Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 971
Hads: 2,502
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 132
Gots: 318 | FT: 3
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.
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Photo of jzlyo
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is medium sweet pumpkins, cinnamon and a hint of brown sugar. The flavor is pumpkins, cinnamon, malts, mild heat, a hint of hops and a tangy/tart finish. (160 characters)

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: deep amber color 1 finger head
S: lots of cinnamon , pumpkin , nutmeg kinda like a pumpkin roll
T: lots of cinnamon that lingers little pumpkin
f : rich and bubbly with lots of cinnamon
O: great pumpkin beer but to much cinnamon I drank 12 oz bottle poured in a goblet (271 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, cloudy, mahogany/orange color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed a few wispy clouds of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very pumpkin-y and spicy. Tons of cinnamon, molasses, nutmeg, all-spice, ginger and clove. Not much in the way of malt or hops aroma, however.

Taste: Very good! Great flavors of spice: roasted pumpkin, nutmeg, all-spice, cinnamon and brown sugar. Very good malty backbone too, like freshly baked dark bread to nicely balance everything out. Finally, there is no hops bitterness to speak of, which I overall prefer.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 8.0%, there is just a little alcohol present on the palate.

Overall: This is an excellent pumpkin ale! Great balance between the malt, sweetness, spices and the pumpkin. Absolutely delicious! I’m definitely getting some more of this next year! (1,078 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imperial Pumpkin Ale brewed by Weyerbacher Brewing Co. This brew has an 8.00% ABV. The pour on this brew is a nice cloudy, deep, amber color, with a small off white head. Imperial Pumpkin Ale smell is rich with pumpkin and spices. You also pick up on some grains and malts in the smell of this brew. The taste is bold with flavor of pumpkin and spices. This brew puts you in the mind of a pumpkin pie. The mouthfeel is bold, rich and full of flavor. There is nothing overpowering in this brew, it has a nice balance to it. This brew goes down smooth. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.5 out of 5. Weyerbacher Brewing Co. did a nice job with this brew. I would buy this brew again. (683 characters)

Photo of Caveworm
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this beer's head is two fingers thick and off white, with secular lacing, and a dark brownish amber body.

The aroma coming off of this brew is quite spiced, with the help of plenty of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. I can also detect the cardamon mentioned on the packaging. Nothing too spicy or "pie-like", nice and balanced scent.

I can taste mostly the same elements as with the smell, but also a generous helping of greatly caramelized malts. Very smooth, despite this being an "imperial style" of pumpkin ale. I really am enjoying this!

This beer's mouthfeel is fullbodied and rich, but still very smooth and delicious!

Overall I'll give Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co. a 4.5 Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co. This has been one of the most enjoyable pumpkin brews I've had the pleasure to drink and review. I will certainly buy this again! (970 characters)

Photo of lwillitz
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into nonic pub glass

A - 2 fingers khaki foam over a cloudy body of deep orange amber

S - pumpkin, spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves), caramel sweetness, grains; pleasantly complex

T - pumpkin flesh, same spices as in nose, bready, caramel sweetness, slightly boozy finish; again, pleasantly complex

M - smooth full body, medium/high carbonation, alcohol warmth

O - Weyerbacher makes an excellent Imperial Pumpkin. Smooth, complex, and tasty. (460 characters)

Photo of Los13
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Right off the bat I get that cinnamon and nutmeg aroma. Pour out a nice inch & 1/2 head. Nice sunburst color to it. Light body but with a heavier Finnish. I get a lot of the malt flavors as well which may be also from the cardamom, Definitely get that ginger taste from it. Very good pumpkin ale just easy on them since they are 8% (331 characters)

Photo of xxxcjbcxxx
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Not a fan. Way too sweet; way too much seasoning. I don't mind flavor in beer, such as spice, but this one was awash with sweetness, clove, cinnamon, and cardamon. The aroma alone rivals that of a pumpkin spice candle. If you really, really enjoy pumpkin ales, I would recommend this beer, because it has 3x the flavor of your average pumpkin ale. (347 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - orange/copper color with tan head

Smell - cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg

Taste - cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg, vanilla

Mouthfeel - spices prominent upfront, medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweet but not cloying

