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Devious Imperial Pumpkin - Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works

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Devious Imperial PumpkinDevious Imperial Pumpkin

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 232
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 16.08%
Wants: 9
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: mymrnngjckt on 09-26-2010

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Reviews by BuxMontBeerLover:
Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 6pk at Wegmans in Warrington, PA

Poured and enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass

A - Pours a mostly opaque, dark amber color. A half-finger head on the initial pour that quickly fades leaving no visible head. No lacing at all on the glass.

S - This beer has a great aroma. A mix of spices, including cinnamon and nutmeg. Smells like a pumpkin pie.

T - An excellent pumpkin ale. A fantastic mixture of caramel-like sweetness along with cinnamon and nutmeg. The pumpkin is also noticeable although it isn't overly dominate. The alcohol is noticeable but not to the point that it overpowers the beer.

M - Good amount of carbonation. A medium to semi-heavy consistency.

O - I really enjoyed this beer. It's really well balanced and I enjoyed savoring each sip. This isn't a beer that you want to pound down. Due to the heavier consistency and the higher ABV, this is a great beer to sit back and take your time with. I'm looking forward to enjoying the remaining bottles. Great job Brew Works. Highly recommended.


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Photo of ewitkows
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's fall outside.. tis the season for pumpkinfestive brews! My fear was that this would be an overly sweet beer with an artifical pumpkin flavor.. only because so many other pumpkin beers seem to try to add a flavor to a beer.. this wasnt the case.

I live about an hour away from Allentown, PA where this beer is brewed, so it was easy to find in a local store. I purchased a 1Pt, 9.4 oz bottle for about 9 bucks, and I would say that a beer, at this size.. for the alcohol content.. its worth the price (note, when I drink beer, I have a 50-50 rule, 50% towards taste, 50% towards making me feel all happy inside).

First, it's a PUMPKIN ale, so dont add any fruit to it (unless you prefer an orange pumpkin ale ;) It pours with an orange, hazy, murky color, with a medium head. If you close your eyes and dip your nose into the glass, you will invariably pickup notes of pumpkin.

The initial taste is light, with a medium-low amount of carbonation. What's worthy of note with this beer is that its a beer with Pumpkin, not the opposite. Its certainly not sweetend.. or sweet for that matter, and not overdone, just brewed with the flavors you would hope for with a Pumpkin Ale.

The aftertaste is slightly on the bitter side, but for a beer with this particular amount of alcohol content, its finishes rather nicely.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer, but I wouldnt go out of my way to purchase it again. Its not that I didnt like it.. but rather I just didnt fall in love with it. However, for 8-9 bucks a bottle, for 9% alcohol, and for a seasonal beer in mid-october, it was a nice treat. I would recommend this beer to a friend.. but I wouldnt buy a 12 pack of it.

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Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of lostandwandering
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours and orange/amber color. Half finger head that fades quickly. Little to no lacing.

S- cinnamon, molasses and a little bit of alchohol.

T- a little bit of pumpkin, cinnamon and molasses. A little bit of sweetness here, but not as sweet as Pumking.

M- A little thin with a decent amount of carbonation. There's a residual spiciness. No real alcohol bite, though.

O- Not a bad imperial pumpkin. Not one of my favorites, but certainly not a bad brew.

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Photo of JC333
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

Let me start by saying I'm. Huge pumpkin fan coming from the angle that pumking is the true king in this style.

Color: orange hue that screams of fall and pumpkin. Nice half inch head after pour that quickly disappears
Smell: a pumpkin smell straight at the top with some cinnamon on the back end
Taste: this is where it falls to southern tier. You get a blast of pumpkin but it's quickly masked by the 9% abv. It leaves you wanting more pumpkin in the flavor and for the thought of....."i wish it were pumking"

If I had this first I would probably be raving more but I'll state it as such, this is a very solid representation of the style and a very good beer for pumpkin lovers but it's not the best available. You won't be dissapointed however if you purchase.

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Photo of WaydeRafnel
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of dacrza1
3.12/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

DATE TASTED: October 30, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... OCCASION: Another successful high school homecoming game... APPEARANCE: dark, almost mahogany brown body that densely conceals the other side of the glass; tough to see any bubbles; the head is a staunch white halo of bubble and smears; good, thick lacing that resembles Japanese artwork... AROMA: pumpkin, phenol and surprisingly thick dough at the start; caramel is interwoven with a vodka or rum base that suggests the alcohol that 9% brings... PALATE: warming immediately; dissipating aftertaste; medium-bodied, flat carbonation, with no fanfare at its end... TASTE: tough to get past the phenolic presence; the malts are strong and overpower other flavors--such as pumpkin(!)--and leave a plasticine ending ... OVERALL: not at all up to my expectations, with the majority of the experience centering on the awkward, medicinal flavor....a strong, demanding seasonal that needs more nuance to be memorable or sought out...

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Photo of csliv
4.44/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's Restaurant. Amber coloured body with a little head; a lace sheet. Very pumpkiny. OK, but another beer that adds to being pumpkined out. Spice up front, including lots of salt and coriander. So-so drinkability.Could be better spice mix, would like more cinammon and nutmeg.

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle fresh and in early season from Abe;s of Bethlehem. Pours a magnificent clear copper color with little, diminishing head. Aroma is of pie spice mostly and is fairly pleasant. The taste is balanced! The pumpkin is noticeable but not overbearing. Mouthfeel is average to good... hops are a little too much actually.

Overall this is a good Pumpkin beer that actually kind of reminds me of a Yuengling for some reason or another....

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Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of dahlen22
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Smell: Pumpkins, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, cloves.

Taste: The usual flavors and spices you would expect in a Imperial pumpkin style. Heavy on the nutmeg, and as it warmed up, more nutmeg. Balance of flavors is just off on this one.

Overall: For some reason, I buy a bomber of this every year in hopes that they tweak it enough to get it right, but am always left wondering why they continue to miss the boat. Skip this and go for Southern Tier Pumking or Shipyard Pugley's Smashed Pumpkin.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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Devious Imperial Pumpkin from Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
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