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Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Imperial Pumpkin AleImperial Pumpkin Ale

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Ratings: 1936
Reviews: 937
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.62%

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: cbl2 on 09-17-2005)
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Photo of itsscience


3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. in a snifter

Dark brown in appearance and turns red when held up to the light. It smells great -- like a classic pumpkin pie with ginger and clove. The beer doesn't live up to the smell, though. It has a thin, watery mouthfeel and a big spicy profile of clove, nutmeg, and ginger that overpowers the pumpkin flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2013 04:00:43 | More by itsscience
Photo of BWED


3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Fitzwater Station, Phoenixville, PA. Poured into a tulip.

A- Dark orange amber body. The light off white head doesn't retain.

S- Lots of spice. All spice and cardamom. A little bit of a pumpkin aroma.

T- Similar to smell, but lots of spice. Just a bit of pumpkin.

M- Fairly light for this style. I guess, medium/light. Spicy in the feel, along with the finish, along with everything about this beer.

O- Spicy, but decent. It's got some good flavors.The spice is just a little overwhelming.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2013 02:45:39 | More by BWED
Photo of CupcakeNY

New York

2.36/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Beer pours orange-red, with a one-finger cream colored head.

Nose is truly indistinguishable from cinnamon mouthwash. The main note is vietnamese cinnamon--just like little candy hearts--with the next strongest note being clove. That's it.

Taste is mostly clove and cinnamon, has a real dental-hygeine thing going for it. I detect no pumpkin per se. Some underlying malt flavors redeem it slightly. Mouth feel is kind of thin; bubbles are large, carbonation pretty strong. It is somewhat sweet, so it borders on tasting like cinnamon candy.

Thankfully, finish is pretty clean.

Overall, one of the more revolting beers I have had yet. The mouthwash nose is overpowering, the taste is neither subtle nor nuanced. I detect no pumpkin, only very loud cinnamon and clove with some underlying malts. I hope never to have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2013 18:24:53 | More by CupcakeNY
Photo of tigerbeer90

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: nice copper gold and an inch of white head
S: very heavy on the spice. I almost get an apple pie/pumpkin pie smell

T: Started out very sweet, but enjoyable. About 1/4 into the pint I got used to the sweetness and it became just a very enjoyable experience. Lots of cinnamon, some vanilla, and a hint of pumpkin. Very little alcohol presence for an 8 percent ABV

M: Good for the style.

O: I am not crazy about pumpkin beers in general so this should be taken into account. However, I did enjoy this beer as i drank it. Lots of spice and sweet like a pumpkin pie. I may try this again before the season is over, but if I don't it wouldn't make me sad

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2013 22:43:45 | More by tigerbeer90
Photo of getmeabeer


4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite pumpkin beer. Autumn means Octoberfest and Pumpkin beers and I look forward to Weyerbacher's offerings. What makes this my favorite is the smooth and balanced pumpkin flavor throughout that doesn't overpower the entire experience.

Appearance - Dark golden brown with a 3-5 cm creamy smooth head.

Smell - Hints of cinnamon, all spice, cardamon, and nutmeg - What autumn should be.

Taste - Unmistakably pumpkin with the proper amount of spice, smooth and well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Slightly carbonated, crisp, clean, with well balanced pumpkin and autumnal spices.

Overall - This is a terrific pumpkin offering that has all the pumpkin flavor yet still tastes like a beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2013 01:58:09 | More by getmeabeer
Photo of Hopstuff

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is reaching, but does not disappoint. The pumpkin is held back with that perfect balance of earthy yet wait for it, yep its still a good beer. The color is a deep clear orange with seamless legs. The kind of legs you want to put stockings on and a lamp shade. Maybe introduce a black light bulb for effect and let Weyerbacher do its thang! Year after year I still think these guys have crafted a well rounded, waiting for x-mas with a buzz on, type of beer. I am only hoping Santa can crave his way out of this pumpkin and into that deep freeze with which we survive the lesser daylight. It reminds me of those quick days that burn off the gray faster than Bolt does his shirt.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2012 04:55:24 | More by Hopstuff
Photo of DrinkSlurm


3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into tulip at gingerman SONO. Pours a deep orangey brown with good foamy head. Crazy spice aromas, with your typical sweet malts. Flavor of pumpkin pie, typical cinnamon, nutmeg, some vanilla, etc...just overly spiced for a drink but good for pie...with such an influx of pumpkin brews, there are others id go for before i have this again...

