The Great’ER Pumpkin
Heavy Seas Beer

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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #31
ABV:
10%
Score:
88
Ranked #11,098
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 12.94%
Reviews:
243
Ratings:
799
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Heavy Seas Beer
 
Maryland, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  75
Gots
  133
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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BJB13 from Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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Roguer from Georgia

4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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
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Fekim from Connecticut

3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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
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maddogruss from New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Oct 12, 2019
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PorterJohn from Virginia

4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Oct 12, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.02/5  rDev +2%
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 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
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Sep 16, 2019
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Mar 19, 2019
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ravisingh from Connecticut

3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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Tony210 from New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
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

Oct 28, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +3%
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.
Review# 6,307

Oct 23, 2018
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up some beer at State Line Liquors while on my way back to the Island for St. Patty's Day with my brother and sister. Pours a hazy, opaque reddish brown with a medium head and sweet cinnamon booze in the nose.

This is an interesting flavor that is kind of reserved considering the size and flavor combo. Nice balance of roasted coffee flavors, pumpkin spice and flavor, and a bit of hops, all wrapped in a maple bourbon package. A little more body in the texture would probably help the flavor a bit, but it certainly isn't bad.

Mar 20, 2018
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xolectic from Ohio

2.26/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Strong orange color. Poured quite nicely, little lacing but a nice head.

Smell was pretty boozy, not much else.

It was a very strong but disappointing beer, little pumpkin flavor, just overwhelming bourbon and booze flavor with sweetness. Noticeable burn but again, not the worst.

Overall it wasn't the worst beer but I dislike bourbon flavors and there's no pumpkin here.

Jan 19, 2018
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Nov 25, 2017
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Nov 25, 2017
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Ob512316 from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
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

Oct 08, 2017
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teromous from Virginia

3.29/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the back label: "17214"

Appearance: The beer is only slightly hazy with a mix of dark orange, gold, and light amber. The head is a medium stature off-white cap with a slightly creamy texture with very good retention and moderate lacing. It has fantastic head formation for a beer that is "10% ALC/VOL" (as indicated by the label).

Aroma: The aroma is an even mix of alcohol and pumpkin pie spices. It's hard to pick out any specific spice aroma from the mix of pumpkin pie spices.

Taste: Up front there is a bit of a fruity tartness to the beer. There is a bit of spice in the background mixed with just a touch of sweet caramel, and a large dose of sweet alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel: The beer is very smooth and although it has a high alcohol content along with a fairly strong alcohol aroma and flavor, it doesn't have any burn.

Overall: It's a nice pumpkin beer with a bit of a different twist on it. The beer has a bit of a tartness to it which is different and it is very smooth which is enjoyable. The strong alcohol aroma and sweet alcohol flavor along with the spices gives the beer an almost mixed drink quality. If you enjoy pumpkin beers but are tired of the same thing then I would recommend giving this one a shot. It's not something I would buy regularly but it fits nicely into the seasonal slot.

Sep 30, 2017
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BlurryVisi0n from New York

3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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!

Oct 29, 2016
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ccg from District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky orange, not a whole lot of lacing but decent head retention. The smell is all creamy pumpkin pie, although it's a bit artificial smelling, like a can of pumpkin-pie mix. Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg and general autumn spice, but no sign of the bourbon barrel. The flavor is even more artificial pumpkin. There is a bit of bourbon barrel playing around in the background. This beer obviously did not spend a lot of time in the barrel, but maybe that's OK -- I appreciate that it's an add-on to what Heavy Seas was doing with this beer without overpowering it. For the mouthfeel, I'm afraid this beer is rather lifeless, but overall it's a decent beer if you enjoy pumpkin-spice ales.

Jul 12, 2016
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JayQue from Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Feb 12, 2016
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Dec 15, 2015
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TheFightfan1 from Pennsylvania

2.8/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On cask at the Hulmeville Inn. By the time I brought this back to the table it was warm. I would like to try this chilled and carbonated. No pumpkin to speak of, no evidence of beer. Boozy bourbon taste and very harsh, sweet, sugary hot alcohol scorches the palate. Almost impossible to drink a glass of. Again maybe chill this and carbonate and... maybe that boozy mess will calm down.

Nov 29, 2015
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bluehende from Delaware

3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Nov 07, 2015
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Kennethzelljr

3.94/5  rDev 0%
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.

Nov 03, 2015
The Great’ER Pumpkin from Heavy Seas Beer
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 799 ratings