Overall - decent pumpkin ale worth a shot

Price point - $1.67/12 oz single (310 characters)

Photo of Mongrel
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%

Certainly better than your average pumpkin ale. Not overly spiced, but still possessing some depth and nuance. Nice notes of pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon and caramel. Doesn't hide it's booze well though - that's the biggest strike against it. Similar in style to Schlafly's pumpkin ale, just a little less refined. (312 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%

Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove form the aroma. There's substantial brown sugar sweetness. Flavor reveals ginger at the base, which lingers throughout. Caramel malt sweetness and pumpkin form the backbone, with cinnamon and clove accenting the profile. There's a hint of squash tang, along with cola notes, which are offputting. Good amount of sweetness, for my palate. (374 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: An opaque tawny orange/amber with a tan one-finger head that lingers. Billowy lacing.

S: Strong cinnamon and nutmeg. Pumpkin pie pops in nicely.

T: Starts out slightly sour, then rounds out into a pumpkin pie crust flavor with cloves and nutmeg. Rich, hearty.

M: Light to medium with light carbonation.

O: Not as creamy or carbonated as I hoped it would be. The sour start is a turnoff. Not bad, but I've had much better. (467 characters)

Photo of droomyster
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Pours a clear dark reddish brown with a small tan head. Aromas are extremely literal on the pumpkin spice: big notes of cloves and nutmeg dominate, with brown sugary sweetness. Extremely sweet like pumpkin pie on the palate, very smooth body with a spicy (think red hots and cinnamon) mid-palate. Finishes on notes similar to some of the cinnamon whiskeys that are currently in vogue. An excellent choice if you like pumpkin ales that take the pumpkin pie challenge at face value. (484 characters)

Photo of Dodo2step
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

P- Wegmans in Mechanicsburg, PA

A- burnt orange in color that is somewhat opaque. Frothy carbonated head. splotchy lacing on the pint.

S- clove all spice and cinnamon heavy in the nose.

F- pumpkin malty flavor with nutmeg and allspice coming through on the tongue. interesting with the excess malt. unsure yet.

M- malty pumpkin and creamy medium bodied beer.

O- A middle of the road pumpkin for me. Good but had better. (432 characters)

Photo of Antg8989
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Lots of spices. Powerful aroma. Not overly Pumpkiny at all. A great beer for the later end of fall. If you like this, try Fegley's Devious Imperial Pumpkin. (156 characters)

Photo of RevKev007
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Strong on the sweetness, not a balanced spice portfolio, excessive abv for a fruit ale. Thick after taste.
Needs more cinnamon and nutmeg at this sweetness which is excessive. The lack of complexity does not justify the high abv of this beer. Abv to attract customers, not a result of increasing beer flavor portfolio.

Disappointing (333 characters)

Photo of Bmftbl8
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%

Good pumpkin beer. Not very bitter but with a good amount of head. The pumpkin and cinnamon really come out. Leaves a good subtle taste in your mouth. (150 characters)

Photo of NinjaJesus
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

I am not the biggest pumpkin beer fan so take my review with a grain of salt, but this brew is pretty delicious. I had the first right out of the bottle and it immediately tasted like I was drinking pumpkin pie. Sweet and cinnamon-y with a good amount of cardamon, this is a great choice if you love heavy pumpkin beers.

Drank out of a glass with a rim of butter and cinnamon and sugar, so delicious. Definitely the right way to enjoy this brew! (446 characters)

Photo of predikit
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Fall is my favorite time of year, and what better way to kick off the encroaching change of seasons than with a few pumpkin ales.

Poured into a pint glass, rather deep auburn with an off-white head.

The nose is fairly subtle here, hints of nutmeg and pumpkin.

Pumpkin and spice up front, quickly receding with some noticeable malt in the back. First sip was a bit harsh, but subsequent tastings were much smoother. The alcohol is well hidden, but you can tell it's there.

Slight oily feel that dissipates quickly, nothing real unpleasant.

All in all, a decent pick. (572 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

12oz bottle from Schoolhouse Beer (Marietta, GA). 3.29. Bottled 8/7/14. Served in a Microbrasserie Charlevoix goblet.

