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%
 
 
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is quite hazy orange amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving patches of bubbles on the surface, a thin collar around the edge of the glass, and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of butternut squash are present in the nose along with hints of spices and maple syrup.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of butternut squash and and stronger notes of maple syrup and other notes of spices—nutmeg seems to stand out in particular.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This ale is quite drinkable because it does an excellent job at masking any traces of alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saucony Creek "Maple Mistress"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating (perhaps my sample is quite old)

Impressed, or at least intrigued, by some of Saucony Creeks other beers I went out of my way to find this 'butternut squash and maple syrup' beer.

It poured a cloudy orange body (it's unfiltered) with dulled golden highlights beneath a thick head of tan foam. Standard sized bubbles seemed to rise a little slower than they might normally, signifying a full body.

Raised to my nose I found an interesting aroma that I couldn't quite place, and which I can only assume was coming from the butternut squash; but the maple behind it was quite clear. Sweet and malty to be sure.

In the mouth it was crisp, foaming as it warmed, with a full, dextrinous body.

As I'd expected, it was sweet but it leaned more towards malty than sugary sweet. The maple was present but not like you would find in maple syrup, and there was a touch of semi-descript spiciness to it. Thankfully it wasn't over spiced, and there was just a little bit left behind in the lingering, sweetish finish. Beyond that there was an unusual fruitiness that I couldn't help but think of as grape-like; as you might find in a white ice wine (perhaps that's coming from a combination of fermentation esters and green cardamom and vanilla in the spicing?). There wasn't a whole lot of bitterness to balance it, and I certainly hope that was intended because it's almost impossible to balance out a beer of this size with so much residual malt and sugar - it would just become a sweet, dull-hoppped, muddy swamp of a disaster. No, I think the brewers know what they're doing and they've pegged it. This isn't meant to be a pumpkin beer that you drink by the bottle, this is far more than that; you might not want to call it a dessert beer, but it's certainly one that you sip on! And at 9.5% abv (or 9.8 according to their website) that makes sense.

So, working under the impression that what I have in front of me is anything like what it's meant to be like fresh, I think that this is a really interesting beer. For the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, and then going forward into the colder months, I occasionally enjoy a spiced beer with my meal, followed by a Barleywine after dinner as I relax - and this beer combines both of those into one! Well worth trying!

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4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

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

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3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

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

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Slatetank
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this bottle chilled in a pint, review from notes.

The color is honey-like amber with two finger white cream with fine bead and thick lace stickage. The smell has lots of spice with mix of nutty sweet and mild malt ester with a slight cinnamon-like woodiness with subtle aroma of vanilla and gentle fruity yeast ester. The feel is decent with malty entry and moderate carbonation with mildly creamy yeast yet alcohol is noticeable mid palate into the finish.

The taste is good with light spice up front with more of a fruity yeast flavor and subtle maple type fruity earthiness with sweet element and light spice mid palate. The taste carries a subtle vanilla-like earthiness which also comes off sweet with mild floral aspect. The maple taste comes through as a sweet woody taste with alcohol adding a dry quality to the finish without tasting hot. This is a very good beer, nicely flavored with pleasant spice profile and moderate sweetness that works well with moderately high level of alcohol for the sake of complexity yet still drinkable for the strength

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