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Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

466 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 466
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 62
Gots: 65 | FT: 3
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Sammy, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

Bottled on 8/26/11.

Pours a dark copper orange with a 1 inch foamy tan head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet malt, pumpkin pie spices, vanilla, and some wood notes. Taste is of sweet malt and pumpkin puree up front while the various spices and slight vanilla flavor coming in on the finish. The spices add a sight earthy bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. I am not really getting any of the oak flavors in the taste though. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good pumpkin ale with a nice balance of all the flavors. The smell is not as good as the taste but this is still a worthy beer to pick up for the season. Interesting to see that the ABV is at 10.31% (Halloween). I am not too sure how they can get it so exact.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 25, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

djrn2, Dec 18, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

zestar, Oct 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Texasfan549, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

kjkinsey, Aug 30, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

ygtbsm94, Oct 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

kylehay2004, Oct 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

jaydoc, Feb 02, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev -3%

750ml bottle - $13.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Bottled on: 09/04/12

Appearance: Pours out a clear, deep, dark amber-hued body with a tall, foamy, yellowed head. Thin blips of sticky lacing on the way down.

Smell: Sweet-scented (but doesn't imply as much sweetness as comes across in the flavor) caramel, brown sugar, and coagulated dark amber honey. Toasty, crusty remnants. Squashy vegetal tones. Moderate spiciness. Vanilla, oak, and all the bourbon aromas you'd hope for.

Taste: Sweet, sugary tastes of caramel, cooked honey, light-colored brown sugar and plenty of toasted pumpkin. Also, toasted pie crust accents. Pumpkin pie spicing that's exacerbated by the punchy alcohol. Vanilla and stern, angry-faced oak wood along with the strong bourbony flavor (I know, it says only oak, but it feels bourbony to me) letting loose a strong wave of alcohol warmth. Speaking of warmth, giving it some time to open up helps this one, either that or the alcohol is just kicking in and making me a bit more agreeable. Candyish, spicy, boozy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I decided to take on this 750ml all by myself, just to make sure I had enough. WAIT I RAN OUT ALREADY. It's fairly good, but I would still lean toward Pumking, as this came across as a wee bit hot for me.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 27, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev -1%

This beer poured out as a nice looking amber color with some shades of brown in there too. The head was cream colored and foamy looking. The smell of the beer has a heavy amount of spices on the nose, there is a hint of the oak in there too which I thought was a good additional element. The taste has a good amount of spice that balance out the nose. The mouthfeel of the beer has a good amount of carbonation to it with a thick feeling body. Overall I thought this was a very good Pumpkin Ale. I'm happy to have tried it.

Knapp85, Mar 27, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +2%

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.

oberon, Oct 15, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev -11.1%

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Part two of two in my Utahn pumpkin beer mini-fete. The little cousin was pretty nice, so this one has some lofty expectations to live up to. It pours a clear sunset tawny-amber topped by over a finger of dirty pale cream-white foam. The nose comprises buttery biscuits, light caramel, light nutmeg, rye bread, oak, light clove, and a few drops of mandarin orange syrup. The taste holds notes of lightly toasted rye bread, charred oak, caramel, mandarin orange, nutmeg, brown sugar, toasted pumpkin seeds, light booze, and a dripping of maple syrup. The body is a sleek medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly syrupy feel. Overall, this did not live up to the expectations preceding it. The spices have been mostly muted, the alcohol makes itself far too known, the oak seems to be a bit on the blackened side, and the balance that held Punk'n so well has disappeared in his relative here. It's not a bad beer, really, just one that disappointed a bit...

TMoney2591, Sep 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Dark but very clear auburn, it essentially looks like a big chewy amber ale. The head is thin and filmy but lasting.

Spicy pumpkin pie aroma with a molasses backbone, and nicely integrated whiskey barrel that's not harsh or boozy. Little bit of a pie crust malt character rounds things out.

Bready and spicy palate. Pie crust, caramel and molasses, a touch of -bal that doesn't overwhelm the base beer. The spices thankfully don't, either; it's surprisingly well balanced. Cinnamon is pronounced, along with nutmeg and clove, but they don't provide much astringency as is often the case with these spiced pumpkin ales. Surprisingly good on the whole, and better as it warms.

largadeer, Oct 08, 2011
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

JAHMUR, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

SocalKicks, Oct 05, 2012
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3.99/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

Jason, Oct 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

nickfl, Oct 27, 2013
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3.73/5  rDev -6%

Bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a tulip at Katie's Hallowe'en party. Bottle dated 8/26/2011.

