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Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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2,189 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,189
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 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
Photo of mikesgroove
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Now this is what IU am talking about. I had waited forever as I missed out on this one last year, but this year I was not going to be denied! Picked one up in Asheville on my last trip through town and picked last night to give it a try. Poured a nice medium hazy amber with a definite reddish tint to it. Lots of visible carbonation was apparent, as was a nice three finger head of foamy white lace, which receded very slowly and left concentric rings of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma was enchanting, full of pumpkin spice and cinnamon, it was very full with no sense of the alcohol. The flavor was great, a very full balanced attack of spice, with a decidedly malty grain back bone, that was just strong enough to peak its head through and let you know it was there. Great smooth finish left you thirsting for another sip. The feel was a nice creamy medium body that had ample carbonation. Overall this was wonderful and was every bit as good as I thought it would be. A full frontal assault of spices, cinnamon and nutmeg galore e with a great balanced feel and a well hidden alcohol. This was defiantly a good one and something I will look forward to picking up next year for sure.

mikesgroove, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of mountdew1
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. It was a nice dark amber color with a 1 finger thick off white foamy head. The head left a ring that lasted the whole time. Aroma was definitely reminiscent of a good fresh pumpkin pie. Picked up pumpkin, nutmeg, and cloves along with some lemon zesty hints. Tasted like orangey pumpkin pie. The spices were much more pronounced in the aroma than in the taste which was disappointing. Felt good in the mouth. Consistency was good, just solid enough to coat the mouth. A bit of carbonation detracted from the mouth feel. It was very easy to drink. I ended up drinking the whole glass without knowing it. : ) One of the better pumpkin beers I have had.

mountdew1, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of WanderingFool
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin pours a clear copper color with a small frothy off white head on top. The foam fades quickly down to a creamy ring around the beer leaving a few spots of lace behind. Inside the glass a column of fine bubbles rises quickly to the top.

The aroma is all spice. Clove and nutmeg dominate, with a hint of cinnamon in the background. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is creamy with a carbonated snap on the tip of the tongue. The flavor is sweet considering all the spices. Nutmeg, clove and cinnamon dominate, but in the background a caramel malt sweetness with some bubblegum notes are present. It finishes dry with a mild hop bitterness.

This is a very tasty pumpkin ale. Lots of spices, but they are not offensive. The malt balance all the spices very well.

WanderingFool, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is amber in color with a creamy white head that always suggests a big beer to me. The smell is as others have described, pure pumpkin pie with a strong cinnamon and nutmeg aroma. The taste is floral and perfumey with a little mustiness at the end and does not quite taste like pumpkin. This is good but I can’t imagine ever wanting more than one. In fact, it would be best at six ounces so maybe split one with a friend. The spiciness is just very pronounced although the alcohol is well hidden.

ArrogantB, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of letsgopens
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bomber this pumpkin ale pours ruby copper with some attractive orange highlights. The creamy, light beige head holds decently well and leaves a bit of lace.

Overwhelmingly spice and malt with a slight starchiness that makes for a heavier, musty aroma. Pleasant and festive.

Again, very spicy with a hint of booze present throughout. A mild metallic quality as well. A decent amount of pumpkin flavor is nice; just enough to not be overshadowed completely by the cinnamon and nutmeg.

The mouthfeel is crisp and moderate in texture. The moderate carbonation doesn't do much to lighten up the starchiness. A bit dry and yeasty in the finish. Very flavorful and complex for a pumpkin ale. I've had some great ones (Southern Tier Imperial Pumking!) and some really poor ones, and I'd say this is certainly on the better half.

letsgopens, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of edskirk3
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have here a bomber with a glossy label featuring what I assume is to be some sort of Pumpkin Emperor.

Pours a deep, clear mahogany. Creamy off-white head.

Rich nose of the gourd in question. As well as the spices in question (according to the label: cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and cloves). I smell mostly cinnamon and some clove, probably because those are what I am most familiar with.

And that's pretty much what's going on flavorwise. Medium-heavy mouthfeel. Sticky, slightly sweet.

To be honest, I've never been a big fan of pumpkin beer. But this wasn't bad.

edskirk3, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of dedrinker
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber color with a thin, but sufficient head. Nose of Big Red Gum (cinnamon). Flavor was rich in banana bread maltiness with nutmeg, cloves, and cardamon following up. The body was rich and actually was the first pumpkin beer to really remind me of pumpkin pie - not just the spices, but the texture. 8% alcohol is well masked. This should be a Christmas beer as well! This is the best pumpkin beer I have tried yet. I could almost taste the whipped cream and pie crust!

dedrinker, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of Damian
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA

Poured a ruddy amber-orange with a small, bubbly, frothy cap that lasted through most of the drink.

