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Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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1,983 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,983
Reviews: 937
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 78
Gots: 114 | 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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4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have recently been having conversations about how many fall seasonals are all ready hitting shelves. It all seems to early. In a move of complete hypocrisy, I picked up a single of this.

I must preface this by saying that I havent really been a fan of pumpkin ales. Thats not to say that I havent found any that I do thoroughly enjoy (Punkin is awesome) I just think that there arent many out there that are very good. So I went into this with the bar set low.

A- Poured into a tulip. Its a clear roasty orange. It looks pretty pumpkin like. Nice appropriate color. Not much of a head, it fizzles out easily.

S- Nice smell. Big on pumpkin pie filling. Sweet pumpkin, spicy nutmeg and cinnamon, even some flaky dough. Its quite nice, the spice doesnt run away with this.

T- Ok, move over Punkin, I think I found my new favorite pumpkin ale. Nice balance between spices and sweet pumpkin. That little bit of doughy malts come and finish everything out. Hops and bitterness arent really in consideration here but its not an overly sweet beer.

D- While its stronger on alcohol than many other pumpkin ales its still nothing that gets in the way. A bit of a stiffer drink is what you might want on a cool autumn evening anyway. This one has changed my mind on pumpkin ales and will be stocking my fridge for the coming months.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 05:27:13 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of Augustiner719

New York

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Really has a beautiful reddish brown color that has a huge 2 finger foamy head with excellent lacing. Has a beautiful Spicy pumpkin, clove, cinnamon and nutmeg aroma. Really inviting. Taste is a bit dull, might be the fact that I am drinking this on a hot night and it's not fall. Lacking body, though it does have some great complexities of sweet pecans, dry figs and bitter cinnamon. Mouthfeel is a tad thin also as I was expecting a much heavier brew. Really an easy drinking beer though and would be a great addition to some light gamey meals and of course turkey. Really a great effort.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 02:08:59 | More by Augustiner719
Photo of bigbodybussey


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

Appearance - the color is a dark orange tinged brown with a very nice creamy white head.

Smell - The first thing that hits your nose is the smell of the spices. Cardamom, cinnamon,and nutmeg...This is then paired with the smell of cooked pumpkin and some light hoppiness.

Taste - The spices immediately can be tasted followed by the flavor of a creamy pumpkin pie. The brew is moderately carbonated.

Mouthfeel - It is a medium bodied beer and is relatively smooth.

Drinkability - I love this beer with almost any type of food. The drinkability is very good and the flavors mend well to give contrasting tastes.

One of my all time favorite beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 22:24:22 | More by bigbodybussey
Photo of Stunner97

New Jersey

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

The first review of the 2010 Weyerbacher pumpkin ale which was just released !

Appearance- beautiful brown in color, white head fades to thing white lacing, great small bubbles nicely stream the glass, nice look very vibrant

Smell- wow tons of cinnamon is the first thing that jumps to my mind, you can also pick up clove and nutmeg lingering pleasantly around, smell like a nice pumpkin pie, takes you quickly from 100 degree july day to a nice fall evening,

Taste- very interesting and enjoyable flavor profile, starts with alot of cinnamon and pumpkin pie flavor, good amount of malts are kept nicely in check by slight hop and drying finish, really nice balance, tons of flavor and thankful nice balance stops it from being to much,

Mouthfeel- smooth creamy and perfectly carbonated, good feel

Drinkability- so dangerously drinkable and enjoyable, this beer does great job of being balanced and making you want to have more and more, alcohol is well hidden to the extreme, i very enjoyable pumpkin ale for sure

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 08:09:14 | More by Stunner97
Photo of IronCitySteve


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

Finished unpacking after the move and found my old beer notebook.

A: Pours a dark orange almost brown color with reddish tints to it. Provides a small tan foam head that quickly dissipates.

S: Ample amount of spice and pumpkin scents. Good amounts of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, caramel and pumpkin all rolled into one.

T: The flavors blend together nicely. The caramel, vanilla and pumpkin are prevalent throughout and the spice is more evident on the back end. The alchol is noticable more on the back end as well.

M: LEaves a creamy pumpkin flavor on the palate.

D: Very easy to drink this beer in the fall (duh). Although it has a higher ABV, I can enjoy more than one in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 12:42:02 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of maximum12


2.95/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to the three BAs who have sent me a bottle of this over the past...epoch. I'll warrant I'm a bit afraid of pumpkin beers, although the only one I've ever had was pretty good. It's irrational. And OK. Don't judge me.

