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Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Imperial Pumpkin AleImperial Pumpkin Ale

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1,970 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,970
Reviews: 937
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 78
Gots: 111 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cbl2 on 09-17-2005)
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Photo of Agold


3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a deep ruby red with about a finger of just off white head. It recedes a little bit leaving a ring around the outside of the glass. It smells strongly of cloves, with some of the malt and pumpkin sweetness coming through. The other spices that are used (cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.) don't seem to come through as much. The beer tastes like Halloween, a holiday mainly composed of cloves, nutmeg, and pumpkin with malt, and a hint of cinnamon. Unfortunately the mouthfeel comes up pretty thin for me. It has good drinkability, but would probably be better if I had had it in October or November instead of the beginning of September (I won't fault the beer because I did not have the good sense to wait to drink it).

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 00:38:38 | More by Agold
Photo of steve8robin


4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this prior and loved it. Let's do an official review. 12 oz bottle, 2010 brew...

A: Super deep golden copper with a thick 1 and a half inch tan head that fades at a decent pace. Very good.

S: Sweet pumpkin upfront blended with some nice cinnamon and some creaminess in the mix. Almost vague hints of some brown sugar. Decent.

T: Awesomely smooth pumpkin blended with some creamy almost eggnog type flavors. Some cinnamon bite on the backend. Also in the mix comes some nice spices and a slight hint of pineyness. Good.

M: Great carbonation feel with a nice medium body. Amazing here. Perfect!

D: This one goes down very, very easy. Awesome.

All in all, I like this brew. One of the best pumpkin beers I have had to date. I'd say if you want a good pumpkin beer, then definitely grab one of this and give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 02:11:36 | More by steve8robin
Photo of mavbrew


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

A: A nice cooper/autumn color with a finger thick off-white head with some lacing down the glass.

S: A pumpkin scent with some hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and lots of other spicy characteristics. Also slight hints of alcohol hang around the pumpkin scent.

T: Very spicy up front taste with some nice pumpkin flavor. Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg are present throughout, also some alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D: A nice smooth Imperial Pumpkin, easy to drink but I wouldn't have more than a couple. A solid pumpkin ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 20:11:58 | More by mavbrew
Photo of aepb1


3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Copper with a small white head and decent retention

S- Pumpkin! Spices in there too after you get by all that pumpkin

T- Ale maltiness... spices come through too here

M- Nothiner special, medium bodied and ok carbonation

D- Nose with the style are great combinations!!

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 03:05:36 | More by aepb1
Photo of schoolboy


4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although I would never refuse this beer if offered one, it is disappointing. It has lots of pumpkin ale goodness - spices and things, and they all come out nicely in the aroma and taste. But since the ale part is pretty strong it could have used more pumpkin and spice taste - they get overpowered by the booziness.

This is not a beer you will want to drink a bunch of. One is enough (then on to something else). It definitely grows on you but I will seek a lighter pumpkin ale (in my quest for the best pumpkin brew).

Ammendment - my quest never seems to find a better pumpkin ale. This is the one for me!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 16:14:47 | More by schoolboy
Photo of bundy462


3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Amber with a off white frothy head. Good head and retention.

S: Herbal spiciness over a very sweet malt base. It has a sort of bubblegum sweetness to it.

T: Slight hop bitterness up front, washed away quickly by a big malty taste and finished off with a whack of booze. The whole lack of spicy pumpkin taste is disappointing.

M: Medium bodied, under carbonated.

O: OK for something different, but I wouldn't buy a case of it.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 03:02:45 | More by bundy462
Photo of jera1350


3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, is a deep ruby color with a thick creamy tan head. A trace of lace.

The nose smells very much like sweet and sugary bubble gum with some pumpkin pie spice coming in at the end. Can't wait to give it a whirl.

I have some mixed feelings on the taste. It starts out with lots of spice. Picking up a lot of nutmeg and cinnamon. As it develops, more of the pumpkin is evident, but then at the end is a bit of a musty, stale pumpkin flavor and a pretty strong spice taste. I will say, it does taste very much like a pumpkin muffin. Not real sweet though, just moderately.

