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Heavy Seas - The Greater Pumpkin - Heavy Seas Beer

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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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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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mostpoetsdo

Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Caramel amber, thin white head which vanishes soon after pouring.

S: Nutmeg is most prevalent out of the pumpkin spices, a bit of bourbon, raisins, some mustiness.

T: Alcohol upfront, more wine tasting than bourbon; gentle, earthy hops, not as malt forward as I expected. Fairly acidic. Almost tastes like pumpkin wine, if that's a real concoction.

M: Medium body, not that carbonated, especially smooth for a barrel aged beer. Again, getting a slight wine vibe.

O/D: Alcohol is hidden well, getting most of the taste, and not that much burn. Probably won't get again, but an interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 15:09:40 | More by mostpoetsdo
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.4%

09-21-2013 12:11:58 | More by IPAchris
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xenjoiii

New York

1/5  rDev -74.2%

09-21-2013 03:47:47 | More by xenjoiii
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ncstateplaya

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

09-19-2013 13:47:35 | More by ncstateplaya
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jriggins6

Colorado

1.75/5  rDev -54.8%

09-19-2013 13:43:51 | More by jriggins6
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Roland45s

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bourbon barrel pumpkin ale that poured dark like a stout and wasn't too syrupy. The head was less than 1" and its mouthfeel was a mixture of pumpkin and bourbon. You could taste the variety of spices as well as the oak casked barrel that it sat in. At 9% ABV it didn't have a crazy bite and I would definitely recommend it to someone who is looking for a mix of pumpkin and bourbon.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 14:38:56 | More by Roland45s
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JimmyFlatRock

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

09-17-2013 21:20:01 | More by JimmyFlatRock
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random846

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

09-17-2013 02:35:13 | More by random846
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Incredibly spicy, savory, and sweet- Heavy Seas churns out a beer that's easily mistaken for rum-soaked graham crackers. And at imperial-type strength, its a pumpkin beer that's finally fortified and worthwhile.

Poured into a round snifter, its orange glow with slight tawny brown-bronze low lights- the beer starts to even look like a pumpkin. Its bright clarity really shows off the streams of carbonation the rise up from its depths to build a creamy ivory head to top of the ale. Semi-stern retention struggles to retain the second half of the session and laces only daintily- preferring that rum-like consistence as much as ale.

Biscuity, savory and spicy- the beer's aromas is strikingly of gingersnaps and graham crackers as the caramel-soaked malts become decorated with cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice and ginger that dance about its periphery. Toasted grains provide a near-toffee richness with toasted pecans, bread crust and a distinct "french toast" character.

And that same savory caramel, nutty, toasty and crusty flavor comes to life with a supple hint of butterscotch just as the spices fold into the taste in the middle palate. Turning from sweetness to toastiness, the sprinkle of all those pumpkin pie spices help to dry the beer as the sweetness begins to fade until the taste of dry molasses, spiced rum, and husky grain character gives it finish a glimpse into the gingersnaps that was picked up by the nose.

Full-ish in body, the beer's ample sweetness certainly speaks to its imperial strength and savory character. But as the carbonation keeps the beer creamy, the alcohol and spice counterbalances with a drier tone. Finishing spicy, warm and rum-like- echoes of spice and toast stem into a long and arid aftertaste.

The secret is out! Imperial Pumpkin Ales is what beer enthusiasts crave. Its as sultry, savory and seductive as any taste in the beer world. Heavy Seas takes advantage of the impressionable palates with a drier and spicier version of this clever and quirky seasonal beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 17:05:06 | More by BEERchitect
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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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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky orange pour with a thin off-white head. The nose is more whiskey than bourbon with a hint of booze. Faint pumpkin pie spices creep up in the background of the aroma. The flavor is a very nice blend of oak and vanilla with pumpkin pie and whipped cream. This is far from your average pumpkin ale. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 12:41:41 | More by jbaker67
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timjim1327

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +29.2%

09-11-2013 01:52:44 | More by timjim1327
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DruRho

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

09-09-2013 23:12:25 | More by DruRho
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Sarge3130

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

09-06-2013 13:37:48 | More by Sarge3130
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Jwren5

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

09-05-2013 03:52:00 | More by Jwren5
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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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mtalley999

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

08-15-2013 01:23:11 | More by mtalley999
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ADTaber

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.4%

08-05-2013 02:43:30 | More by ADTaber
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jacwomyn

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -16%

08-03-2013 02:48:07 | More by jacwomyn
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Nobcefus

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-22-2013 14:09:28 | More by Nobcefus
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bmjivi221

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +29.2%

07-21-2013 06:46:06 | More by bmjivi221
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kell50

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

07-18-2013 20:21:52 | More by kell50
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

07-07-2013 22:24:48 | More by WOLFGANG
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smutty33

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-09-2013 00:10:35 | More by smutty33
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-21-2013 20:05:00 | More by InspectorBob
Heavy Seas - The Greater Pumpkin from Heavy Seas Beer
87 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.