Heavy Seas - The Greater Pumpkin - Heavy Seas Beer
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2.28/5 rDev -40.9%
Review adapted from notes taken 11/12/11
Appearance: Hazy, but mostly clear - dark orange - little white head that doesn't stick around for long, average lacing
Smell: Straight-up bourbon, with a side of bourbon - some pumpkin flesh underneath - a ton of the usual pumpkin pie spices - nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, clove, ginger - some sweetness, tons of alcohol - it's like someone hollowed out a pumpkin pie and filled it with bourbon
Taste: Absurd, with so much bourbon - borderline more bourbon than beer - tons of wood, tons of alcohol - underneath this assault, there are some cooked malts and pumpkin - pumpkin pie spices everywhere - a vegetal sweetness, but mostly dry - totally unbalanced, way too much bourbon
Mouthfeel: Medium body, on the thin side considering the harsh flavor, adequate carbonation
Overall: In a word, harsh
I thought a touch of bourbon would do good things to a pumpkin beer. And maybe it would. This beer throws so much bourbon into the equation that it is nearly incomprehensible. And this beer may or may not have made me need to vomit.
02-28-2012 06:58:03 | More by angrybabboon
2.38/5 rDev -38.3%
Always a fan of Clipper City and their Heavy Seas series, I was excited about this seasonal brew. When I finally poured this from its 22oz bottle, I was eager to take my first sip. It's appearance was solid, even with a bit of sediment floating around in the glass. The unique red-orange color paired not wholly complimentary with its equally unique smell, a pungent mix of pumpkin, spices, and citrus. Once to my lips, this beer was not for me. The taste of this beer was unbalanced. There were notes of good flavors but together this didn't mesh well. Even worse was the finish which was down right awful and got me looking for a glass of water.
This was a one time special for me.
03-12-2011 04:38:09 | More by SchmoTerp
2.45/5 rDev -36.5%
Passing by a bottle of bourbon aged beer with pirate bottle art work would prove impossible for me.
Dark orange sherbet color with a marrow beige-white head. Swirly skim retention with a few foamy fingers rising from the orange miasma.
Cinnamon lead pumpkin pie spice is most discernible on the nose followed by a pumpkin pie filling and woody, wet bourbon mash up. Aroma is messy and doesn't feature the bourbon well.
Pumpkin pie spice, mild vegetal pumpkin and bourbon muddled together to form a uniform boozy blah.
I thought I was done with boozy, overspiced pumpkin ales for the year but this one sucked me back in. Once again, bourbon was the source of bad decision making.
09-24-2011 14:32:16 | More by donkeyrunner
2.8/5 rDev -27.5%
Poured from a bottle into a goblet.
Appearance: Pours a clear orangish amber with a half finger of off white head and decent retention.
Smell: Pumpkin pie, spices and sweet malt with some brown sugar. Definitely the best part of this beer.
Taste: It kind of follows from the smell, but doesn't live up to it. There is pumpkin and pie spice, but it gets overshadowed by the bourbon and a huge anise presence. There is some bitterness, but the spice in the finish crushed everything.
Mouthfeel: Medium body and a bit syrupy. Tingly carbonation with a slick finish.
Overall: The aftertaste just killed this beer for me. It smells wonderful, but I found myself enjoying each sip a bit less than the last. Probably won't do this one again.
09-12-2011 14:33:38 | More by oline73
2.83/5 rDev -26.7%
S: Some pumpkin spices with a moderate bourbon note, slight squash tartness.
L: Hazy, bright burnt orange with a white head that dissipates.
T: Bourbon up front with a pumpkin spice background. Low bitterness yields to sweet pumpkin pie with some additional bourbon notes. Finishes semi-dry with a touch of oak.
M: Medium full body, medium low carbonation, slick.
Big beer, big bourbon as well, not a whole lot of pumpkin, pretty messy. Drain pour normally, but i wanted to get drunk.
10-20-2011 02:10:19 | More by bum732
3/5 rDev -22.3%
First off, i am drinking this bottle 8 months after it's release.
Color is a golden hue, lighter then i was anticipating, not much lacing or head at all, drops out right away.
The aroma is sweet pumpkin pie, wood, and alcohol. I would have liked more spice notes.
The flavors are rounded smooth pumpkin sweetness and a light woody alcohol. Little spice, really little bourbon character.
I enjoy pumpkin beers, but i like more spice then this one. This one was also probably better fresh when the bourbon was stronger.
05-17-2012 02:38:37 | More by ChadQuest
3.03/5 rDev -21.5%
There are some bitter, lemony hop characteristics on the finish of this beer that seem out of place with the rest of the taste.
It pours a bright orange, pumpkin copper with a thin white ring of foam. Creamy swirls of white float on a thin film on top. Leave some thin creamy laces.
The smell is of pumpkin, hints of vanilla, allspice, and a touch cinnamon. Strong note of good bourbon.
Nice toasted malt hold its all up with hints of bourbon and oak peeking through. Follows the nose with the pumpkin and spices. Nice sweet front with a bitter, lemony hop in the breath of the finish that just didn't seem to fit. This could have been done better. The bourbon burns and fights the spice for domination. Bourbon wins. Out of balance.
The body was medium with some creamy qualities.
Its an easy drink, sweet but not cloying, and not overly spiced. The balance was done nicely, its just not my favoirte pumpkin beer.
02-21-2011 22:00:37 | More by JayS2629
3.03/5 rDev -21.5%
A: Reddish amber color with quite a bit of stuff floating in suspension. A half finger of white head with some lacing.
S: The nose is mostly nutmeg. For a bourbon aged beer this nose is tight when it should really be bright. Not that impressed at all.
T: No bourbon at all which is a disappointment. Not much pumpkin either. More pumpkin spices which I think it a way to turn an ale into a pumpkin ale. It is not bad and there are no off flavors or anything like that but it is just kind of meh for me. The idea of a bourbon pumpkin ale really exited me but the execution left me wanting more.
M:Medium bodied. Carbonation is soft and pleasing.
D: A friend had this on cask and said it was one of the best beers that he had ever had. This was a big let down for me. I think they might have a small issue on the bottling line. Their draft beers are always remarkably better. For a big barrel aged beer this is kind of bland.
12-19-2010 21:56:53 | More by aerozeppl
3.05/5 rDev -21%
Served in a tulip glass.
Amber orange that is hazy, off white head with little lacing.
Light pie spice and bourbon aroma.
Caramel sweetness up front, with pumpkin pie in the middle and a vanilla bourbon finish that slick is on the tongue.
Was looking forward to this and found the barrel aging made it a little tough to drink. One and done.
09-29-2011 09:18:30 | More by Burt
Heavy Seas - The Greater Pumpkin from Heavy Seas Beer
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