The aroma was an amazing mix of spices and pumpkin sweetness. Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and allspice came through strong along with brown sugar.

The taste was very sweet and pumpkin-like as well. Creamy, rich pumpkin pie came to mind. A touch of hoppiness was noticeable up front and it reappeared on the back end. Strong autumn spices and a slight vegetal flavor came through in the middle. The long-lasting aftertaste was both sweet and spicy with a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with a fine, medium-light carbonation.

At 8% ABV, I found this beer to be quite drinkable.

Overall, this was one of the more intense and impressive pumpkin ales that I have sampled.

Damian, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of CharlieMopps
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour displays a color that is rather hard to define: a dark amber/ruby hue that has a burnt orange quality as well. The bubbly, off-white head dissipates at a constant rate for a couple minutes, then leaves next to nothing when it's finished.

S: Quite aromatic, with a healthy dose of nutmeg and cinnamon that are easily detected, but also a strong pumpkin element that smells rather raw, yet it all seems to keep a light character.

T: Rather sweet, with mostly a cinnamon spice dominating the flavor, but the pumpkin is definitely in there. Toward the finish, there is a bit of hop bitterness for balance, and a warming alcohol sensation. Aftertaste is somewhat drying and slightly cloying from the spice.

M: Very light-bodied, with minimal carbonation in the taste, but a bubbly kick toward the finish. Mostly a light, watery texture.

D: I'm not sure what it is about these pumpkin beers, including an 'imperial' one no less, but I feel this one can only go so far. Pumpkin ales seem to require a balancing act that's quite difficult to perfect. Granted, the balance of spice is tasty, and I can always appreciate a seasonal offering that requires extra effort, but I'm not completely sold on this one.

CharlieMopps, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear orange body. Creamy off-white head. Decent retention but no lacing.

Smell - Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove.

Taste - Cinnamon and nutmeg hit the front of the tongue and makes it's presence known immediately. The pumpkin

Mouthfeel - Medium body and carbonation.

Drinkability - A very nice seaonal offering from Weyerbacher. I plan on drinking some more of this around Thanksgiving.

stereosforgeeks, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of vikingloki
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked open a cold bottle and poured it into a pint glass, and it smells like Halloween...took it outside, almost full moon and the local high school marching band is playing the Beetlejuice theme off in the distance...perfect.

Pours an beautiful deep amber pumpkin color, not much head, might be my pour.

Smells of spice used instantly,cinnamon, nutmeg,cardamon and cloves. Says so right on the label. The spices at first seem to overwhelm the ale, but they aren't offensive and compliment it in every way. Goes well with the hops. BALANCED - that's the word. Finishes dry, it's a nice mouthfeel, you know you are drinking a big beer.But the Alcohol isn't noticable.

This is a better Pumpkin ale than just about any other kind - it is "Imperial". Every other one I've had is a washout in comparison, except for Ray's at the brewclub.

Buy it by the case, love it while you can - Awesome A+ beer.

vikingloki, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of Lambstrong
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer presents a dark amber color with little head retention. Upon smelling the beer one is hit with a sweet aroma with the ever present pumpking pie spices mixed in. The taste is malty but definately sweet (perhaps belgain candi sugar?). The pumpkin pie spices are lightly present and therefore not too overpowering as you sometimes get with pumpkin ales. Lastly, the beer has a dry afterfinish from the phenols.

Lambstrong, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of younger35
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this beauty in a trade with BeerTruth. This will be the second pumpkin beer I’ve ever had and the first from Weyerbacher. Drank from a generic, logo free pint glass while enjoying some nice Estivo cow cheese from Italy (cheese wrapped with chamomile, verbena, and mint. Great stuff!)

