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Devious Imperial Pumpkin - Bethlehem Brew Works

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Devious Imperial PumpkinDevious Imperial Pumpkin

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BA SCORE
85
very good

156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.65%
Wants: 7
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mymrnngjckt on 09-26-2010)
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JCB14


1.53/5  rDev -59.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Big head initially, but poor head retention. Pretty good aroma for a pumpkin ale. The taste was way too strong on clove. Overall it had a horrible flavor that was so bad I could not finish the glass. The beer itself was poor, but the excessive clove flavor made it unbearable.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 15:20:24 | More by JCB14
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jtierney89

New Jersey

1.65/5  rDev -56.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 00:23:37 | More by jtierney89
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NonicPanic

Pennsylvania

1.75/5  rDev -53.6%

12-05-2013 15:18:43 | More by NonicPanic
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scm2787

Texas

2/5  rDev -46.9%

08-19-2013 12:06:52 | More by scm2787
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mymrnngjckt

Pennsylvania

2.33/5  rDev -38.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

01-28-2014 01:53:17 | More by ThreeFishes
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

2.7/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

a very deep amber pour with a finger of head which diminished entirely within seconds.
smell of sour apples, pie spices.. very sour/apple-ish.. kind of weird for a pumpkin ale
a very harsh malt taste.. bitter but in a dark roast type way, the spices do NOT work well with this beer. really not enjoying this at all. has a sweet-like aftertaste, but still the roasty harsh bitterness is very off putting for this "sweet" of a beer.. definitely getting the apple taste i was smelling.

medium body, slight carbonation.. almost flat.. no head, no lacing, nothing.

i'm getting a bad feeling about this brewery. this is the second beer i've had by them and both totally repulsed me. it's very hard for me to not want to finish a beer.. hell, i've sat through plenty of bad beers in hopes that by the end i'll find something i like about it, and most of the time i do... this, however, the only thing i can hope for is that i can sit through the rest of the glass without pouring it down the drain.. hell, it was $2.50.. totally not worth it.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 00:45:09 | More by facundoCNB
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RocketCityVol

Alabama

2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

06-15-2014 04:17:31 | More by RocketCityVol
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claspada

New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 20:17:09 | More by claspada
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Bdel34

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.4%

10-07-2012 00:58:10 | More by Bdel34
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bonbini26

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20.4%

01-13-2012 15:53:32 | More by bonbini26
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.4%

12-08-2011 23:55:42 | More by JohneHoodlum
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crowsnest

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.4%

10-13-2013 02:07:38 | More by crowsnest
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MattDbach

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.4%

11-06-2012 01:04:09 | More by MattDbach
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.4%

12-25-2012 23:31:57 | More by ejimhof
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Chetti

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20.4%

10-11-2012 23:00:29 | More by Chetti
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EFR94

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.4%

12-10-2012 01:08:03 | More by EFR94
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Budinetz

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.4%

10-21-2013 08:40:02 | More by Budinetz
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Glennlawless

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a 16oz Pint Glasses.

A - see through copper half inch off white head.

S - smells great...hints of cloves and nutmeg and cinnamon. and very sweet too. it smells like pumpkin pie. awesome.

T - light taste and well carbonated. smells just as it tastes. for nine percent this is mellow as hell. lingering sweet ness and not too bitter. big hints of nutmeg more then any other spice.

M - pretty light mouthfeel. carbonated well.

Overall this beer was alright. it reminded me of the elysian night owl but not as herbal i guess. it was pretty good. definetley not the best pumpkin beer ive had.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 02:48:56 | More by Glennlawless
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oline73

Maryland

3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 23:28:45 | More by oline73
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 11:48:01 | More by Thorpe429
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civicm87

New York

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

12-04-2013 14:33:05 | More by civicm87
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DarthVegas23

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

10-22-2013 01:50:07 | More by DarthVegas23
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dth4lf

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

09-19-2013 00:31:33 | More by dth4lf
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TYLY22

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

08-31-2013 01:55:04 | More by TYLY22
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Devious Imperial Pumpkin from Bethlehem Brew Works
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