Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin AleOak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale

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89
very good

160 Reviews
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89
very good

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Reviews: 160
Hads: 627
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 64
Gots: 108 | 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:
Beer added by: rudzud on 09-05-2011

Aged in oak barrels.

39 IBU
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Photo of Daniellobo
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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… (1,329 characters)

Photo of rapidsequence
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (763 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (941 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (716 characters)

Photo of phichifiji00
2.74/5  rDev -31%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
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!!! (451 characters)

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. (564 characters)

Photo of pzrhsau
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
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. ™ (355 characters)

Photo of Ghenna
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (769 characters)

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

From 75omL bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/20/11
*From notes

-- Fuck you, cork. Trying to get the damn thing out almost gave me a hernia. --

A: Rustic blood orange-amber. Just jaw droppingly gorgeous. A good pour yields a 1.5 finger head that sticks around for some time, and gobs of lacing.

S: Untoasted and heavy wood. There's a little bit of roasted pumpkin to it, but what I actually get is a good deal of soutnern style BBQ sauce.

T: This beer is balanced on multiple fronts. First: as a pumpkin beer, it's not too all-spicy, rather there's a solid, real pumpkin character to it. Second: the wood here isn't too over the top, and really compliments the pumpkin character. Very well put together.

M: Rockin' out with it's pumpkin out. The feel is fantastic - so rich, creamy and layered. The texture here is spectacular.

O: Uinta's Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin easily ranks near the top of the pumpkin beer echelon. Nary a brash or overdone spice is to be found, and the wood adds a really inviting complexity to the beer which is perfect for a chilly autumn evening. If you're a fan of the style, I highly recommend checking this one out. This is what I'd call a grown-up's pumpkin ale. (1,199 characters)

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

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. (676 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Very dark copper/amber, with 2 finger off-white head. Decent lacing that mostly resides down glass.

S- Very good blend of pumpkin pie spices, but not overwhelming. Pumpkin, yam, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and oak.

T- Sweet amber malts, yams, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and oak. Has a slight squash/yam bitterness at the finish.

M- Full bodied. This is about my only complaint of this beer-Too Much Carbonation! Carbonation gives a foamy/frothy mouthfeel.

O- My new favorite pumpkin beer! If Uinta fixed the carbonation problem I think this would overtake Pumking for the best pumkin beer out there. Will definitely try next year. (665 characters)

Photo of Preismj
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very good pumpkin orange/brown color with a bit of haziness to it. Nice moderate offwhite head. Smell is a bit strong of oak wood and a mild amount of spice. Not a whole lot else on the nose. The taste is incredible. Very little oak comes to play, and what is there really amps up the flavor of the pumpkin. I'm not getting much spice on the palette but rather a very strong, very creamy pumpkin flavor. Hands down best pumpkin only flavor I've gotten out of this style. Slight hints at maple, vanilla and cinnamon/clove...but pumpkin is all center stage. Creamy in the mouth, fizz plays well. Great pumpkin beer...a pleasant surprise. (635 characters)

Photo of Klym
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a darkness snifter.

I always see the Uinta crooked line at the store and felt in the mood for a pumpkin beer so I decided it was time to fork out the cash and give this a try. After I got home and looked at the reviews I didn't expect much but popped it open anyway. Honestly, I'm really impressed.

The look and nose on this arent too impressive. Looks a little placid and flat and has a blood-iron tinge to the nose that doesn't get you hoping for much. Mouth is well carbonated and medium bodied, though, and the taste is well, quite excellent. A very nice pumpkin pie spice blend with an extra hint of pumpkin meat and salty pumpkin seeds. The oak comes through beautifully and cradles the beer, giving an almost pumpkin pie crust-like background to the whole thing. I'd love to try this while eating a piece of pumpkin pie, but it'd have to be quite a good piece to beat it!

I applaud this for sure. (920 characters)

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice dark shade of brown with some light orange, and average head. Smells of pumpkin and a cinnamon but not much oak. Flavors mirror the aroma but the cinnamon is a little more pronounced. Nice dry use of the pumpkin and pairing with the clove. Overall it's nothing to write home about but it is a very solid pumpkin beer. Wish the oak flavoring would have come through more as that's one of the unique feature that attracted me to the beer in the first place (472 characters)

Photo of Treebs
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split this bottle amongst many people in line at the CBS release. Poured into my Deschutes snifter.

A: Pours a solid orange with brown swirls though out. Solid off-white head leaves some nice lace behind.

S: Great pumpkin and cinnamon on the forefront with a nice oak backbone. Nicely balanced.

T: Nice raw pumpkin with cinnamon and nutmeg giving it a kick. The barrel was well integrated and some vanilla sweetness comes through on the back.

M: Medium bodied with a nice sweetness left on the palate.

O: I really enjoyed this. The barrel qualities were well integrated and not overpowering at all. (603 characters)

Photo of Rizalini
3.27/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle, bottled on 8/26/11. Poured into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Very clear dark amber color, with a 1 finger light tan head thatleaves a little lacing when it slowly fades.

S - This one actually smells like pumpkin pie! Slightly sweet pumpkin aroma, some nutmeg, cinnamon and warming clove.

T/M - Unfortunately the smell doesn't carry over to the taste. I get more booze and oakey taste than I do pumpkin. The great smells are almost an after thought in the taste. Medium mouthfeel, slightly undercarbonated.

O - Sadly disappointed with this one. It just falls very short in the taste. I just personally think the oak is too aggressive in this one. It totally over powers the great pumpkin flavors that I think are in there.... or are they? (766 characters)

Photo of flannelman808
3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Ruby red brown and very clear. A tan head fizzles away pretty quickly leaving behind pretty solid lacing.

S: Subtle autumn spices and clove honey.

T: Malty sweet pastry with soft flavors of clove and nutmeg and a very subtle sweet red apple. I'm not getting a whole lot out of this. Just an afterthought of oak which adds just a little astringency.

M: Sticky sweet.

O: Pretty disappointing stuff sadly as much of their other stuff has impressed. It's flavors are muddy and sweet finishing. (497 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.83/5  rDev -28.7%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (899 characters)

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! (416 characters)

Photo of Onibubba
4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful pour. A red tinged auburn with a sizable creamy beige head. Nice lacing. Fantastic spicey aroma - cloves, vanilla, eggnog, oven baked pie. Sweet tasting, with just a hint of bitterness to prevent it from becoming too cloying. Spieced sweet potato and marshmellows. Wow. This is really quite nice. Very smooth mouthfeel - creamy, velvety. Alcohol is warming, but oh so very well hidden. Overall, this is, bar none, the very best pumpkin beer I have ever had. Exceptional in style, and quite nice and well rounded as a whole. Highest recommendation for a Halloween treat. (579 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (690 characters)

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a burgundian shade of red with a slim creamy beige head. Wide bands of lace. Looks a bit dark, but nice.

Smell -- Very spice-forward with nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice. Pumpkin puree, oaky vanillin, and sweet KY bourbon round out the aroma.

Taste -- Like many pumpkin ales, this is driven by pie spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. The pumpkin character is mild, not nearly as evident as in the nose. The bourbon character is fairly strong: sweet and hot liquor, mild wet oak and vanillin. It's a bit hot, but not terribly distracting. The barrel characteristics seem to cover up the nuance of the pumpkin flesh.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-full with medium fluffy carbonation.

Overall -- Not bad. I wouldn't call this an exceptional pumpkin ale, but definitely better than average. I would like to have tasted this without the barrel treatment. (862 characters)

Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.