TheCorkStops (53) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 13, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One more stop on my virtual tour of pumpkin beers...The Great Pumpkin from Heavy Seas (Clipper City), down in Maryland. This is a brew Iíve been drinking most of the summer, but realized I had never done an actual review. So, here we go...
Pours out a slightly hazy version of gamboge, sort-of a light-amber, with a touch of rust. The head is fairly mild in thickness, but lively when you give it a good swirl. Just off-white in color, Iím not surprised by the lack of head, this Great Pumpkin checks in at a commanding 8% abv.
The nose is intriguing! Just the slightest touch of sweet pumpkin aromas, but plenty of alluring spices. Much in the same way the Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin is dominated by spices, rather than pumpkin, this is very similar. The spices here though are on the sweeter side of things, reminds me more of nutmeg and ginger, and less of the cinnamon and clove that I usually pick up.
Ah yes, I had almost forgotten how delicious this Great Pumpkin is! Just like the nose, there is just a hint of sweet pumpkin flavors, but nice sweet spices. I am picking up a little more pumpkin on the nose than I am on the palate, as the flavors are heavily dominated by the spices. And this is all-in-all a sweet, malt-bomb of deliciousness. It lacks a little of the powerful pumpkin and spice that I enjoy, but it is a thoroughly delicious brew.
Overall, I definitely recommend the Heavy Seas Great Pumpkin. There is no bottling/freshness date on the bottle, so Iím wondering if a fresh bottle would make a difference. Itís not the best pumpkin beer Iíve had, but I do like it very much. Maybe this would make a good introduction for craft beer drinkers that are new to pumpkin beer? You know, rather than give them the best right out of the gate, start them off with something a little more crowd friendly? But, at the same time, Iíd hate to hand them something less flavorful, and give them a poor representation all-together.
kbutler1 (1345) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a orangy color with a slight white head. Like chunks? If so, this is the beer for you! Murky with little flecks of chunk floating around. Allspice, caramel, and pumpkin in the nose, actually not a bad aroma. Medium mouthfeel. Slightly sweet upfront. Pumpkin pie, slight cinnamon, allspice, and whip cream (just kidding). Overall, not bad. I am not the biggest pumpkin fan but this is tolerable for me. It does have a slight pepper note to it thought that I am not the biggest fan of.
glennmastrange (2121) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Moderate malt notes of cereal, and roasted, moderate herbs for the hops, faint leather for the yeast with background notes of brown sugar, vinegar, pumpkin and nutmeg without the pumkin pie smell. Head is small, creamy, off-white with fair lacing and good legs and is mostly diminishing. Color is murky amber/orange with the smallest of suspended particles. Flavor starts lightly sweet and moderately acidic, and the long finish is lightly acidic and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is medium, oily with a soft carbonation and a moderately alcohlic and dry finish. One of the better Pumpkin beers Iíve had, mostly because I wasnít clobbered in the face with a pumpkin pie when I drank it.
Parrothead (291) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber. Pours a hazy dark orange color with a thin creamy head.Nose of allspice, nutmeg, malt. Thick oily mouthfeel - you can just about chew it. Wonderful flavor - you can taste the pumpkin but it is not overwhelming, with just the right amount of hops to balance out all of the sweetness. At 8%ABV you canít drink many of these, our youíll walk the plank! Arrgghh!!
SPDickerman (864) - Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours orange with almost no fizz. Smells of pumpkin and pumpkin spices, such as nutmeg and cinnamon. Tastes strongly of pumpkin with some sweetness and a touch of spice. Light-bodied with a slick, smooth texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Heavy Seas Mutiny Fleet The Great Pumpkin finishes with a bit of bitterness.
nittanyjim (48) - - DEC 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange/amber color. Very nice pumpkin pie and spice nose, no alcohol apparent. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel despite the moderate carbonation. Taste is about as similar to pumpkin pie as Iíve had in a beer. A bit of a bitter finish with a little alcohol warming.
Hair6a11 (1257) - Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; Pour is murky dark golden with a fine bubbled off white head in this glass - The nose is spicy, with some pumpkin pie crust notes, and sweet caramel malts, I suppose. The flavor profile isnít quite impressive - but I feel like it has appropriate elements for a pumpkin ale; sweet and spicy, decent mouthfeel, mild hop note, and a pumpkin pie feel overall - not bad at all, really.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4471) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the better pumpkin beers I have had in quite a while. +++ Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a hazy orange-caramel color with a medium sized orange-white head that left good lacing. The aroma was moderately strong sweet caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. The flavor was strong sweet caramel, cinnamon sugar, nutmeg and clove. There was a lightly boozy undertone. The finish was long with cinnamon sugar, caramel and nutmeg lingering. Fairly full bodied. Well done.
changeup45 (1699) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Pours an amber color with a shade of orange. A thick fluffy head develops on top before settling to a thin layer. The aroma is pretty nice; a mix of pie crust, pumpkin pie filling, brown sugar, assorted spices, and caramel. This doesnít taste like a lot of other pumpkin beers Iíve had. Itís toasty, malty, and nutty, almost like a big Amber Ale, with some pumpkin, but a lot more spice mixed in. It gets very spicy in the finish; clove, ginger, nutmeg. Not a bad beer at all but the spices in the finish could be toned down a bit. Also, while thereís a lot of the spices in this normally associated with a pumpkin pie, thereís really not a lot of pumpkin specific flavor. Itís an interesting beer. Iím glad I tried it, and enjoyed it enough, but Iím not sure it gets a revisit.
dredmond (172) - Long Island, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2011
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
cloudy orange pour, drank from pint glass, mix of flavor more potent than aroma, Tastes like a mutiny