Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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4.38/5 rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
This pumpkin ale poured a beautiful clear dark reddish orange. It had a very nice 2 finger head of dense tan bubbles. Actually, the head even seemed to have a bit of an orange tinge to it.
The smell is like a slice of pumpkin pie. Cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg filled my nose. Slight whiff of alcohol in the background.
The taste was at first like a big spoonful of cinnamon. It actually made my throat constrict for a second. This is followed by real pumpkin, nutmeg, cloves and cardamom. The mix of flavors reminds me of Chai Tea. Behind it all is a very well made ale. Slightly bitter hops with some citrus rind flavors. This is well balanced by a malty backbone which is just sweet enough to compliment the pumpkin taste and give it that pumpkin pie effect. Certainly not overly sweet by any means. In fact I'd almost call it perfect. Lurking in the background is some alcohol flavor. Although I felt it was hidden well. You mostly taste it when you exhale and feel some of the heat.
The mouthfeel is very smooth and silky. Just enough carbonation to give it a bit of bite without sacrificing the smoothness.
Drinkability is very good for an Imperial/Double type brew. I felt the fact that it wasn't overly sweet played a big part in this as it really allowed the other flavors to shine through. Mix that with the great mouthfeel and you have a winner considering the higher abv.
I thoroughly enjoyed this pumpkin ale. I'm usually not a big pumpkin ale fan, but this one seemed a curiosity being that it was an Imperial. I'm really glad I gave it a go. This will certainly become a fall staple and something to look forward to when the leaves start changing.
Serving type: bottle
09-09-2006 01:57:10 | More by Ieatlambfries
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