Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Uinta Brewing Company
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4.48/5 rDev +12.6%
A: Reddish brown with a foamy mocha head.
S: Oak, pumpkin, vanilla in the nose.
T: Oak, a spicy bit of alcohol, vanilla, cinnamon, with a nice backbone of malt and pumpkin as well as some pumpkin overtones. Pumpkin is dominant, but not overstated.
M: Full bodied and smooth.
O: My favorite pumpkin ale. It's delicious! Definitely worth a try.
01-24-2014 05:09:38 | More by BierJager89
4.45/5 rDev +11.8%
Bought this a couple months ago, finally got a chance to crack it open
A: Pours a dark brown with a white head. Head doesn't stick around for too long.
S: This smells like a oak barrel-aged barleywine. Some slight cinnamon and pumpkin notes are there as well.
T: Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, roasted malts. This is definitely a barleywine.
M: Medium mouthfeel with very little carbonation.
O: This is a pretty good beer. Pumpkin is hardly noticeable but I will definitely pick this up again if I can find it next year.
12-06-2011 20:53:07 | More by angrywolf
4.45/5 rDev +11.8%
I just had the pleasure of trying this Imperial Pumpkin. I have to say that I am a bit of a pumpkin beer follower. Some are good, some great, some not worth having again.
To me, Pumpkin beer is a great representation of a truly seasonal beer...
I tried this Oak Jacked Pumpkin from a 750 corked and caged bottle.
Poured in to a large wine style glass, the beer appears a beautiful blend of fall colors.
The smell is exciting if tou are a pumpkin fan, which you should be if you are drinking this beer.
The beer has a taste that surpasses the smell, which in pumpkin beers is rare in my opi ion. I have to say that this Imperial Pumpkin surpasses the hype, and is truly a delicious sipping autumn beer.
Do yourself a favor and give it a try.
10-14-2012 16:19:27 | More by coldy
4.43/5 rDev +11.3%
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
4.43/5 rDev +11.3%
Picked this up at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA on 10/3 for $12.49.
Pours a leaves changing colors autumn red with a thin cap of light tan foam. Partial head retention. Aroma is reminiscent of pumpkin pie with a heavy dose of nutmeg, yam, and a dash of cardamom. More pumpkin pie spiciness coming through in the flavor, meshing well with a toasted oak/vanilla. A pinch of cinnamon lingers on in the finish. Medium bodied with enough carbonation to keep the palette refreshed and the lovely aromas perking up from the glass. Delicious blend of pumpkin pie spices melding well with the oak. Might be picking up another one for the cellar.
10-06-2012 04:32:31 | More by BrewerB
4.39/5 rDev +10.3%
Poured from a bottle into my DFH Tulip.
A - Pours a rich mahogany/orange, with a huge, fluffy off-white head,
that lingers on forever. Easily 3-fingers of head, for a slow, light pour.
The lacing left behind after each sip is sticky, thick, and velvety.
S - Vanilla, nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon are the (Usual) offenders here.
I'm almost certain that the vanilla is taken more from the barrel aging than it is the actual use of vanilla, as it is more subdued than most pumpkin ales.
There ARE light vegetal notes of pumpkin, and a bit of sweetness. There is no hint of the fact that this beer is over 10% ABV on the nose. Sneaky, sneaky beer....
T - Once again, alcohol isn't even a factor, as well hidden as it is on the palate. You get more of it as the beer warms. Creamy, and just a tiny bit sweet, with the vanilla and oak leading the way, only to be rounded out by kisses of pie spice. I could drink this all day, but if I did, I'd never get anything done. Damn! The hops are an afterthought, which is okay since this beer, flavor-wise, delivers in so many ways that they aren't needed. The malt makes a big enough appearance to buoy up all the spice and lactose flavors presented.
M - Again, Creamy, smooth, and round. The carbonation isn't overwhelming, but only serves to push the plethora of fall-friendly flavors across your palate, making it far too easy to knock this high-ABV monster back quickly.
O - Being the first Uinta beer I've had (They just made it to Texas) I am more than impressed. SO many breweries do such disservice to the pumpkin beer category that a large amount of folks discount the style as "Gross", or "Sweet". Here is a beer to prove the uneducated masses wrong. I don't get all the cats who have previously reviewed this beer who said that it didn't taste anything like a "Pumpkin beer"... All the characteristics are there, and more. It's friggin' delicious! And as an aside, it is even better with Pumpkin-pie cheesecake. (Don't judge. I'm an adult, and I do what I want!)
If you come across it, grab it. It's worth the time, money, and brain-cells.
10-16-2013 04:19:57 | More by StuporJew
4.38/5 rDev +10.1%
A: deep translucent ruby brown body, 2 fingers of ivory head, left ample lace; thin filmy lid persisted
S: nice oaky and pumpkin-y sweet, rich malts and hints of holiday spice
T: well-represented pumpkin ale flavors - pumpkin, clove, coriander; fruity and malty caramel sweet, capped with fainter notes of earth and oak; vegetal flavors weave in and out, adding weight and balance to the sweetness and the oakiness.
