Devious Imperial Pumpkin - Bethlehem Brew Works

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 222
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 7
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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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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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%
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. (870 characters)

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4.42/5  rDev +24.9%
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! (1,034 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.37/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: roars to life with copious amounts of carbonation and thick, white head. Not the best retention, however, and halfway through the drink I'm left with no traces of head or lace. Lack of retention is the reason this doesn't get a 5.

S: fresh pumpkin, sweet malts, spicy cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon. Many beers smell like pumpkin pie, but this one smells like really good pumpkin pie.

T: healthy doses of malt backed up by strong spices. Tons of clove and other spices here, much moreso than its peers. The pumpkin itself is there but isn't the central focus and balances well with everything else. Mild boozy warmth as it descends leaves the familiar (and pleasant) caramel flavor, reminding you this is an imperial brew. Devious is impressively crafted, and top-notch for the style.

M: medium-bodied, more carbonation than I normally like, and not creamy enough. But this is all nit-picking: this is a fantastic pumpkin ale!

D: great flavors and balance mask this imperial pumpkin's strength well. I could happily take down this entire bomber and still beg for more.

Overall, this is a first-rate pumpkin beer. Not sure why its average rating here is so low -- this truly is a pinnacle of its style. The only other pumpkin beer on par with Devious is the Frog's Hollow Imperial Pumpkin from Hoppin Frog. I think I slightly prefer that brew to this one, but it's close. Really, really close.

*** The Pumpkin Beer Hierarchy ® ***

Top Tier: (in order, separated only by marginal personal preference)
- Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale by Hoppin Frog
- Devious Imperial Pumpkin by Bethlehem Brew Works

2nd Tier:
- Good Gourd by Cigar City

3rd Tier: (tied)
- Punkin' by DFH
- PumKing by Southern Tier

...and then there's everything else. Seek Devious out! Buy multiples! It's rare that pumpkin beers get this good. (1,819 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a nice dark orange body with a 2"whtite head that dispates quickly to a thin lace. The smell is of pumpkin pie spices(clove,nutmeg, cinnamon) also a nice pumpkin aroma come up also. The taste very dominate of pumpkin and clove. Also a very nice pumpkin taste, almost like a fresh baked pumpkin pie. This beer has a very nice mouth feel and rolls off the tonuge very nicely. Overall one of the better pumpkin beers i have had. (439 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.24/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Clear red-brown with a one-and-a-half finger, off-white head that lasted a minute or two. Not much lacing.

S: Strong aromas of weet pumpkin and spice.

T: Moderate to high sweetness and light bitterness. Lots of pumpkin and spice just like the nose. Wonderful. Slight taste of alcohol too.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Slightly dry and alcoholic.

O: The look and feel of this beer are just average, but the aroma and taste are really nice. (482 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Devious is a really good fall brew. Grabbed a bottle as soon as I could to try this one. The normal pumpkin ale I tried on tap at the brew works and wasn't overly thrilled with it. This brew dropped a bomb on the other pumpkin ale. This one poured out as a deep copper color with a thick white head on top. This beer has a nice lacing on it. The smell of the beer is full of spices and pumpkin aromas. The taste is loaded with cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and pumpkin. Had a light vanilla flavor in the aftertaste too. The mouthfeel had a hefty bite to it. Overall the beer is a good one, really enjoyable. (602 characters)

Photo of vande
4.12/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - a coppery looking auburn color with a thin, quickly receding head...

s - Nose is in the immediate throws of fall spices and pumpkin -- cinnamon, gingerbread, clove..

t - follows the track the nose has created... A very nice mixture of spices producing a warm, pumpkin flavor...yet, the alcohol is definitely present..., but quite tasty

m - medium-to-light-bodied beer with a good dose of carbonation...

o - a pretty good pumpkin beer, and definitely one that was new to me! Shared this with co-workers, to which all enjoyed! (532 characters)

Photo of IronLover
4.07/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a bottle with no freshness date. Dirty copper orange with an amber hue and a deep haze. Poured with a short, frothy, off white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap that leaves wet lacings on the glass. Sweet pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and sweet caramel malt aromas along with the perfect amont of clove spiciness. Pumkin aromas tended to strengthen as the beer warmed a bit. Medium bodied and wet feel with assertive, fine textured carbonation. Nice combination of sweet pumpkin, cinnamon and clove spice from beginning to end. Spices intensify toward the finish. Finishes semi-dry with the imperial abv showing thru as the beer warms. One of the best pumpkins I've had. (686 characters)

Photo of n2185
4.06/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (720 characters)

Photo of drcarver
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (375 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
4.02/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This brew pours a dark, opaque amber orange color with a thin white head which dissipates quickly and light lacing.

