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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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85
very good

376 Ratings
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Ratings: 376
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 21
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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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In my tulip glass, the beer was a hazy dark orange with a thin white head. Pleasant aroma of pumpkin and spice. The aroma translated into a stronger taste of pumpkin and pumpkin spice. A bit of warming alcohol, not intrusive. I felt like I was drinking a liquid pumpkin pie. Very smooth, great pumpkin beer.

lordofthewiens, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of Brad007
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.

Brad007, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of Ezekiel81923
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bomber found at Capone's. Pretty pumped to start trying more Imperial Pumpkins. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Thin head rises and dissipates quickly, leaving little on top but some fine lacing. The beer is a hazy sort of amber/copper color.

Smell: A nice spicy aroma of cinnamon brown sugar and nutmeg. Some pumpkin lurks in the background but the aroma is dominated by the spices. It's not a particularly strong aroma though, so we'll see how the taste develops.

Taste: A lot of pumpkin towards the end of this one. Mostly spices of cinnamon and nutmeg up front. The pumpkin flavor lingers in your mouth well after the sip too, and I'm not sure how I feel about that. That's always where I've liked the spiciness and sweetness of other Pumpkin ale's to camp. Most of the pumpkin flavor in this one makes it splash between two rounds of spice, and then again in the finish. Also has mild hop bitterness in the middle and some oily hop bitterness in the end mixes with the pumpkin making an awkward aftertaste. Not much sugary sweetness to this either.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. The aftertaste is still a little strange to me. Carbonation is moderate though which I like with this style.

Drinkability: Pretty good. The aftertaste gets old after a while which would limit me to one or two bombers, but I'll certainly finish this one.

I appreciate the idea...we need more Imperial Pumpkins like Pumking, but this one doesn't quite meet my expectations.

Ezekiel81923, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of kurp001
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber bought at Shawan Liquors

Pours a deep, cloudy orange with about two fingers of creamy off-white head that recedes gradually, leaving behind considerable lacing.

Smell consists of a good deal of natural pumpkin aroma, with a mild spice presence in the background.

Rich pumpkin and a malt flavor are the most prominent thing upfront, with the spices barely poking through on the finish. As the beer warms the spices seem to make their presence known a bit more, but not in a way that seems particularly harmonious with the pumpkin and malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smoothed, but a bit watery for an imperial pumpkin ale.

Although this isn't my favorite imperial pumpkin ale, the subtler flavors do enhance the drinkability of the beer. I probably wouldn't return to this one, but I'm glad I had an opportunity to try it.

kurp001, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of BeerNuggets
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-dark amber color with a creamy head

S- strong smell of cinnamon with some pumpkin overtones

T- well balanced. compared it with two other pumpkin ales and it stood out from the pack.

M- was not a heavy beer at all. very smooth all the way through.

D- Could have continued to drink throughout the night. One of the better pumpkin ales we have tasted this year.

BeerNuggets, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of jdubjacket
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Green's on Ponce. Poured an orange color with very little head or carbonation.

Smell is very sweet with pumpkin in the background...taste is similar to the smell in that sweetness dominates the taste of the beer and the spicy and pumpkin tastes take a backseat.

Good drinkability - tough to ddrink more than one though.

A decent pumpkin ale, but there are better ones available.

jdubjacket, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of Halcyondays
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.

Halcyondays, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 22oz. bomber bottle a medium amber-is color with a half finger head that quickly dissolved into a light lacing. I see almost ZERO carbonation going on, I can practically count the bubbles on one hand. The aroma is malty and slightly sweet, with hints of pumpkin pie spices and maybe just a hint of brown sugar. 1st sip brings a strong hint of pumpkin (yes, you can actually taste the pumpkin), malt, and spices. There is a strong bitterness on the finish from a combination or hops, alcohol & spice. The mouth feel is smooth and neither heavy or watery. Drinkability is pretty good...I could see myself downing a few of these on a Saturday or Sunday while watching football. Overall, a very good beer, IMHO. A nice take on a style that seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it type of beer. I, for one, love it!

CJfromPhilly, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of jlindros
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.

jlindros, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of dpasotti
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy light orange / honey colored.

