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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89
very good

625 Ratings
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89
very good

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Ratings: 625
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 64
Gots: 109 | FT: 4
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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 mitch3114
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ML corked and caged bottle poured into snifter, while watching World War Z...

A- Very nice looking beer. The color is a deep dark amber with a ruby red hue. An off-white head that seems to fall just as fast as it rises. The bubbly lacey film sticks around for days.

S- Smells like a deeply complex brew. I can maybe smell some wood from the barrel, the alcohol is there, I smell faint mandarin oranges, burnt toffee, some vanilla, some hops. I'm not smelling any pumpkin or spices however. After getting halfway through the bottle, a small amount of pumpkin scent was picked up.

T- Hot, boozy, alcohol, a small amount of hops...not what I expected. It tastes more like a really strong, fresh barley wine, although it's not hoppy or really malty either. When agitated in my mouth there is a very small hint of of what may be an artificial pumpkin taste...absolutely no spices. I would have never guessed this was a pumpkin beer.

M- The mouthfeel is a little chewy. Thank god for some body in this brew. It is so hot that it needs to be this thick. Its not syrupy. I think the mouthfeel matches up well.

O- I have had over 25 different pumpkin beers so far this fall. This was the number one beer on my list to try and I waited and waited for it to hit the shelves here. I have to say I am slightly disappointed. I love barley-wines (especially Cockeyed Cooper, another offering in Uinta's "Crooked" line-up) so I didn't really dislike this beer. However, there were no aspects of a pumpkin beer. This beer was not true to the style. I think this is one of the rare cases of pumpkin ales that can actually be aged for a year+ and be better since there arent any subtle flavors one might be concerned about losing over time. If anything a year or two would take the edge off and mellow it out. I think the concern with aging pumpkin ales is that the delicate pumpkin flavor and spices start to fade over time. I suspect that's why the majority of the "imperial" pumpkin ales you see are in the 8% range. At 8% ABV you can still create a well balanced, complex pumpkin ale with all the typical flavors and spices, but still have that extra kick without being over the top. This beer unfortunately is just a boozy mess. But, with some age, I could see this ending up as a very enjoyable and drinkable treat...just don't expect any pumpkin flavors.

Sampled again from same batch, one year later on 10/4/14 at annual pumpkin tasting party...

Much smoother and tame as I suspected. Warm vanilla and brown sugar came through. Tasted much like a strong English Barleywine. This could still go a couple more years and probably be even better. Still, the booziness (although still there) was much less than when it was fresh. I enjoyed this...but back to my original review from a year ago. It's lacking on the pumpkin!

Photo of TheElbow
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of BradC
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Pours a mahogany red with a nice head. Smells of plum, alcohol, caramel. Tastes kind of like a light barleywine, some sweetness, a little tart, I get some vanilla and then the pumpkin spices show up in the finish. There's a pretty good alcohol presence and some burn. Kind of full bodied, maybe a little too much carbonation, seems like there's a little CO2 burn. Overall, good brew, might be better with a little age on it.

Photo of MasterSki
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a tulip at Katie's Hallowe'en party. Bottle dated 8/26/2011.

A - Transparent dark caramel brown body, topped by a finger-plus of light tan foam that settles to a thick collar, a few wispy patches, and no lace.

S - Pumpkin spices, vanilla, caramel malts, brown sugar, molasses, molasses, roasted grains, light oak, and as it warms a boozy bourbon note that reveals the 10.31% ABV (hardy har har.

T - The taste is a bit of a step back unfortunately - the malt flavors became a bit cloying after a while and I got a lot of harsh oak character in the finish. However, the initial flavor is quite pleasant, and I appreciate the conservative use of pumpkin pie spices. Very rich pumpkin pie flavor.

M - Chewyfull body, lower carbonation, oak and tannic finish that reveals both barrel and pumpkin flesh. Some alcohol warmth is present, but nothing shocking.

D - A beer that is probably best served in 4oz glasses paired with dessert. Definitely one of the strongest offerings I've had in this style, but not something I urgently need to revisit.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of AdamBear
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-beautiful birch brown with a thin dark cream colored head

S-creamy pumpkin. Some brown spices. Hint of oak. Medium to good strength.

