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Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Imperial Pumpkin AleImperial Pumpkin Ale

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1,969 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,969
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 schmitter


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

Pours an incredibly deep amber, almost purple.

Smells very spicy; allspice, cinammon, clove, etc.

Tastes at firas like an ale until the spices mentioned above settle into your palate. Well seasoned and very, very tasty.

I personally think this ale is much more well balanced (and even more of a beer) than pumpking.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 00:34:47 | More by schmitter
Photo of Morey


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

This pumpkin ale pours a deep dark reddish-amber color with a nice cream colored head that has now settled to a thin lace. Good head retention.

Smell is a good mix of spices, malts, and alcohol.

Taste is a nice blend of spices and malts with a pleasent mild hop character. The combination of flavors hides the alcohol rather well.

Good mouthfeel. Spices are noticable but not overwhelming. Just the right of carbonation.

For me, this beer is well-balanced, but I still wouldn't drink much more than two in one sitting.

Morey's Bottom Line: Last year I sampled Dogfish Punkin' and New Holland Ichabod, and I like this better than both of them. Hope to review a Southern Tier Pumking here soon. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 18:08:59 | More by Morey
Photo of eagles22


3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-not impressed thick foamy head disappeared fast...but a nice copper body
Smell-just like pumpkin pie..cinnamon,cloves, pumpkin
Taste-very nice and smooth..def tell its 8% but its very nice...nice complex beer
mouthfeel-very rich for a pumpkin ale best pumpkin i had so far
Drinkability-for 8% hell yeah

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 01:23:03 | More by eagles22
Photo of jdklks


1.55/5  rDev -60.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

a thin haze running through a deep amber orange body with a small and very thin tan white head. smells of the most diverse spices. cloves are dominant, as they tend to be. cinnamon and nutmeg are present in their own capacity, but "where is the pumpkin?" i ask incredulously. there are possibly some fruity notes, or maybe the neurons in my brain curiously linked to my palate are wishfully thinking. we'll see.

Yikes! what is this filth? very spicy up front, with nothing but cloves through the middle and the flavor of san pellegrino (carbonated mineral water) with lemon that leaves your face puckered well into the aftertaste. drain pour, through and through.

mouthfeel is disgustingly carbonated and hot on the palate. the drinkability may soon breach absolute zero, which will be a breakthrough for science, but a catastrophe for the craft beer industry. with every sip this brew sets back the world of beer at least 10 years in its development. absolutely awful.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 03:44:41 | More by jdklks
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District of Columbia

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

Nice and tough-handed pumpkin ale, provocative and tasty.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Humorous and matching design "It´s the king of pumpkins!". Lacks an actual date of bottling or freshness. It neither shows IBUs or °Plato, with Alc. by Vol. (8.%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Dark orange with a generous sticky and creamy head, that dissipates quickly but leaves some nice lacing.

S - Heavy pumpkin surrounded by assertive spices: clove and cinnamon predominating.

T - Malty and very spiced pumpkin. Holds very well. The nutmeg is faintly here, so are the cloves.

M - Nice assertive body, rich and smooth warming touch.

D - It´s a seasonal rarity and very drinkable at the time, or if you know what you are after anytime... It´s not the more common lighter version of a pumpkin ale. So one needs to keep that in mind and appreciate it for what it is..

Notes: This is quite a show-off for pumpkin ales. It matches its imperial label rather well and is a pleasure to have and introduce to pumpkin beer skeptics.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 16:07:14 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of JMD


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

A: Rich deep copper color with small white head that fades quickly but leaves heavy lacing down the glass.

S: Big pumpkin aroma with lots of spice. Cinnimon, nutmeg, and gingerbread. Smells awesome.

T: Great pumpkin flavor upfront. Lots of spices, cinnimon, gingerbread, some clove. Big malty flavor with gives this beer a nice sweetness. Delicious.

M: Full bodied, smooth and creamy

D: I love pumpkin beers, and this one is outstanding. To me, a pumpkin ale is the perfect compliment to a crisp and cool fall day. Weyerbacher crafted a drinkable and flavorfull brew with this one. This is one of the best pumpkin ales I've had.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 02:25:19 | More by JMD
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4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bought this on recommendation from a trusted homebrewer who has turned me on to other good beers. Was a little nervous because I have yet to like a pumpkin ale... until this one.

