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Devious Imperial Pumpkin - Bethlehem Brew Works

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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 7
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 220 | Reviews: 45
Reviews by TheSupremeAJ:
Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
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....

More User Reviews:
Photo of ewitkows
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of lostandwandering
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of JC333
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of dahlen22
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of drcarver
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of JohnL9013
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

Photo of jtierney89
1.65/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

Photo of PCampbell
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12.5 oz tulip glass. Pours dark amber with a thin off-white head. Not much lacing to it.

Has a heavy smell of pumpkin and spices to it; cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, etc. Tastes of pumpkin pie, some caramel sweetness, cinnamon, nutmeg and some slight alcohol. Has some good carbonation with a medium to heavy mouthfeel to it.

One of the better imperial pumpkin beers out there, worth a taste if you can get it.

Photo of philbe311
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Two plus fingers worth of orange tinged audibly fizzy tightly packed head that quickly fizzes away leaving a splotchy uneven lacing... The color is a deep rich amber... A slight bit of small bubbled moderate paced carbonation rises within...

S - The nose is predominately autumnal spices... Nutmeg... Cinnamon... Clove... A touch of all spice... Freshly cut pumpkin... Some very faint notes of caramel... Wonderful balance and nice complexity for the style...

T - The spices are also at the forefront of the palette... Cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove blend nicely and dominate... A hint of all spice... Some bready crust-like malts... The pumpkin is subdued... Any notes of sweetness are very muted and lie well beneath the surface...

M - Medium bodied... A slightly awkward carbonated fizziness... Sleek... A "thin" syrupy coating coats the mouth...

D - A very solid Pumpkin Ale... The spices outweigh both the pumpkin and sweetness in this one... It also packs a little bit of a punch... Very respectable, but not top tier...

Photo of n2185
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, dark orange with two fingers of beige head that recedes into a a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Some spice notes up front--cinnamon, clove, nutmeg--followed by a good bit of vanilla. There are some light hop aromas as well with some sweet citrus notes.

T: Similar to the aroma, spice notes up front along with vanilla flavors. Light, sweet bready notes follow along with sweet citrus hop notes. There's a light alcohol burn as well.

M: Medium body with fairly high carbonation, this beer feels fairly crisp, which is nice.

O: Quite a good pumpkin ale. I'd like a bit more pumpkin flavors and possibly less alcohol presence, but at least they don't overdo it with the spices. Very enjoyable, overall.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle to snifter. Sampled 9/5/11. $3.75 for the single.

A: Pours with a large finger and a half cream colored head, thick and frothy, with excellent retention. The body is dark ruby colored, much darker than most other pumpkin ales. Wonderful lacing.

S: Malt forward nose. Notes of caramel, cookie and toasted bread. Pumpkin pie filling. Complex and layered with spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice - and further notes of cardamom and clove.

T: The notes translates onto the palate - and just as well - with deeper flavor in the form of toffee, cola and spicy apple. Finishes really strong with with great flavor and big alcoholic notes.

M: Very full body and extremely thick and chewy. The flavor lasts long and is moderately sweet.

O: Devious Imperial Pumpkin is an excellent BIG pumpkin beer - and easily the most memorable of the year. Well done guys.

Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear orange amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that rapidly dissipated, leaving only a few bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of spices are present in the nose—allspice, ginger and nutmeg seem to stand out in particular followed by hints of pumpkins.
T: The taste has slight bits of sweetness—flavors of pumpkins stand out most prominently in front of hints of nutmeg and other spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has just about a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite drinkable for an "imperial" pumpkin ale because it hides its alcohol rather well and isn't too sweet or spicy.

Photo of oline73
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish amber with a layer of off white head that goes away completely.

Smell: Very sweet. Some malt and a very strong molasses note. Some pumpkin and pie spice, but it's in the background compared to the sweetness.

Taste: The sweetness is still there, but not as overpowering. Stronger notes from the spices, mainly cinnamon and nutmeg. Just a little pumpkin and some bitter alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: A bit too sweet in the smell and too boozy in the finish. Not bad, but I wouldn't have another.

Photo of claspada
2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear dark orange color with a wispy eggshell colored head that disappears immediately.

Aromas begin with allspice, cinnamon and a bit of earthy nutmeg. Sweet toasted bread maltiness underneath with emerging fusel alcohol that is in no way pleasant. Almost like a spicy pumpkin spiced liquor.

The tastes begin with caramel maltiness but immediately you are greeted with the earthy nutmeg, spicy cinnamon and boozy alcohol. For how high the ABV is on this there is little malt flavor to backbone the spice additions.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-light carbonation. Finish is lightly crisp to start, smooth and a touch dry but the alcohol and spices linger too long.

