Maple Mistress
Saucony Creek Brewing Company + Gastropub

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Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #29
Ranked #9,638
3.96 | pDev: 13.13%
Saucony Creek Brewing Company + Gastropub
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
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Notes: In the autumn of 1720, Captain Jack Rachman and his pirate-mates were celebrating their victories in typical hard-drinking tradition. Suddenly a British Navy sloop surprised them. The drunken pirates hid below deck, leaving Captain Jack’s mistresses Anne Bonney and Mary Read to defend the ship. The women shared a reputation as “fierce hell cats,” but the British Navy eventually overtook the pirate ship. Captain Jack and the pirates were sentenced to hang. Anne visited her lover in his cell before his execution, and instead of loving words her scathing comments live on throughout history, “Had you fought like a man, you need not have been hang’d like a dog.” Their legacy inspired us to brew an equally ferocious Imperial Pumpkin Ale brewed with pirate rum spices. We added a touch of autumn flavor with roasted butternut squash and natural maple syrup.
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trevormajor from Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at around 40 degrees. This beer smells just like the custard pie my Mom makes me for my birthday. Lots of nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste is more complex, with notes of gourd, maple syrup and spices. I could do with a bit less spice, but the beer is complex and interesting for a seasonal. Please put a bottled on date on your bottles!

Sep 02, 2020
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Trailboss76 from Virginia

3.22/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Huge, frothy, tan head. Yes, you do pick up a little hint of maple/something sweet in the aroma. Very, very, very murky amber color. A good bit of carbonation. The first couple of sips strikes me as odd - can't come up with a different adjective than that. Initially sort of flat on the flavor. Seems sort of muddled and not knowing what it wants to be. With the name Maple Mistress, I thought this might almost be a dessert beer. However, I would not buy this beer again to drink all by itself. I paired up with some mixed nuts and it was more enjoyable then. Originally tried this beer approx. Oct. 2018

Mar 24, 2020
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a beautiful copper brown with a two finger white head. Moderate lacing is present. Butternut squash, vanilla and brown sugar nose. Taste of malt, vanilla, maple syrup, caramel, mace, ginger, and cinnamon with a ginger lingering finish. High ABV is sneaky so watch out. Not a fan of pumpkin beer but . . . OMG . . . this is the tastiest pumpkin ale that I have ever had. Slightly oily and dry finish with moderate body and moderate light carbonation. I would definitely buy this again and again and again . . .

Jan 18, 2020
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Nass from Florida

3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I like the bottle label artwork, but I don't see a date anywhere on the bottle. The pour is a beautiful copper color in the snifter glass. The taste is butternut squash upfront intermingled with some cinnamon, nutmeg, & ginger but I can't seem to distinguish the maple syrup. The 9.5% abv is well hidden. Moreover, for some odd reason this beer reminds me of custard pie. Cheers! B

Nov 29, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(12 oz bottle; purchased cold single at Shangy's... decanted into a fat tulip)

L: brilliantly-clear, tawny-colored liquid; semi-tight, jagged, aged-white foam... thick, stretched, bubbly collar keeps long time; random duck head pattern in the middle (pointless pic though, random smear)

S: vanilla, ginger skin, cinnamon dust; caramel-creme... confusing, bold-fragrant, un-pumpkin-pie spice bouquet - yes, spiced-rum-like (actually quite Captain-esque) - but undeniably potent, spice-drenched flan aromas

T: caramel, coconut, pineapple, allspice... spiced rum taffy base, luckily not too syrupy-sweet at its core; under-the-radar bitter squash undertone in the aftertaste... maple aromatics in the aftertaste, maybe a bit of smoky wood coloring

F: oily-boozy smooth viscosity, thinned-out dry finish... almost an ideal cordial-like malt richness, syrupy swipe, and subtly-spicy soft burn to its creme-trails... surprising soft blast of boozy warmth

O: I guess it's a pumpkin ale, but then again it ain't... more of a spiced-rum-ed, maple-d, lazily-fermented American-ish styled tripel... has passing similarities to Pumking - now I'm eager to compare them, though Pumking is easily more cut-dry and consequently perhaps perceived as more pointedly spicy... this may actually be the closest match to Pumking I've tasted... I've had this on draft and a few times in bottle now, and I would potentially grab a few bottles of this, now that I have a tasting reference and seeing how it may compliment several decadent desserts (1619)

Nov 19, 2019
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howardnss from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pleasant winter beer. Spices are dominant flavor with light maple finish. Decent half inch head. Flavors intensified as the beer warmed. Considering the 9.5 abv the alcohol taste isn’t detectable

Oct 19, 2019
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chill hazed amber with one finger of tan head. No head retention or lacing

S: Pumpkin pie spices

T: Squashy, brown sugar, cinnamon, dryness & a little metallic twang up front. Squashyness & spices blend better now they are warmer, a little dryness from the Maple I presume & a little leafy hop, finally a little Maple sweetness. Finishes dry, with plenty pumpkin pie spice

