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Heavy Seas - The Greater Pumpkin - Heavy Seas Beer

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BA SCORE
87
very good

558 Ratings
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Ratings: 558
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.43%
Wants: 64
Gots: 82 | FT: 3
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 07-28-2010)
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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%

JamieDuncan, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of ToasterChef
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into a Smuttynose Big Beer Series goblet. The beer has a translucent orange color, with notes of brown to give it a slightly tarnished look. A bubbly tan head settled to a skim with a ring of large bubbles at the edges. Tiny carbonation bubbles can be seen within.

This beer smells very good to me. Woodsy bourbon and oak are present, but so is warm pumpkin fruit. There is just a hint of spice mixed in as well. A touch of hot alcohol gives away this aroma as belonging to a strong beer, but otherwise it smells like an appealing pumpkin dish. This is by far the best pumpkin beer aroma I've come across.

This beer has an interesting blend of flavors. It's hard to tell where the pumpkin ends and the bourbon begins. The pumpkin does feel stronger as I first sip, with bold fruit flavors present here. Smokey bourbon and oak move forward as I swallow. Some alcohol burn is present here. Pumpkin spice lingers on after I swallow.

Great'er Pumpkin is a smooth, full bodied beer without too much carbonation. A decent coat is left behind. It has a pumpkin flavor and gives off alcoholic vapors. This warmth is similar to how a sip of bourbon feels going down.

It won't be difficult for me to finish my glass of this imperial beer. I wouldn't want to have too many glasses of this in a session, simply because it is so strong. I would like to pick up a few bottles of this next fall to spread out across the season. It's a very enjoyable beverage. Who would have thought bourbon aging a pumpkin ale would work so well?

ToasterChef, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of stephenjmoore
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Off-white head with some light lacing. Looks somewhat unfiltered with some sediment floating around.

S- Spices up front, some pumpkin. Slight hint of alcohol, but cannot really smell the bourbon.

T- Spices come through right away, can taste the sweetness from the bourbon, but the alcohol is well hidden. Very satisfying.

M- Light carbonation, medium mouthfeel.

O- A very good pumpkin offering. The first barrell aged pumpkin that I have had and was impressed.

stephenjmoore, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Incredibly spicy, savory, and sweet- Heavy Seas churns out a beer that's easily mistaken for rum-soaked graham crackers. And at imperial-type strength, its a pumpkin beer that's finally fortified and worthwhile.

Poured into a round snifter, its orange glow with slight tawny brown-bronze low lights- the beer starts to even look like a pumpkin. Its bright clarity really shows off the streams of carbonation the rise up from its depths to build a creamy ivory head to top of the ale. Semi-stern retention struggles to retain the second half of the session and laces only daintily- preferring that rum-like consistence as much as ale.

Biscuity, savory and spicy- the beer's aromas is strikingly of gingersnaps and graham crackers as the caramel-soaked malts become decorated with cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice and ginger that dance about its periphery. Toasted grains provide a near-toffee richness with toasted pecans, bread crust and a distinct "french toast" character.

And that same savory caramel, nutty, toasty and crusty flavor comes to life with a supple hint of butterscotch just as the spices fold into the taste in the middle palate. Turning from sweetness to toastiness, the sprinkle of all those pumpkin pie spices help to dry the beer as the sweetness begins to fade until the taste of dry molasses, spiced rum, and husky grain character gives it finish a glimpse into the gingersnaps that was picked up by the nose.

Full-ish in body, the beer's ample sweetness certainly speaks to its imperial strength and savory character. But as the carbonation keeps the beer creamy, the alcohol and spice counterbalances with a drier tone. Finishing spicy, warm and rum-like- echoes of spice and toast stem into a long and arid aftertaste.

The secret is out! Imperial Pumpkin Ales is what beer enthusiasts crave. Its as sultry, savory and seductive as any taste in the beer world. Heavy Seas takes advantage of the impressionable palates with a drier and spicier version of this clever and quirky seasonal beer.

BEERchitect, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review taken from notes: Early November 2013- 1st time experiencing.

22 oz brown bomber that just seems massive and thick. Well made? I think so. Label is pirate inspired with all sorts of 'Heavy Seas' artwork going on. A little Halloween Like with the jack-o,yes, but it is the fall time. Not bad artwork at all. Poured this into a massive German rounded and dimpled like mug. I'm assuming a 24 oz mug!? Lol.. Every bit went in with no problem.

