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Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale | Uinta Brewing Company

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Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin AleOak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.31%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in oak barrels.

39 IBU

Added by rudzud on 09-05-2011

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Photo of mactrail
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of peacebone116
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying this beer on Halloween, 2011. Poured from a 750-mL into a snifter glass.

A: Dark ruby red with no head but white wisps at center of glass and lace collecting at the leg.

N: Although I have a slight cold, I do not think that this beer is overpowering on the nose. I do detect the smell of pumpkin, fall spice and a touch of vanilla, but it is not that intense.

T/M: What the beer lacks in scent, it more than makes up for in flavor! Sweet malt and pumpkin hit up front with a follow through of nutmeg that leads nicely into a oaky vanilla note that lingers nicely on with the spicy finish. The alcohol is definitely present in the beer's warm finish, but it is right where it should be for this eerily delicious sipper. The body weight falls right around the medium mark and works well for this warm All Hallow's Eve.

Cheers to Uinta for an interestingly different take on a pumpkin beer!

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Photo of caddybuyer
4.08/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of bcostner1
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Popped this one open to celebrate Halloween and it has become a personal tradition for me to do so each year as long as i have some available. What could be more appropriate for the holiday than a pumpkin ale with an ABV of 10.31%??

A: Deep, dark, rich orange with undertones of dark red and mahogany. Thin tan head. Poured into a snifter.

S: Compared to other pumpkin ales, I definitely get less spice in the nose but still there. Mainly clove, cinnamon, brown sugar, and a little nutmeg. Definitely get some pumpkin too.

T: Great tasting pumpkin ale. Like the nose, get clove (but not too much which is good b/c I don't like my pumpkin ales overly "clovey"), brown sugar, a little nutmeg and a heavy dose of pumpkin. Molasses too...lots of it...delicious! Also definite vanilla and some wood in the aftertaste. I really like what the oak aging has done to this beer. Makes it more complex than a lot of other pumpkin ales without making it overly boozy like some bourbon barrel pumpkin ales I have tried (and didn't really like that much). Heavy on the malt (which I like). More vanilla as it warms up.

M: Easy to drink but with the high ABV, can definitely sneak up on you so probably better as a sipper. Alcohol is well hidden. Great body on this beer to be such an easy drinker; very satisfying.

Overall, I enjoyed this one a lot and would definitely buy it again if I ever find more. It is rich, delicious, and probably one of my top 3-4 for the style along with Schlafly and CCB Good Gourd. Highly recommended (if you like pumpkin ales).

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Photo of MasterSki
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of matjack85
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up this corked and caged 750ml brown bottle at the Binny's store in Schaumburg, IL upon the recommendation of the beer manager there. Never had a barrel aged pumpkin ale before, so it didn't take much convincing, despite its $12.99 price tag.

The beer poured a clear bronze color, but became a dark ruby red/maroon color when held to the firelight, as we were drinking these outside around a campfire.

Good pumpkin smell with all the spices along with a noticeable oak barrel scent and a touch of alcohol.

Nice pumpkin flavor with all the pumpkin pie spices included. What makes this pumpkin beer different is the addition of the oak barrel aging. The oaky flavor is noticeable without being overpowering. There is also a touch of alcohol, which I guess should be expected in a 10.31% abv beer. Clever touch brewing this at a 10.31 level - 10/31 being Halloween. Haha. I get it.

The mouthfeel is rich and smooth. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a very good pumpkin ale, but I still like Southern Tier's version better.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.08/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first "oak aged" beer and it happens to be a pumpkin one at that. Pours a nice dark brown, great pumpkin spice smell. Taste is really good and creamy, nice balance of pumpkin flavors and the oakiness really adds a great touch. Alcohol a bit strong, but overall it's a good blend and the pumpkin doesn't feel overdone. Solid beer for sure, give it a try.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours an almost crimson/ruby color with a nice tan frothy head. Some lace.

(S)- Great spices and a creamy pumpkin aroma with the slightest hint at some dry oaky vanilla. Smells amazing!

(T)- Not as awesome as the smell, but still very good. Nice spice and pumpkin characters. The oak aging definitely added a nice dryness and an oakier, almost sherry-like finish to it that is quite nice.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Spicy, but with awesome creamy pumpkin and dry oak.

