The Great’ER Pumpkin
Heavy Seas Beer

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From:
Heavy Seas Beer
 
Maryland, United States
Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #64
ABV:
10%
Score:
88
Ranked #15,758
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 13.04%
Ratings:
811
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 24, 2022
Added:
Jul 28, 2010
Wants:
  75
Gots:
  134
SCORE
88
Very Good
Notes: In the most worthy of pumpkin patches and during the silence of the midnight hour, the Greater Pumpkin raises up and pours a rich deep and burnished orange color. Heady aromas of bourbon, cinnamon, ginger, allspice and clove linger seductively over the thick white head of this tremendous brew. Its love at first sip as the full malt body, dominated by British crystal malt, brown sugar and pumpkin, slowly washes over your tongue. Bourbon barrel aging rounds out the flavors with notes of oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Pairs well with crisp autumn weather, crunchy fallen leaves, and the knowledge that your kids will be asleep soon so you can raid their Halloween candy bags.
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Photo of Rug
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by Rug from Massachusetts

Bottle date obstructed, can only see 2021

Continuing on (accidentally) with Heavy Seas, we have their BBA Imperial Pumpkin Beer. I always love this style when it’s out of season, just a nice throwback to the fall. This one is big and warming, so it also feels appropriate for a cold night like tonight. Let’s get into it

Pours a mostly clear orange gold with 3 fingers of off white head that slowly fades to a ring and leaves no lacing

For a beer aged in bourbon barrels, this is pretty light in the nose. I’m picking up on aromas of allspice, sweet vanilla, pumpkin meat, toasted oak, and graham cracker

The intensity is driven up slightly in taste, mostly post swallow, but it doesn’t really make it more or less enjoyable. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting pumpkin meat, nutmeg, vanilla, brown bread, and light oak. The swallow brings notes of roasted pumpkin, earthy bourbon, allspice, toasted oak, vanilla, and light black pepper

A medium full body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a smooth beer. Finishes off dry with a light heat

This is pretty good for the style, but I gotta ding it a bit because it left me wanting more. Maybe it needs more time in barrels

Jan 24, 2022
Photo of Franziskaner
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Franziskaner from Missouri

Brown in color with an exceptionally murky complexion. There’s a fingernail of beige around most of the rim and covering half of the top. The aroma is of pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Once it warms a bit the bourbon aroma appears. I’m tasting bourbon, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The mouth is warm with a lot of spices and moderately carbonated.

Jan 09, 2022
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by brewerburgundy from Virginia

12oz bottle, tulip, 2021 vintage.

Good medium to dark orange color with a small head.

Very sweet and lightly spiced. Vanilla, creamy pumpkin pie filling, light bourbon.

Contrarily very spiced and less sweet. There’s alcohol bitterness and some slightly acrid over-spicing. Lots of allspice and clove. The bourbon fights with the spices in the finish; a vanilla jab versus a punch of potpourri.

One of the better pumpkin beers I’ve had, but still has the overuse of spices issue for me.

Nov 25, 2021
 
4.04 by cdub70085 from Connecticut on Oct 10, 2021
Photo of PathofChaos
4.71/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by PathofChaos from Maryland

Appearance:
A picture perfect head of beige microbubbles atop a lake of amber orange. Low-moderate retention with sliding suds for lace.

Bouquet:
Creamy pureed pumpkin with a soft touch of nutmeg and brown sugar bourbon. Big vanilla afternotes.

Feel:
A cozy hearth of booze warmth that crackles with carbonation, set before a medium body that’s cushy as a favorite armchair.

Taste:
Buttery pumpkin pie topped with dollops of vanilla whipped cream. The pie is pocked with little pockets of cinnamon and nutmeg that line the way to a to a secretive center of oaky bourbon suffused with vanilla. Finishes on a long, low note of all-spice dryness.

Oct 04, 2021
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3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by trevormajor from Ohio

12 oz bottle, born on 4/28/21, poured into a mason jar at 43 degrees F:
L - copper and opaque with a light tan head that lingered just a bit around the edges of the glass
S - cinnamon/nutmeg, hints of gourd
T - follows the nose with a nutmeg and bourbon finish
F - medium mouthfeel and carbonation
O - good, would like to see more bourbon and less spice

Oct 04, 2021
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4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

Look – Deep copper color and a hazy body with two fingers of off-white head.

Aroma – Fair amount of booze and caramel. Sweet toffee notes. I get more of a squash aroma rather than pumpkin and the oak, while muted, is here too.

Taste – Big pops of vanilla and bourbon. There might be too much of an alcohol taste, but at the same time, I do enjoy the warming on each sip to cut into the sweetness of the bourbon. Great notes of cinnamon and ginger. Pumpkin is barely here, but the assortment of other flavors makes up for it.

Mouthfeel – Full-bodied and may be even syrupy at times. However, that booziness helps move it along.

Overall – A boozy pumpkin ale for sure, but the flavors are all great. It is sorely missing genuine pumpkin flavor on the nose and taste, but again, I like everything else so much I am going to let it slide. This is a great beer on a cool Fall night next to a fire.

