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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Ratings: 477 |  Reviews: 71
Photo of tbone1384
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of whiterapid
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beejay
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Medium to dark brown in the glass, hazy with a moderate amount of soft tan head.

S: Gourd and spice, some sweetness. Cinnamon and clove as well as a touch of vanilla.

T: Lots of spice, clove and nutmeg, with vanilla coming in later.. Nice amount of squash, with light maple overtones. It tastes like the smell of baking squash with brown sugar.

M: Light in body, with fairly high carbonation.

O: Overall an interesting take on the style. Nice to see something in the vein of pumpkin spice, but with an interesting twist.

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Photo of Boone757
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DarthVorador
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bb_hagen
3.14/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

Photo of chicagoish
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TTripp725
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Furley80
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JPowell712
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

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

Poured on-tap and served in a tulip, the beer is a deep, vibrant, caramel coloring with a foamy, clingy, off-white head. Nose of subtly sweet maple syrup, toasted pumpkin, a bready backbone, cream highlights, and a spice blend of cinnamon and nutmeg. Flavors are richly sweet and roasted forward, with a heavy dose of pumpkin bread, subtle maple and cream sweet highlights, and a solid dose of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. Smooth bodied and light, with a pumpkin bread and cream aftertaste. The finish is smooth, slightly effervesced, and a richly sweet pumpkin pie linger. Very good beer.

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Photo of Bung
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oneil44
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 mwckiltedsavage
3.12/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Anaxagoris
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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 zekeman17
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wizzle32
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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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