Appearance- Pours a super clear amber orange, like a pumpkin beer should look like! Nice one finger white foamy head that leaves a spotty cap and decent collar. Very little if any lacing.
Smell- Not quite as intense as I was expecting but still very nice. Definitely got a nice spicy pumpkin scent that is at the forefront of the nose. Subtle cinnamon and nutmeg are detectable and maybe cardamom (no idea what it smells like. If anyone actually reads this and knows what it smells like, BM me!). Almost has the smell of orange zest in the background.
Taste- Oh this is so much nicer than the first pumpkin beer I had. Starts nice and toasty sweet that is reminiscent of candied sweet potatoes. The pumpkin is definitely the star of the show though. Nice smooth spiciness to this brew that definitely lets the cinnamon, nutmeg and clove shine. Finishes with a slight bitterness (what kind of hops do you use in pumpkin beer?). The 8.0% ABV shows absolutely zero, but I can feel it.
Mouthfeel- Very smooth and with a vibrant crispness. Light to medium carbonation.
Drinkability- I really enjoyed this brew. I gave my roommate a sip and he couldn’t believe how tasty it was. Maybe a full flavored cow cheese isn’t the recommended choice of deliciousness that goes with a pumpkin beer, but IMHO it goes great! Thanks again to BeerTruth for the opportunity to enjoy this fall taste treat.

younger35, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of Vancer
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pumpkin City !!

Deep amber pumpkin,clear, with a ton head. Lots of lace sheets as you progress down the glass.

TONS of pumpkin, clove and cinnamon in the aroma. Big pumpkin clove in the taste, smooth and creamy body. Sharp bite of cinnamon and hops in the finish. No alcohol to be found in this very tasty treat.

Vancer, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of Atricapilla
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a very good pumpkin beer. It had a nice orange amber color to it, with very little head. The aroma was a mixture of pumpkin, cinnamon, clove and allspice. The flavour had a nice spiciness to it with a heft of malt. It went down so well I had two....

Atricapilla, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my Sam Adams glass (Thanks BA!).

Nice auburn color, with a decent though short-lived tan head. LAcing was minimal.

The Aroma is loaded with spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, all-spice, clove. Yum! Taste is big on pumpkin and spice. Some nice malty backbone to it all with great body. I love the fact that this beer is spiced up. It's a big pumpkin ale after all! I'm sitting outside by a fire, late on a Sunday afternoon and this beer is really assuring that I am getting the most out of life at this very moment. There's a short window of time to enjoy a beer like this and today is just a perfect Fall day.

I'd recommend this one. And I'd open another bomber of it if I had one.

ZimZamZoom, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of Jwale73
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass with a very lively, light tan colored head that dissipated quickly but tickled the lips as I took my first sip. Smell was by no means overpowering; very subtle scent of cinnamon and nutmeg. Beautiful dark amber-orange color with ample carbonation; however very little lacing clung to the glass during the sample. Taste was very mild compared to other pumpkin ales I have tried in the past. Again, taste of nutmeg, cinnamon and perhaps some clove. Smooth, malty mouthfeel with very little astringence considering the 8.0% ABV. A very pleasant seasonal brew. I was hesitant at first to purchase due to past experience, but was happy I did. Drinkability was only a 3.5 because I don't think I would want more than one at a sitting, but definitely worth a pour.

Jwale73, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of SwillBilly
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into my Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Pours a with an amber hue with hints of orange, crystal clear with an off-white, dirty head that fades slowly. Ample lacing is left behind in the glass.

Smell: Wow, talk about pumpkin pie. Load of spice with cinnamon, nutmeg and clove being the most prominent. Has a pleasant residual sweetness adding to the the pie like aroma.

Taste: Start spicy with the aforementioned pumpkin, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg but also has a nice malty sweetness. The middle moves the beer along to a finish that is more of the pumpkin pie like spiciness and sweetness but also where the hops finally come into play as they lay a layer of bitterness to the beer that helps balance out the pie like sweetness and spices. The hop bitterness lingers long after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation making for a lively beer to drink.

Drinkability/Notes. What a really nice Pumpkin Ale, maybe the best I've had this year. I wasn't a big fan of pumpkins but have grown to like them and this one hits the spot. Plenty of pumpkin flavor with loads of pie spices in the nose and in the flavor. Hops to play a role as the balance the beer with a pleasant bitterness. Alcohol is really well hidden especially for 8% thus making it easy to drink but it will sneak up on you. A really fine pumpkin ale from the folks at Weyerbacher. Seek and Enjoy. Definitely recommended.

SwillBilly, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of maddogruss
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this at the local tavern.

A: Pours an orange-amber body with no real head of significance. Head was slightly orange in color, but reduced to a nice lacing.

S: Very strong smell of spices: cloves, cardamom, allspice, cinnamon were all very evident;. There were hints of pumpkin, but this beer was all about the spices.

