Heavy Seas - The Great Pumpkin - Heavy Seas Beer
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3.63/5 rDev -4%
Pumpkin Ale season is coming to a close. This will probably be one of the last ones I will have until next year. Here is my review:
A: Pours a murky amber-orange color. Head is decent for a pumpkin ale. Lacing is very minimal. Quite a bit of carbonation as well.
S/T: The aroma is pretty typical for pumpkin ale. Lots of spice, along with a almost musty character in there. Taste is good, but not nearly on par with other excellent pumpkin ales out there. You get a lot of spice upfront. Lots of clove, with cinnamon and nutmeg more in the back. Very peppery as well, which is different. Pumpkin definetly comes through, but it has an almost mildew character to it. Alcohol does come through as well.
M/D: Mouthfeel is medium bodied. The spice, carbonation, and alcohol tingle the tongue as it goes down. Drinks rather easily. Other than the slight mildew flavor, nothing is really offensive or offputing about this beer.
If I had to rank my personal top five pumpkin ales this would rank fifth. Southern Tier Pumking, Hoppin Frog Frog's Hollow, Shipyard Imperial Pumpkin, St. Ambroise, then this. Not a great example of the style, but well worth trying.
12-08-2009 18:18:15 | More by OldSchoolGamer
4/5 rDev +5.8%
Pours a orange red color. Its a bit hazy and has a decently retaining head. ight off the bat I know I'm going to love this beer.
Smells like Cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar. Also a bit of pie crust.
In the taste, the pumpkin and spices are up front and the pie crust is definitely there in the finish with a bit of alcoholic burn. especially as it warms.
Mouthfeel is a bit on the thicker side and is very smooth. A perfect combination.
A nice beer. One of my favorite versions of a pumpkin ale. I enjoyed this one as it was an imperial pumpkin ale and I havent had one before. Not as watery as other pumpkin ales Ive had this year.
11-25-2009 03:38:19 | More by jhammel01
3.73/5 rDev -1.3%
Finishing up a few straggler Halloween beers, though this one is good all of October/November.
Appearance - slightly hazed, a thin manila cover and not much lace to this autumn-orange colored brew.
Aroma - rich pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon initially. Some vegetals emerge but the hot cinnamon persists.
Taste - big malt/grain impact. A little more grain than I usually pick up in an imperial of this style. Has a malt liquor aspect to it. Good spice and cinnamon on the swallow, accompanied by some notable hop spiciness. Quite a bit of belly warmth, yowza. It's only 8%, but it's kind of hot for that level. Decent residual spices on the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - big, smooth, with plenty of carbonation, as I like 'em.
Drinkability - worth a try. Needs a little more base flavor and a little less hootch.
11-23-2009 05:44:14 | More by brewdlyhooked13
3.48/5 rDev -7.9%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a nonic imperial pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a hazy orange color with a small white head that dissipates almost immediately and leaves almost no lacing.
Smell: Smells heavily of pumpkin and related spices (cinnamon, ginger, etc.). Slight maltiness detectable too.
Taste: Tastes heavily of pumpkin (duh!) and spices. Strong flavors of cinnamon, ginger, and cloves are present. Finishes with flavors of sweet malts. Has a detectable flavor of alcohol as well.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and full-bodied. The high alcohol content gives it a pleasing warmth as well.
Drinkability: An interesting beer. The high alcohol content pairs well with the pumpkin flavoring. This is a good fall seasonal but not necessarily something I'll get again.
11-23-2009 01:09:44 | More by wahhmaster
4.2/5 rDev +11.1%
Pours a hazy golden orange with a medium white head that hangs around a bit floating atop the body as it leaves a faint trail of lacing.
Big pumpkin spice aromas such as nutmeg, clove, and brown sugar as well as noticeable fresh hops to follow.
The palate is a bit sweeter than the aroma led on. Immediately you notice the nutmeg, brown sugar, and cinnamon, but it sweetens as it coats the palate, eventually giving way to a pleasant hop bite at the finish. This beer has great flavor and a lot to offer the palate if you are patient.
