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 I’ve 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, I’m 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 I’m wondering if a fresh bottle would make a difference. It’s not the best pumpkin beer I’ve 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, I’d hate to hand them something less flavorful, and give them a poor representation all-together.
iron_maiden (18) - Newnan, Georgia, USA - SEP 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Taste like cinnamon nutmeg clove allspice brown suga - liquid pumpkin pie...
If you see it, buy it you wont be disappointed !
dabubbleboy (73) - Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured 22 oz into an imperial pint glass. Amber color with a creamy head that dissipated quickly. Nice CO2. Has a great pumpkin (no pun intended) flavor with a slight sourness. This ale is a true pumpkin beer, light spices bring out the fall flavors and make it taste like a pumpkin ale and not a pumpkin pie ale.
robgibbens (428) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
aroma: ahh, there is a strong cinnamon aroma
appearance: bright orange amber with a thin head
taste: the spice element (nutmeg and cinnamon) is present in the taste and you can feel in on the tongue. this is a well-balanced brew.
palate: the brew is medium bodied and flows well. the aftertaste is spiced as well
overall: this is a great pumpkin beer. I consider it one of the best I have had to date. (by the way, this is awesome with a slice of pumpkin bread!)
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy deep orange pour that looks more like vegetable juice than beer. Thin but fluffy white head that fades quickly. A magnificent aroma erupts from the glass after the pour. Pumpkin, tons of cinnamon and ginger, and a little bit of nutmeg. Very sweet and pumpkin pie-ish. Flavor is more pumpkin and less sweet than it smells. Still, it packs a lot of brown sugar and cinnamon flavor. Medium body with perfect carbonation. Fantastic. Maybe not quite as good as Pumking, but damn close, and a perfect accompaniment to anyone’s Thanksgiving dinner or dessert. This year I’m thankful I saved a bottle of each one!
superspak (4224) - Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle. Pours slightly hazy orange color with a foamy 2 finger white head with average retention that reduces to a very thin cap. Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and brown sugar. Taste of cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and some clove; with the pumpkin flavors in the background with some pie crust noticed. The finish is fairly dry, but there is some lingering notes of sweetness, with some spices. No bitterness noticed, but it fits this style perfectly. Alcohol was very well hidden, only a very small warming after the finish noticed. Quite drinkable because of the good flavor, and very smooth going down. Medium carbonation and body. I was actually letting this sit in the fridge for a while, afraid to try it, because I didn’t know what to expect. Most pumpkin beers can be done very badly, but this one is done very well, and I would definitely have it again. Delicious.
SPDickerman (1107) - 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.
wvuej25 (8) - - NOV 4, 2012 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A good example of a pumpkin ale. Great spicy smell and the alcohol warmth is pleasant. Screw Flanders.
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jimhilt (2539) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 9, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a one finger cream head that fades to a ring, leaving some lace. Almost clear pale amber color. Pumpkin spice nose. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is pumpkin pie spices. Nice balance of spice and malts. $6.75 for a 22oz bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the brewery: Dark orangish amber with a moderate white head, rich nose of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, and awesomeness. Flavor was sweet, nice malt backbone with plenty of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg spice. Pretty damn good i thought.