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

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383 Ratings
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Ratings: 383
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 13
Gots: 54 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Suds
3.73/5  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).

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of 4ster
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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)

Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of claspada
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Imperial Pumpkin Brush And Barrel Series from Long Trail Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.