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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

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


Brewed by:
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: sinstaineddemon on 09-18-2009)
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to recall1242 for sending me this one!

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a fizzy 1 inch orange-tan head that settles to a small cap. Random dots and streaks of lace drip back down into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spices. Taste is of sweet malt, slight pumpkin flavors, and a variety of pumpkin pie spices but cinnamon seems to be in the forefront. A bitter spice aftertaste lingers on the tongue after each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good pumpkin ale and one of the better ones I have tried this Fall season. I am glad I was able to get a bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 03:11:08 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy autumn leaves orange due to light showers of fine yeast that remain in suspension. Bright tangerine borders can be seen along the bottom edge of the pint glass, while two fingers of golden beige suds can be seen at the top. Sheer curtains of partially torn lace help the appearance and cement the above score.

The key to any good pumpkin ale is in getting the combination of malt, hops and spices just right. It smells like Clipper City has done exactly that. Cinnamon is especially prominent and alcohol is barely noted. This should be a more than solid brew.

The Great Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale is not over-the-top. It isn't sticky sweet, it isn't too bitter, it isn't aggressively spiced, and it isn't the least bit boozy. Congratulations to the brewers for having some restraint. Unlike some versions of the style, this one is unlikely to tire out my palate by the time the final ounce meets its fate.

Whatever malts were used were good choices. Likewise with hops and spices. Sweet and bitter are moderate and are in good balance. Cinnamon still has the spotlight and it tastes like nutmeg and ginger are present as well. Honeyish notes appear with warming.

The body/mouthfeel is right in line with all the rest. It's big enough and is silky smooth and at least lightly creamy. Carbonation... you guessed it... right on the money.

Anyone who has ever liked an Imperial pumpkin ale will like Clipper City Heavy Seas The Great Pumpkin Ale. It's solid from every angle and is a seasonal that I will definitely buy again. Bottom line: good gourd beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 15:38:18 | More by BuckeyeNation
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Think it was Bobby who opened this one.

A: The beer pours a clear golden-amber color with a thin layer of off-white foam.

S: Not surprisingly, the pie spices are the dominant aroma. Quite a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg, plenty of all spice too. There's a good sweet caramel note and some bread/pie crust going on too. Maybe a little alcohol.

T: Big bread and malt flavor and some toffee and caramel. Again, the pie spices are the main component here. Cinnamon, clove, all spice, and nutmeg are the primary ones. Strangely, I get some sweet apple type notes.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: I think I preferred the bourbon barrel one, but this wasn't bad either.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 22:16:45 | More by womencantsail
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip. Appearance is fairly-dark orange with a white head and some pretty good lacing. Nose is pretty strong amounts of pumpkin as well as a bunch of spicing. Light sugar presence. Taste is a bit overspiced. Feel has a bit of extra spicing but fits pretty well balancing the sweetness. Drinks fairly well and is one of the nicer imperial pumpkins out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 02:35:35 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving delicate lacing on the surface along with a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Aromas of pumpkin spices such as allspice and nutmeg stand out in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a little bit of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The alcohol is well masked from the taste of this beer, which helps its drinkability. It’s not one of the greatest pumpkin beers out there, but is a good offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 21:09:52 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber - $4.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, robust dark orange body with a susdy, frothy, ivory-colored head. It thins down into a fine, thin layering, though it has some nice staying power.

Smell: Well-spiced, bready nose with plenty of chunky pumpkin notes. It's a nicely fragrant bowl stirred up with brown sugar, cinnamon, and bread crumbs is what it is.

