The Great’ER Pumpkin
Heavy Seas Beer

The Great’ER PumpkinThe Great’ER Pumpkin
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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #30
ABV:
10%
Score:
88
Ranked #8,843
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 12.91%
Reviews:
233
Ratings:
774
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Heavy Seas Beer
 
Maryland, United States
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Fall
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SCORE
88
Very Good
The Great’ER PumpkinThe Great’ER Pumpkin
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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Reviews: 233 | Ratings: 774
Photo of maddogruss
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of PorterJohn
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of jrc1093
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Pours a dirty, muddled brownish copper with a briefly appearing 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 display of a fuller spectrum of seasonal flavor without heavily artificial undertones.

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Photo of EnderFett11
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Tony210
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Clipper City Brewing Co. "Heavy Seas "The Greater Pumpkin"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "18078"

Notes via stream of consciousness: Wow, this seemed to be a little thick while I was pouring it. Maybe I just imagined that because it's 10% abv and a bit cloudy. It's a hazy deep amber/copper with golden highlights when held to the light. The head is a full cap of foamy, somewhat yellowed off-white. What's this on the label? "...aged in Bourbon Barrels", I had no clue. Well that sounds good to me! So, OK, yeah, I get Bourbon barrels in the aroma. It's mainly oak but there is some Bourbon. There's some malt as well, medium caramelish, and a hint of spiciness but it's more like pepper than pumpkin pie spices. On to the flavor... it's sweetish but not really sweet. It's like golden caramel sprinkled with brown sugar and the juice of just some apples and sweet red berries. The Bourbon is there but again, it's limited, which is fine, and the pumpkin pie spices, or whatever they used, are even more restrained. When I swirl the glass and smell it now I get some of the spice, but again not much, and it has to find its way through wafts of oak. There's not a lot of bitterness to it but the oak helps to dry it in the finish and it's not at all sticky or cloying. There's even a slight acidity to it that helps to balance it. The head has dropped now, in fact it dropped quite early on, and there's no lacing left behind at all. That's a tad disappointing, I'd have thought a malty beer such as this would have left more. Oh well. The body is medium-full, and it's moderately carbonated and smooth which explains some of the lack of head retention and lacing. I don't notice any alcohol in either the aroma or flavor, but I can feel it halfway in. So, have I missed anything? Doesn't look like it. So what do I think of this overall? Firstly, it's a nice, pleasant strong ale. I'm thinking of it as a kind of barleywine, something that I really should be enjoying at the end of the night rather than at a desk during the middle of the day. I don't find a lot of spice, just a light dusting, and that's OK for me but I think that might disappoint some people. I think the oak is a little strong actually, for what it is otherwise, but at least it's quite clear and I'd imagine that a lot of people will really enjoy that. I think it hits the mark overall but it lacks that certain something. Still, I'll recommend it's worth trying.
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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wanted to revisit this one since years ago I found it a total bourbon bomb. For 5 bucks a bomber its not much of a gamble.
Looks quite hazy deep brown with just a 1/4 inch of tinted foam. Smell is very inviting with some caramel sweetness and mild spices nutmeg and cinnamon with mild wood but not getting the bourbon bomb I described in the smell in prior review. Taste is fairly smooth but still run of the mill with some sweetness, fadded spices and just some barrel not really any bourbon to speak of. Body is quite lively which may be the best part of this beer since it goes down quite easy.

Overall its much better than I remember and kind of wish I had it fresh since the barrel might have had more flavor or at least the spices would have been stronger. Still as is its quite easy to quaff back and a steal at just 5 bucks for the bomber.

Edit: Had to increase the review a bit since I found out this is a 2015 bottle which explains why the bourbon burn must had faded a bit.

