Captain Pumpkin's Maple Mistress Imperial Pumpkin Ale | Saucony Creek Brewing Company + Gastropub

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Captain Pumpkin's Maple Mistress Imperial Pumpkin AleCaptain Pumpkin's Maple Mistress Imperial Pumpkin Ale

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Saucony Creek Brewing Company + Gastropub
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 70 | Ratings: 477
Photo of Gary1
2.94/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I just bought a 4 pack at Wegmans. I normally buy a small amount before investing in a case.
I bought a case of Smutteynose pumpkin ale on a recommendation last year. What a mistake.
That stuff tastes like potpourri. One person in 10 liked it (not me). Gave the remainder to him. Maple Mistress came highly recommended too, but not my favorite. I love pumpkin ales and have tried many. This stuff tastes like maple ale. Not bad, but not good either. Any pumpkin Flavor is not apparent to my taste buds. It is very strong though. if you like maple
and want to get drunk quick, then this is your beer.

If you are a fan of pumpkin ales, my favorite is Weyerbacher Imperial~ almost as strong too with a scotch aftertaste. Next step down is Long Post. In the lighter pumpkin ales I like Pumpkin (Uinta), Long Trail, Saranac, & Buffalo Bill. Woodchuck Pumpkin is interesting if
you like hard cider and a mild pumpkin flavor ~ subtle and smooth.

Other pumpkin ales that I do not like include Samuel Adams and Blue Moon.

Other pumpkin ales I have tried and liked (but did not purchase in quantity) include UFO, Tommyknocker, Ichabod, and Southampton.

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Photo of RandomExile
2.94/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: hazy amber, translucent; beige head dissipating to surface film; jags of lacing
S: fresh pumpkin pie, slightly buttery sweet
T: clear nutmeg, bubble gum, alcohol, a hint of maple
M: full-bodied, cream, on the cloying side
O: Much better initial taste than aftertaste, but unfortunately that's what you're stuck with. Weird spiced bubblegum,

20 oz / Pint Glass / Victoria Gastro Pub, Columbia, MD

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Photo of Marraybay
3/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.14/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

In many aspects, this smells like your run-of-the-mill pumpkin ale, as the fall spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice), but in many other ways, it most certainly isn't typical. For instance, there is a gentle butternut squash character which is ever-so-slightly more savory than pumpkin. The lack of a prominent maple character is disappointing, however. Its flavor profile is much the same way, with the squash adding more savory touches than pumpkin would have. The spicing appears around the mid-taste, and isn't overly intense. Where I'm let down, again, is in the lack of maple character. There is one thing that really impresses me, though - the drinkability. While its body is slightly thin for its ABV ("aided" by its healthy carbonation), I'm amazed how easily this goes down for 9.5%. Definitely not the greatest beer ever, but any 9.5% monster that can drink like it's 5% earns a little respect in my book - now, if only it had some sort of maple character...

3.14/5: If nothing else, she's dangerous

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Photo of justintcoons
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Amber with 1 finger of head. Okay retention and clarity. Heavy carbonation.

Pie crust, maple syrup and apple cider.

Toasted pie crust, sweet maple syrup and molasses. Lighter notes of butternut squash, pumpkin meat, caramelized brown sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Medium bodied, drying and heavily carbonated.

Hides the alcohol well. It's okay.

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Photo of tigg924
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Taste is cinnamon, clove, toasted malt, with light maple in the background. The maple is not as pronounced as I would have thought it would be. This to me is a slightly above average pumpkin ale. I do have others that I prefer in the style.

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Photo of hophugger
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pumpkin deep golden in color. Aroma of dry pumpkin spices, sweet syrup and gourds. Taste is sweet maple with squash and pumpkin spice. Balances pretty decently and finishes with a touch of cloying dry spice. Definitely feel the alcohol in this one...

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Curran last night.

This one pours an orangish-amber, with a small half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells really strongly of squash, which I unfortunately don't like all that much, so I'm not digging it. Don't really get a whole lot of maple here, but I do get cinnamon and vanilla.

Like the aroma, this is quite a squash bomb. It's definitely nice to get a different take on this style, but it just doesn't work for me, it tastes like liquid squash, with cinnamon and vanilla. I get a slight hint of maple, but it's not that strong for me.

This is medium bodied, with a creamy but grainy mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation.

This didn't work for me, but someone who likes squash might dig it a bit more.

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Photo of brentk56
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A gusher and that's a demerit; pours a cloudy copper with modest head (the way gushers sometimes do) and leaves only the occasional strand behind

Smell: The aromatics are dominated by the maple but a strong sniff brings in the butternut squash; not much spicing in the aroma

Taste: While the butternut is vague in the aroma it is much stronger on the front end, with the maple receding to an accent; surprisingly sour in the middle, with some spice detected in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I am thinking this beer is borderline infected, with the gushing and the sour tones; I guess I would need to try other samples to be sure but I am not convinced I want to

Thanks, justanrewby, for the opportunity

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Photo of JratBones
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This was a work sample from a salesman. Not really my cup of tea. Big sticky maple flavor. Kind of reminds me of Roadsmary Baby by two roads. If your into spiced "YAM" beer you will def enjoy it.

