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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Saucony Creek Brewing Company + Gastropub
Pennsylvania, United States
sauconycreekbrewing.com

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.

Added by IPAchris on 08-19-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
477
Reviews:
71
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
13.95%
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
119
For Trade:
1
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Photo of duvel1979
2.25/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Categart
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of beerthulhu
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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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 IvoryFoxhole
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lupercmda
1.5/5  rDev -61.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A totally confused mess of a drain pour.

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
2.87/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Craptastic.

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Photo of ROGUE16
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lucular
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Irishman_Scott
4.8/5  rDev +24%
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.

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Photo of petewheeler
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sposter4
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of amalburg
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hootie159
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cplaya280
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the top pumpkin tasting beers along with weyerbacher imperial pumpkin, and southern tier pumpking especially with this having a 9.5% abv

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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 dlmvh5150
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of slader
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thoroughly enjoyed. Move over pumpkin, Maple's here.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.29/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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