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Heavy Seas - Great’ER PumpkinHeavy Seas - Great’ER Pumpkin
BEER INFO

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

Style: Pumpkin Ale

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
Reviews:
223
Ratings:
743
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
23.97%
 
 
Wants:
75
Gots:
129
For Trade:
5
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Reviews: 223 | Ratings: 743
Photo of mackeyse
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
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 +2.1%
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 +4.9%
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 +17%
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 -9.3%
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 -23.2%
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 +8.2%
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 +11.1%
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 -3.4%
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 -3.9%
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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Photo of jkrug5
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pumpkin ale fan, or not, you should give this one a shot. Can't beat the price, and actually has a good balance without the pumpkin flavor dominating. ABV sneaks up on you, perfect beer for a cool fall night.

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Photo of delta490
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deeply cloudy orange-brown. There is a smidge of head when poured but it dissipates quickly. The aroma is rich pumpkin and spices and the taste is much the same but a little more restrained. It lacks the depth of other pumpkin beers but it also hides its alcohol well. The body is lighter, too but it fits the beer well. There is also a good hit of carbonation

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Photo of qchic
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best pumpkin beers out there (and there are too many, if you ask me). Had this on cask, and the bourbon, pumpkin, and spices blended nicely. Nothing over the top in this rich, satisfying sipper.

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Photo of F4R0
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best Pumpkin Ales I've tried thus far. Color's golden, A lovely hue to compliment this season. Almost tastes like Smashing Pumpkins (which is pretty bad arse). Unlike most strong ales, it made my belly content, not irritated (per usual) as if it had consumed something spoiled. Definitely worth a try for any lover of spices.

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Photo of Extol
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - orange in color... Like a darker pumpkin. Smell - smells like pumpkin pie. Taste - pumpkin and vanilla. Like a pumpkin pie. Lots of bourbon flavor. Overall - not my style, but ok.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In a snifter a dark gold color with a small off-white head.

Aroma of pumpkin, spice, and booze.

Pumpkin taste with allspice and nutmeg. A rather strong bourbon presence.

Medium mouthfeel. 10% ABV well-hidden.

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Photo of polopaul20
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 bomber, poured September 2015. Pours light brown/amber color. You can tell its a pumpkin beer, but the real star is the bourbon barrel flavor. Aftertaste has a great floral character with no burn. Looking forward to comparing to current years batch.

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Photo of puboflyons
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml. bottle. 2015 batch. Sampled on September 7, 2015

The pour is a moderately heady amber-orange color. Some haze.

Subtle aroma. Pumpkins are vague but the nutmeg and other pumpkin spices are a bit more noticeable but still kind of distant.

Medium to full body.

The taste has got some spice! Big nutmeg, cinnamon, and pepper spice finish erupting unexpectedly on the palate considering I got a very thin aroma. Where did that come from?

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Photo of MrWonka
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very very good pumpkin beer. If you're a fan of these kinds of beer than plz at least do me the favor and try this one. I happened to come across a whole case of these in almost April and let's just say I'll b buying the whole thing. Anyone who likes weyerbacher pumpkin ale will love this it tastes similar but packs more of a punch.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 edition, 22 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful amber color, specked with orange highlights, topped with two fingers of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic! Lots of candied pumpkin and ginger with strong notes of clove, cinnamon and brown sugar, along with some subtle notes of wood and vanilla. Due to the aging in bourbon barrels, and the high ABV, there’s some alcohol in the nose as well.

Taste: Tons of roasted pumpkin, candied ginger and cinnamon, followed by some wood, vanilla, clove, caramel-like sweetness, and finished with some notes of bourbon from the barrel the beer was aged in. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy. Very smooth as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 10.0%, and with the aging in bourbon barrels, there is quite a bit of alcohol on the palate, imparting a pleasant warmth in the mouth.

Overall: This is a remarkable beer! I love the candied pumpkin and ginger flavor as well as the blended bourbon and vanilla flavors. Very, very good! I’m getting two bottle so this at least next year, one to drink right away, and one or two to age. Delicious!

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Photo of MDHopster
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My god, I can't stand pumpkins and I love this one. It has to be served at the correct temp, around 50 degrees or a little warmer to really bring out the the bourbon barrel aging, but does the aging ever pair with the pumpkin and spices. Pumpkins are a style I can't generally abide, everyone has different tastes, but I enjoy bourbon barrel aged beers so when I saw this at the White Oak Tavern tonight, well I had to get a taste. After a taste, I ordered a full 10 oz goblet and savored every drop.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into Chimay Chalice

A: Amber colored slightly hazy could be because It is so cold almost no head whatsoever

S: smells of ginger, nutmeg not so much like a cohesive pumpkin smell getting no bourbon on the nose

T: tastes like a pumpkin beer maybe not as sweet as some but it just tastes like pumpkin. I'm not getting much bourbon maybe on the finish and it just makes it sourish/bitter

M: a little syrupy but not over the top like some pumpkin beers I'd say medium body

O: meh a pretty average beer, tastes like pumpkin bourbon is about undetectable. if you see it and you love pumpkin you might love it but otherwise don't bother

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Photo of rlee1390
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%

A-Clear amber in the glass, not much carbonation, one finger head that does not last long.

