Imperial Pumpkin Ale | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Imperial Pumpkin AleImperial Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
We set out to make a bold monument for The King of the Pumpkins!
This 8.0% ABV pumpkin ale is the mother of all pumpkin ales. It is heartier, spicier and more “caramelly” and “pumpkiny” than its faint brethren! We have added lots of pumpkin along with cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of cardamom and clove, giving this beer a spicy, full-bodied flavor.

This truly is an Imperial Pumpkin Ale. Perfect finisher on a cool autumn night or match it up with a slice of pumpkin pie and fresh whipped cream.

Added by cbl2 on 09-17-2005

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark pumpkin pie color with brown and orange. A light off-white head with minimal lacing. Smells like pumpkin pie and booze with yeasty crust smells and pie spices backed with a whiff of alcohol. Tastes like it smells with a pleasant sweetness to complete the pumpkin pie in a glass illusion. Very solid candidate for the pumpkin beer category.

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Photo of Houser
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

one of the better pumpkin beers out there. a little heavy on the spices, but i think it works with the strong pumpkin flavors and jacked up abv. im possibly a bit of a homer, but i will happily enjoy this one.

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Photo of EMV
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a clear dark reddish-orange/amber color. Mild tannish head.

S: Pumpkin pie... ginger and spices, cinnamon and nutmeg.

T/F: Malts and pumpkin pie spices at the outset. Spicy is a good adjective for this beer, and ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves dance across the palate which give way to a nice caramel malt flavor. Definitely some cooked pumpkin at the finish. Well carbonated, almost to the point of fizzy. A bit of a zesty mouthfeel. Gets better as it warms and almost boozy.

O: I'm not a big pumpkin beer guy but this is definitely one of the better ones. A little spicier than most and this doesn't fall into the 'sweet pumpkin soda' trap that has become all too familiar. This beer makes for a worthy addition to your autumn.

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Photo of dd43
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

By pumpkin ale standards this is one of the better ones I've had. You definitely get the pumpkin pie spice mixture in the nose. The flavors combine that with a pretty decent malt backbone which elevates this above a lot of the spicebomb beers that have no backbone and don't even feature real pumpkin. There's an earthy vegetal pumpkin flavor in this beer that is neither heavy handed nor unwelcome. I might not go grab a sixer of this, but if I'm choosing a pumpkin beer at a Halloween party this one is high on the list. As a plus: looks pretty awesome in the glass after a pour, with a two finger head and pretty decent lacing.

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Photo of KSOZE
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good pumpkin beer. The aroma is a huge standout here for the style. Not as hit-you-in-the-face as some of the heavily spiced pumpkin beers (Pumking and Schlafly come to mind). The flavor takes a step back as the spices come through in aroma more in flavor. While not subtle, it's more subtle than the two aforementioned pumpkin brews.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin ale.

Third pumpkin beer so far of the season. Only other beer I've ha outta these guys was a disappointing malt bomb DIPA. Let's see if they got this one right.

Look - Pours a deep amber with just a shade of some slight copper edges along with a half finger of thick off white head that disappears very quickly. Carbonation appears to be medium with this one. No cloud formations and no lacing. 4.

Smell - Cinnamon and ginger spice are the dominates scents I am picking up. Allspice and a touch of brandy like alcohol at the end of the whiff. Pie crust is there though in small amounts. 4

Taste - Very fine Brandy note at first that lingers around in the mouth met in the middle by ginger spice and cinnamon. Alcohol is only slightly present at the 8.4% ABV. This is one easy drinker. 4.75.

Feel - Body is well rounded and quite full with a moderate touch of carbonation and a bit of an alcoholic bite if you breath through the nose. 4.5

Overall - This was definitely my favorite pumpkin ale of the three I have had. It is about as perfectly balanced for the style as you are going to possibly get, and it doesn't have too much pumpkin/sweetness ( Pumking ) or too little ( Blue Moon, Ichabod). The brandy notes were a welcome change up for the style. And it is almost too easy to drink for the ABV, my glass was gone in about two minutes. For these things stated, this category shall reflect. 4.5.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: This pours a hazy amber with ¾ finger head that quickly dissipates without too much lacing. S: This one smells like a pumpkin pie – cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and coriander T: It is a pumpkin pie packed in a glass and is a little cloying. The alcohol is apparent and helps. F: Medium to medium full body and medium carbonation. O: It is an interesting beer but I find the pumpkin pie aspect of it a little off putting.

