Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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3.78/5 rDev -2.8%
Good everything. Solid pumpkin ale. Nutmeg, clove, warm pumpkin-spice, allspice. The usual suspects. Great big brown character. Sweet brown sugar and butter. Mild banana notes. All this tied up in the nose and taste. Very little hopping, just enough to act as a bittering agent, not big in the flavor though. Moderate mouthfeel, little smaller than 8% should feel. Good work. I might pair it with something later. Maybe some roasted root vegetables.
09-07-2012 00:45:44 | More by CheezyBlaster
3.25/5 rDev -16.5%
Poured into a chalice. The color is murky amber brown. There is a small medium tan head with amber hues.
The aroma is full of spice; mostly cinnamon and nutmeg. There is a hint of some vegetable in the aroma.
The flavor is a spice bomb. It's hard to detect much malt flavor here under the mask of cinnamon and nutmeg. I think the balance is a little too much in favor of the spices, but it's not a terrible flavor.
This is medium bodied with sharp carbonation. This one isn't bad for those who love spice bombs.
09-05-2012 04:24:33 | More by andrewinski1
3.7/5 rDev -4.9%
There definitely is some spice, but for a pumpkin beer, it's not an overwhelming pumpkin taste. The spice smell is there, and there is a faint aroma of pumpkin when you first smell it. It tastes like fall, and it is good, but the pumpkin taste is a bit disappointing.
09-03-2012 23:15:45 | More by GCQsOpus
4.38/5 rDev +12.6%
Light half a finger head of tan color which evaporates down very quickly to an almost foamless surface, likewise the lacing is nonexistent. Copper orange colored liquid, a few trace bubbles zip about, yellows around the rims, pleasing overall clarity. Given the richness of its pungency the nose has a stiff texture and feel, plenty of pumpkin there, more so cinnamon, clove spice and something reminiscent of cola, also some lemon citrus and well baked pie crust notes, rises deep into your nostrils and stays there for some time. Medium-bodied, equally firm feel here in the mouth, the carbonation more muscular than expected based on visual inspection. Mixes some milk chocolate into those baking spices, sort of softens things a touch. The pumpkin is strong without being really sweet. Biscuit, scone with a moment of cornbread, here there’s a stronger honeyed aspect. The floral dimension expands through the finish, extending things further. The level of spicing is pretty outrageous so if you want lowkey or demure, this is not for you. Otherwise, get ready for a spice fest.
09-03-2012 21:53:34 | More by farrago
4.13/5 rDev +6.2%
Served on cask at Barcade in Jersey City, NJ
A: Pours a clear dark golden copper to amber in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall off-white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of pumpkin, yam, and spices - most notably cinnamon, clove, ginger, and nutmeg.
T: The flavor of this beer is quite strong but in a good way - there is a light caramel malt flavor underneath the big pumpkin and spice flavors. The pumpkin and yam are more savory, not like a pumpkin pie, but the spices are similar to those you would find in a pie - cinnamon, ginger, clove, and nutmeg. The ginger gives is a little bit of a spicy bite but that only adds to the enjoyable flavors.
M: Just heavier than medium bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth with a light amount of alcohol heat in the finish.
O: This is a very good and very enjoyable pumpkin beer that is looking for a beer that has the pumpkin and spice flavors but doesn't taste like a pumpkin pie. I only wish the alcohol was a little more well hidden - though I found that it was not as present in the bottled version.
09-02-2012 13:35:16 | More by dbrauneis
3.98/5 rDev +2.3%
Appearance: Semi-translucent amber with a small off-white head. Ruby red when held up to the light.
Aroma: Cinnamon, nutmeg, a hint of cloves. Also some real pumpkin aroma in there. Smells like a pumpkin pie right out of the oven.
Taste: The spices are subdued here, which works in its favor. Getting some caramel and other light malts that play a supporting role for the pumpkin. The pumpkin flavor here is really nice. Slightly sweet with a flavor like the aroma of baking pumpkin. The cinnamon sticks with you in the aftertaste. The alcohol is hidden really well here.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a good level of effervescence for the style. The aftertaste gets cloying after a little while. Average drinkability.
Final Thoughts: I'm currently brewing a Pumpkin Ale and I hope it turns out like this one. The spices are at a great level and the pumpkin flavor really shines. A likable beer that I'll probably buy again when it starts getting colder outside.
09-02-2012 04:04:05 | More by JamesMN
Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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