Heavy Seas Great Pumpkin - Imperial Pumpkin Ale

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Type: Pumpkin Ale
  • Brewed by: Heavy Seas Beer
  • Availability: September
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  • Region Available: USA
  • Aroma: Miscellaneous
  • Aroma Description: Allspice / Nutmeg / Clove / Cinnamon
  • Serve at Temperature: Ice Cold
  • Container: Shaker Pints and Tumblers
  • Website: www.hsbeer.com
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  • 4.8/5 
  • 08.50% 
  • 437/3669 
Commercial Description

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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  • Aug 26, 2011
    TheCorkStops (70)Rank: Beer AmateurGroup: Barley Wine
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    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.
  • Jan 31, 2011
    kaj-ii (767)Rank: Beer ConnoisseurGroup: Brown Ale Lovers
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    [Best served in a Lager glass]

    Poured a medium amber-orange with a large white creamy head that was mostly diminishing and had good lacing. The aroma hits you right of the bat with the scent of cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and pumpkin with notes of a cookie malt and a sweet doughy yeast. It tastes mildly sweet with strong notes of nutmeg and cinnamon right off, then became more of an almost Pumpkin pie flavor with a mild alcohol tinge near the end. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and creamy in texture with a lively carbonation. Overall one of the best pumpkin ale’s I have tasted to date.
  • Oct 18, 2010
    thebadfrogger (95)Rank: Beer AficionadoGroup: Fall beer lovers
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    22 oz. bomber poured a dark orange color with a small tan head that fell down to just a ring with hardly any lacing.
    Very nice aroma, caramel malt with a pumpkin backround and all kinds of spices like vanilla, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. No hops or alcohol detected.
    The taste is great, not overdone in any one aspect. The slightly sweet caramel malt is balanced perfectly by the pumpkin with all of the pumpkin spices blending in the backround. Finishes with a nice blast of alcohol warmth throughout the whole bottle.
    Medium bodied with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Goes down very smoothly and is just a touch dry at the finish. One of the most enjoyable pumpkin ales of the season for me.