Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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89
very good

625 Ratings
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Ratings: 625
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 64
Gots: 109 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  10.31% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rudzud on 09-05-2011

Aged in oak barrels.

39 IBU
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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

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
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
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 MadScientist
3.89/5  rDev -2%
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 lordofthewiens
4.02/5  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
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
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 Jason
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Dudeletter
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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 chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Large 2014 bottle.

Pours red-brown with a fine head that leaves ample sticky lacing.

Flavor matches Uinta's description, with vanilla, oak and bourbon from the barrel aging, medium and dark malts, and pumpkin and pumpkin spices.
Weaknesses are a less than optimal blend of flavors and overly obvious high ABV. The aroma is not plaqued by these issues and, consequently, is better than the flavor.

Feel: harsh with all 10.3% evident.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
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
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
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 StuporJew
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
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 caddybuyer
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into an oversized wine glass.

A-Deep rich ruby amber with a one inch head that settles to a ring. Marked clarity. Stunning color..amazing looking beer.

S-Fresh pumpkin and some fairly heavy handed spicing, but I do like a spiced ale. Ginger, nutmeg, cardamom. Sweet...pungent.

T-Creamy, bready pumpkin, rich in the initial palate. Highly spiced, but not overly so and a bit hot. Hint of oak on the back end. Very nicely done spiced pumpkin ale.

M-Superb mouthfeel, creamy and slightly slick, but well balanced carbonation.

O-A must buy for my celler for the spiced pumpkin ale fix. Any hotness in this will surely be cured with a bit of aging. Very nice effort.

Photo of TheElbow
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2013 bottle, poured into teku style glassware. Not too sweet for a pumpkin beer, which was nice, but a bit too much oak for my taste. Color was surprisingly red for the style. Glad I tried it but it wasn't my favorite pumpkin for sure.

Would have again, but perhaps in a small quantity.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet molasses, pumpkin flesh, nutmeg and cinnamon make up the nose. Sweet pumpkin from a can is the first flavor, mace, and spicy alcohol come second followed with spices of the season. A real treat dessert beer kind of brown sugar sweetness. Medium light body, but the sweetness gives it a meatier feel than that. All this happens over a gourd orange booze with some wisps of white head.

Great beer! Not entirely sure how much time it spent on oak though because the flavor is faintly there, very faintly. Common complaint but true.

Great marketing on the bottles of these crooked line series, just had to say it.

Photo of cjacobsen
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to sweemzander for bringing this one out.

(A) Pours a clean, ruby color. Head is made up of smaller, tight packed bubbles. Decent retention. Surprised to see the darker color instead of the orange. Oak barrels must have done some good there.

(S) Aroma is evenly distributed between oak wood, pumpkin, spices, cinnamon, and some nuts.

(T) The pumpkin is apparent but not overwhelming and dominating the taste. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and spices help to downplay the pumpkin. The taste is semi-sweet. The malts add a bread character and the aftertaste is of spent cloves. The oak probably helped to downplay all the sweetness and added a decent earthy grounding to this flavor.

(M) It sits kind of grainy and chewy. Not off-putting, but almost what to expect from a spiced fruit beer with oak age on it.

(O) Really. Solid. Beer. I really enjoyed this as it's not the normal take on a pumpkin beer. Oak aging it really did something unique to this brew. It was pretty well balanced and just tasted quite excellent next to the spice-bag versions that some breweries put out. (Although I do tend to like the "spice bag" versions as well, not knocking them, just saying this one's different)

Photo of Kinsman
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fills the glass with a rich reddish amber hue and a thick and frothy head. Lots of pumpkin and spice right up front on the nose. A bit of woody vanilla in there as well. Taste reveals a nice balance of gourdy pumpking and cinnamon and nutmeg. Oaky and malty as well, with little to no hop presence.

Photo of Treyliff
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the corked caged 750 ml. bottle. Sampled on November 8, 2013.

It is a handsome looking beer with its slightly cloudy, dark amber tone that also glistens slightly red in the light. Decent beige head that fades to a ring.

Loads of aroma but not necessarily the pumpkin spice kind. I get dark malts, licorice, some nutmeg and cinnamon, black licorice, butterscotch, and a little booze or perhaps that's the oak barrel ester.

The body is medium to bold.

