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Heavy Seas - The Great PumpkinHeavy Seas - The Great Pumpkin

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by sinstaineddemon on 09-18-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear burnt yellow color with a one finger off white head that took a minute or two to dissipate. Left no lacing. Smell is pumpkin, vanilla, and nutmeg. Nice aroma, although very sweet. Would like a bit of bitterness to balance all the sweetness out.

Tasteis bit better than the aroma. Pumpkin dominates, with nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon, and spice also being noticed. There is an underlying bitterness that tries to keep it as balanced as it can which is nice. Medium bodied, slightly syrupy mouthfeel is solid, but the pumpkin and spice levels take away from the drinkability for me (although just about any pumpkin ale isn't all that drinkable to me.)

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Photo of rfgetz
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed coppery orange color with nuce head, retention and lacing. Scent is dominated by a strong spice profile - the typical cinammon, clove, nutmeg - but also has a decent backbone of pumpkin puree and grahmn crackery malt. Taste is again heavy on the spice, maybe a touch too much for my taste, but the backbone of pumpkin puree, grahmn cracker and sweet cream and brown sugar sweetness makes it one of the top beers in its style. Fuller side of medium bodied, creamy and smooth, slightly dry. Well i haveta do the comparison to pumpking - not as sweet with a higher spice profile. Again, a top notch pumpkin brew.

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Photo of jampics2
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's the great pumpkin, do the Charlie Brown.  This bomber looks great in my Pumking glass, hope that's not too blasphemous.  The beer is a dirty pumpkin  orange color w/ red and orange. The small head misses the football, falls on it's back, and only a ring is left.  Good grief.  

The beer is very fragrant, giving hints of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg with a hint of pumpkin flesh.  But this isn't just a pig pen of scents, the beer is focused and smells like a beer, not some battle between a dog of a brew and a mysterious red baron of allspice. Some minor hops and sweet caramel malt make this enjoyable and appetizing.    

I hope I don't get any rocks in my candy bag.  Well, the beer tastes great and I don't think It'll be called on to pose for any pumpkin heads soon.  A sweet malt is a perfect match for pumpkin flesh and wonderful spices. Some cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and allspice makes this authentic and festive.  Just a touch of bitterness is eclipsed by the spice and sweetness. Totally a treat, no trick.   

Medium bodied and creamy carbonation make this beer feel great in my mouth.  No, it's not my pumpkin 'woodstock' but it's a great feel for a beer.  Some subtle spice and sweetness lingers.    Just a touch of noticeable booze finishes things off, then a dry sweetness lingers. Good feel!   

The doctor is in, and ready to celebrate the season.  This is a great pumpkin beer, and didn't even need to wait in a patch all night just to experience it.  Happy Halloween Charlie Brown.  This is truly it, the night the Great Pumpkin appeared!  And of it wasn't so sweet and just a touch boozy, I'd be waiting for this beer every year.  

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Photo of pwoody11
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Did a side by side with the Greater Pumpkin. The Greater Pumpkin is the same beer aged in Bourbon Barrels.

This beer was a burnt orange with no head but a small ring around the edges. It was lighter in color than the Greater version.

Aroma was pumpkin and spice dominated with a little faint malt in the background.

After the first sip I'm pretty much only picking up pumpkin. As the beer warms I begin to notice some vanilla and nutmeg. Towards the end of the glass I picked up some some serious heat. Thought I picked up the bourbon glass for a second.

Mouthfeel was a little weak, but didn't detract from the overall drinkability.

As far as the side by, to be honest, I couldn't pick up on any major differences. I think the Greater Pumpkin is a correct description, as I preferred it over the other, but again, no striking major differences.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid pumpkin ale, not as good as Pumking, but definitely very good. Pours a copper orange color with moderate tan head. Smell is very good with some nice maltiness--cakey bread notes, paired with the pumpkin spices--cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.

Taste follows suit with a nicely balanced, spicy pumpkin ale. Not over-hopped (my complaint with DFH Punk), tastes like a nice pumpkin bread. Moderate MF, creamy. Good drinkability, had this next to Pumking, and Pumking was the winner/more interesting brew, but this one made a strong showing. A nice example of a spicy pumpkin ale (and affordable at ~$6/22 oz.).

