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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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437 Ratings
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Ratings: 437
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 50
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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New York

1/5  rDev -74.1%

01-06-2014 18:11:11 | More by ThatsThatDude
Photo of MSL94

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-06-2014 15:13:35 | More by MSL94
Photo of BradtheGreat7


4.21/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

01-03-2014 19:07:45 | More by BradtheGreat7
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-01-2014 19:01:11 | More by Cloaked_Phantom
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-29-2013 16:46:41 | More by RobDB
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

12-21-2013 01:17:39 | More by NonicPanic
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

12-19-2013 19:57:16 | More by fellowrs
Photo of jlee185


4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

12-18-2013 15:07:37 | More by jlee185
Photo of Trish


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12-17-2013 01:46:21 | More by Trish
Photo of fourstringer


3.99/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured from a bomber into a Brewer's Art goblet with a moderately aggressive hand. 2013 vintage, but no specific dating on the label. There is a cartographic background with a scary pumpkin head.

A: Honey-orange body with a slight haze. 1 finger off-white head with ok retention. Light lacing. Not too shabby.

S: Nutmeg & pie spice. Bourbon. Oak. Lighter cinnamon and booze.

T: Lightly sweet with a tame spiciness that develops into a pleasant, even-tempered bitterness. Fairly dry finish for the flavor profile. Noticeable alcohol consistent with 10% ABV. Light oak, nutmeg, vanilla. I can detect some actual pumpkin, which I find fairly rare for most pumpkin beers. There is a pronounced whiskey finish to this brew.

M: Moderate to low carbonation with a good smoothness. Moderate body. Some alcohol burn is there, but not unwelcome.

O: Nice beer. I find the bourbon/barrel-aged notes to be fairly present. I appreciate the restrained sweetness and appropriate hopping. Well balanced. Good sipper.


12-13-2013 04:25:52 | More by fourstringer
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-12-2013 22:25:35 | More by BEERschlitz
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12-12-2013 01:27:59 | More by KevinmusPrime
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2013 vintage.

A: Pours a mostly clear amber with an off white head. Lots of visible carbonation going on in the body. Spots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Spiciness up front with a dose of sweetness. Graham cracker like crust aroma is present which I like in pumpkin beers. Bourbon barrel aging doesnt make too much of an impact.

T: As with the aroma there is a healthy dose of spice to this one. Cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg come to mind. Bourbon is light in the background adding just a touch of vanilla, oak and booze.

M: Medium body with lots of carbonation for such a boozy beer. Retains a creamy mouthfeel. Finish is a bit sticky which is understandable considering the sweetness. Alcohol isnt too hot.

Overall its a pumpkin beer that exemplifies the style but I still feel that this one could push the envelope a little further. A bit more bourbon and pumpkin flavor.

12-05-2013 03:17:09 | More by CloudStrife
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New York

4.36/5  rDev +13%

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a bright, hazy orange. One inch fizzy head. Small amount of lacing.

Smells like pumpkin spices- clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc, oak, vanilla, pumpkin.

The taste is pretty similar. Strong spicing especailly nutmeg, with oak, vanilla, and some slight, sweet bourbon flavors. Some rum-like flavors too, with brown sugar and molasses in small amounts. Biscuity sweet malts.

Medium to light body. Well carbonated, creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

An excellent BA Pumpkin beer. I think this would also lend itself well to rum barrel aging.

12-04-2013 03:42:35 | More by GreesyFizeek
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-01-2013 06:03:54 | More by jvillefan
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3.7/5  rDev -4.1%

22 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy copper-orange with a thin off-white head.

Smell: Pumpkin, pie spice, and molasses up front with bourbon undertones. The bourbon is definitely subtle, but adds a very nice layer of complexity. Excellent.

Taste: Unfortunately goes a little downhill here. Maintains a similar profile to the aroma with pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice taking the forefront, but flavor-wise it's pretty mild. Once again, the bourbon flavor is very subtle. The alcohol presence, however, is not, and really weighs this down a bit. If there was more flavor overall it would be able to stand up to the alcohol, but as it is it gets overpowered a bit. Still a solid taste, just not as good as it could be.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a medium carbonation level. Definite alcohol heat.

Overall: This is a good beer, and the bourbon offers a nice change of pace from the standard pumpkin beers out there. Ultimately it just needs more flavor (both pumpkin and bourbon).

11-29-2013 01:38:59 | More by emyers
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

11-27-2013 03:07:40 | More by vermilcj
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-26-2013 14:51:09 | More by SUP3RDAV3
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

11-24-2013 23:21:48 | More by Chugs13
Photo of BB1313


3.4/5  rDev -11.9%

2013 vintage. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a light copper with a fluffy off-white head that fades and leaves nice retention and decent lacing. The aromas are loaded with caramel malts. Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Lots of vanilla. There's a nice amount of graham cracker. Not much oak. The bourbon is extremely subtle. The flavors are very earthy. Lots of spices. More cinnamon and ginger. The bourbon characteristics seem non-existent. It's hard to tell that this was even thrown in bourbon barrels. It tastes good, but loses points for lacking the barrel presence. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, but somewhat thin. Active carbonation making it smooth and drinkable. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This is a fine pumpkin ale. The only flaw is that the bourbon and oak characteristics seem to be absent, in my opinion. I personally don't think aging this beer will make it improve.

11-23-2013 23:29:42 | More by BB1313
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

11-23-2013 03:23:30 | More by mrebeka
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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

11-22-2013 17:42:14 | More by VictorFranco
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3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

22oz, 10/22/2013
Riedel tulip

A: Pours a slightly hazy nice orange leading to copper. No real head. Turns into a bright white collar. Some lacing sheeting. Alcohol feet.

S: Not getting a lot of barrel. Lots of fleshy pumpkin and spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg. Vanilla. Sweet English malts. As it warms you do get the bourbon. Very nice vanilla/toffee/caramel meshing with pumpkin.

T: Touch of bitterness on the tip of the tongue. You get that fleshy pumpkin and pie like spice blend. Initially not getting much barrel character, over just general vanilla flavors from pie filling blend of spices. Some sweetness. Finish is drier than expected.

M: Medium leading to full.

11-22-2013 14:52:58 | More by inlimbo77
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

11-19-2013 03:13:39 | More by thampel09
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

11-18-2013 13:01:39 | More by Tamaquadan
Heavy Seas - The Greater Pumpkin from Heavy Seas Beer
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