A - gorgeous autumn bronze, creamy head and thick lacing
S - smells like my kitchen on Thanksgiving morning, right after I pull the pies from the oven; sweet, spicy, comforting
T - Yummo. Spicy but not overwhelming, with the right balance of expected pie spices, cinnamon predominant. The hint of clove adds a predictably dry note, very pleasant if you like it (reviewers who think this beer is over-spiced may be reacting to the clove). I can actually taste pumpkin. Malty and sweet, but appropriately so for a seasonal beer.
M - Creamy, full mouthfeel that lingers on the palate without becoming cloying. Stays rich on the tongue even after the beer has warmed up past fridge temp, when some beers thin out.
D - This is not a beer for guzzling after you've mown the lawn. It would make a terrific after-dinner beer for a holiday event, or a sipper for enjoying during a quiet evening with your better half.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 01:15:49 | More by kgs


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

Went with a couple buddies to the Sunset Tap and Grill in Brighton, MA for a little cavort and carouse. I was tempted by this brew--being an Imperial Pumpkin Ale as well as something I had not really seen in stores. It was a treat.

Minimal head or carbonation--but just what I was expecting.

Smelled of actually pumpkin and overwhelming nutmeg--this spice gave a certain warming feeling.

This felt like a nice frothy dessert. Fairly visous and very soft all-around.

The 8% was very well hidden--I could have had these all night. I'd certainly be interested in picking up a few bottles of my own.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2009 16:28:07 | More by JTWILDOATS
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a clear, burnished copper body with some orange highlights. Medium sized tan head is thick and creamy, and leaves plenty of patchy lace.

Aroma is mostly pie spices, heavy on the nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and clove.

Medium body has a slightly redtrained carbonation that is full and creamy.

Taste also serves up a huge dose of pumpkin pie spices. Nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon again. Bready maltiness here, as well, with some melted caramel character. Some genuine pumpkin taste is found underneath. Maybe a hint of the enhanced abv is noticed, but the alcohol doesn't distract.

An excellent pumpkin ale! Still, the spices and heaviness of the malt tend to keep drinkability at a minimal level.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 01:33:26 | More by merlin48
Photo of caddybuyer

New Jersey

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass...

The first pumpkin ale of the season, hurrah for fall!

A-Wow, this is pretty, deep red orange with creamy 1 inch eggshell head. Filtered clarity, this is one amazing looking beer.

S-Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and some malt in the background.

T-Cardamom and clove come the the forefront, in that order, with a sweetness washing over the palate. Caramel biscuit malts predominate, with a bit of warming alcohol. Somewhere in there, I believe there is some pumpkin, but there is no question that this is a highly spiced ale, and I for one, love it. This may be the best pumpkin ale I have ever tasted.

M-On the heavier side of medium slighly slick, and creamy. Well done for the style.

D-Boy oh boy, I love this beer. It may be the best pumpkin ale I have ever had. Bring on another.

Tasting notes: If you love highly spiced ales with Cardamom as I do (my favorite warmer is Snowbound) then you are sure to like this. This is the poster child for the style and is, hands down, the best pumpkin ale I have ever had. Pumpkin ales really should be enjoyed at higher gravities like winter warmers. This really is a treat.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 00:01:19 | More by caddybuyer
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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Just coming off the Autumnfest beer, I'm a little worried about this one, but here goes.

A: Clear dark brown copper colored with decent 1.5 finger head that slowly fades (similar to Autumnfest but a little darker)

N: Eh, lots of nutmeg, cinnamon, spice, a little pumpkin, and sugar, that's about it

T: Blech! Again, lots of nutmeg, cinnamon, some pumpkin, artificial flavor taste, extract taste, some malt background at least, a little watery again, however, the more I drink it the more it's becoming drinkable. It's still very spiced and watery.

M: Lots of carbonation and pretty light and watery

F: The strong spices linger for a while and just won't go away, I'm almost tempted to chug it so I will only have to taste it for a few seconds, slight bitterness, semi dry but still kinda sweet

Final thoughts: Another one of those wicked (yes I'm from MA) overspiced pumkin beers. It's pretty water, spicey, and extract tasting. Another beer from Weyerbacher I'm not very happy about. I should write them and complain! Better yet, I'll start a BA thread!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 00:55:32 | More by jlindros
Photo of CoolJosh


4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12ox bottle into a pint glass. Pours a nice clean red with orange hues. Initially, a soft off white creamy head lays on top, but this quickly dissipates into nothing.

