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Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Imperial Pumpkin AleImperial Pumpkin Ale

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2,145 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,145
Reviews: 951
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 112
Gots: 185 | 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 Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev +8%

Weyerbacher 2007 Vinatage Bottle (in the fridge for a year)

A. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. FIzzy head appears and disappears quickly. Signs of active carbonation apparant.

S. Whew! Smells like potpourri. Just a blast of spices. Pumpkin Pie scent is also there.

T. A very unique spicy brew here. The cardamom starts things off with a clove kick soonn after. Lingering on the palate is the nutmeg. The cinnamon is there all the way through. In the background lies the pumpkin taste, well complimented by the spices. Some caramel malt hangs in the balance. No noticeable alcohal except for a slight warming sensation.

M. Spicy and well carbonated. Not overly viscious. Standard.

D. Well first off, this is my first Pumpkin Ale. I enjoy it, and the spiciness to it would pair well with many types of dishes and even desserts. Furthermore, this beer has kept well, and I would like to have a bottle age away for a while to see what happens. Could session this stuff, once you get used to it, its actually a very good style of beer. Weyerbacher really doesn't make bad beer either.

Stinkypuss, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of timtim
4/5  rDev +2.8%

coppery orangish with a slightly pinkish head. nose is pumpkin of course and spice of course. wierd bitterness that went away as it warmed up, so i don't reccommend this one too cold. i think some extra caramel malt and a touch of brown sugar would have smoothed this one out, but it still is a fantastic pumpkin beer. great brewery, great beer.

timtim, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of mhewes
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

A : Pours a hazy orangeish-amber with a good head that didn't last long

S : There's only one smell here and it's pumpkin.

T : It has a very good pumpkin pie flavor. Lots of spice and pumpkin. The alcohol is well hidden.

M : Medium-bodied but on the light side. I was expecting a thicker mouthfeel.

D : If you like pumpkin, it's a good beer that's pretty easy to drink.

mhewes, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of Moxley
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%

A - Poured a deep orange with visible sediment and a thin tan head that settled quickly with minimal lacing.

S - Smelled like delicious spiced Pumpkin Pie with clove and spiced apple undertones.

T - Lots of spicy pumpkin, clove and apple up front. Almost tasted like a spiced apple butter. It wasn't too sweet or candy like at all. For an imperial the alcohol taste and feel was minimal.

M&D - Crisp and clean mouthfeel. This is an excellent beer. Not necessarily a session beer, but rather one that should be respected and appreciated - sipped and enjoyed like a spiced apple cider. The flavors and smells really came alive as this beer warmed up a bit. It sounds a little crazy, but I'd like to try this beer hot! Hmmm...yeah, I think that might be quite right. Hot Toddy step aside please...your majesty [bow]

Thanks Hyland for thinking of me

Moxley, May 20, 2008
Photo of Oxymoron
3.05/5  rDev -21.6%

Who is the pumpkin king? Pours a more amber color with orangish-red hues through out. Good clarity with a nice rocky white head. Good retention just lasting through the tasting and great lacing through out.

The nose is more of a spiced beer than pumpkin oriented. A nice nose overall with noticeable cloves, allspice and nutmeg. Some off spice notes including a lack of cinnamon and some notes of cardamom and mustard. A more caramel undertone and noticeable alcohol. Some light metallic on the back end as well.

The taste is similar with a strong spice presence and a minimal pumpkin taste. Again with the cloves, allspice and nutmeg. Noticeable cinnamon with light peppery and mustard flavors. The malt is more present than the nose originally indicated but so is the solvent/alcoholic taste. Some esters as well with some rose and diactyl flavors too. On the back end there was a metallic/chlorine flavors as well.

The body is more moderate than full but hard to tell with the stronger solvent notes coming out strong. Limited carbonation but ok. Overall I think this beer is missing the "pumpkin" element with more spice and alcohol coming out more. Not the king here.

Oxymoron, May 12, 2008
Photo of hyland24
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Hands down the best pumpkin ale I have ever had(And I have had a bunch).

