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

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377 Ratings
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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 12
Gots: 52 | 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 djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.4/5  rDev -35.3%
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.

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy orange-amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of cinnamon and other spices in the nose along with some notes of pumpkin and hints of alcohol.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the flavors of pumpkins are slightly stronger. Hints of alcohol are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This isn't that bad of a pumpkin beer, but I think I might have enjoyed it more if the smell and taste of alcohol was better hidden.

Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass a deep amber tinged pumpkin ornage a very nicely formed sticky slightly off white sticky head atop.Nutmeg,roasted pumpkin,and clove in the nose,I found it outside of the straight spiced box,nice job here.A very smooth feel to the beer,for me maybe to smooth.Flavors just don't jump out at ya like I was hoping,some alcohol and light pumpkin spice but it comes up a little short here.This beer has alot going for it until you put in your mouth than it peters out a little,still I have had much worse of the style.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of mdfb79
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of smcolw
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of wrightst
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Gavage
3.94/5  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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of BARFLYB
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of jdhilt
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of biegaman
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
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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Imperial Pumpkin Brush And Barrel Series from Long Trail Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.