Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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2,501 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,501
Reviews: 987
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 132
Gots: 312 | FT: 3
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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%
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.

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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

Photo of halo3one
2.89/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not good. Needs more pumpkin and cowbell.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
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!

Photo of nicholas2121
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of Caveworm
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
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!

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One of the better pumpkin ales out there. Good representation of the style.

Photo of tylerstravis
2.63/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I have been flagged as an outlier... It looks like I should really not be rating pumpkin ales as even a highly regarded one such as this tastes like a rotten starbucks latte to me.

Photo of Wikimisch
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just late in the season for it. Carbonation isn't there. Still has a good front and nose on it tho. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg

Photo of lwillitz
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of Los13
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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%

Photo of xxxcjbcxxx
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

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.

Photo of keithmurray
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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

Photo of Jags_Fan
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Great fall beer

Photo of Mongrel
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

Photo of Alaska1
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

My Favorite pumpkin beer, hands down.

Photo of barczar
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

Photo of brewskifan55
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of AMcT22
4/5  rDev +2.8%

A very "real" pumpkin beer. Would def. try it again.

Photo of droomyster
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

Photo of JohnWolfe62
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Good pumpkin, you wont be disappointed

Photo of penny1970
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Nice tasting beer, not too over powering pumpkin taste!

Photo of jennw2ns
4/5  rDev +2.8%

A good tasty pumpkin

Photo of Dodo2step
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of Antg8989
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

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Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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