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

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 393
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 5.09%
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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Photo of jtierney89
2.3/5  rDev -38.3%
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. (798 characters)

Photo of cleve00
2.43/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I havent had but 2 Pumpkin ales but the taste of the Imperial had an overwhelming unpleasant almost astringent taste that was off putting to me.

I have enjoyed Dogfish Head Punkin Ale very much but this Imperial Pumpkin was not a finisher. Sorry all, hate to be a negative but this wasn't fun. I tried to find some positives, such as smell definite pumpin pie spices but overwhelmed by the taste as I mentioned.

I think I will have another Dogfish Head Punkin Ale. (473 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
2.44/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Capone’s. Served in a Long Trail shaker pint glass. Caramel orange. Over spiced and quite dry. Some pumpkin spice. Tannic. Not very good. Wouldn’t try again. (171 characters)

Photo of founddrama
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Welp. Pumpkin flavor is the dominant one. Still tastes like a beer, so at least they didn't go overboard there. Color is great. Mouthfeel is good. Aroma is… pumpkin. (167 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
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 (706 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a darker copper tinted amber, little to no head. Strong caramel and firm seasonal spicing lead the nose, little to no pumpkin, some nutty and roasty qualities, light metallic whiff. Taste light on pumpkin but heavy on the caramel - sweet and lightly roasty, moderate spice with a touch of metallic and minerally earthyness, hints of alcohol. Medium bodied, a touch under carbonated. Unspectacular brew, lacking in seasonal qualities. (439 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (778 characters)

Photo of JeffBrenner
3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

16oz. bottle poured into a large pint glass. Pours a dark orange or amber with minimal head and carbonation that fades quickly. Small amount of lacing. Noted of nutmeg, cinnamon and other spices in the taste. Surprisingly, this pumpkin beer has a minimal pumpkin taste, but instead tastes like a spiced ale. The 8% is hidden pretty well. Smells of cinnamon and nutmeg as well. A pretty good taste, but far and away not in my top 10 pumpkin beers. It is a very good value for how cheap it is though. (498 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Served in a stem glass, burnt orange color, with a small cap of off-white head, minimal lacing and retention. Nutty aroma, malt sweetness and mild pumpkin pie spice. Taste is fairly nutty, woody, brown-ale-ish maltiness, notes of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg, not very big in the pumpkin pie territory, and when it comes to pumpkin ales, I do like a big up front slam of pumpkin and spice. This beer just came up short. Medium body, fairly drinkable, but nothing I'd go back for, especially with the likes of Weyerbacher around. (573 characters)

Photo of smcnulty1981
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: slightly hazy orange to amber color with about 1 finger of bright white head which had a god ammount of laceing and some alcohol legs

S: lots of pumpkin pie scents nutmeg, cinnamon and clove with a hint of squash or bannana

T: tastes like a liquid pumpkin pie pretty standard pumpkin beer tasting however the alcohol was present on the taste

M: medium bodied with good carbonation

O: a fairly standard pumpkin ale it drank a lot like a dubble in the mouthfeel and the spice flavoring but alcohol was present perhaps some collaring may mellow that out a bit but by doing that the spices in the beer would also dissipate losing some of its character (658 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Long Trail Imperial Pumpkin is a murky copper ale that's topped with a generous and long lasting, creamy yellow foam of a head. There are lots of spices in the nose: coriander, nutmeg, etc. It's smooth and full bodied. The finish is chewy and a bit dry. It's quite sweet. It tastes boozy-- boozier than it is. I taste possible fusel and lots of spices. There's a long, lingering juniper bitterness. I'm known to enjoy crazy pumpkin ales with great delight. This one is just kind of... rude. (490 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.39/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bomber. Dark copper color with good streaking from an initially thin head. Roasted malt and pie spice aromas with a bubblegum note from the yeast, perhaps. Full, rich flavors. Medium sweetness with all the spices. (225 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shirt light beige head on a murky copper red. Collar left, no lacing.

Faint whiffs of circus peanuts.

