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Heavy Seas - The Great Pumpkin - Heavy Seas Beer

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Heavy Seas - The Great PumpkinHeavy Seas - The Great Pumpkin

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384 Ratings
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Ratings: 384
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 22
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of generallee
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 6oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label has its ABV (8%) and a short description but no freshness or born on date.

Appearance: Its body has a very nice deep honey amber color with about an inch of off white foam head. It has some visible carbonation and fine yeast sediment suspended in the body making it hazy. Its head fades to just a wispy thin layer and leaves a little spotty lace near the top of the glass.

Smell: The nose has heavy pie spice and sweet honey like notes with bready malt, a slight vanilla note and faint hops.

Taste/Palate: There is a sweet maltiness with notes of honey and vanilla up front with heavy cinnamon and pie spice right behind it. Under that there is just a hint of pumpkin or squash like flavor. In the finish I get a mix of pie spice and hop spice with some mild bitterness and acidity.

Notes For me it was a little heavy on the spice but still good overall.

generallee, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of Zodijackyl
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bomber poured into a narrow tulip glass.

Pours a rich orange that transitions from almost yellow to a dark, rich pumpkin color towards the center of the glass. Thick, rich head that is a touch off white, towards the orange color of the beer. Aroma of medium malt and pumpkin with some spices and some light hops. Well balanced aroma without the spices or pumpkin being overpowering, yet being pleasantly present. No aroma of alcohol.

Flavor is very well balanced and rounded. Malt is crisp and naturally sweetened by pumpkin - a moderate fruit flavor that allows each to be present, but neither overpowering. No stickiness or artificial hints. The spices are not overpowering as with most pumpkin beers - cinnamon and cloves are the most prominent, while ginger and nutmeg support. There is a touch of tartness towards the end. All around a very clean beer that drinks lighter than it is. Carbonation has a yeasty feel to it, medium-strong and functional with the spice notes.

Zodijackyl, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of BierFan
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Creamy off-white head. Slightly hazy dark amber/orange body.

Smell: Pumpkin pie spices. Cinnamon coming through the strongest for me.

Taste: Spices seem a little out of balance. I don't really get the sense that I'm drinking a pumpkin pie like I get from other spiced pumpkin beers.

BierFan, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of perrymarcus
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 with 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.

perrymarcus, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of jsh420
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours hazy amber orange with a 1 finger head that left spotted lacing

smells of allspice and a little pumpkin - not very strong

taste is solid - good pumpkin and spice - also has a good amount of bready malt - but it has a bit of a watered down flavor too

mouthfeel - medium body with low amount of carbonation and i wish it had more

drinkability is ok - the flavor rivals other top pumkin ales

jsh420, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of Tomdee74
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i felt compelled to review this because it was a good surprise.. i was disappointed with the pumpkin ales this year with the exception of DFH for the most part.. southern tier pumking was a huge letdown.. this beat out southern tier. it's actually pretty good. glad i tried this as i will pick up again.. it's probably not an A beer for it's very worthy.. and it's only $5.99 which makes it very nice. nice flavor in this i thought it was very easy to drink.. very nice surprise..

Tomdee74, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of begforme4484
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.::

begforme4484, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
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.

mdfb79, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with yellow hints, with a white head. In the aroma, pumpkin, spice, and a hint of alcohol. In the taste, brown sugar, cinnamon, pumpkin, and ends with some alcohol. A spice like bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry spice in the aftertaste. Nice spice and a bit hot from alcohol.

OWSLEY069, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of Chaney
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife and I did a comparison test tonight: "The Great Pumpkin" vs. "The Greater Pumpkin":

A: Pours a Halloween orange color, with about a half fingers worth of head, and moderate carbonation. Pretty standard pumpkin ale appearance.

S: Very nice blend of pumpkin spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg and a tinge of the gourd itself. None of the spice stick out the way it does in the Weyerbacher and the medley smells yummy!

T: Just like it smells. Full bodied, not sugary or syrupy in the least bit, and the pumpkin itself makes an appearance in the very wet aftertaste. Well done!

M: Pretty smooth and pumpkiny! The carbonation is just right and the sweetness is dead on.

D: Let's see....How will I remember this one in a line up of other notable pumpkin brews? The Weyerbacher had the over the top cinnamon taste (which I didn't like); "Pumking" had the orgasmic graham cracker nose that is to die for; Schlafly had the deep caramel richness. I thought to myself: What does this one have? Therein lies the problem. While I truly believe that this pumpkin ale is nearly flawless in it's style class, I can't think of any sort of "Wow factor" characteristic that sets it apart from others.

Chaney, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of nrpellegrini
4.88/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my second favorite pumpkin beer to southern tier. Clipper city has only made this 2 years so I'm sure it will get better with time. They also just released a version of this that is aged in bourbon barrels.

