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Imperial Pumpkin Brush And Barrel Series - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 10
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brand Name: Imperial Pumpkin
Style: English Strong Ale
Color: Dark Amber/Brown
Bitterness Units: 30
ABV: 8.0%
Date of Introduction: August 2012
Malts: 2-Row, Wheat, Caramel 80L and Caramunich malt
Hops: Nugget, Mt. Hood, Willamette
Packages Available:22oz. bottle, five-gallon “logs” & ½ Keg (15.5-gallon)
Availability:Late summer through early fall

Description: Long Trail Imperial Pumpkin Ale is the first offering in Long Trail’s new Brush and Barrel Series. This limited release seasonal treat is small batch brewed with pumpkins, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves, with increased malts and a touch of bitterness for the perfect balance.

(Beer added by: strengthdoc on 08-01-2012)
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Reviews by KTCamm:
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New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%

Poured from a bomber into a perfect pint glass. 10/10

Pours auburn autumn color, red hints, some white foam. Brown sugar, sweet pumpkin nose. Rich hearty pumpkin taste, malty caramel. Sweet hop. A little boozy. Quite filling. A very good imperial pumpkin. Recommended.

10-27-2013 18:46:19 | More by KTCamm
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured into an imperial pint glass a deep amber tinged pumpkin ornage a very nicely formed sticky slightly off white sticky head atop.Nutmeg,roasted pumpkin,and clove in the nose,I found it outside of the straight spiced box,nice job here.A very smooth feel to the beer,for me maybe to smooth.Flavors just don't jump out at ya like I was hoping,some alcohol and light pumpkin spice but it comes up a little short here.This beer has alot going for it until you put in your mouth than it peters out a little,still I have had much worse of the style.

10-09-2012 22:03:41 | More by oberon
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

03-09-2013 02:49:17 | More by aszatk01
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.73/5  rDev +1.4%

In a pint glass the beer was a dark amber color with a small tan head.

Pumpkin and pumpkin spice aroma.

Mostly a spicy taste: cinnamon, nutmeg, clove. Pumpkin taking a back seat.

Mostly a spice-forward beer, and a little on the thin side.

This was my first pumpkin beer of the season, and I didn't think it was anything special.

08-26-2013 19:16:41 | More by lordofthewiens
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2.25/5  rDev -38.9%

09-19-2013 01:18:00 | More by DWolf
Photo of JoeD15

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-15-2012 11:21:22 | More by JoeD15
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.7%

07-10-2014 13:03:00 | More by megamass
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

09-12-2012 01:02:00 | More by wattoclone
Photo of jondeelee


4.1/5  rDev +11.4%

Imperial Pumpkin opens with a rich, meaty pumpkin pie aroma, overflowing with pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and pepper, with touches of fresh sliced ginger and wildflower honey. Brown sugars and a bread/biscuit malt base that here comes across like pie crust add further complexity, as do shades of vanilla and toasted pecan. There are also sweet hints of rosewater, berry, and peach, as well as honeysuckle. As a whole, the nose is very good for a pumpkin beer, smelling deliciously of grandma’s fresh-baked pies set next to a bowl of berry oatmeal and a steaming cup of wildflower tea. Perhaps most importantly, everything is well-balanced here, the spices interplaying nicely with sugars, breads, fruits, and pumpkin to create a beer that begs to be sipped.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a muted pumpkin pie flavor, the pumpkin and spices resting gently on the tongue and melding well with standard beer flavors. The pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and pepper are still present, but joined in almost equal force by wildflower honey, toast/biscuit pie crust, touches of grapefruit and pine from the hops, toasted pecan, and a good helping of fresh fruit flavors such as berry and apricot. There are also shades of coffee and anise for depth and complexity. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main flavors, lingering on the tongue for a good while, the peppery spices slowly increasing in power as the sugars die off. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

As a whole, this is one of the better pumpkin-based beers I’ve tasted, since it manages to be both delicious and understated at the same time, as opposed to many of its peers which taste like pumpkin puree and overpowering clove. The flavors here blend well, playing off one another and each refusing to overpower the others. There is a slightly sharp touch of alcohol on the back of the throat, and the aftertaste does lean slightly too much toward pepper, clove, and anise, but as a whole this is a very good flavored beer.

09-05-2012 19:16:57 | More by jondeelee
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3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

Amber orange colored and opaque, with particulate matter in suspension. Low head that recedes quickly. Aroma of squashy vegetable, semi-sweet malt and subtle spice.

Even and balanced flavor of pumpkin and spices. Low bitterness, clove and dried leaves linger. Very well blanced flavors of pumpkin, malt, and spice. Subtle cinnamon and nutmeg, spices are not overpowering on this one, which I prefer in a pumpkin ale. ABV does not detract. Above average mouthfeel, full but not too viscous. Overall a very good beer, one of the best pumpkin ales I've had.

