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Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Imperial Pumpkin AleImperial Pumpkin Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

980 Reviews
THE BROS
89
very good

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Reviews: 980
Hads: 2,533
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 143
Gots: 343 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cbl2 on 09-17-2005

We set out to make a bold monument for The King of the Pumpkins!
This 8.0% ABV pumpkin ale is the mother of all pumpkin ales. It is heartier, spicier and more “caramelly” and “pumpkiny” than its faint brethren! We have added lots of pumpkin along with cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of cardamom and clove, giving this beer a spicy, full-bodied flavor.

This truly is an Imperial Pumpkin Ale. Perfect finisher on a cool autumn night or match it up with a slice of pumpkin pie and fresh whipped cream.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 980 | Hads: 2,533
Reviews by Neorebel:
Photo of Neorebel
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had I not tried "Pumking" I may have thought this was the best pumpkin ale. It is the best pumpkin ale I can buy locally however; it certainly has a lot of flavor and packs a punch. The color is a deep brownish-red with about an inch of a head with a vigorous pour, receding to little to no head. There is some lacing. The aroma is very nice dominated by vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon. The alcohol content is prevalent immediately after the first sip. Like I said, this is good for when you want a beer with a decent 'kick.' The flavor is not as tasty as the nose suggests. If they could tone down the booze and increase the complexity of the spice flavor I would rate this higher. (680 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Candlelight bright, glowing, grinning jack o' lantern orange with butternut edges. The orangish beige cap is both dense and creamy, leading to a leisurely departure. I love the contrasting colors. The foam looks just tacky enough to lay down a respectable amount of lace, although the head hasn't fallen far enough for me to be certain. Quality all around.

The powerfully aromatic nose is heavy on pumpkin and is absolutely bursting with pungent spice. The label indicates that cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and cloves are present. The warm spiciness of cinnamon and the distinctiveness of cardamom are especially evident. You have to like the style in order to like the aroma on Imperial Pumpkin Ale. I do, on both counts.

It was bound to happen. Styles that no one had previously thought to imperialize are now starting to be imperialized (doubled, tripled... whatever). I've been waiting for a jacked-up pumpkin ale and Weyerbacher has kindly obliged. There are no surprises on the palate. It pretty much hits the mark, pretty much tastes like what one would expect from a full-throttle beer of this style. Oh yeah, it's good.

The sturdy malt backbone provides plenty of sweet, toasted caramel flavor. The star of the show, however, is oven-baked chunks of candied gourd rolled in a potpourri of pie spices and splashed with pumpkin-infused brandy. Thankfully, it works. I can imagine a better beer along these lines, but this one is pretty damn good. If you despise pumpkin ales and big beer for the sake of big beer, steer clear.

Warming brings out no real changes. At first I thought the spices were becoming more bold, but I think they're just building up on my tongue as I drink. The 8% ABV, while not completely camouflaged, is well-integrated and is easily managed. The mouthfeel is medium-full and is firm rather than lush or velvety. In other words, it fits the rest of the beer very well.

Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale won't be everyone's cup of pumpkin juice, but it's mine. I applaud the willingness of the brewery to aim high and to give those of us interested in this style something to chew on. Pushing the envelope sometimes results in nothing more than paper cuts. In this case, it works. Thanks to BeerBeing for the bomber. Happy Halloween. (2,276 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -9%
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. (643 characters)

Photo of aszatk01
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of DanGeo
3.27/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (669 characters)

Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of ROBORB
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (354 characters)

Photo of PremiumPete83
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (647 characters)

Photo of SOITGOES
3.39/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of BigMarty1980
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (311 characters)

Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of heddar33
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of BK2084
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Afroman
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of Belgiant
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of marvin213
2.78/5  rDev -28.4%
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. (1,430 characters)

Photo of TTripp725
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of medic361
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
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! (257 characters)

Photo of bigdipip
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of bellce0
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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