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Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Imperial Pumpkin AleImperial Pumpkin Ale

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very good

1,937 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1937
Reviews: 937
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.62%

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

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: cbl2 on 09-17-2005)
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Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

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

Most people seem to be on the fence with this one, however, I quite enjoyed it, finding it to be one of the better, although not amongst the best, pumpkin ales that I have sampled.

It pours avery nice deep amber colour with an ample off-white head that leaves virtually no residue on the glass but lingers for a short while before dissolving away.

The smell is sweet and spicy. Cinnamon, some cloves and a decent amount of nutmeg are certainly present here. Pumpkin is noted, although it is masked somewhat by the spices. Regardless, the aroma is quite nice overall.

The flavor is almost a reverse of the aroma. While all that is noted above is present, the pumpkin flavour dominates here with the spices taking a bit of a back seat (although not by much as they are all quite prevalent still). There is a bit of tartness here as well and a nice alcohol warmth at the finish.

Overall, this was quite the enjoyable brew. Would I crack open more than one in a night? Maybe, but probably not (with that said, there's probably no pumpkin ale that I would often drink four 12 oz bottles of in one night...which is obviously just about the equivalent of two of these bombers). Would I go back to this one in the autumn months? You bet. Give it a try and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2005 01:41:14 | More by guinness33
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange / copper color with a huge fluffy 3" head. Some spotty lacing develops through the drink. The aroma is over the top, as plenty of spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves are easily detectable while your nose is not even near the glass. The flavor is a bit of a letdown, as the spices are way too dominating. Same spices listed in the aroma, and add a some raisins, pepper, and alcohol. Very mild bitterness, and the pumpkin flavor is weak in the big picture.

The mouthfeel is lightly crisp and smooth at the start and finish. The finish is long on the spice. The drinkability is down as the overwhelming spiciness tires your tastebuds. Looks great, smells great, but goes downhill from there.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2005 11:48:56 | More by Gavage
Photo of GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent pumpkin ale. Like pretty much every single pumpkin ale I've ever tasted, there isn't much underlying pumpkin taste. Pumpkin pie spices are used to give the illusion of a pumpkin taste. That's just the nature of the style.

A slight bitterness somewhere mixed in. Not sure if it is hops or some other taste. But whatever it is, it prevents this beer from being cloying, which happens a lot in this style.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2005 23:10:01 | More by GeoffFromSJ
Photo of weeare138


3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a copper color with a lush ivory head that slowly fades into a small film. Lots of streaky lacing to be seen. Tiny amounts of carbonation slowly rise to the top.
Smell is of a heavy dosage of spicey cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and scented pumpkin candles.
Taste is a bit overkill of spices with a tiny bit of pumpkin coming through. The spices are nice but way too much to handle.
Mouthfeel is very rich...very rich. Bready and very spicy. Spiciness lasts well after the swallow in this one...perhaps too long.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 14:41:26 | More by weeare138
Photo of Dithyramb


2.42/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

750 purchased from hampden
you'd think the imperial one would have enough power to subjugate the masses, but no
the imperial one is all style without much substance
an ale with spices added
pretty with light brown toasted pumpkin pie shade
enormous off white head with retention, lacing, and added carbonation
aromas of ale with spices
flavor the same. Mainly spice laden.
not bad overall, but a little tiring once it starts warming up. Light mouthfeel, with more spice than body.

Left a very dry, spice laden taste in the mouth, much like a saison. Not overly woth having a few.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 03:33:01 | More by Dithyramb
Photo of lokaen

New York

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, transparent amber with a quick-receding white head.
Smells of clove, pumpkin, and cinnamon in that order. The taste however begins with a strong cinnamon and ends slowly with cardamom and hints of clove. Crisp in the front of the mouth, smooth and slightly thin in the sip, but substatial in the swallowing. A rather drinkable beer, perfect with a meal or desert applicable to the season, I could imagine having two or three of these in a night of drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 02:29:21 | More by lokaen
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 1pt 6oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Dark orange color, tan head about 2cm thick. The liquid is pretty clear.

Smell: Pumpkin, cloves, nutmeg, and some cinnamon undertones. A mildly bitter after-taste.

Taste: Tastes like pumpkin pie with carbonation. This was my first pumpkin ale, and I liked it. I'm due to try more...

Notes: Found this at From the Vine near Polaris (Columbus, OH). Had to reserve a bottle, as this sells before it's stocked. Not bad for $5.99.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2005 23:28:59 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of francisweizen


2.55/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This one kinda blows! A shame too as it sounded so good. I always give these new Weyerbacher brews a whirl, but they so often dissapoint me horribly. It's a shame too as this brewery really is hit or miss, and when they are on, they are on (like at the last open house!). Anyways, a dull glowing orange/amber with an off-white dirty dishwater head that dies quickly and leave minimalistic lacing. Aromas are like vegetable soup, DMS abounds, and some spices try to cover it up, but fail badly. Like DFH punkin' ale when it is a year old and has been bathing in the sun. Taste is not much better. Thin with an artificial sweetness and spiciness as well as those vegetal notes. Mouthfeel is thin and not too appealing. Drinkability is blah. I'll always try new Weyerbacher brews, as sometimes they really impress...However, sometimes, their new beers are nothing to speak of. This is one of the latter. Try it once to quench your curiosity...and than move on...move on...

