the aroma; solid bits of pumpkin pie spice with a little bit of breadiness and cracker.

Taking the alcohol into consideration, and by that I mean placing this in an "imperial pumpkin" category, this one isnt too bad. The alcohol is hot and very noticeable. I wouldnt have this one again. Pumpking is still the king of Imperial Pumpkins.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 23:08:23 | More by SaCkErZ9
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ncfranklin

Alabama

3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz 2012 bottle. Very happy to have this in Alabama. Served in a Dogfish Head Signature glass.

A: Rich dark amber orange. Small tan head recedes quickly to a small ring. Very translucent.

S: Pumpkin spices are all over. Cinnamon. Nutmeg. Brown sugar. Light pumpkin'y in the nose.

T: Flavors follow the nose. Very spicy, particularly on the cinnamon. It really punches through strong. Pumpkin comes in as a bit of a body, but otherwise it's a swirl of brown sugar, more cinnamon, and other things I can't quite put my finger on. Sweeter malt is in the finish, but not prominent.

M: Moderate weight in this one, and given the 8% ABV that's acceptable. Carbonation isn't big, just enough to refresh the spices off the tongue. Just the lightest warmth in the finish.

O: As the pumpkin style has gotten so popular, it's hard to differentiate and Heavy Seas lands in the middle of the pack with this. If you're looking for a bigger ABV pumkin ale and can't get Pumking, give it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 02:30:14 | More by ncfranklin
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange with a creamy white head. Crystal clear. Despite auspicious beginnings I'm left foamless by mid glass.

Pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and toast aroma. Like a pumpkin molasses sugar cookie. Burnt sugar in there too.

Pumpkin pie spice is certainly in the flavor profile but it's not overpowering. Pie space and burnt candy sugar vs. vegetal pumpkin in an artificial vs. natural pumpkin battle.

An inoffensive imperial pumpkin. It's not too spicy, it's not too sweet, it's not too vegetal. It's not very good either though. It's middling.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 00:25:36 | More by donkeyrunner
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brstls4drmrs

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a nice orange/amber color with a 1" foam and translucent. Very nice appearance.

S - cinnamon and nutmeg with some baked pumpkin. Not too shabby.

T - cinnamon spice kicker with some clove and nutmeg. Slight buttery taste on the finish.

M - medium to high carbonation with a fizzle on the finish.

O - not a bad pumpkin brew. I'd drink another one.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 02:49:43 | More by brstls4drmrs
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber of The Great Pumpkin, split-up into two pint glasses.

Over an inch of head bubbled up and loudly fizzed. The color is red-orange. Nice clarity, but the retention didn't hold up too well.

Smells heavily of cinnamon-spiced cooked pumpkin. Definitely some prominent nutmeg in the nose. Hints of vanilla, allspice, and light caramel also noted. Picking up a little booze, but nothing overwhelming. Smells very nice.

Enjoying great pumpkin flavor matched with allspice, nutmeg, light coriander, and cinnamon and countered with some roasty malt bitterness and a kiss of citrus rind-like hops that appear in the middle and finish with some lovely spiciness. Not sugary, but there's definitely a brandied-fruit type sweetness to the beer, offering up some caramel-like undertones and candied ginger. True pumpkin beer flavor, as it's equipped with that plump squash quality in the taste.

Carbonation falls between medium and medium-hard. Richly-bodied. Some pleasant sweetness that doesn't carry over too much tack. At 8% ABV, the noticeable alcohol is right about where it should be. With the rigorous feel, this sips a little better than it drinks.

A benchmark for what a pumpkin beer should be. True to the taste of the vegetable itself. Malty, yet with some mild citrus notes indicative of American hops. Rich and savory, yet drinkable. Even the fact that it's slightly warming. Highly recommended for the season.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 14:59:57 | More by thecheapies
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aged (don't know how long -- no dating evident on bottle)..so that's taken into consideration.

Pours a ruddy amber with lots of sediment, some even kinda chunky. Not too attractive. A solid head of foam, though, with no lace present.

Nose is spicy and nice...pumpkin, allspice, cinnamon. Good.

Taste is similar, with the spice most prevalent up front, followed by a warming presence (it is 8%), and a tinge of bitterness even.

Maybe not the best pumpkin ale out there, but getting past the appearance, definitely enjoyable. I'd be curious to try one fresh.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 14:47:54 | More by secondtooth
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bomber served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a luminous, hazy copper/orange tone while yielding less than a finger of cream-colored head that quickly dissipates into a ring around the glass; lacing in spots.

aroma is more subdued than i was expecting. the usual players are all present and accounted for - pumpkin flesh, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice - but where the nose of, say, pumking is full and robust, steeped in mouth-watering pumpkin pie scents, by contrast this is relatively muted. some may find that appealing; personally i like my imperial pumkin ales more potent and aggressive.

flavor is not an improvement; its profile follows the nose in both makeup and strength. has a dry, slightly bitter finish. not terrible, but one of the more disappointing pumpkin brews i've had so far this season.

medium bodied, medium-carbonation mouthfeel. for me, a drinkability level on par with it's flavor, which is to say average.

original review: 09-28-2010

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 22:30:41 | More by BostonHops
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BMMillsy

Florida

1.81/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Bomber bottle poured into tulip. Pours dark orange with medium head. All I can smell here is nutmeg. There is no sign of pumpkin, and the spice is offputting and unpleasant. Flavor follows with unbearable nutmeg that takes my breath away, no real pumpkin flavor, and nothing that says to me that this is a beer. The palate is thick and yet burns with the spices here. This was a drain pour and a half.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 22:42:59 | More by BMMillsy
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: darker amber, light rosy color, nice creamy head
S: medium nose, good pumpkin spice with barrel undertones that really works together, pronounced EtOH
T: well-balanced malt and pumpkin spice, barrel aging really helps to tone down spices, not a lot of character
M: seemed a bit thin in body for EtOH and barrel aging, creamy in texture
O: right on the edge of giving it a 4.5

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 02:53:45 | More by wisrarebeer
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TheCorkStopsHere

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One more stop on my virtual tour of pumpkin beers...The Great Pumpkin from Heavy Seas (Clipper City), down in Maryland. This is a brew I've been drinking most of the summer, but realized I had never done an actual review. So, here we go...

