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Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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2,237 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,237
Reviews: 960
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 113
Gots: 222 | 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 Jerone
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark caramel color with tinges of read and a one finger quickly fading tan head.

S - Wow, smells just like a pumpkin pie, lots of pumpkin and spices, cinnamon, clove, allspice and some malt sweetness.

T - Lots of malt sweetness and a bit of spice, although not as spicy as I was expecting and the ending leaves that pumpkin flavor in your mouth. As the beer warmed up the sweetness turned overbearing.

M - Mouthfeel was medium bodied with low carbonation, nice smooth and creamy.

O - Just too sweet for my liking, but may be worth a buy for the smell alone.

Jerone, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a hazy amber brown with a finger of white head that settles leaving some soapy lace.

Rich pumpkin aroma here with your standard autumn spices; nutmeg, cloves and allspice. Pretty standard pumpkin ale aroma here. Lots of cloves on the pallet. Almost over powers the pumpkin but it's still there, even though it's a bit overshadowed.

Medium bodies wth good carbonation. Overall not bad here. A solid pumpkin brew.

Bendurgin, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of 00766
4.72/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Nice beer with subtle spicing. It is not too carbonated and there is no bitter after taste. much more body than shipyard pumpkin. After notes of sweetness like a Belgian. I like the color, not too clear and red tones make it look nice in the glass. Minimal head.

00766, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of HosP
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Wife stole most of this one!

A- Deep copper color. Thin white head sticks to the glass.

S- Nice subtle pumpkin aroma. Get a nice mix of spices in the nose. Some sweet malt aroma at the end.

T- Very much like the nose. Pumpkin flavors throughout, more present than the nose would lead on to. Spices give a nice pop to the flavor and really remind you of a thanksgiving day pumpkin pie.

M- Medium body. Moderate carbonation.

O- One of the better pumpkin beers I've had. Would love some more of this for sure. Haven't had some of the higher rated pumpkin beers, but would love to try them if they are better than this.

HosP, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: a copper hue with a big bustling head. good retention.

S: wow. the clove is especially evident. right in your face. some other pumpkin spices are there as well. cinnamon and nutmeg and allspice to name the common players.

T: similar to the nose, the clove is glaring. the spice is tremendous. almost tastes like incense, if that makes any sense....the rest of the pumpkin spices are on the palate too. all this spice makes it hard to find anything else in there (malt, hops, etc.) but that is point of most of these pumpkin brews.

M: very moderate fizz. medium body.

D: for an imperial pumpkin, this is easy to drink. a very festive offering from weyerbacher.

Jimmys, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of thedoubler55
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice dark amber in color, a nice off white head, with a bit of lacing around the glass.

S: Very strong in pumpkin smell, like a freshly baked thanksgiving pumpkin pie, nutmeg and cinnamon throughout.

T: A Sweet sweet brew, lots of pumpkin all over, spiciness on first sip and malts all over not to boozey.

M: Medium bodied, a perfect balance of carbonation but a good mouthfeel on this pumpkin brew.

O: Overall a good brew, I enjoyed it very much, weyerbacher impresses all the time.

thedoubler55, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of siege06nd
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint...

A: Pours an opaque orange copper color, like an old Lincoln penny. Two and a half fingers of cream colored head. The lacing and retention on this are very nice, a half finger of head provides a fluffy and delicious cap on this one. One of the best looking pumpkins I have seen.

S: Holy cinnamon, Batman! The nose on this is just loaded with the stuff. Smells like a fresh package of Big Red bubblegum. I get some nice allspice, clove, and raw pumpkin behind the cinnamon. Smells fantastic, but I dinged it a little for the overbearing cinnamon.

T: Meh. Following the nose, this beer is plenty spicy. I get a ton of allspice, some clove, light cinnamon, and a bit of roasted pumpkin on the back end. All the flavors are there, but they don't meld particularly well. This beer is spicy, burns the back of my throat spicy. It also has a curious, bitter finish that isn't altogether pleasing. Color me confused...hits all the right notes but in an oddly discordant way. Oh well.

M: A little light on carbonation and a thick, cloying texture. Creamier than I am used to from a pumpkin beer. This one lacks balance.

O: I thought I was in for a treat based off of the appearance and smell of this brew, but the taste and mouthfeel let me down slightly. That's not to say this isn't a good pumpkin beer. It most certainly is. But it isn't the most focused I have had and it's definitely a little over-spiced. Could have used a touch more malt to level things out a touch. All the same, I love me some pumpkin beers and this one is enjoyable. Weyerbacher continues to produce some of the finest brew in the country. If you see it, grab it!

siege06nd, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of shangwang
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my DFH snifter. Reddish-orange color with a thin ring of light brown head. Fairly clear with tiny sporadic bubbles. Smelled strongly of pumpkin, nutmeg, and spice with traces of banana and vanilla bean. Taste contained lots of malty character with hints of pumpkin and nutmeg, but not nearly as much impact as I expected based on the smell. Still, the taste is fairly well-balanced, and the ABV is well-masked as there is no alcohol taste at all. Great mouthfeel; the carbonation level is pretty low but there is still a great deal of creamy smoothness which goes well with this style of beer.