A - Transparent dark caramel brown body, topped by a finger-plus of light tan foam that settles to a thick collar, a few wispy patches, and no lace.

S - Pumpkin spices, vanilla, caramel malts, brown sugar, molasses, molasses, roasted grains, light oak, and as it warms a boozy bourbon note that reveals the 10.31% ABV (hardy har har.

T - The taste is a bit of a step back unfortunately - the malt flavors became a bit cloying after a while and I got a lot of harsh oak character in the finish. However, the initial flavor is quite pleasant, and I appreciate the conservative use of pumpkin pie spices. Very rich pumpkin pie flavor.

M - Chewyfull body, lower carbonation, oak and tannic finish that reveals both barrel and pumpkin flesh. Some alcohol warmth is present, but nothing shocking.

D - A beer that is probably best served in 4oz glasses paired with dessert. Definitely one of the strongest offerings I've had in this style, but not something I urgently need to revisit.

MasterSki, Oct 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

At the time of this review, this beer is #10 on the "Top Beers - Pumpkin Ale" list on beeradvocate.com. Served from a corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass. Beer is dark amber / brown and ruby at the corners, big tan head of small bubbles. moderate to low retention, minimal lacing, low carbonation. Looks good.

Smells malty and sweet with a nice finish, some spice, a little booze / oak in there, mild vanilla. Smell is pretty big.

Medium in body, sweet throughout the palate, surprisingly a lot of pumpkin comes through in the flavor. Mildly enjoyable beer, good oakiness and barrel notes, minimal spice. It is a decent beer and I'd consider having it again.

drabmuh, Dec 25, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

ive been pumped to try this beer for awhile, as the crooked line series has always been really good, and i love pumpkin brews. it pours surprisingly clear, dark orange in color, with a lazy bubbly tan head. lots of little bubbles rising up and a great glow. the nose is very very complex and seasonally perfect. tons of fresh pumpkin and vanilla and oak, a little less on the seasonal spice, but still plenty of nutmeg and clove going on at the finish. the oak has done wonders to this thing, id love to see more pumpkin brews aged this way. its mellow and the squash is allowed to bring all its autumnal sugars and startches to the flavor, which adds a lot. the mouthfeel is nice. not overly full on the body, and good carbonation. the alcohol, which is cleverly 10.31%, is not hardly detectable, which i find incredible. its still a massive beer, but its eerily drinkable. ill be buying more of these without a doubt. this is one id like to share back east over thanksgiving. its a beautiful brew.

StonedTrippin, Sep 23, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +9.1%

Nice fluffy head 1 finger, hazy rosy caramel cranberry color.

Nose pumpkin pie, nice toasted malts and toasted pumpkin, light sweet malts and caramel, light earthy hops, hint of vanilla and oak.

Taste is rich, buttery oak and light vanilla, then nice pumpkin chai latte like flavor, light bready malts and caramel, very light spices, light pumpkin pie. Very little booze. Light earthy hops, light nutmeg and cardamom. Finishes semi bitter and light pumpkin pie and oak.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied decent carb, very little booze.

Overall great, nice malts, nice pumpkin addition, booze is very well hidden, nice buttery oak, smooth and tasty and goes down much easier than I expected.

jlindros, Sep 23, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +2%

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear brown with a little off white head that goes away completely.

Smell: Pumpkin pie spice along with some actual pumpkin. Malty and a bit sweet.

Taste: Pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon shows up here. Sweet malt, the finish is sweet like a Belgian. Some candy sugar and dark fruit. I do taste the oak as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a mildly dry finish.

Overall: I really enjoyed the pumpkin along with the Belgian like finish. I thought everything worked together well.

oline73, Sep 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

If you've got to make a pumpkin beer, this is the way to do it. It's more of a barley wine than the usual pie-spice gargle. Big malt flavor stands up to the flavorings. The warm tones and beautiful orange color make you think of pumpkin. Just enough bitterness to keep this from tipping over into the candied yams. Vanilla in the nose reminds you about the oak barrels. Still, it's a complete nut case of a beer but anybody with a spirit of adventure will want to try it. Well carbonated and a pleasure in the mouth.

Another sign of life in Utah's challenging beer environment. If we were giving points for labels, this one is outstanding.

mactrail, Nov 05, 2011
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Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.