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Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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2,237 Ratings
very good

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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 bigkahunas4
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours cloudy auburn brown. I had very minimal head, but some nice lacing.

Smell: Nose isn't overpowering here, but there are the usual notes of pumpkin spices.

Taste: This is probably my favorite tasting pumpkins, as I've never seen the take of merging the Belgian style with pumpkin spices. Really nice yeast platform, with some not overly sweet pumpkin spices - really enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Some gentle carb on the top of the tongue, and smooth finish.

Drinkability: I really enjoy this - and it's the one I go for come pumpkin season - which I'm not the biggest fan of.

bigkahunas4, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of BeerImmediately
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The annual tradition of starting October w/ one case of WB Imp Pumpkin Ale continues... My favorite of the many pumpkin ales, and this year's version did not disappoint.

Pours a slightly opaque copper color, with lot of effervescense and decent 2 finger head. Decent lacing.

Smell is fantastic - combining pumpkin pie, vanilla, cinnamon, clove and a little nutmeg. Alcohol is present as well.

Taste was very nice - some of the smells dropped off, and unripened banana comes in, but overall, was sweet and malty, with just a hint of alcohol as it warms. The cinnamon lingers on back of throat after swallow.

Mouthfeel was crisp up front, and mellow/smooth in the finish. Not quite creamy.

I guess I stray from the norm here, cause I really could hang out with a 6 pack of this throughout an evening.

BeerImmediately, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of Winter
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish copper with a thick tan head. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin all are present in the nose. The mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied. Spices are apparent in the forefront - cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamon. Pumpkin flavor comes through and combines with a nice malty backbone to create a satisfying fall pumpkin beer. At 8% the alcohol is noticeable a little in the finish, but not over-powering. A pretty decent pumpkin ale that balances the spice and pumpkin flavor nicely with a solid malt presence.

Winter, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of emerge077
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a rinsed snifter glass. Color is dull copper. Scant foam, a little ridge line of lacing at the edge. Nutmeg, clove, and a faint pumpkin aroma.

Slightly bitter flavor, dry like a stick of gum from a pack of baseball cards. Sort of astringent even, not really holding my attention. Earthy vegetal pumpkin note, however the drying finish isn't very pleasant. No malt sweetness, more straight up squashiness. It's ok, not one i'd return to. Pumpking is still the reigning champion.

emerge077, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of aforbes10
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Capones in Norristown, PA, saved for Halloween. Pours a reddish brown with a short orange-white head. Laces weakly, but in a sticky way. Smells strongly of nutmeg and cloves, as well as a hint of alcohol. Definitely captures the pumpkin pie odor well. Taste is similarly heavy on the cloves and nutmeg, slightly dry, with a bit of a warming alcohol on the back end. Cloves are stronger than perhaps is warranted, but not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is medium-full, and a bit sticky. It does get kind of old as one gets to the end of the bottle. Better to share this one (I did, actually, but my wife didn't like it).

aforbes10, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of BlackBearForge
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pumpkiny offering pours into a pint glass a deep burnt orange with a creamy whitish head fading to a creamy lacing.

The smell is of rich pumpkin caramel malt and clean hops with the scent of allspice, cloves and cinnamon.

Taste is like a slice of pumpkin pie with a rich malt backbone, fruity esters and the expected spices. Sweet up front with a slightly bitter finish and a nice alcohol warmth that doesn't overpower the other aspects of this beer. Taste is perhaps not as good as the smell leads on to believe.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, medium in body and slightly chewy.

Drinkability is high though I wouldn't want to session this beer. It makes a great dessert beer, or as I'm doing a nice finish to a Halloween evening while I watch a Vincent Price movie!

BlackBearForge, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of wedge
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep coppery orange with a bubbly, creamy head. Heavy spices in the aroma...nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger over a faded sweet malt base. Fruity, sweet caramel flavor, the spices are much more mellow allowing some hops to come through. Very smooth. Some clove and pumpkin comes through in the finish. Slick creamy body with a bit of warmth. Good, nothing exciting though.

wedge, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of TrevorGW
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really solid pumpkin beer offering.

It actually has some head retention, acting as the whip cream atop of this pumpkin pie. Great brown/orange color. Somewhat murky and hazy.

Taste is creamy, with the spices muted enough to highlight the malt and pumpkin. I am not a fan of thin pumpkin beers that give you allspice and nutmeg and nothing more.

Goes down nicely ... could drink this all night. If you like pumpkin beers, seek this one out!

TrevorGW, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle came from halfP1NT today. This review is based half on my personal taste and half on style guidelines.

Pours orange, very clear, decent head, decent retention, not a lot of lacing. No sludge at the bottom.

Smells of bubblegum, cinnamon, and cloves. Interesting but heavy on the bubblegum and no real pumpkin smell.

Tastes the same as it smells except that I might reoder those spices. Bubblegum is definitely prominent but the cinnamon is the most apparent. Again, no pumpkin flavor. No alcohol anywhere in the flavor or smell. The aftertaste was possibly the best part of this beer. The flavors that came out in the aftertaste were balanced a bit better than the initial taste and were cinnamon and possibly nutmeg and cloves.