Overall, a great take on a pumpkin beer- a good deal of pumpkin taste but not overwhelmingly so. I still like DFH Punk'n better, but this is also very good.

shangwang, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of cneville
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

cneville, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall very good beer, rivals punkin by dogfish head for me. The appearance is great in a nice frosted glass, nice head, amber/orange color. Smells heavenly of pumpkin, I didn't pick up many other scents. Immediately your hit in the mouth with a ton of pumpkin taste, cinnamon and allspice follow. The beer is super drinkable at 8%.

Decent mouthfeel, gets slightly spicy after a little while

Overall awesome beer for the season

jtierney89, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of zaphodchak
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fine trace of offwhite head, orangey amber body.

Creamy pumpkin on the nose, quite sweet, with a trace of cardamom. Delightful.

Pumpkin in the taste, faint undertones of star anise (not mentioned in ingredients). Some nutmeg on the finish. Probably will improve with aging. A bit tart.

Mouthfeel is quite smooth, fine.

It's a nice pumpkin beer. Not super rich, definitely pumpkin-y, and not just pumpkin pie spice.

zaphodchak, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of zeledonia
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, it's October, and I feel like pumpkin! Got a couple others in the fridge, but tonight the maniacal king pumpkin on the label caught my eye.

Every time I pour a pumpkin ale, I halfheartedly hope it will come out bright orange. And I'm always (unreasonably) disappointed. This one is pretty - a deep slightly orange copper color, with one finger of cream-colored head. Head fades fast, just a bit of lacing.

Smell is really nice - rich, sweet, yummy roasted pumpkin. It's flanked by a lovely blend of spices and a sweet malt base. One of the better pumpkin beers I've had the privilege of sniffing.

Taste is spiced-up. The pumpkin is there, but the cloves, cardamom, and cinnamon come through, bringing a little tingle. Tastes kinda like pumpkin chai with bite. I like it. Finish is quick and clean.

Mouthfeel: medium-bodied, though it feels rather light for the ABV. Carbonation is on the high side; could do with a bit less. Finishes dry, with a little watery feel hanging on.

This is one of the better pumpkin ales I've had. Everything about it works together really well, and while the pumpkin flavor is present and potent, it's complemented well by the rest of the beer. A winner.

zeledonia, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

kylehay2004, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

womencantsail, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of Bonis
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes: 9/28/11

A - A clear orangish amber color, half inch of off-white foam settles to a ring of bubbles after a couple of minutes.

S - Immediately I think of Big Red gum. Cinnamon comes out nicely, while nutmeg and cloves also make an appearance. Thick rich pumpkin pie with whipped cream comes to mind. Malts and hops overshadowed by the spices here, which I've come to expect in this style. Pumpkin comes out more as it warms.

T - Quite spicy. Lots of cinnamon and cloves mingle with earthy pumpkin flavors. Some sweet Big Red initially, with a nice spicy pumpkin-like finish. Malts make a short pitstop. Alcohol is noted, but I'd blindly put it in the 6% range. The cinnamon and spices help tame that, I'd say.

M - Moderate carbonation and body. Somewhat spicy on the tongue. A slight dry finish, and relatively warming in the gut.

O - To date, this is one of my favorite pumpkin beers. Be prepared for a lot of spices, but it has a nice earthy pumpkin characteristic to it as well. If you aren't a fan of cinnamon, I'd stay away. Otherwise, this is a beer I'd recommend to any craft drinker.

Bonis, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of MacQ32
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark copper/amber color with a solid finger of off white head. Decent retention, decent lacing

A - Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin and clove.

T - Fairly heavy combination of the spices mentioned above, nice sweet malt backbone.

M - Medium body, kind of light for the abv/style, in a good kind of way. Appropriate carbonation, quite drinkable

O - Very spicy/fall like. Really enjoy this, and at a drinkable 8% I'm quite happy with it

MacQ32, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of hardy008
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color with a one finger tan head which quickly settles down to a small disc of foam. The aroma has a lot of cinnamon, as well as nutmeg, cardamom, pumpkin, and cloves. Smells like this should be sweet.

The taste is sweet with a lot of cinnamon, as well as nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, pumpkin, and some biscuit malt. Tastes like pumpkin pie with the crust. This could be a little heavy on the spices for some, but I like it.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. The aftertaste has a lot of cinnamon. A nice beer from Weyerbacher.

hardy008, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of harrymel
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled: 17AUG11

A: Pours a nice semi hazy dark burnt sienna colored ale with under a finger of fine white foam which falls to a broken sheet with a central cap. Spotty lace.

