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Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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451 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 451
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 58
Gots: 62 | 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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Photo of Ghenna


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

10-11-2011 01:59:38 | More by Ghenna
Photo of Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

10-09-2011 20:07:38 | More by Rhettroactive
Photo of largadeer


4/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

10-08-2011 05:59:19 | More by largadeer
Photo of kawilliams81


3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

10-08-2011 03:03:32 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of Preismj


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

10-06-2011 15:12:28 | More by Preismj
Photo of Klym


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

10-06-2011 03:14:29 | More by Klym
Photo of VaTechHopHead

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%

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

10-04-2011 02:25:58 | More by VaTechHopHead
Photo of Treebs


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

10-02-2011 21:00:37 | More by Treebs
Photo of Rizalini


3.23/5  rDev -18.6%

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?

10-02-2011 04:57:36 | More by Rizalini
Photo of flannelman808


3.2/5  rDev -19.4%

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.

09-27-2011 03:52:49 | More by flannelman808
Photo of barleywinefiend


2.78/5  rDev -30%

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.

09-25-2011 16:17:24 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

09-25-2011 07:09:08 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of chicagobill13


4.55/5  rDev +14.6%

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!

09-24-2011 21:40:34 | More by chicagobill13
Photo of Onibubba


4.58/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

09-23-2011 23:31:36 | More by Onibubba
Photo of jlindros


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

09-23-2011 00:55:45 | More by jlindros
Photo of yeahnatenelson


3.7/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

09-22-2011 22:46:22 | More by yeahnatenelson
Photo of zoolzoo


4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

A: Pours a robust looking mahogany. Not much head, shows little activity.

S: Surprised at how muted the aroma is. Some faint spices, some sugary sweetness. Seems a bit blank, actually.

T: Much better. A perfect amount of fall spice, perfectly integrated with oak. Sweetness is moderate. The finish is pleasantly almost whiskey like, just enough alcohol in the finish to not become detract from the flavor profile.

M: Creamy enough, nicely carbonated.

O: Something different as far as pumpkin beers go. Probably one of my favorites this season. Still, I cant figure out how the aroma can be so muted in comparison to the excellent flavor profile of this beer.

09-22-2011 21:44:40 | More by zoolzoo
Photo of TMoney2591


3.53/5  rDev -11.1%

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Part two of two in my Utahn pumpkin beer mini-fete. The little cousin was pretty nice, so this one has some lofty expectations to live up to. It pours a clear sunset tawny-amber topped by over a finger of dirty pale cream-white foam. The nose comprises buttery biscuits, light caramel, light nutmeg, rye bread, oak, light clove, and a few drops of mandarin orange syrup. The taste holds notes of lightly toasted rye bread, charred oak, caramel, mandarin orange, nutmeg, brown sugar, toasted pumpkin seeds, light booze, and a dripping of maple syrup. The body is a sleek medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly syrupy feel. Overall, this did not live up to the expectations preceding it. The spices have been mostly muted, the alcohol makes itself far too known, the oak seems to be a bit on the blackened side, and the balance that held Punk'n so well has disappeared in his relative here. It's not a bad beer, really, just one that disappointed a bit...

09-19-2011 04:37:13 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of vande


4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

A: pours a nice browinsh-orange with a somewhat off white head

S: very nice pumpkin smell [my 1st of the season!], with some brown sugar, sweet syrup, a little bit of oak, some fall spices... very pleasant.

T: a nice oaky pumpkin brew here that masks the presence of alcohol quite well... add in the nutmeg and cinnamon and you've a pretty tasty pumpkin beer! glad i have another!!

M:pretty good here...medium bodied smooth drinking beer

O: Makes me happy I have one more!

09-18-2011 14:14:24 | More by vande
Photo of lanamj

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%

Poured into a trolls tulip.

A- pours a wonderful Autumn brown with a nice white foamy head that dissolves into a light lacing that holds well.

