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

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Ratings: 391
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 13
Gots: 62 | 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:
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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Ratings: 391 | Reviews: 82
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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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