S: This one seems dominated by nutmeg. Second fiddles cinnamon, cloves. A hint of a sour squash nose.

T: Spicy. Wow. Tons of cinnamon with some dry toasted bread flavors. The nutmeg falls through here for me. Pretty sweet, but earthy.

M: Moderately heavy for me with a lively carbonation that rounds out fine, but the finish is also wet with a waxy coating.

O: Of the pumpkins I've had, this one is pretty middle of the road.

harrymel, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. This bottle has a year of age on it.

Appearance: Pours a reddish amber with a few floaties in it. There is a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Pumpkin spice dominates. Malty with cinnamon, nutmeg and some pumpkin.

Taste: Not very sweet at all. Some pumpkin with stronger flavors from the cinnamon and nutmeg. The finish is smooth and full of spices.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The age did this beer well. Fresh, I think the finish is a bit too bitter. The time smoothed things out nicely.

oline73, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of KenC
2.65/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Dark orange/brown, cloudy color. Aggressive pour to a pint glass revealed a half finger of tan head that disappeared immediately. Zero lacing as expected by style & ABV.

S- Cardamom. That’s it cardamom. Where is everything else?

T- Cardamom and pepper. There is just nothing else to say. From start to finish, one boring taste. All the spices that go into this style and nothing came through.

M- Feel is medium to heavy. It’s the one redeeming quality in this bottle. An imperial should have stand-up mouth feel and this has it. Right on target.

O- I hope that this batch or bottle was just no good. All the complexity I had hoped for was dashed. It was just this side of a drain pour. I’ll try another bottle, as Weyerbacher, in general, usually brews something I like.

KenC, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of bum732
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S: Strong pumpkin spices with a prominent malt backbone.

L: Fairly clear, reddish brown, creamy white head that dissipates.

T: Semi-sweet pumpkin pie with a medium light, herbal bitterness. Spices kept in check, melding with a pumkin bread like maltiness. Finishes on the light note and fairly dry with some residual cinnamon.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation.

Very nice, bold flavors without giving me diabetes :cough: (Southern Tier). Enjoyed it, at DFH's Punkin level for me.

bum732, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of travisnd
4.97/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorate pumpkin beers if not my favorate of them all. This pumpkin ale has a great smell, color, and taste. Definitely can taste the pumpkin and spice and with this being an Imperial...it only takes a few to get into the fall spirit!

travisnd, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of liamt07
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Jason, last one of the mini-pumpkin tasting. Into a tulip.

Poured an amber-copper, with a moderate film being left behind and a fairly thick collar. Loads of spices in the nose, with a weird burnt rubber/leather note coming through at times (admittedly, only once or twice throughout the entire glass). Some pumpkin pie notes. Taste has some pumpkin, spices reflective of the nose (nutmeg, allspice presumably) and a bit of breadiness. Medium body and carbonation, great flavour with a somewhat weird nose at moments. Pleasant but not totally satisfying.

liamt07, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of BeerFiend2002
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip glass

Dark copper, almost brown body with a one and a half finger, frothy, light khaki-colored head. I really love that dark copper color in a pumpkin ale.

Nose is very seasonal. You get big cinnamon scent, followed by nutmeg and clove. Smells delicious.

Nice flavor. Cinnamon and pumpkin up front, and then a biscuity malt backbone just picks it all up and carries it to a somewhat bitter finish from the heavy clove on the back end. The cardamon gives it a peppery palate. It has a desert type spice flavor coupled with an organic vegetable type flavor from the cardamon. Weyerbacher makes some boozy-tasting beers, but the malt and spices do a terrific job of masking the 8% ABV in this one. I really like it.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy. Its got a good sturdy feel that an imperial should have, but its not a syrup bomb. Im diggin' it.

Overall, this is probably just behind the Schlafly and a step below the Pumking. Its a heavily spiced beer, but there is enough malt presence in there to keep it drinkable even if you are not into spice bombs. I myself enjoyed this one a lot and am glad that I have 23 more bottles of it to carry me through the fall.

BeerFiend2002, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of tobelerone
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decent head and retention for a pumpkin beer. Dark amber color, pretty clear.

Smell is dominated by pumpkin pie spices. Clove bomb anyone?
Vivid palette of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, sweet caramel malt, etc.

Tastes like the nose...more spice than actual pumpkin flavor. Some malt, booziness suppressed. Very spicy.

Love the mouthfeel here. Low carbonation, very smooth, creamy. Almost buttery. Clings a bit to the tongue, very pleasing.

I liked this one more than my drinking mates. Definitely different than other pumpkin ales, I feel the aroma and mouthfeel are the best aspects of the beer. Taste is a bit lopsided and overly spiced. Good, definitely worth trying if you're into the style. The smooth easy drinking character of this beer makes it go down quickly...if not for the heavy hand with the spices you might get in trouble here.

tobelerone, Oct 03, 2011
Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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