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Heavy Seas - The Great Pumpkin - Heavy Seas Beer

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85
very good

377 Ratings
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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 22
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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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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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Lawnboy33, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Adamostella
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Adamostella, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of ZeroSignal
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated 22 poured into a SA Perfect Pint

A - Hazy orange-amber pour with a light, off-white head. Loaded with floaties. Retention settles to the edges and leaves a loose lace.

S - Sweet smell with a good dose of pie spice; heavier on the ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. Caramel notes as the beer sits a bit.

T&M - Smooth and creamy feel. Not overly sweet, but certainly packs a nice malty, caramel punch. Well balanced with the spicing, which follows the nose; perhaps a bit more ginger and nutmeg than cinnamon. Also manages to have the pumpkin meat taste in the finish, and ends slightly sweet. The sweetness of this one seems amplified the longer it sits and warms.

O - I'll admit that I'm generally turned off by floaties...I know it's fine for them to be there, I've just never cared for them in my beer, at least aesthetically. Overall this is nice, nothing spectacular, but certainly worth a try.

ZeroSignal, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my boy Lunch for sending me this one in a past trade! 2010 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, pumpkin, brown sugar, and spices. The flavor was of sweet malt, pumpkin, alcohol, brown sugar, and spices. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. This was not overly complex which left me wishing and hoping for more. This was okay though as the flavors that were there were just right in intensity. I had this one right before the -bal aged version, so I was hopeful that this would help the base brew while I was having it. It did just for the record.

thagr81us, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of n2185
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a very slightly hazy orange with a finger of off-white head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Typical pumpkin spices up front--clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.--followed by lots of creamy vanilla and yam-like aromas. Slight alcohol aroma towards the finish.

T: Spices up front in the flavor as well followed by some light vanilla and caramel flavors. A slightly bitter, hearty bread flavor follows with a light alcohol burn.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer's carbonation and alcohol presence keep it from being creamy .

O: A pretty decent pumpkin ale. I'd like a bit less alcohol presence, a creamier body, and more pumpkin flavors, but still it's not bad at all.

n2185, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of DaveBlack
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light copper colored brew, with a thin, yet sticky layer of head. almost no lacing is left on the edges of the glass.

S: Pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves and a LOT of allspice rest on a sweet malty base with a little bit of hop bitterness.

T: Lots of sweetness up front, which brings a lot of the pumpkin flavor and pumpkin pie spices that I was hoping for. The spices are well balanced, and the finish brings a heavy hit of hops which balances out the malts, spicy sweetness.

M: The mouthfeel is thick and pretty sticky, and there is more carbonation than one would expect from looking at it.

O: A pretty good pumpkin ale. Not the best I've ever had, but better than the vast majority. The sweetness/spiciness/bitterness are all well balanced, and it's a pleasant fall beer. Worth a look for sure.

DaveBlack, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of cbutova
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Orange amber body into a pint glass. White creamy head about one finger size. Decent retention and a good coat of fine lace.

S- Vegetal and sugar sweet pumpkin and spices. Pumpkin pie aspect as well as caramel sweet malt and nutty hints.

T- Has a nice squash, pumpkin flavor with the spices just overlaying it rather than dominating. Cinnamon, brown sugar, raisin, nutmeg and dark fruit.

MF- Silky moderately thick Jody(body) with smooth medium carbonation. Slightly nutty bitter aftertaste.

Solid pumpkin ale with a more sweet vegetable flavor than most.

cbutova, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of stckhndlr
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured into a pint glass. very clear golden orange amber in color. 1 1/2 finger head with some off white tan color. very nice color.

S- alot of pumpkin spice and a ton of nutmeg. smells like a sweet pumpkin spice candle from Yankee Candle. Just feels like fall when you smell this one.

T- as soon as you put this in your mouth it's sweet but then the pumpkin spice takes over and your tastebuds just scream out as if to say "What the Hell is that?". Huge malt and spice flavor. Almost too much. A bit overpowering. But it really does wake you up.

M- This really has a full body to it. Frothy and creamy it just flows over the tongue and covers it completely in flavor. Feels good.

O- I think the intensity of this beer gives it an acquired taste. it's a big beer that makes for good sipping. Take it slow with this one.

stckhndlr, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of jjboesen
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's the Great Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Charlie Brown! I don't know if Charlie Brown drinks beer - he may still be underage after 50 years; however, if he did, he would find an interesting quaff.

It pours out the usual glob of head (1 finger) that sits to glisten atop a dark amber body. The aforementioned head will soon sink into a thin translucent head, one that leaves no lacing throughout its trip to the bottom of the glass.

There is a massive nose, an aggressive one that emits intense blasts of pumpkin (Duh!) and spice at the get-go. A pungent miasma fills the air; this does not bode well to those who eschew the so-called "sweet" beers.

Given the above caveat, the initial sip is sweet, somewhat. But then, the aggressive maltiness takes charge and bitch-slaps the sweetness into submission, The pumpkin spiciness is still there, cowering on the grimy floor waving on the other ingredients so they can have their own say- which they do in no short time.

A sudden flash of bubble gum end the individual tasting session. It is time to take another sip.