09-22-2012 12:21:33 | More by far333
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

07-23-2014 10:24:09 | More by briandaube
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

10-14-2012 20:41:11 | More by acurtis
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

09-15-2013 03:37:12 | More by TheLevi4000
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 07/2?/12

A: Pours a cloudy yet bright ruby orange with a 2 finger rocky white head. Clear enough to see a little carbonation. Some lacing. Nice layer of foam throughout both glasses.

S: Has a nice spice up front with a mild pumpkin backing. Allspice, clove, nutmeg and cinnamon. Lil booze as it warms. Dark fruits from the roasted malt.

T: A spicy bite up front, a little pumpkin in the middle and a bittering hop at the end. Cinnamon is one of the more dominant spices. More hop at the end than most pumpkins.

M: Has a nice full body with ample carbonation. Isnt too sticky, perhaps a little dry from the hops.

Overall a very good addition to the pumpkin lineup. A little less expensive than the heavy hitters yet still holds its ground. Glad Long Trail released two this year.

08-09-2012 01:04:44 | More by CloudStrife
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3.08/5  rDev -16.3%

This time of year, I always look forward to the Pumpkin Beer/Ales. Most of the time, I judge one of these in terms of how I would drink this while having a Pumpkin pie and whip cream!

There was no question regarding the aroma. There was a good sense of pumpkin and spices here. My first sip, the initial taste was pumpkin with some fall spices.

However, the mouthful was a bit on the thin side. It was not big and full. I think more than anything that is why I was not a big fan of this pumpkin ale.

It is always so very interesting that from year to year, any one brand can change the overall taste of the pumpkin ale.

I am glad I tasted this one, but overall it was a little to light and thin for me

08-19-2013 02:31:35 | More by rdilauro
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

01-23-2014 14:55:25 | More by Griffith
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

11-16-2012 18:41:22 | More by BrittQ
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

09-05-2012 00:51:46 | More by whatname
Photo of Roguer


4.16/5  rDev +13%

Pours a dark, long lasting, two-finger creamy head (with a semi-turbulent pour). Nut brown ale, shot through with a hint of orange glow. Thin but contiguous lacing.

Smells like a Belgian: sweet and yeasty. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and the pumpkin comes in the back end. Good balance on the aroma.

Surprisingly complex. Sweet and spicy, with a pumpkin pie finish. Some resiny yeast. A bit of a dry gourd feel on the palate.

Thick and full-bodied. Coats the entire mouth. No sting, mild foaming.

This leaves no doubt that it's a pumpkin ale, but it doesn't rely solely on a gimmicky flavor. It's very tasty, and a perfect complement for a cold New England Fall evening. I would consider drinking this regularly in season if it were available on tap. At ~$5.50 a bomber, it's also reasonably priced.

Nice artwork on the bottle, too.

09-17-2013 00:35:41 | More by Roguer
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +6%

Appearance: Deep orange with a decent head.

Aroma: The usual with this style: pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

Taste: Starts off with a slight bit of pumpkin, but not enough in my opinion. The other spices in the nose come through with a slight twinge of hops. Finishes smooth and slight creamy with a little unwelcome bitterness.

Overall: Good, not great. I can see why brewers are getting in on this popular style of beer (which I enjoy), but for my money, there are much better offereings such as Southern Tier Pumpking and Weyerbacher's pumpkin. Cheers!!

08-21-2012 19:45:03 | More by dahlen22
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

09-02-2012 02:49:28 | More by kaidasz
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

10-20-2013 20:47:42 | More by Ralphs66
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

10-25-2013 00:58:59 | More by mikefuski17
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

05-25-2014 12:25:35 | More by Saxboy10
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.18/5  rDev -13.6%

Pours a slightly hazy "pumpkin" or copper color with an airy off-white head that settles into a light cap.

The aroma is of spice as it tickles the nose a little bit. Some pepper with allspice and nutmeg, subtle pumpkin pie scent. Nice but not outstanding.

The taste is of a copper ale; some mineral/metalic flavor to go along with some caramel and a lemony twang. A bit of a mad dog 20/20 booze presence, its subtle, but unwanted. The spices are there but seem to be muddled, nothing distinctive.

Moderate feel is tingly carbonation. Sweet and spicy on the palate; finishes with an odd bittereness.

Kind of a mess of a beer. Imperial pumpkins just don't work in my book. More of an Imperial amber with a muddled spice mix and odd alcohol bitterness. Less amber more pumpkin.

08-25-2012 03:42:13 | More by Gmann
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Imperial Pumpkin Brush And Barrel Series from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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