Pours a purty, Halloween, bright, blood-fruit kind of orange. Smell is whack, a highly spiced pumpkin pie, strangely appealing, but a bit disturbing. I might need therapy.

This imperial pumpkin ale has pumpkin & spice bleeding out of every watery pore. Spices piled on top of spices. All spice, cardoman, cinnamon, & I'm certain plenty of others. The pumpkin is actually subdued by the spices. Otherwise, I'm sure there are malts & hops & barley & all that other beer stuff in here - but I can't taste it.

Weird stuff. Ultimately, pretty decent, but I don't ever need another. And I really wonder why people would want to drink this around Halloween. Really. Wonder.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 03:22:57 | More by maximum12
Photo of BeerAndBourbon


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

A. Pours a hazy pumpkin pie orange with a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly.
S. Smells like a spicy pumpkin pie: cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg are all very evident. Sweet malt and pumpkin smells take a back seat to the spices, but are still quite evident.
T. Similar profile to the smell. The spices hit upfront while the more subtle sweetness takes a backseat.
M. Medium to thick bodied with a brisk level of carbonation that keeps the beer from becoming overwhelming.
D. The alcohol is content to hide in the background making this a supremely drinkable beer. I plan to pick up a few six packs of these this fall to celebrate the season.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 02:18:42 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep ruby-orange hybrid color, with some nice off-white foam. Huge pumpkin pie spice aromas--cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. On the palate, 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 am not at all a fan of pumpkin beers, but this one is probably the best I've had.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 00:17:23 | More by emmasdad
Photo of BigBigPickle


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

A: Cloudy amber - okay head. Limited Staying Power.

S: Spices - Pumpkin Pie - duh.

T: Pumpkin and Christmas Spices.

M: Creamy and smooth. Good spiciness on the tongue. A little bite at the end.

D: My wife loved it - I will say no as it is a bit too much like an actual dessert for me.

This is what it says - it is Pumpkin - very much so. It is the liquid/alcohol embodiment of a pumpkin pie. Great, if you like that sort of thing.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2010 17:35:51 | More by BigBigPickle
Photo of Riccymon


4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a dark ruby red with a finger of soda fizz head. Smell is really a nice mix of spices, and I'm digging the pumpkin-spice slant as opposed to a more pumpkin-centric one. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove stand out to me, and all smell really natural and balanced. I'm typically a little wary of pumpkin beers, but every positive thing I've heard about this beer is true.

Taste is a dead-ringer for the nose, which is to say well-spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. It's a little spicier than Grandma's pumpkin pie, but I can almost taste the melting vanilla ice cream. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth, finishing with sweetness and a firm, welcome alcohol note. No hops or bitterness to speak of.

I'm pleased with Weyerbacher's take on style, and I would gladly take down a six pack each autumn season.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 20:04:38 | More by Riccymon
Photo of Axic10

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this chilling in the back of my fridge today. Poured into a Maudite snifter.

Appearance: Pours an dark amber/orange with slight head that quickly disappears.

Smell: Pumpkin pie, cinnamon, nutmeg

Taste: Heavy on the spices upfront with the after taste coming in with slight pumpkin.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little creamy.

Drinkability: I love pumpkin beers, but this one could use more pumpkin flavor and a little less spices. I'd drink this again, but still prefer the ST Pumking as my favorite pumpkin beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 19:49:29 | More by Axic10
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Weyerbacher's take on the style pours far darker than any pumpkin ale I've had before. Its body is brown with only the faintest of orange highlights, and lots of sediment in suspension. A light tan head kicks up and slowly drops to a film, leaving spots of lace on the way. Its interesting to note that some people refer to this beer as brown and others as orange. Either a number of us are having eye difficulty or there's a fairly drastic variation between batches.

Meaty pumpkin aroma, with a good dose of all the spices advertised on the bottle. Its sweet, but smooth, and doesn't betray any of the higher ABV that an imperial version brings to the table.

The flavour is excellent, and nicely complimented by a silky smooth body. A huge caramel backbone provides the setting for some meaty pumpkin and assertive spicing. There's some biscuit in there too, and it certainly goes the route of a freshly baked pumpkin pie. Its all really nicely balanced, and no one element is allowed to dominate. These beers can be too spicy, but Imperial Pumpkin doesn't go that far, the amount of pumpkin is nicely judged and the alcohol is nowhere to be seen.