The pumpkin flavor is so smooth, great spices too but not overpowering. A great balance, I wish I could drink this all year.

nrpellegrini, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of larryi86
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

A- Clear orange with a one finger white head.

S- Pumpkin and spices with a hint of alcohol.

T- Really heavy pumpkin and spice taste.

M- Smooth and creamy.

D- Easy to drink and a good pumpkin ale. I feel that it would be better if it had some breadyness or had a stout or brown ale flavor. If you like pumpkin ales this is worth trying.

larryi86, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of bamadog
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up today over in Miami, OH after attending a football game. Review is from notes taken on 9/11/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is a near perfect (just slightly pale) coppery color; starts with a 1/2 finger off-white/light cream head; body is very clear and shows even and strong carbonation; some oily residue and oily strands and washes of lacing stick around briefly and then slide back into the drink.

Smell: Initially there is a blast of pumpkin mash that mellows after a moment and allows the more standard cinnamon and nutmeg spiciness to take over; the nose is quite nice and robust and just where I like it in a beer like this.

Taste: Very nice -- big blast of pumpkin and it's accompanied by a sweet and nearly buttery presence; definite spiciness (cinnamon and nutmeg as mentioned in the nose); minimal taste of alcohol and a very minimal metallic hoppy bitterness as well; I feel a little bit of time would make this beer better.

Mouthfeel: Body is light to medium in weight and it is definitely a little oily and slick; carbonation is present, but not the least bit harsh; a thick, moist and sticky is left all over the roof of the mouth and the belly is left a little warm.

Drinkability: Quite good, but overall I think I'd like to get another bottle and put it away for about a year (kind of like Pumking). Still a great beer, but I think if I had to pick the best overall pumpkin ale to have fresh, I'd have to go with Frogs Hollow.

bamadog, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of shageman331
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- pours a yellow copper color with little head and little to no lacing.

Smell- pumpkin is right up front and dominates. Not really much else... maybe a hint of spice? No hop presence that I can detect

Taste- this is one of my favourite pumpkin beers and it doesn't disappointed this time. Big pumpkin flavor with a touch of spice on the back (allspice?, nutmeg?). This is a solid brew.

Mouthfeel- carbonation is very well done with just enough to keep this beer from becoming too slick

Drinkablity- I wouldn't call this sessionable, but it is certainly going down smooth. I won't have any problem finishing this bomber. Highly recommended.

shageman331, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of cwps48
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice orange color with moderate head. Recedes quickly with no lacing/

S: Pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves (?) and alcohol (with a deep breath). Smells sweet.

T: Pumpkin, mild cloves, allspice, slight cinnamon. Sweet, but not cloying. Slight bitterness (perhaps the hops). Honestly, it's a touch salty. Somewhat all over the place, but primarily pumpkin and spices.

M: Slick. A bit tingly on the tongue, but the flavor lingers for some time.

D: Smooth and tasty. Alcohol isn't in the flavor, which makes this quite easy to drink.

cwps48, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of beerman207
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off - Hats off to Heavy Seas for their great price point and IMO great offerings lately in bombers.

A: See through - orange - nice head that lingers, leaves lace on the glass

S: Wow - pumpkin is king here - some nutmeg as well as well as allspice. I really pick up the style in the nose here and am pleased

T: Malt, Pumpkin, nutmeg, a bit bitter in the finish but overall a solid offering

M: Medium carbonation - easy to drink

D: Wow - great job by Heavy Seas on this one IMO. Glad I'm only halfway through this one as I have another half to get through!

beerman207, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of chefkevlar
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slighty hazy orange brown with a 1/2 inch head. There are a lot of small particles floating around in the beer also

S: Smells of pumpkin, clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg. There is also a hint of something that reminds me of candied orange peel

T: This is one of the most "pumpkiny" beers I've had. Unlike many pumpkin beers I've tried this one has a distinctive pumpkin flavor that is right up front. The pie spice flavors are definately present as well. At the finish there is just a small amount of heat from the alcohol

M: A medium body which is lightened by a good amount of carbonation

D: I greatly enjoyed this beer and had no trouble finishing a 22oz. I might be in trouble if I drank 2 but that's a different issue

chefkevlar, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of mikereaser
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle on 12/19/09

A - Pours a mostly hazy copper orange with a bright white foam that quickly disappeared

S - mostly just pumpkin spices, cinnamon, cloves, etc.

T - typical pumpkin spices, but i'm also picking up some lemons, oranges and apples as well. weird taste, maybe its just me

M - oily with active carbonations, creamy mouthfeel

D - one is enough for me, decent flavor, unique taste. pumpkin beers are hit or miss for me and this one is a miss.

mikereaser, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of Georgiabeer
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.

Georgiabeer, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a very hazy pale orange with a thin head that disappears completely. Pie spice in the nose,(clove and cinnamon) with some alcohol detectable too. Lesser aromas include some fruity malt and some pumpkin.

