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RATINGS: 242   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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The secret is in the 2.5 pounds of spice per barrel for this fall brew. We add the pumpkin during the mash at precisely the right time to create just the perfect balance of malt, hops, pumpkin and spice.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 21, 2009
THOUGHTS: Very nice. A bit like Pum King. It’s definitely in my top four pumpkin beers. Breweries should just stop making non-imperial pumpkin beers. This had the perfect amount of spice for this amount of body and alcohol. The spices went from the tip of my tongue to the back of my throat. It went great with light cinnamon applesauce. When it was done, I found myself wanting more. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a hazy, medium orange with a small, off-white head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma was moderate caramel, along with nutmeg and other spices, and pumpkin pie. The initial flavor was rather sweet and a little acidic; while the finish was sweet, sour and a bit acidic with an average to long duration. There was caramel malt, pumpkin pie, tons of spices with some major nutmeg and more pumpkin pie. The medium body was somewhat syrupy with fizzy carbonation and a slightly chalky and light to moderately astringent finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (4093) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2009
Location: 22 oz bottle from Gilly’s, 11/16/09

Aroma: The aroma has some of the nice pumpkin spice and other spice characteristics I like in this style
Appearance: A mostly clear orange color with a thin lasting head, and light, drippy lace
Flavor: The taste is also lots of spice malts with a nice hop backing, spice is more cinnamon and nutmeg then pumpkin
Palate: The carbonation is pretty high for this beer, the mouthfeel is pretty nice, and a bit dry, and a bit of alcohol feel
Overall Impression: This is a pretty good Pumpkin beer, but my main complaint is that the pumpkin spice is not as predominant as I would like it to be. That is only a minor compliant though, as I did enjoy this beer. As winter beers start to show up more, and this style is less available in stores, I can already tell I’m about to start missing the pumpkin beers. This is a quite good one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Enjoyed from a 22oz bomber in a tulip glass. The beer pours a medium to slightly dark amber color with a small head that quickly disappears. The nose and palate are strikingly similar to Weyerbacher’s Imperial Pumpking Ale, to the extent that the two are essentially dead ringers for one another. Lots of nutmeg, cinnamin, and a touch of store-bought pumpkin pie spicing. Hops are irrelevant and note noticeable. Malt makes an appearance, but is unfortunately vastly overshadowed by the spicing. Overall, this can’t hold a candle to Dogfish Head’s Punkin or Southern Tier’s Imperial Pumpking, but it is a nicely done seasonal that belies its strength.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2009
650 ml bottle
I am always game for a new pumpkin seasonal so as soon as I saw this on the shelf (reasonably priced no less) I picked up a bottle. It took a while to get through but the payoff was worth it.

Aroma / Appearance - Mildly carbonated with a orange hue the color of the setting sun this glowed brilliantly. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and a squash character gave it some depth but nothing too rich. As with any solid pumpkin ale the aroma of warm pie filled the air.

Flavor / Palate - Strong and spicy the kick settles down after a while. Leaving a trace of nutmeg on the throat it hides the ABV dangerously well. Like pumpkin pie mixed into alcoholic form this is a well done seasonal.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5054) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2009
On tap. Pours a dark transparent orange color with a very thin white head. Aroma is of pumpkin pie - completely pumpkin and spice. It is very smooth and the alcohol is quite hidden.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blklab2007 (2011) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 7, 2009
draft came with an amber color and a thin off white head. aroma has plenty of pie spices, light hops, and wet herbs. mouth feel is a little light and the carbonation on the low side. flavor as in the aroma is dominated by the spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, mild bitter hops, brown sugar, and some vegetable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 7, 2009
2009 Bottle - Thanks beachbum25! - Pours a hazy amber orange with a small white head...aroma is spicy grain, slightly vegetal, sweet malt...flavour is similar, pie spice, some pumpkin nuance, not really pumpkiny, mostly cinnamon and nutmeg, old grain and brown sugar...finish is lingering spice and a slight alcohol kick...decent...

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Bottle from Crown#6. Pours cloudy/crystal dark orange with rising bubbles and minimal white head. Nose is slight pumpkin spice and some spicy hops. Taste is relatively smooth, slightly carbonated, slight pumpkin flavor and a decent amount of hops. A little odd overall, not my favorite pumpkin brew.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2009
Name: Heavy Seas Great Pumpkin
Date: October 12, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Bullock’s
Appearance: hazy orange, wispy off white head
Aroma: big sweet pumpkin aroma with lots of spices
Flavor: sweet pumpkin and malt flavor, well balanced spices, light bitterness follows the spices
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.9/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cavie (3842) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Bottle courtesy of BMan1113VR. Clear orange pour. Bit of a tart smell with some spice. If you think pumpkin then it will come out. Taste is spicy to say the least. The drying aspect of pumpkin is felt later on. Finishes with some autumn spice and dryness. Not bad.


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