S-Nice spice character with a good deal of pumpkin. Mild bourbon and pleasant oak.

T-Starts with spices, cinnamon and nutmeg, then pumpkin flavor. Mild bourbon, more oak than bourbon but it goes nicely with the beer.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation though. Borderline watery.

O-What can I say? I love pumpkin beers and this is a yummy one.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"As fall approaches and thoughts turn to Halloween, we roll out the Great'er Pumpkin. A coppery ale with forward notes of vanilla oak and flavors of autumnal spice, the ale is brewed with actual pumpkin and imported English malts. Pairs well with turkey legs, sweet potatoes, and an evening looking at the stars…" Brewed in the style of a Bourbon Barrel Aged Pumpkin Ale. Available as a fall seasonal in 22 oz. bottles. Rebooted in 2013 as the fall release in the Uncharted Waters series. Enjoyed alongside a 2013 bottle and a 2012 "Mutiny Fleet" series bottle for vertical comparison.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a Heavy Seas pint glass. Served above 52º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy light tan head over an orange amber body with moderate haziness and light sediment in tow. Retention is average, lacing is light and spotty. 3.5

(Smell) Meaty toasted pumpkin, mildly sweet bread malts with a touch of caramel grain and toffee, light cinnamon and nutmeg spiciness. Fairly low impact of bourbon and barrel treatment in the aroma. Potency is medium. 3.75

(Taste) Bitter, waxy pumpkin rind plus a mellow arrangement of nutmeg and allspice. A fairly light body, shallow on malt depth and light sweetness, notes of caramel grain, earthy bread, creeping alcohol presence. Like the aroma, there isn't much bourbon character, potentially aside from the finish, which is quite dry. The flavor is a bit less ideal than the aroma gives off, slightly less ripe pumpkin and harsher alcohol without the benefits of a solid malt base. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, mildly sticky, faintly dry. Carbonation generates a moderate frothiness for a silky mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is very slightly biter over sweet. Alcohol presence is low/medium and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) Calling The Greater Pumpkin an imperial ale might be only half a step too bold. Compared to the excellent 2013 (see below for notes), I feel this beer didn't spend enough time in the barrels to get much of a bourbon impact, but even without the bourbon, it's a well-bodied and flavorful pumpkin ale, reasonable on the balance, reserved on the spices and a respectable choice for the fall season. 3.75

Vertical Reviews:

2013 (1 Year Aged) Pours a clearer body but with more chunks of sediment, creamy froth head. More dominant notes of bourbon and oak, some vanilla and a sweet molasses backbone, pumpkin and spice still evident in the aroma if not slightly washed out. The flavor carries more bourbon and syrup up front, paired with slightly meatier pumpkin behind, light and dry spice profiles, decent balance, optimally boozy and notable bourbon impact. Texture is slicker, slightly more viscous and chewier than the fresh vintage, carbonation is smoother and frothier. Alcohol presence is medium and there are no off characters. I'm not sure how widely the build on this one differs from the fresh vintage, but it is superior in almost every way, much better bourbon character, meatier, riper pumpkin and a more solid, better balanced malt body. The bourbon doesn't take away from the pumpkin style but compliments its strengths very well. Quite a fantastic vintage and highly recommended.

2012 (2 Years Aged) Pours a crisp, frothy head over a similarly colored body to the 1 year and fresh vintages, slightly less pulpy matter than 2013. Faint, earthy caramel malt and grainy alcohol, remnants of nutmeg spice and vegetal pumpkin, altogether falling off. Flavor is as harsh if not worse, astringent grains and sharp nips of bourbon, strong cinnamon, faded pumpkin. Texture is slick, oily and medium dry, carbonation is slightly frothy and crisp. Alcohol presence is medium/high, fairly grainy and harsh. Slightly different recipe for this year prior and potentially a different beer entirely, either way it's quite past its prime.

Recommended Vintages: Fresh or 1 Year Aged (2013)

Heavy Seas Beer's
The Greater Pumpkin
3.63/5.00

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Photo of wiscokid920
4.5/5  rDev +16%

This brew is great stuff. Everything I hoped it would be an more. It has an excellent malty base built into the base beer and the bourbon barrel vanilla and slight oak play off the subtle pumpkin pie spices superbly. Very Well Done!

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