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Heavy Seas - The Great Pumpkin - Heavy Seas Beer

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Reviews: 206
Hads: 387
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 17.72%
Wants: 24
Gots: 31 | 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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
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...

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Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with my brother-in-law. Picked up during my trip to Michigan.

Appearance – Pours a murky orange color into a tulip. Two fingers of head is achieved with a slight pour that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – Spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, and slight clove. A hint of hops, sweet pale malts, and various other candied aromas.

Taste – Spot on to the aroma. Heavy on the spices, a sweet backbone, finishes with pumpkin/squash.

Mouthfeel – Creamy, medium bodied, lower carbonation.

Overall – A solid imperial pumpkin beer. Would choose this over Pumking hands down.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy amber with orange hue, nice 1.5 finger head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

S - Good amount of pumpkin and spice present here, like smelling a pumpkin candle. Some cinnamon, cloves, bananas, and all spice. Like the smell of this one.

T - Good blend of pumpkin and spice. It's a tad cinnamon heavy, but the bitterness of the pumpkin helps in balancing it out. Cloves seem to hang back here, providing a decent amount of underlay to the spice.

M - The cinnamon gives a bit of a drying-out effect to the beer, but it's smooth and retains its alcohol pretty well.

Overall - A pretty good pumpkin ale. If they just would tone down the cinnamon a hair it would really knock this up a notch. Just a little heavy on the spice.

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Photo of travisnd
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like this offering from Heavy Seas. I purchased a few bottles of this and their Great'er pumpkin not really knowing what to expect. This was a nice orangeish color when poured into a glass and had a very nice smell. The ale went down very smooth with spice and pumpkin taste being relevant. I'm anxious now to try the Great'er version of this as I would imagine it only gets better!

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Photo of jamescain
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a sniffer

Appearance: Clear orange with small particles floating and a thin white head about a centimeter thick that fades into a thin lacing over the top of the beer.

Aroma: The usual pumpkin spices you would find, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, but this pumpkin ale has more gourd aroma then most.

Taste: Definitely more pumpkin flavor then most of this style. Not spices, but actual gourd flavor. There are still spice flavors similar to the aroma, but the presence of pumpkin is nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light carbonation, easy to drink.

Overall: This might be my new favorite pumpkin beer, balance, and most importantly does not use pumpkin spices to fool you into thinking there is pumpkin flavor.

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Photo of ElizabethCraig
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split this with my husband 10/3/2011. I'm not always a fan of specialty fancy-schmancy beers, but I wanted to try this one!

The appearance was pure fall pumpkin - cloudy pumpkin orange with a thin dusting of white/tan head. The scent was similarly mouthwatering - a hearty ale scent with beautiful sweet gourd. Spices come through upon repeated sniffings: cinnamon, ginger, and what I think of as the pure scent of pumpkiny fall.

Ale to a sweet pumpkin to a cinnamon/clove/sweet ginger awaits your tastebuds. Finishes very sweet and fades to a lingering pumpkin pie flavor. The rich body and lower carbonation make this a very rich and pleasant fall beer.

The brew only gets sweeter and spicier as it warms - we had this with some Pig & Fig pate and it went well with sweet pork pate. Pair this one with a favorite dessert.

I admit, I didn't finish all 11oz of my share because it does tend to sit a little bit heavier on the stomach/palate. I would definitely drink this again if I wanted a hearty spiced pumpkin ale for fall! I'm hoisting my glass and giving an affirmative ArRRR to Heavy Seas.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22-oz bottle at Whole Food in Strafford. Poured into a snifter.

The body of this beer is crisp, clean, and clear. Coppery in color with a distinctly burnt orange hue to it. The head is fleeting and coarse, and there is really no sign of it after the initial pour agitation subsides and lets the liquid settle.

The aroma is not too complex. It is heavy on the clove, with a big helping of nutmeg thrown in for good measure. Some biscuity malt presence as well. The flavor is similar, though the pumpkin itself comes through a bit more to help and balance the clove and nutmeg. Some cinnamon even comes through here. One of the better pumpkin ales I have had. No alcohol comes through at all, which is nice for a fairly young beer of this gravity at nearly room temperature.

Medium in texture with light carbonation, the feel is pretty enjoyable, and unlike some, it isn't too big for the flavor...or for any extended drinking experience. One of Clipper City's finer offerings, in my opinion.

