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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

446 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 446
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 52
Gots: 60 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer visit their website
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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Thedrizzle, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of Cristina
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Cristina, Sep 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

AWB3, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +3.4%

redfox405, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of brewtus
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours dark orange with a single finger off white head. Smell is full of pumpkin, cinnamon, oaky bourbon. Taste starts with lots of pumpkin, cinnamon again, sweet potato, some marshmallow, sweet, finishes with an oaky bourbon, not too hot, plenty of malt, slight hop presence. This is well balanced but neither of the flavors are intense enough IMO. I did really enjoy it though.

brewtus, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of Xach
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%

1 pint and 6 fl oz
Bottle... is... awesome...
Edit note: we reviewed the 2013 beer. Bottle looks different and has a higher ABV than this site lists.

A - It has a nice orangey amber color. Small head, about one finger, last about a minute.

S - That smells fantastic, but we love the smell of pumpkin. Had a nice little nutmeg scent to it as well. There is a third smell, maybe banana? The nutmeg was very overpowering --- which is great.

T - First off, the aftertaste is just fantastic. Can definitely taste the bourbon in it. Has a sweetness, but it is very light on the pumpkin taste. So, while a great beer, not something people looking for straight pumpkin should drink. However, we rated it on pure deliciousness and not on pumpkin-ness.

M - This is our hardest category as noob reviewers. It's kind of heavy, but not overpowering. It has a slight tingly feel if you let it sit in your mouth.

O - Overall, we say it's an outstanding beer. The smell definitely brings out the pumpkin, but the taste doesn't continue that. Probably not a beer you could drink a lot of, and not just for the ABV (10%). But, definitely good for us to split another bottle at some point.

Xach, Sep 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

dcp27, Sep 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Chris00710, Sep 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Zach136, Sep 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Beejay, Sep 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Nolen12, Sep 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

jkball01, Sep 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Jackal, Sep 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

rct, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of KYGunner
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

KYGunner, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

mostpoetsdo, Sep 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

IPAchris, Sep 21, 2013
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1/5  rDev -74.2%

xenjoiii, Sep 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

ncstateplaya, Sep 19, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -54.8%

jriggins6, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of Roland45s
4/5  rDev +3.4%

A bourbon barrel pumpkin ale that poured dark like a stout and wasn't too syrupy. The head was less than 1" and its mouthfeel was a mixture of pumpkin and bourbon. You could taste the variety of spices as well as the oak casked barrel that it sat in. At 9% ABV it didn't have a crazy bite and I would definitely recommend it to someone who is looking for a mix of pumpkin and bourbon.

Roland45s, Sep 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

JimmyFlatRock, Sep 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

random846, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%

Incredibly spicy, savory, and sweet- Heavy Seas churns out a beer that's easily mistaken for rum-soaked graham crackers. And at imperial-type strength, its a pumpkin beer that's finally fortified and worthwhile.

Poured into a round snifter, its orange glow with slight tawny brown-bronze low lights- the beer starts to even look like a pumpkin. Its bright clarity really shows off the streams of carbonation the rise up from its depths to build a creamy ivory head to top of the ale. Semi-stern retention struggles to retain the second half of the session and laces only daintily- preferring that rum-like consistence as much as ale.

Biscuity, savory and spicy- the beer's aromas is strikingly of gingersnaps and graham crackers as the caramel-soaked malts become decorated with cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice and ginger that dance about its periphery. Toasted grains provide a near-toffee richness with toasted pecans, bread crust and a distinct "french toast" character.

And that same savory caramel, nutty, toasty and crusty flavor comes to life with a supple hint of butterscotch just as the spices fold into the taste in the middle palate. Turning from sweetness to toastiness, the sprinkle of all those pumpkin pie spices help to dry the beer as the sweetness begins to fade until the taste of dry molasses, spiced rum, and husky grain character gives it finish a glimpse into the gingersnaps that was picked up by the nose.

Full-ish in body, the beer's ample sweetness certainly speaks to its imperial strength and savory character. But as the carbonation keeps the beer creamy, the alcohol and spice counterbalances with a drier tone. Finishing spicy, warm and rum-like- echoes of spice and toast stem into a long and arid aftertaste.

The secret is out! Imperial Pumpkin Ales is what beer enthusiasts crave. Its as sultry, savory and seductive as any taste in the beer world. Heavy Seas takes advantage of the impressionable palates with a drier and spicier version of this clever and quirky seasonal beer.

BEERchitect, Sep 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

AndrewMichael, Sep 15, 2013
Heavy Seas - The Greater Pumpkin from Heavy Seas Beer
87 out of 100 based on 446 ratings.