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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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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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Photo of BEERchitect


3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With the taste of pumpkin pie front and center, Heavy Seas pushes the evelope of strength and flavor intensity upwards of eight percent while balancing heavy cinnamon with the drippy sweetness of caramel.

Bright orange in color, Heavy seas captures not only the taste of pumpkin, but the color as well. A depth of bronze and copper provide variation in visual saturation with the carbonation streaming throughout. Fueling an off white creme, the beer's head character is short lived as well as short statured, leaving minimal lace behind.

The spice-heavy nose reveals a sweet praline note that tries to ground the cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice notes in front. Starch aromas are seemingly of malt and pumpkin with its mild vegetal scent.

Flavors of sweetness dominate upfront. Heavy caramel provides a somewhat one-dimensional taste but with the pumpiny starch blending in. But it's the heavy cinnamon that frames the taste afterwards. A starchy balance that tastes like real pumpkin pulp assists the sweeter malt taste and feebly attempts to keep the spices restrained. Nutmeg and allspice ride along in the finish and aftertaste.

Firmly bodied, its richeness is the result of starch and sweetness and embedded carbonation that, again, gives a praline texture to accompany the sweetness. The malty weight and residual sweetness rounds out the spices to avoid astringency.

It seems that stronger malted ales are the prefered base type for better support of spice. The first 5-6 ounces were flavorful and bright, but the sweetness, starch, and strong cinnamon balance began to wear on me going into the second half of the glass.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2012 21:16:41 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of RickS95


3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a brownish orange. Cloudy and full of goodness, nothing clear about this beer. The head is somewhat lacking, it's offwhite but isn't there very long. No lacing.

In addition to the usual array of pumpkin spices, there are traces of actual pumpkin as well. Cloves and nutmeg fill the nose, as does the highish alcohol.

Unfortunately, the pumpkin and spices don't translate into taste because the alcohol masks everything. In the swallow it finally lets up a bit and the pumpkin comes out, but the taste was only average at best.

The alcohol ruins the palate more than some DIPAs I've had. It's all alcohol and little else. There's a slight sweetness and even a spicy bitter finish, but the alcohol grabs the taste bud immediately and never really lets go.

I was disappointed that this was only an average beer. I had high hopes, but it's too one dimensional. The alcohol was just too aggressive, I've had beers with double the ABV that were more balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2012 03:29:22 | More by RickS95
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3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Malty aroma has a firm overtone of pumpkin and cinnamon - very October indeed. It pours a slightly hazy coppery amber with a thin pale pumpkin-orange head, but the condition of the head may be an artifact of the pour. Lip-smacking malty flavor has firm tones of pumpkin and cinnamon with hints of cloves and fruit and a bit of an alcohol nip. Texture has above average body and is smooth with a subtle fizz, leaving an edgy, malty, pumpkin finish. Perfect for this time of year!

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2011 18:06:56 | More by Cyberkedi
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3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Bodega.

Pours a nice bright oragne color. Not much head. Mild lacing.

Smells pretty damn spicy. TONS of cinnamon. Reminded me initially of Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin, and then I realized that it smelled even more potent than that, closer to Hoppin' Frog's Pumpkin.

Flavor was much the same. Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove. Sweet and mildly malty, crisp and bright.

Overall a nice beer. I would have a tough time choosing this over Weyebacher, which says a lot. Then again, considering the availability of ST Pumking in OH what am I considering either for?

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2010 03:59:43 | More by Spider889
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4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange amber with decent white head.

Smells of pumpkin spices and sweet bready malts.

The pumpkin spice flavors are stronger on the palate than in the nose. Strong pumpkin taste, with the normal spices, cinnamon etc. A nice malt sweetness makes the beer taste more like a traditional pumpkin pie, rather than a wholly pureed pumpkin.

Overall is a good pumpkin ale, and in my opinion a top contender.

::Editing my score, cause I'm changing it from bottle to on tap.::

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2010 00:29:15 | More by begforme4484
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3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: medium orange-amber in color with an off-white head, retention is average

s: biscuity pale malt nose with a spice profile heaviest on cinnamon, not much squash showing up, earthy citrus hop aroma, a little bland but nothing really off

m: body on the full side of medium with a smooth, moderate carbonation

t: much like the nose, a pale malt body gives flavors of biscuit and grain while supporting a full spice profile, cinnamon strikes first with notes of nutmeg, pumpkin flavors are mild, earthy citrus hops provide a mild bitterness in the finish

d: a nice enough pumpkin, but it suffers in the complexity department - lacking in pumpkin flavor and not totally balancing the spice, alcohol isn't an issue

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2009 03:37:40 | More by blackie
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3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Salisbury MD if you can believe it! New beer bar Specific Gravity-beerfly to follow.

Anyway-very nice autumn hue to it-looks like fall in a glass. Deep orange in color, small tight head. Aroma tends to be very spicy and not enough malt or pumpkin. Flavor comes up a bit with a hint of pumpkin, spices and a touch of caramel sweetness. Good mouthfeel for sure-at 8% a very solid feel to it. Ok overall. Too much spice for me. Now that everyone has a pumpkin/fall beer they all run together including this one. I need more gourd, less spice.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2009 22:19:00 | More by lackenhauser
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
Photo of alexgash


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Heavy Seas - The Great Pumpkin from Heavy Seas Beer
85 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.