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Reviews: 199
Hads: 641
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 7.53%
Wants: 66
Gots: 106 | FT: 5
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mcallister on 07-28-2010

In the most worthy of pumpkin patches and during the silence of the midnight hour, the Greater Pumpkin raises up and pours a rich deep and burnished orange color. Heady aromas of bourbon, cinnamon, ginger, allspice and clove linger seductively over the thick white head of this tremendous brew. Its love at first sip as the full malt body, dominated by British crystal malt, brown sugar and pumpkin, slowly washes over your tongue. Bourbon barrel aging rounds out the flavors with notes of oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Pairs well with crisp autumn weather, crunchy fallen leaves, and the knowledge that your kids will be asleep soon so you can raid their Halloween candy bags.
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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Orange in color. Hazy. Off white head settles quickly. Lacing is small and spotty.

S: Strong waft of gourdy sweet pumpkin. Whiffs of cinnamon and pumpkin spice. Rich barrel aromas of caramel, vanilla, bourbon, and charred oak. Pleasant shortbread malt backbone.

T: A wave of cinnamon and pumpkin spice dominates for a while. Striking impression of graham cracker. Bourbon and barrel flavors pick up steam on the mid palate, but the spicing never goes away. Bourbon, oak, and caramel punch through the spices from time to time. Pleasant shortbread and toffee malt backbone is stifled. Pumpkin comes on strong toward the back end. Finishes with long lingering cinnamon.

M: Medium-thick body. Chewy. Low carbonation. Soothing alcohol warmth.

O: The English malts are delicious on the rare occasions that they are allowed to peek through the iron curtain of spices. The barrel flavors are comforting and enticing as well. Tone back the spicing by half and this would be an excellent beer, but as it stands it's a bit much. (1,070 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz brown bottle. No freshness date.
Served in a Sam Adams lager glass.
It pours an orange-hued copper color with little specks of suspended floaties and a thin beige head which fades in a matter of seconds. No lacing whatsoever.
The first smell is that of a spiced pumpkin bourbon cake (not a bad idea!), followed by some citrus zest and a whiff of dry barn.
The flavors are fairy intense with pumpkin, bready malt, spices, lemony citrus, grapefruit and bourbon.
The alcoholic profile grows as you get halfway through the glass, and I think to myself yourself, "I've had 2 Wolaver Pumpkin Ales,
and a Sierra Nevada Tumbler before this and now I have to consider how many hours I've been drinking, what I ate and how much I weigh, because I'm feeling this brew in each breath I take and there is a noticeable pleasant buzz in the works. Fear not! I'm sitting in my home office just drinking and a typing...and staring at the pumpkin I just bought. (950 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"As fall approaches and thoughts turn to Halloween, we roll out the Great'er Pumpkin. A coppery ale with forward notes of vanilla oak and flavors of autumnal spice, the ale is brewed with actual pumpkin and imported English malts. Pairs well with turkey legs, sweet potatoes, and an evening looking at the stars…" Brewed in the style of a Bourbon Barrel Aged Pumpkin Ale. Available as a fall seasonal in 22 oz. bottles. Rebooted in 2013 as the fall release in the Uncharted Waters series. Enjoyed alongside a 2013 bottle and a 2012 "Mutiny Fleet" series bottle for vertical comparison.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a Heavy Seas pint glass. Served above 52º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy light tan head over an orange amber body with moderate haziness and light sediment in tow. Retention is average, lacing is light and spotty. 3.5

(Smell) Meaty toasted pumpkin, mildly sweet bread malts with a touch of caramel grain and toffee, light cinnamon and nutmeg spiciness. Fairly low impact of bourbon and barrel treatment in the aroma. Potency is medium. 3.75

(Taste) Bitter, waxy pumpkin rind plus a mellow arrangement of nutmeg and allspice. A fairly light body, shallow on malt depth and light sweetness, notes of caramel grain, earthy bread, creeping alcohol presence. Like the aroma, there isn't much bourbon character, potentially aside from the finish, which is quite dry. The flavor is a bit less ideal than the aroma gives off, slightly less ripe pumpkin and harsher alcohol without the benefits of a solid malt base. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, mildly sticky, faintly dry. Carbonation generates a moderate frothiness for a silky mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is very slightly biter over sweet. Alcohol presence is low/medium and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) Calling The Greater Pumpkin an imperial ale might be only half a step too bold. Compared to the excellent 2013 (see below for notes), I feel this beer didn't spend enough time in the barrels to get much of a bourbon impact, but even without the bourbon, it's a well-bodied and flavorful pumpkin ale, reasonable on the balance, reserved on the spices and a respectable choice for the fall season. 3.75