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2012 15:10:32 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served an orange-copper colored beer with a one finger off white head. The head had a low level of retention, eventually fading to give a lighter level of lacing.

Smell - The aroma is pumpkin pie spice heavy with a good showing of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Mixed with these spice smells are a wonderful some brown sugar sweetness and a roasted pumpkin aroma. Like a very heavily spiced pumpkin pie.

Taste – The taste begins with a strong spice and roasted pumpkin flavors. It is very much of a pumpkin puree with spices tastes. The spices are heaviest of nutmeg and cinnamon up front. Soon the flavor then transitions with some sweet brown sugar and a heavier spice taste of nutmeg hitting he taste buds. More toward the end of the taste a light alcohol taste comes into play giving a very light burn on the tongue, but yet complementing the pumpkin spic spices quite nicely.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the average side in terms of creaminess and thickness as well as carbonation. For a pumpkin beer a bit more creaminess would have been desirable for the roasted pumpkin and spicy flavors, giving it a thicker mouthfeel (more pie like I suppose).

Overall – A nice pumpkin beer with a not too overpowering sweetness and nice flavors and a wonderful aroma.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2012 00:38:47 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of Louski


4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-Tap into a Chalice

Pours a dark black with little to no head. Smells like pumpkin with an array of spices- cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger. Tastes almost like a pumpkin pie with the high alcohol content apparent in the finish. For its dark color, it's surprisingly thin-bodied. Overall, the best pumpkin ale I've had as I have yet to find one that's comparable. A great fall beer and good transition from the blondes and wheats of summer to the malty, spicy winter brews.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2012 03:16:31 | More by Louski
Photo of MsRif


4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at several locations...first had (I think) at TJ's in Paoli, PA. Pours a clear dark orange/amber color. Small beige head that leaves only a ring of bubbles around the glass throughout the session. Has an aroma of basically, a spice bomb and pumpkin. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin...very enticing. The taste is extremely spicy but balanced well with pumpkin and sweet malts. I think I detect brown sugar as well. Delicious!

This was my favorite Fall brew this year. Just perfect for the season...some say it's too spicy, but I personally liked the extremely spicy nature of this beer.

Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. A slight warming from the alcohol. Pretty drinkable, though slightly dry.

Can't wait to have this again next Fall!

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2011 04:14:42 | More by MsRif
Photo of Chico1985


3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark orange/amber, served with only a ring on top but retains as that, leaves some lacing.

Nose has good strength, hints of a spice bomb all the way. Taste is big on the spice and sweetness, kinda odd. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, orange soda, a bit of caramel and toasted bread, a bit of alcohol. Not much in the way of actual pumpkin unfortunately. Decent mouthfeel, kinda oily, high-ish carbonation.

Eh, not bad, but far from great.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2011 11:25:02 | More by Chico1985
Photo of IronLover


4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Copper orange with a reddish hue and perfect clarity. Poured with a dense, foamy head that leaves random, lacings on the glass. Sweet pumpkin and spicy aromas. Spicy aromas are delicate enough to allow the pumpkin sweetness to dominate. Buttery smooth feel with the carbonation and maltiness combining to provide a thick, chewy texture. Sweet pumpkin flavor up front and into the middle. Spices kick-in thru the middle and slowy intensify to the finish. Spices are delicate enough so as not to overwhelm the sweet pumpkin maltiness and nicely subdue an underlying booziness. Finishes with a lingering but light, spicy aftertaste. The best Pumpkin Ale I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2011 17:16:08 | More by IronLover
Photo of jonash2717


5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Since moving from PA to CO, I cannot find a better pumpkin beer/ale than Imperial Pumpkin. In my years of BA readership, this is the only brew that I've felt compelled to review.