Body is close to heavy. Ample CO2 and very drinkable. Enjoyed by most, appreciated by all, sneered at by only a few beer snobs.

As a pumpkin beer this would probably score a 3.5-3.7 but as something that I would like to drink I'm thinking 4.3ish. I enjoyed this one a lot.

t0rin0, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with some viscosity noted. Hazed ruby red appearance. Thin beige head. Sparse lace. Great aroma of caramel malts, sweet pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon. First thing I notice is a nice full body. Good feel in the mouth. Lightly carbonated and easy to drink, even given the 8% a/v. The alcohol is barely noticed. What is noticed is a nice blend between the malt, pumpkin and spices. The label says cloves are here, but I'm not getting a lot of clove....which is good in my book. I get some earthy nutmeg tones and cinnamon of course. The sweetness of malt and pumpkin blend very nicely. This is one of the better pumpkin beers I've had.

Bighuge, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of TeamSeabass
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice amber color with a bit of foam on top.

Smells like pumpkin hops. Very nice pumpkin aroma and the spices give it some holiday character.

Taste is good overall. Pumpkin has such a mild flavor and I think thats why it lends itself well to spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. I can't say I pick up on all those spices individually just by drinking the beer, but the label mentions those. In this case, the flavor of the pumpkin and spices come together well and mask the alcohol nicely.

The amount of carbonation is just right to give this a nice mouthfeel.

This is a good example of a beer that needs a few minutes out of the fridge before serving. It helps the smell and taste come thru better.

TeamSeabass, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of kshankar
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Good foam, nice color. Dark, rich, deep orange. Really a good looking beer.

Aroma: Strong. Pumpkin pie, nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, and others. Its really spicy smelling. And strong. I'm impressed.

Taste: Oh man. Pumpkin pie. Spices. Cinnamon. Just like the aroma. Its got a nice finish which is a bit biting from the spices. But really, this is great stuff here. Alcohol taste is minimal.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied. Crisp. Goes down really well too.

Drinkability: I would have a few with no problems. Get these before the season ends! Recommended.

kshankar, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of KuzinRob
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Living in Bethlehem, I was able to get a taste of this when it first appeared (for this year's autumn) on a trip to Weyerbacher one Saturday in August. I was immediately compelled to split a case with my buddy. The smell sold me completely.

A - Dark, rich brown-orange, with a tinged head.

S - Overwhelming and pleasant. All the scents you would associate with a fresh pumpkin pie.

T - Heavily spiced; just a tad too much to have more than one at a time. As mentioned, plenty of clove and nutmeg. Not as alcohol-dominant as other Weyerbachers.

M - Moderately carbonated. The spices lend towards a rather immediate presence.

D - As I mentioned, the spices kind of limit me from having more than one per sitting.

Yesterday, I was at Wegman's and happened across their Beer and Food Pairing event. They were doing something rather interesting with the Pumpkin Ale... making a float with vanilla ice cream. It was quite a delicious and simple treat. The sweetness of the ice cream quenched the spiciness of the ale just slightly; I was impressed! I would highly suggest giving this a shot.

KuzinRob, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of nsmartell
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room while dishing out candy to the trick or treaters. From the 120z bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep hazy orange color with a thick off-white head, which disappeared quickly.

Smell: Pumpkin spices, cinnamon and nutmeg dominate.

Taste: Just as advertised by the smell. Nutmgeg and cinnamon continue to dominate.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: Very enjoyable beer. I was not left wanting more flavor and/or spices. Would seek out again next fall.

nsmartell, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, courtesy of vacax, had about 8-10 oz.,

A: Pours orange with a good white head with good retention and some lacing.

S: Perfect nose of fall spices, lots of clove and nutmeg, some cinnamon.

T: Flavour is great as well. Nice pumpkin flesh flavour, but the spices really steal the show. Dominated by clove, with a great cardamom and nutmeg mix in the finish.

M: Rather light for 8%, kind of soda-like with the carbonation, but still has a good body.

D: My favourite pumpkin beer I've ever had, the fact that I can't get this within 2000 miles of me is a crime. Great fall beer.

Halcyondays, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of YankChef
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12. oz bottle poured into a dfh snifter

Appearance: medium amber with orange hues, kinda just gives you a pumpkin vibe. head isnt very strong and doesnt really stay.

Aroma: Big time pumpkin pie spice, the nutmeg and cardamom really pulls through as well as the sweetness of the pumpkin which is the dominant aroma.

Taste: Sweetness and also a good bit of sour almost acidic like flavor. THe spices are present but the pumpkin is the most dominant flavor,

Overall: Best pumpkin beer out there I have had (I have not had pumking) this is a good beer and not just a good pumpkin beer.

YankChef, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of craytonic
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a caramel-pumpkin orange. Dense and creamy head.

Great nose - obviously pumpkin, but also nutmeg, allspice, cloves, and cinnamon. Smells better than pumpkin pie!

