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RATINGS: 287   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed at our original Capitol Hill location in Seattle. silver medalist at the 2007 Great American Beer Festival in the Fruit and Vegetable category, the world’s first Imperial pumpkin ale. Brewed with pale, Munich, Cara-Hell, Cara-Vienne, Cara-Munich and Crisp 45° L Crystal malts. Roasted pumpkin seeds in the mash, and extra pumpkin added in the mash, kettle and fermenter. Spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice. Formerly at 9.5%.

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3.4
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Bottle. Pours with little head, body is dirty copper. Mild carbonation. Aroma is cinnamon, pumpkin, some ethanol. Taste is big spices, lots of ethanol (too much) for 7.8%. Lots of pumpkin meat in there, hearty. Body needs some beefing up, alcohol needs toning down.

3.4
omhper (25943) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2006 Draught at the brewpub. (As The Great Pumpkin, 9.5%.) Hazy nut brown. Strong aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon. Sweet and extremely spicy withfull bodya nd firm mouthfeel. Some molasses, but the spices cover that. Warming alcoholic finish. Not balanced in the ordinary sense, but very interesting.

3.8
JoeMcPhee (10129) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2006
Dark amber beer with a thick, creamy white head. Aroma is very spicy, loads of nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. Lots of sweet maltiness coming out from underneath the spices. Toffee, some breadiness and a bit of pumpkiny vegetal character. Finishes sweet and a bit chewy. Some earthiness and a spicy finish. Some light apple/peachy esters in back. Very tasty.

4.1
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2006 This is not the batch 1000 great pumpkin, but the December, 2005 release, with "The Great" as the sticker, instead of "Batch 1000." I believe it’s also 9.5% ABV. Pours cloudy dark amber with a thing white head. Smells of (shock) pumpkin, cloves, cinnamon, as well as sweet malts. The feel in the mouth is smooth with decent carbonation. The taste is the best of all the pumpkin ales I’ve had. Substantial pumpkin flavor (not just a spiced beer), with good malt/hop balance and a smooth finish. Quite enjoyable!

3.5
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Pour is light hazy amber almost honey color with a thin tan head...smell is spicy delicious...rich pumpkin pie...not cloying or overly sweet like a lot o punkin’s...good...

3.1
MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Yellowish brownish orangish color w/ a tall laced off white head. Lots of spice in the aroma w/ and odd somewhat pumpkin pie ish piece. Avg palate. Tastes of bad pumkin pie, nutmeg and other spices. I wouldn’t drink it again.

3.6
5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Bottle pours a clear copper color, moderate fizzly white head, lively carbonation, with mild lacing.   Aroma is very similar to the Night Owl, but perhaps a bit more spicy.   Seems that alcohol is also a bit more noticable.   Definitely spicier and maltier on the tongue than its normal cousin.   Bigger body, with a thicker mouthfeel.   Lingering malts and spices on the finish.   Noticeable alcohol as it warms.


3.5
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Dark copper/brown with a creamy white head and lace. Light aromas of pumpkin spice and some hops. Not too strong or defining. Pumpkin aplenty in the flavor. Good ol pumpkin pie. Malts and a light flowery, citrus hopping. Malty body with a nice pumpkin throughout. Creamy palate.

3.6
BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 18, 2004
Schooner: Hazy bronze color with an off-white creamy head and light lacing. Nose of allspice, nutmeg and faint pumpkin. More like pumpkin pie. A touch of floral hop aroma that comes across very much like an orange with a bit of banana. Tastes spicy, easy drinking. Creamy smooth finish, not bad!


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