Taste: It's bready, sweet, and spicy. Dry, crumbly, lightly toasted bready malt profile generously coated in dark brown sugar and cinnamon and nutmeg. This one has just the right amount of pumpkin flesh flavor. Mildly bitter though with a restrained hop character, allowing for the spices to shine. The very faintest touch of warming alcohol nearing the end. Drying, spicy finish with a faint, lingering taste of pumpkin.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A good, admirable, though not great pumpkin brew, but I will certainly say it exceeded my modest expectations after the lackluster showing of the previous members of the Mutiny Fleet. Give it a try, provided you're a fan of pumpkin ales!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 18:04:16 | More by ChainGangGuy
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange/amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of robust pumpkins, spices, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character that is quickly followed by sweet and spicy flavors of nutmeg, ginger, pumpkins and caramel. There's a mild hops presence that provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, I wasn't expecting much of this beer but I found it to be pretty good for the style even though there are others that I would choose first.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2009 02:23:01 | More by TheManiacalOne
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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a hazy amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very balanced malt and fruit scent. It boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a solid pumpkin aroma and a wonderful spice bouquet. The taste is outstanding. It's bold and flavorful with excellent pumpkin flavor. The malt bill is tasty and balanced. The pumpkin spices are present, but not overly so. It goes down smooth with little alcohol warmth. The mouthfeel is great. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking fall seasonal. It's better than most pumpkin beers out there and it packs twice the punch.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 17:56:45 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

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

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Beer is dark amber and hazy, you cannot see through this beer. Head is white, thin, nearly non existent. Carbonation minimal.

Aroma is spicy. Definite clove character, some cinamon perhaps. No hop aroma at all.

Beer is bitter, sharp and spicy. Hard to drink. I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin beers but this one has a warming alcohol flavor that thins out the mouthfeel. Drinkability low due to odd bitterness on the back end. Not a repeat but you pumpkinheads may like it.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 03:18:39 | More by drabmuh
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Once again in my quest for Pumpkin beer enlightenment I stumble upon Heavy Seas The Great Pumpkin, an homage to Charlie Brown. As I try to tackle another pumpkin, I wonder, when will I hit them all? Until then, here comes another review.

A: A good 1 finger head is somewhat light and airy, but nice looking. I can't even begin to describe how clear this beer is, I could perfectly watch the Red Sox game through it without a problem, well maybe some light bending. Anyways the amber and very light brown color is a nice toasty color. The head has divided to a nice light creamy good lookin head covering.

N: Yep, that's toasted pumpkin. Some semi sweet aromas with pumpkin and toasted notes basically fill out the entire nose. Perhaps some light spices, but that's all I have to say about that.

T: Tastes starts wicked sweet. Damn! I think this just gave me diabetes cancer! If I can make it through the sweetness I can get some obvious pumpkin taste and some toasty flavors. More spices than I thought from the nose. Some warming and slightly burning alcohol pieces its way through the flavors to let you know that it is 8%. Some clean crisp tastes, similar to a good lager or Marzen... Spices are also a little much, but they are kept at bay pretty well (see what I did there, with the bay reference... <sigh>). Back to business, not much else on the taste other than really sweet pumpkin, spices, toasty, and alcohol.

M: Very creamy and some alcohol burn. Pretty thick and slight syrupy, with light carbonation.

F: Still finishes really sweet, I was hoping it would dry off. Now I'm a big fan of Southern Tier, which is usually sweet, but this is just ridiculous! This beer would give Willy Wonka a seizure. Some alcohol burns the tongue but then fades away pretty quickly. The pumpkin taste seems to stick around for a bit and morphs into a weird sweet syrup taste, and then to a bad bitter sweet flavor that just won't go away, no matter how much I punch my tongue, that is until I take another sip. But then the taste comes back again, ahhh!

Final thoughts: Yep, it's a pumpkin beer alright. Some toasty pumpkin flavor, light on the spices, but ridiculously sweet! Then the long nagging sweet pumpkin flavor that turns somewhat bitter and won't go away takes a lot from the drinkability. Also, did I mention its way too sweet! It's got a nice alcohol taste, warmth, and slight burn with is unusual for a pumpkin beer, but, you know, the sweetness. Don't think I could stomach this again. If it were, say, 1/10 the sweetness I might be able to attempt this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 02:55:12 | More by jlindros
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a 1/4" head. No lacing develops.

Smell: pumpkin pie spices are easily detectable and very nice on the nose.

Taste: caramel, cinammon, nutmeg, some mild alcohol tones and a decent bitterness make up a nice hearty pumpkin ale.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and a bit dry late. Aftertaste is long lasting.