T-comes in with a bitter taste and boozey taste of roasted pumpkin. Mostly bitter and booze though. The after-taste is pretty much all bitter and booze. Not very well balanced.

M-heavy. creamy carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

O-quite disappointed with this one. Tastes like a boozey DFH Punkin. Not getting the oak that I was looking forward to.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Bottled 7 September 2011.

A: A finger of creamy head and decent lace. Deep ruby-auburn.

S: Spicy pumpkin and lightly tart wine-like scents. Heavy clove.

T/M: It's good. But not great. Light and thin, but the spice takes the place of carbonation in pleasing the mouth. Noticeable oak which I believe contributes to the wineiness. Pumpkin pops up strongly on the end taste. Spice is, at times, a touch heavy.

O: Good pumpkin beer. Mediocre Crooked Line. Would drink again. Tentatively recommended.

17 October 2012 EDIT: Poured from a 750mL bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Bottled 24 August 2012.

4.5A: No change.

4S: More strongly spicy (more allspice and nutmeg than clove) and pumpkiny than last's years.

4.5T/4M: MUCH better. Thick, smooth, and creamy. Sweet pumpkin fruit mingles with more tempered spice, but still has a touch of pucker right on the endtaste. I really enjoy it.

4O: Great pumpkin beer. From what I can tell, definitely one to drink fresh. From this bottle, recommended without reservation.

Photo of kennylopez
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from fresh 2011 750 ml bottle into snifter.

Appearance: a orange reddish color with little head and no lacing. about a half fingers worth of head when poured and faded rather quick.

Smells: a ginger spice backbone with a floral hop note.

Tastes: More of a pumpkin taste then the nose insisted.I enjoy the ginger notes along with the pumpkin hints that are wonderfully balanced.

Mouthfeel: the 10 something% is well hidden and actually quite drinkable. I share a bottle with my bro Andre a fully enjoyed this brew

Overall: I would absolutely buy this ale again. I am curious to see how this brew ages and I will write a review next year if it stands out.

Photo of ism
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly dark brown body with ruby highlights, topped with a dense and frothy 2-finger ochre head. Average retention with concentrated lacing.

Nose is subdued nutmeg and vanilla sweetness with vegetal squash and bright cascade hop.

Medium and creamy body, pumpkin takes centre stage through the whole show. An attempt at balancing with bitter hop presence against the sweet oak vanilla and bourbon note but it's a losing battle. The spices are big but mellowed out by the barrel; a radically different experience from most other pumpkin ales. Alcohol is hidden well under a solid sweet malt backbone that you almost have to look for, and when you find it makes you want to alternatively chew or eschew it.

Hops fully emerge as it goes down, on the citrus side, but sweetness dominates. Squash lingers, in a good way.

A big brew, but not dominating. On the sweet side but sessionable enough. Very interesting but not amazing. An offering that becomes excellent as a seasonal.

Photo of Chico1985
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love the label, intrigued by the idea of a oaked pumpkin ale. The bottle date I believe was 9/12/12.

Pours a mostly translucent dark red, a beige head tops it off and retains quite well considering the ABV. Sticks around as a patchy cap and leaves good lace.

Smells of pumpkin, spice, brown sugar/baking accessories, some light vanilla, some booze.

This drinks much like a strong ale or barleywine to me. Big on the sweet caramel and butterscotch malts with pumpkin and spices noticeable but taking a backseat. Almost a bourbon element to it from the alcohol heat, a little bit of oak noticeable as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth, lowish carbonation, definitely a bit of an alcohol kick to it but not bad.

Not sure how well the oak barrels were utilized here but it's a cool beer overall - a nice change up from the spices-in-your-face pumpkin ales. Definitely a sipper.

Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Large 2014 bottle.

Pours red-brown with a fine head that leaves ample sticky lacing.

Flavor matches Uinta's description, with vanilla, oak and bourbon from the barrel aging, medium and dark malts, and pumpkin and pumpkin spices.
Weaknesses are a less than optimal blend of flavors and overly obvious high ABV. The aroma is not plaqued by these issues and, consequently, is better than the flavor.

