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

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Ratings: 324
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 12
Gots: 36 | 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:
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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Photo of Roguer
4.16/5  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.

Roguer, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of InkedinRi
4/5  rDev +8.4%

InkedinRi, Monday at 03:06 PM
Photo of JakerLou
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

JakerLou, Sunday at 07:06 PM
Photo of Mpenders
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%

Mpenders, Saturday at 08:30 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

bourassa23, Saturday at 03:50 AM
Photo of Hendry
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

Hendry, Saturday at 03:48 AM
Photo of wattersmike90
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

wattersmike90, Saturday at 03:12 AM
Photo of beerded_drunk
4/5  rDev +8.4%

For a pumpkin ale it pretty decent, I'm a huge Long Trail fan!!

beerded_drunk, Sep 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

RWACKO, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of Bobbymozz
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Bobbymozz, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of StephRai
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

StephRai, Sep 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

TTripp725, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of domnalbrecc
4/5  rDev +8.4%

domnalbrecc, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of ckollias
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%

ckollias, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of Veganjello
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Veganjello, Sep 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Zdrummer15, Sep 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Maragoneus, Sep 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

beerfootfreak, Sep 16, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev +10.6%

Epiccore619, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of Ernsty52
1.04/5  rDev -71.8%

Ernsty52, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of brend2b
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

brend2b, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of Scrapss
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

Scrapss, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of Soterios
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Soterios, Sep 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

costanzo_mike, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Nichols33, Sep 09, 2014
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Imperial Pumpkin Brush And Barrel Series from Long Trail Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.