A bit of rough carbonation, but nothing horrible. Medium bodied.

An enjoyable and well done take on a pumpkin beer. This is probably the spiciest pumpkin beer out there and I would put this in my top two to date. Really well hidden eight percent abv.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 00:23:16 | More by jera1350
Photo of Buebie


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

Nice head retention, foaming to an inch of white, lasting quite a while. Burnt reddish copper, a bit hazy.
Aromas are fabulous, great mix of spice and malt. Nutmeg and cloves with a touch of Cinnamon and baked pumpkin gourd.
Through the spice some caramel malt sweetening, but hard to grab that with the spices, not overdone by any means.

Malty and sweet upfront with spices of clove and burnt Cinnamon through the middle. Nutmeg finishes up and lingers with more baked pumpkin, touch of woody Cinnamon stick and mild hop bitters.
Feeling a slick and mildly carbbed.

Not too much spice, it is a sharper, less sweet version though with more robust flavors then somthing like pumpking. Drinkability is very high and abv is nearly undetectable.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 05:22:01 | More by Buebie
Photo of Vaison


3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured chilled from a 12oz. bottle into a goblet.

Pours an amber color producing about a half inch of head before quickly dissipating. The smell is what makes this beer. I don't quite sense the cinnamon nearly as much as I smell the nutmeg and cloves. It immediately reminds me of Autumn and the smells of the upcoming holidays. It tastes like...well, pumpkin pie in a glass. It is loaded with spices and it has a huge cinnamon, nutmeg and clove taste and is fairly well carbonated. It is very light and goes down very easily. I couldn't drink this all year but it certainly fits into the Autumn season.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 03:32:33 | More by Vaison
Photo of lovindahops

New York

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

Continuing my pumpkin onslaught. I love this season

A- pours an orange copper body with a nice head of foam that quickly disappears. Really screams pumpkin

S- a fantastic combination of spices, nutmeg, brown sugar, and a real strong presense of pumpkin. There is some alcohol scent at the end. the consistancy of a pumpkin brew is completely satisfactory for me!

T- just as delicious! The pumpkin and spices are fantastic!

M- carbonated and creamy

D- this is a very good pumpkin ale that is well balanced and delicious

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 22:30:10 | More by lovindahops
Photo of blivingston1985

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As far as pumpkin beers go Weyerbacher, in usual fashion, make this one big. Dark amber. Good retention. Nice cream lace that looks to last. Nutmeg, cinnamon and a touch of alcohol in the nose. Taste is good. Pretty standard, but the cardoman adds a little something different to this one. Kind of unique. Alcochol is also present on the tongue. Pretty well blends with the malt and spices. Very drinkable. Bubbly tingle on the mouthfeel. Finishes a little dry. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 18:14:09 | More by blivingston1985
Photo of rootbeerman


3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: arrived with half a finger of bright orange head, and a dark orange brown head.
S: sweet cinnamon, clove, allspice, and pumpkin along with sweet malt.
T: bready malt with clove, cinnamon pumpkin and spice. nut much hop but it is more earthy.
M/D: smooth, spices give a sort of tingle along with the carbonation which makes for a very easy drinking beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2010 03:10:49 | More by rootbeerman
Photo of LiquidCucumber


4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark caramel, almost brown. Not too much of a head, about 1/4 finger's worth.

S - A blast of cinnamon and other spices to the face. This beer is really pungent and smells a bit like Big Red bubblegum with a touch of malt.

T - Surprisingly the spices stay further in the background than present in the smell. The pumpkin really comes through here and tastes similar to the raw stuff. The taste actually reminds me of Little Debbie Pumpkin Delights... weird I know (and totally try these if you haven't had them).

M - Lighter than I'd imagined for an Imperial, but it is packed so full of flavor I can understand. Dances in your mouth and is eerily prickly on the sides of the tongue.

