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Imperial Pumpkin - Dry Dock Brewing Co.

Imperial Pumpkin
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85
very good

36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.19%


Brewed by:
Dry Dock Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerWizard on 08-22-2013)
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Franziskaner

Missouri

3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Intense carbonation bubbles arise from within off of the pour, But the minimal head completely disappears within a few minutes. Dark orange with a bit of a reddish tint. The aroma is a sweet pumpkin smell with cinnamon,nutmeg,and what I would describe as maple syrup. The flavor is pumpkin and light malt and fades rather quickly. The mouthfeel is a bit warm from the alcohol,but is surprisingly smooth and dry considering the strength. I just want more out of the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 04:26:07 | More by Franziskaner
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DanJan

Colorado

3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A - Man what a gorgeous beer! As far as pumpkin beers go this is exactly what I'm looking for. Nice carbonation. Amber orange color with an off white head that fades pretty quickly. Great start.

S - Smells faintly of pumpkin but mostly of pumpkin pie. Lots of spices, maybe a bit too much. Smells a little bit sweet. Cloves. Allspice. Nutmeg. Bit of cinnamon.

T - Taste follows the smell except for the hidden booze in the taste. Definitely boozier than I expected at 9%. Thought the other flavors would mask it more than they would but the spiciness of those flavors actually enhance the booze. Not bad, just different.

M - Flavors don't last too long which is actually kind of nice with this kind of beer. You get a wave of flavors all at once and only after a few seconds can you differentiate them. Still too boozy for me.

O - I really like pumpkin beers in general and while this is a decent example it's definitely not my favorite. Really good if you like the pumpkin pie spices with a touch of alcohol. If you're looking for a more "traditional" pumpkin flavor I'd go elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 01:22:57 | More by DanJan
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dry Dock Pumpkin
A nice color beer, it pours a ruby/orange/chestnut color. Thin head settles to a slightly soaping collar

Pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, caramel and biscuit malt in the aroma. Some hints of snappy grass and cinnamon.
Flavor follows the nose, perhaps a bit more spice and booze, but not much. The nutmeg and cinnamon complement the pumpkin and malt bill. Sweet caramel is subtle yet strong. This is one of those tween pumpkin beers: between pumpkin/vegetal and pumpkin pie spiciness. Easy drinking, booze well hidden

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 04:37:51 | More by Mebuzzard
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PaulyB83

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz. bomber into a Guinness glass. Got this in a trade.

A- Hazy deep amber. With an aggressive pour a small white head formed that quickly dissipated to nothing. Looks to be medium to heavy in viscosity.

S- Lots of allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg with a mellow caramel sweetness.

T- Similar to aroma, lots of allspice first, then mix of cinnamon and nutmeg. Nice level of malty sweetness helps to compete with the heavy spices. The mellow factor that pumpkin adds is there. The 9% is well hidden which I've found in many Imperial pumpkins due to the spices.

M- Medium to heavy body from the spices and alcohol. Not a whole lot of carbonation.

O- A pretty good Imperial pumpkin. The spice profile is a bit heavy for me and more allspice forward than I would like but still it was a good malt backbone to match. Could use some more carbonation though.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 05:50:52 | More by PaulyB83
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BeerWizard

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bomber of this from Applejack for about $10. Label depicts a black-bearded skeletal pirate admiring a sinister-looking jack-o-lantern while some apparent silhouetted skullduggery goes on in the background. Nice graphic.

Pours clear reddish amber, really nice color, short fleeting head that dissipates into nothingness. Really nice color. Nose is very cinnamon, a little alcohol, almost get like a cola aroma. Label boasts two types of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice and cloves; mainly just getting the cinnamon, though.

Flavor is just overpowered by spice - don't get much pumpkin here at all - and that cola element. I like the flavor, but I think it could be more balanced. Have to say it goes flat relatively quickly, but it didn't start out with a whole lot of carbonation to begin with. Otherwise, slick mouthfeel, very sweet, and definitely get some alcohol there.

Overall this was good and fun to try, but I don't think I would get it again. Not for ten bucks, anyway.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 03:36:43 | More by BeerWizard
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Beaver13

Colorado

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours copper amber with a smallish white head that quickly goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is lots of pumpkin pie spices - lots of cinnamon, ginger, allspice and clove.

The flavor is sweet malts and pumpkin with a lot of spice in the finish - lots of cinnamon with some ginger and allspice and some floral notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a solid pumpkin beer. It a little heavy on the spice, especially cinnamon, but I dig it.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 04:56:59 | More by Beaver13
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Dmart1223

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Holy hot damn. There's a lot going on with this pumpkin beer.

It starts with a dark, clear amber pour with a handful of bubbles, topped by a decent finger of head and circled with some sticky lacing.

The smell is on par with everything from Dry Dock: incredibly strong and full of character. Off the top of my head, I could smell nutmeg, cinnamon, some cloves and something spicy. You don't even have to search for it, but it's a little sweet.

The first thing that hits with a swig is the alcohol, which comes in the front and dries it out in the back. In the middle is a silky, warm mouthfeel accompanied by a bouquet of pumpkin pie spices, funk and cleansing clove and mace.

It's incredibly flavorful, but not overpowering -- more like a punch than a Trappist ale, but that's what I'd want from a beer that's strong and pumpkin-themed. I wish I'd gotten a little more malt, nonetheless, but this beer certainly has enough there to make it a Halloween treat.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 22:52:30 | More by Dmart1223
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber served chilled into a goblet on Halloween.

Dry Dock's Imperial Pumpkin is a suitably orange amber with a slight haze. It has thin short-lived head and minimal lacing.

Aroma is sweet and spicy like pumpkin pie.

Flavor then comes as a total shock and elicits a four letter word. This is an amazing pumpkin beer. If you like this style leaning towards the spice, this is the one. That said there is a lot to love if you just like the pumpkin. It's a crazy intense pumpkin beer with over-the-top flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated. Great balance of pumpkin and spice with tons of both.

Overall an amazing pumpkin beer. Easily one of the best.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 02:22:51 | More by GilGarp
Imperial Pumpkin from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
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