Great taste, once again pumpkin, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and cinnamon. Tad bit of alcohol, but not much. Feels good and has a decent body. The malts add some caramel.

Not something I would drink often, but a very fun seasonal, one a season should do it. Well put together package with the label and pie aromas, screams Halloween. Tasty!

craytonic, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of krukster
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on Tap at the brew House on 10/16/08 (poured into a Pint glass)

A- Orangish color

S- One of my favorite pumpkin beers. Lots of spices to smell. Great pumpkin/spice aroma

T- Outstanding! I was imaging eating mom's home made pumpkin pie.

D- Not an extremely heavy beer, and also outstanding flavor. You could definately drink a few in a session before filling up.

Serving type: On tap

krukster, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of GPHarris
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a two-fingers thick light tan head into a tumbler that settles into a nice lace and sheet throughout. the body is a bright, clear amber.
s - hints of pumpkin and various spices but the aroma is overwhelmingly cinnamon.
t - spicey with a hint of pumpkin.
m - a little thin.
d - solid pumpkin but falls well short of pumking or punkin.

GPHarris, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of superdedooperboy
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep orangish-amber with a small light tan head that fizzles slowly and leaves slight traces of lace on the glass.

Smells of strong pumpkin pie spices with a noticeable alcohol aroma as well.

Fairly full-bodied with a soft mouthfeel, light carbonation, and that somewhat thick, creamy-like character imparted by real pumpkin, though this is not as apparent in this ale as in some others.

Flavor is extremely spicy, with strong notes of clove and alcohol, mellowing out in the finish with a sweetness that turns into a spicy dryness in the aftertaste.

An interesting brew, being an "imperial" version of the quintessential American fall brew, but the strong spiciness can be a bit overwhelming and the alcohol can at times be a turn-off. Still, a good beer.

superdedooperboy, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of Phread
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured clear mahogeney with a nice 3 fingers of light caramel colored head that lingered.

Beautiful mix of spices that settled midway down my snout. Killer smell.

Had a nice creamy smooth pumpkin flavor with the spices lingering up to the next drink. No bite.

Not a real heavy imperial but i think the four pack sits about right for a workday night.

Phread, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of chaz410
4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is hands down the BEST pumpkin ale in the world...or at least that I've had haha. This is a great beer, an amazingling good example of a great pumpkin ale. This beer is 8% alcohol and you seriously never realize it because the flavor and compelxity is overwhelming.
The nose on this puppy is evident right off the pour. You really smell the description right away. You smell the unique sweet pumpkin but pick up on the great spicy nutmeg and cinnamon. It is great to say the least and it is even evident if the beer is flat.
The taste is infinately more than other pumpkin ales. Unlike the usual pumpkin ale that smashes you with flavors of pumpkin, this beer does what every beer does, progress. It starts with pumpkin sweetness then finishes with all spice, much like the crust of a pumpkin pie. You hit all the greatness and staples of cinnomon, cardamon, nutmeg and clove and it really does satisfy the longing for robust flavors after the sweetness of the pumpkin.
The moutfell is nice, it's smooth and very satisfying.
This beer is AMAZING, it's worth spending 20+ dollars on a six pack for the limited releases of it. It is even good flat. You can't buy a better pumpkin beer seriously!

chaz410, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of CAP1868
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-This brew poured an orgish/amber color with a small head with little to no lacing in the glass. The actual bottle itself has a cool design with the Pumpkin King leading a charge.

S- This brew smelled of nutmeg and cloves with little to no pumpkin flavors. This was the point where I knew I probably wasn't going to enjoy it.

T- The taste is overwhelmingly of cloves with a little nutmeg mixed in. It's very dry but refreshing if you love cloves.

M-The mouthfeel was rather light, but not watery, the brew gave you the feeling you were indeed drinking a well-crafted beer, I just wish the taste was more to be desired.

D- Light enough to drink quite a few, but I surely wouldn't want too. Awful expensive for such a sub-par brew, I would never purchase again.

CAP1868, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of CHADMC3
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep hazy orange/brown with reddish hues and a subtle white head, which quickly subsides leaving almost no lacing.

The aroma of spices of cloves waft from the glass. Delicious cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin with even something resembling banana.

The flavor matches the aroma with even more pronounced spices, specifically nutmeg and cinnamon. The pumpkin is excellent and there is even a slight bread quality to the flavor with both the spices and alcohol bite reminding you what this beer is all about in the finish.

Mouthfeel offers great carbonation and plenty of character. Medium bodied and dryly spiced.

This is one of my favorites in the style. Unlike some others that lack certain characteristics that leave you seeking more flavor and aroma, this one hits the mark. I will enjoy more Imperial Pumpkins in the future.

CHADMC3, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of caminiti
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very good for the style, though not one of the best. Purchased early in the pumpkin ale season from Halftime bev in Poughkeepsie.
Smelled as expected, typical spices, and nothing that snuck up on you. Worthy of having a bottle or two when the season comes around.

caminiti, Oct 19, 2008
Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 2,237 ratings.