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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

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very good

620 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 620
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 61
Gots: 107 | FT: 2
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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Ratings: 620 | Reviews: 161
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of palma
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice frothy billowing tan head. Chestnut color body.

Smell is vanilla, caramel, light pumpkin. Sweet. Warm spices.

Taste is cloying. Very oaky. Sweet throughout. Good complexity toward the end. Bitter. Semi dry finish. Maple flavor. Caramel, butterscotch. Raw pumpkin meat.

Thin. Would have enjoyed a bit more carbonation.

A decent pumpkin ale. I'm not a big fan of the oak aged here but if that's what you like give it a try. The oak I think added to a cloyingness that I didn't really care for.

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4.16/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of homebrew311
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to NB Globe glass. Appearance is a clear dark orange with a generous amount of loose white head. Heavy lacing is left behind, nice head retention as well. Nose starts with pumpkin spices, predominantly all spice. Next is an onslaught of vanilla which is backed up by a bit of oak character. The barrel comes through and provides a slight twinge of mustiness. The end features some raw vegetal pumpkin notes. Taste is rather sweet with brown sugar and cinnamon among other pumpkin spices. The oak is incredibly mild on the palate, which is unfortunate. The mouthfeel is smooth with a hearty body and mild carbonation. Overall, this one falls a little short. The vanilla is nice but the pumpkin is somewhat bland and it seems that the oak doesn't do any favors for this brew.

Photo of Scotchboy
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged 750ml, split with the bros and poured into a New Belgium Globe...

A: Very dark gold...nearly ruby...creamy off-white head with great lacing.

S: Very pumpkin-forward, and vegetable-like...hints of spices and small amounts of vanilla and caramel are really no match for the pumpkin in the nose.

T: Big pumpkin again, with hints of oak, caramel, some holiday spices, and suggestions of vanilla...there is a good sweet bready malt presence in the middle of the body that saves this one and makes it semi-drinkable...sweetness and more nutmeg-like spices on the finish.

MF: Moderate body with a spiced/vegetable taste and a creamy mouthfeel.

O: This one sounded better than it actually turned out to be...too much pumpkin is a bad thing for me.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby. Perhaps the slow way I poured this one, but no head to speak of.

Nose is rich and decadent. A pumpkin feast with the usual holiday spices, sweet malt.

Taste is very pleasing. Everything presented on the nose becomes even more rich on the palate. Warm, mild sweetness. Maple, brown sugar, and oh yeah, pumpkin. I even have sweet yams come to mind.

Mouthfeel dominated more by the warmth than carbonation. I like it :-)

Finishes with sweet moving into a very mild bitterness and a yammy type of finish.

Would definitely repeat this one. One of the best pumpkin beers I've had.

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3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my Delirium snifter, Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin is copper with a tan head leaving foamy lace.

Smell is sweet, phenolic, like mildly scented pumpkin candle wax. Nice graham cracker notes.

Taste is rich, sweet. The pumpkin flavor is clearly there, high-lighted but not overwhelmed by the spices. The oak brings some really nice vanilla and coconut. The alcohol is spicy, and notably robust, a touch astringent. The spice really builds, more so from the alcohol than anything else, but it accentuates the adjuncts in a negative manner. There's very little maltiness here, which is missing from such a strong beer, with all the adjuncts.

Mouthfeel is bone dry. Medium bodied.

Drinkability isn't too high. It's a hot, fairly thin spicy beer. The oak is nice, and the ethanol is relatively clean, so it's not really flawed, it's just in need a of redesign - more malt, maybe some esters.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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

A - pours a dark ruby orange rustic color with a nice white head sitting atop it.

S - nose consists sweet caramel and sugary malt, oak, and sweet spices

T - caramel malts open this one up. These move on to a spicy character with clove presenting itself as the most dominant of the spices. The spices give way to some syrupy sugary malts that move on to flavors of oak mixed in with a touch of hop and pumpkins.

M - full bodied and smooth; a little boozy as well

D - This is a pretty decent pumpkin beer. The booziness takes away from this being a more drinkable pumpkin ale.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Pours an attractive chestnut color. The cream-colored head initially stands at about an inch and a half high, though it does settle after some time. It can easily be revived with a strong swirl of the glass. Small, patchy specs of lacing remain on the glass.

S: Strong nose of baked pumpkin, cinnamon, faint clove and ginger. Brawny malt scents of brown sugar, molasses, and brown bread. Assertive aroma of toasted oak.

T: A strong hit of pumpkin spice jolts the palate on the attack. Clove and ginger come off a bit strong. Perhaps nutmeg too. Cinnamon brings up the rear at first, but builds until it becomes the dominant spice. Brown sugar and sweet molasses. Slight toffee and caramel. Brown bread and toasted crust. Chopped, baked pumpkin far in the background. Slight suggestion of brown cocoa powder and dried fig. Spicy alcohol presence remains restrained enough that is adds complexity without becoming distracting. Toasted oak cuts through toward the middle and dries things out a bit going into the finish. Finishes with toasted oak, bread crust, faint cocoa and molasses, and slight cinnamon and brown sugar.

M: Robust body sits on the palate with authority, though it never seems too weighty. Chewy and very creamy and smooth. Low carbonation. Very slight heat in the swallow. It drinks very easily for a beer of its size.

O: I love Uinta's barrel aging program, and this beer does not disappoint. This is a big one, and seems to draw much inspiration from the barley wine style. The barrel aging is done right, with the oak character asserting itself without becoming too dominant. The spicing, while initially a bit disjointed and shocking, ended up melting away into the background to provide a nice supporting role. This is easily the heftiest pumpkin beer I've ever had. It's really hitting the spot right now, especially with the threat of hurricane Sandy looming. If you're going to spend a blustery autumn night sealed in at home, this is a great beer to have on hand.

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

Thanks goes out to pokesbeerdude for this brew.

Bottled On: 09/07/2011

Poured into a chalice a nice deep reddish/amber color, nice carbonation, with a nice little fizzy off-white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is mostly malty, with some nice cinammon, nutmeg, clove notes. The taste is malty, slightly bitter, pretty close to a pumpkin pie, very slight oak notes. Medium body, ABV hidden very well. Overall a pretty tasty brew for over a year old. This brew was very very hard to get in Utah, considering the fucking place is about 30 miles from my house. This is not the first time Uinta has fucked up getting brew's to people here in Utah/SLC. They seem to care more about getting beers outside of Utah for the last couple of years. Not very cool. Thanks Chuck for hooking me up!

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4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For the price I paid, it better have been good. I've got to say, it was really good. It goes down with a smooth creaminess, and that's rare to fine. I really enjoyed that aspect. There's a lot of clove in it, and of course the other normal pumpkin spices.

The appearance is gorgeous. A deep amber orange color with one of the best heads I've experienced.... no, not like that. I think it's where the creaminess comes from. It puffs up a lot at first, and then remains throughout the pint. It's all really great.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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