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

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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 13
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: strengthdoc on 08-01-2012

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.
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Reviews by chefhatt:
Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle
I poured this beer it has dark mahogany color body with a small head. The aroma is of cinnamon and brown sugar. The taste is malt upfront then the spices come through. The cinnamon and nutmeg and brown sugar. The mouthfeel is smooth and overall a good imperial pumpkin ale.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Roguer
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of jondeelee
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of far333
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, cloudy, brownish/orangeish color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin coating of foam that covered the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic. Lots of pumpkin and spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, all-spice, ginger, clove, and brown sugar. There’s also lots of malt and bready notes, too, like freshly baked ginger bread, however, I get next to nothing in the way of hops.

Taste: Pumpkin and spices upfront. Fruity and savory. I get tons of nutmeg and ginger, followed by pumpkin and malt an some subtle hops to round everything out. Very damn good!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy. There is some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 8.0%, I’m surprised that there is not more of an alcohol presence on the palate.

Overall: This is a really, really good beer! I really like the savory tartness that this beer has. If Long Trail put this out next year, I’ll certainly get a bottle of it to enjoy!

Photo of rdilauro
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 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

Photo of JohnFatAss
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an exceptional pumpkin ale.
Perfect for a cold autumn night.

It pours a gorgeous dark orange color.
It has a thick, tan and creamy head.

Rich and full bodied.
Sweet and malty.
Perfectly spiced with just the right amount of bitterness.

8% ABV gets the job done.

Again, a perfect beer for a cold autumn night.

Photo of dahlen22
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!!

Photo of Gmann
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of KTCamm
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jtierney89
2.3/5  rDev -38%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy tarnished orange color. Head less sticky then the smaller pumpkin ale by long trial. Much different nose as well. Faint pumpkin on the nose, some funky barnyard like scents. Soft pumpkin pie spices underneath it all. Some detectable alcohol.

Kind of bland actually for such a big pumpkin beer. On the bigger side of being medium bodied, bright effervescence. Sweet, malt is highly detectable with a bit of alcohol on the swallow. The pumpkin flavor is there but faint along with the spice, some spice on the finish though. Slightly sour and/or acidic on the back end of the tongue. Not very good.Kind of like they took their pumpkin ale, upped the malt without upping anything else. Drinkable but disappointing.

Compared to other pumpkins at this abv level, this one really crapped the bed.

Photo of Treyliff
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a goblet

A- pours a deep amber color with a small creamy off-white colored head that reduces to leave only a ring around the edge

S- quite malty base with aromas of brown fruit bread & brown sugar, spice aromas of nutmeg & cinnamon, light vegetal notes to close it out

T- malty base follows the aroma with notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, even a hint of molasses. The spicing kicks in mid-palate with an emphasis on nutmeg, followed by cinnamon & clove. More malty sweetness closes it out with some dark bread & a trace of hop bitterness

M- medium body with medium prickly carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues all the way to a silky finish

O- one of the more malty pumpkin ales out there, and it works well with the spices, very drinkable at 8% as well

Photo of puboflyons
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle. 2013 batch no. 1854. Sampled on August 3, 2013. This has been renamed the "Brush & Barrel Series" rather than the "Brewmaster Series."

It looks like a pumpkin ale should with its orange to medium amber pour and a lingering off-white head. The look is worth high marks.

On the nose the pumpkins penetrate immediately but are quickly usurped by sweet malts, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a dash of clove. Hops are not very forward.

The body is medium to bold.

Whereas the hops were difficult to find in the aroma they present themselves more so in the taste after a quick flirtation with sweet malts, pumpkin, spices, and cinnamon. Moderate lingering bitterness at the end. Nicely done.

Photo of CheapHysterics
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love pumpkin beers, but generally find the so called "imperial" ones to be either way too sweet, overspiced, or both. Long Trail avoids those pitfalls nicely here, but the pumpkin is a bit understated while the booziness and the spices clash with each other, especially on the finish.

A: beautiful hazy red orange, with a thin head that lasts.

S: Sweeter than the taste. malt with a bit of pumpkin and spice.

T: Overall pretty nice. Spices not overpowering, sweet but not too sweet, pumpkin is understated. Finish is awkward with spice and alcohol competing in a not good way with each other.

M: Smooth and surprisingly chewy in a good way.

O: A pleasant change from the cloyingly sweet nutmeg and vanilla bombs, but still leaves something to be desired.

Photo of philbe311
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A fairly active pour yields just shy of two fingers worth of light khaki colored moderately creamy froth... Stellar retention... The color is a mix of rich bronze and medium brown... A limited bit of slightly sluggish carbonation can be seen rising in streaks towards the top of the glass... A very regal and sophisticated looking Pumpkin Ale...

S - A big nose with all the characters that one would expect... Sweet pumpkin puree... Cinnamon... Nutmeg... Just a kiss of cloves... Brown sugar... Graham cracker crust... Very nice aroma... It literally smells like pumpkin pie in a glass...