S - Potent bubblegum, overripe bananas, and different spices. The bubblegum aroma is different from that of a hefeweizen: it is fruitier and sweeter-smelling.

T - Similar to the smell, but cinnamon stands out from the other spices. Some clove is here as well. Very nice for the style. A great combination of flavors sets this one apart from the fake-pumpkin taste found in many beers of this style.

M - Medium-bodied, a bit slick, medium-low carbonation (all work well with this brew).

D - Pretty solid for 8%. The alcohol is barely noticeable behind all the spices. One of the best pumpkin ales I've had, this one will make a great fall beer.

dpasotti, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of BB1313
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I saw this bomber and had to try it. Heavy Seas makes nice strong beers so I definitely wanted to see how their imperial pumpkin would be. I was impressed. It was definitely full-bodied and had the characteristics of most pumpkin ales, but I would put this one a notch above most. Lots of spices and subtle hops, it tastes like a real beer, which is always good for the style. There's hints of vanilla and nutmeg as well. Easy drinking!

This beer doesn't take the style to the next level, but it sure doesn't do it a disservice. I really like it and will check it out during the future fall seasons.

BB1313, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of blackie
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

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

blackie, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of Jayli
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 9/29/09
This beer pours a nice deep clear amber color with a one finger of off white sudsy head that recedes relatively quickly. Minimal spotty lacing left on the glass. Nose is spicey - nutmeg and cinnamon dominate, some pumpkin and malts filter in as well. Taste is similar to the other pumpkin ales that are heavy on the spice/pumpkin pie aspect, though this one seems a bit off balance. Spices seem to fight the pumpkin flavoring rather than compliment them. Cinnamon and nutmeg dominate the flavor with pumpkin and malts trying to fight through. Lighter side of medium bodied, mild carbonation, thick and chewy feel to the body. This was a decent brew, but I've had better offerings of the style.

Jayli, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of thespaceman
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my DFH signature glass.

Appearance: A beautiful, deep amber in color with swirls of red highlights. A nice building head quickly dissapaated leaving loads of lacing on the glass. Decent head retention as well.

Smell: Up front you get a spicy, yet subtle amount of pumpkin aroma. Is that ginger I'm getting? A bit of allspice, nutmeg and some ginger linger around and tease the nostrils. A small pumpkin aroma is here but not as evident as in alot of other Pumpkin's on the shelf. I'm also getting a bit of some baked cinnamon spice as well. Very interesting.

Taste: Pumpkin in this one is spicy and sharp, very bold here up front. A bit of pumpkin pie like spice leads way to a boat load of spiciness. This is like emptying out your mothers spice cabinent and just dumping as many different things you can find into your mouth all at once. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and brown sugar all form together and blend fairly nicely with a light, yet slightly boozy malt profile. The malt is nicely balanced to the spiciness of this and consists of a nice bread like backdrop that sits in the finish. Let this one sit in the glass and warm, then swirl it a bit before taking small sips to let the alcohol really emerge from this beast!

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is lighter then I thought it would be, although still medium bodied, the maltiness breaks and falls apart leaving the tongue feeling a bit wet. Small lingering bitterness is evident but barely. Decently carbonated.

Drinkabilty: Although I'm fairly new to these "Imperial Pumpkin" brews, I like this showing from Clipper City. The spiciness really sets this apart from any other pumpkin on the shelf. Although this may be it's downfall, since it has alot more of a spice feature then a pumpkin taste. Otherwise, you still get a good pumpkin backdrop and you still get a 8% brew thats decently drinkable and loaded with interesting qualities. I liked this way more then their Imperial Octoberfest and will definetley have a few more of these as the fall continues on!

thespaceman, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of Kadonny
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

A: A clear medium orange golden color with a nice one finger white head.

S: Squash, pumpkin, spice, brown sugar, cinnamon.

T: Squash and pumpkin come first with the spicy cinnamon and spice. Sweet with brown sugar, nutmeg, caramel and some sweet darker fruits. Not overly spicy or pumpkiny. Alcohol is tasted as it warms. Not much if any hops.

M: Full, coating, oily and a alcohol warmth.

D: Ok, but not great. Sweetness wears on you a bit, but it is very enjoyable in small quantities and as a sipper.