D - This is not a beer I want to drink a bunch of. The flavors are excellent and this is a finely crafted brew, but just a little too much for me to enjoy constantly.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 00:36:54 | More by LiquidCucumber
Photo of perrymarcus


4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a deep, hazy amber with a little less than a finger of off white head... not much retention; some lacing. a good but by no means great appearance. the aroma, however, is A-one, outstanding, and really well captured in the wineglass: nice, fresh pumpkin accompanied by strong notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, maybe some ginger... wow, this is the smell i look for in my pumpkin ales - IMO they nailed it. that said, i feel the flavor takes a step back; maybe the nose raised expectations too high... still very nice, with the pumpkin and spices pulling through, but perhaps not as robustly as the nose had led me to believe; there's also a not entirely pleasant though subtle bitterness to it, as well as a bit a boozy bite to the finish. again though, a damn tasty pumpkin beer... medium bodied mouthfeel... overall, a nice representation of the style and well worth a revisit, but i'll work my way around some others first.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 02:50:31 | More by perrymarcus
Photo of pzrhsau

District of Columbia

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

A:Nice brownish orangish amberish hue depending on the light but it has a decent head which really sticks to the glass.
S: I took off the cap and immediately got pumpkin nutmeg and cinnamon in my nostrils. Big aroma and some slight alcohol scent.
T: Big sweet pumpkin flavor followed by a punch of spice and sweet maltiness. Tastes like blended pie. Which was great.
D/M: Crisp and bubbly. It has a great filling flavor but it sticks to palate and makes it hard to change to a different beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 02:29:16 | More by pzrhsau
Photo of jpmclaug

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Nice clarity on an orange body with a slight ruby hue. Small circle of white head

S - Pumpkin pie! Yummmm. Nice spicy hints and it actually does smell a bit like pumpkin.

T - Nice pumpkin spices up front with hints of vanilla and finishes with a cinnamon like bite similar to pumpkin pie. A bit of a boozy taste in the finish as well but not too much.

M - Smooth medium to heavy bodied with light carbonation. Pretty creamy.

D - Pretty drinkable. A slight boozy taste is the only thing holding this back. Pretty similar to pumpkin pie. This is my first pumpkin beer of the season and I can't wait for more!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 17:50:19 | More by jpmclaug
Photo of beergod1


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

I had a thread saying "Pumpkin ales not my favorite seasonal beer"....this may have just changed my mind.
Pours a deep Hazy ruby-orange , with some nice off-white foam. Huge pumpkin pie spice aromas, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg.The flavor is much of the same, with an abundance of pumpkin pie flavors, along with some brown sugar sweetness, a little caramel and some warming alcohol which helps balance things out a little. I wasn't a fan of pumpkin beers too much, but this one is probably the best I've had, so far. I have been told to try DFH and Southern Tier. Now to just hunt them down.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 00:31:19 | More by beergod1
Photo of Brenden


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

This is the first pumpkin beer I picked up for the new season. Notes are from a couple days ago.

The color is a mildly hazy bronze-like orange-brown. A white head forms about one finger tall and leaves some nice patchy lacing on the glass.
In the aroma is a bit of fresh, real raw pumpkin, but more real filling from the can than scooped out of the pumpkin. Nutmeg and cinnamon are evident as well as ginger, very well done rather than being messily over-spiced (as can be an issue with poorly brewed interpretations) along with a touch of vanilla.
There's a malty backbone that perfectly supports the pumpkin and complimentary spices. All of the Nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger is in the flavor, and it even seems a touch peppery (though between that and the ginger, it could be either).
The mouthfeel is rich and full, complimented by just a light carbonation. It could be smoother given the nice body, but it's a good mouthfeel for sure.
I wanted to try this one last year (not sure why I didn't), and it's now my number 3 pumpkin beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 19:58:44 | More by Brenden
Photo of pmlondrigan

New York

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I typically don't like Weyerbacher...and I only just began to like pumpkin ales so here we go. This beer has a very nice color, orange to reddish amber with a two finger head that fades to a white ring around the glass. Aroma is spicy, the cardamom is strongist, then a good bit of clove followed by the rest. No real pumpkin in the aroma. Flavor is a nice fall thing. Good malt backbone, spices and yeah for sure pumpkin is in the flavor. Kinda sharp, light on the hops, good. Great body though, thick rich, great carb for the style probably my favorite part of the beer. I could do like two of these.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 03:00:04 | More by pmlondrigan
Photo of irishking1977

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark orange/ruby red with a moderate head and little lacing. Pretty much what I had expected.

