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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
88
very good

615 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 615
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 66
Gots: 92 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of hustlesworth
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours viscous with a short ecru head. The foam that's there is bubbly and active and leaves minuscule spots of lace behind. Not surprising considering the abv and the spices. Body is an auburn color with bright orange highlights and relatively clear, but this is the first half of the bottle.

S- still cold, it smells of heavy nutmeg. I like that. Cinnamon, brown sugar and loads of whiskey barrel aromas follow up with an alluring vanilla and punkin pie profile. Tartness comes into play as well, and makes for a very well rounded nose thanks to the bourbon and charred wood. This one is earthy sweet, with a great balance of spice to counteract the sugars. Notes of buttered rum come through easily as it warms with date and fig and over-ripened berries.

T- pumpkin pie WITH the pie crust. I've never had a pumpkin beer that strikes a balance between sweet/salty/sour/bitter but this does it. Malty sweetness with an earthy sweetness and tannins from the oak paired with a hint of bitterness from the spices does the trick. Cinnamon, clove, maaaad nutmeg, mace, vanilla, tobacco, cured wood and sour wood. Soil and mushroom, all backed up by the buttery sweet aroma with a fruity kick. Alcohol is there in a spiced rum sort of way adds to the flavor. Finishes like speyside scotch with burn and lingering fruity and peppercorn notes.

MF- the combination of alcohol and tight, zippy carbonation stings the palate, opening craters for the flavor to sink into. Barrel aging has definitely benefitted here as the tannins provide a spark to lift the sugary feeling. Idk if it is bottle conditioned but knowing clipper city and feeling the sandpaper, it probably is. Much love to em.

D- being a "big beer" and considering my notions of pumpkin ale, this shit is off the chain. Barrel aging sells it to me but even without that I believe this would be a stellar spiced ale. I'm not kickin it here all cinnamon faced either. Nutmeg and brown sugar are up front, although the brown sugar could be elements of the vanilla flavors from the wood. Either way, it's a banger.

hustlesworth, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of JISurfer
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

JISurfer, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of waiting4lunch
3/5  rDev -22.9%

waiting4lunch, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of jp52518
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

jp52518, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dana for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a nice orange color with a very small fizzy ring of head with littl lacing, has a sort of thin look but a nice shade.

The aroma is pretty nice but doesn't jump out of the glass like you would hope for, though it doesn't smell bad. Seems pretty thin in aroma actually the more I try to smell in there. Some boubon and spices rise out of the glass, obvious pumpkin pie aromas like cinnamon and clove though they are still pretty subtle and then a nice blanket of sweet and oak vanilla bourbon flavors.

The taste is quite nice though, the flavors mingle together very nicely. The bourbon is not overpowering but accompanies the spices and malts of the pumpkin base beer very nicely, it has a warm and endearing quality. Has a cereal like flavor to the malts. Very flavorful and elegant flavored beer.

The mouthfeel is medium and has just th slightest little warmth of alcohol although again it is not overpowering. Good carbonation, wish maybe it had a little bit of a thicker feel.

Overall a very nice beer, better than most of the pumpkin beer out there in my opinion.

Dreadnaught33, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of GaryMarkle84
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

GaryMarkle84, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -10%

djrn2, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of 2dogbrew
4/5  rDev +2.8%

2dogbrew, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of skaboom420
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

skaboom420, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of marine1975
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

marine1975, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of claspada
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 Bottle aged for a year in the fridge.

Pours a dark amber color with a thin ring of tan foam around the outside of the glass that recedes to leave some pretty decent lacing on the glass.

Aromas are quite intense with tons of bourbon, quite a bit of booze along with the usual oak and vanilla. As it warms you get a lot of pumpkin pie spices as well; including cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg.

The tastes begin with a great deal of sweet vanilla. Fairly sweet, but the oaky bourbon flavors helps to mitigate that a bit. As it warms the intense cinnamon and nutmeg flavors do an even better job of this.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low-medium carbonation. Finish is pretty darn sweet and boozy, which is suprising given the year of age.

OveralI, I chose to age this because I heard it was farily intense upon the release and it it still so after a year. The bourbon and spices are just overdone causing an intense flavor profile is just hard to really enjoy. I don't mind aging beers for more than a year but a pumpkin beer doesnt fit that MO for me

claspada, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -10%

t0rin0, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of andycyford
3/5  rDev -22.9%

andycyford, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of brentblack1
4/5  rDev +2.8%

brentblack1, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of Barbie
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Barbie, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of Momar42
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Momar42, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of hantalek
5/5  rDev +28.5%

hantalek, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of crobinso
4/5  rDev +2.8%

crobinso, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of ms11781
3.5/5  rDev -10%

ms11781, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of hardcor33
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

hardcor33, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of KevinTK
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

KevinTK, May 30, 2012
Photo of ChadQuest
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First off, i am drinking this bottle 8 months after it's release.

Color is a golden hue, lighter then i was anticipating, not much lacing or head at all, drops out right away.
The aroma is sweet pumpkin pie, wood, and alcohol. I would have liked more spice notes.
The flavors are rounded smooth pumpkin sweetness and a light woody alcohol. Little spice, really little bourbon character.

I enjoy pumpkin beers, but i like more spice then this one. This one was also probably better fresh when the bourbon was stronger.

ChadQuest, May 17, 2012
Photo of lalaloveyou
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

lalaloveyou, May 15, 2012
Photo of seanzzila
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

seanzzila, May 12, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

ygtbsm94, Apr 24, 2012
Heavy Seas - The Greater Pumpkin from Heavy Seas Beer
88 out of 100 based on 615 ratings.