Heavy Seas - The Greater Pumpkin - Heavy Seas Beer
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3.7/5 rDev -4.1%
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).
11-29-2013 01:38:59 | More by emyers
3.4/5 rDev -11.9%
2013 vintage. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a light copper with a fluffy off-white head that fades and leaves nice retention and decent lacing. The aromas are loaded with caramel malts. Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Lots of vanilla. There's a nice amount of graham cracker. Not much oak. The bourbon is extremely subtle. The flavors are very earthy. Lots of spices. More cinnamon and ginger. The bourbon characteristics seem non-existent. It's hard to tell that this was even thrown in bourbon barrels. It tastes good, but loses points for lacking the barrel presence. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, but somewhat thin. Active carbonation making it smooth and drinkable. Alcohol goes unnoticed.
This is a fine pumpkin ale. The only flaw is that the bourbon and oak characteristics seem to be absent, in my opinion. I personally don't think aging this beer will make it improve.
11-23-2013 23:29:42 | More by BB1313
3.98/5 rDev +3.1%
A: Pours a slightly hazy nice orange leading to copper. No real head. Turns into a bright white collar. Some lacing sheeting. Alcohol feet.
S: Not getting a lot of barrel. Lots of fleshy pumpkin and spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg. Vanilla. Sweet English malts. As it warms you do get the bourbon. Very nice vanilla/toffee/caramel meshing with pumpkin.
T: Touch of bitterness on the tip of the tongue. You get that fleshy pumpkin and pie like spice blend. Initially not getting much barrel character, over just general vanilla flavors from pie filling blend of spices. Some sweetness. Finish is drier than expected.
M: Medium leading to full.
11-22-2013 14:52:58 | More by inlimbo77
3.35/5 rDev -13.2%
Appearance is copper in color with two big fingers of head that took awhile to dissipate. The nose had pumpkin notes, but also a nostril burning dose of alcohol. There were no pumpkin notes in the flavor profile which was quite disappointing. This is just a sub-standard bourbon-aged ale.
This is one pumpkin ale that can be skipped over.
11-09-2013 06:52:55 | More by 57md
4.19/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
11-03-2013 01:26:21 | More by runbirddrinkbeer
3.81/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
11-02-2013 23:57:06 | More by HattedClassic
Heavy Seas - The Greater Pumpkin from Heavy Seas Beer
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