Sep 26, 2021
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3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by zeff80 from Missouri

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass. It smelled of bourbon, oak, pumpkin, caramel and spices. Fairly strong bourbon taste with some vanilla and oak. Sweet pumpkin and mild spices.

Aug 29, 2021
 
4 by Taenim from New Jersey on Aug 29, 2021
 
4.15 by BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania on Aug 13, 2021
Photo of schoolboy
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by schoolboy from Ohio

I'm surprised that I didn't find this brew a few years back when I did a major survey of pumpkin brews. Maybe I did that before 2010 or so, when it looks like this was released.

It opens with a nice pumpkin smell that blooms into a well-rounded medium ale smell, with those Bourbon barrels just barely coming into the picture. The brew sits light brown with light fizz. Very appealing appearance. The taste is of a nice pumpkin light brown ale, but not light on the booziness. You can tell it is a big ale but it doesn't feel like it would be hard to drink too many of these (for me, in my advanced age and questionable condition, two would be over the line). It's a tasty fall treat that goes down nicely, suitable for all strong brew drinkers.

Highly recommended. It is popularly priced for such a special drink. It's a shame that back to school is a reality, but maybe releasing this kind of beverage could hold off for a while - it's TOO EARLY. Summer is short enough around here, don't rush it ...

Aug 08, 2021
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4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by beerthulhu from New Jersey

-2020.
A: An almost bourbon colored pour has little to no head formation. Scarce macro-effervesce with a thin, dirty tan head outlining the glass walls. No abv% is given, but given the weakly holding/forming head, I guessing its substantial.

S: On the nose, sweet molasses, vanilla, and sweet oaky bourbon bring it on in a generous form. Bold cinnamon spicing, some Belgian candy sugar, and coconut-caramel malting. Fresh pumpkin pie scents, nicely balanced, not overly exaggerated and strikes that sweet spot and is natural in form. Sweet, bold and natural is best to describe this, with some spicing of cloves and french toast rounding out.

T: The flavor followed the nose with a big sweet, and boozy introduction, loaded with vanilla caramel and sweet Vienna malts. Bold oaky coconut bourbon hints is sweet and boozy, just to my liking, blending beautifully about with some warm cinnamon. Clove spicing, vanilla cream, warm pine resins with some floral hints linger about against a toasted caramel backing. Sweetness of warm honey and woody pine floral come through.

M: The mouthful was big and viscose. Warming boozy and bourbon hints are ideal around a fireplace, with a soft carbonation backing. Nice feel and depth, very smooth and fulfilling.

O: Overall bold bourbon highlights with a sweet backing of spicing, malts and vanilla-caramel is best drunk in a cold setting around a fire, and a bit toward the warmer side of consumption. Deep fulfilling depth has a huge creamy malt base with a nice array of spicing and natural pumpkin elements.

Dec 24, 2020
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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by BJB13 from Maryland

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

Clear, amber and showing plenty of bubbles rising to sustain half an inch of khaki foam it has a strong nose featuring caramel, pumpkin and baking spice and a bit of bourbon barrel with alcohol. Taste is spicy, but not overly spicy or dry. Pumpkin, clove, nutmeg with a bit of booze work well to create a nice balance. The body Is medium, soft and creamy and goes don’t with just a little warmth.
Good beer, especially for a style I’m not a fan of.

Nov 28, 2020
Photo of neenerzig
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by neenerzig from Ohio

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into my tulip glass, this beer is a clear, medium to dark orange amber color. Has a nice white head that's about an inch thick when first poured. Head settles eventually to a medium to thick ring lining the inside of the glass at the beer's surface. Not much lacing here. Aromas of bready, caramel malt sweetness along with pumpkin and pumpkin spice, a hint of nutmeg, clove, and vanilla, and a bit of bourbon oak. The flavor profile follows suit nicely, with the aforementioned bready, caramel malt sweetness followed immediately by a nice presence of pumpkin and pumpkin spice. Then comes a bit more spice in the form of the nutmeg, clove, and vanilla. Rounded out with the boozy bourbon oak taste that sort of dominates the flavor profile, as it really sits on my tongue and lingers there for awhile after each sip. Then I feel it going down my throat and it linger there for awhile as well. Not really much, if any, discernible hop flavors here. Good balance of the different flavors. Has a fairly crisp, yet somehow also smooth, also slightly chewy, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. A very interesting and well done take on the Pumpkin Ale style of beer.

Eric

Oct 01, 2020
 
3.87 by RickS95 from Indiana on Sep 13, 2020
Photo of Roguer
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Roguer from Connecticut

Limited head production. Pale translucent golden-tinged amber body.

Lots of pumpkin, pumpkin spice, and bourbon on the nose, creating an overall wonderful aroma that truly evokes fall.

Boozy up front bite, with a lot of bourbon. Surprisingly thin feel, with plenty of sting. Pumpkin and spices come on stronger on the back half, with a very spicy dry finish. It doesn't blend nearly as well on the palate as it does on the nose, but it's still pretty tasty, especially for a pumpkin ale.