Drank this one with the mox and the monkey. Poured from a bomber into a tulip pint glass. Poured cloudy brownish orange similar to a snapple iced tea. Had a nice white head, about a 1/2 inch but it didnt last too long. Light circles of lacing. The smell was great. Spices mostly clove and cinnamon on top of pumpkin, not so much pumpkin but pumpkin pie.. Tastes like thanksgiving. Wanted to unbutton my pants and relax on the couch after the first sip. Nice pumpkin pie flavor. Sweet and spicy with a nice oily feel. Cant believe this ones an imperial. No alcohol taste whatsoever. Definitely the best pumpkin beer I've had.

hyland24, May 10, 2008
Photo of AltBock
2.93/5  rDev -24.7%

22 oz. bomber bottle that has a cool label of the king of the Jack O' Lanters leading his many pumpkin minions into the war against pumpkin pies. There's no way any baker is going to bake these pumpkins into a pie. Below and off the sides of the picture is a listing of the spices it's brewed with, barcode, the brewery's web address, refund values, and the US Governemnt warning. Don't waste your time looking for a date because there isn't one anywhere.

Appearance: When poured into a standard Flying Fish pint glass, this Pumpkin Ale is a lightly reddish amber with a less than 1/2 inch thin head of white foam. It dissipated away far too fast and it only left behind a few small white rings along the edge. It's too bad I can't rate the label's appearance over the beer's appearance. It would have helped.

Smell: If you know what a pumpkin pie smells like, then you already know what this Pumpkin Ale smells like. It's all about the pumpkin pie with cinnamon, nutmeg, and a pinch of cloves. No hops or malts, but I guess that's OK.

Taste: In the aroma, the pumpkin ruled over everything and in the taste, the spices rule over what little flavors there are. It starts off with a little pumpkin, but then the cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves kick in full blast. I noticed that toward the end, there was a pinch of spicy hops trying to break through the spicy wall, but just couldn't break through a wall that thick. A little bit more pumpkin or somekind of malt would have been nice, but you can't have everything.

Mouthfeel: Even though this beer has an ABV % of 8%, it was more medium bodied that full bodied and it had a slightly watery aftertaste of pumpkin pie and spices. The spicy part of the aftertaste will stick around for a minute or two on your tongue.

Drinkability: I'm not a big fan of Pumpkin Ales and this one didn't change my mind about them. Yeah, it's the best Pumpkin Ale I've had so far, but that's not saying much. I guess it's worth a shot just once and only once.

AltBock, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of dragonglen
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%

12 oz. bottle poured into a new Sam Adams glass

A - Very little head with minimal lacing. It pours reddish brown with some cloudiness.

S - Pumpkin Pie. Period. I bought a case of this in September, and I'm not sure why I waited until the last one to finally review it, but it smells almost exactly like the first one, maybe perhaps not as crisp. I smell more of the spices than actual pumpkin, a lot more.

T - Just like the smell. I taste the alcohol a little more than I remember, but mostly the spices stick out. The end has more sediment than the first, but overall it's a very tasty beer... almost too much, but not quite. The flavors hide the alcohol taste rather well considering its ABV.

M - Again, it's a little less crisp than I remembered it. Before it gave a little more of a pop on the tongue, but now it's a little more subdued.

D - I wouldn't drink more than two in a night. It's easy enough to drink, but the flavors are rather strong. I think it's best suited for a colder night outside. Overall a decent beer.

dragonglen, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +2.8%

This brew will give pumpkin ales a good name. It pours a dark amber with a nice half-inch pillow head. Smell is a good combination of cinnamon and spice with a nice malt undertone. Taste..doh..pumpkin pie with a malt backbone. Finish has a decent hop characteristic. Drinkability is good balancing between a light sweetness followed by a pleasant tartness. Mouthfeel is slightly chewy with a disntict dry quality at the finish.

edchicma, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of codyw
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

A: Bronze, copper, and amber hues. A small head that disappears quickly.

S: This thing smells tasty. Lots of nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin spices. Smelled good.

T: Taste was filled with nutmeg and pumpkin. Not quite as strong in taste as aroma, but still nice.

M: Nice feel. Not too thick, but had enough body to hold on to.

D: I think this is a great beer, and a unique brew. I would definitely have another.

codyw, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of Kendo
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is clear, orangey-amber with a 1-finger tannish head that settles fast. No lace.

S: Pumpkin pie spices -- mainly cinnamon and cloves, but something else too; nutmeg, perhaps?

T: Cinnamon, nutmeg -- again, pumpkin pie spices over a caramel malt body. I also get a sense of berry-like fruit or even oranges.

