nittanyjim (118) - - DEC 2, 2011
Orange/amber color. Very nice pumpkin pie and spice nose, no alcohol apparent. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel despite the moderate carbonation. Taste is about as similar to pumpkin pie as I’ve had in a beer. A bit of a bitter finish with a little alcohol warming. streve (105) - Maryland, USA - AUG 30, 2012
22oz bomber bottle. Pour is a hazy dark orange with a thin off-white head. Aroma is full of spice with small notes of pumpkin and light alcohol. Up front, the palette is splashed with spices and mild hop bitterness. The pumpkin comes in about halfway with a booziness that kind of washes the good flavor away. No lacing at all. Overall, it’s a solid offering, but would like even more if the alcohol was dialed down to create better balance in the mouth feel. emarkd (100) - Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2011
Bomber. Pours slightly hazy orange color with smallish white head. Aroma is mostly spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, with some biscuity malt background. Tastes mostly spicy, sweet caramel also with just a hint of pumpkin/squash/earthy notes. Not very pumpkin, but the spice profile is there. Good, but not great. dabubbleboy (73) - Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2011
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. Kobal (64) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Pours a nice orange with adequate head. Some nutmeg and spice on the nose. Taste is bitter, roasted, almost burnt tasting and a little pumpkin and spice. Tastes like a brown ale with some spices, less evocative of the season than most fall seasonals and not as pumpkin sweet as some people like their pumpkin beers.
marlin322 (61) - Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2010
The smell is strong of spices cinamon in particular.. you get the reall taste of pumkin especially the finish ..orangey pour i liked it full of flavors taste great want to try the greater pumkin by heavy seas srobi003 (58) - odenton, Maryland, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber. Amber in color with minimal white head. Very spicy beer with minimal pumpkin flavor. Starts out spicy and sweet with a slightly dry finish. Overall a good beer that could have been better if there was more pumpkin flavor to balance out the spices in this beer. 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 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. 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 can’t say about a lot of other spice beers. But that big punch of clove in every sip gets old fast. I will say it’s an interesting beer to eat dinner with. 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.