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Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Imperial Pumpkin AleImperial Pumpkin Ale

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2,188 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,188
Reviews: 955
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 111
Gots: 200 | FT: 2
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 dragonglen
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of Enola
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a nice orange with a fair head and a ton of floaters. The smell is of a spiced pumkin pie. The taste is like a pumkin with spices. There is also a herbal sharpness to the taste that is a little much. The abv shows a little too and this all affects the drinkability. Overall a fair beer but not one that I would go out oy my way to try again.

Enola, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of number1bum
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally, the last of the pumpkin ales. I won't be getting more than 1 or 2 next year. Part of NEPA BC split #8.

Pours a dark copper color with good clarity and a rocky two plus inches of light tan head. Head is very creamy and retention is quite good, leaving a nice lace and lots of stick.

Smell is pretty spicy, full of all the usuals in terms of pumpkin pie spices, but also has some caramel malt sweetness.

Taste is the same as the smell, again with adequate caramel malt to provide good balance for all the spices. It's quite spicy, in fact, which would probably be bothersome without that balance.

Fuller bodied than most pumpkin ales, which makes sense since it's an imperial version with a higher abv. It's a bit more than a medium-body, and is pretty creamy.

I had a bit of a tough time getting through the whole bomber because of all the spice, which affected the drinkability a bit for me. I've had a lot of pumpkin ale this season and I think I've come to the determination that I just don't like them all that much. This is the second best one I've had, behind only the Southern Tier Pumking which blows this and every other one away. I will probably pick up a bottle of this again next fall, but only one.

number1bum, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of zdk9
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a copper-tinted orange with a finger of orange-tinted white head. Just a hint of lacing.

S- Light biscuity scent flavored with light pumpkin. Hints of cinnamon and clove. Good, but somewhat weak.

T- More pumpkin than in the smell. And even more spice- lots of clove and nutmeg, some cardomom, not much cinnamon, which I like because it doesn't remind me of pumpkin pie, just a delicious blend of spices. As in the smell, I really like this taste, but Imperial? I'm not convinced.

M- This beer does excel in this realm. Syrupy, good balance between sweet and bitter, nice carbonation to match. And no trace of alcohol.

D- I enjoyed the smell and taste of this beer, but I don't find it so Imperially strong.

zdk9, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of pavandal
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured a deep, orangy amber color into my pint glass. No head to speak of, but it did have a lot of little bubbles that kept racing to the top!

This beer smells like no other. Scents of nutmeg and the pumpkin dominate, with a cinnamon hint. If there is a hop smell, it's masked by the rest of the spices in this beer.

..And the taste is very interesting as well. This tastes like, well, to put it bluntly, pumpkin pie in a glass. Think of a pumpkin pie, give it some fizz, throw in a little bitterness, and then give it a little alchohol to warm it up. Good stuff!

this is a very light brew, actually. You'd think with the cooling autumn months, a heavier beer would be in order, but that's not the case.

A neat beer, not one i'd fall in love with though.

pavandal, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris and Kyoko for cracking this bomber open. Believe its a year or so old.

Pours a cloudy orange/brown, what I think of when I think Halloween, thick egg shell head, tons of lace, good retention, forms a solid layer, nice looking beer. Smell is caramel, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg, bread, smells like liquid cookies, some honey, very neat. Taste is licorice root, bread, cookies, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg, plus other spice, caramel and alcohol, pretty neat. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly syrupy, but with high carbonation, kind of confused by the mouthfeel, but I liked it. Damned solid pumpkin beer, thanks Chris and Kyoko!

Viggo, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of hellcatsjg
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep orange, almost to the point of being reddish. Finger of light tan head that does not last long.

Smell: Scents of pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, the pumpkin smell takes a back seat to these spicy smells.

Taste: Like the nose, spices at the forefront with a pumpkin taste behind it. Decent taste with good spicy flavor, but I would like the pumpkin to be the focus.

Mouthfeel: Just the right thickness for this sort of beer. Nice taste lingers for a while after each sip.

Drinkability: Above average pumpkin ale. Very tasty, just not as pumpkin flavored as I would have liked. The 8% ABV, does not made itself known, and this is a pretty easy drink. This is not the best pumpkin ale, but is definitely in the top few.

hellcatsjg, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of Lothore
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep orangey red reminiscent of a blood moon. Absolutely gorgeous, clear and filtered with a good amount of carbonation present and a 1 finger eggshell head which retains longer than any pumpkin ale i've had.

S- Smell is definitely pumpkin, mixed spices, cinnamon comes out the most, with a malty backbone that lingers.

T- Taste starts out pumpkin and moves to a malty gingerbread with mixed spices thrown in. At the end you taste sharp hints of alcohol that go away pretty quick leaving gingerbread and graham cracker pie crust left on the palate.

M- Thick with a decent amount of carbonation. Very full with a sweet stickiness that grabs at the tongue.

D- For a pumpkin ale this is superb. Perhaps a making it a bit thinner and cranking up the carbonation a little would make this more drinkable for me but I think it sets itself apart from other pumpkins remarkably well. The abv is fairly well hidden which is something weyerbacher seems to do very well

Lothore, Nov 20, 2007
Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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