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Photo of WesWes
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very balanced malt and fruit scent. It boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a solid pumpkin aroma and a wonderful spice bouquet. The taste is outstanding. It's bold and flavorful with excellent pumpkin flavor. The malt bill is tasty and balanced. The pumpkin spices are present, but not overly so. It goes down smooth with little alcohol warmth. The mouthfeel is great. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking fall seasonal. It's better than most pumpkin beers out there and it packs twice the punch.

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Photo of bminor7
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22oz from Hoosick in Troy. Picked up this and the Greater Pumpkin together for comparison.

A - a murky amber/brown...will make a creamy head with a heavy pour, but that recedes.

S - spicy, but not strongly aromatic. not the bready punch that DFH Punkin' has.

T - personally i like the spices. good showing of these in the front and the alcohol burn brings up the rear. malt presence is, again, thin compared to others such as DFH and Pumking.

M - thick, but on par for an imperial of sorts.

D - this'd be a great draught to sit back and watch a game with. not as sessionable as some other pumpkin offerings, but that's a consequence of the alcohol more than anything else. a tasty beer, nice to have more new offerings in the pumpkin category.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an copper orange color , tight carbonation, minimal head, slight white lacing on top.

S - Pumpkin, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon; everything I would expect from a pumpkin ale but this one smells a little "thicker".

T- Big pumpkin and spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg - just like I got in the nose. However, there's some bozziness and a nice hoppy zing at the very end. Has a somewhat buttery nuance as well. It's hard to describe a pumpkin beer sometimes as many of them start to have several of the same nuances. But, this one ranks up there as one that must be tried.

M - Medium heavy body with a bitter nutmeg lingering taste. Really, for a pumpkin beer, this has some really nice hopping to counterbalance the sweetness. Well done.

D - 3.5

Definitely worth checking out. I'm enjoying this one and it isn't as filling as a few others out there.

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Photo of generallee
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 6oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label has its ABV (8%) and a short description but no freshness or born on date.

Appearance: Its body has a very nice deep honey amber color with about an inch of off white foam head. It has some visible carbonation and fine yeast sediment suspended in the body making it hazy. Its head fades to just a wispy thin layer and leaves a little spotty lace near the top of the glass.

Smell: The nose has heavy pie spice and sweet honey like notes with bready malt, a slight vanilla note and faint hops.

Taste/Palate: There is a sweet maltiness with notes of honey and vanilla up front with heavy cinnamon and pie spice right behind it. Under that there is just a hint of pumpkin or squash like flavor. In the finish I get a mix of pie spice and hop spice with some mild bitterness and acidity.

Notes For me it was a little heavy on the spice but still good overall.

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Photo of Zodijackyl
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bomber poured into a narrow tulip glass.

Pours a rich orange that transitions from almost yellow to a dark, rich pumpkin color towards the center of the glass. Thick, rich head that is a touch off white, towards the orange color of the beer. Aroma of medium malt and pumpkin with some spices and some light hops. Well balanced aroma without the spices or pumpkin being overpowering, yet being pleasantly present. No aroma of alcohol.

Flavor is very well balanced and rounded. Malt is crisp and naturally sweetened by pumpkin - a moderate fruit flavor that allows each to be present, but neither overpowering. No stickiness or artificial hints. The spices are not overpowering as with most pumpkin beers - cinnamon and cloves are the most prominent, while ginger and nutmeg support. There is a touch of tartness towards the end. All around a very clean beer that drinks lighter than it is. Carbonation has a yeasty feel to it, medium-strong and functional with the spice notes.

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Photo of BierFan
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Creamy off-white head. Slightly hazy dark amber/orange body.

Smell: Pumpkin pie spices. Cinnamon coming through the strongest for me.

