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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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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 01:39:21 | More by WillD
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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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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.1%

08-18-2012 17:17:59 | More by ilovebeermorales
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jagada

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

08-16-2012 01:09:18 | More by jagada
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

08-14-2012 01:38:00 | More by Woodysbeard
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +26%

08-12-2012 22:07:55 | More by st9647v3
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

08-12-2012 22:07:32 | More by RandyKemka
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.1%

08-10-2012 02:15:30 | More by rydev24
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lobos62

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

08-07-2012 12:16:54 | More by lobos62
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LarryMyers

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +26%

06-30-2012 18:52:02 | More by LarryMyers
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

04-20-2012 14:01:26 | More by Ryanc23
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

03-20-2012 11:44:07 | More by djrn2
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Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

02-11-2012 07:21:10 | More by nrs207
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.1%

02-07-2012 01:24:36 | More by kb2250
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 04:05:01 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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Indiana

4/5  rDev +6.1%

01-15-2012 02:38:24 | More by cosmonick
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20.4%

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

Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So I grabbed this little brew on a recent trip back to PA to visit my folks, the Devious Imperial Pumpkin from Fegley's BrewWorks. The BrewWorks has a couple of brewpubs in the Allentown/Bethlehem area that I call home, so I'm looking forward to this one. Plus, I've got a few old friends that work there, as well as a number of family members that consider themselves regulars. So let's see how it stacks up, shall we?

Pours out a really dark shade of orange, like a dark rust or mahogany color. I think this is one of the darker pumpkin beers I've seen this year. The foam is really lively, with a full two-fingers of head, in a creamy, off-white color. The head retention isn't long though, it subsides fairly quickly, leaving behind a mild lacing on the glass.

The aromas are nice, but mild. There's a little bit of pumpkin, but it's barely noticeable. The spices stand out a little stronger, but are also not as evident as the spices in some other brews this year.

Taking a sip I'm, well, disappointed a little. The spices are not as present on the palate as they were on the nose, and I'm not really getting a ton of pumpkin flavors. As the beer warms up, I'm getting a bit more pumpkin, but even less on the spice-side of things. Don't get me wrong, the Devious Pumpkin is quite drinkable, and I'm sure many people would enjoy it. But I set my standards for pumpkin beer pretty high, and this isn't quite hitting the same mark that's been set this year.

Now, I've heard a few rumors that maybe I've got a bottle from last year's batch. There's no "best by" or "bottled on" date anywhere on the bottle, so I can't quite be sure. And I picked this bottle up at a Wegman's the latter part of August. Due to the kinda flat flavors, I'm hoping this is a leftover from last year. But for the sake of Wegman's stocking practices, I hope they didn't put last year's Devious Pumpkin out on the shelf at the same time as this year's Pumking, that's just bad karma.

I've also had several of my old friends tell me that the Devious Pumpkin is significantly better on tap. Unfortunately, I probably won't make it back to PA while they're still serving it, so my comparison will probably have to wait till next year.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 16:46:23 | More by TheCorkStopsHere
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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12-29-2011 03:23:31 | More by Fermenticusrex
Devious Imperial Pumpkin from Bethlehem Brew Works
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