Very smooth mouthfeel, medium in body and carbonation, tons of character, and even a bit creamy at the finish.
This is one fantastic pumpkin ale. Loads of flavor, but nothing that overwhelms the senses or dominates the other features; amongst my autumn favorites.
11-22-2009 00:10:41 | More by CHADMC3
3.83/5 rDev +1.3%
Found this on in the cask at Rustico Friday night so thought I would give a shot. This was my first Clipper City beer and did lead me to try a few others over the weekend in DC. The beer poured a cloudy semi-dark copper color with a course one finger head that headed quickly as to be expected with a cask. The pumpkin aroma was immediately noticeable even in a packed bar. There was also smokey hints to the beer this beer. The taste settled well on the pallette and was more pumpkin flavor than pumpkin pie flavor which was pleasing for a holiday varietal. The smokey flavor came out in a distinctive clove finish. Was a good cask for this very fresh and full of flavor.
11-17-2009 07:11:22 | More by jnezda
4.28/5 rDev +13.2%
Poured this into a free Heavy Seas glass that I got with the bomber from Julio's. Definitely digging the free glassware thing they do with some of their beers. Anyways, this beer pours a robust orange color with a fairly thick white head that eventually bubbles down to a thin film across the top of the beer. Looks like a pumpkin brew to me.
The aroma is a nice mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, a bit of brown sugar and a squash/pumpkin smell. Well done, staying true to the classic pumpkin beer aroma.
Smooth and creamy are the next attributes of this beer that come to mind. Mmm... good pumpkin pie flavor, sprinkled with brown sugar and cinnamon. For 8% ABV I don't taste the alcohol too much, but I can feel its warming presence, which is nice on a New England November evening.
The mouthfeel is like I said, smooth and creamy. Very well done. Nice body on this beer. This pumpkin ale has some substantial weight. Also, the drinkability of this brew is quite good, especially for a pumpkin. Fairly rich, so a bomber is all you need, but if you really like your pumpkins you might be grabbing another one of these.
All in all, I'm pretty impressed with this beer. I've never had anything by Clipper City before, but this is definitely a good first impression. I would rate this right up there with some of my all time favorite pumpkins.
11-08-2009 03:17:40 | More by sisuspeed
3.8/5 rDev +0.5%
Poured into a Heavy Seas glass. The body is a golden ale color, clear, with an orange warmth to it under decently-sized head which dies fast. Smells pretty good for a pumpkin ale! I'm getting the pumpkin, which is always a plus, and some spices along with a little malt and a little floral hoppiness. Solid smells.
Holy cow this beer is sweet. I mean, it tastes delicious but boy is it sweet. There's the basic pumpkin flavor there and a decent amount of spices masking some soft malt notes. Everything besides the sweetness is good, but tougher to pick up on. Not getting much if any bitterness. Carbonation is extremely small and gentle, making it almost like flat soda. Body is ultra-smooth because, well, can you guess?
Anyway, it's a decent pumpkin ale... like drinking the liquid canned pumpkin pie filling of beers. I can see it as a sipper alongside dessert wines, but I might O.D. on sugar if I down a pint.
11-08-2009 03:09:28 | More by abuliarose
3.28/5 rDev -13.2%
A hearty (8% ABV) but pretty under-whelming pumpkin beer. Appearance is an orange murkiness with not much head. The flavor was pretty decent, but this beer seemed to have hardly any carbonation, and rather than being rich in mouthfeel like some other low-carbonation beers (Imperial Stouts), this beer came off as flat and kind of uninspired. But, the aroma and flavor were pretty good - lots of spice but somehow not quite as pumpkin-y as other really good pumpkin beers. I really like the pumpkin beer genre, and have had quite a few this year, and my three favorites are Southern Tier Pumking, Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin, and Hoppin' Frog Imperial Pumpkin. This beer is nowhere near as good as those three, but is still a pretty enjoyable. I wouldn't go out of my way to get it, but I thought it OK.
I bought this beer at Blacklick liquors in Blacklick (near Reynoldsburg, outside Columbus), OH.