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2005 00:42:24 | More by francisweizen
Photo of nlmartin


3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: This one pours a red tinged with orange glow. The head is a creamy off white approximately one inch.

Smell: For the life of me I could not smell any pumpkin. I did like the cloves, cinnamon, and all spice kind of aroma coming off the beer. I would rate it higher if I could smell pumpkin.

Taste: Again I could not taste any pumpkin. Very nice spicy taste, the cloves, cinnamon and spice played very nice together. Hell I think I could taste something kind of bread like, but no pumpkin.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This one is fairly easy to drink once. I doubt if I will repeat. I just could not taste the pumpkin

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2005 07:20:04 | More by nlmartin
Photo of erica


2.85/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A Sunday afternoon drive to the local Six-Pack Shop found me with a mixed 6-pack, including this one from Weyerbacher. I have found most Weyerbacher brews generally to be grossly sweet and definitely not to my tastes, but I do like their Imperial Stout / Raspberry Stout. I also generally love pumpkin ales, and I forgot it was that time of year. So, I obviously picked this one, since it's called Imperial Pumpkin. Sounds good, doesn't it?

After a few hours in the fridge to chill it just enough, I popped the cap and poured. It poured a crystal-clear medium to dark red-orange-brown, very autumn-like, darker than expected for a pumpkin, with a fizzy off-white head that faded quickly into a ultra-thin layer of tiny bubbles. Streams of bubbles are constantly rising in the glass. If I think about it, the scene on the top of my beer from the bits of bubbles left looks like a desert mountainous landscape, one of the mountains is smoking, and there's a legless cat flying through the sky. Nice.

It smells.... Sweet! Really sweet, not nice pumpkin pie sweet, but more like 'get yer nose out quick before it turns to sugar (or whatever makes it sweet)! Along with that, there's a baking spice cabinet aroma, a cinnamon-bomb topped with cloves and nutmeg. Pleasant but over-done. And I'm a big fan of the DFH Punkin, which is nice and spicy. But not like this. There's a hint of bread or pie crust, even a slight creamy scent, but I can't smell any pumpkins in this!! In a word, I could describe the taste as Spicy-sweet. But, what fun is a one-word description? Tastes like corn muffins topped with mashed cooked pumpkin, with way too much spices sprinkled (or rather dumped) on top. Really, the pumpkin is just hiding in the background. I really think this beer would benefit from the less is more school of thought. There's a bready and almost lactic finish to this, almost like the whipped cream you'd put on a slice of pumpkin pie.

Mouthfeel is decent. Quite carbonated for how thick of a sweet taste there is. Thank god, otherwise this would be like drinking sweetened spiced molasses. Drinkability suffers here for the simple reason that there is too much sugar-coated spices that mask the pumpkin in there. I am glad I only picked up one bottle, because i am having trouble getting through it, but I also am glad I tried it.

Not sure what the problem is here, but it really just seems that all that spice was thrown in to cover up something. Were the pumpkins bad? I don't know, I don't want to know. Like I said, one bottle is more than enough. That's my curiosity satisfied.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2005 23:18:01 | More by erica
Photo of mattcrill


3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours brick red with a sudsy tan head. Visible carbonation noted up the sides of the glass.

Smell: Very "lager-like". Some bready, yeasty notes with some cinnamon and cloves in the background. Kind of smells like musty pumpkin pie. Nothing all too impressive.

Taste: Yikes! Over the top spices. Tastes like I'm licking a pile of cinnamon and cloves. It finishes with some yeast and a brush of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little overcarbonated.

Drinkability: Appropriate for the time of year but it gets a little old after a while. Nice to enjoy while watching some college football but probably won't be sampling this again any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2005 21:28:33 | More by mattcrill
Photo of cbl2

New York

3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No best by date. Pours a crystal clear medium brown with hints of orange and subtle red tinges, topped by a thin tightly packed off-white head.

Spicy doesn't come close to describing this. It smells like a pumpkin pie in my glass. A ton of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg vie for dominance over a sickly sweet malt backbone.

Again, overly spiced. The clove is annoying on my tongue, while the nutmeg and cinnamon along with oddly bitter hops mask the sweetness of the malts. A high alcohol feeling warms the mouth, along with an odd pumpkin sensation.

Nowhere close to what I consider the golden standard of pumpkin ales: Punkin Ale by DFH. This is overly hopped, overly spiced, and in general, overly done.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2005 02:59:01 | More by cbl2
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