Feel: harsh with all 10.3% evident.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Malty aroma has a firm pumpkin tone and some cinnamon, plus an undertone of oak. Pours a slightly hazy sienna with a light buff head. Flavor has an oaky overtone plus notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, malt and caramel. Lively, fizzy texture has a decent amount of body. A bit spendy, but tasty and enjoyable.

Photo of TruePerception
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of BB1313
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 8/27/13. 750ml bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy auburn; huge fluffy off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves very nice lacing and retention. The aromas are extremely subtle and have hints of wood/oak. There are also subtle hints of caramel malts and spices. It doesn't smell bad, it just lacks aromatics. The flavors are extremely bold, especially when compared to the lackluster nose. There is a ton of harsh wood/oak in the flavors and they basically dominate. Hints of caramel and vanilla are there as well. Of course it has your typical spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. There's also some ginger root in the mix. There's a very solid bitterness. I'm not saying it's boozy or hot, but it definitely has a little kick to it. It's also pretty spicy. Maybe even some peppers in the mix? Finishes warm. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and pretty syrupy and slick; creamy and fluffy; moderate carbonaton. This makes a nice sipper. It's very filling. It's definitely one that would be good to share with someone.

The wood/oak characteristics definitely dominate, so if you're a fan of that then you'll definitely love this. The oak barrels definitely take this beer to the next level. Without them, this would just be your average Imperial Pumpkin Ale. It's ultimately an interesting take on the style. I guess I don't like it as much as I wanted to, but it's not bad at all and I can totally appreciate it and see the appeal. It is complex too. I probably should've let this one age a bit. Some age would definitely turn this beer into something else, most likely for the better.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"But I should have known that all the cards were comin' from the bottom of the pack and if I'd known what she was dealin' out I'd have dealt it back. She's got the jack." AC/DC, The Jack

Maker's Mark copper color with a dainty tan head. Head quickly skims before giving out mid glass. No lace. Nice bottle art.

At first pour I caught a tremendously oaky aroma - like sitting next to a stack of split wood. As OJ warmed however, the oak was overwhelmed by pumpkin skin and amber malt extract. In it's best moments, Oak Jacked is akin to a pumpkin pie scented holiday candle.

Sweet, malty and fairly mellow spice character. Not a whole lot, if any, actual pumpkin flavor. Not sickeningly sweet or overspiced like many an imperial pumpkin, I'm assuming the oak aging helped with that. Crisp carbonation helps buoy what could otherwise be a thin body.

Oak Jacked is somewhere between the average and good end of the imperial pumpkin patch.

Photo of bareju
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 9/2014. Pours a dark Amber with no head. Sweet malt followed by spicy pumpkin pie spices. No discernible pumpkin or oak taste. Smell is heavy with caramel and candy sugar. Not bad but nothing special.

Photo of homebrew311
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
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 schoolboy
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had been waiting to drink this, and maybe I waited too long. Bottled 9-18-2013 and drank 2-15-2015. I also let the expectations build up.

It has a huge coarse head. Brown. The aroma is like a funky ale with a little pumpkin.

The taste was boozy, yeasty, over the hill ale, with some pumpkin. The aftertaste is sweetish. There is just a hint of bitter left in it.

Aging this was not a good idea. I should have just consumed it when I bought it.

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.

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...

Photo of Scotchboy
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of tekstr1der
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful clear brown/amber pour with thin tan head. Aromas of caramell and spice. Very malty with the brewer-stated hints of bourbon. Not much flavor of the pumpkin spice, but extrememely smooth sipping and mouthfeel.

Photo of pants678
3.44/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark tan/cloudy dirty orange, trace khaki head, nice lacing

S: pumpkin, oak, all-spice, clove

T: clove, malt, cinnamon, pumpkin, boozy finish

M: med body, smooth/semi-creamy mouth

O: Enjoyable, but could be improved.
wish had more pumpkin and other spices
instead of big bold booziness.

SOLID, NOT MUST TRY!

Photo of CenCalMario
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is dark amber, reddish hue, carb is ok, head good, retention low. Small bubbles, some legs.

Smell is wood, not overpowering, nice spice.

Taste is some oak, autumn maple like, needs more pumpkin for an imperial pumpkin beer! Very surprised at the lack of pumpkin, expected more.

Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 625 ratings.