Heavy Seas - The Greater Pumpkin - Heavy Seas Beer
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3.63/5 rDev -6%
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.
09-21-2011 01:35:13 | More by BeerResearcher
2/5 rDev -48.2%
Thanks to angrybabboon for splitting the bomber.
Appearance: Hazy orange. Bright-white head. Pours a little heavy with some decent carbonation. Minus the haze, this is what I would expect to see.
Smell: This is where things start to go wrong. Bourbon, vanilla, clove, nutmeg, and a nice splash of real pumpkin. Sweet like pumpkin pie filling. Fleshy, vegetable goodness mired in some straight bourbon. Not a lot of aroma blending going on here. It's like sniffing a shot of bourbon and then jamming your nose in pumpkin pie filling.
Taste: Sweet pie filling soaked in bourbon. It tastes like someone got drunk in the kitchen and decided to share. Vanilla and oak jam down the sweetness. Clove and nutmeg dominate the spice profile, but bourbon kicks it in the balls and says "To hell with you. I'm the king!" and promptly drops a steamy load of bottom shelf bourbon on your tongue. Pumpkin bombs! Drop a shot of canned pumpkin in a glass of Jim Beam and you'll get the idea.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Drinks on the smooth side, with a hellaciously dry booze burn after every sip.
Overall: They didn't bourbon barrel age this. I think they pumpkin aged some bourbon. Seriously off balance and almost undrinkable. If I wanted to drink a glass of bourbon, I'd do it.
12-08-2011 02:36:38 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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
2.28/5 rDev -40.9%
Review adapted from notes taken 11/12/11
Appearance: Hazy, but mostly clear - dark orange - little white head that doesn't stick around for long, average lacing
Smell: Straight-up bourbon, with a side of bourbon - some pumpkin flesh underneath - a ton of the usual pumpkin pie spices - nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, clove, ginger - some sweetness, tons of alcohol - it's like someone hollowed out a pumpkin pie and filled it with bourbon
Taste: Absurd, with so much bourbon - borderline more bourbon than beer - tons of wood, tons of alcohol - underneath this assault, there are some cooked malts and pumpkin - pumpkin pie spices everywhere - a vegetal sweetness, but mostly dry - totally unbalanced, way too much bourbon
Mouthfeel: Medium body, on the thin side considering the harsh flavor, adequate carbonation
Overall: In a word, harsh
I thought a touch of bourbon would do good things to a pumpkin beer. And maybe it would. This beer throws so much bourbon into the equation that it is nearly incomprehensible. And this beer may or may not have made me need to vomit.
02-28-2012 06:58:03 | More by angrybabboon
4.4/5 rDev +14%
Greater Pumpkin, bottle bought at Whole Foods Chelsea in NYC for $11.99 plus tax. Way pricey but I love this beer. Have had it on cask (first at Max's in B'more and then at Pony in NYC) and on tap (at Pony). My first time on a bottle...
Appearance: Poured into my Lost Abbey snifter, The Greater pours freely and happy, delivering a deep-orange beer with barely a finger of head that dies almost immediately. Some lacing, though, but not great retention. About average looks overall.
Smell: Shines! Fleshy pumpkin, hoppy bitterness, sharp bourbon, barrel and booze... this has got it all. Plus some floral tones and spice, hoppy finish.
Taste: Follows nose, with a smooth pumpkin flavor drenched in bourbon. Spice, cinnamon. Tangy-tingly finish, feels like Christmas!
Mouthfeel: Smooth and bourbon-y, reminds me of drinking Elijah Craig or Evan Williams without the burn. Low carbonation, medium body and flavor. Beautiful all around, well-balanced.
Overall: Is this a complex beer? Maybe not... heck, it is all about the pumpkin and the bourbon! But I love it nonetheless. Drinkable, delicious, autumn-y, beautiful. And- different! Yeah. On cask, even better.
11-19-2011 05:12:02 | More by DoubleSimcoe
3.25/5 rDev -15.8%
A: Yellow orange pour with a surprisingly large white head. The retention is very good. I was expecting this to be much, much darker.
S: The smell is pretty boozy. Bourbon and whiskey mostly. The pumpkin and spices have mostly become subdued. Vanilla and a bit of oakiness remain.
T: The taste really surprises me. The bourbon really overpowers it. The pumpkin, spices, and cinnamon show up on the back...and it doesn't taste good. Very strange taste. Never had a beer this light with bourbon flavors. Sort of confuses my palate.
MF: Light and carbonated well. Alcohol is certainly noticeable.
O: Not terribly drinkable. It tasted really strange. It was balanced, but the aftertaste was just so weird. Certainly glad I tasted it, but I wouldn't get it again.
10-22-2011 18:56:10 | More by russwbeck
District of Columbia
4.13/5 rDev +7%
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.
10-04-2012 01:18:20 | More by Dreadnaught33
4.3/5 rDev +11.4%
22oz into Newport Storm pint glass. 2010 bottling.
A- A orangey amber beer that kind of looks like oil and water mixed. Is that the saturated bourbon or the pumpkin remnants? Hmm... White head that fizzes out quickly.
S- Bourbon! Pumpkin spices mix with the vanilla oaky peppery bourbon notes.
T- Bourbon-dominated. The pumpkin flavors mesh well and almost fade into the background of the flavor profile. The spices are integrated with the bourbon notes.. if you like bourbon you will love this beer. People who don't like bourbon might find this beer to be too much. I personally love it.
M- A bit hot, good carbonation keeps it from being too heavy.
D- High. I really like this beer, it won't be for everyone but I think the bourbon barrels work really well with the pumpkin ale base. I've bought a half-case of this already and will buy more if I see it. Good stuff.
09-27-2010 13:49:24 | More by ShogoKawada
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
Heavy Seas - The Greater Pumpkin from Heavy Seas Beer
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