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Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

162 Reviews
THE BROS
89
very good

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Reviews: 162
Hads: 634
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 72
Gots: 115 | 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:
Beer added by: rudzud on 09-05-2011

Aged in oak barrels.

39 IBU
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Reviews: 162 | Hads: 634
Photo of fatmcb1
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Russian River stemmed glass

Pours a copper, amberish color with a nice, thick 2 finger head.

Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, and other pumpkin related spices up front. There is also a touch of vanilla and dark fruit.

Similar to the nose. There isn't too much oak flavor. Still, a bit of vanilla.

This is medium bodied with ample, prickly carbonation. (370 characters)

Photo of Goosehunter75
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a Mohogeny Rust with a four finger tan head. This beer has outstanding rentention and excellent lacing. Good looking beer.

S - I picked up vanilla right off the bat. Pumpkin is present but not overpowering. Oak, bourbon, chocolate. Nice complex aroma

T - Great tasting beer. Slight pumpkin pie with a nice vanilla background. You can taste the oak. Slight bourbon taste as well. Lots going on

M - Medium to heavy beer. Definately a sipper. Has a pleasant bourbon type burn. You can taste the alcohol!

O - Nicely done beer. Very complex. Good use of pumpkin and oak together. Looking foward to getting this one again enxt year! (641 characters)

Photo of vande
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
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! (476 characters)

Photo of rapidsequence
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (763 characters)

Photo of vgarneth
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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! (466 characters)

Photo of Ghenna
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber color, off white head that lingers atop the beer through the entire glass. Hefty nutmeg, clove, and some ginger on the nose, in addition to some honest to god pumpkin.

Taste is initially mostly pumpkin spice, with an after taste and MF of pumpkin, sorta creamy. Brown sugar on the end, but still finishes a little pumpkin spicey and dry.

Honestly, I've never experienced pumpkin in a beer quite like I have with this one- it really is unique. Whereas most pumpkin beers tend to be an amber with pumpkin spice, this is a real pumpkin beer. Though a little pricey, this is definietly a beer that fits the season and is worth trying once, if for nothing else, than to see how pumpkin can be represented in a beer both in terms of flavor and texture. (769 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours a four finger off-white head that fades slowly some lace. Deep amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nutmeg, clove and cinnamon nose and flavor is pumpkin pie on steroids, oak is noticeable, high ABV is not. Nice imperial pumpkin. Pricey at $13.99 for a 750ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma. (325 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

The detailed oriented, artistically sculpted or masterfully blended care with pumpkins doesn't end with their Jack O' Lantern carvings, but actually extends into the world of flavor as well. And few do better than Uinta's imperial, oak aged, pumpkin ale.

Dark bronze and with tawny highlights, the deep amber beer looks like brandy after its bubbles subside. A deep thrust of the nose into the snifter delivers robust caramelized sweetness that stems from toffee and maple to sorghum and molasses. With the "pie" spices fluttering above, the rounded early palate and aroma is suggestive of graham cracker crust, praline and peanut brittle.

And as the decadent taste reveals its layers in the middle portion, bold spices rise to greet the sweetness in form of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and peppercorn. Slow dissolving sweetness leads to a high dessert taste as the linger of sweetness continues to support the spice.

The beautiful taste that suggests pumpkin pie taste in beer form finishes differently- it dries to a mid-sweet term with spicy heat and spice from dry oak, spice additions and elevated alcohol heat. What transpires afterward is a taste of rum cake, chestnut and port wine. As palate fatigue would normally accompany such taste, I'm wishing for more of this pumpkin ale and blue cheese pairing. (1,312 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ive been pumped to try this beer for awhile, as the crooked line series has always been really good, and i love pumpkin brews. it pours surprisingly clear, dark orange in color, with a lazy bubbly tan head. lots of little bubbles rising up and a great glow. the nose is very very complex and seasonally perfect. tons of fresh pumpkin and vanilla and oak, a little less on the seasonal spice, but still plenty of nutmeg and clove going on at the finish. the oak has done wonders to this thing, id love to see more pumpkin brews aged this way. its mellow and the squash is allowed to bring all its autumnal sugars and startches to the flavor, which adds a lot. the mouthfeel is nice. not overly full on the body, and good carbonation. the alcohol, which is cleverly 10.31%, is not hardly detectable, which i find incredible. its still a massive beer, but its eerily drinkable. ill be buying more of these without a doubt. this is one id like to share back east over thanksgiving. its a beautiful brew. (999 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice hefty pumpkin ale, sweet and with a good barrel complexity.