Taste: Spices seem a little out of balance. I don't really get the sense that I'm drinking a pumpkin pie like I get from other spiced pumpkin beers.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bomber served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a luminous, hazy copper/orange tone with less than a finger of cream-colored head that quickly dissipates into a ring around the glass; lacing in spots.

aroma is more subdued than i was expecting. the usual players are all present and accounted for - pumpkin flesh, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice - but where the nose of, say, pumking is full and robust, steeped in mouth-watering pumpkin pie scents, by contrast this is relatively muted. some may find that appealing; personally i like my imperial pumkin ales more potent and aggressive.

flavor is not an improvement; its profile follows the nose in both makeup and strength. has a dry, slightly bitter finish. not terrible, but one of the more disappointing pumpkin brews i've had so far this season.

medium bodied, medium-carbonation mouthfeel. for me, a drinkability level on par with it's flavor, which is to say average.

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Photo of jsh420
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours hazy amber orange with a 1 finger head that left spotted lacing

smells of allspice and a little pumpkin - not very strong

taste is solid - good pumpkin and spice - also has a good amount of bready malt - but it has a bit of a watered down flavor too

mouthfeel - medium body with low amount of carbonation and i wish it had more

drinkability is ok - the flavor rivals other top pumkin ales

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Photo of Tomdee74
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i felt compelled to review this because it was a good surprise.. i was disappointed with the pumpkin ales this year with the exception of DFH for the most part.. southern tier pumking was a huge letdown.. this beat out southern tier. it's actually pretty good. glad i tried this as i will pick up again.. it's probably not an A beer for it's very worthy.. and it's only $5.99 which makes it very nice. nice flavor in this i thought it was very easy to drink.. very nice surprise..

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Photo of begforme4484
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange amber with decent white head.

Smells of pumpkin spices and sweet bready malts.

The pumpkin spice flavors are stronger on the palate than in the nose. Strong pumpkin taste, with the normal spices, cinnamon etc. A nice malt sweetness makes the beer taste more like a traditional pumpkin pie, rather than a wholly pureed pumpkin.

Overall is a good pumpkin ale, and in my opinion a top contender.

::Editing my score, cause I'm changing it from bottle to on tap.::

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Photo of mdfb79
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a hazy orange-amber color with 2 inches of white head that leaves quickly and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pumpkin pie, spices, fruity malts, and bready malts. A little sweet, but not too sweet.

t - Tastes of spices, pumpkin, fruity malts, caramel malts, bready malts, and a little alcohol.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty good pumpkin ale. I enjoyed the smell a lot. I wish the taste had been a little sweeter and a little more pumpkin than spice, but still a good beer. Would try again.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with yellow hints, with a white head. In the aroma, pumpkin, spice, and a hint of alcohol. In the taste, brown sugar, cinnamon, pumpkin, and ends with some alcohol. A spice like bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry spice in the aftertaste. Nice spice and a bit hot from alcohol.

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Photo of Chaney
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife and I did a comparison test tonight: "The Great Pumpkin" vs. "The Greater Pumpkin":

A: Pours a Halloween orange color, with about a half fingers worth of head, and moderate carbonation. Pretty standard pumpkin ale appearance.

S: Very nice blend of pumpkin spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg and a tinge of the gourd itself. None of the spice stick out the way it does in the Weyerbacher and the medley smells yummy!

T: Just like it smells. Full bodied, not sugary or syrupy in the least bit, and the pumpkin itself makes an appearance in the very wet aftertaste. Well done!

M: Pretty smooth and pumpkiny! The carbonation is just right and the sweetness is dead on.

D: Let's see....How will I remember this one in a line up of other notable pumpkin brews? The Weyerbacher had the over the top cinnamon taste (which I didn't like); "Pumking" had the orgasmic graham cracker nose that is to die for; Schlafly had the deep caramel richness. I thought to myself: What does this one have? Therein lies the problem. While I truly believe that this pumpkin ale is nearly flawless in it's style class, I can't think of any sort of "Wow factor" characteristic that sets it apart from others.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
4.85/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my second favorite pumpkin beer to southern tier. Clipper city has only made this 2 years so I'm sure it will get better with time. They also just released a version of this that is aged in bourbon barrels.

The pumpkin flavor is so smooth, great spices too but not overpowering. A great balance, I wish I could drink this all year.