Even at the Great American Beer Fest, I couldn't find a better pumpkin brew. Easily the best beer in the pumpkin class. As well traveled as the Great British Beer Festival, I sure as shit didn't even see a pumpkin ale on that island.

The balance of alcohol content and spiced pumpkin flavor, which are both plentiful, is at perfect equilibrium.

Having tasted many rotating pumpkin brews at the glorious Hulmeville Inn, among other places, ale is the way to go - not malts, not lagers. Weyerbacher slaps an Imperial on that baby and booyah, BEST PUMPKIN BREW. [PERIOD].

Although the limited Woodchuck Private Reserve Pumpkin Cider sounds delighful.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2011 19:30:25 | More by jonash2717
Photo of JustinMann


4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried this at a Bocktown Beer and Grill. Its wonderful pumpkin pie flavor mixed nicely with the caramel, cinnamon, and nutmeg. I was pleasantly surprised that our server had dipped the rim of the pint glass in brown sugar. While I haven’t had many pumpkin ales to-date, it is my opinion that this ale ranks extremely high when compared with ANY type of beer. I was super impressed.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2011 23:56:04 | More by JustinMann
Photo of cneville


3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap, in a pint glass.

Hazy orange in color, with a thin head that disappears quickly. Aroma is malty, with the prerequisite pumpkin spices, in a nice blend. Spices come heavily in the taste--nutmeg, cinnamon, and the pumpkin later. The alcohol is hidden well at this percentage. Not my favorite pumpkin beer, but definitely a good example of one with more alcohol.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2011 20:38:58 | More by cneville
Photo of kylehay2004


4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: quarter finger head, murky amber color with a little lacing.

S: musty hops and pumpkin spices.

T: Nice pumpkin flavor. Not too bad on the alcohol being overwhelming with this one. the pungent hop flavor lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Semi-dry in the finish. moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall: This was my first imperial pumpkin ale. I was expecting an overwhelming alcohol flavor as I thought the pumpkin wouldnt quite over-ride it but it covered it well.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2011 01:19:06 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of womencantsail


3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Picco

A: The beer pours a clear dark amber color with a kinger of khaki head.

S: Smells of pie spices. Lots of nutmeg and cinnamon, with, strangely, a touch of anise. There is a bit of pumpkin as well as some of the usual bread and caramel, maybe a touch of toast.

T: Starts off with sweet caramel and toffee with a fair bit of spice. As with the aroma, plenty of cinnamon and nutmeg and that same little bit of anise. An almost powdery spice flavor. Tons of bread, too.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Despite the little bit of anise (which I'm not the hugest fan of), this was still pretty solid.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2011 21:52:18 | More by womencantsail
Photo of VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tylers Taproom in Carrboro.

Pours a dark orange with a decent head.

Pie spices really hit the nose quickly along with a pumpkin extract smell.

Taste is boozy and spicy. An underlying sweetness is really different. It really tastes like pumpkin pie filling. The malt bill doesn match the rest of the beer. It's got a lager type malt that is the major downside of this beer.

There is a chewy malt bill that accompanies the spices.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2011 23:18:39 | More by VncentLIFE
Photo of Jesse13713


4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at 101 laundry in Kent. I was much more pleased with this than the last on tap beer I had here.

Appearance - A sweet looking natural brown with light orange hints. A nice film laces to the glass effortlessly. A good middle between opaqueness and transparency.

Smell - Light spices are noticeable immediately. Light bread notes and plum. Sweet caramel is subtle as well. A but of raisin and a plethora of cinnamon.