Presentation: 750 ml corked and caged brown bottle. Front label with an illustration of a Jack O'Lantern in the barrel/box… Pointing to the name of the brew. Side narrative goes over main description, tasting, and pairing notes. Neck label mixes the theme of the brew with the Crooked Line series branding. Shows bottling date (08/26/11), and 10.31% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A -Clear and bright deep amber pour with a nice nice creamy head, moderate retention with a fair surface ring, and good lacing.

S - Sweet spiced nose with a clear sweet oaked vanilla finishing the array of pumpkin and spice.

T - Typical range of pumpkin ales with a sweeter edge, the pumpkin is there with a long range of nutmeg, cinnamon etc as expected. The sweetness lingers and finishes with a clear woody touch, pushing vanilla that works pretty well.

M - Medium with medium-full edge in the body, soft if nice carbonation with a spiced syrupy finish.

O - Quite a hefty and sweet pumpkin ale… The oak character adds a nice lingering dimension to push it into a snifter and truly make it imperial.

Notes: Pretty likable, and quite the opposite pumpkin extreme from their session gourd offering. Good quality Crooked Line offering and a nice sipper to share… (1,329 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear very dark amber in color with some ruby red highlights and moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a mottled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of sweet caramel malts with some slightly lesser notes of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg). There is a light undertone of pumpkin with some light notes of vanilla, oak, and alcohol.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of sweet caramel malts with some slightly lighter flavors of roasted pumpkin, brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, clover, ginger, and nutmeg). There are light to moderate flavors of oak and vanilla. Very light hints of alcohol towards the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth with light to moderate amounts of alcohol heat and just a touch of dryness in the finish.

O: This is very enjoyable brew and is a little different (in a positive way) from the other pumpkin beers that I have experienced...really like the contribution of the oak and what it imparted to the flavor and aroma. I wish that the alcohol had been a little subtle in this one, it made the beer very much a slow sipper. (1,379 characters)

Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours deep garnet red with frothy tan head. Okay distribution of medium to small bubbles, good retention. Smells of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, sweet rice milk and a faint bit of oak. Clean taste of pumpkin spice, with the oak coming through on the finish. Finish is bitter and slightly astringent. Tastses a bit of raisins with a hint of bourbon character, as well as a vinuous quality. Nose opens up a bit as the beer warms, smelling a bit of pumpkin pie. Lingering taste of alcohol. Medium to full bodied, with the tingle on the tip of the tongue. Very tasty pumpin beer, but perhaps a bit too bitter. (621 characters)

Photo of IAmAPenguin
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - Definitely carbonated pumpkin, pumpkin puree, Vanilla, aged oak, cinnamon and citrus.
Appearance - Very brownish black with a big tan foam and nice lacing.
Taste - Massive fruity overtones of plums and dates. Strong pumpkin puree, oak, vanilla, slight pines and a continuous juicy pumpkin cream flavor throughout the palate. The finish brings a resinous creamy, milk, sweet yeast and sugar, slick syrupy pumpkin molasses. Overall, this beer is massively complex. There is the vanilla/oak overtones from the barrels and the strong pumpkin overtones work well with that. This is a really fantastic imperial pumpkin ales. Among the best of the style. (657 characters)

Photo of kneeland
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For the price I paid, it better have been good. I've got to say, it was really good. It goes down with a smooth creaminess, and that's rare to fine. I really enjoyed that aspect. There's a lot of clove in it, and of course the other normal pumpkin spices.

