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Heavy Seas - The Great Pumpkin - Heavy Seas Beer

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Ratings: 386
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 22
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: sinstaineddemon on 09-18-2009

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Ratings: 386 | Reviews: 206
Photo of pzrhsau
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of thain709
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of capn
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

I wish you Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
The Cap'n

Photo of goblue3509
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of atsprings
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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

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...

Photo of drabmuh
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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

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.

Photo of movingtrain
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of John_M
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of Brad007
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of Ezekiel81923
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of kurp001
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of BeerNuggets
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

Photo of jlindros
3.06/5  rDev -19%
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.

Photo of dpasotti
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of BB1313
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | 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.

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

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.

Photo of thespaceman
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

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.

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