T - A big hit of boozy alcohol up front... The booze continues to linger throughout... The pumpkin pie aspects take a slightly distant back seat... They also become a bit muddled... The spices are dialed up a notch... The expected sweetness is non-existent... The brown sugar and pie crust linger beneath the surface... There is also a slight metallic tinge beneath the surface... There are some nice woody notes which develop as this one warms, but it seems to be out of place...

M - Sturdy and slightly rigid from the get go... Medium to full bodied... Starts slightly lush and finishes bone dry... Crisp carbonation...

D - Love the artwork on the label, but I guess that's the point of the brush & Barrel Series... Excellent appearance and aroma... Things drop off a bit in terms of flavor and ... It's still a rock solid beer and different lives up to it's "imperial" label... Not your typical Pumpkin Ale by any means, but that's okay... Just not sure this is something I would recommend nor indulge in with regularity...

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
8.0% ABV,

A - Beautiful burnt copper in color, orange highlights shine through the cloudy beer which is capped by thick light toffee foam.

S - Between the rich roasted pumpkin and delicately balanced nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon spice, Long Trail's imperial pumpkin has a smooth and inviting fall appeal that's underscored by sweet caramel and toasted wheat bread.

T - Soft caramel sweetness is bullied by dry toasted Vienna malts and finished with roasted pumpkin and spice that remains as delicate as the aroma lets on.

M - Malty and rich, this full-bodied and smooth beer is big with little alcohol interruption, finishing with simple spice and warming heat.

O - Long Trail's Imperial Pumpkin is a big little beer. 8% alcohol is light and warming, caressed by roasted pumpkin and delicate spice with malt complexity at it's core as it's a simple and tame imperial pumpkin.

Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. it has a beautiful dark red/orange color with a big thick foamy white head that leaves some lacing behind. It's opaque and rich.

S. It has a malty and metallic scent. A hint of pumpkin.

T/M. It has a lovely sweetness to it. A mild bitter undertone. There's a pumpkin taste and a mild grape taste. Basically full-bodied and very smooth.

O. The pumpkin is tamed, but it's a rich-tasting brew. Perfect on an autumn evening, but if I'm nitpicking, it lacks that defining pumpkin taste that I look for. But an excellent brew.

Photo of metter98
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy orange-amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of cinnamon and other spices in the nose along with some notes of pumpkin and hints of alcohol.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the flavors of pumpkins are slightly stronger. Hints of alcohol are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This isn't that bad of a pumpkin beer, but I think I might have enjoyed it more if the smell and taste of alcohol was better hidden.

Photo of BrewingViking
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - pumpkin spicy (mostly allspice), with a slight malt in the background
A - clear and dark copper
F - sweet, a lot of upfront spice, pumpkin background, finishing with a light malty sweetness
M - light body and medium amount of carbonation
O - very nice pumpkin beer. a nice amount of spice. needs a little more pumpkin flavor

Photo of jmaharaj
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep Amber with a thin head that is quickly reduced to a thin ring around the beer.

S- Obviously pumpkin. This smells like a brighter pumkin beer, not too spicy, less pumpkin pie, more just pumpkin. There is a little bit of mace and a faint chemical smell, a little like toothpaste.

T- Not bad, a little dull. Starts with pumkin, nothing too complex and just ends bitter and dry. A small hop presence and smack of nutmeg on the end keeps this from being a one note beer. If nothing else its a purer pumkin beer. Tastes fresh and bright, but not overly interesting. For being an imperial this would surprisingly make for a drinkable sunny day beer.

M- A little light. Carbonation is quietly aggressive, which I think suits the overall feel of this particular beer.

O- A good pumkin beer for people who dont like pumkin pie. A little underwhelming, but quite pleasant.

Photo of claspada
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber/copper color with an sudzie off-white head that settles into a light white cap.

The aromas begin and end with spice notes highlighted by clove, ginger and subtle nutmeg. Some toasted bready malt in the background but not much actual pumpkin gourd smells.

The tastes begin with a mild amber ale base, toasted bread, light caramel. Then you get the ginger and clove spiciness once again. Some brown sugar and graham cracker but I'm stretching at this point.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is semi-sweet and spicy on the palate with an odd bittereness in the background.

Overall is is quite substandard for a Pumpkin ale, Imperial or not. It falls quite short of the higher quality examples like Weyerbacher and Elysian. Lacking the real pumpkin flavor backbone with all spices to carry the flavor profile.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Snagged a bomber up for 5 bucks from halftime beverage. Into a goblet.
A - Slightly hazy orange brown with a 1/2 inch of head that settles to a nice lace ring. Sticky lacing.
S - NO HOPS! With some nutmeg and cinnamon combo goodness. Mild vegital pumpkin and brown sugar sweetness.
T - Drinks pretty good for the ABV it does have a mild burn with vegital pumpkin in the finish. Has balanced cinnamon and nutmeg with little hop bitterness. Not bad.
M - Best part its around 8% but smooth with no alcohol to the taste or smell it taste like 6% at most.

Overall a great pumpkin beer "bang for your buck" and I have had worse. Could use more spice though as always...

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Imperial Pumpkin Brush And Barrel Series from Long Trail Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.