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

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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%


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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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +19%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 21:43:48 | More by Oakenator
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Lifsabch

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2013 20:55:15 | More by Lifsabch
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 21:52:15 | More by SawDog505
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Roland45s

Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 12:06:41 | More by Roland45s
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strengthdoc

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2012 21:49:49 | More by strengthdoc
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Roguer

Connecticut

4.16/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 00:35:41 | More by Roguer
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iBeer16

New York

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
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.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 01:21:44 | More by iBeer16
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CloudStrife

New York

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 01:04:44 | More by CloudStrife
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 19:16:57 | More by jondeelee
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 12:05:16 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Judman

Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 19:20:45 | More by Judman
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BrewingViking

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 03:05:55 | More by BrewingViking
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Amalak

New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 00:44:45 | More by Amalak
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 22:25:29 | More by jdhilt
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Brad007

Vermont

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oh boy, another imperial pumpkin ale to add to the likes of Pumking and Smashed Pumpkin.

Pours a cloudy, reddish-orange mix with a huge frothy head into my glass. Very nice lacing too.

Pumpkin spice, pumpkin pie but not the great pumpkin. In other words, balanced. Like a kicked up version of LT Pumpkin Ale.

There's less generic pumpkin pie filling. Spicy with crusty, flaky pie texture. There's enough of a bite here too.

Lingering pumpkin spice and pumpkin pie crust. I love it. Very tasty and the alcohol doesn't seem to overwhelm like the other two.

A great pick. Skip the regular Pumpkin Ale and go for this, especially on a cold October night.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 23:01:55 | More by Brad007
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PokerPlayingBeerLover

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 03:28:54 | More by PokerPlayingBeerLover
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 18:46:19 | More by KTCamm
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark copper color with a 1" head that falls to spotty surface covering.

Smell: cinammon, clove, nutmeg, and some earthiness makes up the aroma components.

Taste: pumpkin flavors with nutmeg, cinammon, clove, and a moderate bitterness are the main flavors. Alcohol is slightly noticeable. There is a hint of earthiness late.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Light crispness to start, smooth at the finish.

Overall: a nicely flavored pumpkin ale that is enjoyable on a cool afternoon. Easy to consume and hits the tastebuds just right.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 16:42:05 | More by Gavage
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a crystal clear, vibrant, ruby colored brew with a thin, filmy surface coating that is white and bright. Aromas of sweet, roasted pumpkin with some nutmeg, cinnamon, and all-spice highlighting throughout. Flavors are mild, with a roasted pumpkin backbone, both rich and sweet, with a bready characteristic. Spicing is present to keep things in check at the end and clean up the palate. Spicy and roasted aftertaste that is subtly sweet, which goes perfectly with the light, smooth body. Crisp, clean finish that leaves a slight spicing to linger in mouth. Pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 23:08:32 | More by GarthDanielson
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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...

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 05:48:53 | More by DrDemento456
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dahlen22

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +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!!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 19:45:03 | More by dahlen22
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A few stealth pours from a bomber into a small Chimay glass

Imperial Pumpkin pours into the glass a semi hazy burnt orange with some bronze tints mimicking a sunset. The foam was tan/gold in color with an inch but died leaving no lace.

Smell is pretty standard pumpkin ale fare and kinda muted in scent. Pumpkin spice with some nutmeg and cinnamon. Hops are not present, a standard malt backing.

This is what I expected, some subtle spice with some pumpkin flavor in the back. The taste is larger than your average pumpkin ale, it's not pumpkin pie, but nutmeg over cinnamon with a grassy aftertaste that's light. It comes and goes like that.

Pretty much medium bodied, a nice build on this sucka. Thin with light carb. The aftertaste is non existent, spice, malt, nothing. No legs.

This is pretty decent stuff. Not being a huge fan of the style I find this easy as pie to take down. 8% is not that light though so a whole bomber while doable, would zonk me out.. I would like to find a happy medium between this and pumKING in both taste and ABV as I have not yet found a favorite Pumkin brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 19:23:10 | More by BARFLYB
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Slightly dark amber but still very transparent, very light to almost no bubbles but blessed with a nice off-white orange tinted head that is roughly 1/2" off the body.

Smell: Light nutmeg, and pumpkin...though an imperial beer it has lackluster scent.

Taste: Tasty pumpkin, really strong nutmeg taste that creates a spicy after-note. Honestly it is somewhere between a 4 and 4.5 hard to decide.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, not as sticky as some others but a texture that is but nice.

Overall: You know what really good, Long Trail has probably made the best Imperial Pumpkin for your money. For around five bucks you pretty much get it all, I was impressed. I know there are some mixed reviews on this brew, but don't judge by brand or presentation, it is well put together and makes you want another glass once finished. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 04:56:28 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 19:26:49 | More by puboflyons
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far333

Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 12:21:33 | More by far333
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Imperial Pumpkin Brush And Barrel Series from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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