Aug 30, 2020
 
3.94 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Aug 30, 2020
 
4.22 by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania on Aug 29, 2020
 
4.19 by Bbock13 from North Carolina on Aug 28, 2020
 
4.3 by Danzifer from Ohio on Aug 18, 2020
 
3.83 by Gemini6 from Michigan on Nov 06, 2019
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3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Fekim from Connecticut

Smells of booze an spices. Don’t really get the good bourbon smell just the oak from the barrel. Taste doesn’t hide the 10% alcohol very well. Not worth the “heavy” price tag.

Oct 25, 2019
 
4.03 by 11-52_4hops from Virginia on Oct 18, 2019
 
3.93 by dflo32 from North Carolina on Oct 17, 2019
 
4.26 by Saylor from Pennsylvania on Oct 13, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by maddogruss from New Jersey

Poured a bottle into a shaker glass.

A: pours dark orange amber body with small white head with nice retention and lacing
S: clove in my face; hints of nutmeg and cinnamon, but a ton of clove
T: sweet, nutmeg and clove taste with some sweet bourbon notes
M: smooth and velvety.
O: solid pumpkin ale; sweet clove and nutmeg with some sweet, bourbon alcohol notes.

Oct 12, 2019
Photo of PorterJohn
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by PorterJohn from Virginia

Look: Dark golden orange, a little cloudy.
Smell: Sweet, Hints of spices and pumpkin. Not overpowering.
Taste: Great balance of spice, pumpkin, and bourbon flavor. Sweet without being overbearing.
Feel: You can taste the booze as you sip it. The flavors then hit, and the finish is smooth.
Overall: Really enjoy this beer.

Oct 12, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by jrc1093 from Connecticut

Bottle stamped '9125' (presumably bottled on 5/5/19)

Pours a dirty, muddled brownish copper with a briefly present off-white foam immediately fading to a sparse, bubbly collar with no cap or lacing.

Aroma shows a quick, sharp hit of clove upfront followed by delicate tones of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin spice; soft undertones of bourbon and vanilla intersect vivid graham cracker/pie crust into the finish.

Taste opens with clove, nutmeg, and a balanced dose of pumpkin spice; caramel and oak form across the mid-palaform fading to a finish with minimal bourbon influence, but enough to provide a bolstering effect to an otherwise expressive profile.

Mouthfeel shows a medium-light body with a carbonation on the lower end of moderate progressing smoothly across the palate with a minor, refreshing grit; drying, semi-spritzy/semi-boozy finish that respects but doesn't minimize the alcohol's potency.

Equal parts burly and expressive, there's a very minor barrel abrasiveness to this one that gives it an edge in character, and thus showcases a warming but nuanced display ideal in a fall beer. Top-notch in its presentation of a fuller spectrum of seasonal flavor without heavily artificial undertones.

Oct 11, 2019
 
4 by TLA from Pennsylvania on Oct 09, 2019
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3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by DanO1066 from Maryland

NOT sure this is really "retired": just enjoyed a 10oz draught pour @Birroteca in Baltimore

Oct 06, 2019
 
4.23 by Gkruszewski from New York on Sep 24, 2019
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by EnderFett11 from Virginia

Smells a bit like bourbon. Hazy copper color with moderate foamy white head poured from a 12 oz bottle. Tastes of pumpkin and a gentle taste of bourbon, with the spices as more of a background. Doesn't get too bournbony or sweet as it warms up. Probably one of the better bourbon-barrel pumpkin ales out there.

Sep 16, 2019
 
3.84 by Nunya from Ohio on Sep 15, 2019
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3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by chinchill from South Carolina

12 oz bottle from Green’s (ATL; $3.75) with a code of 18078.
Served in a goblet where the lightly hazy copper body was briefly covered by an off-white head.
Aroma: sweet with bourbon, wood, vanilla, and hints of fruit liqueur.
Flavor: bourbon barrel effects and pumpkin spices blend nicely; good thing, because flavors of grains and yeast are masked. Plenty of complexity, nonetheless.
Feel: medium light body with warmth but not heat.

Mar 19, 2019
 
3.9 by bcsbeer from Florida on Jan 03, 2019
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3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by ravisingh from Connecticut

Tried this at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, CT. Came in a tulip glass with about a half inch of head leaving behind spotty lacing. The aroma was definitely boozy. The taste is of bourbon and spice though not enough spice to really balance things out. Not bad.

Nov 11, 2018
 
1.59 by jbexphys from Maryland on Nov 10, 2018
 
4.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Oct 29, 2018
Photo of Tony210
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Tony210 from New Jersey

Pours a clear medium copper color. Big pumpkin spices: cinnamon, clove, allspice, nutmeg. Taste comes with a fairly large degree of tartness: aforementioned pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon is especially prevelant. This is a 2016 vintage, pretty sure it is well past it’s prime. Drinkable but not great...

10/28/18
Bomber, 2016 vintage
3.5 rating

Update: drank fresh on tap, much better fresh. Still has that odd tartness to it, but the pie spices are more prominent and barrel flavor is more pronounced. Upgrade to a 4 rating. 11/2/18

Oct 28, 2018
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 811 ratings