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

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279 Ratings
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Ratings: 279
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 8
Gots: 15 | 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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JeffTheJuice

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

09-17-2012 18:14:10 | More by JeffTheJuice
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iBeer16

New York

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

enjoyed in a pint glass.
A- pours a amber/copper color. pours with a small 2 finger head that dissipates quickly. good carbonation
S- pumpkin, very real aroma, allspice, nutmeg, slight cinnamon, brown sugar. cloves, bananas
T- great strong blend of pumpkin and spices throughout, no overpowering pumpkin taste,very pleasant.
M- smooth, great body, full and light at the same time. creamy. great carbonation to leave palate refreshed.
O- on the pumpkin scale, sits in the middle of the road in regards to drinkability, definitely possible to drink 3, maybe 4. great flavors, scent, balance and mouth feel. balance is key here, nothing overpowering.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 01:21:44 | More by iBeer16
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.7%

09-17-2012 00:25:31 | More by IPAchris
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smonice

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

09-16-2012 23:12:28 | More by smonice
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 19:23:10 | More by BARFLYB
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SlickestWilly

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

09-16-2012 02:23:22 | More by SlickestWilly
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EzraAtom

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

09-15-2012 21:51:52 | More by EzraAtom
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a burnt orange with a finger of head that dissipates rather quickly. The nose has just a mild hint of pumpkin in it. The flavor is certainly full-bodied with some pumpkin and a touch of cinnamon. There is a touch of sweetness as well as a sourness that likely comes from the pumpkin itself. The finish is bitter, but not overly hoppy. There is some alcohol presence to this offering, but not enough to make it unpleasant. Big, good, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 04:58:16 | More by 57md
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smcnulty1981

Rhode Island

3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: slightly hazy orange to amber color with about 1 finger of bright white head which had a god ammount of laceing and some alcohol legs

S: lots of pumpkin pie scents nutmeg, cinnamon and clove with a hint of squash or bannana

T: tastes like a liquid pumpkin pie pretty standard pumpkin beer tasting however the alcohol was present on the taste

M: medium bodied with good carbonation

O: a fairly standard pumpkin ale it drank a lot like a dubble in the mouthfeel and the spice flavoring but alcohol was present perhaps some collaring may mellow that out a bit but by doing that the spices in the beer would also dissipate losing some of its character

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 02:29:17 | More by smcnulty1981
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kindbill

Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

09-15-2012 00:18:16 | More by kindbill
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bluntedboywonder

New York

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

09-13-2012 02:07:35 | More by bluntedboywonder
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RMoeNay

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +8.7%

09-12-2012 02:40:42 | More by RMoeNay
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

09-12-2012 01:02:00 | More by wattoclone
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tellish33

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.7%

09-12-2012 00:47:27 | More by tellish33
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Maseitz

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

09-09-2012 22:50:34 | More by Maseitz
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redfox405

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

09-09-2012 22:34:18 | More by redfox405
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billab914

Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into my mad Fox glass. Dark orange in color with a thin white head barely covering the top of the beer. Nice looking color to it for the style.

The aroma shows a lot of the pumpkin pie spices to it with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves leading the way. It's got a hint of a sweeter, creamy, almost whipped cream, slight vanilla like flavor to it. There is some toasted malts and caramel sweetness there as well. Pretty nice aroma for the style, the spices weren't overdone which I appreciate.

The spices do however seem to dominate the taste. The cloves and nutmeg especially seem overdone. I do get a hint of that sweeter, creamy flavor in the finish but it's pretty much overshadowed. I don't get much else besides the spices unfortunately.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall, I thought it had a pretty good aroma for the style but the spices dominated too much in the taste. Not a bad pumpkin beer, but not a stand out in the style for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 21:29:17 | More by billab914
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Warfarin

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +8.7%

09-09-2012 13:43:55 | More by Warfarin
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an amber orange color with a creamy white one fingered head, and mild carbonation.

S - Cinnamon, nutmeg, bready, light alcohol.

T - Bready malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, toasted pecans. A little earthy and the roasted malt base reminds me of some brown ales.

M - Medium body, semi-smooth, and carbonation pricklies on the tongue.

O - Yep, it's a pumpkin beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 00:55:06 | More by jzeilinger
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours great - expecting or hoping for orange like the inside of a pumpkin but pours a deep amber and orange - doesn't disappoint, it's like the inside of a pumping but as expected with spices and brown sugar. Smell is pumpkin first with brown sugar and maple, then spices, and finally a bit boozy. The booziness almost disappears via the taste and reinforces heavy pumpkin and brown sugar. Spices are present but have had stronger in other similar brews. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 21:43:48 | More by Oakenator
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

09-07-2012 20:20:32 | More by ElGallo
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SFC21

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

09-07-2012 03:27:23 | More by SFC21
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PittsburghHopHead83


3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

09-05-2012 20:22:29 | More by PittsburghHopHead83
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imperial Pumpkin opens with a rich, meaty pumpkin pie aroma, overflowing with pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and pepper, with touches of fresh sliced ginger and wildflower honey. Brown sugars and a bread/biscuit malt base that here comes across like pie crust add further complexity, as do shades of vanilla and toasted pecan. There are also sweet hints of rosewater, berry, and peach, as well as honeysuckle. As a whole, the nose is very good for a pumpkin beer, smelling deliciously of grandma’s fresh-baked pies set next to a bowl of berry oatmeal and a steaming cup of wildflower tea. Perhaps most importantly, everything is well-balanced here, the spices interplaying nicely with sugars, breads, fruits, and pumpkin to create a beer that begs to be sipped.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a muted pumpkin pie flavor, the pumpkin and spices resting gently on the tongue and melding well with standard beer flavors. The pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and pepper are still present, but joined in almost equal force by wildflower honey, toast/biscuit pie crust, touches of grapefruit and pine from the hops, toasted pecan, and a good helping of fresh fruit flavors such as berry and apricot. There are also shades of coffee and anise for depth and complexity. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main flavors, lingering on the tongue for a good while, the peppery spices slowly increasing in power as the sugars die off. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

As a whole, this is one of the better pumpkin-based beers I’ve tasted, since it manages to be both delicious and understated at the same time, as opposed to many of its peers which taste like pumpkin puree and overpowering clove. The flavors here blend well, playing off one another and each refusing to overpower the others. There is a slightly sharp touch of alcohol on the back of the throat, and the aftertaste does lean slightly too much toward pepper, clove, and anise, but as a whole this is a very good flavored beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 19:16:57 | More by jondeelee
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whatname

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.7%

09-05-2012 00:51:46 | More by whatname
Imperial Pumpkin Brush And Barrel Series from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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