Brew Review-Heavy Seas The Greater Pumpkin

It’s officially that time of year.  Pumpkin Beer Time!

This can either be a great time of year if you really enjoy pumpkin pie and Halloween, or it can be a huge disappointment if you can’t stomach pumpkin pie, and always wear a t-shirt that says, “THIS IS MY COSTUME”.

It’s almost Halloween, or Pagan Christmas, so the pumpkins are in full bloom and are gracing our glasses with their pumpkiny flavors.

So, I got into the festive mood and got a Heavy Seas Greater Pumpkin.  That’s right Linus, “GREATER PUMPKIN”.  Go ahead and sit in your bug-infested pumpkin patch waiting for your loser of a pumpkin god to show up.  It’s BEER TIME!

Heavy Seas The Greater Pumpkin.  The reason I went with this guy should be fairly self-evident.  It’s aged in BOURBON BARRELS!

I’m not a big pumpkin beer fan, but when they’re around I feel the strange need to try them.  And then, after all is said and done, I usually end up like Linus:  sitting there wishing the stupid great pumpkin would show up.

I had high hopes for the Greater Pumpkin.  Probably because I figured it would compliment that pumpkin pie taste with some boozy bourbon flavor.  I was pretty disappointed.

The Greater Pumpkin pours a fairly bright orange color, like you would expect Halloween punch at your upcoming Halloween party to look.  The aroma had all the making of pumpkin pie with some extra cinnamon and nutmeg.

The flavor was okay.  It had the standard pumpkin-cinnamon-nutmeg thing going on, while adding syrupy malt flavor you’d expect from an imperial style.  There was only a mild alcohol burn and not much bourbon flavor.

If you’re looking for a pumpkin beer that’s less pumpkin pie and more Cleetus’s pumpkin moonshine, this may be for you.  Just don’t expect it to be Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater’s 25 year old scotch.



3 responses

  1. shintern1909

    Last Thursday, RFD had this beer on cask, which only made it a little better because you could taste a little bit of the bourbon. By a ‘little better’ I mean the difference between having Jimmy Clausen or Matt Moore as your quarterback – both leave you wanting more (and to punch them and whoever told you they’re your franchise quarterback…)

    September 29, 2010 at 2:18 pm

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  3. pyzocha

    Don’t forget how apparent the bourbon flavor came out after trying a sip of the hideous Southern Tier Pumking…I feel like I can still taste the Pumking – it was like drinking a whole pumpkin pie including the crust and maybe a little whipped cream.

    September 29, 2010 at 8:04 pm

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