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Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Imperial Pumpkin AleImperial Pumpkin Ale

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very good

2,424 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,424
Reviews: 976
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 124
Gots: 279 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cbl2 on 09-17-2005)
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Reviews by JMWEB2:
Photo of JMWEB2
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark amber body with a decent head.

S: Smell was complex, some nutmeg, clove, and a good bit of cinnamon, very very nice.

T: Good deal of spice just like the smell, malts and pumpkin in the finish, very good.

M: Very drinkable, medium bodied, gotta be careful with the 8.0 ABV.

O: Its a wonderful fall pumpkin beer, just went to the top of my list.

JMWEB2, Oct 20, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Its getting to be that time of year again,I am not a fan of pumpkin pie but I enjoy the fall pumpkin brews.This poured a clear rich amber/copper with a tight formed slight off white 1/2 finger head that held some good retention,pumpkin pie spice mainly in the nose cardimom and mace with big nutmeg notes,that spice to me is just to big flavor wise the pumpkin flavors as light as they are are just overwhelmed by spices nutmeg and mace mainly with notes of cinnamon and clove as well.The point is the spice flavor are just a little to big for this beer everything else...the nose and appearance are top notch,damn its so close to being great.

oberon, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of aszatk01
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

aszatk01, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +2.8%

t2grogan, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev +2.8%

OhioBobcat, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Tiernan, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Weyerbacher Iperial Pumkin Ale. 8% alcohol.

A- Pours a bright amber orange color with lightly active off white head that falls to absoluly nothing. Leaves no lacing that I can see.

S- Very rubust smells of cinnamon and cloves dominate the nose. Small hints of nutmeg and cardamom are there as well. Smells like fresh pumpkin pie.

T-M- Taste is sweet with heavy doses of fresh pumpkin peels. Nutmeg and clove spices are the second to notice. Flavorfull with complexities that fuse to make a very enjoyable beer. Ale is in the backbone with malty mouthfeel. Smooth and dry on the tongue.

D- Drinkable but not to much at one time. Leaves a pleasent taste in the mouth.

wesbrownyeah, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

SkiBum22, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of ROBORB
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite pumpkin beers. It pours amber with a very thin head. There is little to no lacing. It smells of nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon. The is easy on the palate and masks the alcohol very well. I feel that it is much better on draught but is still solid from the bottle. I would recommend this to anyone that wants to try a pumpkin beer.

ROBORB, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of PremiumPete83
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a very dark amber reddish brown color with a nice head that disappears pretty quickly.

Smell - Pumpkin is pretty pronounced. Slight smell of nutmeg and cinnamon behind the pumpkin smell.

Taste - Dry hoppy taste up front turns into a dry doughy middle with slight carmel overtones. The end finishes with the taste of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg overshadowed by the taste of pumpkin.

Mouthfeel - Light body.

Drinkability - For an imperial pumpkin ale weighing in at 8%, it's pretty damn drinkable! The taste is OK, though. I'd drink this one again, but If I had a choice I'd have to pick other pumpkin offerings over this one.

PremiumPete83, Sep 30, 2010
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a solid example of a pumpkin ale. The flavors and spices are well balanced. It is very drinkable considering the ABV. I am left thinking this beer is missing something, but not sure what. Until I figure that out, I will enjoy this seasonal beauty. I recommend you do the same. Cheers.

SOITGOES, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of BigMarty1980
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%

BigMarty1980, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a SA pint glass. Nice looking beer: dark amber, thick tan head. The aroma was all spice: cinnamon, nutmeg, maybe a little clove. I think the spice dominated the taste, and really couldn't tell there was pumpkin in it. It felt warm in my mouth, and for this style of beer was pretty good.

lordofthewiens, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +2.8%

DaftPatrick, May 11, 2014
Photo of heddar33
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

heddar33, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of BK2084
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

BK2084, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of Afroman
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Afroman, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of Belgiant
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Belgiant, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of marvin213
2.7/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

With almost no head to speak of, this beverage is more mud-brown than pumpkin-orange. Hardly translucent, it's more like a real brown ale--does the darkness indicate imperialism? The relatively dark tinge on an 8% imperial makes me uneasy.

The most pronounced aroma is nutmeg. The cloves are there as well. Even the cardamom reveals its presence in the nose. Maybe it's the influx of these powerful spices that provoked such worry from the look. I'm not sure how this will manifest in taste, but the spice basket smells like, well, a spice basket.

Perhaps this one's imperialism relates more to its fancy assembly of spices than the ethanol it offers. It tastes strong as in spicy, and literally spicy as opposed to more commonly spicy hot. It's imperial because you can envision sailors commissioned by royalty traveling proudly to return the spices that compose this beer. It's incredibly unique, but it's the most uncomfortably close I've come to eating a potpourri bag. Now, as I smell before I taste, I'm almost fearful. The beer is thick and indeed powerful, but more like syrup than adult beverage. There's little balance to the spiciness that is this pumpkin beer.

The mouthfeel is like sensory overload. Trying to feel all that you smell is taxing. It leaves my cheeks worn out. Halfway through my 12oz pour, finishing seems a daunting task. Though "awful" would be an unfair label, this serving may prove too much.

marvin213, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of TTripp725
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

TTripp725, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of medic361
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This nice pumpkin ale poured reddish amber with a nice head. The lacing was adequate and had a pleasant malty taste. The spices were spot on and a hint of pumpkin and vanilla topped it off. It was like drinking a pumpkin pie without the overly sweet flavor!

medic361, Sep 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

bigdipip, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

bellce0, Oct 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

shatnerosmotic, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of JoeD15
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

JoeD15, Dec 02, 2012
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Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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