Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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89
very good

602 Ratings
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very good

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Ratings: 602
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 62
Gots: 96 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  10.31% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aged in oak barrels.

39 IBU

(Beer added by: rudzud on 09-05-2011)
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Reviews by Treyliff:
Photo of Treyliff
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a bright chestnut with ruby hues, small creamy light tan head that subdues to a small layer, minimal lacing

S- vanilla and oak up front, the woodsy oak is pronounced. Sweet brown sugar with some nutmeg, a bit of raw pumpkin, quite complex

T- flavors of oak and sweet vanilla on first sip, notes of brown sugar with some nutmeg and pumpkin meat, finishes sweet with some oaky notes. Flavors become much more complex as it warms. Overall it's a warming drink, but not overpowering, the ABV is hidden very well

M- medium body, barely traceable carbonation, finishes a bit velvety and smooth

O- beyond different that's any other pumpkin ale that I've had, very complex and surprisingly drinkable at 10.31%. It is quite sweet, so this bottle would be great to share. Overall very good.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

The detailed oriented, artistically sculpted or masterfully blended care with pumpkins doesn't end with their Jack O' Lantern carvings, but actually extends into the world of flavor as well. And few do better than Uinta's imperial, oak aged, pumpkin ale.

Dark bronze and with tawny highlights, the deep amber beer looks like brandy after its bubbles subside. A deep thrust of the nose into the snifter delivers robust caramelized sweetness that stems from toffee and maple to sorghum and molasses. With the "pie" spices fluttering above, the rounded early palate and aroma is suggestive of graham cracker crust, praline and peanut brittle.

And as the decadent taste reveals its layers in the middle portion, bold spices rise to greet the sweetness in form of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and peppercorn. Slow dissolving sweetness leads to a high dessert taste as the linger of sweetness continues to support the spice.

The beautiful taste that suggests pumpkin pie taste in beer form finishes differently- it dries to a mid-sweet term with spicy heat and spice from dry oak, spice additions and elevated alcohol heat. What transpires afterward is a taste of rum cake, chestnut and port wine. As palate fatigue would normally accompany such taste, I'm wishing for more of this pumpkin ale and blue cheese pairing.

Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I gotta believe this is better than the Uinta standard pumpkin ale.Poured a deep rich bronze/amber with a thinner white head atop,good clarity to the body.Deep pumpkin pie spice,vanilla,and toasty oak ion the nose,a little sweet alcohol comes into play as well.a little thinner in the mouth for such a "big" beer,clove spice and mace on the palate with a little roasted pumpkin and toasty oak,as the beer warms the sweet alcohol shows thru more.A very nice imperial pumpkin ale,the oak doesnt add much but a little toastiness that enhances the beer more,I like it.

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of MadScientist
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: A fairly dark copper with a deep red hue. The cream, tan head is long lasting and leaves some light lacing.

S: A medium aroma of cherries and ginger with a bit of cloves. Moderate oak with some malt sweetness. It sort of smells like a Flanders Brown with some real spice.

T: The spice and fruity esters dominates at first with a moderate cinnamon and vanilla oak character. There is a moderate hops bitterness and no flavor. A medium caramel candy-like sweetness in the mild that dries out to a little less than off dry finish. The pumpkin comes through as it warms, so maybe to drink it really cold like I did.

M: A medium-full bodied beer with a strong level of carbonation and a good amount of alcohol heat.

O: A beer pumpkin with the spice and oak notes giving a sort of Belgian Ale impression. There is a noticeable amount of alcohol but it's kept in check with by a fair amount of malt sweetness and body.

Photo of sprestridge
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of sabitu
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a snifter the beer was a medium brown/red color with a tan head that lingered. There was a good amount of lace. Visually, a pretty beer.

Nice pumpkin aroma. Subtle pumpkin pie spice. There was a little vanilla and oak.

Same with the taste. Primarily pumpkin, subtle spice. Vanilla, oak present.

Medium-bodied. An understated beer, not a lot of harsh spice that can be found in some pumpkin beers.

Would drink this again.

Photo of Beaver13
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle. Pours a light ruby brown with a big creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is more subdued than expected - some pumpkin spices with some vegetal metallic notes.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malts with lots of spices and decent bitterness in the finish. The alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK pumpkin. It's subdued - even though it's 10+%. The spices seem a bit muddled and it's overly sweet to my tastes.

Photo of Twifiter
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of JakerLou
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Jason
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged brown bottle with a freshness date.

Clear mahogany, great lacing all over the glass. Spice, booze, caramel, oak, pumpkin meat, & esters in the aroma. Huge maltiness, big creaminess, and very smooth. Lighter hopping but even and very noticeable spicing. Pumpkin is a bit vague but is there. Maltiness is sweet and bready with undertones of caramel and treacle. Dark fruitiness meets more spice in the semi-dry finish.