11-06-2009 14:54:41 | More by BeerBelcher
4.45/5 rDev +17.7%
Pours a modest half-inch head that thins within a minute or so. The color is appropriately autumnal, like fire-orange leaves and, well, pumpkin beer!
Just about as big and rich and pumpkin-y a smell as you could get without being face-to-face with a fresh-from-the-oven pumpkin pie. While the peculiar squash makes itself felt in the smell, everybody knows pumpkin doesn't really smell/taste like much, and that's where the spices come in. This one has plenty of nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon and clove character, but nothing is overdone. And that light, bready malt base underneath it might as well be the crust of the pie.
If you want subtlety in your pumpkin ale, look elsewhere, because the flavor here is a total Halloweeny smackdown. Spices are huge, bursting with sizzle, although somehow not overbearing (at least, not if you love big, bold-tasting beers). The nutmeg and clove are balanced and upfront, while a hot-cinnamon candy flavor zaps the tongue underneath. That unmistakable but totally subtle orange squash creeps into the flavor too, while a fresh-cream kind of sweetness wraps everything up and keeps everything else from scattering. Flash of alcohol warmth near the end and in the finish. Nice. Hops? Malt? Who knows where they're at and what they're doing here, and who cares...it's a freaking big-ass pumpkin ale, it's very well-made and it's a lot of fun.
Love the creamy, milky roundess of the texture, where carbonation is kept in check but also allowed to tickle the tongue. Medium-bodied and pleasantly, mildly sticky.
I'm wondering if Southern Tier's Pumking wasn't the inspiration here? It's big on alcohol, it's big on flavor, the aroma is tantalizing, it's creamy...and it's just short of Pumking, which is a compliment, because Pumking is king (imo). If you're gonna do a pumpkin ale, make it big and bold I say, and Clipper City have. This is great!!!
11-05-2009 22:53:51 | More by Metalmonk
3.68/5 rDev -2.6%
22 oz bottle, 8% abv. Pours a hazy orange color. Pretty bright white head holds together for a minute or two, then trickles down to a thin ring.
Pumpkin pie spices burst out of the glass. Mainly cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. There seems to be some clove in there as well. Some vegetable like pumpkin aroma. A hint of alcohol in the end.
A good amount of sweetness up front. Pumpkin flavor combines with nutmeg. A bit earthy. Some clove seems to come out at the end.
Medium body, carbonation seems a bit light. Some warming alcohol. Spices seem to fight each other a bit, rather than smoothing thigs out. Too earthy in the finish for me. Having said that, this is still a nice pumpkin beer.
11-05-2009 02:17:56 | More by Bierguy5
4/5 rDev +5.8%
Heavy Seas- The Great Pumpkin
A- Dark bronze orange with a thick chunky head. Good messy lacing.
S- Heavy pumpkin, clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Slight touch of caramel and vanilla.
T- Thick sweet malt. Nutmeg, clove, and pumpkin really stand out. Slight citrusy lemon with caramel, biscuity bread, and alcohol.
M- Very thick malt very sweet. Spicy dryness with a light alcohol boozy finish.
Overall- Very good Pumpkin Ale. 1 bomber is enough but a good dessert beer.
11-05-2009 00:42:51 | More by NJpadreFan
District of Columbia
3.85/5 rDev +1.9%
Pleasing hefty pumpkin ale with a nice balance and good drinkability.
Presentation: 22 oz bottle. Another pirate skull design this time imitating a pumpkin, while not entirely awful the design seems a bit amateur. Pirate narrative describing the general style of the brew without going into much detail. Does not display date of bottling or freshness, shows Alc. by Vol. (8%) Poured into a tulip glass.
A - Medium amber-orange with an inch of nice head, minimal retention and faint lacing.
S - Sweet caramel spices but not overwhelming over a comfortable pumpkin layer.
T - Carries the notes of the aroma nicely with a sweet and spice pumpkin sense. All spice, cinnamon, and maybe a touch of clove come together in a subtle way to enhance a malty pumpkiness.