Vertical Reviews:

2013 (1 Year Aged) Pours a clearer body but with more chunks of sediment, creamy froth head. More dominant notes of bourbon and oak, some vanilla and a sweet molasses backbone, pumpkin and spice still evident in the aroma if not slightly washed out. The flavor carries more bourbon and syrup up front, paired with slightly meatier pumpkin behind, light and dry spice profiles, decent balance, optimally boozy and notable bourbon impact. Texture is slicker, slightly more viscous and chewier than the fresh vintage, carbonation is smoother and frothier. Alcohol presence is medium and there are no off characters. I'm not sure how widely the build on this one differs from the fresh vintage, but it is superior in almost every way, much better bourbon character, meatier, riper pumpkin and a more solid, better balanced malt body. The bourbon doesn't take away from the pumpkin style but compliments its strengths very well. Quite a fantastic vintage and highly recommended.

2012 (2 Years Aged) Pours a crisp, frothy head over a similarly colored body to the 1 year and fresh vintages, slightly less pulpy matter than 2013. Faint, earthy caramel malt and grainy alcohol, remnants of nutmeg spice and vegetal pumpkin, altogether falling off. Flavor is as harsh if not worse, astringent grains and sharp nips of bourbon, strong cinnamon, faded pumpkin. Texture is slick, oily and medium dry, carbonation is slightly frothy and crisp. Alcohol presence is medium/high, fairly grainy and harsh. Slightly different recipe for this year prior and potentially a different beer entirely, either way it's quite past its prime.

Recommended Vintages: Fresh or 1 Year Aged (2013)

Heavy Seas Beer's
The Greater Pumpkin
3.63/5.00 (3,987 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (576 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a bomber of this for 7.99 at my local beer Nutz. Not Sure of the age but with some sediment in the bottle it may be last years batch. Hoping the bourbon has rounded out in that time!

A - Poured a nice amber with an inch of fluffy white head. The pour was pretty carbonated so the sediment was disturbed and resulted in a snow storm in my glass. Ow well it's a bourbon beer so I don't think it is soured.

S - Wow this smells like a booze bomb! Heavy bourbon with just a hint of caramel sweetness with just a pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon.

T - Belch! Ow wow the only time I had a as much bourbon flavor was in Nemesis! Usually a beer will round out the bourbon flavor resulting in a sweetness but this is full on booze flavored! Hard to detect anything else but I did pick up mostly caramel sweetness, some wood, and a very mild if any pumpkin taste but really it good have just been bourbon with this monster!

M - Very heavy and almost undrinkable. I kind of enjoy a scotch or bourbon flavor MILDLY in my beer but this is ridiculous.

D - I don't think age will do much more with this beer since after a while the sediment starts to set in destroying the flavor. Was really hoping for more with this beer but has really opened my eyes for big ABV Pumpkin ales. Most of them (Smashed Pumpkin, Hopping Frog Double Pumpkin, and this) were total booze bombs. I will stick with my Screaming Jack from Michigan. PASS! (1,418 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I opted to go ahead and pour this one instead of aging it. The curiosity got to me. It poured a cloudy, murky dark burnt orange with almost no head at all. You can smell it from a couple feet away. You can pick up the pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon. Up close you get little more than bourbon, oak, and vanilla. The taste isn't what I wanted it to be. It's subtly pumpkin while overly bourbon. I would've liked it the other way around. It drinks slightly "hot" too because of the bourbon flavor paired with the 9% alcohol content. It has a medium to body and leaves the bourbon flavor on your palate. I like it, but it could've been better. I'll probably buy another one just to let it age for a couple years. (706 characters)

Photo of jnn4v
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Orangeish brown, hazy color. No sediment. Very little head.

S: Smells like pumpkin spice candles, hot mulled cider, and hints of apple pie.

T: Apple pie spice, apple cider, pumpkin pie, and alcohol. Not overly sweet. Sort of medicinal flavor.