M: A tad bit slick in feel, medium in weight.

D: A bomber was too much for me, to be honest, though I did finish it. Just too much sweetness to make this an easy quaffer.

Notes: I had this with a slice of carrot cake, which was a nice pairing.

Kendo, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of mmmbeer
3.5/5  rDev -10%

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date - brewed with pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and clove. Damn bottle volcanoed on me, messing up the decant, hence my glass is full of particulates. The beer is reddish/auburn and very carbonated for the first two minutes, building up a fizzy inch of head, but soon after it is nearly lifeless, with a tiny collar that doesn't lace the glass. Cardamom and cinnamon are the first aromas to hit, followed by the other two spices, a dose of cola, and light hops and malt. Flavor-wise, pumpkin and cardamom start the show, then it's cinnamon and light malts. There's also some mild hop bitterness, but no real hop flavor, all on top of a light/medium body that is very dry and carbonated on the tongue. A decent pumpkin with nice spices, but it needs more actual pumpkin flavor. In addition, the yeast is too clean and attenuative, thinning the body more than I'd like. If you like pumpkin ales try this one out, but if not, you can pass.

mmmbeer, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%

Bottle courtesy of Franksnbeans. Thanks!
Rich Amber to maroon color. Keeps a huge frothy lasting beige head. Gorgeous beer. Big meaty pumpkin pie aroma, especially after 1st opening, and just a faint hint of alcohol. Flavor is nice, typical spices associated with the style, but not as robustly flavored and intense as I expected. Mouthfeel is great, and nicely thick, which most pumpkins seem to lack, and the alcohol is hidden well and only peeks out minimally. Great pumpkin beer all around, but I actually prefered the flavor of Schlafly's Pumpkin, while maybe not the mouthfeel of it.

JDV, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of jeffmonarch
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

1 pt. 6 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Cloudy orange/brown with a thick slightly tan head that stays for a while.

S - One of the better pumpkin ales. There's very little pumpkin and a ton of spices. Yum!

T - Really smooth. It's close. There's something off, the combination of spices is off somewhere.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Not as good as I had hoped.

jeffmonarch, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +2.8%

A: Beautiful marzen/orange color with light tan head.Visible carbonation was strong.

S: Nose bursts with loads of cinnamon, nutmeg, and other pumpkin pie spicings. Smells almost to good to drink.

T: Nice balance of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg),very subtle and not overpowering delivering a very smooth and very clean flavor with no aftertaste. Very good malt palate, provides a nice creaminess, warm roasted character and woodsy flavor.

M: medium bodied, with warm malt and spicings brought out by the high carbonation

D: a great fall drink on a chilly october.

beerthulhu, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4/5  rDev +2.8%

The label reminds me of the Clocks Crew flash animation clips, very interesting label.

Pours an amber color with some orange shades thrown in with decent head and lacing.

Smell is heavy on spice, cloves, nutmeg, etc. Very much like a smelling a pumpkin pie but with a slight floral aroma thrown in.

Taste is very spicy as indicated from the smell, good malt backbone with a slight hop balance, good carbonation level. One of the more intensely spiced pumpkin beers out there yet somehow remains fairly balanced and not overwhelming.

deltatauhobbit, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of jscondon
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%

I love the color and apprearance of this beer, a deep reddish amber. It smells funny, i get some pumpkin and definately nutmeg, but the overpowering scent is ethanol. The front of the beer is nondescript, it is a little too carbonated in the middle and you get a strong bitter flavor. It finishes with a strong nutmeg, that while not overpowering it is not balanced. The beers mouth is nice.

Overall I am not a fan of fruit/vegetable beers, so this one is a little biased. It is worth a try, but I won't be getting more.

jscondon, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%

As a huge fan of pumpkin ales, I tried a huge variety this past Autumn, and I must say, this is probably one of the best that I've sampled... From a 22 oz bomber copped from Bottle King in Glen Ridge, this "mother of pumpkin ales" pours a beautiful copper/orange-bronze color with modest frothy head... smell is full of pumpkin-pie flavors bursting through, with cinnamon, some ginger, and other noticeable spices... cloves are also present, and the intense aroma leads to an equally bold taste which strongly complemented the smell... great authentic pumpkin taste which really poured through this one... as far as the 8% ABV is concerned, you don't really taste it in this one... I really liked this brew... very interesting and full of flavor and characteristic... wonderful sample from Weyerbacher, which is a brewery known for the bold and eccentric brews... for all the pumpkin ale fans out there, this is definitely a must-try...

