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Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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very good

530 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 530
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 61
Gots: 88 | FT: 2
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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1.5/5  rDev -62.2%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
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2/5  rDev -49.6%

jellibeen, Dec 17, 2013
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2/5  rDev -49.6%

radioscooter, Dec 13, 2011
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2/5  rDev -49.6%

Faina, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
2.18/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

10.31% ABV confirmed per the label. Bottled 08/28/13. 750ml brown glass bottle with fun label art and branded hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a branded cork acquired at Davidson's Liquor and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared tulip/snifter hybrid in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, CO. Expectations are fairly high given the brewery and style. Reviewed as an imperial pumpkin beer because it's identified as such on the label. Reviewed live. "Aged in oak barrels." "Ale brewed with pumpkin an spices."

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a four finger wide head of light khaki colour. Fairly creamy. Nice thickness and soft fluffy complexion. Head retention is great (especially for the high ABV) - about 9-10 minutes. Smooth even airy consistency.

Body colour is a delightful rich ruby of impressive glowing vibrance. No floating yeast particles are visible. Appears well-carbonated.

Overall, I'm pretty surprised at the ruby colour given that it's a pumpkin beer, but it's a pleasant surprise; I'd say it looks better than most pumpkin beers. Not unique, but special within the style. There are no obvious flaws here. I'm really looking forward to it; the retention is very impressive.

Sm: Clove, allspice, nutmeg (your usual pumpkin beer spices). Pumpkin gourd/flesh. No pumpkin seed or skin. Caramel. Some toasted malt. Caramelized sugars. Some bready/bread crust malts. I struggle to find any oak notes - there's certainly not the rich refined oak tone of a good imperial stout. Some cream. The spices play well with the pumpkin gourd, and while the pumpkin seems authentic, it isn't particularly deep (at least in the aroma).

No yeast character, overt hop character, or alcohol presence is detectable - an impressive feat at 10.31%. I'm optimistic, but it's far from the best pumpkin aroma I've encountered.

A pleasant, inviting, style-satisfying aroma of moderate strength. The pumpkin is a highlight - as it should be.

T: Too much spiciness - fuck's sake that's intense - to the point that it overwhelms even the pumpkin notes. Clove, allspice, nutmeg, and harsh cinnamon bark/cassia. The nutmeg even approaches the point of bitterness. Obscenely over-spiced. The pumpkin gourd lacks any depth whatsoever, and the booziness makes the pumpkin seem artificial and syrupy even though it isn't (if that makes any sense). Plenty of caramelized sugars. Amber malts. Bready malts. The booziness really drags it down. And where's the oak? I'm not finding it. Sugarcane/light rum. Way too much brown sugar. The maltiness makes it too sweet.

Dreadfully imbalanced. Lacks complexity, subtlety, intricacy, and nuance. I'm really not a big fan of this one.

Mf: Sickly sticky and syrupy. Ugh. Smooth, wet, unrefreshing, and boozy/hot. Even a bit gushed. Wow, I did not expect the texture to be this off-putting. Chewy. Poor presence on the palate. Too thick. Full-bodied. Somewhat harsh. Doesn't complement the flavour profile or suit it well at all, but it isn't terrible.

Not oily or astringent. Poorly executed.

Dr: I'm going to have trouble finishing this bottle. I never would have expected a pumpkin beer this disappointing from Uinta. I definitely wouldn't get it again or recommend it to friends. I could really use someone to help me finish it; it's really not that drinkable at all given its low quality. I'm all for brewing an imperial pumpkin ale if it's warranted, but the lack of oak and depth of pumpkin flavour coupled with the severely misguided overspicing and poorly executed mouthfeel really makes this hard to like.

I've had good pumpkin beers, but this ain't one of 'em.


kojevergas, Dec 08, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -37%

ShanePB, Tuesday at 12:57 PM
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2.56/5  rDev -35.5%

MickeyHops, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of phichifiji00
2.73/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Deep amber. Pours slight head that slowly fades. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Boozy, subtle spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, oak.

Taste: Lots of oak, nutmeg, subtle cinnamon, pumpkin, vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth, a bit boozy.

Overall: The spices are too subdued for my liking. The alcohol is fairly well hidded. I liked the oak character.

phichifiji00, Oct 17, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

mrshoes, Mar 15, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

leodarko, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of TheGordianKnot
2.75/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 750 into globe...

A- Very dark, almost blackish maroon in color. No head at all.

S- Smells like a sweetly spiced belgian quad. No oak, not much pumpkin. A few warm spices and kiss of vanilla. Not too impressed here.

T/M- Dear god, this is woody. I feel like i'm rubbing my tongue on a 2x4. Not much pumpkin here, more spicy if anything, and finishes with some dark fruits. Alcohol is warming and adds a slight sweetness to the front of the palate. Carbonation is too low, leaving mouth and bit heavy and on the verge of cloying.

O- It was decent, but I wasn't too impressed overall. There just want enough of a pumpkin profile at any stage in consuming this beer. Oak was also pretty damn offensive which was offputting. I wouldn't purchase this at price over $7ish... Just mediocre

TheGordianKnot, Nov 07, 2011
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2.78/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a maroon color with good carbonation leaving a nice dirty white cap

S: Cinnamon, nutmeg, toasted pumpkin but lacking on pumpkin

T: This beer leans more toward herbed/spiced beer than an oak aged pumpkin beer. I picked up primary nutmeg, cinnamon, a little toasted pumpkin but not much, oak was way to light for it to boast as an Imperial Oaked Pumpkin beer. It was sweet but the booze was masked very well

M: Medium to big body, sordove unflavorful on the palate

O: Less than stellar.

barleywinefiend, Sep 25, 2011
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

RogerSterling, Jul 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

TP_43, Sep 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

DCgolfpro, Sep 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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

xboxhueg, Oct 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

mendvicdog, Oct 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

Smurf2055, Jul 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

ejimhof, Feb 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

mhbarber, Nov 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

StaindProject86, Oct 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

JAHMUR, Nov 27, 2011
3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

jkball01, Nov 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

sharpski, Jan 25, 2014
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Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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