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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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very good

611 Ratings
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Ratings: 611
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 65
Gots: 91 | 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 illidurit
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at the December iteration of the Santa Cruz tasting series. Dark orange color. Peppermint and cinnamon aroma, very wintery, pumpkin pie plus spices. Smooth pumpkin sweetness, big spice notes, too much nutmeg/cinnamon. Didn’t get any bourbon. Dial down the spices, dial up the squash and the booze.

illidurit, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap 11/28/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy light brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains pumpkin, cinnamon & other spices, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt character. Then some sweet flavors of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, this is yet another beer that proves that “imperial” doesn’t always mean better.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of Naugros
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice head, but there's a massive chill haze. Hold the beer up to the light and there's a bunch of sediment floating around in there. Not sure if it's lees suspended in the beer or spices.

The bourbon and the pumpkin are both right up front in the nose. Working together they smell a little solvent rather than boozy. The bourbon surpasses the pumpkin in dominance in the taste. The sweetness is tempered with bitterness as well as a twinge of sour. But I don't get much from the spices as they've been hijacked by the booze.

The time has come to rethink aging every beer we can get our hands on and throwing it into a bourbon barrel. It works with stouts and some barleywines can stand up to the strength of that liquor. Pumpkin ale sounded like a good idea to treat in this manner, but I don't think it really worked here. The original product was probably not bold enough and perhaps Weyerbacher might think about putting their Imperial Pumpkin Ale into bourbon barrels. It might do better sticking up for itself.

Naugros, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of sendsilk
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in a recent trade. 22 oz. bomber

Murky orange with little head and not much lacing on the glass. Smells very much like cinnamon, cloves and coriander. Taste is pretty spicey, fairly sweet/sugary with the bourbon chiming in but not overly so. It's pretty nice but not the pinnacle of pumpkin beers. Mouthfeel is about average (I guess) for the style. Glad I got to try it but it was just slightly too spicey for me.

sendsilk, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of sgn4779
3.5/5  rDev -10%

sgn4779, Nov 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Mantooth, Jan 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Cynic-ale, Nov 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

HuntDaddy540, Sep 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

geofftrojans, Oct 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

needMIbeerinMD, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of RobDB
3.5/5  rDev -10%

RobDB, Dec 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Beejay, Sep 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

hoppymcgee, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of FatJesus
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two to choose from so I went with the one aged in bourbon barrels. Let's see what we got.
Poured into a Samuel smith pint glass from 22oz bottle.
Pours a hazy orange with a white one finger head that quickly dissipates with little lacing to be seen. Some sediment present.
Smells like nutmeg, cinnamon, some pumpkin and bourbon. Everything I expected, bourbon a little on the heavy side. First few taste I get pumpkin pie with nice spices and a bourbon burn at the end, but the more you drink it the more the bourbon takes over the overall taste of everything else. Mouthfeel is average, slight carbonation. A little sticky. Overall the bourbon overpowers everything else this beer has to fifer. Starts off great with all the smells and tastes you expected but gets killed by the bourbon. Don't get me wrong, I like bourbon-barrel aged stouts, the flavors in this just can't hold it's own. Next I will try the regular greater pumpkin to see how that is.

FatJesus, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of BellsFan
3.5/5  rDev -10%

BellsFan, Oct 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Lantern, Dec 27, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

thereal_adam, Aug 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Marco_Gtz, Apr 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Sarge3130, Sep 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

kell50, Jul 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Tee2Grn, Oct 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

ms11781, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of mcallister
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Highly carbonated deep amber colored with a fluffy slightly off white head that holds good retention and leaves nice lace.

Nose of bourbon, vanilla, sweet oak, toasty woods, hints of nutmeg and cinnamon, with an underlying of toffee.

Decent beer but a pumpkin ale? The bourbon shows through nicely but like the bourbon barley wine it's not necassarily the best bourbon out there at least the way it's aged. Ahh some hints of cinnamon and nutmeg with a butternut squash finish and a bit of oxidation on the finish as well. Some toffee malt oak and vanilla in the middle but not much else. Good but not what I was hoping.

mcallister, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of Lovely85
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Lovely85, Oct 22, 2014
Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -10%

sendbeer, Nov 03, 2012
Heavy Seas - The Greater Pumpkin from Heavy Seas Beer
88 out of 100 based on 611 ratings.