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Wachusett Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Wachusett Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

82 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 11.81%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: silentjay on 08-16-2011)
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ZacharyJ

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-20-2011 22:05:32 | More by ZacharyJ
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.9%

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-19-2011 19:19:11 | More by PEIhop
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danmcg62

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cracking this open on my birthday for my 70th review!

A-Pours a clear amber color with a finger width head that stays around only for a moment leaving a thin lace around the glass. Looks good, but looks like your typical pumpkin ale.

S-I'm getting major spice and pumpkin right off the bat. There's a real thick, almost bready smell in there as well. A bit boozy as well. Very interesting.

T-Real thick spicy, pumpkiny, bready taste. Taste like pumpkin spice bread in a glass. Mild hop spice in the rear as well.

M-Much thicker than any other pumpkin ale I've had. Sort of boozy, can definitely feel the 8% were with others (i.e. DFH Punkin Ale) it doesn't come through as much.

O-Overall this an above average to good pumpkin ale. It's a very interesting take on the style, just not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 22:00:35 | More by danmcg62
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -17.6%

11-14-2011 18:15:00 | More by Lawnboy33
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wachusett Imperial Pumpkin Ale pours a clear, copper color with a two finger creamy off white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is spicy with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Hints of squash are also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate, with a firm carbonated fizz. The flavor is sweet with pumpkin spices and pumpkin flavor. It begins with sweet caramel malt notes, followed by cinnamon and nutmeg. It finishes with earthy pumpkin notes and a touch of alcohol. It finishes dry with lingering spice and pumpkin flavor.

This pumpkin beer isn't as heavily spiced as others and has actual pumpkin flavor. Some alcohol notes are present, so I wonder if this is a pumpkin beer you could age for a while to mellow out the flavor?

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 21:58:25 | More by WanderingFool
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ken2cart1

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +37.4%
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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beer2day

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wachusett's Imperial Pumpkin Ale begins with, naturally, a strong pumpkin aroma. But this is not the pumpkin aroma that often spills from Imperial Pumpkin ales, coming across as deliciously baked and bespiced pumpkin pies. No, in this case the aroma smells distinctly of raw pumpkin, as if one had been cut open and you were smelling the fresh interior. There are distinct spices blended with this raw pumpkin aroma, including nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and allspice. Mixed in with these, as if a somewhat weak Imperial Stout had been poured into this raw pumpkin, are light coffees, molasses, and brown sugar. The result is compelling, though in my opinion tending slightly too much toward pumpkin and spice.

On the tongue, the first flavors are of spiced pumpkin pie, the spices coming across more weakly on the tongue than they did on the nose, but nutmeg and clove still distinct. A lingering raw pumpkin flavor does somewhat mar this, giving the beer a stale and too-earthy quality. In subsequent sips the Imperial part is more noticeable, bringing in creamed coffees, brown sugars, hints of anise, and some darker fruit esters, such as fig. However, the raw pumpkin bite overpowers many of these more subtle flavors, making me wish that the pumpkin:beer ratio had been skewed more heavily in favor of the latter. Mouthfeel is a viscous medium, seeming to cling to the tongue like pumpkin gut, and carbonation is medium-high.

Overall, while there are good flavors in here, the wrong ones take center stage, and at least one of them--the raw pumpkin--should be cut back greatly. The overall sensation is that of a medium-quality Imperial ale that had been doused with artificial flavors in an attempt to make it appear of higher quality.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 20:34:17 | More by jondeelee
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.9%
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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HosP

Indiana

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First pumpkin beer of the fall! Poured 22oz bottle into snifter.

A- Pours dark orange, amber in color. Very hazy, with light coming around the edges. Thin white head on top, clings to edges and stays there.

S- Smells like a pumpkin pie. Get a real pumpkin aroma, no real spices in the nose. Reminds me of good pumpkin pie filling!

T- Taste is very similar to the nose. Smooth pumpkin flavors. Very little spice like most pumpkin beers. Some sweet candy sugar taste at the end. Still a very good pumpkin taste.

M- Medium body. A little much on the carbonation.

O- Good pumpkin beer here. I think I prefer more spices with my pumpkin flavor, but this is still solid.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 01:36:13 | More by HosP
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womencantsail

California

4/5  rDev +9.9%
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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uustal

Rhode Island

3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an orange/amber with a slight pearl white head. Aroma full of fall spices, led by cinnamon and nutmeg. The flavor follows. Somewhat harsh cinnamon and nutmeg spice to start. Hints of graham cracker and the slightest pumpkin puree flavor, but you really have to search for it. Not too pleasant alcohol shines through as it warms. This beer was overpowered by the spice in my opinion. Secondary flavors were better done, but too hidden.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2011 23:55:50 | More by uustal
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stickynotes

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pleasing, slightly hazy auburn, a mostly white head reduces soon into a film. Nose is sweet malt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and some ginger, pumpkiny backbone. Taste starts some sweet malt, bready, pumpkin in the middle, spiced with nutmeg, some clove. Ends with a yeasty spice bite. Mouthfeel is slick, some carbonation off the back of the tongue. Overall this is a good offering. Pretty coherent, flavors work well together and make a pleasing-to-drink imperial pumpkin.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 23:26:28 | More by stickynotes
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Burt

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +9.9%
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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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +19%
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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SirSketch

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Brilliant dark copper color with a tan, clumpy head.