The smell is that of straight pumpkin pie filling. It has a nice bread and biscuit scent, but this is more of a secondary characteristic. Some sweetness and hints of spiciness come in the form of nutmeg and cinnamon.

The taste is right on par with the scent. The pumpkin pie filling takes the cake, and is well matched with a slightly roasted biscuit malt taste. More sweet then anything, and the cinnamon comes out very well, with out being too over the top. This beer, like most pumpkin ales, is rather thin which comes as a surprise given the higher then average abv. Regardless, I could drink this all day. This will be my fall beer of choice when in doubt.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 02:40:49 | More by CoolJosh
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4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into Pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy orange/dark brown with a thin cream colored head. Slight lacing.

S: Smells heavily of nutmeg and cinnamon. How can anyone not like that smell? Mmmm.

T: I don't think a beer could come much closer to tasting exactly like pumpkin pie. The nutmeg and cinnamon are the most dominant, no real hop presence but there is a touch of malt at the end. Surprisingly no real alcohol taste at 8%.

M/D: Very creamy, not much carbonation and a medium body. Aftertaste fades pretty quickly. Could drink a couple of these but not much more, I could foresee all of the spices giving me a headache.

Definitely one of the better, if not the best pumpkin ale I've had. Can't wait to have more of these especially when the leaves start to turn!

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 01:11:14 | More by TheViolator666
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3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Never had this one and I am getting into the pumpkin mood.

I poured this pumpkin ale into a pint glass. Low to no head and I even tried to pour hard. it is a little cloudy, Maybe from the spices. Color is not bad, reddish to copper color. Wonderful bouqet of smells. The bottle lists all of the spices and you can smell just about every single one of them. Sweet malty taste that lingers a couple of the spices. I think the smells are misrepresenting the taste. Disappointing. Nice texture, with a smooth finish. I will probably not buy a four pack of this, at the price I saw.


Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 21:37:09 | More by jbone78
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New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a reddish-brown color with not much of a head. The aroma is a mix of cinnamon and slight pumpkin. The taste starts off mellow with malt and finishes with a bit of hops and cinnamon and nutmeg. Overall, this beer is nice and is extremely drinkable and I am glad that it is 8%. That being said, there is not really much on the pumpkin side. If you want to try a true pumpkin beer, go with the Southern Tier Pumpking ale...that beer will knock your socks off.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 18:47:20 | More by dahlen22
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3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Clear dark orange color. One finger of bubbly head with less than average retention and minimal lacing.

4.0 S: Nose is full of spice with nutmeg by far the most apparent. Other spices include pumpkin spice (whatever is in that), cardamon, and cinnamon. Not much in terms of malts or hops since the spiciness is so strong.

4.0 T: Not a bad brew for the style. I like pumpkin beers and this fits the bill nicely. Smooth maltiness, low hop profile, and lots of spices.

2.5 M: Light-medium body, which is lighter than I'd prefer, especially in an 8.0% brew. Otherwise smooth with good carbonation. Could be creamier.

3.5 D: Good beer, but could have more body to back up the spices.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 01:30:51 | More by DavoleBomb
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3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Okay, so I am already a little biased coming into this review because Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin just gets me way too excited about fall...but here it goes.

The appearance is a nice hazy cinnamon and copper color with a decent white head that left some nice lacing on its way down the glass.

The smell is the best part about this beer! Fantastic! It smells like fall, with lots of spice, malt sweetness, cinnamon, caramel, apple cider aromas, and of course pumpkin!

the taste is a bit more placid than the scent. Malt sweetness up front with some notes of pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon spice following closely behind. Not much bitterness or hops to speak of. The aftertaste is pretty clean and the finish is rather quick.

Overall, a very great smelling and enjoyable fall beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 04:37:58 | More by ClevoPiwo
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed solo on 8/18/09 at 11am...

Appearance: Clear orange and brown

Smell: Sweet pumpkin, Cinnamon and brown sugar

Taste: Opens malty and mellow. Pumpkin and malts come in the middle and intensify towards the finish with subtle sour notes leaving a very subtle malty and fresh pumpkin aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with mod carbonation.

Drinkability: I would definitely have another but I would prefer less carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2009 02:19:56 | More by capra12
Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An orange,golden hue with a foamy head and good lace.

The aroma of pumpkin,spices yet all very subtle.

The taste starts off with a pumpkin flavor,light on spices but heavy on cinnamon and what I believe was ginger. Alcohol was present and blended in well. There were some malt notes as well.

