Heavy Seas - The Greater Pumpkin - Heavy Seas Beer
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4.3/5 rDev +11.4%
Review from a 1 year old cellared bottle. Great'er Pumpkin pours a hazy orange amber with a small creamy white head. The foam dissolves quickly leaving behind a few spots of lace on the glass.
The aroma is malty with a touch of tartness. Caramel, bubblegum. oak, vanilla and bourbon are blended with green apple and some medicinal alcohol.
Each sip of this medium bodied beer is syrupy with mild carbonation. The flavor is rich and sweet with a touch of tartness. Caramel malt followed by oak, vanilla, bourbon and dark fruit are followed by some green apple tartness. It finishes with a taste of cinnamon with lingering oak and tart flavors.
This is a very tasty beer that's easy to drink for 9% abv.
10-28-2012 22:30:45 | More by WanderingFool
4.03/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
10-10-2011 16:02:13 | More by Gambrinus1184
4.03/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
11-22-2010 04:26:34 | More by david131
4/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
01-03-2012 02:31:16 | More by n2185
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
3.93/5 rDev +1.8%
Live review. Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought at Wine and Beverage Depot in Mentor a few days ago for $8.99. No observed "best by" date or "brewed on" date. I am not sure that it matters too much with the reasonably high ABV of 9%. I have to admit being intrigued by this one by the Bourbon Barrel Aged aspect of it. Poured into my silver rimmed Orval goblet.
A VERY short lived off white head over a hazy, thick looking pumpkin colored body. The head which was barely there after a vigorous pour disappeared almost completely in 10 seconds. I really like the look of the body. 4.5
S Well, smells of a sweet malty pumpkin beer with bourbon notes. Just like I expected but intriguing none the less. I am not convinced yet, even as I am about to taste this beer, that these combinations will even work. 4.0
T Interesting. I taste probably more of the bourbon than the pumpkin but the pumpkin is certainly in there. The pumpkin is a nice subtle, authentic pumpkin and not a candy or spicy pumpkin which I find often in pumpkin beers. The bourbon tastes provide the sweet malty, burn of alcohol that you would expect but have a kind of dark caramel taste that is quite good. 4.0
M Surprisingly smooth for the elevated ABV and ultra sweetness. 4.0
D This is meant to be a sipper and it intentions are well received. I will only be able to drink the bomber but the process is enjoyable. 3.5
Notes: I can understand if this is a polarizing beer. Some will really embrace it and other will be repulsed. Actually I find that this is the case for any pumpkin beer. I came in skeptical but interested and I go out pleased with this beer.
01-23-2011 03:06:13 | More by adamette
4.1/5 rDev +6.2%
This beer was served chilled in a pint glass.
Appearance: The body of the beer is a reddish orange coloration. The head was white and quickly resolved into a ring of foam.
Smell: The aroma of the beer has suprise vanilla bourbon, pumpkin, nutmeg, honey and cinnamon. Pretty much exactly what I was expecting.
Taste: The taste is a mixed bag for me. The bourbon vanilla barrel flavor peaks its head out of the jack - o - lantern. Meaning a fairly well balanced interplay between flavors. Was hoping for a bit more bourbon. The spice part of the beer is really well done. I have had pumpkin beers that are a giant mess due to spices. The cinnamon, nutmeg and perhaps cardamon are fairly subdued.
Mouthfeel / Drinkability: Smooth even slick full bodied beer low carbonated but works well with the beers character. No sign of the alcohol in the mouth. The more of this I drink the more I am digging the beer. The beer would be a sipper for a more restrained beer drinker. Nicely played!
11-22-2010 11:08:16 | More by nlmartin
3.63/5 rDev -6%
Stuck inside during the great Frankenstorm... seems like the perfect time to review some beer!
I poured the Greater Pumpkin into a chalice style glass. On the pour I get about two fingers of foam, but that dies down pretty quickly. The coloring is a deep orange.
I can smell this beer aroma is reaching me from a few feet away. You immediately get a bunch of pumpkin. You can also pick up the bourbon at the edges.
The flavor is really hot. It is over-whelming. You get a ton of alcohol in this. The pumpkin really comes out. I feel like this could get better with aging.
10-29-2012 18:02:32 | More by ummswimmin
3.73/5 rDev -3.4%
The color is a bright copper and this yielded a huge creamy and foamy head that was congealed at the top. So thick you can float a bottle cap on it because I did.
HUGE coconut cream aroma with some pumpkin spice. The bourbon and oak come out in the aroma but it's quashed by the Coppertone Lotion scent.
The flavors are more towards the bourbon than the scent was. The bourbon is very clean, smooth and slightly oaked. The coconut is tamed and serves with vanilla. The pumpkin is sweet, not overly spiced and not too earthy.
The feel is thin and there is a nice heat in the chest but none in the throat.
Overall, interesting. This seems to serve bourbon drinkers well, as it really took the bourbon flavor but pumpkin beer fans may not find what they are looking for.