While never being a major advocate of pumplin beers, I will still defend this one in that it does not dwell on the cloying behavior of other beers of this style. This one is well balanced, with a generous helping of malt that lets one enjoy the quaff by acting as bouncer to any sweetness that seeks to enter the palate.

Be warned; the alcohol content might grab you if you are not careful! Enjoy!

jjboesen, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of nimrod979
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a nice translucent orange with an average bubbly white head.
Spicy pumpkin aromas. Sweet nutmeg aromas.
Big malty flavors at first. Spicy cinnamon, clove and pumpkin flavors. And a bit of nutty sweetness before washing down with a slight bit of bitter hoppiness to it. Also a slight tinge of alcohol gives it a little heat to add to the spice.
Medium bodied. with a creamy and soft texture. A little watery diminishes the finish but a pretty solid pumpkin ale. A little unique with a more hoppy finish than you would really expect in a pumpkin beer.

nimrod979, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of tykees88
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- It's a nice pumpkin orange. A head that is impressive. Alcohol legs, but no head lacing really.

S- Smells like pumpkin. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. It's a nice smell.

T-Letdown. It's a really sweet flavor, but the spices are too much. It creates a hot flavor.

M-It's really thick. Really chewy. I am just not a fan here.

O-Split a bomber, don't drink the whole thing like I did. you have to try it, cuz it has a cool label at least

tykees88, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of mtalley999
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a duvel tulip.

Pours a deep amber with about 2 fingers of whilte head.

Aroma is very pleasant. I get mostly pumpkin, with some clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Taste is mostly of pumpkin, with the spices coming through on the finish, more clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg. There is a lingering bitterness as well that is slightly off-putting.

Mouthfeel is relatively thin, with a bit of carbonation.

Not a bad pumpkin ale, but not spectacular either. The bitterness that I'm getting seems out of place, and I don't remember it from the last time I had this beer, so maybe this is an off bottle.

mtalley999, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of phichifiji00
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Orange/brown, hazy, pours 1 finger of white head that fades fairly quickly. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, pumpkin, ginger.

Taste: pumpkin, hops, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth, slightly astringent.

Overall: A good pumpkin beer. Good spice level. Good drinkability.

phichifiji00, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of StoutHunter
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I picked up a bomber of Clipper City's The Great Pumpkin last week for $6.19 at The Lager Mill. I was looking for a new Pumpkin Ale to try this fall so I thought I would give this one a try since every beer I have tried from Clipper City's Mutiny Fleet Series has been pretty good, so lets see how it goes. No visible freshness date 2011. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label on this beer is pretty typical typical for the Mutiny fleet, but after a closer look I can see that the skull is really a carved pumpkin, that was a nice subtle touch. It poured a nice burnt orange/ pumpkin like color with two and a half fingers worth of off white head that died down to a thin ring with a thin lump in the middle that eventually faded to nothing.

S- The first thing that I pick up in the aroma is a nice mixture of spices that consists of clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg. After the spices come a little bit of sweet caramel malts and then some pumpkin and butternut squash at the end. A little more spice forward then I like but its still smells good, similar to pumpkin pie.

T- The taste is somewhat similar to the aroma with the spices seeming to stick out the most, all the spices that I picked up in the aroma are in the flavor and are the first thing I taste. After that comes that malts that just impart some sweetness and not really any flavor. The pumpkin in toned down and is overpowered by the dominating spices. The finish has a medium amount of sweetness and little slightly bitter warming alcohol at the end. I would have liked less spices and more pumpkin.

M- On the heavy side of being medium bodied and a nice medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was where it should be for an Imperial Pumpkin Ale.

Overall I thought this was an Ok Pumpkin Ale. I like my pumpkin ales to have a noticeable pumpkin flavor and not dominated by spices, and in this beer the spices were just too dominating and didn't let much pumpkin or malt flavor shine through. The heavy spices and slightly warming alcohol don't make this beer too drinkable, I am glad I am splitting this bomber with my brother or else this might be a chore to finish. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma, it seems to have ok balance in the aroma and it was similar to pumpkin pie. What I liked least about this beer was the flavor, there was just too much spices and too little malts and pumpkin. I don't think I would get this beer again when in need for a Pumpkin Ale, Screaming Pumpkin is cheaper, more balanced, and tastes better. If you love Pumpkin Ales you may want to give it a try but expect it to be spice forward. This wasn't a bad beer it just lacked the balance that I look for the most in this style, Screaming Pumpkin from the Michigan Brewing Company is still my favorite Pumpkin Ale, but I would still take this over Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale and I would like to try The Greater Pumpkin if I see it around, maybe barrel aging is just what this beer needs. My least favorite beer from The Mutiny Fleet so far, but Peg Leg is still my least favorite beer from them.

StoutHunter, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of auroracrisis
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint glass, this is the current batch.

Orangeish with ruby highlights, and a tad hazy in the body. A pillow of foam upon pouring that slowly dissipates into a ring of foam around the edges of the beer that remains for the duration of the session. Quick but spotty bubbles could be seen dancing to the top of the beer.

