Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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3.85/5 rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
I was more stoked to try this than any other pumpkin ale besides Schlafly, so maybe the expectations were too high. I compare all pumpkin ales to Pumking, which is a benchmark in my book.
Color is an amber/toffee honey tone. Head is a medium weight, quick-to-dissipate cream.
Smell is fairly non-descript. I get a tiny bit of the allspice and cloves, not sensing the pumpkin outright.
Taste is a little disappointing. Loaded with Fall spices: Nutmeg, cloves, a bit of ginger, maybe a little coriander. Pumpkin is de-emphasized by the spices. No sweetness other than the malt. Spices make it a little too bitter, not offset enough by sweetness.
Too carbonated. A bit frothy for the style.
Overall, it's a good pumpkin ale, but not a great one. I read a bunch of reviews that say - "Good to try if you like pumpkin ales." Well, duh. But is it GOOD? Pumking is infectious, tasty and well blended. This one lags behind. It needs some flavor to offset the spices.
Serving type: bottle
11-18-2011 03:09:22 | More by radioscooter
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