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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 BeerBelcher
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A hearty (8% ABV) but pretty under-whelming pumpkin beer. Appearance is an orange murkiness with not much head. The flavor was pretty decent, but this beer seemed to have hardly any carbonation, and rather than being rich in mouthfeel like some other low-carbonation beers (Imperial Stouts), this beer came off as flat and kind of uninspired. But, the aroma and flavor were pretty good - lots of spice but somehow not quite as pumpkin-y as other really good pumpkin beers. I really like the pumpkin beer genre, and have had quite a few this year, and my three favorites are Southern Tier Pumking, Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin, and Hoppin' Frog Imperial Pumpkin. This beer is nowhere near as good as those three, but is still a pretty enjoyable. I wouldn't go out of my way to get it, but I thought it OK.

I bought this beer at Blacklick liquors in Blacklick (near Reynoldsburg, outside Columbus), OH.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.44/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a modest half-inch head that thins within a minute or so. The color is appropriately autumnal, like fire-orange leaves and, well, pumpkin beer!

Just about as big and rich and pumpkin-y a smell as you could get without being face-to-face with a fresh-from-the-oven pumpkin pie. While the peculiar squash makes itself felt in the smell, everybody knows pumpkin doesn't really smell/taste like much, and that's where the spices come in. This one has plenty of nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon and clove character, but nothing is overdone. And that light, bready malt base underneath it might as well be the crust of the pie.

If you want subtlety in your pumpkin ale, look elsewhere, because the flavor here is a total Halloweeny smackdown. Spices are huge, bursting with sizzle, although somehow not overbearing (at least, not if you love big, bold-tasting beers). The nutmeg and clove are balanced and upfront, while a hot-cinnamon candy flavor zaps the tongue underneath. That unmistakable but totally subtle orange squash creeps into the flavor too, while a fresh-cream kind of sweetness wraps everything up and keeps everything else from scattering. Flash of alcohol warmth near the end and in the finish. Nice. Hops? Malt? Who knows where they're at and what they're doing here, and who cares...it's a freaking big-ass pumpkin ale, it's very well-made and it's a lot of fun.

Love the creamy, milky roundess of the texture, where carbonation is kept in check but also allowed to tickle the tongue. Medium-bodied and pleasantly, mildly sticky.

I'm wondering if Southern Tier's Pumking wasn't the inspiration here? It's big on alcohol, it's big on flavor, the aroma is tantalizing, it's creamy...and it's just short of Pumking, which is a compliment, because Pumking is king (imo). If you're gonna do a pumpkin ale, make it big and bold I say, and Clipper City have. This is great!!!

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, 8% abv. Pours a hazy orange color. Pretty bright white head holds together for a minute or two, then trickles down to a thin ring.

Pumpkin pie spices burst out of the glass. Mainly cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. There seems to be some clove in there as well. Some vegetable like pumpkin aroma. A hint of alcohol in the end.

A good amount of sweetness up front. Pumpkin flavor combines with nutmeg. A bit earthy. Some clove seems to come out at the end.

Medium body, carbonation seems a bit light. Some warming alcohol. Spices seem to fight each other a bit, rather than smoothing thigs out. Too earthy in the finish for me. Having said that, this is still a nice pumpkin beer.

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

Heavy Seas- The Great Pumpkin

A- Dark bronze orange with a thick chunky head. Good messy lacing.
S- Heavy pumpkin, clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Slight touch of caramel and vanilla.
T- Thick sweet malt. Nutmeg, clove, and pumpkin really stand out. Slight citrusy lemon with caramel, biscuity bread, and alcohol.
M- Very thick malt very sweet. Spicy dryness with a light alcohol boozy finish.

Overall- Very good Pumpkin Ale. 1 bomber is enough but a good dessert beer.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasing hefty pumpkin ale with a nice balance and good drinkability.

Presentation: 22 oz bottle. Another pirate skull design this time imitating a pumpkin, while not entirely awful the design seems a bit amateur. Pirate narrative describing the general style of the brew without going into much detail. Does not display date of bottling or freshness, shows Alc. by Vol. (8%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Medium amber-orange with an inch of nice head, minimal retention and faint lacing.

S - Sweet caramel spices but not overwhelming over a comfortable pumpkin layer.

T - Carries the notes of the aroma nicely with a sweet and spice pumpkin sense. All spice, cinnamon, and maybe a touch of clove come together in a subtle way to enhance a malty pumpkiness.

