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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Ratings: 477 |  Reviews: 71
Photo of DrDemento456
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Having a pumpkin beer this late in the year sound crazy but its not pumpkin its SQUASH!

A - Has a 1/2 inch of head that fizzes out rather quickly. Beer color is a real hazy light amber brown so as expected for 2-3 months old this beer has collected some sediment.
S - Very nice rounded squash smell not vegital with balanced nutmeg and cinnamon spicing.
T - Not Bad! Its been my experience with pumpkin ales after a while the vegital taste gets strong as a beer aged but squash seems to age nicely. Can't complain about the spicing because AGAIN its aged so spices like coffee tends to fade in time but its still has enough snap to make it taste great. Maple with my experience is fermented out so the idea of maple is nice for sweetness but it leaves the finish dry but this is quite smooth and sweet. I love it!
M - Quite smooth a real wintertime treat so drinkable for 9%!

Overall I may go back for a couple more and WILL buy some fresh hopefully next year to compare and possibly up my score. As it stands now this beer taste exceptional and drinks FANTASTIC!

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

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

Photo of Mjmaisel
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 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 JC333
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ScottP
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of foley72
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thin lacy head, hints of pumpkin pie flavor, and smooth from start to finish

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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 Colin32
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of metter98
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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Photo of Wheels2532
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Eden222
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 epyon396
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hp2skater
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dopen993
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass.
Medium brown in color, with a good amount of haze, little bit of settlement in the bottle. One finger head.
Lots of spice on the nose with a good a amount of sweetness.
Not a sweet as I was anticipating, which was a good thing. Taste of butternut squash, cinnamon and nutmeg, obvious maple favors with a hint of vanilla.
Really enjoyed it, wouldn't be able to have too many, but the one was great. Easily drinkable.

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Photo of ZEB89
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dacrza1
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: October 16, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Affligem chalice.. OCCASION: return home after wishing Mom a happy birthday in H-town... APPEARANCE: dense, dark chestnut body; sediment settles to the glass's bottom; incredibly strong head retention, at a half-finger off-white; lacing is inconsistent but strong... AROMA: nutmeg, cinnamon and the slightest hints of sugary, syrupy sweetness; the bourbon/rum element is alluring and hints at the 9.5% ABV to come .. PALATE: warming, active and fizzy on the tongue; dry finish on the back end; otherwise, a strong ale that is full-bodied and weighty... TASTE: the rum--vanilla and spice--and molasses combination is lethal--full, flavorful and sweet; easily drinkable for a beer this weighty; a candied, dark and sweet profile that lightly evokes the autumnal vegetables, especially pumpkin and squash... OVERALL: having heard this is served in syrup-rimmed martini glasses at the brewery, I could not approximate those accouterments--and yet, the syrup and vegetable are formidable nonetheless, with the alcohol as subtle as the hops themselves...a sticky-sweet desertif that delivers a wicked good experience...

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Photo of micropale
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Budlum
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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Captain Pumpkin's Maple Mistress Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Saucony Creek Brewing Company + Gastropub
3.87 out of 5 based on 477 ratings.
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