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Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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443 Ratings
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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Photo of Rizalini


3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
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?

Serving type: bottle

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


3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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


2.78/5  rDev -30%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 21:40:34 | More by chicagobill13
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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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...

Serving type: bottle

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


4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.93/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 22:56:24 | More by jdaelhousen
Photo of rudzud


4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up two bottles of this at Julio's. I usually enjoy Uinta's offerings and when I saw an oak aged pumpkin, I had to try it. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours the typical crystal clear copper hue with a surprisingly creamy, rich off white head that leaves minimal side lacing and disapated into a creamy halo. Not bad.

S - Really nice smell here. At first pop I get alot of roasted pumpkin notes, then as I pour it fades to more of a spice note. I pick up on nice barrel notes as well as some good bourbon notes. Not getting any vanilla though.

T - Pretty good here too. More of the usual pumpkin flavors and spices, but at 10.31% ( a play on Halloween), the ABV is wonderfully hidden. Nice oak and bourbon notes as well. Pretty tasty, albeit unique stuff.

M - This is really solid here. Enough carbonation to keep it up off the tongue, good bourbon notes. Cant believe how well the ABV is hidden!

O - Overall, the best "imperial" pumpkin I've ever had, thats for sure. Its a pretty solid barrel aged beer, and while it is a bit confusing it is still quite delicious.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 02:17:13 | More by rudzud
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Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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