(D)- A great pumpkin beer amidst some rather disappointing ones I have tried over the years. Smooth, but tastes dynamic and very enjoyable. The oak aging really created some unique nuances in this.

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Photo of ism
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly dark brown body with ruby highlights, topped with a dense and frothy 2-finger ochre head. Average retention with concentrated lacing.

Nose is subdued nutmeg and vanilla sweetness with vegetal squash and bright cascade hop.

Medium and creamy body, pumpkin takes centre stage through the whole show. An attempt at balancing with bitter hop presence against the sweet oak vanilla and bourbon note but it's a losing battle. The spices are big but mellowed out by the barrel; a radically different experience from most other pumpkin ales. Alcohol is hidden well under a solid sweet malt backbone that you almost have to look for, and when you find it makes you want to alternatively chew or eschew it.

Hops fully emerge as it goes down, on the citrus side, but sweetness dominates. Squash lingers, in a good way.

A big brew, but not dominating. On the sweet side but sessionable enough. Very interesting but not amazing. An offering that becomes excellent as a seasonal.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of cbarrett4
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally a worthy pumpkin ale (though a pricey one!) Poured from bottle into fluted pint at Beer Mongers Portland. This represents a general consensus by the three folks enjoying it:

Pours with a nice appearance for a barrel aged beer. Light head that rapidly vanishes, low carbonation, nice black/brown-clear hue.

Smells mostly of baking spices and sweet fruit and candy with a hint of pumpkin. Has a nice fall, baked pie thing going on, though more of a rhubarb pie aroma.

Amazing flavors of pumpkin pie with a nice backing of liquor like sweetness. Really comes off as a nice after dinner beverage on the palate.

Full bodied though not overpowering, nicely balanced alcohol and tannins. Really lovely texture.

Overall one of the best pumpkin ales I have tasted recently. Compared with other Imperial, barrel aged brews I don't think it would quite stack up, but compared fairly to other pumpkin ales it's a winner!

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Photo of vgarneth
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love a good barrel aged beer... especially with bourbon barrels and pumpkin ales. Beautiful deep, dark color that looks like an elegant Tennessee whiskey. The aroma has just a hint of vanilla that entices your mouth to take a sip. Once the beer hits your tongue, your taste buds are filled with pleasures of pumpkin and spice accentuated by the barrel aging. Like I said in the beginning, I'm in love with barrel aged brews and this is one of them. Nice job Uinta!

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Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Stateline last weekend. Bottled on 08/26/11. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a slightly transparent amber-copper color with two fingers of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Spotty lacing left on the glass and head lasts for a few minutes.

s - Smells of spices, oak, pumpkin, cinnamon, and light nutmeg. Not bad at all, but heavy on the spices. Little more pumpkin coming out as I let it warm up.

t - Tastes of pumpkin, oak, bready malts, cinnamon, nutmeg, spices. More pumpkin and less spices than the nose; a step up for me.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Smooth, and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty good pumpkin ale; not my favorite, but good. Nose is dominated by the spices, but the pumpkin comes out more in the taste. Girlfriend like it a lot, would have it again.

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Photo of cjacobsen
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
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)

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice hefty pumpkin ale, sweet and with a good barrel complexity.

Presentation: 750 ml corked and caged brown bottle. Front label with an illustration of a Jack O'Lantern in the barrel/box… Pointing to the name of the brew. Side narrative goes over main description, tasting, and pairing notes. Neck label mixes the theme of the brew with the Crooked Line series branding. Shows bottling date (08/26/11), and 10.31% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A -Clear and bright deep amber pour with a nice nice creamy head, moderate retention with a fair surface ring, and good lacing.

S - Sweet spiced nose with a clear sweet oaked vanilla finishing the array of pumpkin and spice.

T - Typical range of pumpkin ales with a sweeter edge, the pumpkin is there with a long range of nutmeg, cinnamon etc as expected. The sweetness lingers and finishes with a clear woody touch, pushing vanilla that works pretty well.

M - Medium with medium-full edge in the body, soft if nice carbonation with a spiced syrupy finish.

O - Quite a hefty and sweet pumpkin ale… The oak character adds a nice lingering dimension to push it into a snifter and truly make it imperial.

Notes: Pretty likable, and quite the opposite pumpkin extreme from their session gourd offering. Good quality Crooked Line offering and a nice sipper to share…

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked bottle. Nice packaging. $12 from Tasty Bev. Poured into 2 snifters and shard with Erin.

