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Imperial Pumpkin - Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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very good

54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Dry Dock Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerWizard on 08-22-2013)
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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

StubFaceJoe, Sep 11, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

BPJH, Nov 07, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

BeerMeColorado, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of Franziskaner
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Franziskaner, Nov 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

DenverBigRed, Sep 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

bsuedekum, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of DanJan
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

DanJan, Oct 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Morey, Oct 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

GetTheYayo, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
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

Mebuzzard, Oct 04, 2013
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3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

PaulyB83, Nov 25, 2013
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3.71/5  rDev -4.6%

Defence7719, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of beergoot
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear copper-orange body with an initially thick, creamy head that soon fades to a bubbly wisp of white. Big allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg spice scent riding above a nice pumpkin-scented base. The taste is spicy with a phenolic streak; somewhat boozy. Medium-heavy mouthfeel; slick; a bit of dryness with the spices and alcohol.

The initial anticipation, based on looks and aroma, were somewhat dashed, primarily due to harsh aftertastes due to the spices (and, perhaps, its ABV). This is still a decent beer for the style, but falls short of its promise.

beergoot, Sep 24, 2014
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3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pub glass.
Appearance - clear orange with lots of carbonation. Head is white and very thin. Lacing is poor.
Smell - pumpkin pie in a glass; though a bit more spice than pumpkin.
Taste - pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and booze; the higher ABV brings out the pumpkin flavors that are harder to detect in other pumpkin ales.
Feel - medium to light body; the 9% ABV adds complexity to the feel without negatively impacting drinkability.
Overall - possibly my favorite pumpkin ale (I have not had many) and possibly my favorite offering from Dry Dock.

DenverHopHead, Oct 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

blindpiggie, Nov 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Prager62, Oct 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

st9647v3, Jan 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

PeakedInHighSchool, Oct 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Moose90, Sep 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

scm2787, Oct 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

swedishmailman, Oct 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

SkeeterBoganski, Sep 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

RuckusDu, Aug 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Cronkite11, Oct 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

BeerWizard, Aug 22, 2013
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Imperial Pumpkin from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.