M - Medium carbonation and body. Rather smooth.

D - Easy going and rather pleasing for the style.

Notes: A nice offer from the sometimes irregular Clipper City's Heavy Seas series. Not a favorite as I don't find anything too remarkable or pleasing and I would rather chase this brewery for other offerings. But this is actually a rather balanced and well done brew, pleasing to drink for what the style is typically after, in particular when it looks to double or imperial designations.

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Photo of Pencible
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a hazy copper with light tan head. It smelled like pumpkin and coriander and lemon zest, with some copper hops and bready yeast. It tasted like orange and lemon zest and pumpkin, with coriander and other spices and a bit of bready yeast. It was somewhat thick with some carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a mediocre pumpkin ale. The flavors and body were good, not great. It hid the alcohol well, so it wasn't difficult to drink. I tried this on Halloween for the novelty, and would only recommend it under the same conditions.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a great crimson brown wiht good carbonation and a small offwhite head that left lace on top of a good base aroma of pumpkin, nutmeg, clove and hints of cinnamon. A medium body that passes over smoothly with a a little sharpness thanks to spicy cloveness. A solid pumpkin taste along with cinnamon and nutmeg that gives off a good sweetness. A good pumpkin beer that is not overpowering.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A deep brownish orange color coupled with a weak head that didnt stay on the beer very long.
Smell: It had a nice scent of male and pumpkin notes with a strong cinnamon aroma.
Taste: The first sip was a combination of the hops and malt working together. The beer had a very bold pumpkin flavor complimented by the cinnamon notes.
Mouthfeel and Drinkability: It had a nice light carbonation that made it easy to drink. It felt very clean while still being a very thick beer. Overall, it does not overwhelm the palate.

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Photo of thain709
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A deeper colored body with hints of copper and orange shining through...there wasn't much of a head but while it was there is an off white color...not too much lacing

S - The aromas coming out of this smell exactly like Thanksgiving dessert...loaded with pumpkin pie spices (that must be the secret!)...cinnamon, nutmeg, and clover really stand out

T - The spices really stand out in the taste too...you can really taste the nutmeg and cinnamon...they are the stars of this beer...there's a bit of buttery bread taste to it too...you can say that's the crust...there isn't much of a bitterness at the end...and as this beer warms the alcohol starts becoming apparent...the balance of sweetness is just right

M - Medium bodied...the lingering spices make up for the lack of bitterness

D - Overall this is a solid pumpkin beer...I enjoyed mine on cask but I don't think I could take a bomber of this because of the alcohol coming out as the beer warmed...The Great Pumpkin is a step up for the DIPA...in my opinion

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

The latest Fall seasonal from Clipper City's Mutiny Fleet is The Great Pumpkin - Imperial Pumpkin Ale. Clipper City didn't really provide much information about how it was brewed, except to say that it is made with, "hops and secret spices", three kinds of malts, and 3 ounces of spice per barrel. It is 8.5% ABV, 25 IBU, and like the rest of the Mutiny Fleet, is distributed in 22 ounce bombers.

The Great Pumpkin poured with a translucent, cloudy, amber to light-orangey color with lots of adjuncts floating throughout the liquid column and an apparently moderate carbonation. It developed an off-white, creamy / fluffy head that was mildly sweet and laid down rather quickly but left behind decent lace. The aroma was of sweet pumpkin and spice, which became more reminiscent of pumpkin pie as it warmed. The first sip revealed a light crispness on the front of the tongue, which progressed to a creamier mouth-feel throughout.

As I continued to drink, it seemed to present what were perhaps estery taste characteristics and developed what I thought was an astringent quality. I never detected much in the way of pumpkin flavors and it left a bitterish, astringent finish that lingered for longer than I liked. Since the IBU is relatively low, this could be contributed to the 8.5% ABV (since I also detected the edge of a buzz) but I think more likely it was some other, or combination of, factor/s. At any rate, Clipper City's - The Great Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale didn't quite live up to my expectations. I was hoping it would fall in line with some of this year's other fall and pumpkin seasonals which overall, have been pretty good. While it was in no way a, "spit out" beer, to my taste it really didn't make the grade. I didn't mind drinking it but don't think I will buy it again

I wish you Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
The Cap'n

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Photo of goblue3509
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orangish brown color with a slight off white head that gives way to some lacing. The aroma is of pumpkin and cloves with a hint of nutmeg as well. The taste is of a sweet pumpkin and possibly a brown sugar and a sweet malt backbone. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. The drinkability is fairly high on this, the taste is sweet and not bitter like some pumpkin ales, overall you could drink a lot of these and enjoy them all.