Appearance: Clear amber, thin off white head, little lacing. Looks fine, but not exciting.

Smell: Sugary sweet with pumpkin pie spice. A pie crust like maltiness- some biscuit or aromatic malt maybe. Wouldn't guess its oak aged from the smell-- maybe a touch of vanilla, but that's it.

Taste: Again, sweet and pumpkin pie spice spicy. Caramel and cakey malt flavors. A little more oak flavor. Detectable alcohol, but I wouldn't guess 10.3%.

Mouthfeel: A little thin for such a big beer. A slight bit of tannins from the oak, especially on the finish.

Overall: This is a really good pumpkin beer. Its no Pumking, and it costs more, but I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"But I should have known that all the cards were comin' from the bottom of the pack and if I'd known what she was dealin' out I'd have dealt it back. She's got the jack." AC/DC, The Jack

Maker's Mark copper color with a dainty tan head. Head quickly skims before giving out mid glass. No lace. Nice bottle art.

At first pour I caught a tremendously oaky aroma - like sitting next to a stack of split wood. As OJ warmed however, the oak was overwhelmed by pumpkin skin and amber malt extract. In it's best moments, Oak Jacked is akin to a pumpkin pie scented holiday candle.

Sweet, malty and fairly mellow spice character. Not a whole lot, if any, actual pumpkin flavor. Not sickeningly sweet or overspiced like many an imperial pumpkin, I'm assuming the oak aging helped with that. Crisp carbonation helps buoy what could otherwise be a thin body.

Oak Jacked is somewhere between the average and good end of the imperial pumpkin patch.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the very least, this is a unique take on the traditional pumpkin ale. Poured into a tulip glass, the beer pours a golden orange with a slight finger head. Immediately, the aroma telegraphs that this has been aged in bourbon barrels. The oak scents are apparent. In the initial taste caramel and vanilla dominate, but fade into a warming bourbon taste. The nutmeg can also be sensed in the initial, but it is not obvious. Drinkers can definitely sense the potency in this one. Accompanying the finish is the cinnamon flavor.

The one disappointment is that the pumpkin flavor is hard to detect among the other flavors because there is so much going on. Yet the overall flavor makes this beer hard to argue against.

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Photo of phichifiji00
2.74/5  rDev -30.8%
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.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a C&C'd bottle...

A - Nice white foamy head rises. Brew is wonderful amber color, crystal clear.

S - Very light pumpkin. Some nice rice and potato scents too, almost like a good vodka.

T - Awesome! Great pumpkin and vanilla flavor. Very mild spice, great for the style.

M - Prefect, no heat! Perfect carbonation too. Very light and mild.

O - Great Imperial Pumpkin style! First i've had of this style, impressive. Great job Uinta!!!

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Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a nice ruby red/burgundy maroon with a decent sized tan head.
S: A nice roasted squash and pumpkin aroma with some hints of oak. The cinnamon gives a nice warming aroma.
T: The beer has an immediate strong cinnamon flavor coupled with some nice oak. The wood adds some nice vanilla notes and blends well with the sweet pumpkin.
M/O: Very good weight and not too overpowering because of the alcohol content. Very good warmer type beer in every sense of the word.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My wife picked this one up to share with me on my birthday last weekend. Poured a nice hazy brown color, with a good taupe head that hangs around for awhile. Nice aromas of roasted nuts, pumpkin pie spices, oak and maybe a little lightly roasted malt. Somewhat sweet and almost cloying on the palate, with some roasted malt, pumpkin pie spice and oak. ™

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Photo of Ghenna
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber color, off white head that lingers atop the beer through the entire glass. Hefty nutmeg, clove, and some ginger on the nose, in addition to some honest to god pumpkin.

Taste is initially mostly pumpkin spice, with an after taste and MF of pumpkin, sorta creamy. Brown sugar on the end, but still finishes a little pumpkin spicey and dry.

Honestly, I've never experienced pumpkin in a beer quite like I have with this one- it really is unique. Whereas most pumpkin beers tend to be an amber with pumpkin spice, this is a real pumpkin beer. Though a little pricey, this is definietly a beer that fits the season and is worth trying once, if for nothing else, than to see how pumpkin can be represented in a beer both in terms of flavor and texture.

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Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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