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

Imperial Pumpkin Brush And Barrel SeriesImperial Pumpkin Brush And Barrel Series

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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%


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.

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neophilus

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 18:43:06 | More by neophilus
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Boto

Connecticut

3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 22:00:28 | More by Boto
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.4/5  rDev -34.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2013 12:44:58 | More by Thorpe429
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 01:14:50 | More by jlindros
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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).

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 21:18:27 | More by Suds
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metter98

New York

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 02:59:08 | More by metter98
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4ster

Quebec (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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)

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 00:44:37 | More by 4ster
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 22:03:41 | More by oberon
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claspada

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 14:57:26 | More by claspada
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rfgetz

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: cask

10-08-2012 19:13:16 | More by rfgetz
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

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

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2012 00:30:17 | More by gcamparone
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jmaharaj

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 23:55:12 | More by jmaharaj
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alexgash

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 01:19:51 | More by alexgash
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

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!

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 04:56:28 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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CheapHysterics

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 03:53:01 | More by CheapHysterics
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yesyouam

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 15:23:40 | More by yesyouam
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far333

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 12:21:33 | More by far333
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a crystal clear, vibrant, ruby colored brew with a thin, filmy surface coating that is white and bright. Aromas of sweet, roasted pumpkin with some nutmeg, cinnamon, and all-spice highlighting throughout. Flavors are mild, with a roasted pumpkin backbone, both rich and sweet, with a bready characteristic. Spicing is present to keep things in check at the end and clean up the palate. Spicy and roasted aftertaste that is subtly sweet, which goes perfectly with the light, smooth body. Crisp, clean finish that leaves a slight spicing to linger in mouth. Pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 23:08:32 | More by GarthDanielson
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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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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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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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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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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
Imperial Pumpkin Brush And Barrel Series from Long Trail Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.