Pours out a slightly hazy version of gamboge, sort-of a light-amber, with a touch of rust. The head is fairly mild in thickness, but lively when you give it a good swirl. Just off-white in color, I'm not surprised by the lack of head, this Great Pumpkin checks in at a commanding 8% abv.

The nose is intriguing! Just the slightest touch of sweet pumpkin aromas, but plenty of alluring spices. Much in the same way the Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin is dominated by spices, rather than pumpkin, this is very similar. The spices here though are on the sweeter side of things, reminds me more of nutmeg and ginger, and less of the cinnamon and clove that I usually pick up.

Ah yes, I had almost forgotten how delicious this Great Pumpkin is! Just like the nose, there is just a hint of sweet pumpkin flavors, but nice sweet spices. I am picking up a little more pumpkin on the nose than I am on the palate, as the flavors are heavily dominated by the spices. And this is all-in-all a sweet, malt-bomb of deliciousness. It lacks a little of the powerful pumpkin and spice that I enjoy, but it is a thoroughly delicious brew.

Overall, I definitely recommend the Heavy Seas Great Pumpkin. There is no bottling/freshness date on the bottle, so I'm wondering if a fresh bottle would make a difference. It's not the best pumpkin beer I've had, but I do like it very much. Maybe this would make a good introduction for craft beer drinkers that are new to pumpkin beer? You know, rather than give them the best right out of the gate, start them off with something a little more crowd friendly? But, at the same time, I'd hate to hand them something less flavorful, and give them a poor representation all-together.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 16:53:34 | More by TheCorkStopsHere
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a orangy color with a slight white head. Like chunks? If so, this is the beer for you! Murky with little flecks of chunk floating around. Allspice, caramel, and pumpkin in the nose, actually not a bad aroma. Medium mouthfeel. Slightly sweet upfront. Pumpkin pie, slight cinnamon, allspice, and whip cream (just kidding). Overall, not bad. I am not the biggest pumpkin fan but this is tolerable for me. It does have a slight pepper note to it thought that I am not the biggest fan of.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 00:19:44 | More by kbutler1
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Kromes

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy dark orange color with a thick off-white head that sticks to the glass.

S: A nice pumpkin aroma with cinammon and clove or allspice.

T: A pretty decent pumpkin flavor with not too much pumpkin pie spice but it is there in the background. I can taste a little clove but it isn't overpowering like in other beers. The alcohol kicks in a little at the end with a very slight medicine flavor.

M: Medium body and good carbonation. Smooth feel to it.

O: One of the better pumpkin ales I've had this season. It's balanced even with the high ABV.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 20:36:50 | More by Kromes
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JizackFH

New York

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a slightly hazy orangish amber color. It has almost 2-fingers of white head resting on top. The head has decent retention, and it leaves a little bit of scattered lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose starts off with some pumpkin sweetness and fall spices such as, cinnamon, nutmeg, and there is some clove in here as well. Also, there is a bit of booziness.

T - The taste follows the nose pretty well. It starts off with the pumpkin sweetness and spice flavors. There is a little bit of earthiness and mild hop presence. There are also some flavors of caramel, alcohol, and a bit of light pepper. The finish leaves some lingering pumpkin and spice, as well a bit of booziness.

M - The body of this is on the heavier side of medium, and the carbonation is on the lower side. It goes down easy and has a nice feel to it. There is some sweetness and some tingly spice notes. A mild hop bitterness also some through, and there is some boozy warmth on the back end.

O - This has good drinkability. It is a really nice tasting beer, and it has a nice smoothness to it. I wish there was a little more pumpkin flavor that stood out, but it is still really nice. Overall, I think this is a good higher alcohol pumpkin ale. I really enjoyed this one, and I definitely think it is worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 11:20:41 | More by JizackFH
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kkipple

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber picked up in October of 2011. No freshness date on the bottle - grr.

A. Poured into a Buffalo tall chalice. Looks appropriately pumpkin - slightly less than clear orange with a small white head and spotty lacing.

S. Big sweet malt presence here, at least big enough to shine through the nutmeg and allspice. There is some alcohol heat too, which isn't really wanted, and a rather poor attempt at harmonizing the spice with the malt - it's not really complementary. It is perfumey though, and has a Hitachino note - I bet there is ginger in this brew.

T. Alas, falls short of even the taste. Sort of a boozy, thin and uninteresting malt base with a lot of spice tossed on top; but it never blends well into something interesting or harmonious. There is a distracting bitter undercurrent here, as well as something akin to coriander (maybe actual coriander) that is out of place. Then the booze, which would be forgivable if the rest of the beer was worthy... here it just adds to the mess. A shame.

M / O. Fine mouthfeel, really. Adequate carbonation and body, but the lingering finish of bitterness and spice doesn't do this one any favors.

Sadly, I wanted to like The Great Pumpkin more than I actually did. My girlfriend liked this one more than I though, so your mileage may vary.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 05:07:24 | More by kkipple
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Heavy Seas - The Great Pumpkin from Heavy Seas Beer
85 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.