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Photo of Gmann
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orangy brown color with a short dense khaki colored head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is strong with the pumpkin spices. Cinnamon appears to be the strongest, with nutmeg and allspice following. Perhaps some light pepper. Not a spice bomb which is good.

The taste is of a solid amber malt; bready with some caramel notes. Some tea like flavors from the malt as well. This is followed by the pumpkin spices; cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger. Don't really detect much actual pumpkin. There seems to be a touch of a bitter and peppery hop in the end. For an imperial pumpkin this isn't too bad, flavors are in check and not overly boozy.

The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate to start but finishes with a slight hoppy bitterness and lemony astringency. Perhaps a touch of booziness.

For an imperial pumpkin this is pretty good; I still rather have a non-imperial version any day though.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-A darker orange and there is lacing present.

S-Cinnamon, pumpkin and then some but not much nutmeg.

T-Lots of pumpkin and cinnamon. Great balance and very sweet.

M-Very smooth and medium bodied.

O-My first experience with Heavy Seas or Clipper City, and it was really good one of the beer beers at the tasting.

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Photo of Kvltbm
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber to snifter.

A: Deep copper orange with 1 finger of off-white head.
S: Pretty average, exactly what you'd expect from a pumpkin beer. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, some sweetness from the pumpkin, and a touch of alcohol. Nothing bad, nothing exceptional.
T: Same spices as in the nose, pumpkin, some breadiness, but followed by a big blast of booze. The booziest 8% beer I've ever had, I think.
M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Not a bad beer, but the booziness kills it for me. Still very much looking forward to trying The Greater Pumpkin, however.

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Photo of hopking311
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this and The Greater pumpkin from a bottle shop in Savannah Ga.. Johnny Ganems.. I believe.
Great place in the historic district.

Pours Deep amber orange, looks like the season fall... lol.. half finger of head quickly dissapates to thin solid ring around the glass..

smells of caramel, rich pumpkin pie with whip cream.. good spice

medium bodied, great carbonation. lacey as hell

taste caramel, spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spices are balanced in this one.. wow

Heavy seas is doing there job on this one.. Cant wait to Crack that bottle of Greater pumpkin.. Cheers

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Photo of vandemonian
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heavy Seas Great Pumpkin is a tasty ale that has a strong pumpkin flavour.

A: Orange colour and a 5 mm head that lasts pretty well. 4

S: Smells very strongly of pumpkin and is a little sweet and spicy. 4

T: Sweet and pumkinny. There is some spice and a little citric acid. 4

M: Thickish liquid without a lot of carbonation. 4

O: 4

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with a half inch off-white head. Both head retention and lacing are decent. Aroma is spicy, it smells like pumpkin pie spices and some pumpkin. The taste is mostly like the aroma, the pumpkin pie spice flavors are dominant, but there is some pumpkin and a bit of booze noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little slick and has moderate/high carbonation. I think it's a decent enough pumpkin beer, but it's not one of my favorites. With that being said, I wouldn't turn one down. At just $5.99 a bomber, it's worth trying.

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Photo of beergod1
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours from a 22oz. bomber bottle a medium amber/orange color with a small head that quickly dissolved into a light lacing. The aroma is malty and slightly sweet, with hints of pumpkin pie spices and maybe just a hint of Alcohol. 1st sip brings a taste of pumpkin, malt, and spices. There is a strong bitterness on the finish from a combination of hops, alcohol & spice. The mouth feel is smooth and Medium Body. I notice some Pumpkin Ales choose to have the Pumpkin Taste as the Main Flavor, While others have it as the "Spice". I prefer the spice, and this one is somewhere in the middle. A Decent one, but not in the top 5.

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Photo of bballmj2k
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from bomber into snifter.

A - orange-amber hazy, minimal head that dissipates into a thin lacing quickly.

S - standard pumpkin ale aroma. Cinnamon, allspice, clove, and pumpkin.

T - huge pumpkin notes, lots of cinnamon, bready. Definite pumpkin pie taste with a hint of vanilla. Boozy character at the end.

M - nice medium carbonation. Fits for the style. Honestly I want it to be a bit creamier and fuller-bodied. Bit of alcohol burn at the end takes away from drinkability.

