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

Imperial Pumpkin Brush And Barrel SeriesImperial Pumpkin Brush And Barrel Series

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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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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 01:57:14 | More by chefhatt
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dheacck11

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep dark mahogany color. Finger of almost orange head ,fading quickly.

Nose is pretty mild, but with a nice roasty spice and molasses flavor. Hint of pumpkin as well

Taste is a pretty mild malt forward brown. Just a little flavor of clove, cinammon, and spice.

Feel is on the medium to medium thin side.

Decent. More of a nice english brown ale with a hint of spice, rather than an imperial pumpkin ale. Nice to try once.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 23:33:58 | More by dheacck11
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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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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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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.64/5  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...

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 02:23:20 | More by philbe311
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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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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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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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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > Alpine Spring Pint

A - Poured out a darker amber color, 1 finger of off white head, no lacing.
S - Pleasant and balanced aroma, your base pumpkin scents, cinnamon, clove, allspice, and a hint of earthy hops to it, some caramel malt, and a little wheat.
T - This has a complex flavor for a pumpkin, lots of pumpkin meat, not incredibly sweet, but just enough, kinda like sweet potato, big time clove and nutmeg, some cinnamon, there's a little banana underneath, some mild hop bite in the mix too.
M - This is more on the dry and metallic side, but its a big beer, and feels it.
O - It gets better as it warms up, thats for sure, but for $7 for a bomber, I think thats a decent price for the weight of this beer. Its got a decent complexity that others dont really score on, but I dont like the finish on it.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 22:51:25 | More by Omnium
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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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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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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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canolte42

Maryland

3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Found this beer to be rather pleasant. The pumpkin is not overwhelming nor underwhelming in its taste and mouthfeel. Seemed to go down rather well. For an imperial, it was not too heavy and complex. So much so that it is almost a session beer. 8.0 % is still high enough to need close monitoring. Enjoyed the beer as well as the bottle cover art.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 03:09:47 | More by canolte42
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a surprisingly dark colour, a hazy burnt orange that almost glows in the light. A very attractive beer. The bottle also deserves a mention, as there is some impressive Vermont artwork on the label...

Aroma of candied fruit has much pumpkin but little in the way of spices. Not as much depth as I'd expected from its high ABV, imperial nature. The flavour is also not as complex or well balanced as I'd hoped with a real focus on bittering hops and alcohol heat in the finish. There are plenty of caramelized malts, toffee and pumpkin fruit in the body but almost no cinnamon or nutmeg or other typical "pumpkin pie" spices.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 17:44:23 | More by hopsolutely
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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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JeffBrenner

Pennsylvania

3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 15:20:07 | More by JeffBrenner
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 19:16:41 | More by lordofthewiens
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rdilauro

Connecticut

3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 02:31:35 | More by rdilauro
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MistahBeah

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass

My first pumpkin beer of 2013

Pours a dark amber with orange hues. Opaque and thick-looking. About a finger of bubbly off white head. Decent retention. Mild carbonation. Some lacing

Smells of pumpkin - surprise! - and all the spices you would expect to go along with it. Cinnamon and nutmeg in the foreground. Cloves and ginger for good measure. I smell a sweetness like brown sugar so thick you can almost taste it. I think its pleasant but not for everyone. No detectable hops but some bitter spices try and keep the sweetness in check

Taste is spicy. Moreso than expected. Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, faint clove all play a part. Then comes some sweet pumpkin and candi sugar. The spiciness keeps it from getting cloyingly sweet. Some bready notes in the midpalate. The finish is slightly dry and earthywith spice and alcohol warmth

Feels pretty full-bodied. Dry. Warming. A little biting from the carbonation and spices

Overall not a bad way to kick off pumpkin beer season. A little heavy for mid-August but tasty. Touches upon all the expected flavors of the style. A little too dry but that's just me being picky

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 05:13:01 | More by MistahBeah
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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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neophilus

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Burnt amber colored, viscous clear fluid in the glass. Adequate head rests on top. Aroma is sharp with a battle between sweet and musty scents. First sip is nearly sour for a moment. Ginger and hot molasses wrestle on top of a gorgeously thick body. Taste mellows out in the end but there is a dominant lingering hot spice flavor on the tongue.

The body is thick the flavor is nearly... not pumpkin. This is fascinating but not exactly brilliant. I feel Long Trail is close to finding a new take on pumpkin beers but needs to clean up the alcohol heat and marry the flavors a bit more to make it get. In a sea of generic pie spiced pumpkin seasonal beers, though, this one stands out as a unique and brave take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 18:43:06 | More by neophilus
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Boto

Connecticut

3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz. bottle: This one pours a clear, orangish-amber color. There was almost no head on it, and no lacing. The aroma is decent, and expected. Pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg are the dominant ones. Not overdone, but they mask anything else. The taste is pretty good. Nicely balanced between the hops and malts. A touch of pumpkin, the pumpkin pie spices, and a hint of bitterness. A nice fall beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 22:00:28 | More by Boto
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 01:14:50 | More by jlindros
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another high ABV seasonal pumpkin ale. This one is an amber color with reasonable clarity and a firm white head (good lace). The aroma is pumpkin pie spice, malt, and distant hops. Some starchy pumpkin flavor in the taste, along with a solid dose of spice and bitterness. The ABV is present in an underlying warmth, but doesn't overwhelm the beer. Its mouthfeel could be smoother and richer, to balance the spice and bitterness. Otherwise, this is a fine example of this seasonal beer (that is my annual search).

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 21:18:27 | More by Suds
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Imperial Pumpkin Brush And Barrel Series from Long Trail Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.