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

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371 Ratings
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Ratings: 371
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 12
Gots: 53 | FT: 1
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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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Mikeynas, Oct 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

BeerOps, Oct 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

WDJersey, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of jamesewelch
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

jamesewelch, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of Ryanc23
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Ryanc23, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of JoeD15
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

JoeD15, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

acurtis, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of TheRicker
4/5  rDev +8.1%

TheRicker, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Suds
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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).

Suds, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

metter98, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of 4ster
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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)

4ster, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev 0%
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.

oberon, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of claspada
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

claspada, Oct 09, 2012
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3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

rfgetz, Oct 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

tpauer, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of las00hero
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

las00hero, Oct 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

brbrocc, Oct 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

tsm2011, Oct 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

smutty33, Oct 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

kaelingirl, Oct 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

djre4orm, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of gcamparone
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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

gcamparone, Oct 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

frosted33, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of jmaharaj
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

jmaharaj, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of alexgash
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

alexgash, Sep 30, 2012
Imperial Pumpkin Brush And Barrel Series from Long Trail Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 371 ratings.