Heavy Seas - The Greater Pumpkin - Heavy Seas Beer
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4.19/5 rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Found this gem at a local co-op and had an open mind as I haven't seen this brewery's products around here. Amazing aroma of vanilla, pumpkin and nutmeg escapes the bottle and it pours a hazy red/amber. Half finger of white head that dissipates. Bourbon barrel aging apparent on tasting with warm boozy aftertaste enhancing the vanilla, pumpkin and balanced nutmeg. Overall my favorite of the 2013 pumpkin beer/ale/imperial ale class thus far...but I would like to do a side by side comparison with Good Gourd.
Serving type: bottle
11-03-2013 01:26:21 | More by runbirddrinkbeer
3.81/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
The beer pours a nice thin but substantial head that is a creamy and fluffy white. The beer itself is a clear dark orange with a little bit of haze. The orange also appears to have hints of brown.
The beer has a very spicy smell. The main notes appear to be clove and cinnamon that mix very well with the pumpkin. The pumpkin seems to be balanced with the spices and is very sweet. Additionally, hints of gingerbread come out as well in the smell. As the beer warms, the spices become much more dominant and the alcohol makes an appearance as well. Also, the beer takes on a buttery smell.
Spices such as cinnamon and clove notes come out in the taste. The pumpkin also comes out very well. The spices and pumpkin mix decently with the bourbon but I think the bourbon mutes the other flavors. Hint of alcohol that increases over time as the beer gets warm and becomes more metallic. As the beer becomes even warmer, the beer balances itself with a slightly buttery taste but the metallic taste is still there.
Biting carbonation and a medium bodied. The feel is a little thick but, ultimately, smooth. The beer also has a little bit of alcohol warmth.
A pretty decent imperial pumpkin ale and one that I will probably pick up again next year when it comes out.
Serving type: bottle
11-02-2013 23:57:06 | More by HattedClassic
3.8/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
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.
Serving type: bottle
10-26-2013 01:34:02 | More by TheBrewo
Heavy Seas - The Greater Pumpkin from Heavy Seas Beer
87 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.