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Wachusett Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Wachusett Brewing Company

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Wachusett Imperial Pumpkin Ale
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BA SCORE
83
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81 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wachusett Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: silentjay on 08-16-2011)
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ken2cart1

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a- dark orange, light brown

s- pumpkin, unlike the other this actually smells like pumpkin and not just nutmeg and cinamim

t-wow unreal, best pumpkin ale i have tried, sweet pumpkin extract with a nice bittering balance of cinamin and nutmeg..lots of body to this beer, nice caramel backing

m- creamy very velvety, slides down tongue and throat, leaves mouth dry and parched wanting some more

0 - 5! best pumpkin!!!

Serving type: growler

10-27-2011 23:48:31 | More by ken2cart1
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, orange-brown in color, clear, low carbonation

Smell: cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, toasted malt, alcohol, and clove

Taste: bread, Belgian spices, Spices are cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, cardamom, and clove

Mouthfeel: sweet a with a bitterness in the middle, moderate to high carbonation, medium bodied

Drinkability: An interesting an unique take on the style. After a couple moments it hit me, this is a Dubbel meeting a pumpkin ale. I would look for this again if not just due to its uniqueness. A solid fall treat that now becomes the fall seasonal I look forward to the second most.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 19:06:59 | More by tigg924
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mre0683

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

12-15-2013 15:43:47 | More by mre0683
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YeastInception

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

09-21-2012 01:11:42 | More by YeastInception
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dpgoblejr

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

02-24-2014 00:42:41 | More by dpgoblejr
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Daktyls

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a healthy amber color with a nice two finger head that dissipates to a nice layer of foam on the top of the beer which hangs around for a while leaving lacing on the side of the glass. Plenty of carbonation bubbles can be seen bubbling up from the bottom.

S: The pumpkin puree is present in the nose along with some pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, brown sugar) along with a hint of earthiness and roasted malts.

T: A nice strong pumpkin flavor (not overwhelming, but certainly not light) followed by a nice spiciness from the pumpkin pie spices a bit of malts on the back end.

M: Medium bodied brew with a medium amount of carbonation that works well with the flavor.

O: Overall this beer is quite tasty, definitely one of the better pumpkin ales that I've had and it's a nice local beer too!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 23:12:19 | More by Daktyls
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qua17

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is an imperial pumpkin ale. Some imperials are way over the the top but I think this one has a nice balance of pumpkin, spices, and alcohol.

A: It's a nice orange and pours out of the bottle and into my pint glass with a pretty nice head that stuck around for awhile. There was minimal lacing.

S: It's what you would expect from an imperial Pumpkin - there is a good mix of spices and pumpkin - but its's not over the top like a shipyard.

T: I've come to appreciate imperials for what they are - big beers and this beer does not disappoint. There is pumpkin taste to be had - but it's balanced by the spices and the alcohol which comes out strong in the finish as you would expect.

Overall: Not too shabby. My favorite imperial in southern tiers Pumking but this might just be a close second. Would highly recommend to a friend.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 03:30:56 | More by qua17
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

orange color coming forward right away. Decent amount of haziness could not hide the ample carbonation that was being exhibited throughout the glass. This all came to a head that was about two inches in height at first but settled down to just a light scattering across the top after a few minutes.

The aroma was full of cinnamon and pumpkin spice as you might have imagined. Not as heavy and sweet as some of the others I have had this fall, this was rather a lighter, with a little more emphases on the spices that lie underneath and a decent touch of a grassy hops that was laying around as well. The flavor followed suit rather nicely. Light spiciness with a hint at some soft grain and light bready malts lying under that. Not much in the way of a hop profile here, and the body was light and airy.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 15:24:14 | More by mikesgroove
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours and attractive orange with a one inch white head, that leaves nice webs if lace. Smell is standard pumpkin, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and some vanilla. Exactly what you would expect from the nose, maybe a little more vanilla than you expect. Body is medium large, plenty of life, not dry, and hides its heft very well. This a nice pumpkin beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 20:38:43 | More by SawDog505
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a Stella glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a finger and a half head that has reduced to a thin layer. A nice hazy orange mohogany color with slight signs of carbonation coming up the middle of the glass.

Smell: Very starchy and edible too. Pumpkin spices like the label says, sweetness from the malts and candi sugar, hop profile is very light and not noticeable.

Taste: Same as above. A nice blend of the spiciness and breadiness produced from the puree and spices incorporated into the beer.

Mouthfeel: smooth, full bodied, low to medium carbonation, slightly chewy from the breadiness. Very easy to drink and the booze is hidden very well for 8%.

