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Devious Imperial Pumpkin - Bethlehem Brew Works

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BA SCORE
86
very good

193 Ratings
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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 15.26%
Wants: 8
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bethlehem Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mymrnngjckt on 09-26-2010)
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Fermenticusrex, Dec 29, 2011
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Photo of ewitkows
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

ewitkows, Oct 24, 2010
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

aszatk01, Sep 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

TimoP, Aug 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

KolbMarley, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of lostandwandering
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

lostandwandering, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of JC333
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

JC333, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of WaydeRafnel
5/5  rDev +31.6%

WaydeRafnel, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

acurtis, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Triklino
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Triklino, Oct 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

cclark67789, Sep 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

prdstmnky, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Sammy, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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....

TheSupremeAJ, Jul 31, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Damian74Shensky, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of dahlen22
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

dahlen22, Aug 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

StevenH, Aug 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

chim52chim, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of Bdel34
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Bdel34, Oct 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

mikefuski17, Aug 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

broller, Aug 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

BadaBeer, Oct 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

PaBeerLover, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of drcarver
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - great creamy standup head. long lasting. good lacing.

S - mix of spices. more nutmeg and creaminess. vegetable pumpkin in the back.

T/M - bitter initially then sweetness takes over. low on the spice level but what little there is hangs at the top of the mouth and in the nose. creamy texture with a bit of heat.

O - nice work... 9% is a bit excessive, but pretty good.

drcarver, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of JohnL9013
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Quick review - quite good, a bit boozy, little sweet for my taste, but a really excellent example of the style. I happen to prefer the Weyerbacher which is a little more toned down.

JohnL9013, Sep 07, 2014
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Devious Imperial Pumpkin from Bethlehem Brew Works
86 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.