The taste is definitely strong with more of a pumpkin spice character than the nose implies with a definite dark malt and licorice feel too. It does make my head spin a little so take this one easy. One I will remember.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- Aged in Oak Barrels. Bottled 9/07/11. Consumed 2/24/12. 10.31%abv, cute.

A: Dull scarlet red is filled with a lively sense of effervesce. The head is bready, khaki with a good rate of retention. Thin whispy lacing with low vessel coverage.

S: Toasty bread and nutmeg first come out on the aroma, along with dry pumpkin and a dash of cinnamon. Decent level of complexity though strength wise comes off a bit weak. On a side note this is 10.31%abv? Waldo will be much easier to find.

T: The flavor is tasty, toasty caramel sweetness lined with cinnamon and a dash of ginger, clove pumpkin bread and nutmeg brings a nice spectrum of spicing while the malting is sweet and fulfilling. Again hard to believe this is 10.%. Spicy with some dried molasses, french toast, glaze sweetness and light oaky chip notes. Even warm the alcohol is hard to distinguish.

M: Strong level of carbonation brings much livelihood to the mouthful, malty, sweet and spicy with a bready nature and a holiday spicing farewell.

O: Overall very easy to consume, nice spectrum of spicing, not overally exaggerated but rather all working and blending nicely together. Solid sweet toasty malt base finishes out a solid good example.

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle, bottled on 09/18/13. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a mostly clear reddish/orange color with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells mostly like pumpkin and pumpkin spices, along with some light vanilla and oak. It tastes like pumpkin spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice), pumpkin, vanilla, oak, and a bit of booze and butterscotch. It's not an overspiced pumpkin beer, so in this case it helps the brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's chewy and coating with a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a good pumpkin ale, I'd try it again in the future. $11.99 a bottle.

Photo of philbe311
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Voluminous three plus fingers worth of khaki colored light airy whimsical frothy goodness comprised of lots of big chunky bubbles... The color is a deep dark slightly brooding caramelly amber... A light to moderate bit of rapid paced carbonation streaks throughout... Some carbonation bubbles cling to the sides of the glass... The oak and wood notes are at the forefront of the aroma without being overpowering... Some light pumpkin and baked squash notes linger beneath the surface and add nice depth and complexity... Somewhat one dimensional in terms of aroma, but very pleasant and enticing... The trend continues on the palate where the oak aging is again at the forefront... Way beneath the surface are some pumpkin mash notes and light caramel /toffee notes... There is a distinct booziness that lingers about as well... Some very light vanilla notes as well... Lots of depth and complexity is present but it is somewhat obscured by the oak and wood notes... The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sturdy... Assertive throughout with some spry carbonation... Nice and smooth... Overall a very nice beer even if the pumpkin notes get obscured a bit throughout... A delicious beer, but not necessarily an exception fall seasonal if that makes any sense...

Photo of TruePerception
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Uinta's Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin, aged in oak barrels. 10.31% ABV.

Appearance: Nice pop from the cork, and a nice haze from the bottle. Damn! TONS of foam. Atleast three fingers, but I got some pour over and had to suck some up, so probably more in the range of 4-5 fingers. Thick head. Nice lacing. Red-amber. Plenty of tiny rising bubbles inside the glass.

Smell: Slight creamy pumpkin scent. Very slight nutmeg note.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Nice blend of pumpkin and deeply caramelized malt/sappy molasses, coming out the charred side of toffee. Perhaps charred toast.

A new approach to pumpkin ales, for me, but not among my favorites.

Poured from a 750mL bottle, into a Petrus chalice.

Photo of n2185
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear, dark copper with two fingers of beige head that recedes into a thin layer with a little lacing.

S: typical pumpkin spices up front, but they're fairly light. Sweet vanilla, pumpkin, and oaky aromas follow.

T: similar to the aroma, pumpkin spices at first followed by sweet vanilla and pumpkin. Oak flavors bring up the finish with a light alcohol burn and bitterness.

M: medium body wih mid-high carbonation, this beer is fairly crisp for the style.

O: a good pumpkin ale. The oak adds some interesting notes. It's a bit pricy, but is still better than most pumpkin ales.

Photo of xboxhueg
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Sweet, very fruity, slight alcohol warmth and lots of spiciness upfront. Thick and syrupy.

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Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 625 ratings.