T: The spices come through very nicely in the taste. There were slight hints of pumpkin in the aftertaste. Despite the relatively high alcoholic content of this beer, the alcohol was not evident in the taste, or even the smell. A solid brew.

M: A nice, smooth mouthfeel. The spices makes it crisp, but overall and nice mouthfeel.

D: This beer was pretty drinkable. It tasted very good and the mouthfeel was nice and smooth. Towards the end of the beer, the large amount of spices evident started to get to my stomach towards the end of the beer. Overall, a good beer.

maddogruss, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of Hibernator
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

* Game 5 ALCS - Go Red Sox! *

Pours an amber brown with an orange tint. Nice head on top with respectable trails of sticky lace.

Whiffs of cinnamon gum, cheap fall candle and a random blend of spices.

Flavors of sweet malt and spicy cinnamon. A strong dosage of quality malts with a firey cinnamon schnapps finish. I like the flavorful autumn spice quality with hints of nutmeg and ginger. I really like the soft mouthfeel.

Drinkability is noteworthy with this beer. A better than average pumpkin ale with a strength that quite deceiving.

Hibernator, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of kmo1030
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

orangey amber with with a good sized light tan head.
the smell is loaded with spices and i can even detect a little bit of starchy pumpkin. the spices include cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger. i get some toasted caramel and nuts.
the taste is very spicy and actually a little tangy (possibly from ginger along with some dried fruit type flavors). all the baking spices are there from the flavor, and like i just noted, also some dried fruit flavors like plum, black cherry, and prune. although i could get some pumpkin out of the aroma, i don't find it here in the taste, there's too much spice. reminiscent of root beer on occasion.
smooth full body with soft carbonation. surprisingly smooth actually.
decent drinkability... easing up on the spices would have done this beer some good, going a more barleywine route might have been good.

kmo1030, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of Metalmonk
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The "imperial" thing is quite the big deal right now. I enjoy it, and I figured an imperial pumpkin ale by Weyerbacher had to be interesting, at worst.

Pours out a big, creamy, frothy head...certainly the most generous head I've seen on a pumpkin ale. Color is a ruby-infused dark copper, entrancingly beautiful.

Aroma-wise, I have to make a direct reference to Cottonwood Pumpkin Ale (Carolina Brewing Co.). It has a ring of authenticity (squash-wise), yet also is obviously, but lovingly, made with plenty of spices. I know that beer well, and if you do too, you'll recognize the nose on this immediately.

The flavor delivers a mighty wallop of spices, and though there seems to be some actual squash flavor coming through, as with so many in this style, it's dominated by the pie spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and cardamom are obvious, and there's a spike of ginger in there.

Mouthfeel leaves you feeling like you're drinking a mild ginger ale, both in terms of liveliness and aftertaste. The creaminess that tries to get through is nice, and if that had come out stronger and the soda-like energy was brought down a little, it would've really helped things out.

I liked this for its boldness and character, but there's not a ton of depth, and I don't think I'd want to drink much of it in any season. So the drinkability isn't what it could be, but I nevertheless give props to Weyerbacher for conjuring up this mean pumpkin (see label).

Metalmonk, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of FenwaySquid
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 24 oz. brown bottle, no dating of any knd, poured into a 24 oz. Oktoberfest mug.

Appearance: Pours a hazy deep orange-red color, carbonation bubbles rising inside. The head formed 1-2 fingers thick and faded into a thin layer on top that retained nicely.

Aroma: Pumpkin and spices, mainly cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.

Taste: Same as the aroma, with the spices, mainly cinnamon and to a lesser extent nutmeg, dominating. The pumpkind flavors come through in the middle, as does a little hoppy tingle. The finish is mainly spices, with some pumpkin in the background with a slight alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied. The carbonation balanced nicely.

Overall: There wasn't as much pumpkin as I thought there would be, more cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves than anything. (And maybe the cardamon but I'm not sure what that tastes like to begin with.) Still, I found this one to be quite enjoyable and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys pumpkin beers.

FenwaySquid, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of Minkybut
2.95/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into a tumbler at fifty degrees. The beer wa gas colored with a tan head head that quickly decayed away. The beer smelled great, very spicy very fallish. I did not however taste any pumpkin, just spices that were way overpowering. Not my cup of beer. It would be great as an air freshener I guesss. I will not buy again.

Minkybut, Oct 15, 2007
Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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