S: Hmm. Interesting. Reminds me of orange sherbet with cinnamon. Strange description, but that's what I got out of it. Spicy and sweet in the nose too. Nice.

T: First sip I was confused. Several sips later, I started to really enjoy this one. Different, for sure. Bold and spicy, with a cinnamon and mild pumpkin finish. Although this is a pumpkin beer, cinnamon really dominates. Which I like.

M: Thick and moderately creamy. Good balance and carbonation.

D: A little on the heavy side, and the potent side (8% abv). But overall, a good pumpkin ale. Since this was my first pumpkin ale,(never really like the idea of a pumpkin ale at first) I might end up judging others based on this. But only those that are of the imperial variety.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 02:21:31 | More by irishking1977
Photo of smokeypeat


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

Really good pumpkin beer. Has a dark copper with a tinge of orange color coming out of the bottle. Medium sized beige head. This beer is the strongest in terms of pumpkin spice I've had. Dominated by smell and taste with flavors of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Definite hint of brown sugar in there as well. Don't really get the pumpkin until the spice has washed over the palette, but it's there especially as it warms up a little.
Good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 19:57:00 | More by smokeypeat
Photo of jpoder


4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love this seasonal! truly my favorite pumpkin beer. definitely smells/tastes of fall holidays (halloween, Thanksgiving)

a) deep red/orange hue big head that fades quickly to tacing.

s) clove and cinnamon. second whiff brings orange zest

t) more of those pumpkin pie spices, clove, cinnamon, cardamom. Its hard to believe that the smell carries through to the taste, but it does. a little tart/bitterness on the finish. very thankful it is NOT cloying or overly sweet

m) nice thick mouthfeel. a little oily/silky mouthfeel reminiscent of rye beers

d) I really love this beer...nice slow drinker...to be enjoyed and savored

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 01:30:39 | More by jpoder
Photo of DNICE555


3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle pre Salem 2009 Halloween night.

A - Orange amber beer that looks pretty clear with a small head. A couple goblins appeared in the room when I first poured it.

S - A lot of cinnamon up front with a sweet pumpkin aroma that follows. I could smell a black cat in the room.

T - A bit too much on the malty side for me. Pumpkin and spices are there but a little sweeter than I'd prefer. Not bad though.

M - Very full body, low carbonation, slight alcohol bite towards the end.

D - Alcohol is hidden well. Not a bad pumpkin beer, but not my favorite. Had me feelin good before I went out to party.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 00:10:32 | More by DNICE555
Photo of Liverpool08


3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid dark orange. Great aroma of nutmeg,
pumpkin, and cinnimmon. Taste is odd. I think the alchohol doesn't balance well with the rest of the spices. Or maybe its the malt, because it really comes thru in the end. Its a unique pumpkin ale. You can't have too many as the 8%abv
will hit you.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 22:40:39 | More by Liverpool08
Photo of SamuelJackson45


3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark clean orange red in color.

S- The smell of pumpkins and cinnamon and nutmeg.

T- Taste pumpkins and spices and cloves with mild hop flavor at the end.

M- It's light alittle dry and crisp.

D- Well this pumpkin beer is one of many I have already collected for the season. This is number 1 and it's pretty good flavors of pumpkins and spices are all over the mouthful. Need some pumpkin pie with this beer to finish it. Worth a few more drinks.


Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 07:31:04 | More by SamuelJackson45
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