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Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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164 Reviews
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Reviews: 164
Hads: 656
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 22.73%
Wants: 76
Gots: 136 | 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 Jadjunk
3.26/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

"Cranked up and primed to celebrate, Jacked revels in the season. Pop the cork for bursts of pumpkin and spices. Aged in oak barrels, Jacked is wound and ready to play. Pairs well with flavors of the season." Brewed in the style of an Oak Aged Pumpkin Ale, available in 750 ml. bottles as part of the Crooked Line series as a fall seasonal.

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 59º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a butterscotch tan head of a frothy crisp consistency over a burgundy orange body with thin speckled sediment in tow and low haze. Retention is above average, lacing is light and spotty. 4

(Smell) Aromas of tart malt grain, stewed pumpkin flesh, caramel syrup, wet oak and doughy bread malt form the bulk of the aroma. Moderate dry spice chimes in with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and anise, but overall this is a malt-led aroma. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) Viscous caramel malt syrup, caramelized pumpkin, dry oak and a grainy malt finish with a sharp bite of alcohol and a very drying spice profile. Initially off-putting in general, it grows on me slowly but comes off as a bit too woodsy and spicy for the casual drinker to focus on the pumpkin angle of the beer. 3

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, residual and very dry. Carbonation generates a medium level of bubbles for a moderately crisp mouthfeel. The body is medium+ for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is boozy, grainy over sweet. Alcohol presence is medium, some mild funk and oxidation hint at potential infection. 3.25

(Overall) The oak character is the most notable part of this beer for me, as it easily leads the entire drinking experience and takes away from the pumpkin and even the spices at times. Parching dry mouthfeel and texture and overblown in places. Will give another shot in the future but very disappointed. 3.25

Uinta Brewing Company's
Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Aged In Oak Barrels

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Photo of philbe311
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Voluminous three plus fingers worth of khaki colored light airy whimsical frothy goodness comprised of lots of big chunky bubbles... The color is a deep dark slightly brooding caramelly amber... A light to moderate bit of rapid paced carbonation streaks throughout... Some carbonation bubbles cling to the sides of the glass... The oak and wood notes are at the forefront of the aroma without being overpowering... Some light pumpkin and baked squash notes linger beneath the surface and add nice depth and complexity... Somewhat one dimensional in terms of aroma, but very pleasant and enticing... The trend continues on the palate where the oak aging is again at the forefront... Way beneath the surface are some pumpkin mash notes and light caramel /toffee notes... There is a distinct booziness that lingers about as well... Some very light vanilla notes as well... Lots of depth and complexity is present but it is somewhat obscured by the oak and wood notes... The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sturdy... Assertive throughout with some spry carbonation... Nice and smooth... Overall a very nice beer even if the pumpkin notes get obscured a bit throughout... A delicious beer, but not necessarily an exception fall seasonal if that makes any sense...

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

look: Pretty dark caramel pumpkin, a little hazy. Big fat tannish head. Messy lacing. Quite a looker.
smell: Spice, pumpkin, hints of caramel. Nicely balanced spice, pumpkin, semi-sweet, semi-dry. Nothing is in your face, just a nicely balanced nose.
taste: Much like the nose. A slight bitterness in the finish. Very tasty to be sure.
overall: One of the best pumpkin brews I've had. Creamy, tasty, booze well hidden.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fills the glass with a rich reddish amber hue and a thick and frothy head. Lots of pumpkin and spice right up front on the nose. A bit of woody vanilla in there as well. Taste reveals a nice balance of gourdy pumpking and cinnamon and nutmeg. Oaky and malty as well, with little to no hop presence.

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Photo of Lemke10
4/5  rDev +1%

This pours a dark amber brown color with a foamy beige head. The aroma is fairly bold with hints of pumpkin and spice. The taste is heavy and bold. The barrel aging really adds depth and complexity. The oak flavors really shine thru in the taste. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

Pours a four finger off-white head that fades slowly some lace. Deep amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nutmeg, clove and cinnamon nose and flavor is pumpkin pie on steroids, oak is noticeable, high ABV is not. Nice imperial pumpkin. Pricey at $13.99 for a 750ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled shared with Sammy and Liam.

