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Heavy Seas - The Greater Pumpkin - Heavy Seas Beer

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BA SCORE
87
very good

487 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 487
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 61
Gots: 66 | FT: 3
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mcallister on 07-28-2010)
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Photo of KevinK441
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

KevinK441, Friday at 01:09 AM
Photo of Mongrel
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Velvety smooth and boozy, like some sort of creamy barleywine. Tastefully restrained spicing just lets a really well crafted strong ale shine through. The bourbon barrel isn't too strong either. Vanilla from the bourbon barrel complements the pumpkin pie spice really nicely. Certainly not your typical pumpkin ale and certainly more subtle and restrained than I was expecting from a beer this big in ABV. A surprisingly elegant ale.

Mongrel, Friday at 12:18 AM
Photo of Hearneator
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%

Hearneator, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of Kbb135
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Kbb135, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of DavidHume
4/5  rDev +3.4%

DavidHume, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The perfect weather for a big pumpkin ale here in NC. today.Pours into an imperial nonic a deep burnt orange in fused copper with a sticky off white head that clings to the glass it settles pretty quickly.Big alcohol and pie spices in the nose,smells like an alcoholic doozy.And the aromas are correct,cinnamon and clove flavors with a big spiced rum-like sweetness with it's mild molasses,vanilla, and brown sugar notes.Whoo this isn't the "biggest" pumpkin ale I have had but it tastes like it might be.I get more of a rum alcohol flavor than I do the bourbon barrel,hmm odd.

oberon, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of twistwrist
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Very aromatic fragrance. It smells like the perfect fall beer! I enjoyed the taste, but I tend to compare every pumpkin beer I drink to Southern Tier's Pumking, and all fall short. :) I enjoy the combination of malts and spices in this high-gravity beer. The 10% can sneak up on you as it doesn't taste quite that heavy.
Overall, this is definitely a beer I will enjoy again many times, but nothing, still, compares to Pumking. :)

twistwrist, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of cjgiant
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%

cjgiant, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Deep pumpkin spices like cinnamon and clove dominate the start of this beer. A good deal of dry oakiness comes out as it warms which leaves a bit of bitterness. A good beer, but I have had better.

tigg924, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of PGVG
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%

PGVG, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of GetTheYayo
3.25/5  rDev -16%

GetTheYayo, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of Bladezone
4.56/5  rDev +17.8%

Bladezone, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of ChrisKuhns
4/5  rDev +3.4%

ChrisKuhns, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of TheMudMonkey
4/5  rDev +3.4%

TheMudMonkey, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Boone757, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of BigFatOgre
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

BigFatOgre, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy medium to dark golden orange in color with light amounts of fine gentle carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some golden yellow + copper highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy light beige head that reduces to a mottled thick film (with smaller patches of larger bubbles) covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of caramel malts, roasted pumpkin, spices (cinnamon and ginger with a hint of allspice), and light aromas of vanilla + oak from the bourbon barrel aging.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of caramel malts with some lighter flavors of toasted malts. That is followed by moderate flavors of roasted pumpkin with some light flavors of vanilla + oak and just a hint of bourbon. Finally, there are moderate to strong flavors of pumpkin pie spices - cinnamon strongest followed by lighter amounts of ginger and allspice. Minimal amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: The alcohol is extremely well hidden in this beer - I expected it to be rather hot considering the ABV and the fact that it is aged in bourbon barrels but it turns out to be real sneaky in it's strength. Very enjoyable with a nice pumpkin and spice flavor without being cloyingly sweet.

dbrauneis, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of HopsForBrains
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

HopsForBrains, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of rgirl
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%

rgirl, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of JordonHoltzman
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. A copper translucent body and a tan layer of bubbles that lasts just 15 seconds. Smells of pumpkin and nutmeg, and a hit of bourbon from the barrel aging.
The taste matches the aroma for a very well balanced taste. The bourbon and oak blends well with the pumpkin and spices and malt. A slight taste of alcohol is present at the end. The bourbon hits the palate immediately followed by the spices and real pumpkins, but a half minute after a nice sip, the bourbon still lingers.
The mouthfeel is a little thicker then the appearance leads on. A warming feeling from the alcohol is in the mouthfeel. Not a bad thing, and was expected as its 10% ABV. The carbonation is not that high.
Overall this is one of the more complex pumpkin style beers I've had. More of a sipper than most pumpkin ales, for the lower ABV types are often very drinkable.

JordonHoltzman, Sep 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

mwckiltedsavage, Sep 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Therealfootball, Sep 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

earlholman, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of Johnz567
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%

Johnz567, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of macesq
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

macesq, Sep 14, 2014
Heavy Seas - The Greater Pumpkin from Heavy Seas Beer
87 out of 100 based on 487 ratings.