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Heavy Seas - The Greater Pumpkin - Heavy Seas Beer

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BA SCORE
87
very good

461 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 461
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 55
Gots: 64 | 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 bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy orange/copper color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is sweet and spicy, it smells like pumpkins, spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), vanilla and bourbon. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with some alcohol/booze being noticable but not overpowering. The bourbon flavor is a bit stronger than the others, but the flavors all mesh well together. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit syrupy and has low carbonation. Drinkability is good, it improves as the beer warms up. I think it's a good overall brew, I'd buy this again.

bluejacket74, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of david131
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A hazy, bright orange liquid with a thin but creamy bone white head.

S- Very aromatic with loads of bourbon, vanilla, mint, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Very nice.

T- Bourbon and pumpkin pie. A bit heavier on the spices than the aroma lead on. There is some definite alcohol presence.

M- A creamy body with subtle carbonation. The finish is pretty warm from the alcohol.

D- A bit of a sipper, but very memorable and enjoyable. Worth seeking out for something different.

david131, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce bottle into a Saranac pint glass.

A: Rich, copper orange color with a fluffy, beige head of foam which dissipated slowly and left some clingy lacing. Dense chilled haze with some suspended yeast floating about.

S: Boozy oak, vanilla and harvest spices with a classic bourbon aroma. Smells warm, inviting, and dangerous, actually.

T: Sweet rush of roasted malts and pumpkin with accompanying spices, but more mellow, warm and booze-spicy because of the bourbon-barrel aging. Imparts flavors of wet tobacco leaf, earthy and herbal malt as well as a good amount of spicy pumpkin-driven hop bitterness. Washes down mellow, smooth and rather boozy.

M: Heavy, rich and full-bodied mouthfeel with mellow vanilla-oaky smoothness and a bourbon sting in the finish. A nice sipper.

O: Very interesting twist on an imperial pumpkin, leave it to Heavy Seas to make one feel even more jacked up with the additional bourbon-aging. Sit around the fire and sip in the 9% ABV Great'er Pumpkin with ease. Or in a sincere pumpkin patch.

Gambrinus1184, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of qcbrewer
4/5  rDev +3.4%

qcbrewer, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of earlholman
4/5  rDev +3.4%

earlholman, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of Lanstrum
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Lanstrum, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of scootny
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light cloudy orang amber with a sizable off white head. A bit of carbonation is seen as well as a good bit of lace along the sides of the glass. Smell is sweet malt and pumpkin with pie spices. A good healthy splash of bourbon but not overpowering. It flows into a mild alcohol sharpness. A nice pumpkin bread component as well. Taste is a bit different. Pumpkin pie is the main course but the bourbon underpins the whole thing giving a boozy holiday flavor to this one. The bourbon and pie spice meld into a beer equivalent of a rum fruitcake. I kinda wish I had waited till Thanksgiving to open this one. Nice malt backbone is backed up by firm earthy hops to close out the beer with a clean dry finish. Bourbon comes in to add some vanilla and oak. Feel is creamy and supple with enough thickness to take on dessert and coffee. A lovely beer of complexity and depth.

scootny, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Keith_R
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Keith_R, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of Kmlund
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Kmlund, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of Pookie
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Pookie, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of BeastLU
4/5  rDev +3.4%

BeastLU, May 18, 2013
Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Cloaked_Phantom, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of n2185
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark orange with a finger of off-white head that recedes into a thin layer with little lacing.

S: Some pumpkin spices up front followed by vanilla, oak, and a surprising tart aroma that is reminiscent of tart cherries. Smooth bourbon aromas bring up the finish with some slight yam notes. Quite nice.

T: Spices up front again followed by a fairly strong kick of bread and bourbon. Vanilla and oak are mixed in as well with a slightly bitter finish and pumpkin showing up on the aftertaste. Light alcohol burn.

M: Medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer could benefit from a creamier body to compliment the bourbon aspects.

O: A pretty good pumpkin ale. While the bourbon does tend to dominate the pumpkin flavors, it does not completely mask them.

n2185, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of Mike
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Mike, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +3.4%

tclapper, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of hopsandstouts
4/5  rDev +3.4%

hopsandstouts, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of TonyY
4/5  rDev +3.4%

TonyY, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of calcnerd
4/5  rDev +3.4%

calcnerd, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of Bromine
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Bromine, Sep 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

BEERschlitz, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of mwckiltedsavage
4/5  rDev +3.4%

mwckiltedsavage, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of cbutova
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark cloudy amber body into a pint glass. Creamy white head with decent size and retention. Good coat of lace all down the glass.

S- Mostly pumpkin ale, not much bourbon or barrel here. Spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, raisin and brown sugar.

T- Slight bourbon barrel flavor goes nicely with the pumpkin ale. The oak, vanilla and whiskey blend well with the pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and caramel.

MF- Creamy moderately thick body with silky medium carbonation. Sight nutty bitter finish.

I gotta make a bourbon pumpkin pie sometime. The flavors meld nicely with the mild barrel influence and strong pumpkin ale flavor.

cbutova, Nov 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

rockrob, Oct 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

anhigdon, Oct 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

crobinso, Jul 11, 2012
Heavy Seas - The Greater Pumpkin from Heavy Seas Beer
87 out of 100 based on 461 ratings.