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Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

443 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 443
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 53
Gots: 60 | 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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IAmAPenguin

California

4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - Definitely carbonated pumpkin, pumpkin puree, Vanilla, aged oak, cinnamon and citrus.
Appearance - Very brownish black with a big tan foam and nice lacing.
Taste - Massive fruity overtones of plums and dates. Strong pumpkin puree, oak, vanilla, slight pines and a continuous juicy pumpkin cream flavor throughout the palate. The finish brings a resinous creamy, milk, sweet yeast and sugar, slick syrupy pumpkin molasses. Overall, this beer is massively complex. There is the vanilla/oak overtones from the barrels and the strong pumpkin overtones work well with that. This is a really fantastic imperial pumpkin ales. Among the best of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 08:32:36 | More by IAmAPenguin
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johnny29er

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

10-25-2013 03:32:30 | More by johnny29er
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lostandwandering

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.8%

10-25-2013 02:44:48 | More by lostandwandering
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Andragos

New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

10-23-2013 21:50:04 | More by Andragos
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

10-23-2013 08:53:39 | More by zestar
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Squidly

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

10-21-2013 22:26:06 | More by Squidly
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.8%

10-20-2013 12:49:42 | More by KevinGordon
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Vegasbeer

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

10-20-2013 07:34:04 | More by Vegasbeer
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StaindProject86

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.4%

10-20-2013 02:13:59 | More by StaindProject86
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laxer8811

New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%

10-19-2013 18:43:59 | More by laxer8811
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deonreds

New York

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

10-19-2013 14:08:52 | More by deonreds
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raffy313

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

10-18-2013 12:14:34 | More by raffy313
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Jason

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 02:21:30 | More by Jason
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Varkias41

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.8%

10-16-2013 17:01:00 | More by Varkias41
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StuporJew

Texas

4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
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!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 04:19:57 | More by StuporJew
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reizorc

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

10-14-2013 00:50:48 | More by reizorc
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Jtrigonis

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

10-13-2013 07:42:41 | More by Jtrigonis
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MikeMilanoDesign

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

10-13-2013 06:01:04 | More by MikeMilanoDesign
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KRella

New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

10-13-2013 02:05:58 | More by KRella
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mitch3114

New York

3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ML corked and caged bottle poured into snifter, while watching World War Z...

A- Very nice looking beer. The color is a deep dark amber with a ruby red hue. An off-white head that seems to fall just as fast as it rises. The bubbly lacey film sticks around for days.

S- Smells like a deeply complex brew. I can maybe smell some wood from the barrel, the alcohol is there, I smell faint mandarin oranges, burnt toffee, some vanilla, some hops. I'm not smelling any pumpkin or spices however. After getting halfway through the bottle, a small amount of pumpkin scent was picked up.

T- Hot, boozy, alcohol, a small amount of hops...not what I expected. It tastes more like a really strong, fresh barley wine, although it's not hoppy or really malty either. When agitated in my mouth there is a very small hint of of what may be an artificial pumpkin taste...absolutely no spices. I would have never guessed this was a pumpkin beer.

M- The mouthfeel is a little chewy. Thank god for some body in this brew. It is so hot that it needs to be this thick. Its not syrupy. I think the mouthfeel matches up well.

O- I have had over 25 different pumpkin beers so far this fall. This was the number one beer on my list to try and I waited and waited for it to hit the shelves here. I have to say I am slightly disappointed. I love barley-wines (especially Cockeyed Cooper, another offering in Uinta's "Crooked" line-up) so I didn't really dislike this beer. However, there were no aspects of a pumpkin beer. This beer was not true to the style. I think this is one of the rare cases of pumpkin ales that can actually be aged for a year+ and be better since there arent any subtle flavors one might be concerned about losing over time. If anything a year or two would take the edge off and mellow it out. I think the concern with aging pumpkin ales is that the delicate pumpkin flavor and spices start to fade over time. I suspect that's why the majority of the "imperial" pumpkin ales you see are in the 8% range. At 8% ABV you can still create a well balanced, complex pumpkin ale with all the typical flavors and spices, but still have that extra kick without being over the top. This beer unfortunately is just a boozy mess. But, with some age, I could see this ending up as a very enjoyable and drinkable treat...just don't expect any pumpkin flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 00:36:08 | More by mitch3114
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- 750ml bottle split into a goblet and a tulip. Dark crimson body with light just piercing the edges to bring out nice red hues. Foamy off-white head forms to a finger or two high with nice retention. Cap falls to a fuzzy, thick ring and cloud atop the beer leaving a lot of lace webs down the glass.

S- A decent amount of pumpkin pie spice above a nice strong, toasted malty ale. A pretty strong dark fruit like cherry comes to mind, probably from the yeast's high ABV ferment. Notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, nutty grains, bread and pumpkin.

T- Strong yeast dark fruit notes are toned down a bit here and more balance and depth of flavor is achieved. Fresh oak hints. Overall the brew is malty and spicy with the grains contributing nutty, toasted biscuit, brown sugar sweets and some caramel notes. Pumpkin pie spices like nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon contribute a balance to the malts without being overpowering. As far as actual pumpkin goes, just a hint of squash comes to mind, not like a pie as some offerings can be.

MF- Moderately high carbonation is a medium bodied ale with a nice silky, creamy texture. It really foams up nicely like a whipped cream. Alcohol is quite warm and the beer ends warm with some spiciness on the palate.

I like the complexity in the flavor and I think the strength of the beer works nicely with the flavors they present. The pumpkin aspect is a bit overshadowed by this strength but all in all a brew I would recommend trying to anyone. Spices are also in check which is key, too many abuse that.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 01:24:47 | More by cbutova
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CreightonSM

New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

10-11-2013 00:49:52 | More by CreightonSM
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Whoa, big beer! Poured slightly warm with a giant tan, slow to settle, thick, foamy head and good lacing. Color is a clear, deep amber with few bubble trails. Aroma is oaked pumpkin, malt, spice, hops. Flavor's like nose with everything much more bold. Sweet and tang are out front and bitter brings up a strong, long lasting end. Body is full round, alcohol warm with just enough bitter to keep it interesting. Finish is like flavor and as stated above. Rich, so one big bottle is plenty.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 23:33:56 | More by drpimento
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athomasPSU

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

10-08-2013 00:55:37 | More by athomasPSU
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MadScientist

New York

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 00:10:59 | More by MadScientist
Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 443 ratings.