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3.91/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
hsbeer.com

Style: Pumpkin Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by mcallister on 07-28-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,694
Reviews:
227
Ratings:
762
pDev:
13.04%
 
 
Wants:
77
Gots:
131
Trade:
4
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Photo of jbexphys
1.59/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tony210
3.99/5  rDev +2%
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 mjw2808
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
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.
Review# 6,307

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Photo of Wizzle32
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of hozersr
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wheels2532
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Curt3
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of skiking70
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of amsett10
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not much head to it. Some initial spice upon the first sip but evens out to a great cinnamon flavor.

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Photo of blissfulNemo
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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 Ryan4120
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
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 Nightmare1972
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ob512316
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
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 jvgoor3786
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChrisHanna
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Imperialjake
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sisterofba
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NMA
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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 RBorsato
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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