M: Good texture. Medium-to-thick mouthfeel.

D: OK drinkability. The alcohol and cloves started to get annoying halfway through. (381 characters)

Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (577 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft at Capones in Norristown, PA.

Pours a hazy dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and two finger, white foam head that slowly fades into a thick, lasting ring.  Streaks of lace left behind.  

Subtle aroma with some caraway seed and toasted oak along with subtle pumpkin and autumnal spices.  Hints of cinnamon and brown sugar compliment the dry, toasted oak.  Was expecting more pumpkin.  Not really much bourbon in the nose either.

Medium bodied with a nice barrel presence that's decently integrated into the pumpkin and spice flavors.  Dry oak, vanilla and subtle bourbon sweetness followed by pumpkin purée, nutmeg, vanilla, allspice, clove and ginger.  Nice warmth in finish but the ABV is well hidden. (732 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy dark gold with a little off-white head.
S: It smelled like lots of mulled spices and cider, with pumpkin and sweet bourbon and a bit of oak.
T: It tasted like pumpkin and apple cider / mulled spices, with bourbon and vanilla and oak and biscuit. It had a somewhat dirty bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with moderate carbonation.
D: This was better than the average pumpkin ale, but not amazing. The bourbon aging was a nice twist, and it seemed to work well with the other flavor elements. But the general quality and crispness of the brew was somewhat lacking. Nice body, and it hid the alcohol well, so it was pretty easy to drink. Enjoyable, but a bit sloppy, so there was some missed potential. (735 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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. (771 characters)

Photo of jpmclaug
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my Deschutes snifter. I heard this was a bourbon bomb so I have high expectations

A - Hazy orange body with a small lingering white head.

S - Smells like pumpkin pie. Pumpkin aroma with subtle pumpkin spices. Not especially pungent but pleasant.

T - Pumpkin spices with a sweet bourbon flavor mixed in. The bourbon isn't as prevalent as I was led to believe. Really blends well with the spices normally found in pumpkin beers. A bit of an alcohol flavor in the finish as well.

M - medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D - Pretty decent beer. Definitely a sipper. Warming alcohol notes makes me think this would be a good cold weather beer. Worth trying for a new experience. (719 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy, dull orange. Very slight head that swells on an aggressive pour and recedes to a swirl or two.
Smell: Very modest for a greater pumpkin. There's pumpkin to be sure and some spice and sweetness but much lighter than I would expect from such a bold brew.
Taste: ummm. That's more like it. Chewy pumpkin pie. Very smooth.
Overall: Very tasty, smooth drinker. Well done. (385 characters)

Photo of dheacck11
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour is a dark copper bronze, fairly opaque. Not much head.

Nose is rich and big with apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a little brandy.

Taste is absurdly boozy, such strong bourbon taste it bowls you over. Little hint of pumpkin spice, really tough to find other flavors buried under all the booze. Little more ale and pumpkin spice flavor as it warms.

Feel is sticky and medium full.

Wow. Perhaps aged a bit too long in those bourbon barrels. I like a BBA brew, but this is just more boozy than I would like. Gonna give it some time to warm and see if it improves. (566 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great Seas Greater Pumpkin Ale

Look 9/10
Smell 16/20
Taste 35/40
Feel 7/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 84/100

Too boozy for its ABV... Nice flavor and the pumpkin is real nice... I just feel like I have had too many too many pumpkin ales that were far better~ (261 characters)

Photo of emyers
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy copper-orange with a thin off-white head.

Smell: Pumpkin, pie spice, and molasses up front with bourbon undertones. The bourbon is definitely subtle, but adds a very nice layer of complexity. Excellent.

Taste: Unfortunately goes a little downhill here. Maintains a similar profile to the aroma with pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice taking the forefront, but flavor-wise it's pretty mild. Once again, the bourbon flavor is very subtle. The alcohol presence, however, is not, and really weighs this down a bit. If there was more flavor overall it would be able to stand up to the alcohol, but as it is it gets overpowered a bit. Still a solid taste, just not as good as it could be.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a medium carbonation level. Definite alcohol heat.

Overall: This is a good beer, and the bourbon offers a nice change of pace from the standard pumpkin beers out there. Ultimately it just needs more flavor (both pumpkin and bourbon). (1,019 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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. (197 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. Lighter, semi-murky orange pour. Some white head, receded to a whispy layer.