A solid pumpkin that I really enjoyed the more I had, but I would not rate it on par with the top dogs. Still a solid beer that I would drink in the fall. I enjoyed the imperial part with the higher abv. Nice.

Kadonny, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of corby112
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.

corby112, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of far333
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed apricot colored with a fine cap of tight foam that leaves a lingering 1/4 inch cap.

Aroma of nutmeeg and cinnamon, some vegetal squash and pumpkin notes.

Flavors of doughey malt, good dose of nutmeg, some cinnamon, subtle pumpkin notes, mild bitterness lingers. ABV remains hidden.

Full and rich mouthfeel. Very tasty and drinkable.

far333, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of glid02
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.

glid02, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of JTWILDOATS
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well...I figured I'd give this one a try since I've been experimenting with all the other pumpkins out there.

Pours a nice golden color with a head that quickly dissapates--inviting nonetheless. Heavy on nutmeg and cinnamon flavors. Unfortunately, this brew lacks some of the depth and warmth as found in other pumpkin ales. In other words, the pumpkin "spices" come off as somewhat artificial.

Overal this was an enjoyable, easily drinkable brew. The only qualm is that a hallow, medicinal aftertaste ensues--I want the warmth of a pumpkin pie!!

JTWILDOATS, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of Kraken
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 9/25/09

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 16oz Harp glass. Firm pour conjures a faint skim of very fine head that evaporates quickly. Leaves a faint spotty lace. Color is a cloudy deep orange brown.

Nose- Mmm, Pumpkin, not the over spiced pumpkin pie you get from some seasonals'. Some caramel comes through along with nutmeg. Smells sweet heavy and sticky almost like a desert.

Pallate- Sweet with a heavy essence of pumpkin. Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice. Bready, with a fair amount of caramel. A slight and interesting bitterness in the finish, almost as if the spices were boiled to long. Finishes dry, no doubt due in part to the higher alcohol content.

Mouthfeel- A bit sticky, dry, mildly cloying.

Drinkability- Strong and more of a seasonal novelty. Seek if a fan of the style.

Kraken, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of lackenhauser
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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

lackenhauser, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Actually suprisingly tasty after not being too impressed with the aroma. Easy to drink for an imperial pumpkin, dangerously so. Nice mix of spices, not picking up too much pumpkin flavor but I'm not complaining. Still can't believe that the ABV is really as high as it is. Great beer, Charlie Brown.

KickbacksSteve, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of yourefragile
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle

Deep brownish amber, very hard to see through but not completely translucent. Thin off white head that recedes to a thick cap with minimal lacing. Mild aroma of pumpkin with light spices (nutmeg most prominent, a little cinnamon) but lingering metallic notes detract from the smell. Thicker, chewy body, with light carbonation, very smooth mouthfeel overall and no alcohol presence. Flavor starts very spicy, clove and cinnamon which mellows out the fruity sweetness which follows and lingers into the finish. Never very overly pumpkin, or spicy for that matter, this beer doesn't really compare in the over the top pumpkin flavors of something like Pumpking. I don't usually care for pumpkin beers that much so this is actually nice in its restraint and balance.

yourefragile, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of dsa7783
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, twenty-two ounce bomber bottle just purchased from Joe Canal's in Lawrenceville...
I was actually pretty impressed with this sample from Cllipper City... As a new seasonal in their line of heavy-handed beers, this Fall special hits home with authentic pumpkin and cinnamon flavor, cloves, and maple syrup...
Good stuff...
Certainly worth a try for $3.99...

dsa7783, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of phrygian68
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice Med copper,into my St bernardus chalice
Smell was a little spicy,but i get very little if any pumpkin,
Taste is of clove and nutmeg at the start,finishes very sweet
with a nice spicy aftertaste of honey ginger and all spice
The secret is in the 2.5 pounds of spice they use per barrel
I think its a nice balance of malt, hops, and spice but as with most pumpkin beers i just dont get the amount of pumpkin i think should be there! overall a nice fall beer!

phrygian68, Sep 20, 2009
Heavy Seas - The Great Pumpkin from Heavy Seas Beer
85 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.