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - opaque burnt orange/rust with a medium tan head that doesn't really stick around but leaves behind a little bit of lacing.
S - nice pumpkin spice aromas with your typical cinnamon, pumpkin, nutmeg, ginger, allspice. A slight hint of sweet bourbon - but you really have to look for it. The smell isn't as strong as other pumpkin ales, but it's still a nice smell.
T - Follows the nose. Up front there's a lot of pumpkin spice flavors with pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, allspice and a good amount of vanilla. On the back end you get some warming notes of alcohol and the sweetness from the bourbon and some hints of vanilla again. A sweet malt backbone holds everything together.
F - on the fuller side of medium - but not quite full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth.
O - This is a really solid pumpkin ale. Solid Fall pumpkin flavors with a nice addition of bourbon and alcohol warmth on the back end - is it the best in the pumpkin ale category? No but it's definitely one of the better ones; it's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Ob512316
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

24 oz bottle poured into glass.
Look: orange, copper with minimal white head.
Smell: bourbon, vanilla, pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Taste: pumpkin, cinnamon, vanilla, bourbon, and oak, the bourbon stands out to me, good pumpkin.
Feel: a little burn to the bourbon, and Abv.
Overall: I always buy this beer when I see it. Excellent beer

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy amber with medium to heavy bubbles with a slight off-white head (Orange tinted) rising low maybe a notch below half a finger's length.

Smell: bland whiskey scent which comes off a bit sour oranges.

Taste: Strong bourbon over powers the pumpkin. A bit spicy like cinnamon and oranges. Comes off a bit sweet which feels like a dessert which might not be able to finish.

Mouth: Sticky, full bodied but medium carbonation at best which dissipates a bit after the sip. Sour finish at the end.

Overall: Good brew but wouldn't hunt the world looking for it. Feels good in the beginning but it's a different beer five minutes later. Salud!

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Photo of JayQue
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Pumpkin Ale. Pours a hazy iced tea color with a small off white head that fades fast. Minimal lacing. Aroma is fairly mild. There is pumpkin, a little pumpkin spices and some aroma from the bourbon barrel. Taste is much stronger. The sweet malt and pumpkin come out strongest in the taste followed by the bourbon flavor. There is allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg here as well. There is also some bitterness from the oak barrel. Mouthfeel is rich with some slight booziness from the bourbon barrel flavor. Very enjoyable, especially on a cold night.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap (original straight 4.3 rating)
Pours a burnt orange, with initial cloudiness that fades to translucence. Head grows to a finger, but dies recede to the edges and spots on the surface. Head clings to sides briefly with each sip.

Nose is a combination of pumpkin/squash pulp with just enough spice to bring out the dessert part. Bourbon adds a decent waft of vanilla with its own light scent. It really leans a little more pumpkin bread than pumpkin pie.

Taste is similar to the nose, and definitely brings out my bready impression from the taste. The bourbon and barrel come out mid-taste, bringing a spicy woodiness to the mix. Pretty straightforward but also quite tasty. A little less sweet than the nose indicates. Some sips I actually get a little banana in the mix (later in the taste).

A little bit thin and maybe starting to show some age (it is December), a little oily aftertaste noticed.

Not as good as my original rating indicated, but a very solid pumpkin beer that I'll have to revisit next year more in season.

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Photo of bluehende
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had at a tasting with a small pour in a pint glass from a keg.. A very nice beer. Fairly sweet with subtle spice the way I like it. Very heavy mouth fee.

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Photo of Kennethzelljr
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A very copper color and a creamy bubbly head.smells of allspice,clove,cinnamon.subtle notes of burnt vanilla.tastes of all of those favors but the bourbon barrel aging is a bit over the top the bourbon hints are more forth front than the pumpkin and makes the beer a bit "hot" and boozy.you can taste the 10%,mouth feel is pretty light but it's fine it makes the beer easier to drink.this beer may be better to cellar a year or two....it's very good and a lot going on with it.a lot better than a lot of other pumpkin beers but not for every pumpkin fan for sure.if you're a barrel aged fan at least give it a try if you don't mind pumpkin flavors.

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Photo of mackeyse
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Gorgeous look: A really great looking beer. Dark copper in color, with a small white head that faded fast.

A: Catching some pumpkin, vanilla, ginger and sweet malts.