dsa7783, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of morebeergood
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two tulip glasses. A thin head formed that faded a bit quickly. There was a real lack of carbonation. The color was a brownish orange, and the smell was of cinnamon and spices. There was a definite taste of pumpkin on the palate, but it didn't do much for me. The body was a bit weak, and the flavor didn't grab my taste buds. It got a bit bland as it warmed to room temperature. A decent pumpkin ale, but not one of my favorite imperial pumpkins that I have ever tried. Not sure I'd buy this one again.

morebeergood, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light orange-brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is mostly of cinnamon and nutmeg with some caramelized malt and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is full of the flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg, just like the smell and is very malty and sweet. There are also some flavors of caramel and I’m even getting some intermittent touches of mint in there along with a background of pumpkin. There’s a mild hops presence but it’s enough to provide the right balance for the style. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, kind of filling, good kick, good representation of style, it isn’t quite the best Pumpkin Ale that I’ve had but it’s not bad. The fact that it will fill you up would make it difficult to put away more than one bomber, especially since Pumpkin Ales are pretty difficult to drink more than one of to begin with.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours a slightly fogged amber with minimal crème head. Nose is very smoked spices. Almost seems like a rauch to me. Flavor is definitely influenced by the alcohol, but not hijacked by it. Spices mix well and don't overdo it. Pumpkin is mildly there. Feel has a biting carbonation to it. Drinkable, yes. In comparison to much of the pumpkin garbage out there, this is definitely a step above. However, it doesn't carry the right tone of pumpkin character that it should I feel. Bottom line: Pumpking is just that.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of macster
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours into the snifter a slightly hazy amber-orange color with some hues of crimson when held to the light. Produces a handsome 1" thick bone-white head with decent retention. No lacing noted.

Aroma was extremely reminiscent of Anchor’s OSA;lots of spices abound here. Like opening the oven door while baking a pumpkin or mince meat pie. Very nice with just a touch of alcohol in the nose.

Palate was quite creamy and full with just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall flavor profile was brown sugar sweet initially followed by a firm array of tongue-tingling spices. Lots of cardamon, cinnamon and cloves are apparent here against a faint background of a sweet potato/pumpkin meat-like finish. The 8% alcohol warmed this brew up nicely.

Definitely a fall/winter seasonal worth exploring.

macster, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of OKCNittany
3.23/5  rDev -17%

From my Thanksgiving notes:

A: 1/2" white head that fell to a ring of lace. Slightly hazy brown body.

S: Excellent aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, and some clove. There's supposed to be cardamom in there too, and there very well might be, as I wouldn't recognize cardamom if it bit me in the a$$. Anyway, the aroma was very appetizing.

T: All the spice in the nose was present on the tongue as well. Unfortunately, it was all spice and no beer. I did not enjoy it.

M: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. OK mouthfeel.

D: I couldn't take the taste, however, both parents (including a mom who barely drinks & thinks I'm nuts for bringing all these weird beers back when I visit) had no trouble finishing it. As much as I hate to let someone else's opinion shape my own, it's clear from the way they devoured it, it you enjoy the spices, the drinkability is good.

OKCNittany, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +1%

Had a bottle, poured into a Weyerbacker pint glass.

Big strong, aroma to start, full of pumpkin meat and crust garnished with cinnamon and nutmeg. The flavor is good, but comes off too spice-heavy, taking away from the nice malts and pumpkin in the aroma. Overall, it feels like a bigger beer, but still hides the 8% well. One of the best pumpkin beers I've tried and tastier than the other imperial I've tried, Pumking.

tempest, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of aerozeppl
4/5  rDev +2.8%

A: Pours a nice orange color. Decent off white head.

S: Nice pumpkin smell. Cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon.

T: Nice spicy taste. While 07 was not as good as previous years this is a fairly tasty beer. I wish the pumpkin was a little stronger but it is ok. The spice taste is fairly strong.

M: Nice medium body. Carbonation is heavy but it works to balance out all of the spices.

D: The spiciness cuts down on the drinkability a bit but this is a great beer. Second to Pumpking in the style. Definitely check it out.

aerozeppl, Dec 14, 2007
Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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