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Photo of dano
1.99/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This years Imperial Pumpkin tastes a little off to me. I don't know if it's the cardamom or cloves, but there is a strange almost "watery" taste on the tongue that was definitely different from last year. I've a few bottles of this year's already and I just had a leftover bottle from last year and last year's had a much stronger pumpkin flavor without the "watery" flavor I find this year. Does anyone else find a difference with this year's batch?

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Photo of whitetale
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange/gold into a nonic glass with a white head. Aroma is light pumpkin spices. Flavor and mouthfeel are great. I like the touch of clove (always my favorite in pumpkin pie). As the beer warms, a molasses to an almost brandy flavor comes through - smooth and mildly sweet. This is one beer that deserves to be consumed warmer - the flavors are all there. This is definitely a beer I will buy for the cooler weather coming up.

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Photo of mscottjohnston
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Weyerbacher imperial pumpkin 2014

Kicking off the season with one I've saved since last year.

Cellared at 54F since November 2014. Poured into a snifter.

A - identical to current vintage. Burnt umber color. 2 inch head upon the initial pour recedes to 1/2 inch. Continual carbonation rising throughout.

S - maple, cooked sugar, cloves, pumpkin pie

T - liquor presence up front, brandy flavor. This moves smoothly to fall spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger. Pumpkin follows and it finishes with more of the brandy and alcohol.

M - syrupy, long long lingering. Makes me want to sip, not chug. Perfect for the style

O - brandy was a surprising flavor to emerge. Alcohol seems to have intensified, rather than mellowed with age.

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Photo of StartedwithSAM
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy, amber in color when held to natural light. 1 index finger width of foamy, white head with no lacing observed.

Smell: The nose is a strong but a pleasant bouquet of clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon with a slight sweet, bready scent. The cinnamon and clove are instantly noted during the pour.

Taste: The taste is concurrent. Clove, nutmeg , pumpkin then cinnamon with a caramel, bready finish. The cinnamon lingers a bit with some warmth (in the chest).

Mouthfeel: An oily feel on the palate and tongue, reasonable carbonation.

Overall: I really enjoyed this years Imperial Pumpkin ale offering. The spices are well balanced and not as overpowering as the initial smell may suggest. I also noted that it is not as cloying which, to me, seems to be the downfall of many a pumpkin or christmas ales. I will definitely grab some again soon to save for colder weeks. Cheers.

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Photo of justinp444
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass this beer is a darker brown orange with a half inch head of white foam. Smell of pumpkin, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and caramel with just a bit of a biscuit-y malt background. Taste is light with a nice heavily spiced pumpkin pie flavor and a good amount of nutmeg and clove (the cinnamon adds a bit of dryness). The pumpkin flavor itself is not as prominent probably because the body is too light to carry it. This beer has a very bread-y flavor and actually tastes more like pumpkin bread than pumpkin pie. The mouth feel is crisp and moderate to full with a lingering dry spice.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is medium sweet pumpkins, cinnamon and a hint of brown sugar. The flavor is pumpkins, cinnamon, malts, mild heat, a hint of hops and a tangy/tart finish.

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: deep amber color 1 finger head
S: lots of cinnamon , pumpkin , nutmeg kinda like a pumpkin roll
T: lots of cinnamon that lingers little pumpkin
f : rich and bubbly with lots of cinnamon
O: great pumpkin beer but to much cinnamon I drank 12 oz bottle poured in a goblet

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, cloudy, mahogany/orange color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed a few wispy clouds of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very pumpkin-y and spicy. Tons of cinnamon, molasses, nutmeg, all-spice, ginger and clove. Not much in the way of malt or hops aroma, however.

Taste: Very good! Great flavors of spice: roasted pumpkin, nutmeg, all-spice, cinnamon and brown sugar. Very good malty backbone too, like freshly baked dark bread to nicely balance everything out. Finally, there is no hops bitterness to speak of, which I overall prefer.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 8.0%, there is just a little alcohol present on the palate.

Overall: This is an excellent pumpkin ale! Great balance between the malt, sweetness, spices and the pumpkin. Absolutely delicious! I’m definitely getting some more of this next year!