The smell is good, strong with cardamom, allspice, ginger and anise. All of the pumpkin spices are there. It smells like pumpkin pie.

The taste is good, pumpkin spices and pumpkin taste, lightly hopped on the backend. Practically liquid pumpkin pie. The alcohol is very well masked.

The mouthfeel is thick but smooth. There is no bitterness or aftertaste.

Overall, this is the second best pumpkin ale I have had; the best being Wyerbacher's Imperial Pumpkin Ale. This is a very good pumpkin ale definitely worth trying. (639 characters)

Photo of JohnL9013
4/5  rDev +13%

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. (181 characters)

Photo of PCampbell
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of JC333
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%

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. (765 characters)

Photo of ewitkows
3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (1,670 characters)

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
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.... (441 characters)

Photo of JWU
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (652 characters)

Photo of tbrown4
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Second time with this brew, first from the bottle. Surprisingly there doesn't appear too much of a negative difference.

The base seems to be a nice brown ale, roasted and sweet. Spice aroma and flavors are ok. There is definitely some depth to the flavor here, but not quite enough for the heft of this beer. Obvious alcohol flavors linger.

I split a 25.4 oz. bottle with a friend into two large tulip pours. We should have done smaller snifter pours. (453 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up as part of a mix-a-six from Al's of Hampden, enjoyed chilled from a tumbler shared with octopus87.

The color is firey golden red with a good level of clarity with a crust of tan cream with tight bead and lace that sticks lazily. The smell is dominated by pie spices - lots of clove right off with a hint of nutmeg nuttiness and slight bitter citrus tinge with nutty malt and subtle brown sugar scent. The feel is moderately spiced in texture which is good considering I expected spice overload judging by the scent with good carbonation level which is moderate and mild creamy feel with a light bitterness and moderate amount of sweetness with semi-dry finish.

This Imperial Pumpkin has a nice blend of pumpkin pie spices with plenty of clove and cinnamon giving a woody earthy element and adding to the layer of caramel malt body underneath with some slightly slick sweet and smooth yeast accents. The alcohol comes into the taste late, but it is still there but the spice distracts for the most part and it doesn't seem hot or really apparent until the last taste. I enjoy this beer for what it is - a pretty decent pumpkin ale, not strong flavored even though the spices are assertive and the alcohol is not hot and malt stays away from cloying so I generally enjoyed this. A good strong pumpkin ale. (1,326 characters)

Photo of birchstick
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Devious pours a darkish rustic orange with a white head on it. The nose has, surprise surprise, pumpkin malts mixed in with pumpkin spice notes. The taste starts off with caramel malts that part ways to reveal a lot of nutmeg spicing on the tongue. Spicy clove is mixed in with the nutmeg and ultimately give way to the pumpkin malt before retiring. Creamy body but some carbonation burn on the backend. Overall, this is a good pumpkin beer with a nice flavor profile. (472 characters)

Photo of bbeane
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a snifter... starts with a weak head sitting on top of a cloudy mahogony colored beer

S- Very aromatic. Mostly spices... nutmeg and cinnamon. Obviously some pumpkin aroma with a well pronounced alcohol smell

T- Very nice. Mild pumpkin flavor with spices... mostly nutmeg. Bit boozy
M- Medium body with light carbonation

D- I like it. It's not ridiculously pumpkiny but has a nice flavor. Bit expensive, but gotta expect it with the high abv

CHEERS!! (468 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (771 characters)

Photo of mattgreger
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of WillD
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (794 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
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... (1,035 characters)

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Devious Imperial Pumpkin from Bethlehem Brew Works
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