S - A hearty, caramel malt aroma backs up the plethora of spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg are in the foreground, as well as the a distinct smell of pumpkin that normally isn't found in pumpkin beers, oddly enough. Fresh baked sugar cookies come to mind, too.

T - All of the typical thanksgiving spices are apparent, but the beer is in no way muddled. The aftertaste has a lot of esters that remind you it's still an ale at heart. Some bubblegum, too.

M - The pumpkin gives this beer a slick mouthfeel, and it could use a bit more carbonation, too.

O - A really great equilibrium between a malty ale and pumpkin pie. Not muddled like most pumpkin beers and not overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 02:21:29 | More by SirSketch
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BennyL1

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a globe glass. Brand new beer for the fall from Wachusett, have some high hopes for this one.

Pours a nice dark amber with some orange hints. Good couple fingers worth of creamy head. Decent lacing.

Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, and some brown sugar. Some caramel malt as well. What you would want and expect from a pumpkin ale.

Some nice pumpkin in the taste. Nice hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Some toasted malt in there too. Little bit of warming booze on the end.

The brew is on the full bodied side with adequate carbonation. Feels good on a chilly night like tonight.

Good job from the brewers at Wachusett, very good pumpkin ale that can compete with most others in the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 00:39:12 | More by BennyL1
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zoolzoo

Connecticut

2.6/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours copper / amber, foamy white head dissipates into a wispy cap.

S: Fleshy pumpkin, sharp alcohol tinge, underlying spice, brown sugar.

T/M: Fleshy pumpkin from the nose, contrasted by a muted assortment of fall spices. Candi sugar does add sweetness, although this aspect seems to be apart from the rest of the beer. Not "creamy" enough in body or taste to support this level of sweetness. Maybe some more spice or something? Think sugar coated pumpkin flesh, vodka like alcohol finish with a lingering astringency. Not bad, not anywhere near the best.

O: A decent beer, but there are better pumpkin offerings on the shelves right now.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 21:44:48 | More by zoolzoo
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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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qua17

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
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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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a coppery / medium amber tone while yeilding a short-lived finger of whitish lacing. not much lacing to speak of.

nose is good, a bit sweeter than most pumpkin ales out there, due in large part to the candied sugar. strong notes of spice and pumpkin presence too.

the taste brings all of the above to the table, but seems to lack something. either that or the flavor profile here just isn't working for me. as others have noted, i get stronger notes of actual pumpkin than many out there, as opposed to the heavily spiced, liquefied pumpkin pie offerings. only thing is, i happen to like those.

overall, a moderately enjoyable, slightly above average pumpkin ale. and while it's certainly passable, it's no pumking.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 04:34:11 | More by perrymarcus
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mavbrew

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep brown color with amber/orange highlights coming through when held up to the light. The head is a finger thick and off-white in color.

S: Not as powerful of a scent as other pumpkin beers. However, this has an actual pumpkin scent (unlike some that are only spiced) and the spices come through following the pumpkin. Wish it had a bit of a stronger scent.

T: The taste is not as pumpkin like as I would've expected. It has a sweet (almost sugary) taste up front which leads to a slight pumpkin flavor with hints of vanilla and finishes with the spices, that remain for a while after.

M: Light to medium bodied with lots of tingly carbonation. The feel is sweetly spiced and tingly.

D: I wanted to like this more, I've searched for it since I saw it was released. It's good, but for some reason I had high hopes for it, but to me it's just slightly better than average. On to the next one.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 23:03:08 | More by mavbrew
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer one of last night's Imperial Pumpkin Off between Wachusett Imperial Pumpkin, Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin, and ST Pumking.

Dark orange color like a glass of sweet 'taters. Orange hued head the color of Circus Peanuts. No lace or retention left by mid snifter.

Aroma has some real, actual, vegetal pumpkin aroma in addition to pumpkin spice. Nutmeg comes to the fore 1st but I can also pick up some very mild ginger spice.

Taste is, again, actual pumpkin. The candi sugar sweetness balances the earthy, vegetal pumpkin well. Nutmeg and cinnamon.

While WIP started out magnificently it became muddled and monotone quickly after warming (I had this problem recently with another Wachusett beer - White). If the beer consistently stayed as clear and purposeful as it started this could be one of the imperial pumpkin greats.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 02:38:38 | More by donkeyrunner
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Daktyls

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
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
Wachusett Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Wachusett Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.