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Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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2,490 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,490
Reviews: 986
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 129
Gots: 299 | FT: 2
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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look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a reddish brown color with low clarity. Not much head to speak of, it starts off as a one finger eggshell color and fades to a thin collar in no time. At least there's a bit of lacing.

S: NOW we're talking. I'm not normally a fan of heavily spiced/pumpkin ales, but it's hard NOT to be impressed by this. Very strong cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove are assisted by a healthy dose of pumpkin. Great aromatics here.

T: The spices don't come through as strongly as they do in the aroma, allowing the pumpkin to shine more thoroughly. It's quite pumpkin forward in general, with the malts only acting as a neutral yet subtle canvas. Tastes like a good pumpkin pie would, and there's some underlying complexity, to boot.

M: Silky smooth to start, becoming a little more prickly as the liquid sets in the mouth. Not a dry beer; the low carbonation help the flavors linger quite nicely, but reduces the drinkability some. Luckily, this is a boldly flavored beer - sipping this is more than adequate.

O: This one caught me off guard. I bought it out of sheer curiosity, and came away impressed. If I ever felt like having a pumpkin ale again, I'd go for this in a heartbeat.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pous a dark, yet clear orange hue. Head is khaki and it leaves curtains of lacing.

S-Big, aggressive nose. Huge notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and pumpkin spice. Quite yeasty. Vegetal hop nose. A bit syrupy with a sturdy malt.

T-A bodybuilder Pumpkin Ale. Nutmeg and cinnamon with gourdy notes. Quite malty. Veggie hops are present again. Seared graham cracker. Big and diverse

M-Large and full. Syrupy and mildly bitter. Alcohol is noticeable. Semi-dry.

O/D-A gutsy Pumpkin brew. Assertive. Good flavors but a bit too coarse. I prefer Southern Tier's Pumpking, but this lies in the same echelon.

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A- deep amber, pretty clear, with a thin head that fades to a ring shortly after pouring

S- huge pumpkin spice aroma that endures throughout the duration of the drink

T- not great. boozy, lots of cinnamon, maybe some clean maltiness and then mild hop bitterness. not much else. for a beer called imperial pumpkin, there's not a whole lot of pumpkin here.

M- lively carbonation but a bit harsh.

O- I expected better. there are definitely better pumpkin ales out there, but i think the idea of an 8% ABV pumpkin ale looks better on paper than it turns out when actualized. there's not much room for the kind of subtlety that is required of the style when you beef up a beer so much, and i still think some of my favorite pumpkin ales are also very sessionable for a reason.

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Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,490 ratings.