Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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1.55/5 rDev -60.2%
a thin haze running through a deep amber orange body with a small and very thin tan white head. smells of the most diverse spices. cloves are dominant, as they tend to be. cinnamon and nutmeg are present in their own capacity, but "where is the pumpkin?" i ask incredulously. there are possibly some fruity notes, or maybe the neurons in my brain curiously linked to my palate are wishfully thinking. we'll see.
Yikes! what is this filth? very spicy up front, with nothing but cloves through the middle and the flavor of san pellegrino (carbonated mineral water) with lemon that leaves your face puckered well into the aftertaste. drain pour, through and through.
mouthfeel is disgustingly carbonated and hot on the palate. the drinkability may soon breach absolute zero, which will be a breakthrough for science, but a catastrophe for the craft beer industry. with every sip this brew sets back the world of beer at least 10 years in its development. absolutely awful.
09-04-2009 03:44:41 | More by jdklks
1.75/5 rDev -55%
deep dark mahogany color thick foamy head however it laces out fairly quick
slight nutmeg and even more slightly is there a smell of pumpkin but there is a hugh all spice smell its really overpowering
slight nutmeg hugh all spice taste very very slight pumpkin taste and its on the very back end you real really have to search for it
feels like spicy water sry but its very light on the tongue and the allspice is ridculously overwhelming
from my comments you can tell i wont get this beer again the allspice was to powerful if they toned that down flavors may pop more and then they may have a good beer
10-16-2010 02:52:23 | More by bierguru
1.85/5 rDev -52.4%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 09/25/08.
Pours a clear orange amber color with a half finger of beige head. The head quickly disappeared to almost nothing. Aroma is a bit odd. On one whiff I'll get pumpkin, cinnamon, and clove. On another all I get is cherry cough syrup.
Taste is similar to the aroma. Sometimes I get light pumpkin, cinnamon, and other spices (lots of clove). But most of the time I get a gross medicinal cough syrup flavor mixed with band-aids. Not pleasant at all.
The feel is probably the only good part about this beer. It's well-carbonated and not too heavy. No lingering aftertaste, which is good considering the taste itself isn't good. Drinkability suffers for that reason. The alcohol isn't noticeable.
I really can't recommend this. Other reviews seem pretty favorable so maybe I got a bad bottle. But the rest of this one is going down the drain...
09-26-2008 03:27:35 | More by bkilpatr
2.18/5 rDev -44%
This is a very bad beer. I have always wanted to try this and now I can say I have. I don't review often but I just felt compelled to state what a bad beer this was. It poured a nice pumpkin color with a very nice white head. The smell was very nice. I thought I was about to get into something yummy... similar to schlafly's pumpkin.... that nice pumpkin pie, caramelly sweet and chewy goodness. Then the taste. Hmmmm... Defnite pumpkin pie spice - too much for sure. And the base beer... it was as if someone made a poor representation of an amber that was too weak and thin, decided to sour it, gave up after a week and then added pumpkin pie spice. There's also an underlying nasty bitterness that is not good but at least distracts from the rest of the nastiness. Drain pour and then to the Ten Fidy that's on deck.
11-08-2013 01:22:42 | More by smchenry75
2.23/5 rDev -42.7%
Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Dark copper color with little head--slightly opaque. Looks enticing.
Smells overpoweringly of cinnamon and nutmeg. I don't get any pumpkin--or any other scent--from this. It's a bit unpleasant. It's like inhaling cinnamon/nutmeg powder. It lingers in the back of the throat.
Slightly bitter--not a hoppy bitter; something else. This beer is just too spiced. It's unpleasant. Everything about the beer is overpowered by the cinnamon/nutmeg spice. There's a third spice too that I can't place. It's not helping.
Mouthfeel is dry and powdery, with a slight bite. Not entirely good. Good body to it; somewhat creamy.
This was a fairly expensive beer ($12/4-pack), and unfortunately, is disappointing. I wouldn't buy this again. I will sit on a bit and see how it is in a month or two. If it's any better, I'll revise.
09-18-2011 01:44:05 | More by Kooz
2.3/5 rDev -40.9%
A: Dark pumpkin color. Looks heavy. Thin head and lacing.
S: Malts with a hint of pumpkin. Pretty boring.
T: Allspice dominates what is a true muddling of spices. Gritty pumpkin notes. Too heavy on the cloves for me. Ever smoke a clove cigarette?
M: Thin and highly carbonated. Gone in a flash.
O: The only saving Grace for this beer is that it sports an ABV of 8.0%. I shouldn't have preceded this tasting with a Southern Tier Pumpking!: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/3818/38394
10-03-2011 03:37:36 | More by martymc
2.35/5 rDev -39.6%
I could not disagree more with these ratings. I typically do not like pumpkin ales because they DON'T TASTE LIKE PUMPKIN! They all taste like a watery pumpkin pie,YUK.
I decided to try this one because it was an "IMPERIAL" .the only thing imperial about it is the price. PASS this one by, it fizzles.
02-28-2014 14:41:40 | More by miclormic
Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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