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

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 396
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 14
Gots: 65 | 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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Reviews: 80 | Hads: 396
Photo of SawDog505
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a bright reddish orange with a beautiful, 2 inch off white head that leaves awesome lace and had exceptional retention. Smell is pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and some brown sugar. Taste is all that, very balanced and not over the top like some of these pumpkin beers, nice. Body is medium, nice amount of carbonation, not dry, and easy sipping, pretty tame for 8%. It is a nice cool fall evening the perfect night for this, probably my favorite pumpkin fan ever. Not really a huge fan of the style normally. (557 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > Alpine Spring Pint

A - Poured out a darker amber color, 1 finger of off white head, no lacing.
S - Pleasant and balanced aroma, your base pumpkin scents, cinnamon, clove, allspice, and a hint of earthy hops to it, some caramel malt, and a little wheat.
T - This has a complex flavor for a pumpkin, lots of pumpkin meat, not incredibly sweet, but just enough, kinda like sweet potato, big time clove and nutmeg, some cinnamon, there's a little banana underneath, some mild hop bite in the mix too.
M - This is more on the dry and metallic side, but its a big beer, and feels it.
O - It gets better as it warms up, thats for sure, but for $7 for a bomber, I think thats a decent price for the weight of this beer. Its got a decent complexity that others dont really score on, but I dont like the finish on it. (820 characters)

Photo of Judman
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I taste as many pumpkin beers as I can find because I believe a good pumpkin beer is very elusive. This is one of the few that I've ever had that caused me to buy multiple bottles at a time. Beautiful color, thick foamy heady and delicious malty head with just enough spices and a sharp, strong ale flavor. I really enjoy this beer and hope they stick to the recipe in future years. (382 characters)

Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. it has a beautiful dark red/orange color with a big thick foamy white head that leaves some lacing behind. It's opaque and rich.

S. It has a malty and metallic scent. A hint of pumpkin.

T/M. It has a lovely sweetness to it. A mild bitter undertone. There's a pumpkin taste and a mild grape taste. Basically full-bodied and very smooth.

O. The pumpkin is tamed, but it's a rich-tasting brew. Perfect on an autumn evening, but if I'm nitpicking, it lacks that defining pumpkin taste that I look for. But an excellent brew. (526 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (827 characters)

Photo of canolte42
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Found this beer to be rather pleasant. The pumpkin is not overwhelming nor underwhelming in its taste and mouthfeel. Seemed to go down rather well. For an imperial, it was not too heavy and complex. So much so that it is almost a session beer. 8.0 % is still high enough to need close monitoring. Enjoyed the beer as well as the bottle cover art. (346 characters)

Photo of cleve00
2.43/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I havent had but 2 Pumpkin ales but the taste of the Imperial had an overwhelming unpleasant almost astringent taste that was off putting to me.

I have enjoyed Dogfish Head Punkin Ale very much but this Imperial Pumpkin was not a finisher. Sorry all, hate to be a negative but this wasn't fun. I tried to find some positives, such as smell definite pumpin pie spices but overwhelmed by the taste as I mentioned.

I think I will have another Dogfish Head Punkin Ale. (473 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a surprisingly dark colour, a hazy burnt orange that almost glows in the light. A very attractive beer. The bottle also deserves a mention, as there is some impressive Vermont artwork on the label...

Aroma of candied fruit has much pumpkin but little in the way of spices. Not as much depth as I'd expected from its high ABV, imperial nature. The flavour is also not as complex or well balanced as I'd hoped with a real focus on bittering hops and alcohol heat in the finish. There are plenty of caramelized malts, toffee and pumpkin fruit in the body but almost no cinnamon or nutmeg or other typical "pumpkin pie" spices. (630 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
8.0% ABV,

A - Beautiful burnt copper in color, orange highlights shine through the cloudy beer which is capped by thick light toffee foam.

S - Between the rich roasted pumpkin and delicately balanced nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon spice, Long Trail's imperial pumpkin has a smooth and inviting fall appeal that's underscored by sweet caramel and toasted wheat bread.

T - Soft caramel sweetness is bullied by dry toasted Vienna malts and finished with roasted pumpkin and spice that remains as delicate as the aroma lets on.

M - Malty and rich, this full-bodied and smooth beer is big with little alcohol interruption, finishing with simple spice and warming heat.

O - Long Trail's Imperial Pumpkin is a big little beer. 8% alcohol is light and warming, caressed by roasted pumpkin and delicate spice with malt complexity at it's core as it's a simple and tame imperial pumpkin. (915 characters)

Photo of JeffBrenner
3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

16oz. bottle poured into a large pint glass. Pours a dark orange or amber with minimal head and carbonation that fades quickly. Small amount of lacing. Noted of nutmeg, cinnamon and other spices in the taste. Surprisingly, this pumpkin beer has a minimal pumpkin taste, but instead tastes like a spiced ale. The 8% is hidden pretty well. Smells of cinnamon and nutmeg as well. A pretty good taste, but far and away not in my top 10 pumpkin beers. It is a very good value for how cheap it is though. (498 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In a pint glass the beer was a dark amber color with a small tan head.

Pumpkin and pumpkin spice aroma.

Mostly a spicy taste: cinnamon, nutmeg, clove. Pumpkin taking a back seat.

Mostly a spice-forward beer, and a little on the thin side.