A - a burnt orange color with a more rusty amber hue. Somewhat hazy body. Off white head was massive on the pour and took its time to settle to a nice size ring of lace leaving minimal stick.

S - wow, big bourbon whiffs up front.. I like. Big vanilla and oak aromas throughout the start. Then come some lovely Autumn seasonal blend of spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, along with a crisp punch of allspice. Toasted malt, brown sugar, and a hint of pumpkin in the end.

T - toasted malts, bourbon brilliance with vanilla, mild caramel, and a sturdy oak flavor. Roasted pumpkin with nice touches of pumpkin spice toward the middle. More of the traditional cinnamon and allspice quickly following. Brown sugar toward the finish paired with the sweet vanilla and bourbon barrel goodies.

M - pretty big in body and coats very very well. Nice warming from the 10% is what I look for this time of year. Texture isn't overly thick but it still does well for itself. This is a big pumpkin ale and you'll need to drink this like you would an imperial. Not at all overly sweet nor too much of any one thing. It's very well balanced and quite delicious. Finishing this bottle wasnt a problem for me. That can't be said about a lot of pumpkin ales.

O - a wonderful pumpkin ale. It Has the balance, the flavor, and the aroma any pumpkin head would enjoy yet provides the sort of class a bourbon barrel freak would appreciate. This was an interesting beer and very enjoyable. I was almost shocked at how good Heavy Seas did with this. By far the best beer I've had from them. Ill buy it again next year as well.

BradtheGreat7, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of BrianBeers1030
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

BrianBeers1030, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of Triklino
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

Triklino, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of Zraly
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange with one-finger head poured into a Dogfish Head goblet. Light aromatics of pumpkin pie spices, vanilla and a hint of crushed leaves: a total autumn beverage. Nose is subtle and slightly sweet.

Predominate flavor is a bourbon pumpkin pie that is appropriately spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger. Unlike some heavier pumpkin ales it avoids the overbearing quality that can be pumpkin pie spices. Smooth. Warm, sweet clove and vanilla finish that dries down and is rounded out by a firm but pleasant bourbon note.

The 9% is hidden, making this dangerous in a good way.

I would enjoy this with brie, bread, and pecans. It would definitely jazz up some pan gravy made with turkey stock for a stellar open-faced hot turkey sandwich with a side of sweet mashed potatoes.

Zraly, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of yankeej13
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love my pumpkin beers

A- Pours out a nice light copper like color, has a mild head of foam that fades into a nice thin lace w a small amount of carbonation.

S- Has a very strong pumpkin aroma with mild amounts of cinnamon, nutmeg, a nice tint of bourbon and vanilla, clove.

T- Has a nice smooth pumpkin taste right out of the gate with a bourbon vanilla, with hints of cinnamon and clove in the mid palette, nice and creamy with a sweet malt finish.

M- Great drinkability for the alcohol content, smooth and extremely refreshing.

Overall- Liked it alot, much different than others, I like that there is a giant burst of pumpkin with mild spices rather than lots of spices and lil pumpkin. Very pleased with it. Cheers

yankeej13, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of runbirddrinkbeer
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Found this gem at a local co-op and had an open mind as I haven't seen this brewery's products around here. Amazing aroma of vanilla, pumpkin and nutmeg escapes the bottle and it pours a hazy red/amber. Half finger of white head that dissipates. Bourbon barrel aging apparent on tasting with warm boozy aftertaste enhancing the vanilla, pumpkin and balanced nutmeg. Overall my favorite of the 2013 pumpkin beer/ale/imperial ale class thus far...but I would like to do a side by side comparison with Good Gourd.

runbirddrinkbeer, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of nickthetick
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a clear cherry wood into a DFH signature glass with a finger of off white (the gf said eggshell, sounds good to me). The head dissipates rather quickly and the left behind bubbles cling to the glass and leaves nice little rings.

S: a bit cough syrupy, boozy and over the top. I get honey, spice and cheap bourbon notes.

T: a lot better than the nose, pumpkin spice and pumpkin, bourbon hits hard in the middle and chases the pumpkin away. The bourbon is strong but good and honey, vanilla and a menagerie of spices shines through. Caramel, vanilla and cinnamon hang on the tongue, the alcohol is noticeable but not troublesome.