Kind if has an amber ale base to it. Fall spices on the end of each taste.

Medium creamy mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Pretty drinkable for 8%abv, may be its greatest attribute. Nothing wrong with this one but nothing stands out either. Whatevs. (352 characters)

Photo of alexgash
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle.

Slightly cloudy orange-red body. Half inch of dense, whipped, almond butter brown head. Good lacing. Lots of pumpkin pie on the nose. Not just the clove, cinnamon, and spices either, but some hefty, gourdy, sugary, malty pie filling too.

Toasted, nutty, and slightly bitter notes up front. Spices and pie filling takeover the palate simultaneously. Slightly sweet, with notes of brown sugar, graham cracker, and singed caramel. Clove and nutmeg are the dominant spices, with a little cinnamon. Woody bitterness in the finish, with lingering spices. Medium body, with a little too lively carbonation. Not bad, but not as good as Weyerbacher or ST in the imperial pumpkin department. (699 characters)

Photo of jmaharaj
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (873 characters)

Photo of brother_rat
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Bottle, poured into a tulip. Had a Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin last night so I wanted to try this during the 1 pm games today. Solid. A: poured a very pumpkiny orange-brown, with a thick head that was creamy white on top and more orange down towards the beer. No lacing, and the head did not stick around long. S: great pumpkin flavor, but lots of spices. There was a malty sweetness, but no creaminess. T: warming, solid cold and after warming up a bit, with aggressive spice and pumpkins. No hops whatsoever, as expected. Aftertaste of some dry spices and an earthiness, like a wet grain. Tasted more bitter than sweet. Solid, but not great--mostly nice because it wasn't imbalanced like a lot of other pumpkin ales. M: mouthwatering and medium-bodied. You do feel that 8% ABV. O: Pretty good, and better than most pumpkins. Nicely balanced and not overly spiced nor super-sweet, but a bit too much astringent/bitter flavor for me, and you could taste the higher content more than other imperial pumpkins. (1,023 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (286 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into my mad Fox glass. Dark orange in color with a thin white head barely covering the top of the beer. Nice looking color to it for the style.

The aroma shows a lot of the pumpkin pie spices to it with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves leading the way. It's got a hint of a sweeter, creamy, almost whipped cream, slight vanilla like flavor to it. There is some toasted malts and caramel sweetness there as well. Pretty nice aroma for the style, the spices weren't overdone which I appreciate.

The spices do however seem to dominate the taste. The cloves and nutmeg especially seem overdone. I do get a hint of that sweeter, creamy flavor in the finish but it's pretty much overshadowed. I don't get much else besides the spices unfortunately.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall, I thought it had a pretty good aroma for the style but the spices dominated too much in the taste. Not a bad pumpkin beer, but not a stand out in the style for me. (999 characters)

Photo of CheapHysterics
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (761 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice Xmas holiday dessert to finish off the long day.

Pours a creamy fluffy head that continues rising up till it hits almost 2 fingers before slowly fading back with some lines of lacing and large bubbles popping, over a hazy sediment laden copper reddish orange color.

Nose starts with pumpkin spices, cinnamon, clove, allspice, hint of nutmeg and nutty malts as well, toasty reddish biscuit like malts, candy pumpkin and a bit of a pumpkin pie aroma, candy aromas, toffee, caramel, etc, and maybe a hint of grassy bitter hops but more bitterness from spices.

Taste starts with toasty biscuit, chewy bready malts, caramel, biscuit, toffee, candy, etc. Bitter spices, and plenty of them, allspice, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, hint of cardamom, etc, and more pumpkin pie spices, as well as pumpkin from candied pumpkin and pie as well. The spices aren't really strong but bring a bitter earthy root taste and never ending flavor, almost like a root beer like root and earthy reddish spice I can't label. A light warming booze comes through more on the back end especially as it warms, bringing a slight warming toasty flavor and even a hint of a fusel boozy taste somehow. Finish is long with bitter spices, a hint of bitter hops, little buttery flavor, biscuit and toffee malts, a little pumpkin flavor too.