T/M: Very malty and the caramel hits hard. Tasting nutmeg and clove and some raisins. Maybe figs as well. I do catch some bourbon notes but not a ton. Alcohol is very forward as is the carbonation. Aftertaste is sweet and earthy and a bit bitter. Tastes like a big beer.

O: I liked this beer at first and while my review is pretty positive, it oddly got worse as it warmed. I preferred it at the start but the taste got too cloying and the alcohol got hotter as it sat. 22oz of this is not happening unless I milk this over a few hours, which I’m not inclined to do. Nothing artificial tasting about it, which is nice. Flavors were balanced, but a bit muted for a BA beer. Not overly complex and/or alcohol just blew everything else away.

Best enjoyed at a bar in a small pour. For me 22oz was too much and it wasn’t complex enough to enjoy in that quantity. Wouldn’t seek this out again but don’t have a lot of negative things to say about it. Just not a repeat buy.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

1 PT 6 FL OZ bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours a hazy burnt orange in color with amber highlights. It is topped with an inch of beige head that leaves little lacing.

I get some roasted pumpkin, caramel, and vanilla to start. I also get a nice blend of cinnamon and pumpkin spices. It smells like a fall treat.

The pumpkin spices are muted allowing the pumpkin to shine. The bourbon barrel is not readily apparent but does come through by way of caramel and vanilla flavors. The pumpkin spices, while subtle, are there to bring home the flavor.

Full, smooth mouthfeel

This is a solid pumpkin beer. I would have liked to have experienced more bourbon flavors, but I would have it again.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really like how this beer is put together. The bourbon character, while apparent, is in the background as it should be, in my opinion. The first flavor I get is pumpkin which is followed by cinnamon and clove.

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Photo of hman43
4.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It pours orange with clouding, a nice head and lacing. There are aromas of cinnamon, allspice, clove, and pumpkin. It has initial flavors of pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, allspice, then the bourbon becomes evident with brown sugar and oak. It has alcohol warming and bourbon characters on the palate. It is a complex, but extremely well done brew.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, it pours clear amber with a small head, quickly dissipating. Heavy scent of bourbony alcohol and some spice in the nose. The taste punches you with the alcoholic kick, like an assassin that announces his presence before he strikes.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
2.98/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

L - Dark, hazy orange. Two fingers of off-white head.

S - Very, VERY subtle pumpkin, cinnamon, and oak. No bourbon.

T - Alcoholic squash. Cinnamon is biggest spice with some nutmeg. Finish is an alcohol sting. The spiciness and alcohol are reminiscent of rum and not bourbon. No barrel character to speak of.

F - A tad thin for a 10% barrel-aged beer. Alcohol is noticeable, but not overpowering. Lots of carbonation,but despite the alcohol sting it goes down easy.

O - No barrel character and a thin feel hold this back tremendously. On the other hand, as a standard pumpkin ale, this works nicely. I think this was a little too ambitious, but it competes with other standard, non-BA pumpkin beers.

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Photo of bonesTdog
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Ginger with spices on the nose. Beautiful medium thick head. Flavor of allspice and a nice balance of seasonal spices. The perfect fall flavor and something to look forward to. The pumpkin is pleasantly subtle along with the vanilla and light booze to add to the complexity. I enjoyed this much more than I expected. This is not a goofy holiday gimmic, but a really enjoyable complex beer.

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Photo of Glanzman
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a nice caramel color with almost no head nor lacing.

The aroma is great. Malty , spicy, and biscuity.

The taste is the same. The spices are somewhat a little strong for my taste but still a good beer overall.

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Photo of SmashAdams
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first barrel aged beer. The wood gives it a character similar to oaked red wine. The smell is vanilla wih some light pumpkin pie spices. The taste is much the same. Very smooth and slightly sweet. This was a good sipper. nb

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Photo of JamesBondGA
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy orange/copper color with a slight head and very little lacing. NOtes of bourbon on the nose very little pumpkin. Tastes is pumpkin forward, then the booze of the bourbon gets you. I wish the pumpkin flavor was stronger.

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The Great’ER Pumpkin from Heavy Seas Beer
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 774 ratings