S- Nice pumpkin aroma. It has some spice but unlike most beers in this category its not over spiced. I get some sweet malts, brown sugar and molasses. Some oak is found towards the end.

T- Follows the nose nicely. This beer has more pumpkin flavor then most. I feel like they found a way to preserve it very well. The spice of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice are there but not over bearing. The oak is more present on the taste then the nose.

M- Carbonated nicely. It fades rather fast but is good for the style and the oak seems to linger.

O- This is one of the best pumpkin beers I've had to date. Really well balanced and i feel the pumpkin is actually present as apposed to just the spices you normally find in pumpkin pie.

09-18-2011 05:56:52 | More by lanamj
Photo of GregSVT


4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a clear dark brownish red with an off-white head that fades to a ring and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is wonderful with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, alspice, pumpkin, and whiskey. The whiskey is a bit in the background but it is detectable.

T: The taste mimics the nose with huge flavors of nutmeg, cinammon, pumpkin, and a bit of buttery whiskey on the finish. The spices are big and tasty but I wish the barrel came out a bit more here.

M: The feel is medium bodied and a bit creamy.

O: One of the best pumpkin ales I've had. The barrel aging is subtle yet noticeable. I've only had one other barrel aged pumpkin ale and it had a bit more bourbon flavor. Still very recommended though.

09-18-2011 05:35:13 | More by GregSVT
Photo of Halcyondays


4.28/5  rDev +7.8%

750 mL bottle, love the label with the Jack-o-lantern,

A: Pours a deep amber to red with a medium full white head. Excellent retention with spotty lace.

S: Nice clear notes of roasted pumpkin flesh with brown sugar and light notes of cinnamon, not crazily spiced.

T: Brown sugar and oak with a nice sweet pumpkin flesh flavour backbone. Notes of nutmeg and cinammon coalesce well, light woody notes on the back end, lightly tannic.

M: Full-bodied and creamy, frothy, with a soft carbonation that works here.

O: Clearly in the upper echelon of pumpkin beers we can get in the Southland. The Pumking I had last night side by side overshadowed it, but having a bottle to myself I can better assess its qualities. A good beer for sure, if this was $10 I'd be ecstatic, but when it's pushing $17 for the 750 it makes it tough, even when this is so good in its style.

09-18-2011 01:13:34 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of mikekeastie


4.93/5  rDev +24.2%

Typically I am not a fan of Pumpkin beers, but this blew me away.
From start to finish this stole the show. We had plenty of great brews yesterday, but I will be seeking out more of this.
tastes like a very good strong ale, but then on finish has the delightful pumpkin pie flavor.

09-17-2011 15:08:43 | More by mikekeastie
Photo of oline73


4.05/5  rDev +2%

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear brown with a little off white head that goes away completely.

Smell: Pumpkin pie spice along with some actual pumpkin. Malty and a bit sweet.

Taste: Pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon shows up here. Sweet malt, the finish is sweet like a Belgian. Some candy sugar and dark fruit. I do taste the oak as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a mildly dry finish.

Overall: I really enjoyed the pumpkin along with the Belgian like finish. I thought everything worked together well.

09-17-2011 12:05:35 | More by oline73
Photo of jdaelhousen


3.53/5  rDev -11.1%

Pours a dark brown colored body, very clear throughout. Head tops about 1/2" with slowly disapating froth. Aroma contains notes of pumpkin blended with the harvest spices… all spice, nutmeg, cinnamon. Center brings out the spices used in the beer. The all spice and nutmeg flavors are predominant, blended with a pumpkin puree flavoring. Beer is a malt bomb, with high abv felt on first sip and lasting well into the warming aftertaste. Finish gives off a spicey trail to the flavors, while the palate adjusts to the large wafts of alcohol. Beer is decent, a bit hot, but the pumpkin flavors are there and mixed well with the spices.

09-12-2011 22:56:24 | More by jdaelhousen
Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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