M - Medium carbonation and body. Rather smooth.
D - Easy going and rather pleasing for the style.
Notes: A nice offer from the sometimes irregular Clipper City's Heavy Seas series. Not a favorite as I don't find anything too remarkable or pleasing and I would rather chase this brewery for other offerings. But this is actually a rather balanced and well done brew, pleasing to drink for what the style is typically after, in particular when it looks to double or imperial designations.
11-04-2009 01:14:02 | More by Daniellobo
3.68/5 rDev -2.6%
This poured a hazy copper with light tan head. It smelled like pumpkin and coriander and lemon zest, with some copper hops and bready yeast. It tasted like orange and lemon zest and pumpkin, with coriander and other spices and a bit of bready yeast. It was somewhat thick with some carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a mediocre pumpkin ale. The flavors and body were good, not great. It hid the alcohol well, so it wasn't difficult to drink. I tried this on Halloween for the novelty, and would only recommend it under the same conditions.
11-02-2009 17:27:18 | More by Pencible
4.05/5 rDev +7.1%
Poured a great crimson brown wiht good carbonation and a small offwhite head that left lace on top of a good base aroma of pumpkin, nutmeg, clove and hints of cinnamon. A medium body that passes over smoothly with a a little sharpness thanks to spicy cloveness. A solid pumpkin taste along with cinnamon and nutmeg that gives off a good sweetness. A good pumpkin beer that is not overpowering.
11-02-2009 16:00:31 | More by clayrock81
District of Columbia
3.28/5 rDev -13.2%
Appearance: A deep brownish orange color coupled with a weak head that didnt stay on the beer very long.
Smell: It had a nice scent of male and pumpkin notes with a strong cinnamon aroma.
Taste: The first sip was a combination of the hops and malt working together. The beer had a very bold pumpkin flavor complimented by the cinnamon notes.
Mouthfeel and Drinkability: It had a nice light carbonation that made it easy to drink. It felt very clean while still being a very thick beer. Overall, it does not overwhelm the palate.
10-31-2009 20:33:27 | More by pzrhsau
3.98/5 rDev +5.3%
A - A deeper colored body with hints of copper and orange shining through...there wasn't much of a head but while it was there is an off white color...not too much lacing
S - The aromas coming out of this smell exactly like Thanksgiving dessert...loaded with pumpkin pie spices (that must be the secret!)...cinnamon, nutmeg, and clover really stand out
T - The spices really stand out in the taste too...you can really taste the nutmeg and cinnamon...they are the stars of this beer...there's a bit of buttery bread taste to it too...you can say that's the crust...there isn't much of a bitterness at the end...and as this beer warms the alcohol starts becoming apparent...the balance of sweetness is just right
M - Medium bodied...the lingering spices make up for the lack of bitterness
D - Overall this is a solid pumpkin beer...I enjoyed mine on cask but I don't think I could take a bomber of this because of the alcohol coming out as the beer warmed...The Great Pumpkin is a step up for the DIPA...in my opinion
10-31-2009 13:31:39 | More by thain709
3.68/5 rDev -2.6%
The latest Fall seasonal from Clipper City's Mutiny Fleet is The Great Pumpkin - Imperial Pumpkin Ale. Clipper City didn't really provide much information about how it was brewed, except to say that it is made with, "hops and secret spices", three kinds of malts, and 3 ounces of spice per barrel. It is 8.5% ABV, 25 IBU, and like the rest of the Mutiny Fleet, is distributed in 22 ounce bombers.
The Great Pumpkin poured with a translucent, cloudy, amber to light-orangey color with lots of adjuncts floating throughout the liquid column and an apparently moderate carbonation. It developed an off-white, creamy / fluffy head that was mildly sweet and laid down rather quickly but left behind decent lace. The aroma was of sweet pumpkin and spice, which became more reminiscent of pumpkin pie as it warmed. The first sip revealed a light crispness on the front of the tongue, which progressed to a creamier mouth-feel throughout.
