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Imperial Pumpkin Smash - Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

169 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 23
Gots: 47 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Beer4Baltimore on 08-16-2013)
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Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours a deep mahogany with a billowing creamy light tannish colored head atop.Aromas vanilla and warm cinnamon,some light roast is there as well.Rich in the feel and pretty creamy wich I would like to see more pumpkin beers like.Rich and warming on the palate with vanilla and graham cracker notes to go along with chocolate mild roast,the spiced notes lend another flavor hand,wow this kicks ass!One of the best pumpkin beers I have had whether a "standard" pumpkin ale ore a stout,I think I like this more than Warlock and that's saying something for me.

oberon, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Who said that pumpkin ale has to mimic pumpkin pie? Certainly not the brewers of Crown Valley! Veering from the amber or pale supporting taste and opting for something stouter, the taste of roast, toast and cocoa also make a perfect companion for the spices and fruit that makes autumn so charming. And this stout proves it!

And pouring a dark and decadent as any stout would, its pitch black austere gives little insight to the spicy sweetness inside. But on graze of the nose and utter decadence ensues- smoldering just beneath the cinnamon, nutmeg and clove lies the aroma and initial taste of molasses and brown sugar that's laced with french-press coffee and dark chocolate.

With all that malty richness coating the palate, its deep and saturating sweetness highlights those robust and beautifully scorched sugars, bringing out a taste of brownie batter, bittersweet chocolate and candied praline. Walnut and spruce pull forth as the sweetness begins to fade and pave the way for that allspice medley to offer an arid and exotic taste that evokes memories of grandma's pumpkin pie... and mocha latte.

Yet as the spices grow in finish, their spicy bite is anticipated, but what's delivered instead is the unexpected hop influence of pine resin. As the hops offer their own sticky dryness to assist the pie spices, the beer achieves a semblance of balance that's great for those seeking a more beery experience. But I find it somewhat conflicting with the decadence of the pie and chocolate dialogue.

BEERchitect, Sep 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Mikeszab, 33 minutes ago
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2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

brandoman63, Yesterday at 10:01 PM
Photo of KJ2013
4/5  rDev -3.6%

KJ2013, Yesterday at 03:35 AM
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4.9/5  rDev +18.1%

jtalbot33, Yesterday at 01:54 AM
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4.36/5  rDev +5.1%

stevens3mo, Friday at 10:53 PM
Photo of Tone
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%

Pours a black color. One inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, alcohol, strong spices, pumpkin, vanilla, and a hint of oatmeal. Fits the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pumpkin, strong spice, sugar, alcohol, and strong vanilla. Overall, a very strong body, good appearance, aroma, blend, and feel.

Tone, Friday at 02:45 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Kevinpitts, Friday at 08:26 AM
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4.4/5  rDev +6%

Drums09, Friday at 03:08 AM
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4.52/5  rDev +8.9%

Alwhitmer3, Friday at 03:08 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

mjc3151, Thursday at 03:42 AM
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4.68/5  rDev +12.8%

Jmc986, Thursday at 01:40 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

CTJman, Thursday at 12:40 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

JohnBender, Tuesday at 06:33 PM
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4.8/5  rDev +15.7%

sirhc3034, Tuesday at 03:34 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Big_Dave, Monday at 07:35 AM
Photo of Roxie_B
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Looks: Pitch black with chestnut highlights. Opaque. Big fluffy tan head of various sized bubble. Good head retention.
Smell: Cinamon, cloves, molasses and graham crackers. A big waft of cola.
Taste: Nutmeg, allspice, dark chocolate and sassafras and a tiny amount of pumpkin. Finishes with a medicinal clove character.
Mouthfeel: Dry and sharp.

Roxie_B, Monday at 05:19 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

HoppyBastard2, Sep 15, 2014
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4.37/5  rDev +5.3%

euskera, Sep 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Excellent Autumn Pumpkin beer. A bit dark for my taste.

wworsham, Sep 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

pjbfromkc, Sep 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

dsalmons, Sep 14, 2014
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Imperial Pumpkin Smash from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
92 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.