Drinkability: decent fall beer but one bomber bottle was enough in a single session.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 15:53:26 | More by Gavage
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Halcyondays

California

3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a lightly hazy burnt orange with soft white head.

S: Nice mix of pumpkin and fall spice.

T: On first taste it is real heavy on the cinnamon, as it warms a nice pumpkin sweetness comes out.

M: Nice full body, soft carbonation, creamy.

D: A nice pumpkin ale, the spices are a bit over the top, but I was glad to try it.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 20:16:05 | More by Halcyondays
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mdfb79

New York

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a hazy orange-amber color with 2 inches of white head that leaves quickly and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pumpkin pie, spices, fruity malts, and bready malts. A little sweet, but not too sweet.

t - Tastes of spices, pumpkin, fruity malts, caramel malts, bready malts, and a little alcohol.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty good pumpkin ale. I enjoyed the smell a lot. I wish the taste had been a little sweeter and a little more pumpkin than spice, but still a good beer. Would try again.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 22:14:56 | More by mdfb79
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger cream head that fades to a ring, leaving some lace. Almost clear pale amber color. Pumpkin spice nose. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is pumpkin pie spices. Nice balance of spice and malts. $6.75 for a 22oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 23:38:31 | More by jdhilt
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corby112

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy white head. Good retention, leaving sporadic lacing throughout.

Sweet pumpkin pie aroma with hints of cinnamon, brown sugar, ginger, nutmeg and vanilla. The spiciness is however not overpowering, blending well with the pumpkin notes.

Nice medium body with lots of pumpkin pie spice. Pretty malty for the style with a lot of pumpkin flavor, cinnamon, brown sugar, vanilla, ginger and nutmeg. The spiciness is pretty prominent but doesn't overpower the pumpkin lasting into a dry finish . This one is thick and complex and the ABV is very well masked making it pretty drinkable. Not the best example of the style but pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 06:25:49 | More by corby112
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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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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy rosey amber, with a finger of off-white foamy head. Thin frothy look to the retention, leaving a good bit of spotty foam behind. The aroma sits heavy in the nose with spice and warmth. Notes of cinnamon, clove, and allspice are really dominant here, with an underlying sticky base of sweetness that is tinged with green smelling pumpkin meat. Man, the spice is really laid on thick here in the nose.

The taste is very similar, starting with a big flush of malt and citrus sweetness that ends with an aggressive feeling green vegetable character from the pumpkin. Those spices are just as assertive as they were in the nose, but fortunately, not quite as overbearing. Better overall balance here on the palate, with pumpkin and spice mixing with a mellon rind bitterness that sticks on the tongue. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a softer carbonation up front that then works itself into a much sharper creaminess towards the back. That higher ABV is felt here. It's doesn't necessarily run rampant but does add a certain amount of intensity to the spice and earthy bitterness that is present.

Not necessarily a bad example of the style or anything but this needed to dial back the spice and warmth a bit. This was worth at least a try but there are better options out there each fall.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 17:55:14 | More by Kegatron
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This looks as though it's been caught in a sand storm; between the bubbles and little flecks of yeast this thing is as turbid and gritty as the Arabian desert. As well as the powdery particles, the beer's complexion, a blistered orange that glows with heated luminosity when held up, appears totally sun-scorched. And its head has completely evaporated.

Science is pretty insistent on the fact that scent is the strongest of all our senses at evoking memory; this aroma does well to capture a very specific time of the year. Pumpkin flesh, squash, a potpourri-like blend of clove, cardamon and cinnamon and a lush undertone of Madagascar vanilla immediately conjure in me the feel of Halloween.

And while the taste buds might not be directly linked to the brain like the olfactory bulb, this flavour also goes a long way in convincing me the current month is, not December as the calendar claims, but October. Savory and spicy notes compliment a wholesome breadiness and undertones of pie crusts and squash to riff on virtually all fall-time comfort foods. The taste of brown sugar and ginger-doused pears lingers in the aftertaste.