Beer is dark brown with a small beige head. Decent retention.

Nose contains spices - a lot of them. Pumpkin, obviously. Smells sweet.

Taste contains pumpkin, spices (nutmeg and cinnamon). Quite hot- very hot, in fact. Sweet.

Full bodied, moderately carbonated. Chewy.

Overall, pretty good. Too boozy, but not bad.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish brown with a foamy mocha head.

S: Oak, pumpkin, vanilla in the nose.

T: Oak, a spicy bit of alcohol, vanilla, cinnamon, with a nice backbone of malt and pumpkin as well as some pumpkin overtones. Pumpkin is dominant, but not overstated.

M: Full bodied and smooth.

O: My favorite pumpkin ale. It's delicious! Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.36/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - burnt orange, two fingers of light tan head. Plenty of lace, a good looking brew.

Aroma - light pumpkin aroma, some light orange, like Joseph's aspirin. Light oak after some setup time.

Taste - the malts are sweet but the bitterness is more intensive. Playing off the woodiness of the oak, the hoppiness has a slightly harsher approach at first. With some warming, the malts get better balance with the oak. The abv takes on an almost rubbing alcohol heat at first, but smooths out after 20 minutes. The finish still has a bit of a harsh bite and a shot of abv heat. some good flavors but comes across a bit messy.

Mouthfeel - a smooth drink, despite its uppity crispness. Nice body for an imperial style.

Overall - interesting and all, though it's balance takes some time. Always curious as to how a few years would affect a brew like this.

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Photo of pants678
3.44/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Red with a creamy off-white head.

Smells of Belgian yeast and pumpkin.

Pumpkin works well with the Belgian style. Spicy--still, for the style, it's fairly sharp. Nutmeg stands out and is complimented by the oak and, instead of hiding the alcohol, is a decent mix. Reminds me more of DFH than Pumking. A good choice for fall.

Creamy but too dry.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.22/5  rDev -43.9%
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.


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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a snifter the beer was a medium brown/red color with a tan head that lingered. There was a good amount of lace. Visually, a pretty beer.

Nice pumpkin aroma. Subtle pumpkin pie spice. There was a little vanilla and oak.

Same with the taste. Primarily pumpkin, subtle spice. Vanilla, oak present.

Medium-bodied. An understated beer, not a lot of harsh spice that can be found in some pumpkin beers.

Would drink this again.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle, bottled on 09/18/13. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a mostly clear reddish/orange color with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells mostly like pumpkin and pumpkin spices, along with some light vanilla and oak. It tastes like pumpkin spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice), pumpkin, vanilla, oak, and a bit of booze and butterscotch. It's not an overspiced pumpkin beer, so in this case it helps the brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's chewy and coating with a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a good pumpkin ale, I'd try it again in the future. $11.99 a bottle.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Uinta's Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin, aged in oak barrels. 10.31% ABV.

Appearance: Nice pop from the cork, and a nice haze from the bottle. Damn! TONS of foam. Atleast three fingers, but I got some pour over and had to suck some up, so probably more in the range of 4-5 fingers. Thick head. Nice lacing. Red-amber. Plenty of tiny rising bubbles inside the glass.

Smell: Slight creamy pumpkin scent. Very slight nutmeg note.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Nice blend of pumpkin and deeply caramelized malt/sappy molasses, coming out the charred side of toffee. Perhaps charred toast.

A new approach to pumpkin ales, for me, but not among my favorites.

Poured from a 750mL bottle, into a Petrus chalice.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a cork and cage into a snifter, the beer is a vibrant, dark, ruby-orange coloring with a tall, frothy, creamy, off-white head. Aromas of pumpkin, oak, vanilla, cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg, and booze. Heavy nose. Flavors are rich and spiced forward, with pumpkin heaviness and boozy highlights. Wow, this is rich and robust. After the blast of heaping pumpkin, there is a spice blend build that cuts all the rich layers to provide some levity. The palate actually lightens rapidly after all that initial massiveness, leading into a mostly balanced sweet, rich, and spicy pumpkin bread aftertaste, with booze and vanilla overtones. The body is robust, slick, and heavy. Slick, lingering spice finish. This beer is massive.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the corked caged 750 ml. bottle. Sampled on November 8, 2013.