MF: Medium body, restrained carbonation

Was hoping for more of a Maple presence, this didn't really impress

Oct 08, 2019
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klarcbarr3 from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have not had this beer in 5 or 6 years, so this tasting was like rediscovering it. The beer has a nice, pulpy dark look to it, and a nice head that does not dissipate too quickly. The taste is clean and welcoming. It has a freshness that reminds me of an unmanipulated pumpkin, like Eylsian Night Owl. The maple notes add a touch of sweetness, and even mystery. Although mild, all flavors are nice, and pleasant. The only thing shocking about this beer, is that it has a 9.5% ABV. I have never tasted a beer that hid it's substantial alcohol content so well. I am more than pleased.. I find this brew quite likeable. I'm going to bury a couple of bottles within the holdings, and try them again, next summer and fall. This is one beer that I suspect will age spectacularly.

Oct 03, 2019
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a glowing orangish amber with a mild haze; nice creamy light khaki head that falls leaving nice retention and lacing. The aromas have your typical pumpkin spices. Mild hints of vanilla and caramel. Malts are there. The flavors are nice. Very nice spice profile. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and brown sugar come through. More hints of vanilla and caramel. The vanilla comes off as the whipped cream. Some graham crackers coming through to give it a pumpkin pie feeling. Some squash and sweet potatoes in the mix giving it a subtle veggie vibe. The maple does its thing without dominating. There's a moderate sweetness, but nothing crazy. Solid malt backbone. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a pretty nice pumpkin ale. Nice flavors. The maple might dominate, but it doesn't have to. It's enjoyable and fun to drink. Well done.

Oct 02, 2019
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The clear orange tinged amber colored beer pours out into a snifter glass with a 1/2” white head that recedes fairly soon to a small ring of lacing, a thin, irregular island of foam on the surface of the liquid and scattered small patches of lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates scattered patches and small legs of lacing which mostly slide back down to the liquid.

The aromas are fairly gentle but do include some pumpkin and squash along with noticeable spices such as cinnamon, clove, and some vanilla. There’s also some maple syrup and just a bit of malt.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the maple and spices up front but nicely blended with and not totally concealing some squash/pumpkin. The maple/malt sweetness has some cinnamon, clove, and vanilla. There’s also a bit of spicy bitterness showing. The spicy bitterness is fairly complex and seems to include a hint of black pepper and a light touch of ginger. The alcohol is well hidden here.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with the light, finely bubbled carbonation. The finish is fairly long and begins as the pumpkin/squash and maple/malt sweetness begin to fade into a long spicy, semi-dry ending.

Overall this strikes me as both a drinkable and an enjoyable one-a-night once-in-a-while beer made for the kind of slow sipping that happens after dinner with a digestif, or in front of a fireplace with a good book. The spices are both noticeable and well integrated as part of the aroma/flavor profile along with the maple/malt sweetness and the pumpkin/squash.

Oct 01, 2018
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Shade1951 from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not sure about this one.

Poured from bottle into glass. Murky, swampy medium brown. Little head. Smell is rather pleasant. I do detect syrup and spices. Flavor isn't bad. I think the problem for me is the spice that reminds me of what's used in pumpkin ale, which is not a favorite of mine. Fortunately, this tastes better than pumpkin beer.

Carbonation is fine, body is about medium. Alcohol doesn't overwhelm.

I wouldn't seek it out, but I wouldn't turn it down if offered.

Aug 20, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Beer Heaven. Murky dark Amber, small beige ring of head. Sweet aroma, gourds, spices. Taste brings the maple forward, a bit more sweetness, recalling some nice baked squash, with marshmallows. Definitely fall themed, but stands up all year long.

Mar 29, 2018
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

3.07/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

It pours brown with lots of floating material. The aroma is very spicy and boozy to the point of being overwhelming. The taste is not as sweet as the nose would suggest but still a bit too much in terms of overall flavor. Some late bitterness. Very little carbonation.

Mar 09, 2018
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Cunny123 from Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

9.5% abv, but it doesn't come through as harsh. Very smooth, however the maple faded after a couple sips. Nonetheless, the spices remained strong throughout.

Oct 01, 2017
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.21/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a snifter appears copper in color with an off-white head thats quick to fade.

The aroma is of typical pumpkin spice beers - earthy nutmeg and cinnamon at the foreground with some starch pumpkin/yam character mingled with caramel/maple/toffee and fruitiness of alcohol. Some herbal hops bring up the backend.

The taste is a direct mimic of the nose with a stronger focus on the alcohol and vegetative yam/pumpkin notes and herbal hoppy bitterness.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. Overall pretty average. Im glad i got to try it but would not purchase.