The appearance is gorgeous. A deep amber orange color with one of the best heads I've experienced.... no, not like that. I think it's where the creaminess comes from. It puffs up a lot at first, and then remains throughout the pint. It's all really great. (512 characters)

Photo of caddybuyer
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into an oversized wine glass.

A-Deep rich ruby amber with a one inch head that settles to a ring. Marked clarity. Stunning color..amazing looking beer.

S-Fresh pumpkin and some fairly heavy handed spicing, but I do like a spiced ale. Ginger, nutmeg, cardamom. Sweet...pungent.

T-Creamy, bready pumpkin, rich in the initial palate. Highly spiced, but not overly so and a bit hot. Hint of oak on the back end. Very nicely done spiced pumpkin ale.

M-Superb mouthfeel, creamy and slightly slick, but well balanced carbonation.

O-A must buy for my celler for the spiced pumpkin ale fix. Any hotness in this will surely be cured with a bit of aging. Very nice effort. (684 characters)

Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet molasses, pumpkin flesh, nutmeg and cinnamon make up the nose. Sweet pumpkin from a can is the first flavor, mace, and spicy alcohol come second followed with spices of the season. A real treat dessert beer kind of brown sugar sweetness. Medium light body, but the sweetness gives it a meatier feel than that. All this happens over a gourd orange booze with some wisps of white head.

Great beer! Not entirely sure how much time it spent on oak though because the flavor is faintly there, very faintly. Common complaint but true.

Great marketing on the bottles of these crooked line series, just had to say it. (618 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

4.25 A: Clear deep amber color. Two fingers of beige creamy/frothy head. Retention is good for a beer this big and plenty of lacing is left.

4.25 S: Lots of pumpkin spices - cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, clove, ginger. Pumpkin meshes well with an intense caramel maltiness. Touch of toastiness. Oak adds another layer of complexity with just a hint of vanilla.

4.0 T: Perfectly sweet - in the moderate range. Caramel, oak, and cinnamon are the strongest flavors. The other spices mentioned above aren't far behind. Vanilla, toastiness, and a hint of brown sugar.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light to moderately creamy. Smooth with a light tannic finish.

4.0 D: Really good beer. Love pumpkin beers. (762 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 75omL bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/20/11
*From notes

-- Fuck you, cork. Trying to get the damn thing out almost gave me a hernia. --

A: Rustic blood orange-amber. Just jaw droppingly gorgeous. A good pour yields a 1.5 finger head that sticks around for some time, and gobs of lacing.

S: Untoasted and heavy wood. There's a little bit of roasted pumpkin to it, but what I actually get is a good deal of soutnern style BBQ sauce.

T: This beer is balanced on multiple fronts. First: as a pumpkin beer, it's not too all-spicy, rather there's a solid, real pumpkin character to it. Second: the wood here isn't too over the top, and really compliments the pumpkin character. Very well put together.

M: Rockin' out with it's pumpkin out. The feel is fantastic - so rich, creamy and layered. The texture here is spectacular.

O: Uinta's Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin easily ranks near the top of the pumpkin beer echelon. Nary a brash or overdone spice is to be found, and the wood adds a really inviting complexity to the beer which is perfect for a chilly autumn evening. If you're a fan of the style, I highly recommend checking this one out. This is what I'd call a grown-up's pumpkin ale. (1,199 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the very least, this is a unique take on the traditional pumpkin ale. Poured into a tulip glass, the beer pours a golden orange with a slight finger head. Immediately, the aroma telegraphs that this has been aged in bourbon barrels. The oak scents are apparent. In the initial taste caramel and vanilla dominate, but fade into a warming bourbon taste. The nutmeg can also be sensed in the initial, but it is not obvious. Drinkers can definitely sense the potency in this one. Accompanying the finish is the cinnamon flavor.

