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

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Reviews: 82
Hads: 404
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 26.76%
Wants: 17
Gots: 69 | FT: 0
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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 mvanaskie13
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a chalice: color is amber, head is tan with fine sized bubbles, presents 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to a spotted top with nice lacing and lingering on the glass.

Smell is mainly spice and ethanol from the fermentation. Spice is clove/ginger.

Taste is a little subdued, but pleasant for an imperial pumpkin style ale. Malt is light, maybe some biscuit and light toast with a caramel background. Spice is evident and well blended mix, presenting more as clove/ginger with cinnamon and allspice in background. Something that is noticeable is that this is a imperial style that does not have a big booze component.

Mouthfeel is pleasant but a little sharp and too carbonated. The spices seem to really overtake in the mouthfeel. This seems to be a fine balance in many pumpkin ales of trying to keep malt profile light for pumpkin presence but heavy spice levels detract.

Overall, a solid pumpkin ale, but a bit spice heavy.

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Photo of StartedwithSAM
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
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 founddrama
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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 SierraFlight
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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 bluehende
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
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 smcolw
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber to brown color. Clear. Little head that becomes only rim bubbles. Nearly no spots on the glass.

Almost imperceptible smell (filled to the rim by the bar). Toasted (Crystal?) malt aroma.

First impression: Circus Peanuts, those faux orange flavored soft candy. That doesn't sound appealing, I know, but it works. Up front is a solid amber flavored base. The hop kicks in during the swallow. The aftertaste is first hint of sweetness and the confection marshmallow of orange. Very rich body with a low carbonation--rich.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(on tap at Doobie's - served in a footed goblet)

... strictly from notes... ventured into Doob's around 1am after a ~13hr bar management shift...

a lot like my last pumpkin ale (a homebrew with cinnamon stick, fresh ginger, whole cloves, vanilla extract, a bit of lactose, and a weizen yeast)... just a bit more bitterness (mine was marginally bitter) and ginger-snappy with a light thread of caramel... this caramel clung to the back and at the bottom

kinda marble-smooth, with a soft, grainy grind

respectable sweet and spicy balance, with enough bitterness to give it a well-rounded, if not quite dessert-like taste... the alcohol is crazy-well tucked underneath - no boozy or sharp characteristics

overall - not all that bad... the connection to my homebrew was the pulpy, gourd highlights in the taste (could attribute it to the nutmeg in this one, though I refuse to use nutmeg in mine)... this actually tasted like they cut the brew with a buttload of real pumpkin (kudos, if they did)

either way, one of the better straight-shootin' craft pumpkin beers

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Photo of matridium
5/5  rDev +35.1%


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 JohnFatAss
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
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 biegaman
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Long Trail's Imperial Pumpkin looks dense as pumpkin pie filling and is about the same colour too. Almost remarkably, however, it's complexion is clear and it's only the naturally deep tone that stands in the way of perfect transparency. Its head, also befitting, is something like a dollop of whipped cream (at least for a while).

Like most Pumpkin Ales, the "pumpkin" part aught to be in quotation marks. Pumpkin may place ahead of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and clove on the ingredients list but the aroma is virtually squash free and dominated first and foremost by those quintessential fall-time scents.

Brewing a pumpkin ale can be tricky; you want enough pie spices to evoke the holidays but not so much as to make it feel like you've washed your mouth out with a scented hand soap. Finding the right balance is harder than people think. The key is to not overlook the malts and hops, something which Long Trail was clearly mindful not to do...

The ale has a mouthfeel dense and crunchy enough to match its 'Imperial' moniker; a hearty base of caramalts moderates the spiciness, providing complimenting notes of toasted nuts and hard, dark toffee. Naturally, individual flavours of the spices (cinnamon and nutmeg in particular) can still be appreciated, especially in the finish which acts as a highlight reel of sorts.

Long Trail's Imperial Pumpkin is an exceptionally well-proportioned pumpkin ale. Its success at harmonizing nutty, malty sweetness, hop and squash earthiness, and baker's rack spices makes it exceptionally approachable (especially considering its strength). Like most of this brewery's offerings this is well made and reasonably priced; an easy one to recommend.

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Photo of Hendry
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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 Scrapss
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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 brother_rat
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%

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 chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of dheacck11
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
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 KTCamm
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 10/15/2013 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains pumpkin, spices, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a strong pumpkin flavor up front. Then some mildly sweet flavors of caramel and spices come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is one of the better pumpkin beers that I’ve had overall.

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Photo of Lifsabch
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
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 Gavage
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of philbe311
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
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...

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Photo of Roland45s
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
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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Imperial Pumpkin Brush And Barrel Series from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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