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Devious Imperial Pumpkin - Bethlehem Brew Works

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85
very good

161 Ratings
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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 8
Gots: 14 | 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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mymrnngjckt

Pennsylvania

2.33/5  rDev -38%

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.

09-26-2010 23:59:44 | More by mymrnngjckt
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

09-24-2012 23:44:20 | More by aszatk01
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ewitkows

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%

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
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

08-15-2012 21:15:09 | More by TimoP
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KolbMarley

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

10-20-2013 02:29:51 | More by KolbMarley
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lostandwandering

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%

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
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WaydeRafnel

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +33%

11-25-2011 00:26:01 | More by WaydeRafnel
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-30-2011 17:19:16 | More by acurtis
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cclark67789

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

09-15-2013 15:01:52 | More by cclark67789
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prdstmnky

Vermont

4/5  rDev +6.4%

06-27-2013 19:07:54 | More by prdstmnky
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%

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
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TheSupremeAJ

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%

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
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

02-01-2014 19:05:12 | More by Damian74Shensky
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dahlen22

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -12.2%

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
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StevenH

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.4%

08-23-2012 06:55:12 | More by StevenH
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chim52chim

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

08-25-2012 00:50:57 | More by chim52chim
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Bdel34

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.2%

10-07-2012 00:58:10 | More by Bdel34
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mikefuski17

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

08-14-2014 15:30:42 | More by mikefuski17
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broller


4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

08-23-2012 07:28:48 | More by broller
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BadaBeer

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

10-19-2012 17:20:07 | More by BadaBeer
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PaBeerLover

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-09-2011 21:45:12 | More by PaBeerLover
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drcarver

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%

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
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jtierney89

New Jersey

1.65/5  rDev -56.1%

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
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ironman88

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-04-2011 23:10:20 | More by ironman88
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

08-04-2014 12:21:38 | More by waddellc2
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Devious Imperial Pumpkin from Bethlehem Brew Works
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