Overall: Not a shabby Imperial Pumpkin. Will keep this in mind next fall. Will be retiring pumpkin beers very soon and moving on to more seasonal beer suitable for the winter and snow. Still very nice and would recommmend to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 04:57:35 | More by Flounder57
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ZacharyJ

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-20-2011 22:05:32 | More by ZacharyJ
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jilly425

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.6%

01-09-2012 00:15:28 | More by jilly425
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Mikeynas

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.6%

10-20-2012 23:58:25 | More by Mikeynas
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womencantsail

California

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at American Craft

A: The beer pours a dark amber, almost copper, color with a finger of khaki head.

S: Tons and tons of pie spices here. Heavy on the nutmeg, cinnamon, all spice, and vanilla. There is quite a bit of toasted malt and caramel to it as well. As is often the case, not much pumpkin.

T: Very heavy pie spice character on the palate as well. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and all spice are all there. Nice vanilla sweetness to go along with the caramel and toffee flavors.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Thought this was a very solid pumpkin beer. It did become a touch boozy as the glass warmed up, but it didn't really bother me.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2011 14:20:26 | More by womencantsail
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waiting4lunch

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-27-2011 21:49:35 | More by waiting4lunch
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mve102

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-18-2013 22:11:46 | More by mve102
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Burt

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Dark amber orange that is hazy, thick off white head that dispersed slowly and left a little clumpy lace.

Light pumpkin pie spice, bubble gum some alcohol.

Sweet caramel up front, get a little pumpkin pie in the middle, some crust as well, bubble gum at the end. Mouth feel is slick and coating.

Nice beer, enjoyed this one. It was not like the rest of the pumpkin beers that I have had. This was well made.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 01:22:55 | More by Burt
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-20-2011 17:49:06 | More by DoctorB2B
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Celtics76

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bomber poured into a Dogfish Head glass.

This one has the standard pumpkin ale orange-brown color. The head reduces quickly with mild lacing around the perimeter. Smells of sweet pumpkin spice.

Aroma carries over nicely to the taste - pumpkin spice but very little detected of the other ingredients listed. Perhaps a hint of cinnamon as it warms a bit. Very sweet along the lines of Pumking, but not as robust. Also not as heavy as other Imperials I've tried. This was welcomed as I was drinking this before making dinner. Most Imperial pumpkins are more appropriate as "dessert" beers. Also of note - this beer shows the 8% abv as there is a mild alcohol burn..this is fine as it doesn't overpower the overall flavor.

I like this one. For those of you that feel Pumking is a bit too heavy and sweet, this is a lighter alternative. Go Pats.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 18:16:43 | More by Celtics76
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-19-2011 19:19:11 | More by PEIhop
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 2 1/2" orangy froth head, which is pretty big for anything Imperial. Body is a dark but clear Mars orange. Smells like pumpkin pie. Taste is too but a little less sweet, like they left half the usual sugar out of the pie, but still dessert like and still tasty. The higher alcohol and richness of an Imperial beer is apparent. All in all a respectable pumpkin beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 10:15:50 | More by MoreThanWine
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a tulip glass the beer was a copper color with a small tan head. There was no lace.

Aroma of pumpkin and candy. A hint of spice.

The taste followed form. Mostly pumpkin, some cotton candy. Minimal spice, nutmeg and cinnamon.

A nice change of pace for a pumpkin beer. Usually these are more spice forward, and I appreciate the mostly pumpkin flavor. Sweet and pumpkin, not too spicy. I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 18:48:11 | More by lordofthewiens
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beer2day

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pumpkin gold (ok, orange really) pour with 1 finger of medium bodied straight cream head. Decent retention. Very little to no lace.

Nose is more spice than pumpkin. Pumpkin is there, but pie spice is the number 1 trait.

Light pumpkin flavor, in the vein of a pumpkin muffin. Medium spice without being too artificial. Really, really just pumpkin.

Feel is lighter than the flavors demand. Could use more malt to back up those spice flavors.

Nice representation of style. ABV is muted for an impy.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 01:39:52 | More by beer2day
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark orange with a cream colored foamy head. No real lacing.

Pumpkin flesh and some pie spice in the nose. A whiff of alcohol.

Surprised by this one, particularly how it is advertised on the bottle. Expected much sweeter and it is not. Some light caramel malt coupled with some pumpkin/gourd essence, light pie spice (nice), and all cleared out by some very apparent chemical alcohol. Light bitterness and caramel in the end. This one is done right. One of the better pumpkin brews, as they really tamed the sugar. Malt and fruit and spice have great balance. And the alcohol is needed.

Medium bodied, ok carbonation.

The bomber was enough for me; in fact, one was fine. I would find it hard to have another, but just because of the richness of this brew. Nice beer, and this is from a marginal fan of pumpkin beers. Very worth the try.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 03:49:27 | More by OtherShoe2
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger cream head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Crystal clear orange/amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Light pumpkin and spicy nose and flavor is caramel malt sweetness spicy pumpkin. Higher ABV is hidden. $5.99 for a 22oz bottle from Glen Beverage Glen, NH.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 22:07:48 | More by jdhilt
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Wachusett Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Wachusett Brewing Company
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