MF: a bit syrupy, heavy body and light on the carbonation. Extremely warm and leaves a feeling on the tongue, like a syrup coating.

O: great beer with a sub-par "findabillity". It took me forever to find this damn beer and when it got to my nose I was a bit pissed. The nose could be better but the taste is amazing and the MF is good. I will continue to search this beer out when its released each year.

nickthetick, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of InlandTaipan
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured out of a 22oz bottle.

A: A roasted orange color that is hazy. Sediment is present (bottle was poured gently to avoid disturbing sediment).

S: The aroma of this beer is very inviting. Unlike most other pumpkin beers I have tried the aroma is extremely balanced as opposed to focusing on spices. The bourbon character comes through but is not overwhelming.

T: The flavor is extraordinary. There is sweetness, spice, wood, malt character, as well as bourbon present. No one flavor dominates. An excellent blend of flavors for a barrel aged pumpkin beer.

M: The beer is perfectly carbonated in my opinion. with each touch of the tongue to the roof of my mouth I experience a sensation of bourbon vapors entering my nasal cavity which is very pleasant.

O: The Greater Pumpkin by Heavy Seas is a must try with well balanced characteristics, although I would swear this beer is higher than 9%!

InlandTaipan, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of gthockey2
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%

gthockey2, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of PGVG
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%

PGVG, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of rgirl
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%

rgirl, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of generallee
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 6oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label has its ABV (9%) and a short description but no freshness or born on date.

Appearance: The body has a deep reddish orange amber color with fine yeast sediment floating around giving it a hazy look. From the pour I got a small off white head that quickly fades to fine layer of foam with a thick ring around the edge of the glass. Lacing is good.

Smell: Right away there is a noticeable whiskey presence. Notes of the booze, the vanilla, and some oak notes mingle with honey sweet malt notes and pie spice in the nose.

Taste/Palate: Right up front I get the bourbon whiskey notes with hints of vanilla, caramel and a slight touch of oak. This plays well with the base malt which has some honey like sweetness, pie spice and a hint of pumpkin squash flavor. The finish has some sweet boozy warmth from the 9% ABV that adds to the bourbon character. It also carries some of the pie spice and some mellow hop bitterness deep into the finish.

Notes: The bourbon barrel notes were a nice touch to base pumpkin beer. I liked the lighter balance of spice here in The Greater Pumpkin Ale vs. the regular The Great Pumpkin Ale.

generallee, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of scottyb88
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours the standard brownish orange color with a head that wasn't overly large, but it fades to an off white cap that doesn't seem to be going away

S- some spice notes but also the bourbon wood is coming through; some pumpkin in there as well

T- really nice blend of pumpkin spices and bourbon wood bitter tangy flavors; a nice dose of citrus and bourbon at the end of the sip but right before there is this rich buttery crust flavor

M- a little fuller than most pumpkin ales and the aftertaste is actually quite nice with a hint of bourbon wood and citrus bitterness

D- it's hard to judge this beer because of the uniqueness; def nice to try but I can't really see myself going through a 6-pack if it were able in that packaging; it's not as pumpkin-pieish as other beers in the style, but more of a blend of flavors...if your looking for pumpkin pie dipped in bourbon your not going to find that intensity of flavor with this beer; definitely a nice version of the style but not my favorite

scottyb88, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- The look of this one is pretty scary. Its a muddy looking, trashy colored orange with a dirty haze to it. Not much of a head unless you pour it pugnaciously.

S- Very strong on the bourbon. But also very strong on pumpkin. This is one of the very most pumpkiny pumpkin ales out there. At first the aroma was a bit brash and hard to get used to. Its very boozy smelling, that combined with the spices give this a very formidable aroma. Lots of pumpkin, cinnamon, vanilla, brown sugar, oak and bourbon.

T- Again, it took a little while to acclimate to this beer, and it gets much more enjoyable as it warms. Once everything sinks in and falls into place it is very good. Very sweet vanilla, pumpkin puree, cinnamon sugar, and oak. Big waves of bourbon rock you if you arent ready. The finish is very very strong on bourbon.

M- Silky smooth with lots of warmth.

D- Im going to buy more of this.