I'll admit, most pumpkin beers in the past never lived up to my expectations but with a bigger push for the Imperial Pumpkin ales I am all over it. Of course they still have to be balanced and the spicing can't be out of control the least bit. Uinta does a stellar job with this one.

Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of squiz
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Dudeletter
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Uinta brewing company is another treat for this year. Uinta’s Crooked line of beers has its own marketing and has a lineup of big beers with big bold flavors including their all new pumpkin ale. Again this is an imperial pumpkin ale and as soon as you pop the cork on this 750ml beast you instantly can smell the pumpkin pie aroma wafting out of the bottle. The oak is very pronounced and lends a nice vanilla note to the beer and the oak character is very prominent but didn’t dominate the palate. There was enough malt backbone to place all the flavors in balance and included a nice finish of slightly sweet caramel and pumpkin pie that leaves you with a nice warm feeling inside, not to mention a slight warming sensation from the 10% abv.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a teku
bottled 9/6/12

A- This beer pours a dark deep toffee brown body that is clear but dense. There is a bubbly thick cream of light tan on top and sluggish strands of microbubbles working their way to the top.

S- The deep caramel aroma is rich and blends with vanilla oak notes and some pumpkin spice hints in the finish.

T- The rich caramel malt has nice character that mirrors the aroma with some vanilla oak notes and a nice spice warmth in the finish. As it opens up there is a little bit of a bitter flavor that lingers and some ginger notes come through aswell.

M- The nice medium-full mouthfeel has a gentle alcohol warmth that is only show as the beer warms up.

D- The rich malt blends well with barrel and spice. There are nice barleywine characters, barrel characters and some spice notes that are all well balanced to work together to battle the winter chill.

Photo of chicagobill13
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color: is a dark amber to redish brown color. the aging in oak I believe it had an affacted.

Smell: a very nice pumpkin smell

Taste and Mouthfell: This beer you can taste the pumpkin and a light nutmegg after taste with pumpkin. This is very balance beer.

This is a very good beer and I wish there was some more on the shelves here in Chicago. This just became one of my favorite beers for pumpkin beers. Cheers!

Photo of lanamj
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a trolls tulip.

A- pours a wonderful Autumn brown with a nice white foamy head that dissolves into a light lacing that holds well.

S- Nice pumpkin aroma. It has some spice but unlike most beers in this category its not over spiced. I get some sweet malts, brown sugar and molasses. Some oak is found towards the end.

T- Follows the nose nicely. This beer has more pumpkin flavor then most. I feel like they found a way to preserve it very well. The spice of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice are there but not over bearing. The oak is more present on the taste then the nose.

M- Carbonated nicely. It fades rather fast but is good for the style and the oak seems to linger.

O- This is one of the best pumpkin beers I've had to date. Really well balanced and i feel the pumpkin is actually present as apposed to just the spices you normally find in pumpkin pie.

Photo of CrusinforaBrewsin
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of StuporJew
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my DFH Tulip.

A - Pours a rich mahogany/orange, with a huge, fluffy off-white head,
that lingers on forever. Easily 3-fingers of head, for a slow, light pour.
The lacing left behind after each sip is sticky, thick, and velvety.

S - Vanilla, nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon are the (Usual) offenders here.
I'm almost certain that the vanilla is taken more from the barrel aging than it is the actual use of vanilla, as it is more subdued than most pumpkin ales.
There ARE light vegetal notes of pumpkin, and a bit of sweetness. There is no hint of the fact that this beer is over 10% ABV on the nose. Sneaky, sneaky beer....

T - Once again, alcohol isn't even a factor, as well hidden as it is on the palate. You get more of it as the beer warms. Creamy, and just a tiny bit sweet, with the vanilla and oak leading the way, only to be rounded out by kisses of pie spice. I could drink this all day, but if I did, I'd never get anything done. Damn! The hops are an afterthought, which is okay since this beer, flavor-wise, delivers in so many ways that they aren't needed. The malt makes a big enough appearance to buoy up all the spice and lactose flavors presented.

M - Again, Creamy, smooth, and round. The carbonation isn't overwhelming, but only serves to push the plethora of fall-friendly flavors across your palate, making it far too easy to knock this high-ABV monster back quickly.

O - Being the first Uinta beer I've had (They just made it to Texas) I am more than impressed. SO many breweries do such disservice to the pumpkin beer category that a large amount of folks discount the style as "Gross", or "Sweet". Here is a beer to prove the uneducated masses wrong. I don't get all the cats who have previously reviewed this beer who said that it didn't taste anything like a "Pumpkin beer"... All the characteristics are there, and more. It's friggin' delicious! And as an aside, it is even better with Pumpkin-pie cheesecake. (Don't judge. I'm an adult, and I do what I want!)
If you come across it, grab it. It's worth the time, money, and brain-cells.

Cheers!!!

Photo of ste5venla
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of alcohline_trip
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of quirkzoo
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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