The one disappointment is that the pumpkin flavor is hard to detect among the other flavors because there is so much going on. Yet the overall flavor makes this beer hard to argue against. (716 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I gotta believe this is better than the Uinta standard pumpkin ale.Poured a deep rich bronze/amber with a thinner white head atop,good clarity to the body.Deep pumpkin pie spice,vanilla,and toasty oak ion the nose,a little sweet alcohol comes into play as well.a little thinner in the mouth for such a "big" beer,clove spice and mace on the palate with a little roasted pumpkin and toasty oak,as the beer warms the sweet alcohol shows thru more.A very nice imperial pumpkin ale,the oak doesnt add much but a little toastiness that enhances the beer more,I like it. (564 characters)

Photo of Phelps
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to inlimbo77 for sending this bottle along. Split with my dad and poured into a tulip.

Very deep and dark, like purple velvet. The color of red wine, merlot, perhaps. About a finger of pillowy head the color of muddy khaki sticks around valiantly, but eventually becomes a thick ring.

Great fragrance. Caramel sweetness is complemented by vanilla tannins from the oak. The pumpkin here is sharp and uncooked, like the smell of a freshly cut Jack o Lantern. Pumpkin blends with the usual spice array: good amount of clove and brown sugar with lesser amounts of nutmeg and cinnamon. The vanilla from the oak works really well here, bridging the gap between the other notes.

The taste is lighter and more affected by the booze, a smooth heat that backs everything. The pumpkin here is more roasty. Nice sweet caramel and toasty, mildly bitter bread. The swallow brings a sugary blast of vanilla and toasty oak mixed with apple and grainy alcohol. Almost cidery in character.

Smooth, medium-light body buoyed by sticky, viscous booze. Carbonation is very light, just a gentle tingle. Alcohol numbs the tongue a bit, but is overall pretty well-hidden.

Not bad at all. The barrels impart a subtle oakiness; I wish there was a bit more impact from them. But the pumpkin/spice blend is sweet and smooth. (1,308 characters)

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. (569 characters)

Photo of Klym
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a darkness snifter.

I always see the Uinta crooked line at the store and felt in the mood for a pumpkin beer so I decided it was time to fork out the cash and give this a try. After I got home and looked at the reviews I didn't expect much but popped it open anyway. Honestly, I'm really impressed.

The look and nose on this arent too impressive. Looks a little placid and flat and has a blood-iron tinge to the nose that doesn't get you hoping for much. Mouth is well carbonated and medium bodied, though, and the taste is well, quite excellent. A very nice pumpkin pie spice blend with an extra hint of pumpkin meat and salty pumpkin seeds. The oak comes through beautifully and cradles the beer, giving an almost pumpkin pie crust-like background to the whole thing. I'd love to try this while eating a piece of pumpkin pie, but it'd have to be quite a good piece to beat it!

I applaud this for sure. (920 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip.

Appearance: Slght hazy brown, with medium to heavy bubbles to the body. Head is a lighter tan with an orange tint rising to roughly - notch below a finger's length.

Smell: Had a woody scent. Definitely pumpkin, nutmeg scent but light.

Taste: Heavy pumpkin almost overpowered by the bourbon. Sweet pumpkin pie, cinnamon but not really spicy which isn't a bad thing.

Mouth: medium bodied and bready. Very sticky, almost like a sweet syrup.

Overall: very good beer and definitely took me by surprise. I have two absolute favorites in pumpkin ales, this one has reached my top five. Tasty and powerful and paired desser even better. Salad! (663 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first "oak aged" beer and it happens to be a pumpkin one at that. Pours a nice dark brown, great pumpkin spice smell. Taste is really good and creamy, nice balance of pumpkin flavors and the oakiness really adds a great touch. Alcohol a bit strong, but overall it's a good blend and the pumpkin doesn't feel overdone. Solid beer for sure, give it a try. (356 characters)

Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.