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RATINGS: 240   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheCorkStops (53) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 13, 2012
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.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JoeMurphy (41) - Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2009
Most "pumpkin" beers strike me as really "pie spice" beers. And this one really commits - you might as well call it a clove beer. It is balanced and not too sweet, two things I canít say about a lot of other spice beers. But that big punch of clove in every sip gets old fast. I will say itís an interesting beer to eat dinner with.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fistfull (30) - Halethorpe, Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2009
The funny thing about this brew is that I smell and taste old-fashioned grape salt water taffy; no doubt a fruity ester... There is a background note of nutmeg, if faint. The pumpkin flavor does not shine, nor does the overall flavor; not bad, just not to my liking.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scott_Snyder (27) - USA - JUL 4, 2011
Quite a bit of sediment poured out in this beer. Very little head and no lacing. Otherwise nicely clear beer. Very subtle aroma of pumpkin pie spices. Rich creamy mouthfeel, awesomely full bodied. The expected spice flavor is accompanied by vanilla and a bunch of alcohol. Aside from the strength of this beer it is easy drinking for this style of beer. Not over the edge rich like some that wear out your taste buds.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
patagucci (27) - Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, USA - OCT 11, 2011
A decent pumpkin ale falls short of the pumking by Southern Tier IMO. A good pumkin palate will leave you satisfied.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
iron_maiden (18) - Newnan, Georgia, USA - SEP 28, 2012
Taste like cinnamon nutmeg clove allspice brown suga - liquid pumpkin pie... If you see it, buy it you wont be disappointed !

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
txs (10) - - OCT 13, 2012
Meh. Nothing special. Basic ale with a light touch of pumpkin. Not impressed. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
phrygian68 (9) - Columbiana, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2009 does not count
Poured a nice Med copper,into my St bernardus chalice Smell was a little spicy,but i get very little if any pumpkin, Taste is of clove and nutmeg,at the start,finishes very sweet with a nice spicy aftertaste of honey ginger and all spice The secret is in the 2.5 pounds of spice they use per barrel I think its a nice balance of malt, hops, and spice but as with most pumpkin beers i just dont get the amount of pumpkin i think should be there! overall a nice fall beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wvuej25 (8) - - NOV 4, 2012 does not count
A good example of a pumpkin ale. Great spicy smell and the alcohol warmth is pleasant. Screw Flanders. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theflowjr (5) - - SEP 30, 2012 does not count
Really liked this one, my as malty as most pumpkin brews. The aroma isn't too impressive but the pumpkin flavor is present from start to finish. A little lighter in color and taste which works well. Nice and balanced ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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