This was my first pumpkin beer of the season, and I didn't think it was anything special. (332 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This time of year, I always look forward to the Pumpkin Beer/Ales. Most of the time, I judge one of these in terms of how I would drink this while having a Pumpkin pie and whip cream!

There was no question regarding the aroma. There was a good sense of pumpkin and spices here. My first sip, the initial taste was pumpkin with some fall spices.

However, the mouthful was a bit on the thin side. It was not big and full. I think more than anything that is why I was not a big fan of this pumpkin ale.

It is always so very interesting that from year to year, any one brand can change the overall taste of the pumpkin ale.

I am glad I tasted this one, but overall it was a little to light and thin for me (706 characters)

Photo of MistahBeah
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass

My first pumpkin beer of 2013

Pours a dark amber with orange hues. Opaque and thick-looking. About a finger of bubbly off white head. Decent retention. Mild carbonation. Some lacing

Smells of pumpkin - surprise! - and all the spices you would expect to go along with it. Cinnamon and nutmeg in the foreground. Cloves and ginger for good measure. I smell a sweetness like brown sugar so thick you can almost taste it. I think its pleasant but not for everyone. No detectable hops but some bitter spices try and keep the sweetness in check

Taste is spicy. Moreso than expected. Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, faint clove all play a part. Then comes some sweet pumpkin and candi sugar. The spiciness keeps it from getting cloyingly sweet. Some bready notes in the midpalate. The finish is slightly dry and earthywith spice and alcohol warmth

Feels pretty full-bodied. Dry. Warming. A little biting from the carbonation and spices

Overall not a bad way to kick off pumpkin beer season. A little heavy for mid-August but tasty. Touches upon all the expected flavors of the style. A little too dry but that's just me being picky (1,160 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle. 2013 batch no. 1854. Sampled on August 3, 2013. This has been renamed the "Brush & Barrel Series" rather than the "Brewmaster Series."

It looks like a pumpkin ale should with its orange to medium amber pour and a lingering off-white head. The look is worth high marks.

On the nose the pumpkins penetrate immediately but are quickly usurped by sweet malts, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a dash of clove. Hops are not very forward.

The body is medium to bold.

Whereas the hops were difficult to find in the aroma they present themselves more so in the taste after a quick flirtation with sweet malts, pumpkin, spices, and cinnamon. Moderate lingering bitterness at the end. Nicely done. (710 characters)

Photo of neophilus
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Burnt amber colored, viscous clear fluid in the glass. Adequate head rests on top. Aroma is sharp with a battle between sweet and musty scents. First sip is nearly sour for a moment. Ginger and hot molasses wrestle on top of a gorgeously thick body. Taste mellows out in the end but there is a dominant lingering hot spice flavor on the tongue.

The body is thick the flavor is nearly... not pumpkin. This is fascinating but not exactly brilliant. I feel Long Trail is close to finding a new take on pumpkin beers but needs to clean up the alcohol heat and marry the flavors a bit more to make it get. In a sea of generic pie spiced pumpkin seasonal beers, though, this one stands out as a unique and brave take on the style. (725 characters)

Photo of Boto
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz. bottle: This one pours a clear, orangish-amber color. There was almost no head on it, and no lacing. The aroma is decent, and expected. Pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg are the dominant ones. Not overdone, but they mask anything else. The taste is pretty good. Nicely balanced between the hops and malts. A touch of pumpkin, the pumpkin pie spices, and a hint of bitterness. A nice fall beer! (394 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
2.44/5  rDev -34.6%
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. (171 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (1,771 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another high ABV seasonal pumpkin ale. This one is an amber color with reasonable clarity and a firm white head (good lace). The aroma is pumpkin pie spice, malt, and distant hops. Some starchy pumpkin flavor in the taste, along with a solid dose of spice and bitterness. The ABV is present in an underlying warmth, but doesn't overwhelm the beer. Its mouthfeel could be smoother and richer, to balance the spice and bitterness. Otherwise, this is a fine example of this seasonal beer (that is my annual search). (512 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (780 characters)

Photo of 4ster
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a full Belgium tulip + half tulip/pint glass.

A: Pours a deep cloudy amber colour, some carbonation with nice head and decent retention((more in the full tulip than the pint glass)

S: Very sweet and spicy on the nose otherwise light maltiness/little caramel.(though minimal in the full tulip). As noted with some other reviewers there is a sort of chemical/chlorine type of smell depending on the glass type used...(less in the smaller pint glass)

T: Starts off with very sweet, roasty malt flavours more like an Imperial Ale, followed at the end with the spicy notes....some nutmeg and cloves, (perhaps cardamon), but we found it very light on the pumpkin flavour...

M: Medium carbonation that hits your tongue quite a bit, but very well balanced for an 8% Imperial style.

O: Overall a decent tasting ale, but with some amazing pumpkin beers out there this one disappoints a little. It has some nice spices to it and is quite smooth drinking, but for something called a pumpkin beer it is very light... I would say drop the pumpkin labelling and perhaps re-market this one as a Winter Seasonal beer....Not sure we'd buy this one again but was worth a try... (and found that a proper glass will make a difference to the smells/flavours a lot) (1,261 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev 0%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (868 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
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. (439 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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 (453 characters)

Imperial Pumpkin Brush And Barrel Series from Long Trail Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.