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imperial Pumpkin Ale brewed by Weyerbacher Brewing Co. This brew has an 8.00% ABV. The pour on this brew is a nice cloudy, deep, amber color, with a small off white head. Imperial Pumpkin Ale smell is rich with pumpkin and spices. You also pick up on some grains and malts in the smell of this brew. The taste is bold with flavor of pumpkin and spices. This brew puts you in the mind of a pumpkin pie. The mouthfeel is bold, rich and full of flavor. There is nothing overpowering in this brew, it has a nice balance to it. This brew goes down smooth. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.5 out of 5. Weyerbacher Brewing Co. did a nice job with this brew. I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this beer's head is two fingers thick and off white, with secular lacing, and a dark brownish amber body.

The aroma coming off of this brew is quite spiced, with the help of plenty of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. I can also detect the cardamon mentioned on the packaging. Nothing too spicy or "pie-like", nice and balanced scent.

I can taste mostly the same elements as with the smell, but also a generous helping of greatly caramelized malts. Very smooth, despite this being an "imperial style" of pumpkin ale. I really am enjoying this!

This beer's mouthfeel is fullbodied and rich, but still very smooth and delicious!

Overall I'll give Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co. a 4.5 Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co. This has been one of the most enjoyable pumpkin brews I've had the pleasure to drink and review. I will certainly buy this again!

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Photo of lwillitz
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into nonic pub glass

A - 2 fingers khaki foam over a cloudy body of deep orange amber

S - pumpkin, spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves), caramel sweetness, grains; pleasantly complex

T - pumpkin flesh, same spices as in nose, bready, caramel sweetness, slightly boozy finish; again, pleasantly complex

M - smooth full body, medium/high carbonation, alcohol warmth

O - Weyerbacher makes an excellent Imperial Pumpkin. Smooth, complex, and tasty.

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Photo of Los13
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Right off the bat I get that cinnamon and nutmeg aroma. Pour out a nice inch & 1/2 head. Nice sunburst color to it. Light body but with a heavier Finnish. I get a lot of the malt flavors as well which may be also from the cardamom, Definitely get that ginger taste from it. Very good pumpkin ale just easy on them since they are 8%

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Photo of xxxcjbcxxx
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Not a fan. Way too sweet; way too much seasoning. I don't mind flavor in beer, such as spice, but this one was awash with sweetness, clove, cinnamon, and cardamon. The aroma alone rivals that of a pumpkin spice candle. If you really, really enjoy pumpkin ales, I would recommend this beer, because it has 3x the flavor of your average pumpkin ale.

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

Appearance - orange/copper color with tan head

Smell - cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg

Taste - cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg, vanilla

Mouthfeel - spices prominent upfront, medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweet but not cloying

Overall - decent pumpkin ale worth a shot

Price point - $1.67/12 oz single

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Photo of Mongrel
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%

Certainly better than your average pumpkin ale. Not overly spiced, but still possessing some depth and nuance. Nice notes of pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon and caramel. Doesn't hide it's booze well though - that's the biggest strike against it. Similar in style to Schlafly's pumpkin ale, just a little less refined.

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Photo of barczar
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%

Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove form the aroma. There's substantial brown sugar sweetness. Flavor reveals ginger at the base, which lingers throughout. Caramel malt sweetness and pumpkin form the backbone, with cinnamon and clove accenting the profile. There's a hint of squash tang, along with cola notes, which are offputting. Good amount of sweetness, for my palate.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: An opaque tawny orange/amber with a tan one-finger head that lingers. Billowy lacing.

S: Strong cinnamon and nutmeg. Pumpkin pie pops in nicely.

T: Starts out slightly sour, then rounds out into a pumpkin pie crust flavor with cloves and nutmeg. Rich, hearty.

M: Light to medium with light carbonation.

O: Not as creamy or carbonated as I hoped it would be. The sour start is a turnoff. Not bad, but I've had much better.

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Photo of droomyster
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours a clear dark reddish brown with a small tan head. Aromas are extremely literal on the pumpkin spice: big notes of cloves and nutmeg dominate, with brown sugary sweetness. Extremely sweet like pumpkin pie on the palate, very smooth body with a spicy (think red hots and cinnamon) mid-palate. Finishes on notes similar to some of the cinnamon whiskeys that are currently in vogue. An excellent choice if you like pumpkin ales that take the pumpkin pie challenge at face value.

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Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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