Devious Imperial Pumpkin - Bethlehem Brew Works
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Reviews by JWU:
3.93/5 rDev +4.2%
12oz. bottle poured into a snifter
A- a hazy dark amber with orange and ruby highlights, a thin ivory head sits on top and dissipates very quick. Little lacing.
S- A nice balance of pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, and fruity esters.
T- Straightforward and balanced. Follows the smell pretty much exactly. I get a hint of vanilla on the end of the sip as well.
M- A bit thin for as big of a beer as it is. Little carbonation, and a bit sour on the end, which I get from a lot of pumpkin ales.
O- Nothing to really knock it for, but it does lack that something special of the top tiers of pumpkin ales. Pleasent, tasty, and drikable for 9% ABV.
09-24-2012 00:14:11 | More by JWU
More User Reviews:
3.88/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
10-24-2010 03:34:43 | More by ewitkows
3.53/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
09-06-2011 02:33:54 | More by lostandwandering
3.53/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
12-09-2012 21:51:22 | More by Sammy
3.93/5 rDev +4.2%
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....
07-31-2011 02:30:19 | More by TheSupremeAJ
3.3/5 rDev -12.5%
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.
08-01-2014 19:31:38 | More by dahlen22
4.03/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
10-27-2011 01:26:11 | More by drcarver
1.65/5 rDev -56.2%
Deep tarnished orange hue. Thick off white head that settles down rather quickly. smells like a pumpkin candle. cinnamon clove allspice wax and soap. some unfermented malt extract smells as well.
Thinner body than expected. Good deal of sweetness but nothing too cloying. Extremely faint detectable alcohol. Starts bold on the tip of tongue with pumpkin pie flavors which fade to just pumpkin flavors and finally to a grainy dry malt like flavor with the addition of a touch of soapiness. Dark fruit becomes a little present as the beer warms. Figs and raisins, touches of caramel. The beer eventually turns to a misunderstood mess of flavors that try to work together but just cant. Interesting at best.
In the world of great pumpkin beers, this overpriced one doesn't stand much of a chance.
08-19-2012 00:23:37 | More by jtierney89
Devious Imperial Pumpkin from Bethlehem Brew Works
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