More pumpkin, nutmeg, ginger in the aroma than I expected. Some malt caramel and booze. Just hints of oak and vanilla.

Taste is very spicy up front. A bit uneven and overbearing nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger. The pumpkin and barrel don't mesh with the spices, at least at first. This improves greatly as it warms. Vanilla, caramel oak are much more present in the finish and in general when it warms up quite a bit.

Goes down all right, but it just doesn't leave me wanting more. The difference in the unwarmed state will probably cause me to not seek this out again, which is about par for the Mutiny Fleet series in general. (711 characters)

Photo of MarkCyrAmanda
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a very appealing look right off the bat; smooth, lacy, and just the right amount of sediment. The color is a deep orange copper.

The aroma isn't overpowering, but leaves something to be desired. The association with the bourbon barrels definitely influences the fullness of the aroma, but there are notes of nutmeg and other seasonably appropriate spices.

Possesses a well-balanced malt profile and silky smooth texture. A biting astringency is conferred by the whiskey barrel aging process, giving the impression that your glass has been used previously for a whiskey drink.

The competition between the flavors of autumn and the bourbon creates a battlefield on the palate, leaving way for improvement. Balancing the sweetness and astringency with a spicy hop would turn this from a good beer to a great beer.

Overall, a wholly enjoyable beer (but it's like the Pumking's alcoholic cousin, that is difficult to tolerate in large portions). (952 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heavy Seas The Great'er Pumpkin is a cloudy orange/amber beer with an off white head that fades quickly and leaves nice lacing. There's lots of oak in the nose. That's pretty much the aroma: bourbon barrel. It's full bodied and bubbly. It leaves the tongue a little silty. Charred oak dominates the taste. There is possible nutmeg detected, but no pumpkin. This is a bourbon flavored beer. Fortunately, I like bourbon. This is some heavy stuff, though. (452 characters)

Photo of RexBanner
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

Pours a deep dark orange in color. Sweet smells of vanilla, Brown sugar, nutmeg, rum soaked raisins. The taste followed the nose closely albeit more subdued. The sweetness wasn't cloying. The beer is made to stand out in this concoction; the spices are just an accent. The taste of oak is slightly present in the taste also. The sharpness and burn of the alcohol is reminiscent of a brandy or bourbon and effective at breaking up the sweetness in this beer. Medium bodied, not overly bubbly. This would be an excellent beer to bottle condition for 2 years. Overall; I prefer this beer over Pumking because it isn't as sweet/ overly spiced. Recommended for pumpkin/yam beer lovers. (681 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Opaque ice tea apricot body. Creamy, white head has ok retention and lace.

S – Green olives dominate the nose. Bright oak and molasses play backup, but can’t stand up to the overwhelming brine.

T – Strangely, but thankfully, none of the brine makes it into the profile. Soft bourbon is restrained, sweet, and paired with a vanilla and rolling oak. Chardonay-like twang in the center. Honey and light-grade molasses balance the alcohol and oak in the finish.

M – Medium-full body. Well carbonated.

O – Outstanding flavor profile, but almost no pumpkin flavor. (579 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a warm pumpkin and spice scent along with a nice bourban barrel aroma. The pumpkin and bourban character works well together. The taste is decent. It has a very aggressive bourbon flavor that goes down easy and finishes warm with good pumpkin character. The barrel aging dominates the palate and diminishes the overall pumpkin and spice taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is the first bourbon barrel aged pumpkin ale I've ever tried. It's unique and complex, but I prefer the regular version. (670 characters)

Photo of EkimGram
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 22oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Colour is a hazy-orange brown. Very thin head fades to a thin film. No visible carbonation.

Smell: Cutting spice of nutmeg, cinnamon, and pepper. Mild aromas of malt and pumpkin.

Taste: Sweet, boozy flavour, definitely from the bourbon barrels. Spices are not so strong in the taste as they are in the smell. Aftertaste is the faintest touch of peeper and cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, a hint of carbonation, somewhat silky, a little sticky.

Overall: The bourbon comes off a little too strong. the sweetness compliments it well but the lack of spices in the flavour make it a little imbalanced. A very noteworthy attempt. (680 characters)

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