Pours burnt orange brown with one finger ecrue head. The bubbles settle to a thin ring that leaves almost no lace.

Smells of pie spices, light pumpkin and caramelly sweetness.

The spices dominate the taste and they aren't the ones I'd choose. Sharp, dry cloves, cardamon and allspice up front. Nutmeg, cinnamon, pulpy gourd, vague spiced bread, mild notes of burnt caramel and a dollop of booze. The spices kill any other flavor so by the end this almost seemed like work.

Fairly full, almost creamy feel with moderately sharp carbonation. Dry spice bomb aftertaste.

I finally decided to give Weyerbacher's Imperial Pumpkin a try and I'm sure glad I bought a single instead of a four pack. All spices with no concession to the pumpkin or base beer. This was a one and done for me. (909 characters)

Photo of logicalparadox
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Lots of pumpkin and a somewhat unique spice profile, with cardamom added to the usual mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. But, that's not enough to take this beer to the top. It's a big beer, but a bit too big for its britches. The alcohol is hard to miss in this brew, a shame since I've had a few "imperial" pumpkin ales that specialize in hiding the alcohol and accentuating the pumpkin or spice characteristics. Not a bad choice, and one I'd like to try again, but one that I don't think makes it to the top of my list of pumpkin brews. (541 characters)

Photo of Forgottensaints
5/5  rDev +28.9%

I love this beer! I guess I am nostalgic about it. It taste exactly like my mothers pumpkin pie! It has just the right spice level its hardy, it's got a slightly thick mouth feel but not muddy more velvety. At 8.5 it's got a little heat to it as well. This beer is fall and will be my autumn go to ale for the season. (318 characters)

Photo of CrazyLarry
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

I remember when this was an epic beer. Last year (2013) something happened. The beer just sucked. This year (2014) the beer is watery, but better than last years.

Here is what I remember 2012 and pre-2012.

Taste: A Liquid pumpkin pie. Spices, Sweetness, Pumpkin
Mouth feel: Thick, awesome
Smell: Spices a lot of spices
Appearance: Red Pumpkin, Clear
Overall: I looked forward to this beer and physically came to see my friend to have this, and a few other beers and attend an event every fall. The memories are what now make this beer. (548 characters)

Photo of brother_rat
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Bottle, poured into a tulip glass.

A: Poured a very enticing caramel, with a big creamy head that maintained for a bit. Scattered lacing. Looks like autumn in a glass.

S: Dark, sticky nose--reminds me of a gingerbread cake, with a super-sweet molasses burst but not cloyingly sweet. Besides, you know, an earthy pumpkin smell. With all the spice you can taste in the beer, it's balanced well and those notes are more background on the nose. Very nice.

T: Well balanced mix of 'spice'--hints of cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, but none is overpowering--but mostly it's a hit of a creamy pumpkin, like a good dense custardy pumpkin pie with fresh whipped cream. Caramel, molasses, but not overly sweet, and the aftertaste is unmistakably pumpkin with a touch of dry cinnamon.

M: Warming, but really smooth. Mouth-watering and spicy yet finishes dry.

O: Exceptional. The pumpkin beer for people who hate pumpkin beers--meaning, the pumpkin beer for folks who usually find them too spiced, too sweet, etc. A study in balance, and the only pumpkin ale I can stomach to have more than one in a sitting (not an easy feet, and at 8%!). (1,150 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet

A: Nice ruby copper color that is a bit hazy. No head or lacing. Only a 1/2 finger head on a vigorous pour and it goes away very quickly.

S: Light scent that is mostly that of pumpkin spice but a bit sweet and a little odd on the predominant spice that I can't quite place. It isn't of the usual pumpkin beer spices.

T: Easy drinking with smooth slightly sweet malt and light pumpkin spices. I wish the flavors here were a bit stronger. The weird spices blend into the sweet malt, getting covered up and a flat, one note beer.

M: Smooth with a little bit of felt particulates (like spice). Super small bit of carbonation.

O: Not bad, but not up there with other pumpkin beers I've had even so far this year. (770 characters)

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