The feel was medium carbonation,medium body.

Notes: Everything seemed o.k.,but the spices just seemed to stay put on the cinnamon. Perhaps I am missing something here,maybe it was where I got the growler? Who knows,but I will add that this was not a bad beer,just seemed off balance.

Serving type: growler

08-15-2009 18:12:58 | More by Lexluthor33
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2.93/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not impressed at all...

appearance: Looked great. nice head retnetion and good lacing. nice copper color

smell: Could totally smell those pumpkin pie spices. Nice!

taste: This was way off. It was a powerful pumpkin beer but it lacked the pumpkin ale flavors.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: horrible pumpkin beer, avergae overall beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 03:32:33 | More by CampusCrew
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3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a 16oz tumbler... reddish amber in color with a nice head about a finger thick that recedes completely. Has little activity and leaves no lacing

S- Definately smells like sweet pumpkin. Maybe a hint of some cinnamon

T- Not bad... A nice mild pumpkin flavor. Not a whole lot more to it.

M- Very light bodied and smooth. Can taste a bit of the alcohol in the back of your throat

D- Not a big pumpkin beer person... but this is drinkable, at least a few any ways


Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 01:11:55 | More by bbeane
Photo of Jayli


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

This beer pours a dark bronze/orange color with 1 finger dense head that remains all the way down, wispy lacing is left on the glass. Nose is of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, pumpkin, and alcohol. Taste is of cinnamon, nutmeg, predominantly with a nice mixture of pumpkin and a solid malt backbone. Alcohol is present in the taste and becomes more present as the beer warms up. Medium body, medium carbonation, very sweet finish leaving a sweet aftertaste to it.
Drinkability is good, this tasting was a bit aged, I would love to try it again with a fresher bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 13:48:54 | More by Jayli
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New York

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

poured from 12oz bottle at cellar temp into my stella artois snifter (if you can call it that). pours a dark burnt orange amber color with a nice off white head. some sediment floating around, also slightly cloudy. pretty nice retention as well as some decent lacing

there is a wonderful aroma of pumpkin pie right of the bat. the smell is that of pumpkin/squash, spices such as cinniamin, clove, brown sugar. a little bit of alcohol noticeable.

wonderful balance between the pumpkin flavors and the spice. a lot of pumpkin ales are full of either one or the other. again, a nice taste of pumpkin pie going on. lots of pumpkin mixed with clove, cinnaimin, clove, and cardamom.

medium to low carbonation, medium body. a very nice almost creamy mouthfeel. alcohol not really noticeable at all until the very end. very drinkable for a spicy pumpkin beer. i could easily drink these all night. in my opinion, this is a great ABV for the style. also in my opinion, the best pumpkin ale ive had to date, granted this is the first one ive had in months and not one of my most favorite styles, but the similarity to pumpkin pie, is like no other. this is definately a must try for any beer drinker. also, im very impressed with this brewery and what they have to offer, all there beers are very good.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 17:07:11 | More by dogfishandi
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3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Evertends, from now on I will rout for the Penguins, except when they play the Bruins. Thanks for this extra.

This beer pours a cloudy orange copper with a foamy head that subsides to ring around the collar. Paul Coffey was a lot of fun to watch play hockey and won a Stanley Cup for The Pens.

Smells of pumpkin spices up front some alcohol. I remember Joe Mullen too, heck of a player for the Stanley Cup Champion Penguins.

Good pumpkin spicy beer, stinging sweet taste lets you know the cinnamon and cardamom is interesting. You can taste all the individual spices teaming up on you. Just like the 1993 Sega Hockey team of Jagr, Lemieux, and Ron Francis, now that was the legion of doom.

Good sweet aftertaste, kinda thin, but still a good beer. Tom Barrasso, Larry Murphy, Ulf Samuelsson, and Kevin Stevens were all Penguins.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 03:55:30 | More by Murchmac
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North Carolina

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

Pours deep copper with a 1-finger creamy tan head. Little retention. Faint carbonation. Very faint lacing.

Nutmeg pratcically leaps out of the glass into your nose. Very strong, but in an appealing sort of way. Pumpking pie spice very present. Some cinnamon perhaps as well.

Hits very spicy and finishes very tart, even acidic. Dry but slightly sweet at the same time. Nice bit of alcohol in the finish, too. A little thinner in the mouth than the nose suggests, but appropriate for the style.

One of the better pumpkins around ...

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 01:00:47 | More by beer2day
Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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