Heavy Seas - The Great Pumpkin | Heavy Seas Beer

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Heavy Seas - The Great PumpkinHeavy Seas - The Great Pumpkin
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
hsbeer.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by sinstaineddemon on 09-18-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
392
Reviews:
206
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
12.96%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
35
For Trade:
0
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Warfarin
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of waiting4lunch
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of madeofsteel
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a pint glass, has a nice orange/amber color with a fizzy-looking head that rose about a half inch. Fell quickly, leaving some nice lacing behind.

S - As hoped, the pumpkin smell is very prominent, with some clove or allspice in the back. Hints of ginger and the like. It pretty much smells like a pumpkin pie... with malts.

T - The first thing I noticed was that this is oddly bitter for the style. At least at first. You have to let it sit a bit before the other flavors that you're getting with the smells really open up. Pumpkin is certainly present, although not as much as I'd hoped, but the clove and ginger kind of make up for it. Caramel/pumpkin finish.

M - Slight alcohol burn definitely takes away from it, but it is very creamy at first, which was surprising because of how the head looks. The boozy finish is my only real complaint.

O - I don't know if I'll come back to this one eventually, I enjoy giving almost anything pumpkin flavored a whirl, but it is certainly worth a look if you enjoy the style.

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of ZeroSignal
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated 22 poured into a SA Perfect Pint

A - Hazy orange-amber pour with a light, off-white head. Loaded with floaties. Retention settles to the edges and leaves a loose lace.

S - Sweet smell with a good dose of pie spice; heavier on the ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. Caramel notes as the beer sits a bit.

T&M - Smooth and creamy feel. Not overly sweet, but certainly packs a nice malty, caramel punch. Well balanced with the spicing, which follows the nose; perhaps a bit more ginger and nutmeg than cinnamon. Also manages to have the pumpkin meat taste in the finish, and ends slightly sweet. The sweetness of this one seems amplified the longer it sits and warms.

O - I'll admit that I'm generally turned off by floaties...I know it's fine for them to be there, I've just never cared for them in my beer, at least aesthetically. Overall this is nice, nothing spectacular, but certainly worth a try.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my boy Lunch for sending me this one in a past trade! 2010 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, pumpkin, brown sugar, and spices. The flavor was of sweet malt, pumpkin, alcohol, brown sugar, and spices. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. This was not overly complex which left me wishing and hoping for more. This was okay though as the flavors that were there were just right in intensity. I had this one right before the -bal aged version, so I was hopeful that this would help the base brew while I was having it. It did just for the record.

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Photo of n2185
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a very slightly hazy orange with a finger of off-white head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Typical pumpkin spices up front--clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.--followed by lots of creamy vanilla and yam-like aromas. Slight alcohol aroma towards the finish.

T: Spices up front in the flavor as well followed by some light vanilla and caramel flavors. A slightly bitter, hearty bread flavor follows with a light alcohol burn.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer's carbonation and alcohol presence keep it from being creamy .

O: A pretty decent pumpkin ale. I'd like a bit less alcohol presence, a creamier body, and more pumpkin flavors, but still it's not bad at all.

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Photo of DaveBlack
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light copper colored brew, with a thin, yet sticky layer of head. almost no lacing is left on the edges of the glass.

S: Pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves and a LOT of allspice rest on a sweet malty base with a little bit of hop bitterness.

T: Lots of sweetness up front, which brings a lot of the pumpkin flavor and pumpkin pie spices that I was hoping for. The spices are well balanced, and the finish brings a heavy hit of hops which balances out the malts, spicy sweetness.

M: The mouthfeel is thick and pretty sticky, and there is more carbonation than one would expect from looking at it.

O: A pretty good pumpkin ale. Not the best I've ever had, but better than the vast majority. The sweetness/spiciness/bitterness are all well balanced, and it's a pleasant fall beer. Worth a look for sure.

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Photo of cbutova
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Orange amber body into a pint glass. White creamy head about one finger size. Decent retention and a good coat of fine lace.

S- Vegetal and sugar sweet pumpkin and spices. Pumpkin pie aspect as well as caramel sweet malt and nutty hints.

T- Has a nice squash, pumpkin flavor with the spices just overlaying it rather than dominating. Cinnamon, brown sugar, raisin, nutmeg and dark fruit.

MF- Silky moderately thick Jody(body) with smooth medium carbonation. Slightly nutty bitter aftertaste.

Solid pumpkin ale with a more sweet vegetable flavor than most.

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Photo of stckhndlr
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured into a pint glass. very clear golden orange amber in color. 1 1/2 finger head with some off white tan color. very nice color.

S- alot of pumpkin spice and a ton of nutmeg. smells like a sweet pumpkin spice candle from Yankee Candle. Just feels like fall when you smell this one.

T- as soon as you put this in your mouth it's sweet but then the pumpkin spice takes over and your tastebuds just scream out as if to say "What the Hell is that?". Huge malt and spice flavor. Almost too much. A bit overpowering. But it really does wake you up.

M- This really has a full body to it. Frothy and creamy it just flows over the tongue and covers it completely in flavor. Feels good.

O- I think the intensity of this beer gives it an acquired taste. it's a big beer that makes for good sipping. Take it slow with this one.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's the Great Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Charlie Brown! I don't know if Charlie Brown drinks beer - he may still be underage after 50 years; however, if he did, he would find an interesting quaff.

It pours out the usual glob of head (1 finger) that sits to glisten atop a dark amber body. The aforementioned head will soon sink into a thin translucent head, one that leaves no lacing throughout its trip to the bottom of the glass.

There is a massive nose, an aggressive one that emits intense blasts of pumpkin (Duh!) and spice at the get-go. A pungent miasma fills the air; this does not bode well to those who eschew the so-called "sweet" beers.

Given the above caveat, the initial sip is sweet, somewhat. But then, the aggressive maltiness takes charge and bitch-slaps the sweetness into submission, The pumpkin spiciness is still there, cowering on the grimy floor waving on the other ingredients so they can have their own say- which they do in no short time.

A sudden flash of bubble gum end the individual tasting session. It is time to take another sip.

While never being a major advocate of pumplin beers, I will still defend this one in that it does not dwell on the cloying behavior of other beers of this style. This one is well balanced, with a generous helping of malt that lets one enjoy the quaff by acting as bouncer to any sweetness that seeks to enter the palate.

Be warned; the alcohol content might grab you if you are not careful! Enjoy!

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Photo of nimrod979
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a nice translucent orange with an average bubbly white head.
Spicy pumpkin aromas. Sweet nutmeg aromas.
Big malty flavors at first. Spicy cinnamon, clove and pumpkin flavors. And a bit of nutty sweetness before washing down with a slight bit of bitter hoppiness to it. Also a slight tinge of alcohol gives it a little heat to add to the spice.
Medium bodied. with a creamy and soft texture. A little watery diminishes the finish but a pretty solid pumpkin ale. A little unique with a more hoppy finish than you would really expect in a pumpkin beer.

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Heavy Seas - The Great Pumpkin from Heavy Seas Beer
3.78 out of 5 based on 392 ratings.
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