Taste - Wow. I wasn't expecting much after being softened by the bottle variation. This is top-notch pumpkin beer here. A warm infusion of raisin and cinnamon are quick to coat my mouth. A bit if light fruit is noticeable in the background as well. A heavy hit of cinnamon remains delicious throughout. The pumpkin is very persistent at your taste buds, but remains in the background of this fruity, spicy beer. Surprisingly, I taste beef jerky in the aftertaste. I'm not sure how or why, but I like it. Awe yeh.

Mouth feel and overall - Warm and tingly on the tongue. I continue to taste different notes as my glass empties. This beer surprises you and leaves you in suspense of what you'll taste next. Delicious. Medium bodied all around. The pumpkin notes are making themselves better known towards the end of the drink.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2011 18:50:08 | More by Jesse13713
Photo of medic361


4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2011 03:37:54 | More by medic361
Photo of Rifugium


4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured into a pint glass, a burnt orange with just less than a finger of off-white head that receded to almost nothing after a moment. Nice aroma of fresh pumpkin and nutty grains. Taste...was what a pumpkin ale should taste like. Rich caramel malts to start, followed by yummy pumpkin, cinnamon and spice. Not subdued. It's pumpkin, and that's how I like it. Ends a little bitter, with some finishing hops easily detectable. Medium bodied, and smooth enough to keep you coming back for more.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2011 03:50:35 | More by Rifugium
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber in color with appropriate carbonation. A nice dense white head forms upon pour.

Lovely big spice nose. Cinnamon, clove some and nutmeg. Natural "pumpkin" aroma, doesn't smell faked or overdone. Cardamon is a good accent to the smell and the nutmeg isn't overdone which is key in my opinion. I prefer the bottled versions aroma much more.

Amazing warming spice presence. The malt comes shining through right away and gives a superb body and backbone to this brew. The finish has a spice bite, not a hop bite (not even sure there are finishing hops, probably only a few bittering). No sign of the alcohol at all.

Complex yet not thick or cloying at all. Nicely balanced, nicely spiced. You can really appreciate this beer more and more with each sip. Adequate carbonation adds to this beer's already amazing drinkability.

Perfect dessert substitution for Thanksgiving or after any fall meal in my opinion. This is in the top 2 Pumpkin beer category if you ask me. Ranks above even Elysian Night Owl as THE BEST quality beer/pumpkin creations available.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2011 18:49:24 | More by claspada
Photo of BeerCon5


3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark amber color with about 1 1/2 inch of slightly off-white fluffy head.

The scent was dominant of pumpkin spice and caramel malt.

The taste is again of dominant pumpkin spice and caramel malt, a little nutmeg and cinnamon, light presence of alcohol.

Medium bodied crisp and refreshing, high carbonation.

I'm not usually a big fan of the Pumpkin Ales but this was very tasty. The flavor was strong and it was very easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2010 18:46:51 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of Kolsch


2.8/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at 3 rivers 6 pack and eatery.

Apperance: dark plum looking. No head to speak of and this was just tapped.

Smell: this is where this beer really shines in my opinion. Loads of spices that dominate the nose. Cinnamin, Nutmeg, Gloves, Ginger and oddly pepper.

Taste: here is where it fell apart for me. All of the above mentioned spices were all over the place. They just did not mesh very well. Every spice over dominated the other. Swallow was quite harsh to say the least. This is the first time I had this beer so was not sure what to expect. Highly disappointed on this one.

Overall: would not have again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2010 22:33:34 | More by Kolsch
Photo of WildRage

New York

3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is one of those beers that I was very excited about when I first had it on tap, and absolutely hated every subsequent one that I've had.

Excellent looking color, great smells, and initially lots of nice notes of spice and a little pumpkin. I typically like my pumpkin beers on the malty/spicy side. My problem with the brew is that it isn't very drinkable - especially for the style. The alcohol isn't masked very well and I've had 10-11abvs that were a lot smoother than this one.

It's definitely not a bad brew - many of my friends swear by it - I just think that there are better choices out there.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2010 14:07:32 | More by WildRage
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Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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