One distinguishing factor I noticed early on was a stealthy alcohol that, initially, did little more than gently rub the belly with a warming hand. As the beer itself warms, however, I'm starting to see this 8 percent as being a little bit unscrupulous. And I don't trust it. I worry it will pillage through the beer's modest malts and temperate spicing...

But it turns out not to. Phew! Actually, the alcohol surprisingly settled down and was never really heard from again unless it was in a supporting role in lending the beer a little more depth and character. On second thought, the beer might be too drinkable given its strength and spicy disposition, as the already half empty bomber would attest.

The Great Pumpkin is definitely good pumpkin beer but, with all do respect, its name might be just a little self-aggrandizing. To be sure, there are both better and worse examples on the market but in the grand scheme of things Heavy Seas' offering should be considered one of the more enjoyable, easily drinkable specimens of this often polarizing style.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 20:07:26 | More by biegaman
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask over at Mahaffey's the other day.

The beer pours a pumpkin orange color with pretty good head retention and lacing. On the nose, there is a boatload of spcie, which seems to be dominated by clove anad allspice. Also get some serious nutmeg and sweet malt as well. Flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, and the moderate sweetness is balanced pretty well by all the spice in this beer. The spice really comes through on the finish, and tones down the sweetness very nicely. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite soft, and the beer has a long, spicey finish. However, the combaination of sweetness, spice and noticeable alcohol detract from this beer's drinkability just a bit.

This is a pretty solid beer, but is not so exceptional or different from other pumpkin ales out on the market that I can see any reason to seek it out. The one glass I had the other evening will likely be the only one I order this season.

Serving type: cask

10-16-2009 14:50:23 | More by johnmichaelsen
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glid02

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a clear orange color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of robust spices - nutmeg and cinnamon mostly - with sweet malt undertones. Neither the spices nor the sweetness is overdone.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors up front segue into loads of spices midway through the sip. Near the end of the sip a hint of deeper malt flavors enters into things before a sweet and spicy ending. The alcohol is hid very well.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished the bottle quickly and could have another.

Overall this is a solid attempt at a pumpkin beer by a brewery that usually turns out good beers. It doesn't do much to differentiate itself from others in the style but what's done is done well. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 19:53:24 | More by glid02
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Brad007

Vermont

4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange-copper color with a two finger head into my fluted glass.

Aroma is full of pumpkin and spice with a close resemblance to pumpkin pie. Not bad at all.

Taste is full of pumpkin pie and spice with a bit of warm alcohol in the middle. Spices seem dominant but never too much. Definitely has a decent feel to it.

Mouthfeel falls a bit thin though with the pumpkin pie taste all but fading. Carbonation seems a bit strong as well.

Despite the mouthfeel, this is a decent example of the style. It seems to me that whenever pumpkin beers ramp up the alcohol, the taste gets ramped up as well. You can't go wrong with trying this but Pumking is where it's at.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 05:07:02 | More by Brad007
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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

Pours a dark golden with a fairly light head, but good clarity. Smells sweet with pumpkin pie spice and a sweet pumpkin tanginess. Tastes sweet and strong with some more pumpkin pie spice, and a bit beefy with a late alcoholic sting. The mouthfeel is a little too sweet and sharp on the alcohol front, and overall this beer just seems a little too much without delivering the concurrent pleasure needed to justify all the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 19:00:50 | More by Georgiabeer
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superspak

Michigan

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

22 ounce bottle. Pours slightly hazy orange color with a foamy 2 finger white head with average retention that reduces to a very thin cap. Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and brown sugar. Taste of cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and some clove; with the pumpkin flavors in the background with some pie crust noticed. The finish is fairly dry, but there is some lingering notes of sweetness, with some spices. No bitterness noticed, but it fits this style perfectly. Alcohol was very well hidden, only a very small warming after the finish noticed. Quite drinkable because of the good flavor, and very smooth going down. Medium carbonation and body. I was actually letting this sit in the fridge for a while, afraid to try it, because I didn't know what to expect. Most pumpkin beers can be done very badly, but this one is done very well, and I would definitely have it again. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 04:25:00 | More by superspak
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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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Heavy Seas - The Great Pumpkin from Heavy Seas Beer
85 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.