It is a handsome looking beer with its slightly cloudy, dark amber tone that also glistens slightly red in the light. Decent beige head that fades to a ring.

Loads of aroma but not necessarily the pumpkin spice kind. I get dark malts, licorice, some nutmeg and cinnamon, black licorice, butterscotch, and a little booze or perhaps that's the oak barrel ester.

The body is medium to bold.

The taste is definitely strong with more of a pumpkin spice character than the nose implies with a definite dark malt and licorice feel too. It does make my head spin a little so take this one easy. One I will remember.

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Photo of Roland45s
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Good looking beer, poured dark with a thick head.

S - Heavy on the oak and smokeyness as well a hint of pumpkin and spice

T - I tasted heavy oak and smoke, the pumpking was there, but not like a schlafly.

M - For the alcohol content, the mouthfeel was pleasant, not something to have multiple of, something to relax over.

O - Decent use of pumpkin and oak together, probably my favorite oak pumpkin ale.

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Photo of TheElbow
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2013 bottle, poured into teku style glassware. Not too sweet for a pumpkin beer, which was nice, but a bit too much oak for my taste. Color was surprisingly red for the style. Glad I tried it but it wasn't my favorite pumpkin for sure.

Would have again, but perhaps in a small quantity.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 16 oz snifter, bottled on 9/18/13. Pours a dark brownish amber with s two inch off white head that, leaves behind traces of lace. Smell is pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and vanilla. Taste is largely alcoholic, pumpkin spice, nutmeg, and cinnamon vanilla in the finish. Body is maybe medium, plenty of life, a little dry, and a sipper for sure. This is a huge imperial pumpkin ale, that drinks as you would expect, like a fine pumpkin ale that really leaves it mark!

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Photo of Goosehunter75
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a Mohogeny Rust with a four finger tan head. This beer has outstanding rentention and excellent lacing. Good looking beer.

S - I picked up vanilla right off the bat. Pumpkin is present but not overpowering. Oak, bourbon, chocolate. Nice complex aroma

T - Great tasting beer. Slight pumpkin pie with a nice vanilla background. You can taste the oak. Slight bourbon taste as well. Lots going on

M - Medium to heavy beer. Definately a sipper. Has a pleasant bourbon type burn. You can taste the alcohol!

O - Nicely done beer. Very complex. Good use of pumpkin and oak together. Looking foward to getting this one again enxt year!

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish brown (mahogny, leather couch brown) with solid one finger head that left lace ring down glass. Aroma and taste seem to have the same charateristics: pumpkin and nutmeg, hint of cinnamon, oaky/woodiness, touch of caramel malt and booze. I liked how smooth the beer is, how heavy the pumpkin and other spices come into play and the sweetness I get on some sips. The only thing with this beer is at times the alcohol really came into play and I don't think the booziness mixed well with the pumpkin spices or the sweetness so at times it was disjointed.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled On 09/18/13. Enjoyed on 10/31/13

A: Pours a deep ruby/mahogany color with 2+ fingers of head that slowly fades down to a nice cap

S: Pumpkin spices, oak, vanilla, caramel, and a light hint of alcohol. Spices are fairly complex

T: Starts off with some brown sugar, spices (cinnamon and nutmeg are most prevalent), and a bit of light fruitiness. Oak and vanilla come through mid-way along with a light sweetness. Alcohol almost undetectable

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Nearing on heavy

O: The base beer is nice and not too spiced, and then the oak barrels add a nice bit of complexity. Doesn't go overboard on either aspect, which is quite an accomplishment. A great sipper for Halloween and the fall season, if I do say so myself

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bottle (from notes)

I wonder how technical they got to get the abv to exactly 10.31? If it's true, that's incredible. Deep amber hue with an off white head. This is quite complex and just a touch too boozy for me, but it somehow fits the style. A lot of cinnamon, booze, vanilla, pumpkin flesh, caramel malt and oak in that order from most prominent.

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Photo of IAmAPenguin
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.