09-21-2013 21:15:26 | More by KYGunner
4.15/5 rDev +7.5%
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 6oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label has its ABV (9%) and a short description but no freshness or born on date.
Appearance: The body has a deep reddish orange amber color with fine yeast sediment floating around giving it a hazy look. From the pour I got a small off white head that quickly fades to fine layer of foam with a thick ring around the edge of the glass. Lacing is good.
Smell: Right away there is a noticeable whiskey presence. Notes of the booze, the vanilla, and some oak notes mingle with honey sweet malt notes and pie spice in the nose.
Taste/Palate: Right up front I get the bourbon whiskey notes with hints of vanilla, caramel and a slight touch of oak. This plays well with the base malt which has some honey like sweetness, pie spice and a hint of pumpkin squash flavor. The finish has some sweet boozy warmth from the 9% ABV that adds to the bourbon character. It also carries some of the pie spice and some mellow hop bitterness deep into the finish.
Notes: The bourbon barrel notes were a nice touch to base pumpkin beer. I liked the lighter balance of spice here in The Greater Pumpkin Ale vs. the regular The Great Pumpkin Ale.
10-04-2010 00:27:23 | More by generallee
3.8/5 rDev -1.6%
We crack a bomber of their 2013 stock with the new label, pouring a brew of rich reddish pumpkin coloring into our large tasting snifters. It holds a creamy two finger head of easily reproducible sandpaper foam, with airiness resembling frothing sea foam. Lacing is in wet cords around the glasses. A definite haze cuts clarity, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be active around the edges, but slow. The aroma whiffs of bright and souring oak, light mossiness, coiny metallics, apple cider vinegar, clean vanilla, fusel burn of smoky bourbon and nail polish remover, black pepper, cinnamon, allspice, sour lemon citrus, black currant, fresh whipped cream, and fresh pumpkin pulp and seed. Our first impression is that while the booze is high towards the front of the sip, it ends with nice sweetness and balance. As we sip, you are hit primarily with big fusel booziness, amber and caramel maltiness, table salt, granite, bittered oak, black pepper and biting cinnamon spice, lemon peel, chemical burn, plastics, and parchment paper. The middle to the peak immediately eases up, with sweetness of warmed brown sugar, thick caramel maltiness with nice roast and warmth, sweet bourbon booziness, buttery diacetyls, coconut fruitiness, cleaner oak, light plastics, lactic creaminess, and continued bite of citric rind. The end washes with sweet cinnamon-sugar, vanilla icing and extract, cherry sweetness, that continued core of sweet booziness, phenolic plastics, sweaty and dirty oak, salt and pepper, flakey pastry cream puffs, and a gritty, wheaty type malt. The aftertaste breaths of cold pumpkin pulp, aluminum foil and icy metallics, fusel smokiness, bourbon and oak, gingerbread and cinnamon, fresh pumpkin vegetals, sheeted plastics, heavy creamer, burnt butters, and wheat breadiness. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is reasonably high. Each sip comes on pleasant froth, cream, foam, slurp, smack, and pop. The mouth is initially coated with syrupy thickness, but quickly warms, and then dries with light astringent pucker. The abv is appropriate, and the beer sips nicely.
Overall, the most enjoyable aspect of this beer was its aroma. This initially came across as quite booze and metallic, but as it warmed, those notes faded, allowing the beauty of the spice and the gourd to flourish. That said, the flavoring to follow lacked the punch that we’ve come to expect from these big, oaky pumpkin beers. The oak was actually great, and almost overly so because of how sour it was, but the pumpkin was rather flat. This is not to the fault of the brewer, but rather to the fault of the product itself, as it is inherently not very spicy or savory in its flavoring. There was, however, enough spice added to keep things interesting, and to meet the wood in full. This was a nice beer for sure, and we are glad to have had it fresh, while the bourbon barreling is in full season, but we suggest you wait a bit if you want a cooler, more buttery, and smooth-sipping beverage.
10-26-2013 01:34:02 | More by TheBrewo
4.15/5 rDev +7.5%
A- The look of this one is pretty scary. Its a muddy looking, trashy colored orange with a dirty haze to it. Not much of a head unless you pour it pugnaciously.
S- Very strong on the bourbon. But also very strong on pumpkin. This is one of the very most pumpkiny pumpkin ales out there. At first the aroma was a bit brash and hard to get used to. Its very boozy smelling, that combined with the spices give this a very formidable aroma. Lots of pumpkin, cinnamon, vanilla, brown sugar, oak and bourbon.
T- Again, it took a little while to acclimate to this beer, and it gets much more enjoyable as it warms. Once everything sinks in and falls into place it is very good. Very sweet vanilla, pumpkin puree, cinnamon sugar, and oak. Big waves of bourbon rock you if you arent ready. The finish is very very strong on bourbon.
M- Silky smooth with lots of warmth.
D- Im going to buy more of this.
10-16-2010 22:40:17 | More by MbpBugeye
Heavy Seas - The Greater Pumpkin from Heavy Seas Beer
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