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Photo of larryi86
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

A- Clear orange with a one finger white head.

S- Pumpkin and spices with a hint of alcohol.

T- Really heavy pumpkin and spice taste.

M- Smooth and creamy.

D- Easy to drink and a good pumpkin ale. I feel that it would be better if it had some breadyness or had a stout or brown ale flavor. If you like pumpkin ales this is worth trying.

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Photo of bamadog
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up today over in Miami, OH after attending a football game. Review is from notes taken on 9/11/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is a near perfect (just slightly pale) coppery color; starts with a 1/2 finger off-white/light cream head; body is very clear and shows even and strong carbonation; some oily residue and oily strands and washes of lacing stick around briefly and then slide back into the drink.

Smell: Initially there is a blast of pumpkin mash that mellows after a moment and allows the more standard cinnamon and nutmeg spiciness to take over; the nose is quite nice and robust and just where I like it in a beer like this.

Taste: Very nice -- big blast of pumpkin and it's accompanied by a sweet and nearly buttery presence; definite spiciness (cinnamon and nutmeg as mentioned in the nose); minimal taste of alcohol and a very minimal metallic hoppy bitterness as well; I feel a little bit of time would make this beer better.

Mouthfeel: Body is light to medium in weight and it is definitely a little oily and slick; carbonation is present, but not the least bit harsh; a thick, moist and sticky is left all over the roof of the mouth and the belly is left a little warm.

Drinkability: Quite good, but overall I think I'd like to get another bottle and put it away for about a year (kind of like Pumking). Still a great beer, but I think if I had to pick the best overall pumpkin ale to have fresh, I'd have to go with Frogs Hollow.

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Photo of shageman331
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- pours a yellow copper color with little head and little to no lacing.

Smell- pumpkin is right up front and dominates. Not really much else... maybe a hint of spice? No hop presence that I can detect

Taste- this is one of my favourite pumpkin beers and it doesn't disappointed this time. Big pumpkin flavor with a touch of spice on the back (allspice?, nutmeg?). This is a solid brew.

Mouthfeel- carbonation is very well done with just enough to keep this beer from becoming too slick

Drinkablity- I wouldn't call this sessionable, but it is certainly going down smooth. I won't have any problem finishing this bomber. Highly recommended.

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Photo of cwps48
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice orange color with moderate head. Recedes quickly with no lacing/

S: Pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves (?) and alcohol (with a deep breath). Smells sweet.

T: Pumpkin, mild cloves, allspice, slight cinnamon. Sweet, but not cloying. Slight bitterness (perhaps the hops). Honestly, it's a touch salty. Somewhat all over the place, but primarily pumpkin and spices.

M: Slick. A bit tingly on the tongue, but the flavor lingers for some time.

D: Smooth and tasty. Alcohol isn't in the flavor, which makes this quite easy to drink.

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Photo of beerman207
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off - Hats off to Heavy Seas for their great price point and IMO great offerings lately in bombers.

A: See through - orange - nice head that lingers, leaves lace on the glass

S: Wow - pumpkin is king here - some nutmeg as well as well as allspice. I really pick up the style in the nose here and am pleased

T: Malt, Pumpkin, nutmeg, a bit bitter in the finish but overall a solid offering

M: Medium carbonation - easy to drink

D: Wow - great job by Heavy Seas on this one IMO. Glad I'm only halfway through this one as I have another half to get through!

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Photo of chefkevlar
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slighty hazy orange brown with a 1/2 inch head. There are a lot of small particles floating around in the beer also

S: Smells of pumpkin, clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg. There is also a hint of something that reminds me of candied orange peel

T: This is one of the most "pumpkiny" beers I've had. Unlike many pumpkin beers I've tried this one has a distinctive pumpkin flavor that is right up front. The pie spice flavors are definately present as well. At the finish there is just a small amount of heat from the alcohol

M: A medium body which is lightened by a good amount of carbonation

D: I greatly enjoyed this beer and had no trouble finishing a 22oz. I might be in trouble if I drank 2 but that's a different issue

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