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RATINGS: 247   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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redtechnj (315) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2011
Apperance- Hazy, dark amber color with a nice, fizzy off-white head. Aroama- Allspice, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon Flavor- Pumpkin, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Malt, light biitter & alcohol finish.

3
Onslow (1495) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Pour from a 22 oz bottle. Hazy orange brew with frothy head. Aroma dominated by spice - cinnamon, nutmeg, clove. Taste is nice malts and hints of pumpkin at first, transitioning to a full spicey witches brew. If you like spice this is for you - no fake ’atomic fireball’ stuff here - you can tell it is brewed with fine spices. But, if like me, you don’t care for spice except as a flavor enhancer... or spice melange... well, not so great. Palate is a little watery. Great for the spice lovers.

3
DiarmaidBHK (4907) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2012
Draft at bottle revolution. Pours orange with a thin white head. Big pumpkin on the nose. Lots of spices on the tongue. Too many for my taste. I could use more pumpkin. But it is flavorful.

2.9
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
kp (10882) - 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
chriso (7533) - 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
Rastacouere (6177) - 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
joergen (28142) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 24, 2010
Bottle at Papsø. 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
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.

2.9
JStax (6502) - 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.


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