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

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Reviews: 85
Hads: 415
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 26.15%
Wants: 17
Gots: 72 | 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:
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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Photo of matridium
5/5  rDev +34.8%


This taste like drinking a slice of pumpkin pie. come on this is beer..... and well. if you make a pumpkin beer it should have some pumpkin back bone. The spices shine through but the bitterness is impressive. Nice, smooth, and well pumpkin.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.36/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours great - expecting or hoping for orange like the inside of a pumpkin but pours a deep amber and orange - doesn't disappoint, it's like the inside of a pumping but as expected with spices and brown sugar. Smell is pumpkin first with brown sugar and maple, then spices, and finally a bit boozy. The booziness almost disappears via the taste and reinforces heavy pumpkin and brown sugar. Spices are present but have had stronger in other similar brews. Well done.

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Photo of StartedwithSAM
4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz. bottle poured into a grand snifter at 55F.

Appearance: A nice cloudy, amber in color, 1 finger with off-white head and spotty lacing.

Smell: The nose is balanced with sweet malts, cloves, ginger and subtle cinnamon.

Taste: The taste is concurrent, not cloying but not overly bitter either and the cloves really usher the other flavors to a pumpkin finish which lingers a little.

Mouthfeel: A full body with a somewhat oily feel on the palate.

Overall: I really enjoyed this. The balance between the spices and the pumpkin were accomplished here, along with a pleasant nose made this a really enjoyable drink. I will definitely pick this one up again and save for a cooler evening.

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Photo of Lifsabch
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm not big on fruity beers; I'm more into IPAs and good stouts and porters. For kicks and giggles I'll try certain seasonals. I recall Shipyard Pumpkin being the first of its kind and I concluded 'this wasn't for me'. Then came Samual Adams Pumpkin. Overall I found this was an improvement. Today I had the privilege tasting Long Trail's Imperial Pumpkin on tap. Now we're talking! It was cloudy and amber in color. Taste was a near perfect balance of pumpkin and spices. I am scheduled to try Samual Adams Fat Jack this time next week. I almost can't see how it could be any better than this one but we'll see!

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Photo of SawDog505
4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a bright reddish orange with a beautiful, 2 inch off white head that leaves awesome lace and had exceptional retention. Smell is pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and some brown sugar. Taste is all that, very balanced and not over the top like some of these pumpkin beers, nice. Body is medium, nice amount of carbonation, not dry, and easy sipping, pretty tame for 8%. It is a nice cool fall evening the perfect night for this, probably my favorite pumpkin fan ever. Not really a huge fan of the style normally.

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Photo of Roland45s
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Considering Ive had several other oaked aged beers (primarily in bourbon barrels) this beer was great. Heavier on the pumpkin and all spice flavor with not too much of an oak flavor. The beer while holding a higher ABV did not have too much bite and was on the syrupy side of things, something I appreciate. Poured with an aggressive pour and it had just over 1" head. Definitely recommend it to those of you who are die hard pumpkin fans such as me.

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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.

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Photo of strengthdoc
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the brewery on the release day. Nice hazy orange/amber color. Light head with moderate lacing. Nice, but not overpowering aroma of nutmeg, pumpkin and other spices. Nice spicy taste of nutmeg, pumpkin and light cinnamon, with a mild alcohol warmth in the finish. It could use a little more pumpkin, but I really like this beer.

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Photo of iBeer16
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

enjoyed in a pint glass.
A- pours a amber/copper color. pours with a small 2 finger head that dissipates quickly. good carbonation
S- pumpkin, very real aroma, allspice, nutmeg, slight cinnamon, brown sugar. cloves, bananas
T- great strong blend of pumpkin and spices throughout, no overpowering pumpkin taste,very pleasant.
M- smooth, great body, full and light at the same time. creamy. great carbonation to leave palate refreshed.
O- on the pumpkin scale, sits in the middle of the road in regards to drinkability, definitely possible to drink 3, maybe 4. great flavors, scent, balance and mouth feel. balance is key here, nothing overpowering.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%

one of the better pumpkins going in the early season here. its great, not over spiced, which i love, but also not under flavored. featuring the pumpkins better than most others i have seen, just a light nutmeg hit in there, and maybe a little honey or maple sweetness as it finishes. the alcohol is warming, and when the beer is room temperature, it burns just enough. maybe its still hot outside, but this beer brings me to fall. i like the beers that take me someplace, and this one definitely does that. rich caramel malts and even a hint of rye spice in this, although i question its presence. it is a little thin in body for its size, so the booze stands out more than it should towards the end. mild cinnamon on the close, but its never spice before squash. overall a nice beer from this series, seasonally perfect in the early going.

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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.

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Photo of Judman
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I taste as many pumpkin beers as I can find because I believe a good pumpkin beer is very elusive. This is one of the few that I've ever had that caused me to buy multiple bottles at a time. Beautiful color, thick foamy heady and delicious malty head with just enough spices and a sharp, strong ale flavor. I really enjoy this beer and hope they stick to the recipe in future years.

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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.

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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

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Photo of Scrapss
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Poured from the 22 oz bomber into a tulip.

A: Orange brown with a hint or red. off white head that does not last long.

S: Aromatic hydrocarbon with deep caramel malts. Phenolic resin with a sweet pumpkin note. Spices are muted and play supporting role.

T: Super sweet malt with a lightly orange and pumpkin tang with a bready then spicy white pepper note.

M: medium with a tinge of creaminess. Slight sweet lingering finish with maltiness through out.

O: This is a big in your face tour of malt. It's the perfect big malted pumpkin for a crisp fall night. The pumpkin and spices are not making a bold statement...rather a supporting flavor.

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Photo of Hendry
4/5  rDev +7.8%

No need to go into the same boring details, to me Pumpkin Ales tend to be generic in appearance, but vary in aroma somewhat and the proof is in the taste for me.
The main takeaway I got from LT Imperial Pumpkin is that the spices (the most dominant elements as pumpkin itself imparts little flavor) are relatively tame and don't impart that whipped cream and graham cracker crust loaded with sweet pumpkin that make Pumking so popular.

The taste never reaches the level of sweet as there bittering hops counteracting any sweetness that might be present. Finishes clean and the hops balance the pumpkin spices with an interesting take on the style. Those looking for a sweet pumpkin pie bomb probably won't care for this one, but I found it to be a solid representation of the style that is slightly off center.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Strong pumpkin pie nose and flavor is sweet pumpkin pie spices, hints of hops at finish. Higher ABV is hidden. $6.99 for a 22oz bottle from Market Basket Concord, NH.

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Photo of bluehende
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best pumpkins I have had. bomber bought at the brewery two months ago poured into a snifter. Very nice carmel and malty flavor with very light spice. Would search this one out if you like low spice in your pumpkins.

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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

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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.

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Photo of PokerPlayingBeerLover
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unsurprisingly, another first beer from a new brewery for me via the pumpkin or octoberfest variety. After sampling a few other staple pumpkin beers earlier this week, I bought a case of 22's of this selection. It's definitely an ale, with good body and consistency, and easy to drink. This beer has a comparable taste of other "spicy" pumpkin ales with less abv. which impressed me. I'm not particularly a fan of this type of pumpkin ale, but as an ale fan, this beer is strong.

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Imperial Pumpkin Brush And Barrel Series from Long Trail Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.