garthicus (2808) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Blankboy. Appearance: vibrant orange, medium white head. Aroma: citrus, mild pumpkin, a little hoppy, a little alcohol. Flavour: spicy, sour, black pepper, decent amount of pumpkin, light in body, long spicy finish.
burg326 (4736) - Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle pours a murky orange color with aromas of caramel, allspice, some pumpkin, cinnamon, and some brown sugar. Flavor is sweet up front with some allspice and some pumpkin thrown in. Surprised at this one, and a nice beer overall that I would drink again.
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I guess Iíll take 201 then. Had a few sips of Travlrís glass. Heís right about the color for sure, and in fact I mostly agree with him. Itís spicy (nutmeg, cinnamon) and pumpkiny in both the smell and taste, but not as sweet as Pumpking, which is important for me.
Travlr (16434) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is the 200th rating of this bad boy, whoo hoo! Hazy brown color, thin beige head. Aroma of nutmeg an gourd. Taste resembles pumpkin pie, but itís not overbearing.
drfabulous (4925) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce. Big pumpkin aroma and spice. Heavy carbonation. Given that it was probably bottled last October, itís held up really well and the spices are all dominant.
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 (1377) - North Carolina, 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 (2445) - 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 (293) - 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 (1065) - 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.