Imperial Pumpkin Brush And Barrel Series - Long Trail Brewing Co.
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4.25/5 rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
I'm not big on fruity beers; I'm more into IPAs and good stouts and porters. For kicks and giggles I'll try certain seasonals. I recall Shipyard Pumpkin being the first of its kind and I concluded 'this wasn't for me'. Then came Samual Adams Pumpkin. Overall I found this was an improvement. Today I had the privilege tasting Long Trail's Imperial Pumpkin on tap. Now we're talking! It was cloudy and amber in color. Taste was a near perfect balance of pumpkin and spices. I am scheduled to try Samual Adams Fat Jack this time next week. I almost can't see how it could be any better than this one but we'll see!
Serving type: on-tap
10-17-2013 20:55:15 | More by Lifsabch
3.94/5 rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: pours a dark copper color with a 1" head that falls to spotty surface covering.
Smell: cinammon, clove, nutmeg, and some earthiness makes up the aroma components.
Taste: pumpkin flavors with nutmeg, cinammon, clove, and a moderate bitterness are the main flavors. Alcohol is slightly noticeable. There is a hint of earthiness late.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Light crispness to start, smooth at the finish.
Overall: a nicely flavored pumpkin ale that is enjoyable on a cool afternoon. Easy to consume and hits the tastebuds just right.
Serving type: bottle
10-13-2013 16:42:05 | More by Gavage
3.64/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A - A fairly active pour yields just shy of two fingers worth of light khaki colored moderately creamy froth... Stellar retention... The color is a mix of rich bronze and medium brown... A limited bit of slightly sluggish carbonation can be seen rising in streaks towards the top of the glass... A very regal and sophisticated looking Pumpkin Ale...
S - A big nose with all the characters that one would expect... Sweet pumpkin puree... Cinnamon... Nutmeg... Just a kiss of cloves... Brown sugar... Graham cracker crust... Very nice aroma... It literally smells like pumpkin pie in a glass...
T - A big hit of boozy alcohol up front... The booze continues to linger throughout... The pumpkin pie aspects take a slightly distant back seat... They also become a bit muddled... The spices are dialed up a notch... The expected sweetness is non-existent... The brown sugar and pie crust linger beneath the surface... There is also a slight metallic tinge beneath the surface... There are some nice woody notes which develop as this one warms, but it seems to be out of place...
M - Sturdy and slightly rigid from the get go... Medium to full bodied... Starts slightly lush and finishes bone dry... Crisp carbonation...
D - Love the artwork on the label, but I guess that's the point of the brush & Barrel Series... Excellent appearance and aroma... Things drop off a bit in terms of flavor and ... It's still a rock solid beer and different lives up to it's "imperial" label... Not your typical Pumpkin Ale by any means, but that's okay... Just not sure this is something I would recommend nor indulge in with regularity...
Serving type: bottle
10-12-2013 02:23:20 | More by philbe311
Imperial Pumpkin Brush And Barrel Series from Long Trail Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.