M: great body, perfect weight, crisper and cleaner than I expected for an Imperial - I'll chalk it up to the oak barrel-aging; wonderful finish left a nice semi-sweet, semi-savory aftertaste
O: I like Imperial pumpkin ales, and I've had a few - I enjoy the rich, strong, and bold pumpkin and spice, and i appreciate the addition of other flavors, like those imparted by the oak barrel-aging, so I happen to have really enjoyed this beer. It is more complex than a Pumking and not as light/bright-tasting as a Smashed Pumpkin; it reminded me of a lighter version of Heavy Seas' Great'er Pumpkin (which is bourbon barrel-aged, and has a heavier and sweeter, almost over-the-top, flavor). What I'm leading up to is that all of the aforementioned beers are my favorite Imperial pumpkin ales, and this beer gladly fits among them. It may even surpass some of them... Bottom-line: a must have for any fan of the style.
10-13-2012 01:30:45 | More by Greywulfken
4.38/5 rDev +10.1%
750mL bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 10.99. Bottled 9/04/12. Served in a Southern Tier Pumking goblet.
Pours deep ruby red with a lively two and a half fingers pale tan head that fades quickly but leaves large islands of lace.
Smells of nutmeg, cinnamon, graham cracker and a bit of veggie/ gourd.
Taste is like a big boozy pumpkin pie. Quite tasty. Sweet pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg spice, sweet bread, vanilla, brown sugar and a good wallop of alcohol. It drinks hot but not distractingly so.
Medium heavy feel with light carbonation. Cooling alcohol presence and a long aftertaste.
While admittedly I've far from sampled all that the hoard of pumpkin seasonals crowding the shelves these days has to offer, this is by far the most complex. The oak aging really adds a great depth and I really liked how boozey it is. Alot of good stuff going on. I'm definately going to pick up another bottle or two to enjoy and to perhaps try aging.
10-05-2012 03:16:51 | More by ThickNStout
4.38/5 rDev +10.1%
Finally a worthy pumpkin ale (though a pricey one!) Poured from bottle into fluted pint at Beer Mongers Portland. This represents a general consensus by the three folks enjoying it:
Pours with a nice appearance for a barrel aged beer. Light head that rapidly vanishes, low carbonation, nice black/brown-clear hue.
Smells mostly of baking spices and sweet fruit and candy with a hint of pumpkin. Has a nice fall, baked pie thing going on, though more of a rhubarb pie aroma.
Amazing flavors of pumpkin pie with a nice backing of liquor like sweetness. Really comes off as a nice after dinner beverage on the palate.
Full bodied though not overpowering, nicely balanced alcohol and tannins. Really lovely texture.
Overall one of the best pumpkin ales I have tasted recently. Compared with other Imperial, barrel aged brews I don't think it would quite stack up, but compared fairly to other pumpkin ales it's a winner!
10-22-2011 20:17:51 | More by cbarrett4
4.38/5 rDev +10.1%
Pours a dark ruby. Perhaps the slow way I poured this one, but no head to speak of.
Nose is rich and decadent. A pumpkin feast with the usual holiday spices, sweet malt.
Taste is very pleasing. Everything presented on the nose becomes even more rich on the palate. Warm, mild sweetness. Maple, brown sugar, and oh yeah, pumpkin. I even have sweet yams come to mind.
Mouthfeel dominated more by the warmth than carbonation. I like it :-)
Finishes with sweet moving into a very mild bitterness and a yammy type of finish.
Would definitely repeat this one. One of the best pumpkin beers I've had.
11-04-2012 03:01:21 | More by artdob
4.38/5 rDev +10.1%
A - Beautiful pour. Towering off-white khaki cap of foam hangs around with great retention and leaves excellent lace. Crystal clear pomegranate black tea body. A stellar looking beer.
S - Caramel, touch of wood, root beer, raw pie dough, pumpkin pie filling.
T - Nutmeg, oak, cinnamon, light booze, almond extract, great pumpkin pie filling center, mashed sweet potatoes, vanilla.
M - Medium body, with a thick and smooth finish.
O - A awesome pumpkin beer. Gorgeous looks, great flavor profile with an excellent pumpkin character front and center, and stellar balance.
12-28-2012 01:21:58 | More by vfgccp
4.35/5 rDev +9.3%
Popped this one open to celebrate Halloween and it has become a personal tradition for me to do so each year as long as i have some available. What could be more appropriate for the holiday than a pumpkin ale with an ABV of 10.31%??
A: Deep, dark, rich orange with undertones of dark red and mahogany. Thin tan head. Poured into a snifter.
S: Compared to other pumpkin ales, I definitely get less spice in the nose but still there. Mainly clove, cinnamon, brown sugar, and a little nutmeg. Definitely get some pumpkin too.
T: Great tasting pumpkin ale. Like the nose, get clove (but not too much which is good b/c I don't like my pumpkin ales overly "clovey"), brown sugar, a little nutmeg and a heavy dose of pumpkin. Molasses too...lots of it...delicious! Also definite vanilla and some wood in the aftertaste. I really like what the oak aging has done to this beer. Makes it more complex than a lot of other pumpkin ales without making it overly boozy like some bourbon barrel pumpkin ales I have tried (and didn't really like that much). Heavy on the malt (which I like). More vanilla as it warms up.
M: Easy to drink but with the high ABV, can definitely sneak up on you so probably better as a sipper. Alcohol is well hidden. Great body on this beer to be such an easy drinker; very satisfying.
Overall, I enjoyed this one a lot and would definitely buy it again if I ever find more. It is rich, delicious, and probably one of my top 3-4 for the style along with Schlafly and CCB Good Gourd. Highly recommended (if you like pumpkin ales).
10-31-2011 22:42:06 | More by bcostner1
4.33/5 rDev +8.8%
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
4.33/5 rDev +8.8%
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
Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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