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

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BA SCORE
3.94/5
Very Good
483 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#5,785
Reviews:
74
Ratings:
483
pDev:
13.71%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
120
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 483 |  Reviews: 74
Photo of Dopen993
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
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 +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dacrza1
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
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 -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Budlum
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
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 tbone1384
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of whiterapid
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beejay
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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 -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DarthVorador
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bb_hagen
3.14/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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 -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chicagoish
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TTripp725
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Furley80
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JPowell712
3.39/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Fargrow
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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 -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oneil44
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brentk56
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
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 -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Anaxagoris
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Captain Pumpkin's Maple Mistress Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Saucony Creek Brewing Company + Gastropub
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 483 ratings
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