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Photo of Samp01
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark hazy copper amber with a short lived medium beige head. There is an essence of pumpkin and vegetable along with some mild notes of sweet spice and maple. Taste is sweet flavors a spices and some bit of malt with some bitterness. Palate is a medium body with moderate carbonation. The finish is same as taste, a combination of sweet spices, squash pumpkin vegetable and mild bitterness on the end. A bit strong ( on the alcohol ). Malt and maple flavor is weak. Overall though just an OK brew.

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Photo of confer
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wanted to like this more as it a local beer by a small new brewery, met the one of the principles at the distributor when I was picking up the case.
It looks beautiful, like a dunkel weizen, light brown, tan head and very cloudy.
Smells like maple syrup and alcohol.
Tastes more like a mixed drink than a beer, gets sweeter and more cinnamon comes out as it gets warmer.
Not bad overall, a couple bottles every fall would be a good thing.

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Photo of 57md
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brownish-copper color with a finger of off-white head. The head retains for quite some time and leaves some lacing on the glass. The most pronounced note in the nose is pumpkin. The flavor profile has maple and brown sugar upfront. The taste of the pumpkin is completely overwhelmed by the maple and brown sugar. The finish is semi-dry with an alcohol bite that sneaks up as the beer warms and becomes unpleasant by the end of the glass.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: cloudy dirty light brown
S: lovely sweet aroma of maple and pumpkin spices
T: sweet. Maple. There is some nice pumpkin spice flavor, but it is unfortunately dominated too much by the maple
M: little spiciness, sweet coating that lingers a bit
O: too sweet on the maple, I think if it were more subdued, it could be a really good beer. That said, it was more enjoyable than I anticipated.

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Photo of ajilllau
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I thought this beer looked like pond water and I was initially turned off by it. It had a unique smell to it, not necessarily pumpkin but it was hard to place. The taste was nice. It's not heavy and the 9.5%abv is definitely masked. It's lighter than most pumpkin ales I've had which is not a bad thing. Some I can only drink one because of the heaviness and spice. I could drink more than one of these. The squash is so unique and enjoyable. It's not a super memorable beer but I would drink again. I would not put it on draft at my bar because there are many other pumpkin options but it's still unique and enjoyable.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Captain Pumpkin’s Maple Mistress has a thin, cream-colored head, a semi-clear, orange appearance, lots of tan sediment chunks all about, and no lacing left behind. The aroma is of a spiced broom and sugary syrup. Taste is of a strongly-, but not overly-, spiced pumpkin pie, with some maple sweetness. No alcohol shows itself. Mouthfeel is medium, and Captain Pumpkin’s Maple Mistress finishes sweet, wet, and enjoyable.


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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into narrow pint glass: color is an opaque copper, a little dense looking, nice for a pumpkin.

Smell is interesting, different, i sense some maple like sweetness, very subtle but present. Then spice intersects with mostly ginger, clove and cinnamon.

Taste is less complex than the aroma, heavy spice level, subtle caramel like sweetness, kind of muddled.

Mouthfeel is a little flat and harsh from the spices.

Overall, its a somewhat run of the mill imperial pumpkin ale with a neutral spice profile, but the maple syrup presents nicely in the aroma.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: The body is a rusty burnt orange while the head rests as a patch of light cream foam. Light lines and patches of random lacing.

Aroma: A very good pumpkin/squash note is dressed in spices, especially cinnamon. Maple syrup develops as the beer warms.

Taste: Mostly cinnamon and spices come through, but there is a subtle squashy backbone in there, somewhere. It tastes a little bit like Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal.

Mouthfeel: Dry, very dry.

Overall: Pretty good, although maybe too subdued. A little more pumpkin and a little less spice and this would be stellar.

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Photo of teromous
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a very dark amber body with a very short ring of off-white head. The body is very hazy and has some hints of orange and brown.

Aroma: Definite "pumpkin pie" spice aroma here. It smells like gram cracker crust mostly. There are some hints of caramel. It smells very nice.

Taste: It tastes even better than it smells, consisting mostly of flavors that you would find in the gram cracker crust of a pumpkin pie. There are fairly strong cinnamon and honey flavors. I am enjoying this beer a lot. The bottle mentions maple syrup in the title and the huge paragraph. At first I didn't pick up maple at all but as I reached the bottom of the bottle I picked up this sweet vanilla maple flavor that was very nice.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very poor. It is very thin bodied and extremely light given the weight it has to support in caramel and pie flavors. A more robust body would really improve this beer.

