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

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BA SCORE
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310 Ratings
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Ratings: 310
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 11
Gots: 31 | 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 oberon
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

oberon, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of claspada
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber/copper color with an sudzie off-white head that settles into a light white cap.

The aromas begin and end with spice notes highlighted by clove, ginger and subtle nutmeg. Some toasted bready malt in the background but not much actual pumpkin gourd smells.

The tastes begin with a mild amber ale base, toasted bread, light caramel. Then you get the ginger and clove spiciness once again. Some brown sugar and graham cracker but I'm stretching at this point.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is semi-sweet and spicy on the palate with an odd bittereness in the background.

Overall is is quite substandard for a Pumpkin ale, Imperial or not. It falls quite short of the higher quality examples like Weyerbacher and Elysian. Lacking the real pumpkin flavor backbone with all spices to carry the flavor profile.

claspada, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of rfgetz
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

rfgetz, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of tpauer
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

tpauer, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of las00hero
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

las00hero, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of brbrocc
3/5  rDev -18.5%

brbrocc, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of tsm2011
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

tsm2011, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of smutty33
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

smutty33, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +8.7%

kaelingirl, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of djre4orm
3/5  rDev -18.5%

djre4orm, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of gcamparone
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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

gcamparone, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of frosted33
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

frosted33, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of jmaharaj
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

jmaharaj, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of alexgash
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

alexgash, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Slightly dark amber but still very transparent, very light to almost no bubbles but blessed with a nice off-white orange tinted head that is roughly 1/2" off the body.

Smell: Light nutmeg, and pumpkin...though an imperial beer it has lackluster scent.

Taste: Tasty pumpkin, really strong nutmeg taste that creates a spicy after-note. Honestly it is somewhere between a 4 and 4.5 hard to decide.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, not as sticky as some others but a texture that is but nice.

Overall: You know what really good, Long Trail has probably made the best Imperial Pumpkin for your money. For around five bucks you pretty much get it all, I was impressed. I know there are some mixed reviews on this brew, but don't judge by brand or presentation, it is well put together and makes you want another glass once finished. Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of CheapHysterics
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

CheapHysterics, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of joshtrich
4/5  rDev +8.7%

joshtrich, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of circus_cat
4/5  rDev +8.7%

circus_cat, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of yesyouam
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

yesyouam, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of laxer8811
4/5  rDev +8.7%

laxer8811, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of Focusf111
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Focusf111, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of redliner8
3/5  rDev -18.5%

redliner8, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of Newbiebeer
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Newbiebeer, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of far333
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber orange colored and opaque, with particulate matter in suspension. Low head that recedes quickly. Aroma of squashy vegetable, semi-sweet malt and subtle spice.

Even and balanced flavor of pumpkin and spices. Low bitterness, clove and dried leaves linger. Very well blanced flavors of pumpkin, malt, and spice. Subtle cinnamon and nutmeg, spices are not overpowering on this one, which I prefer in a pumpkin ale. ABV does not detract. Above average mouthfeel, full but not too viscous. Overall a very good beer, one of the best pumpkin ales I've had.

far333, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of SpectralAbyss
4/5  rDev +8.7%

SpectralAbyss, Sep 22, 2012
Imperial Pumpkin Brush And Barrel Series from Long Trail Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.