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

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388 Ratings
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Ratings: 388
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 13
Gots: 58 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of puboflyons
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of mdfb79
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of TriageStat
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of LeahM
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of neophilus
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of Boto
3.71/5  rDev 0%
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!

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.44/5  rDev -34.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Imperial Pumpkin Brush And Barrel Series from Long Trail Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.