Overall: It has a great aroma and really good flavors but the drinking experience was hampered by its watered down mouthfeel. I would probably revisit the beer in a few years to see if they have improved on this. One thing I will note is that I didn't taste any maple from the get-go. I would suggest lightly rolling the bottle a bit before opening to get that maple flavor in the bottle. I haven't tried this but perhaps it will "mix-up" the flavors that rest on the lees in the bottle a bit. In any event it was a good beer and I'll keep my eyes peeled in the future.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium amber maplely color into the glass with a nice medium sized head that lasts for a bit. Somewhat sweetish smell with some spice. Taste is on the sweet side, but the spices come through. Enjoyable and dangerous!

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Photo of Omnium
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a cloudy brown/amber, lots of sediment floating in this one. massive 3 finger head, little lacing.
S - Lots of maple, definitely some booze, mild pumpkin, roasted squash, some kind of spiced rum quality.
T - Taste is very sweet, and its definitely boozey, there's a bountiful amount of maple flavor, which I think if you're going for maple, go all out. Definitely more of a roasted pumpkin and squash type flavor in that area, some mixed spices, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, pepper, and a touch of that spiced rum, complex, but unbalanced.
M - Sticky sweet, alcohol burn.
O - Its ok, something I'm glad I've tried, the maple is done right, its just too much, and the complexity is there too, but needs evened out.

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Photo of weeare138
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appears a murky dark copper toned amber with a mild cap that quickly fades out into a gentle collar. Tiny speckles of lacing droop back down the glass.
Smell is of maple syrup, brown sugar, roasted squash, and cinnamon.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a sweet, spiced rum, and maple flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied, chewy, and darn sweet in the finish.
I'm at odds. I kind of like the blend and flavor but it finishes on the cloyingly sweet side with a syrupy smack that leaves you with a sugar high halfway through. I'd hate to say it but I'd like it a bit drier. A 12 ounce bottle is too much for one person to handle. Split it with a friend when it gets folder out in the Fall and maybe the warming sweetness will fair better.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into tulip. Thanks Josh!

A: Pours a deep iced-tea color with a very fizzy and short-lived light tan head. The head quickly bubbled away into a faint collar before disappearing completely.
S: The smell lives up to the label. Butternut squash dominates alongside tons of nutmeg, cinnamon and other spices to give off the perception of pumpkin. The maple adds a nice touch of pancake sweetness, and there is a hint of fruit as the beer warms.
T: Follows the nose with tons of spice, buttery and creamy squash, and a kiss of balancingly sweet maple. I get hints of clove, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, all spice, and pumpkin bread. The maple isn’t sugary or cloying, but instead has that characteristic earthy woody flavor. The squash is more subtle than the nose, but it does taste like smashed butternut squash or maybe baked sweet potato. The finish is spicy with hints of leather and cocoa, and the aftertaste is fully of linger squash, vanilla, nutmeg, and sweet maple.
M: Full body, soft but frothy carbonation, slick, slightly greasy, and heavy mouthfeel. Booze is hidden well.
O: One of the better spiced beers I’ve had, one of the better pumpkin beers I’ve had. Overall a unique brew.

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Photo of Myotus
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled May 2015) into a pint glass.
LOOK: Pours with a finger's worth of off-white foam that dissipates into a quarter's worth after 1 minute. Dark amber in color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. There is a subtle amount of medium-sized rising bubbles. Lacing is thin and moderate.
SMELL: Has mild aromas of butternut squash, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla along with hints of maple syrup and alcohol.
TASTE: Strong flavors of butternut squash and mild flavors of vanilla enter initially and are immediately followed by mild flavors of cinnamon and cloves and subtle flavos of nutmeg. Subtle maple syrup flavors and hints of alcohol enter lastly as all flavors persist, except for nutmeg, which grow mild.
FEEL: Somewhere between full-bodied and medium-bodied. Carbonation is so high, it practically burns the tongue. Goes rough. Finishes with a moderate dryness.
NOTE: For being 9.5% alcohol, this is incredible. It is hardly detectable. I would of liked to have had more syrup in both the aroma and taste. Regardless, the combination of the ingredients was a brilliant idea. The downfall of this beer for me was the overcarbonated mouthfeel. I want to feel like I'm drinking a beer, not a soda.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i need a maple mistress in real life, i just adore maple syrup, and had slightly higher hopes for this one. not a great example of a maple beer, there is too much else going on here, and it ends up being a little more of an extra fermentable than a flavor agent. its a cool beer though, ive seen a lot that use other squash instead of pumpkin, but this is the first i can remember that uses both butternut squash and pumpkin. its a neat combination and you can really appreciate the squash through the thin and relatively lighter malt base for the style. the spices arent overdone so you can taste the vegetable, thats really the beers best feature. more maple would obviously improve the beer in my opinion. i get its unique sweetness, but its flavor is faint. similarly, the body could use a little boost as well, seems thin for the abv and for all the flavors its trying to hold up, but the beer isnt boozy in the least. one of the more unique pumpkin beers i have had so far this season. worth a try for sure.

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