MbpBugeye, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of rebby
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I do like my J.D., so when I saw this in Wegman's Collegeville PA I had to try it! It is a really lovely color, a coppery orange-brown, and fairly strong bourbon nose. The bourbon for me overpowered the overall taste a little, and also had a bit of the "hot" quality. But as I said I do like my bourbon as well as my beer, and I like pumpkin too! I'd like to taste a little more pumpkin and maybe a little more spice (not more cloves though). That doesn't take away from the brilliant idea of pairing the taste of bourbon with pumpkin and spice, all in a beverage that can be enjoyed in more than one tiny sip at a time. Great job! I'm going back for more tomorrow.

rebby, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dana for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a nice orange color with a very small fizzy ring of head with littl lacing, has a sort of thin look but a nice shade.

The aroma is pretty nice but doesn't jump out of the glass like you would hope for, though it doesn't smell bad. Seems pretty thin in aroma actually the more I try to smell in there. Some boubon and spices rise out of the glass, obvious pumpkin pie aromas like cinnamon and clove though they are still pretty subtle and then a nice blanket of sweet and oak vanilla bourbon flavors.

The taste is quite nice though, the flavors mingle together very nicely. The bourbon is not overpowering but accompanies the spices and malts of the pumpkin base beer very nicely, it has a warm and endearing quality. Has a cereal like flavor to the malts. Very flavorful and elegant flavored beer.

The mouthfeel is medium and has just th slightest little warmth of alcohol although again it is not overpowering. Good carbonation, wish maybe it had a little bit of a thicker feel.

Overall a very nice beer, better than most of the pumpkin beer out there in my opinion.

Dreadnaught33, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of JDeming
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%

JDeming, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of endincolorado
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, orange-amber color with nice, thick, foamy white head that settles slowly. Great lacing.

Really nice aromas of caramel malt, pumpkin and spices, a sweet, alcoholic note from the bourbon along with a faint oaky vanilla.

Tasty caramel malt, a nice balance of pumpkin pie spices, alongside a pretty powerful bourbon barrel presence that provides some warming alcohol, and a pleasant woodiness. Texture is medium-bodied and adequately carbonated.

This one packs a punch and is clearly meant to be drunk in small portions, though it's tasty enough to forget this and down the whole bomber.

endincolorado, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of begforme4484
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt amber orange with a yellow hue on the edges. Finger width of white head, with solid lacing retention.

Smells of pumpkin, spices, oak, and bourbon. It smells like, well, an aged, spiked, The Great Pumpkin.

The taste is superfluous. The fall spices, pumpkin, wood, malts, and bourbon notes blend together almost too well.

It's lightly carbonated, very smooth, as it should be IMO. Medium bodied and hidden alcohol tones.

Overall, this is going to be a hit or miss beer with most people. I think it's a must try, if you do happen to find a bottle or two of it around your area.

begforme4484, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of nlmartin
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a reddish orange coloration. The head was white and quickly resolved into a ring of foam.

Smell: The aroma of the beer has suprise vanilla bourbon, pumpkin, nutmeg, honey and cinnamon. Pretty much exactly what I was expecting.

Taste: The taste is a mixed bag for me. The bourbon vanilla barrel flavor peaks its head out of the jack - o - lantern. Meaning a fairly well balanced interplay between flavors. Was hoping for a bit more bourbon. The spice part of the beer is really well done. I have had pumpkin beers that are a giant mess due to spices. The cinnamon, nutmeg and perhaps cardamon are fairly subdued.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: Smooth even slick full bodied beer low carbonated but works well with the beers character. No sign of the alcohol in the mouth. The more of this I drink the more I am digging the beer. The beer would be a sipper for a more restrained beer drinker. Nicely played!

nlmartin, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of rootbeerman
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from notes:11-5-10

A: pours cloudy dark orange with a thin short lasting orangish white head.
S: malt sweetness with spiced pumpkins, a touch of bourbon main spices are allspice clove and a touch of cinnamon.
T: great balance between bourbon and pumpkin. nice spice blend with the pumpkin and malt.
M: slightly syrupy, coating and lingers for a long time. carbonation is low.
D: good sipper, flavors are balanced well, bourbon adds a nice touch.

rootbeerman, Nov 25, 2010
Heavy Seas - The Greater Pumpkin from Heavy Seas Beer
87 out of 100 based on 558 ratings.