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Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Imperial Pumpkin AleImperial Pumpkin Ale

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very good

2,489 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,489
Reviews: 986
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 130
Gots: 298 | 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:
Beer added by: cbl2 on 09-17-2005

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.
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark golden tan with a 1/4 inch head, some lacing.

Smell - Pumpkin aroma up front. Nutmeg, brown sugars, cinnamon, some malts. Not overly strong like a lot other pumpkin beers out there.

Taste - Well, first sip is surprising. Pumpkin flavors with some spices but, not overly strong or highly flavored. More malts with a pumpkin backbone, with mild sugars. Kinda watery and light, until the alcohol gets you at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light and watery, tongue gets some malts, spices and pumpkin. Palate gets more spices and malts, with some alcohol. Aftertaste is weak and light malts.

Overall - This is weak and not impressive. Too watery and lacks the big flavors that most pumpkin beers have. No balance, and alcohol comes too strong. No reason to drink this one again.

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4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a rastal beer snifter. Huge thick foamy head and beautiful deep amber color. Let it sit a little to warm up and to get some of the flavors of it woken up. After about 5 minutes, the head had dissipated , but a small amount is still there, and lacing already on glass where it was. Kinda wished it stuck around a little more, but oh well.

S - Holy pumpkin batman! It smells like a fresh baked pumpkin pie! The spices, the warm earthiness, the pumpkin; all spot on. Picking up huge showings from cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, maybe some dark fruitiness, and of course, the pumpkin.

T - I must say I am a little disappointed here, after that incredible showing of smell, the taste leaves something to be desired. Don't get me wrong though, the beer tastes wonderful! On first taste, instantly greeted by a deep sweet cinnamon raisin earthiness, picking up some dried citrus tones, lots of doughy crusty spices, picking up a hint of maybe apple cider sweetness, some nutmeg, and then a deep rich pumpkin tartness. Great tasting beer, but really hoped for more pumpkin.

M - Thick and smooth, a creamy richness to it, and yet it's still whispy smooth. Was hoping for a little more darkness to it, a little more of it to stick to my mouth.

O - With all of the pumpkin ales and beers out there today, this one definitely stands out with the elite of the crowd. It's subtle, yet overflowing with pumpkin, although I really wanted it to taste more like it smelled. A wonderful beer for the fall months!

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look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark amber, not see through. Looks grainy. Little head, but not expected out of a bottle.

Smell: Spices, pumpkin and alcohol. Smells very much like the name.

Taste: Spiced, and high alcohol taste. Bitter, definitely more sweet. Taste not very similiar to the smell of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated, very light, easy slugging capability.

Overall: Never know what to expect w/ appearance, but i'd think an ale especially a pumpkin would be lighter in color. The smell of this beer is the highlight, i really enjoy the spices and pumpkin, but the alcohol is noticeable by smell. Tastewise, this is better than last yr. More flavorful.

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Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,489 ratings.