In the mouth, big flavors, not the least of which is the alcohol. Lots of pumpkin spice, especially clove. Big fruity malt and sweetness. However, outside of the hotness from the alcohol, the beer is well balanced. Spice and malt are equally strong and provide a nice stasis. Spice dominates the aftertasteand sweet malt dominates the aftertaste.

Really tasty and pretty drinkable, even with the strength. I would like to get a bottle for the cellar just to see how it is once it calms down. After a full bomber, the 8% ABV will leave you a bit woozy. Split with a friend if you need to drive!

ViveLaChouffe, May 27, 2010
Photo of WhiteOak
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Orange color. Loaded with floating particles. Head quick to settle.

S- The aroma is a one-dimensional artificial cinnamon smell, just like those old Red Hots cinnamon candy, or Big Red gum, and this is not a plus for me.

T- That same Red Hot cinnamon candy is there, unfortunately, even with some of that fake cinnamon burn. However, there is a background of nice nutty caramel malt. I would like to try this without that one particular cinnamon flavoring agent, because I think it would be a nice ale.

M, D - I like the feel, balance, sweet malt, CO2 level, and drinkability... all except the seemingly artificial "cinnamon." Not too bad otherwise.

WhiteOak, May 18, 2010
Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange with a bright white head.

S: Has major notes of spices, like cinnamon and some clove, with a boozy pumpkin scent.

T: The nose is pretty accurate with the taste. Has your typical pumpkin spices in there, but a booze flavor in there too. Not that well hidden. It's not that sweet, but more spicy.

M: Highly carbonated, maybe too much, and not smooth enough.

D: Despite my complaining, this is a decent "imperial" pumpkin offering.

mostpoetsdo, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Poured a hazy dark amber, almost orange color with a half inch off-white foamy head. The head settled out pretty quickly to leave just a thin film covering the top. After a few minutes there was pretty much nothing left of the head and it didn't really leave any lacing either.

Aroma has some ginger, nutmeg, cloves and a little pumpkin. It's a pretty good aroma for the style, it has some spice but it's not overdone like a lot of pumpkin beers. The taste has a lot of the same spices found in the nose up front but finishes with more of a sweet taste. It leaves a long lasting nutmeg/clove spice flavor on your palate after each drink.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it's a little sweet to drink much of though. It was a pretty decent pumpkin beer but the flavor just wasn't as good as Pumking for my personal tastes. It still falls into one of the better pumpkin beers available here though so I can't say I won't buy it again though when it comes back in season.

billab914, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of becktone
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 1-19-10

Eye: Ridiculously clear body and orange in color. Head is a thick frothy blanket covering the beer. Not much more to it than that. I think the head could stand to be a bit larger but this works. Sheets of lacing.

Nose: Very nice aroma. Smells like pumpkin pie spices. Ginger stands out the most, allspice is there too. Aroma is strong and meets the nose easily once decanted. Pretty much what one can expect from the style. Pumpkin aroma too, the actual vegetable, like canned pumpkin, though not nearly as strong or potent as your nose in canned pumpkin. Malt charcter is hidden behind all the spices and the pumpkin aroma.

Tongue: Very nice, very nice indeed. This pumpkin ale falls more in the category of spiced than. With some they are perfectly balanced with spice and malt, Schlafly for example. This beer focuses on the spice and it comes through strong. It is highly spiced, yet not overly spiced such as Buffalo Bills or Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale. This beer's spices are in harmony with each other, balanced between each other. Ginger and cinnamon easily picked out and in balance with each other, not obnoxious on the palate but strong. Allspice and nutmeg too. Alcohol is detectable but also lends some sweetness to it all. Cinnamon dries it out. This beer is highly spiced, not overly spiced though.

edit: Call me crazy, but the more I drink of this the more vanilla type of tones and hints I get from the alcohol.

Feel and Drinkability: Dry finish with cinnamon lingering. Body is on the lighter side of heavy. Easy enough to drink, but I think that I could only drink one bottle of this. The high degree of spice would start to irk me after a while. I believe it would benefit from more malt sweetness to give balance to the spices. The more I drink of it the less upfront the spices become. I could see drinking two bombers of this in one sitting, no more. This is a good pumpkin ale, but not one that I'm gonna rush to drink every year, this isn't a must have every year as the the Schlafly, Wyerbacher, or Pumking are.

becktone, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of scottum
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed orange amber with a very thin white headskie. Easy drinking and smooth bodied. A touch thin perhaps, but very easy going. Pumpkin beers I find to be very hit or miss, and Heavy Seas has a good one here. Not over the top with the spices, once can actually taste the fruit de pumpkin in the mix with a slight sweetness that is immediately countered by a sharp but mellow hop balance. I like it.

scottum, Feb 12, 2010
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