It's better than most of the pumpkin fare out there. Definitely more pumpkin forward than most of the others. Doesn't compare to weyerbacher or southern tier though...

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice clear amber orange color, very much fitting the style and produces a bubbly one finger high head. It dissipates fast and leaves some lacing.
The smell is spice, cinnamon, pumpkin and maybe even some ginger?
Tasting the beer, the spice, cinnamon and pumpkin are up front. In the middle there is a decent malt backbone, which gives more balance to the taste. At the end the beer bitters out a little bit and lets you know that there is alcohol present.
Overall I would judge this beer as medium bodied and a good representative of this beer category, but I am just not a lover of this style. so maybe not the best judge.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber/orange color w/ a nice one finger cocoa head. Average carbonation and lacing for this brew. Nice orange highlights when held up to the light. Nose is mainly cinnamon w/ some nutmeg and pumpkin. Not as complex as Weyerbacher, and this beer is definitely in the same vein. Taste is fortunately better than the nose. Big malt background on this beer, and that saves it for me. Not over the top, just about right. Feel isn't complex enough for me, and a little thin. Overall, this beer wants to be Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin, but isn't quite there. Still, a decent brew if you like Pumpkin Ales. Cheers.

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Photo of Gobigvt7
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a pint glass

A - orangey-copper colored with a thinnish white baby's breath head. moderate lacing.

S - Actually getting pumpkin on the nose, with subtle downplayed cinnamon. Not an overpowering aroma, but somewhat promising.

T - Alcohol is rather pervasive, spices end up as downplayed in taste as they are in the smell. Could use more. Pumpkin is also very light, lacking richness. A slightly off-putting twang. Not squash sour or alcohol bite, something else I can't put my finger on, maybe a strange combo of the two. Lightly bready with gingersnap.

M - medium-heavy bodied.

O - Gotta say I'm disappointed, considering the style. At times, it feels heavy-handed, but moreso it just feels unartfully made. I've had much worse, but in this day of a million pumpkin beers, this is worth a one-time try and nothing more.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Burnt orange; one finger head that lingers.
S: Pumpkin and spice. Simple and straightforward, but pleasant.
T: Pumpkin, cream, nondescript spice. Tastes pleasant, but nothing is standing out.
M: Smooth, medium-bodied.
O: A solid pumpkin beer, but needs a bit more hops or spice or something to give it a little oomph.

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Photo of tdm168
3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an orangish amber with 1/4" of head that fades to a thin lacing. Pumpkin and spice are noticeable in the nose but notes of oak and alcohol esters are more prevalent. Taste is pumpkin, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and oak. Alcohol warmth is very noticeable. The oak dominates and clashes with the spices and pumpkin. Viscous, oily, but medium bodied.

Not a pumpkin I'd like to try again.

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Photo of fank2788
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in 2 pint glasses
Standard red copper in the glass with a thin head and a bit of lace, quite clear. The smell is dominated by spice with the typical cinnamon, all spice and nutmeg with a bit of hop and a touch of malt in there as well. Overall the smell is nice it is clear that this is a pumpkin ale. To me the spicing seems a bit overdone in the taste. Maybe it's just due to the fact that this is my first pumpkin beer of the season and I'm not used to these flavors yet but this one seems a bit over the top especially on the first sip. So the spicing dominates yet beyond that is a good balance of crystal malt and enough bitterness to almost rein in the spice. As it warms the spice fades a bit. I do have to give credit where it's due in that this beer doesn't come off as overly sweet and may appeal to those who like an assertively spiced beer. The mouthfeel is good but to me again a bit too much spice makes it feel overly busy and the finish is like a spoonful of pumpkin pie spices. Overall it's good and will definitely find favor with people who like a strong example of the style but falls short of my favorites in the style.

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Photo of atr2605
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours an orange copper with a fingerwidth head that has average retention
S-pumpkin, spice, sweet malt, alcohol
T-more of the same from the aroma, has a pumpkin pie flavor along with hop bitterness that gives the beer alot of body
M-medium bodied
O-great pumpkin beer that isn't just packed full of sweet pumpkin, but instead has great body and flavor.

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Heavy Seas - The Great Pumpkin from Heavy Seas Beer
85 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.