This is a damn fin pumpkin ale, and dangerously drinkable for its weight. The peripherals were well-done, but the smoothness and balance of the flavour blew me away. Its certainly in the pumpkin pie mold of this style, so if that appeals to you then Weyerbacher is an excellent pick.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 14:02:11 | More by bobsy
Photo of Jason


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

12oz brown bottle without a freshness date.

Good foaming off of this beer, good retention as well. Dark reddish amber color shows some loose sediment from a careful pour from the bottle. Sharp spicing, mellow gord meat and a caramel maltiness in the nose. Strong ale flavor, the 8% abv is not pushy but it shows. Spicing jumps from spicy sharp to herbal nutty, clove pokes through in the beginning and the nutmeg cleans up in the end. Big caramel maltiness is balance by the alcohol and spice. Finishes with an alcoholic bite and a hint of cooked pumpkin.

Very tasty, very interesting. While I love a solid pumpkin ale imperial versions like this one actually seem more drinkable to me which could be a dangerous thing. ;-)

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 01:10:06 | More by Jason
Photo of dstc


4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep burnt orange color with a big foamy head. Off-white head falls to a minimal one. Thin lace.

Bold spiced aroma filled with clove and wonderful cardamom.

Nice tasting ale with pumpkin flavor, nutmeg, clove and nice obvious hints of cardamom. Big boozy alcohol flavor. Love it, delicious.

Thick and creamy in the mouth, smooth with an alcohol bite.

Like this one. On of my favorite pumpkin brews. Maybe because of the alcohol and the cardamom.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 18:45:14 | More by dstc
Photo of jamiesessions

South Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer looks a bright, kind of hazy orange, with a creamy head. I attempt to carve the glass, but am stopped by the bartender, who politely reminds me that this is a beer and not an actual pumpkin, though i still check inside for seeds. The smell hits me with the pumpkin flavour right away, then the ginger, nutmeg, coriander and all the other wonderful aromas that we associate with Nana's homemade pumpkin pie. The taste does not disappoint, and when one considers the ABV it becomes patently obvious that Weyerbacher has created a pumpkin brew is a head above the rest. The pumpkin flavour is still present and pleasant, and all the other previously mention spices are hanging out as well, throwing a thanksgiving party in my mouth. The high ABV does not make this beer any less wonderful at all. This was not a case of someone simply "alcoholing up" an already existing recipe, the alcohol is barely noticeable, and the full feeling of the flavours makes this an incredibly enjoyable experience.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2009 05:51:01 | More by jamiesessions
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. No date. 8.0% ABV.

Thank you PerzentRizen for this bottle!

A - Pours clear amber brown with a full toffee-colored, three-finger head. Solid retention but little lacing as it dropped down.

S - The spices smell so strong in this beer.They are just delicious. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and what smells like a hint of clove. Pumpkin is lower on the chain but also present. A bit of malts in the background as well as some earthy hops.

T - The spices are very strong again, but they have a bit more pumpkin to support them. Unfortunately there is little malt to back up the alcohol level and spice which leaves it a bit thin feeling and pretty solventy-warm. A small hop flavor is there with minor malts but not enough to combat this beer's other strengths.

M - Smooth and warm with a medium body and a light carbonation kiss to the finish with a dry bite and an alcohol punch.

D - It started out great and suffered mildly otherwise. Not for being bad at all, but for not living up to the aroma. It feels too thin and spicy to be an imperial. The body could use a bit of work but if you paired it with a pumpkin pie, it would be great. Good drinkability for an 8% beer though.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 21:28:57 | More by BeerFMAndy
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New York

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

I'm not a big fan of Pumpkin ales but the imperial caught my eye and I had to have a glass of it. It's a little more pumpkinny than I like so it was a little hard to drink but I think the higher alcohol by volume may have balanced out a bit. Great color, good carbonation, too much pumpkin in the flavor but might be nice when the weather gets worse,

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2009 22:18:28 | More by david18
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, full finger of tan head that falls to an uneven covering of lace with a ring around the glass, darker than most pumpkin ales i've had - hazy deep chestnut brown, minimally bubbling.

s- biscuit, caramel malt, lots of spice, cinnamon, clove, very aromatic and floral from the cardamom.

t- nice pumpkin ale, not overly pumpkiny or spiced flavors, i get some vanilla, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg, the 8% is masked pretty well there is only a slight huff in the very end.

m- very smooth, medium body.

d- goes down very easily, i could have a few of these, this is one of the better pumpkin ales that i've had imperial or otherwise, i'd drink this again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 20:44:00 | More by thecarster1
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4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been searching for this beer all fall. I'm glad I finally tracked it down. Thanks Discount.