Forward with spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove on the nose at first. Canned pumpkin and some confectionery malts behind the initial spice which can be compared to caramel and dessert breads.

A tad spicier on the tongue with nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove again. Pumpkin and malt less apparent in the flavor but still there. Heavy on the spices which leaves the pumpkin and malt to be much more subtle than on the nose.

Medium-full in your mouth, with a tickle of carbonation. A touch of drying as well from the spices.

A spicy but delicious pumpkin beer. Wish there was just as much pumpkin on the tongue as there was on the nose but that may come out with more time. This one is a bit fresh. Cheap for a bomber and good, something I'd recommend for someone looking for more in this style of beer.

auroracrisis, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
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!

Cyberkedi, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of warnerry
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottling

A - Pours a clear burnt orange with one finger of light tan head. Head dissipates pretty quickly, leaving a small amount of lace. There is also some sediment suspended throughout the glass despite a gentle pour.

S - Cinnamon, nutmeg and a bit of alcohol up front. Also some some sweet malt, brown sugar, and pumpkin/squash presence.

T - Big and malty, with a nice amount of spice that doesn't get overwhelming. Slightly sweet, but finishing dry and slightly bitter from the spices.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a dry, medium bitter finish.

O - A pretty good pumpkin beer. Some noticeable alcohol, but not too much. Not sure I would get this (or most pumpkin beers) again, but I enjoyed it.

warnerry, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of jsanford
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a clear orange with a creamy white head that settles to a thick ring and puffy haze.
S - Sweet aromas of malt, pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice, and clove. Nice balance between the spices and the sweetness, reminds me a bit of the Weyerbacher offering.
T - Again, quite sweet, lots of malt and pumpkin. The spice factor is a bit more subdued then the nose suggested, and the 8% ABV shows up a bit.
M - Smooth, moderately creamy, with a medium-full body and decent carbonation.
O - Solid Pumpkin Ale, but not my favorite of the season.

jsanford, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oh, how I love imperial pumpkin ales. This was one of the better impy pumpkins that I have had thus far....

22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter- multiple pours.
Solid orange/brownish/goldeny color with an off white head. Smells like freshly baked pumpkin pie. Huge whiff of molasses and brown sugar. Malty pumpkiny goodness here. Heavily spiced with a slight hop backbone. Sticky and medium bodied. Pumpkin flavor is very prevalent. Great example of a well crafted impy pumpkin ale. Tasty yet not overly cloying. Will look for this again every year.

DavidSeanNJ, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of gabedivision
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber to a SA Imperial Series Snifter

This is a pretty looking beer, nice hazy burnt orange with a sticky slimy frothy head, looks like a DIPA, sexy. Smells of light pumpkin taste, with a sweet apricot smell coming through. The taste has a smokey nutmeg taste, alcohol very present . Again light pumpkin, nice spice balance, clove. Medium bodied, creamy and smooth. Overall this beer is okay, i just find it hard with Pumking out there to ever justify buying this again.

gabedivision, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Trying out of my first imperial pumpkins from a local brewery. Pours a beautiful golden color (even my girlfriend thought so!) and smells or nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste is definitely very strong on the spices, maybe a bit too much. Never thought I'd say this but it could use more pumpkin flavoring, the spices kind of ruin the palette after a while. Pretty good beer, and totally hides the alcohol, but not for everyone.

oriolesfan4, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has a hazy reddish brown color with a nice foamy white head and some lacing. Mild cinnamon scent to it.

This has almost an abbey ale pumpkin feel to it. There a cotton-candy sweetness to it. There's a cloudy almost porter underpinning to this brew. There is clearly a nice brown sugar/pumpkin feel to it, but the sweetness of it almost feels like I'm going to get diabetes. Good beer, but can only have one and done.

Amalak, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of Immortale25
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a medium dark amber with a 1/4 inch head that dissipates quickly. Sticky lacing on the side of the glass. Noticed sediment in the bomber when looking for the freshness date.

S- Pretty decent aroma with notes of pumpkin, spices, nutmeg and a bit of cinnamon.

T- A lot more flavor than I was expecting. A lot of spiciness that doesn't necessarily indicate nutmeg, cinnamon etc. Quite a strong aftertaste as well. Trying to find the hops and malt in this but the spices are quite overpowering. Plus, I don't find pumpkin in the taste as much as I do the aroma. Trying to place my finger on what this reminds me of...some sort of artificial flavor I've had before. I hate taster's block.

M- Heavy but in an herbal, spicy way rather than a thick way. Quite a bit of alcohol bite without completely spoiling the taste. Carbonation is heavily felt on the tongue and in the nose further adding to overall excessive nature of the brew.

O- It's kind of like they wanted to make a strong pumpkin beer but went too far with all of the special ingredients. My inability to derive at least a malt profile from this beer leaves me somewhat disappointed. Plus, there really aren't that many pumpkin notes detected other than in the nose. Another in a series of letdowns from Heavy Seas. I'm beginning to wonder if Loose Cannon and Dubbel Cannon are their only good beers...

Immortale25, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of metter98
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.

metter98, Oct 09, 2011
Heavy Seas - The Great Pumpkin from Heavy Seas Beer
85 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.