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Photo of atsprings
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a Duvel snifter pours a slightly hazy orange with a thin off white head that diminishes to a ring and leaves spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is dominated by pumpkin spice with slight caramel malt. The taste is loads of pumpkin spice with slightly cloying sweet malts as well, there is also loads of boozy alcohol that becomes even more present as the beer warms. The beer is somewhat heavy with more alcohol presence than I would want in a pumpkin ale. I must say, the Mutiny Fleet series is starting to be one disappointment after another. Imperial beers are supposed to have more flavor overall, not just excessive alcohol on top of the standard flavors.

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Photo of Goldopelgt
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured a dark copper color with a thin off whitish head...some retention, but not much...

S- Alot of pumpkin and spices with cloves seeming to dominate...also get a decent amount of sweet malts...

T- As it smells, though the pumpkin and spices are not overwhelming...sweeter than expected with some warming alcohol in the finish

M- Medium bodied, with a spiciness that seems to stick around for a bit...

D- Even though it was a little sweeter than expected, this beer was fairly well balanced...hits on all the right notes, but just isn't exceptional...a solid brew that is worth a try, but probably not a revisit...

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Photo of drabmuh
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Beer is dark amber and hazy, you cannot see through this beer. Head is white, thin, nearly non existent. Carbonation minimal.

Aroma is spicy. Definite clove character, some cinamon perhaps. No hop aroma at all.

Beer is bitter, sharp and spicy. Hard to drink. I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin beers but this one has a warming alcohol flavor that thins out the mouthfeel. Drinkability low due to odd bitterness on the back end. Not a repeat but you pumpkinheads may like it.

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

22oz bottle into nonic

Hazy amber hue with a slight orange tint. A one finger stone khaki head settles to a thin even cap, with a rim of bubbly foam.

Lots of fresh pumpkin, with plenty of cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice. The alcohol is well hidden.

Like the aroma, a good bit of lightly roasted pumpkin, along with a strong bit of spices. The alcohol comes through the flavor, adding a warming feeling and amplifying the light spices. Full bodied, high carbonation.

Not a bad Pumpkin Ale overall, but the alcohol lowers the drinakability a little. The spices are also on the high end.

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Photo of movingtrain
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber, sampled from a Piraat glass.

Appearance is good...dark copper hue. Strong head from the pour, but has since died down.

My glass is sitting on the table, and I am smelling some pumpkin pie (from a distance!). Smells like pie crust, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cherries, pumpkin pie...really...this is making my mouth water.

Taste is good...subtle tones in the flavor...rich, but not overly sweet. I'm getting a lot of similar flavors that I got in the aroma. The taste is less pie-ish, and more beer-like...which is a good thing, I feel.

I think this beer captures quite well the essence of a pumpkin beer. I've had many this season, and this one seems to stand out...it's well-balanced, spiced, and works well across the palate. Aside from Southern Tier's "Pumking," this is one of the best.

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

On cask over at Mahaffey's the other day.

The beer pours a pumpkin orange color with pretty good head retention and lacing. On the nose, there is a boatload of spcie, which seems to be dominated by clove anad allspice. Also get some serious nutmeg and sweet malt as well. Flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, and the moderate sweetness is balanced pretty well by all the spice in this beer. The spice really comes through on the finish, and tones down the sweetness very nicely. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite soft, and the beer has a long, spicey finish. However, the combaination of sweetness, spice and noticeable alcohol detract from this beer's drinkability just a bit.

This is a pretty solid beer, but is not so exceptional or different from other pumpkin ales out on the market that I can see any reason to seek it out. The one glass I had the other evening will likely be the only one I order this season.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In my tulip glass, the beer was a hazy dark orange with a thin white head. Pleasant aroma of pumpkin and spice. The aroma translated into a stronger taste of pumpkin and pumpkin spice. A bit of warming alcohol, not intrusive. I felt like I was drinking a liquid pumpkin pie. Very smooth, great pumpkin beer.

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Photo of Brad007
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange-copper color with a two finger head into my fluted glass.

