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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
87
very good

431 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 431
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 14.47%
Wants: 48
Gots: 52 | 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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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -16%

01-28-2013 05:01:03 | More by mendvicdog
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shehateme

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-25-2013 21:04:43 | More by shehateme
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

01-23-2013 00:52:48 | More by yourefragile
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deg

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer has a nice amber color that I expect from a pumpkin beer. I could smell pumpkin pie. If there is supposed to be any other smells in there, I'm not one to ask since my sense of smell is weak. The head disspated a little quickly. The taste is a blend of pumpkin and bourbon. I think the two go well together. I picked up a little vanilla in there too. The beer is a little creamier than the usual pumpkin beer, but it is a pleasant touch.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 22:54:46 | More by deg
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Lebby

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

01-06-2013 05:45:31 | More by Lebby
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Prost76

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

01-05-2013 21:47:01 | More by Prost76
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EastHarris

Pennsylvania

1.48/5  rDev -61.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I picked this up right before Thanksgiving as a bookend to all of the pumpkin/fall beers I would be having that day. I've had Heavy Seas offerings before but this was my first of their bourbon barrel aged offerings. Poured with almost no head. Smelled of pumpkin pie spices with a slight boozy, oaky aroma. The first sip was wow....what happened to this brew? It tasted like someone took a half decent pumpkin beer and poured a double shot of bourbon directly into it. It was so overwhelming that I drain poured the rest of it and I have not had a bourbon barrel beer since. I basically lost my taste for this style because of this beer.

Well intentioned, but poorly executed. I mean poor. The only person who might like this is a bourbon aficionado and even that is doubtful.

Better luck next time around!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 19:38:47 | More by EastHarris
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jlindsey

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

12-17-2012 17:14:06 | More by jlindsey
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NumberNone

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a solid amber color with a thin white bubbly head. Moderate lacing. Moderate evident carbonation.

S: Pumpkin, brown sugar, malt, nutmeg, slight allspice, slight bourbon, slight hops.

T: Consists of malt, pumpkin, brown sugar, slight hops, cinnamon, nutmeg, slight bourbon, some alcohol. Similar to The Great Pumpkin with less citrus and more whiskey and alcohol.

M: Smooth with good earthiness and a grainy texture on the tongue. Nice hit of dryness. Flavors are well balanced even with a bit of an alcohol kick.

O: A tasty improvement over the solid The Great Pumpkin. It has more of a kick yet still retains its pumpkin ale qualities (with this version actually having a somewhat stronger pumpkin flavor). The alcohol kick makes you wonder how it might taste with some age, though it's quite good fresh. It has many of the qualities of The Great Pumpkin in taste, and it's definitely a pumpkin, but here it's taken up a notch . The "aged in bourbon barrels" indicated on the bottle is definitely evident. Is it worth the several extra dollars in price over the original? Maybe not, but definitely worth trying both to experience the differences,

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 15:33:41 | More by NumberNone
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zackcamp

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

12-03-2012 17:01:34 | More by zackcamp
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap 11/28/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy light brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains pumpkin, cinnamon & other spices, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt character. Then some sweet flavors of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, this is yet another beer that proves that “imperial” doesn’t always mean better.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2012 02:31:05 | More by TheManiacalOne
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GreyGhost4

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -16%

12-01-2012 02:26:11 | More by GreyGhost4
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e30todamax

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-29-2012 20:38:26 | More by e30todamax
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dunix

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

11-28-2012 05:56:26 | More by dunix
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out as a very nice looking orange color with a thin white head on top. The head fades mostly and leaves just a touch of lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is very nice, it's got a near perfect balance of spicy pumpkin aromas mixed with the bourbon and vanilla on the nose. The taste is similar to the smell, lots of spice with a wonderful balance of vanilla and bourbon notes. The mouthfeel is creamy with a heavy body and a moderate carbonation to it. Overall I thought this beer was great, I would enjoy this one over and over during the fall season.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2012 03:25:34 | More by Knapp85
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SFTBLMOSS2

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

11-21-2012 15:06:37 | More by SFTBLMOSS2
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torr

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had heard amazing reviews from various sources before purchasing this brew. I expected a not overpowering pumpkin ale with a boozy twist. Now, I cannot say that I have the most refined palette, but what I tasted was a beer with a shot or two of bourbon in it. There was no appreciable pumpkin flavor. I wasn't expecting to be punched in the face with pumpkin like you might expect in a Shipyard, but I also wasn't expecting to get kicked in the balls with bourbon.

In my opinion, this is a better than average beer. It is obvious that Heavy Seas is trying to do something interesting that would be beyond the capabilities of most home brewers. I found this to be something I might serve via tasters to an interested group. I cannot imagine drinking more than one of these in a sitting. The overpowering bourbon flavor brought down what might otherwise be a complex and entirely enjoyable beer. I enjoyed the body, color, and the pumpkin spice aroma.

Overall it's worth a try, but generally the pumpkin beer money could be better spent on a Southern Tier Pumking.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 04:38:29 | More by torr
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hef

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

11-17-2012 04:04:00 | More by hef
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IrishMonk

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bomber from Habersham Beverage in Savannah.

One of my favorite fall seasonals, a creamy pumpkin ale that is pretty drinkable despite the heavy alcohol. Not as spicy as the Great Pumpkin. The bourbon flavor is very forward, and slightly over takes the spices, but leaves a nice pumpkin crust finish. Well worth a try if you like full, barrel aged ales.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 01:11:06 | More by IrishMonk
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

11-03-2012 14:27:43 | More by sendbeer
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BeezNeezy22D

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-03-2012 08:14:13 | More by BeezNeezy22D
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bigred89

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

11-03-2012 00:57:16 | More by bigred89
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Steimie

Michigan

2/5  rDev -48.3%

11-01-2012 01:08:52 | More by Steimie
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 18:02:32 | More by ummswimmin
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StaindProject86

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -16%

10-29-2012 00:01:45 | More by StaindProject86
Heavy Seas - The Greater Pumpkin from Heavy Seas Beer
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