Mouth is med bodied, fluffy carbonation, and a bit of of warming booze especially as the beer warms.

Overall OK but not great, decent malt profile, and spices don't destroy it but do come on a bit too bitter and slightly unpleasant. On top of that, the pumpkin is there but not great tasting overall, and booze comes on late and, despite not being very boozy, it brings a slight fusel like flavor. in the middle of the food chain as far as pumpkin beers go. (1,771 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at mews tavern in Narragansett ri into a 8 oz snifter glass

A- deep amber, clear body. Medium one finger head that slowly reduces to a thin shite film. Nice heavy lacing

S- pumpkin pie, heavy malt, some alcohol

T- follows the nose but no alcohol taste. Nice and flavorful . Pumpkin pie, malt, sligh bitter finish

M- very low carbonation, medium heavy body

Overall a good pumpkin bomb. Definitely worth trying if you're into this style (453 characters)

Photo of 4ster
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a full Belgium tulip + half tulip/pint glass.

A: Pours a deep cloudy amber colour, some carbonation with nice head and decent retention((more in the full tulip than the pint glass)

S: Very sweet and spicy on the nose otherwise light maltiness/little caramel.(though minimal in the full tulip). As noted with some other reviewers there is a sort of chemical/chlorine type of smell depending on the glass type used...(less in the smaller pint glass)

T: Starts off with very sweet, roasty malt flavours more like an Imperial Ale, followed at the end with the spicy notes....some nutmeg and cloves, (perhaps cardamon), but we found it very light on the pumpkin flavour...

M: Medium carbonation that hits your tongue quite a bit, but very well balanced for an 8% Imperial style.

O: Overall a decent tasting ale, but with some amazing pumpkin beers out there this one disappoints a little. It has some nice spices to it and is quite smooth drinking, but for something called a pumpkin beer it is very light... I would say drop the pumpkin labelling and perhaps re-market this one as a Winter Seasonal beer....Not sure we'd buy this one again but was worth a try... (and found that a proper glass will make a difference to the smells/flavours a lot) (1,261 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark copper approaching medium amber in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer, a couple of small slightly thicker patches, and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of sweet malts with some moderate amounts of pumpkin, nuttiness, and pumpkin spices (nutmeg and cinnamon). Some very light hints of alcohol.

T: The taste of this beer is similar to the smell with a moderate body of sweet malts (similar to those I would expect to find in a brown ale). There is a solid presence of pumpkin and a slighter stronger presence of pumpkin pie spices (mostly nutmeg and cinnamon) though it feels a little out of balance between the pumpkin and spices.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy and smooth. Light amounts of alcohol heat in the finish.

O: This is a pretty average pumpkin beer but it is pretty easy to drink for an 8% ABV beer, which is saying something. It is a great deal at $4.99 for a bomber, much cheaper than other pumpkin beer offerings available in bombers locally. Enjoyable but nothing really stands out with this beer. (1,336 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Number45forever for sending this beer as an extra! Thanks very much Bill!

reviewed from notes 9/3/12.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: light orange bodied beer with 1 finger of white head that drops quickly to thin cap.

Smell: primarily smell circus peanuts candy. a hint of pumpkin and spice.

Taste: Pumpkin, all spice, nut meg and cinnamon, cloves and a touch of booze.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth beer that drinks fairly smooth for 8%.

Overall: Not a bad pumpkin beer. I am new to this style so I dont have much experience to compare this beer with other pumpkin beers. As for my tastes I could take it or leave it; I did not get to excited about this beer. (724 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an amber orange color with a creamy white one fingered head, and mild carbonation.

S - Cinnamon, nutmeg, bready, light alcohol.

T - Bready malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, toasted pecans. A little earthy and the roasted malt base reminds me of some brown ales.

M - Medium body, semi-smooth, and carbonation pricklies on the tongue.

O - Yep, it's a pumpkin beer. (367 characters)

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