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

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Ratings: 291
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 10
Gots: 20 | 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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Photo of tellish33


4/5  rDev +8.4%

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


3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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


2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

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


3.45/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

09-09-2012 21:29:17 | More by billab914
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +8.4%

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


3.58/5  rDev -3%

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.

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


4.38/5  rDev +18.7%

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.

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

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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


3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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


4.1/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

09-05-2012 19:16:57 | More by jondeelee
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

09-05-2012 00:51:46 | More by whatname
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North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -3%

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark copper approaching medium amber in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer, a couple of small slightly thicker patches, and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of sweet malts with some moderate amounts of pumpkin, nuttiness, and pumpkin spices (nutmeg and cinnamon). Some very light hints of alcohol.

T: The taste of this beer is similar to the smell with a moderate body of sweet malts (similar to those I would expect to find in a brown ale). There is a solid presence of pumpkin and a slighter stronger presence of pumpkin pie spices (mostly nutmeg and cinnamon) though it feels a little out of balance between the pumpkin and spices.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy and smooth. Light amounts of alcohol heat in the finish.

O: This is a pretty average pumpkin beer but it is pretty easy to drink for an 8% ABV beer, which is saying something. It is a great deal at $4.99 for a bomber, much cheaper than other pumpkin beer offerings available in bombers locally. Enjoyable but nothing really stands out with this beer.

09-04-2012 23:26:53 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


3.58/5  rDev -3%

Thanks to Number45forever for sending this beer as an extra! Thanks very much Bill!

reviewed from notes 9/3/12.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: light orange bodied beer with 1 finger of white head that drops quickly to thin cap.

Smell: primarily smell circus peanuts candy. a hint of pumpkin and spice.

Taste: Pumpkin, all spice, nut meg and cinnamon, cloves and a touch of booze.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth beer that drinks fairly smooth for 8%.

Overall: Not a bad pumpkin beer. I am new to this style so I dont have much experience to compare this beer with other pumpkin beers. As for my tastes I could take it or leave it; I did not get to excited about this beer.

09-04-2012 15:36:32 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

09-04-2012 00:27:55 | More by mbs11
Photo of Duff27


3.45/5  rDev -6.5%

Shirt light beige head on a murky copper red. Collar left, no lacing.

Faint whiffs of circus peanuts.

Kind if has an amber ale base to it. Fall spices on the end of each taste.

Medium creamy mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Pretty drinkable for 8%abv, may be its greatest attribute. Nothing wrong with this one but nothing stands out either. Whatevs.

09-03-2012 22:30:09 | More by Duff27
Photo of Rifugium


3.35/5  rDev -9.2%

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Served in a stem glass, burnt orange color, with a small cap of off-white head, minimal lacing and retention. Nutty aroma, malt sweetness and mild pumpkin pie spice. Taste is fairly nutty, woody, brown-ale-ish maltiness, notes of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg, not very big in the pumpkin pie territory, and when it comes to pumpkin ales, I do like a big up front slam of pumpkin and spice. This beer just came up short. Medium body, fairly drinkable, but nothing I'd go back for, especially with the likes of Weyerbacher around.

09-02-2012 21:30:38 | More by Rifugium
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +22%

09-02-2012 17:02:06 | More by albertjr21
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

09-02-2012 03:04:14 | More by kkmiller76
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

09-02-2012 02:49:28 | More by kaidasz
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

09-01-2012 21:03:13 | More by goblue3509
Photo of alpinebryant


3.58/5  rDev -3%

A: Pours a dark hazy pumpkin color with loads of lacing and heavy spiderwebs.

S: Aroma of dark roasted brown malt with lots of clove and some nutmeg.

T: I can appreciate this being a darker brown ale packing a bitter punch. There is a lot of cinnamon that makes this slightly dry, along with dusting my throat with a bitter nutmeg taste. There is a ton of cinnamon in here , wow is it strong after a third sip it really takes over.

M: Medium to heavy body for an imperial pumpkin ale, medium body that feels about right.

O: This one is over spiced for a pumpkin ale. I like it, but it is slightly out of balance with all of the spices taking over and stealing the show. The malt body seems to be good and it is relatively thick for a pumpkin ale.

09-01-2012 20:34:26 | More by alpinebryant
Photo of Rojada1988


4/5  rDev +8.4%

09-01-2012 01:46:34 | More by Rojada1988
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

09-01-2012 01:37:08 | More by jagada
Photo of Dope


3.78/5  rDev +2.4%

Bottle appears to be dated 072412.

A: Pours a very dark orange-red with a big fluffy tan head. Fades slowly. Pretty decent lacing left behind.

S: Strong pumpkin and especially pumpkin spice aroma. Nutmeg and cinnamon primarily. I swear I smell whipped cream.

T: Some pumpkin but again with the huge amount of spices. Tons and tons of nutmeg and cinnamon. Perhaps some allspice too. It's creamy with again, some whipped cream-like flavor. Nice touch. Somewhat sweet with a bit of burnt pumpkin and nutmeg to finish it off.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Good carbonation for the ABV.

O: Not a bad pumpkin ale really. Too heavy on the spices, almost giving it a harsh flavor. It needs to be less spicy or perhaps sweeter instead to balance it out. It was still quite good and I enjoyed drinking it, regardless.

08-30-2012 03:43:27 | More by Dope
Imperial Pumpkin Brush And Barrel Series from Long Trail Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.