As I continued to drink, it seemed to present what were perhaps estery taste characteristics and developed what I thought was an astringent quality. I never detected much in the way of pumpkin flavors and it left a bitterish, astringent finish that lingered for longer than I liked. Since the IBU is relatively low, this could be contributed to the 8.5% ABV (since I also detected the edge of a buzz) but I think more likely it was some other, or combination of, factor/s. At any rate, Clipper City's - The Great Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale didn't quite live up to my expectations. I was hoping it would fall in line with some of this year's other fall and pumpkin seasonals which overall, have been pretty good. While it was in no way a, "spit out" beer, to my taste it really didn't make the grade. I didn't mind drinking it but don't think I will buy it again
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10-29-2009 18:32:56 | More by capn
3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
Pours a slightly hazy orangish brown color with a slight off white head that gives way to some lacing. The aroma is of pumpkin and cloves with a hint of nutmeg as well. The taste is of a sweet pumpkin and possibly a brown sugar and a sweet malt backbone. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. The drinkability is fairly high on this, the taste is sweet and not bitter like some pumpkin ales, overall you could drink a lot of these and enjoy them all.
10-22-2009 21:47:41 | More by goblue3509
3.23/5 rDev -14.6%
22oz bottle into a Duvel snifter pours a slightly hazy orange with a thin off white head that diminishes to a ring and leaves spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is dominated by pumpkin spice with slight caramel malt. The taste is loads of pumpkin spice with slightly cloying sweet malts as well, there is also loads of boozy alcohol that becomes even more present as the beer warms. The beer is somewhat heavy with more alcohol presence than I would want in a pumpkin ale. I must say, the Mutiny Fleet series is starting to be one disappointment after another. Imperial beers are supposed to have more flavor overall, not just excessive alcohol on top of the standard flavors.
10-21-2009 00:55:56 | More by atsprings
3.35/5 rDev -11.4%
A- Poured a dark copper color with a thin off whitish head...some retention, but not much...
S- Alot of pumpkin and spices with cloves seeming to dominate...also get a decent amount of sweet malts...
T- As it smells, though the pumpkin and spices are not overwhelming...sweeter than expected with some warming alcohol in the finish
M- Medium bodied, with a spiciness that seems to stick around for a bit...
D- Even though it was a little sweeter than expected, this beer was fairly well balanced...hits on all the right notes, but just isn't exceptional...a solid brew that is worth a try, but probably not a revisit...
10-21-2009 00:03:21 | More by Goldopelgt
3.33/5 rDev -11.9%
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.
10-19-2009 03:18:39 | More by drabmuh
3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
22oz bottle into nonic
Hazy amber hue with a slight orange tint. A one finger stone khaki head settles to a thin even cap, with a rim of bubbly foam.
Lots of fresh pumpkin, with plenty of cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice. The alcohol is well hidden.
Like the aroma, a good bit of lightly roasted pumpkin, along with a strong bit of spices. The alcohol comes through the flavor, adding a warming feeling and amplifying the light spices. Full bodied, high carbonation.
Not a bad Pumpkin Ale overall, but the alcohol lowers the drinakability a little. The spices are also on the high end.
10-17-2009 23:39:14 | More by BeerSox
4/5 rDev +5.8%
22 ounce bomber, sampled from a Piraat glass.
Appearance is good...dark copper hue. Strong head from the pour, but has since died down.
My glass is sitting on the table, and I am smelling some pumpkin pie (from a distance!). Smells like pie crust, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cherries, pumpkin pie...really...this is making my mouth water.
Taste is good...subtle tones in the flavor...rich, but not overly sweet. I'm getting a lot of similar flavors that I got in the aroma. The taste is less pie-ish, and more beer-like...which is a good thing, I feel.
I think this beer captures quite well the essence of a pumpkin beer. I've had many this season, and this one seems to stand out...it's well-balanced, spiced, and works well across the palate. Aside from Southern Tier's "Pumking," this is one of the best.
10-16-2009 21:27:24 | More by movingtrain
3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
10-16-2009 14:50:23 | More by John_M
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