Overall this is subpar as a Pumpkin ale goes. Numerous better examples and I hate to hate on a local brew but the spices and alcohol are just too much to enjoy. Couldn't finish the entire bottle. Not sure how/why this is so much different than the lower ABV non-Imperial version from this brewery.

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Cheers!

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a corked & caged bottle into a DFH snifter

A- pours a nice shade of orange with a two finger, very puffy offwhite head. No lacing

S- cinnamon and nutmeg, and I'm smelling some alcohol in here as well. Aroma is a little weak

T- tastes like fall....cinnamon, nutmeg, and a lot of sugar comes to the forefront in this one. It's really sweet too...moreso than many of the other pumpkin beers I've tried. There's also a little bit of an apple cider vibe to it

M- the texture is very thin and watery, which I really didn't expect from an IMPERIAL pumpkin ale at 9%

O- no thanks. I'll take a Pumking for two bucks more

Photo of WillD
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark amber hint of orange. Very little head no lacing. Would expect more head from this beer.

Smell: dark sweet molasses with spices. masks the pumpkin a little but one of my favorite aspects to this beer.

Taste: Sweet and malty. I'm sure to mask the 9% alc. I know there is pumpkin flavor in there some where but I can't really place it. There is a lot going on with this beer and is a fairly complex in my opinion. Belgian aspect.

Mouthfeel: Solid. Tongue covered with an oil sleek of sugar and spice not quite everything nice and though not the mouth a light burn deeper down letting you know the alc content.

Overall: Very sweet very strong beer with a lot of flavor. So much the pumpkin is masked a little by them and is certainly the accent and not the star of the show.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Capone's a month or so ago. Shared at our big pumpkin tasting.

Pours a slightly-pale and hazed orange color with a really nice, lasting off white head. Nose is pretty plain, with a bit of spicing and hints of pumpkin in the background. The taste also brings on a bit of pale malt. Really quite plain in general. Feel is light with fairly high levels of carbonation for the style. This goes down pretty easily for its strength, but there's nothing too memorable about it.

Photo of justintcoons
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear dark amber/orange with 1 finger of head that dissipates quickly. Moderate carbonation and some pretty good lacing slides down the side of the glass.

N: Nutmeg, pumpkin pie, cinnamon, pie crust and maybe some caramel apple.

T: Caramel, pie crust and nutmeg upfront. This is followed by candy sugar, cinnamon, hints of pumpkin and very subtle notes of citrus. Finishes with lingering spices, some burnt sugar and a little booze.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and dry.

O: There's a lot of spices up front but I feel like it helps to hide the 9% abv. The caramel and pie crust flavors underneath it all are very nice. There's only a hint of actual pumpkin flavor and the beer could benefit from having a little more. Overall it's very tasty and dare I say somewhat juicy.

Photo of Gavage
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a clear reddish orange color with a wispy head that disappears immediately.

Smell: nutmeg, cinnamon, and a bit of earthiness creates an aroma that is not as pleasant as one would like.

Taste: caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon, alcohol, and a moderate bitterness creates a decent flavored pumpkin ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and a touch dry at the finish. Alcohol and spices linger a while after swallowing.

Drinkability: this is a slow drinking beer, and the bomber bottle is a bit much for a single session.

Photo of mymrnngjckt
2.31/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 750ml cork and caged bottle into my Mikkeller chalice. Pours a golden brown color. The smell is kind of blah. Heavy on the pumpkin pie spice with no smell of roasted pumpkin. The taste is similar to the smell; not much going on when it comes to pumpkin taste but a dominant alcohol taste is present. The mouthfeel is dominated by the alcohol and none of the minimal pumpkin taste is present at all. I wouldn't reach for this one again. There are much better pumpkin beer avaialable.

Photo of mattgreger
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very good pumpkin beer by Brew Works.

Pours with a dark caramel color, with a small bubbly head that fades very quickly.

Strong and solid aroma of pumpkin pie and spices. Strong aroma of nutmeg. Not overbearing, but definitly strong

Taste is very good. Taste just like it smells. Nice crisp pumpkin flavor with some spices that give it a nice little bite.

Mouthful is decent, carbonination might be a little heavy on this bottle, but still goes down pretty well

Overall, I enjoyed this beer. As expected, this beer does have a higher alcohol %, so it does affect the total drinkablity of the beer. Great beer to enjoy with friends during fall season, but would be hard to have more then a few of these brews.

Photo of cvm4
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark amber with a 2 finger tan head.

S - Yams, spices and malt.

T - The spices come to the forefront and calms down into sweet potatoes & pumpkin.

M - Light to medium body & good carbonation.

O - Comes off sweeter than I care for and is slightly thin.

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