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Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

443 Ratings
THE BROS
89
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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KeralaTigers

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

01-01-2014 01:00:55 | More by KeralaTigers
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ToddHolder

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

12-31-2013 02:39:04 | More by ToddHolder
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pants678

California

3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 20:29:06 | More by pants678
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Yeti1979

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-24-2013 19:32:28 | More by Yeti1979
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jellibeen

Texas

2/5  rDev -49.6%

12-17-2013 23:00:13 | More by jellibeen
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

12-16-2013 02:01:54 | More by kwjd
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ldhughes3

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-15-2013 21:56:00 | More by ldhughes3
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

12-15-2013 05:00:14 | More by Damian74Shensky
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acslatersbtb

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

12-14-2013 04:37:13 | More by acslatersbtb
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Carpentiere

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-13-2013 21:15:11 | More by Carpentiere
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JohnnyK

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

12-13-2013 20:04:21 | More by JohnnyK
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

12-13-2013 05:16:23 | More by XmnwildX12
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Andonato

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-10-2013 02:17:07 | More by Andonato
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abex44

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-09-2013 02:22:03 | More by abex44
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SpdKilz

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

12-08-2013 13:28:32 | More by SpdKilz
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kojevergas

Texas

2.18/5  rDev -45.1%
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.

D

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 06:16:36 | More by kojevergas
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.01/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 15:18:51 | More by lordofthewiens
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NonicPanic

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

12-05-2013 04:28:38 | More by NonicPanic
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domanga

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

12-05-2013 01:58:46 | More by domanga
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RangnaR

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

12-03-2013 14:32:04 | More by RangnaR
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 23:38:52 | More by bluejacket74
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Wrex68

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-30-2013 17:08:40 | More by Wrex68
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Hardcore

Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

11-30-2013 00:47:33 | More by Hardcore
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thinwhiteduke

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

11-29-2013 22:11:19 | More by thinwhiteduke
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pagesofphotographs

Colorado

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-29-2013 18:49:04 | More by pagesofphotographs
Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 443 ratings.