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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

430 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 430
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 14.47%
Wants: 48
Gots: 53 | FT: 3
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Heavy Seas Beer visit their website
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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lalaloveyou


4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

05-15-2012 17:42:30 | More by lalaloveyou
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Greywulfken

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pumpkin ales make autumn better!
This review combines my 2011 review (the first time I tried it) and my 2013 review (which was an amazing improvement on the 2011 version).

A: medium orange, creamy head that thins quickly - look, it's translucent deep orange with a tan head - how else should a strong pumpkin ale look?

S: cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, pumpkin, bourbon (how can you go wrong?). Strong.

T: sweet, but not too sweet - you taste what you smell: all the pumpkin pie tastes shift around with notes of bourbon, caramel, and ale. Boozy. 2013 version was a cleaner and leaner model. tight pumpkin flavors and an air of sophistication brought about by the bourbon. Suggestions of caramel, vanilla, and airy wood.

M: lightly carbonated, clean finishing, mild alcohol taste. Seems like all pumpkin ales warm very nicely. Rich. Toned down textures and weight in the 2013 release improve the mouthfeel and finish - the bourbon breathed easier and the finish was far drier.

O: WOW - I have found a pumpkin ale on par with Pumking and Smashed Pumpkin (my other faves so far) - Heavy Seas (the "greater pumpkin" version) is smack-dab in the middle in terms of tone and mouthfeel, but set apart due to the bourbon aspect - a slightly more enjoyable drink for fans of bourbon and imperial stouts. the 2013 eclipsed the aforementioned beers, taking full benefit of whatever changes may have been made to the recipe.

Clipper City Brewing has crafted a beer that is amazing. It has some of the syrupy-sweetness of Pumking, and some of the crispness of Smashed Pumpkin - throw in the bourbon accents and you have a flavorful pumpkin ale. Heavy Seas rolls with a bangin' (newly upgraded (from 9.0))10.0 abv, and that's got to be hard to beat. Get one if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 21:33:04 | More by Greywulfken
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Kirby


4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

02-28-2012 22:20:38 | More by Kirby
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Yoda22

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-24-2012 22:15:00 | More by Yoda22
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statum75

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

12-02-2011 16:26:07 | More by statum75
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dcp27

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

09-25-2013 02:23:07 | More by dcp27
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Beerverage

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

02-10-2012 23:07:05 | More by Beerverage
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DCDevilDancer

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No disrespect to those who have reviewed this tasty delight before me, but this beer is being severely underrated, and under appreciated. Some of the previous "B" reviews have hinted that the parts of the beer (bourbon, rich pumpkin, restrained spice) may need time to coalesce, without seeing the process through. No need to wait until next Halloween! Pop this bad boy open now! Then throw it back on ice and wait an hour or two. Maybe sip on a delicous fresh HS/CC Great Pumpkin and enjoy the bright, fleshy, not-over spiced, pumpkin driven pumpkin goodness of their ready to drink un-aged offering as you wait.
Then get ready to enjoy a creamier, richer, bourbon-tinged treat. The boozeiness diminishes as the Greater Pumpkin has time to breathe, and the bold flavors find time to integrate.. you'll think you made the perfect pumpkin bourbon float.
This stuff is legit!
Just give it some time... in the cellar &/or simply w/ some air!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 08:01:52 | More by DCDevilDancer
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seanzzila

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

05-12-2012 16:04:19 | More by seanzzila
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Abe_Froman

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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VictorFranco

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-22-2013 17:42:14 | More by VictorFranco
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mitch3114

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

10-07-2013 01:23:04 | More by mitch3114
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circus_cat

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

10-26-2012 21:05:05 | More by circus_cat
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dprophet

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-22-2012 00:42:45 | More by dprophet
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

09-15-2013 19:34:04 | More by AndrewMichael
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GaryMarkle84

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

10-03-2012 23:02:28 | More by GaryMarkle84
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1Sundown2C

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

10-25-2013 22:54:50 | More by 1Sundown2C
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JakeDebus

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

05-09-2013 17:13:46 | More by JakeDebus
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jvillefan

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

12-01-2013 06:03:54 | More by jvillefan
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morsetaper2

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

03-03-2013 00:21:37 | More by morsetaper2
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tatums1984

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-15-2012 13:44:49 | More by tatums1984
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reebtaerG

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out as a very nice looking orange color with a thin white head on top. The head fades mostly and leaves just a touch of lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is very nice, it's got a near perfect balance of spicy pumpkin aromas mixed with the bourbon and vanilla on the nose. The taste is similar to the smell, lots of spice with a wonderful balance of vanilla and bourbon notes. The mouthfeel is creamy with a heavy body and a moderate carbonation to it. Overall I thought this beer was great, I would enjoy this one over and over during the fall season.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2012 03:25:34 | More by Knapp85
Heavy Seas - The Greater Pumpkin from Heavy Seas Beer
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