Aroma is full of pumpkin and spice with a close resemblance to pumpkin pie. Not bad at all.

Taste is full of pumpkin pie and spice with a bit of warm alcohol in the middle. Spices seem dominant but never too much. Definitely has a decent feel to it.

Mouthfeel falls a bit thin though with the pumpkin pie taste all but fading. Carbonation seems a bit strong as well.

Despite the mouthfeel, this is a decent example of the style. It seems to me that whenever pumpkin beers ramp up the alcohol, the taste gets ramped up as well. You can't go wrong with trying this but Pumking is where it's at.

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Photo of Ezekiel81923
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bomber found at Capone's. Pretty pumped to start trying more Imperial Pumpkins. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Thin head rises and dissipates quickly, leaving little on top but some fine lacing. The beer is a hazy sort of amber/copper color.

Smell: A nice spicy aroma of cinnamon brown sugar and nutmeg. Some pumpkin lurks in the background but the aroma is dominated by the spices. It's not a particularly strong aroma though, so we'll see how the taste develops.

Taste: A lot of pumpkin towards the end of this one. Mostly spices of cinnamon and nutmeg up front. The pumpkin flavor lingers in your mouth well after the sip too, and I'm not sure how I feel about that. That's always where I've liked the spiciness and sweetness of other Pumpkin ale's to camp. Most of the pumpkin flavor in this one makes it splash between two rounds of spice, and then again in the finish. Also has mild hop bitterness in the middle and some oily hop bitterness in the end mixes with the pumpkin making an awkward aftertaste. Not much sugary sweetness to this either.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. The aftertaste is still a little strange to me. Carbonation is moderate though which I like with this style.

Drinkability: Pretty good. The aftertaste gets old after a while which would limit me to one or two bombers, but I'll certainly finish this one.

I appreciate the idea...we need more Imperial Pumpkins like Pumking, but this one doesn't quite meet my expectations.

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Photo of kurp001
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber bought at Shawan Liquors

Pours a deep, cloudy orange with about two fingers of creamy off-white head that recedes gradually, leaving behind considerable lacing.

Smell consists of a good deal of natural pumpkin aroma, with a mild spice presence in the background.

Rich pumpkin and a malt flavor are the most prominent thing upfront, with the spices barely poking through on the finish. As the beer warms the spices seem to make their presence known a bit more, but not in a way that seems particularly harmonious with the pumpkin and malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smoothed, but a bit watery for an imperial pumpkin ale.

Although this isn't my favorite imperial pumpkin ale, the subtler flavors do enhance the drinkability of the beer. I probably wouldn't return to this one, but I'm glad I had an opportunity to try it.

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

A-dark amber color with a creamy head

S- strong smell of cinnamon with some pumpkin overtones

T- well balanced. compared it with two other pumpkin ales and it stood out from the pack.

M- was not a heavy beer at all. very smooth all the way through.

D- Could have continued to drink throughout the night. One of the better pumpkin ales we have tasted this year.

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Photo of jdubjacket
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Green's on Ponce. Poured an orange color with very little head or carbonation.

Smell is very sweet with pumpkin in the background...taste is similar to the smell in that sweetness dominates the taste of the beer and the spicy and pumpkin tastes take a backseat.

Good drinkability - tough to ddrink more than one though.

A decent pumpkin ale, but there are better ones available.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a lightly hazy burnt orange with soft white head.

S: Nice mix of pumpkin and fall spice.

T: On first taste it is real heavy on the cinnamon, as it warms a nice pumpkin sweetness comes out.

M: Nice full body, soft carbonation, creamy.

D: A nice pumpkin ale, the spices are a bit over the top, but I was glad to try it.

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Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 22oz. bomber bottle a medium amber-is color with a half finger head that quickly dissolved into a light lacing. I see almost ZERO carbonation going on, I can practically count the bubbles on one hand. The aroma is malty and slightly sweet, with hints of pumpkin pie spices and maybe just a hint of brown sugar. 1st sip brings a strong hint of pumpkin (yes, you can actually taste the pumpkin), malt, and spices. There is a strong bitterness on the finish from a combination or hops, alcohol & spice. The mouth feel is smooth and neither heavy or watery. Drinkability is pretty good...I could see myself downing a few of these on a Saturday or Sunday while watching football. Overall, a very good beer, IMHO. A nice take on a style that seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it type of beer. I, for one, love it!

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