Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Uinta Brewing Company
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4.23/5 rDev +6.3%
Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Uinta brewing company is another treat for this year. Uinta’s Crooked line of beers has its own marketing and has a lineup of big beers with big bold flavors including their all new pumpkin ale. Again this is an imperial pumpkin ale and as soon as you pop the cork on this 750ml beast you instantly can smell the pumpkin pie aroma wafting out of the bottle. The oak is very pronounced and lends a nice vanilla note to the beer and the oak character is very prominent but didn’t dominate the palate. There was enough malt backbone to place all the flavors in balance and included a nice finish of slightly sweet caramel and pumpkin pie that leaves you with a nice warm feeling inside, not to mention a slight warming sensation from the 10% abv.
06-27-2012 15:56:15 | More by Dudeletter
4.22/5 rDev +6%
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
4.22/5 rDev +6%
Poured from a C&C'd bottle...
A - Nice white foamy head rises. Brew is wonderful amber color, crystal clear.
S - Very light pumpkin. Some nice rice and potato scents too, almost like a good vodka.
T - Awesome! Great pumpkin and vanilla flavor. Very mild spice, great for the style.
M - Prefect, no heat! Perfect carbonation too. Very light and mild.
O - Great Imperial Pumpkin style! First i've had of this style, impressive. Great job Uinta!!!
10-16-2011 18:09:34 | More by chugalug06
4.21/5 rDev +5.8%
bottle (from notes)
I wonder how technical they got to get the abv to exactly 10.31? If it's true, that's incredible. Deep amber hue with an off white head. This is quite complex and just a touch too boozy for me, but it somehow fits the style. A lot of cinnamon, booze, vanilla, pumpkin flesh, caramel malt and oak in that order from most prominent.
10-28-2013 19:13:24 | More by KVNBGRY
4.2/5 rDev +5.5%
Served in a teku
A- This beer pours a dark deep toffee brown body that is clear but dense. There is a bubbly thick cream of light tan on top and sluggish strands of microbubbles working their way to the top.
S- The deep caramel aroma is rich and blends with vanilla oak notes and some pumpkin spice hints in the finish.
T- The rich caramel malt has nice character that mirrors the aroma with some vanilla oak notes and a nice spice warmth in the finish. As it opens up there is a little bit of a bitter flavor that lingers and some ginger notes come through aswell.
M- The nice medium-full mouthfeel has a gentle alcohol warmth that is only show as the beer warms up.
D- The rich malt blends well with barrel and spice. There are nice barleywine characters, barrel characters and some spice notes that are all well balanced to work together to battle the winter chill.
11-26-2012 21:46:13 | More by rhoadsrage
4.2/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
10-29-2012 21:51:11 | More by ryan1788a5
4.2/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
09-18-2011 05:35:13 | More by GregSVT
4.18/5 rDev +5%
A- pours a bright chestnut with ruby hues, small creamy light tan head that subdues to a small layer, minimal lacing
S- vanilla and oak up front, the woodsy oak is pronounced. Sweet brown sugar with some nutmeg, a bit of raw pumpkin, quite complex
T- flavors of oak and sweet vanilla on first sip, notes of brown sugar with some nutmeg and pumpkin meat, finishes sweet with some oaky notes. Flavors become much more complex as it warms. Overall it's a warming drink, but not overpowering, the ABV is hidden very well
M- medium body, barely traceable carbonation, finishes a bit velvety and smooth
O- beyond different that's any other pumpkin ale that I've had, very complex and surprisingly drinkable at 10.31%. It is quite sweet, so this bottle would be great to share. Overall very good.
11-23-2012 00:28:33 | More by Treyliff
4.18/5 rDev +5%
750ml C&C bottle. Bottled on 09/07/2011. Served in a tulip.
If they actually nailed 10.31% ABV, I'm very impressed!
Pours a dark, mostly clear orange-tinged dark gold. Tiny floating sediment is present. Couple of fingers of yellow-beige foam. Some fine bits of lacing left behind.
Almost smells like a Belgian with the mix of sweet malt, fruity esters, and spices. Nutmeg and allspice seem the strongest, some vanilla. Fruity notes lean towards cherry, slightly vinous. A touch of alcohol.
Flavor makes me think of a spiced barleywine, probably from the fruity notes hitting the pumpkin pie spices. Quite sweet, a tinge sour, perhaps from vegetable additions. Fruit and sour notes blend well. Big flavor, this could be a Bruery beer. Not getting much from the barrel aging, besides maybe some vanilla. Only getting the slightest hint of alcohol at the end of the finish, impressively buried. Great flavor overall.
Full bodied with medium-sharp carbonation. Drinks kind of thick, but plenty of carbonation to support it.
This is the last beer in the Crooked Line series for me to try, and it is my favorite. Although it's in a different class, I'll say it's much better than their Punk'n ale as well.
01-29-2012 04:37:22 | More by brotherloco
4.15/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
09-05-2011 02:17:13 | More by rudzud
4.15/5 rDev +4.3%
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
4.15/5 rDev +4.3%
750 ml corked bottle. Nice packaging. $12 from Tasty Bev. Poured into 2 snifters and shard with Erin.
Appearance: Clear amber, thin off white head, little lacing. Looks fine, but not exciting.
Smell: Sugary sweet with pumpkin pie spice. A pie crust like maltiness- some biscuit or aromatic malt maybe. Wouldn't guess its oak aged from the smell-- maybe a touch of vanilla, but that's it.
Taste: Again, sweet and pumpkin pie spice spicy. Caramel and cakey malt flavors. A little more oak flavor. Detectable alcohol, but I wouldn't guess 10.3%.
Mouthfeel: A little thin for such a big beer. A slight bit of tannins from the oak, especially on the finish.
Overall: This is a really good pumpkin beer. Its no Pumking, and it costs more, but I'm glad I tried it.
10-21-2011 00:31:56 | More by rapidsequence
4.15/5 rDev +4.3%
I love a good barrel aged beer... especially with bourbon barrels and pumpkin ales. Beautiful deep, dark color that looks like an elegant Tennessee whiskey. The aroma has just a hint of vanilla that entices your mouth to take a sip. Once the beer hits your tongue, your taste buds are filled with pleasures of pumpkin and spice accentuated by the barrel aging. Like I said in the beginning, I'm in love with barrel aged brews and this is one of them. Nice job Uinta!
10-22-2011 04:15:59 | More by vgarneth
Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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