Poured into my Lakefront Pumpkin pint glass the beer is clear red orange with about an inch of tan head that leaves no lace at all. It looks a bit watered down for a pumpkin ale but not too bad.

The aroma is super strong. I can smell the beer from my seat on the couch and it's about a solid foot away from me. Pumpkin, clove, cinnimon, nutmeg, vanilla all scream for my attention. As far as traditional beer elements. None here. This is as close to ST pumpking in the nose of any pumpki ale I've had. That's a huge compliment.

The flavor is a nice mix of malt and pumpkin. Plenty of spice and vanilla too. The malty smoothness combines with the pumpkin almost seamlessly. This has the most evenly distributed flavors of all the pumpkin ales on the market that I've sampled.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Silky smooth with a touch of alcohol warming.

Overall supreme drinkabilty. This pumpkin ale could have a place in my fridge year round. This is a true winner.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 01:36:38 | More by beerwolf77
Photo of MrStark

North Carolina

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is a somewhat hazy amber orange with a small off white head that recedes fairly quickly.

Smell is pretty spicy with hints of cinnamon, A bit of the pumpkin is also present. Overall a spicy aroma.

Taste is quite malty and sweet. The pumpkin is there as well as spices like cinnamon. Overall a sweet taste with a strong malt presence. The 8% alcohol shows itself as well but is not particularly overpowering.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth with mild carbonation and a bit of a spicy finish.

Drinkability is pretty good. A good example for the style and the alcohol is not too strong. I'm not sure if I;d say its a session beer just because I feel it be better maybe only having a couple at a time. Overall a pretty nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 00:54:30 | More by MrStark
Photo of CheckMate

New Hampshire

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

12 oz brown bottle obtained at Tully's in Wells, ME. pours a semi clear dark amber with an inch of off-white to beige head that dissipated with in a minute. scents of cinnamon and nutmeg fills the nose with a hint of pumpkin. tastes of cinnamon and nutmeg play on the tongue with hints of pumpkin and other spices. low carbonation. the first sip invites another. a very yummy beer all together (IMO).


Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 00:52:27 | More by CheckMate
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3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark clear amber body with a good amount of carbonation rushing to he top. Off-white to beige head that sits about 2 fingers on top of the beer but fades pretty quickly to a whispy cap. Nice lacing.

S - Just as you would expect. Big pumpkin pie spices. Lots of nutmeg and a touch of cinnamon dominates. For 8% the alcohol does not come through as strongly as expected. Just a trace of it with a deep breath through the nose. Nice peppery spice to the nose.

T&M - Very carbonated which I think adds to the spiciness of this beer. Canned pumpkin pie filling is all I can think of as I sip this. Lots of nutmeg and cinnamon and a nice malty backbone. I think the malts play a nice role in the flavor and add to the drinkability. Makes it seem less like you're drinking pumpkin pie filling. The alcohol adds a very nice spiciness but is not in your face at all. Almost hard to notice but is warming as you drink.

D - A very good pumpkin beer but not sure I'd session this. It is very drinkable considering the flavors are balanced and still maintains a great beer flavor with the roasted maltiness.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 13:43:37 | More by MrIncognito
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New York

3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Found this at Big Z for the season!

Pours a deep orange translucent, very little carbonation, no head. If a pumpkin schnapps existed, this is what it would smell like, pumpkin and liquor. Taste is toasted maltiness mixed with a cinnamon sweetness turning quickly to pumpkins and alcohols. Weyerbacher's got some high octane beers, but sometimes they really taste like it also. That is definitely the case with this one. Finish is a bit rough and thin.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 02:46:55 | More by aquatonex
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New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Orange amber beer that is mostly translucent and clear with a nice billowy two finger tan head. Dissipates slowly and provides nice lacing.

S: Some cinnamon up front, smells sweet with a nice pumpkin aroma.

T: Roasted malts up front, the cinnamon spice and pumpkin is definitely there but it's dominated by the malts. The finish is sweet with a slight alcohol bite.

M: Full bodied and low carbonation.

D: A little on the sweet side for a pumpkin ale, but at 8% ABV not unexpected.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 19:52:13 | More by jiggahertz
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New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Translucent cloudy orange beer topped with a thin head that quickly fades.

Smell: Banana esters, cinnamon, alcohol.

Taste: Initially, smooth malty flavor followed by fall spices, finishing with some hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy

Drinkability: Something about this beer does not do it for me. The packaging is attractive, a cool pumpkin king charging ahead, but the beer itself is kind of bland.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 00:58:15 | More by KenC411
Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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