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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.


2.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2009
Poured from bomber into glass. Pours a dark cloudy-ish orange. Small white head, no carbonation. Straight soapy aroma, strange. Pumpkiny flavor and alcohol present for sure. Pretty good but not great.

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

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2010
On tap at the 2009 Great Pumpkin Festival, Cambridge Brewing Company, Cambridge MA on 31 October 2009. Orange colour. Falls into the "not outrageously spiced but not enough else going on to maintain my interest" category of pumpkin ales. Which is to say, for me, acceptable but uninspiring. Aroma is spicy but relatively restrained. Less spice on the palate. Could use more hops. Sweetish. Did I say I’m not a big fan of pumpkin ales?

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2010
Even though I did not like the beer, I reckon its appearance was attractive. It pours Orval coloured and with a large, relatively lacy white foam of uniform tight bubbles, not rocky, but charming enough. Upon smelling, the spices take a dominant stance. Nutmeg, allspice and ginger are the main culprits, veiling the biscuity (of course one bends towards saying pie-like) malt profile. Very sweet on the palate and quite hot on top of it, a heat that is enhanced by the ginger/nutmeg spiciness. Whatever else is going on goes mostly unnoticed. While the alcohol clearly states that this is 8%+, the complexity you’d expect is not there, hops being a non factor while malts feel fairly limited. Nevertheless, the texture is quite suitable. It’s a relatively thick offering, having a bready, cakey chewiness which is tamed by an adequate, small-bubbled, active carbonation. It’s just not all that interesting when a would-be sipper does not have the depth to keep one captivated (and is very sweet/not very drinkable), a truth that is only accentuated further by its 660mL conditioning.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (22445) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 24, 2010
Bottle at Papsř. Cloudy orange coloured with a medium sized off white ehad. Fruity aroma of thanksgiving pie and spices. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel, spices and thanksgiving pie. Sweet and spicy finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
JStax (3421) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Pours a pale, translucent orange with a white head of foam. Not much retention. The aroma is kind of dull with some spices coming through, but not enough to awaken it from it’s blandness. Taste has some spiciness, but it’s really just not doing much for me.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ScoWRee (395) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Pours a merky golden color with a small tan head. Aroma of cinamon, nutmeg pumpkin. Taste of hops pumpkin and spice. Comercial description is accurate.

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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
thirdeye11 (5712) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2010
( 22oz bomber thanks to BMan1113VR) Pours clear orange with nice oily bubbles. Nose of sourness, pumpkin mash and cinnamon. Taste is heavy on cinnamon, bad/rotten pumpkin and lingers the same way on my tongue. Really not very well done.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theis (14087) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 24, 2010
Bottle at Papsř 23-Apr-2010 - Thanks. Cloudy amber - white head. Sweetness, spicy, cinnamon, cloves, candy, fruity, pumpkin, orange, allspice, boring - thin.


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