Sep 28, 2017
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

hazy light brown in color. aroma is herbal fall spices - nutmeg, clove. Taste is fairly sweet, with the same spices at a moderate level. Don't really pick up any maple or pumpkin. thin to medium bodied.

Sep 17, 2017
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours cloudy brown color with decent off white head that lasts a good bit.

Aroma - Getting some gingerbread cookie, nutmeg, allspice, some caramel and maple syrup hints of pumpkin.

Taste - Taste is very similar to the aroma, pumpkin, nutmeg, maple syrup and brown sugar.

Feel - Medium bodied, creamy no sign of the alcohol very smooth.

Overall - A nice pumpkin ale smells wonderful tasty and the alcohol is well hidden.

Aug 10, 2017
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

-imperial ale with butternut and maple syrup.

A: Amber ice tea coloring, high density factor, good carbonation with a nice pie crust colored head. A thin, milky froth covering is fairly quick to dissipate.

S: An almost scotchy, smokey caramel scent, some barrel wood and burnt maple syrup. Spiciness of dried apple, fruit, flowery hops and dried orange with some dark fruit of figs provides a nice scent.

T: Flavor of sweet caramelized bread and brown sugar. Spicing of cinnamon, brown sugar, apple fruit with some sweet orange. Smoky maple syrup, figs and starfruit with toasted malt.

M: Thick and syrupy body, good carbonation texture.

O: Overall sweet malting and maple syrup meets a smoky backing, an almost scotch ale like feel. Dessert style like drink.

Dec 24, 2016
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/16/2016 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a nonic pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains pumpkin, maple, spices, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with strong flavors of maple, pumpkin, brown sugar, spices and fruit. Then a hearty malt character comes in. the hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for a stronger beer in the style.

Dec 16, 2016
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PA-hunter from Pennsylvania

3.36/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 9.5% abv

Appearance- Dark red/brown, Medium head with course bubbles that recedes almost instantly. Semi clear.

Smell- Rich sugar maple syrup aroma. Molasses, caramel malt

Taste- Dry semi grainy, caramel malt. Increases in sweetness. The syrup flavor kicks in midway. Finishes dry, nutty, and with a phenolic, medicinal flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium heavy in body with low carbonation.

Overall- A decent flavored brown ale. Evident maple flavor. Could use some flavor tweeks to make it much better.

Dec 16, 2016
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Marraybay from District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Typical-obligatory pumpkin-esque flavors-spices apparent, but with a more overall vinous character, which drinkers and nondrinkers alike noted when sniffing. Found the last warming one-third of the pour to be perhaps the most drinkable, given that it exhibited more warmth and character after some of the opening spice and fruit notes had subsided. Dark amber, without much head, and a bit cloudy, alcohol present, but not overwhelming. Paired with Thanksgiving dinner.
Meh....interesting, but given that I'm not a great fan of the style in general, I wouldn't revisit.

Nov 28, 2016
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 oz growler purchased at Trenton Road Take Out 11/26. Poured into Carton Dubviant Glass.

L: Dark orange-brown color, very hazy and opaque. Light tan/offwhite 1F+ head with little retention, but fair amount of lacing and cap and ring.

S: A good dose of cinnamon and nutmeg, along with maple and pumpkin/squash (butternut does a nice impression of pumpkin when roasted)

T: Pumpkin spices like cinnamon and nutmeg and light maple flavors. A little bit of alcohol heat on the very end.

F: Medium bodied, light carbonation. Pretty decently balanced and constructed, though a bit of heat leaks out on the end despite the ABV not being monstrous.

O: All in all, a decent pumpkin ale with good flavor, and very enjoyable.

Nov 28, 2016
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ordybill from Georgia

3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a very cloudy light brown with a medium sized off-white head. The aroma is oddly of strong banana. The taste matched the smell. An average beer.

Nov 24, 2016
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Irishman_Scott from Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I enjoyed this one and will definitely give it a good rating. Cloudy appearance with very little head to it, but all in all didn't look too terrible. Smelled good and you could definitely smell spices. It was a bit fizzy, but not too bad. Tastes pretty good and I tasted a lot of pumpkin and spices, with maybe a bit of maple. All in all, a very good beer in my opinion. Pretty smooth for the ABV it has too.

Jun 07, 2016
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz

Pours a clear amber orange, ring of off-white lacing for a head.

Smells of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices with some hints of nutmeg and brown sugar.

Flavor of squash, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and maple syrup over a dry bready malt.

Medium to full body with stinging carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

An odd one, this tends most closely towards a pumpkin ale. The mixing of butternut squash and spices is especially pumpkin-like in the aroma, although the flavor is noticeably distinct. The addition of maple makes this quite rich in flavor, but somehow it still manages to be a tad on the bland side. Otherwise quite good actually if you like pumpkin or spiced ales. Worth trying.

Feb 17, 2016
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