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Heavy Seas - The Greater Pumpkin - Heavy Seas Beer

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Heavy Seas - The Greater PumpkinHeavy Seas - The Greater Pumpkin

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BA SCORE
87
very good

431 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 431
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 14.47%
Wants: 48
Gots: 52 | 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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SchmoTerp

Alabama

2.38/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 04:38:09 | More by SchmoTerp
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

2.45/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 14:32:16 | More by donkeyrunner
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

10-28-2013 23:24:58 | More by Hugonaut13
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lauries444

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

10-17-2013 23:31:40 | More by lauries444
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fellowrs

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

12-19-2013 19:57:16 | More by fellowrs
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oline73

Maryland

2.8/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 14:33:38 | More by oline73
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bum732

Lesotho

2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 02:10:19 | More by bum732
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jtladner

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -22.5%

09-29-2013 02:24:08 | More by jtladner
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chrispoint

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -22.5%

02-19-2012 20:38:11 | More by chrispoint
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KevMo84

California

3/5  rDev -22.5%

05-31-2014 07:20:02 | More by KevMo84
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projhex

California

3/5  rDev -22.5%

11-15-2011 21:16:35 | More by projhex
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waiting4lunch

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -22.5%

10-04-2012 23:33:09 | More by waiting4lunch
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AGust82

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -22.5%

10-09-2013 00:11:30 | More by AGust82
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PIG20

Maryland

3/5  rDev -22.5%

02-18-2012 00:43:32 | More by PIG20
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mattreitz49

Florida

3/5  rDev -22.5%

01-20-2014 02:15:46 | More by mattreitz49
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RFBrewing

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -22.5%

09-01-2013 03:35:27 | More by RFBrewing
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jtennyson99

Ohio

3/5  rDev -22.5%

10-28-2013 00:27:08 | More by jtennyson99
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ChadQuest

Illinois

3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 02:38:37 | More by ChadQuest
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andycyford

Maryland

3/5  rDev -22.5%

09-10-2012 23:32:52 | More by andycyford
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GrindFatherBob

New York

3/5  rDev -22.5%

11-22-2011 02:55:35 | More by GrindFatherBob
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JayS2629

Alabama

3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 22:00:37 | More by JayS2629
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aerozeppl

New York

3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 21:56:53 | More by aerozeppl
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Burt

Rhode Island

3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2011 09:18:30 | More by Burt
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jale

Michigan

3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy orange-amber with two quarters of off white head.

S: Pumpkin aroma with a lot of nutmeg.

T: Sweet with a hint of malt upfront moving quickly into alcohol heat. Pumplin but mostly nutmeg middle. I don't pick up any bourbon but the finish is considerable oaky tannins.

M: medium body which is somewhat sticky. For a lighter beer I find this slightly chewy.

O: I would like to have tasted more malt backbone in this.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 23:08:34 | More by jale
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nas5755

Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A hazy lite golden brown beer with a nice head and some minimal lacing. The nose is full of hot bourbon with a little pumpkin and spices. The beer tastes like bourbon with pumpkin and spices, more nuanced and complex than the nose, heat is noticeable but it does not distract from the beer in a negative beer(I despise heat is most beers). The heat actually works here. A very smooth mouthfeel from the pumpkin, mild carbonation. Overall, this is one of my favorite pumpkin ales and it is a style I just don't appreciate. A decent beer that has some strong points and some weak points.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 00:59:28 | More by nas5755
Heavy Seas - The Greater Pumpkin from Heavy Seas Beer
87 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.