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

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Ratings: 391
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 13
Gots: 62 | 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:
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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Ratings: 391 | Reviews: 82
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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Long Trail's Imperial Pumpkin looks dense as pumpkin pie filling and is about the same colour too. Almost remarkably, however, it's complexion is clear and it's only the naturally deep tone that stands in the way of perfect transparency. Its head, also befitting, is something like a dollop of whipped cream (at least for a while).

Like most Pumpkin Ales, the "pumpkin" part aught to be in quotation marks. Pumpkin may place ahead of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and clove on the ingredients list but the aroma is virtually squash free and dominated first and foremost by those quintessential fall-time scents.

Brewing a pumpkin ale can be tricky; you want enough pie spices to evoke the holidays but not so much as to make it feel like you've washed your mouth out with a scented hand soap. Finding the right balance is harder than people think. The key is to not overlook the malts and hops, something which Long Trail was clearly mindful not to do...

The ale has a mouthfeel dense and crunchy enough to match its 'Imperial' moniker; a hearty base of caramalts moderates the spiciness, providing complimenting notes of toasted nuts and hard, dark toffee. Naturally, individual flavours of the spices (cinnamon and nutmeg in particular) can still be appreciated, especially in the finish which acts as a highlight reel of sorts.

Long Trail's Imperial Pumpkin is an exceptionally well-proportioned pumpkin ale. Its success at harmonizing nutty, malty sweetness, hop and squash earthiness, and baker's rack spices makes it exceptionally approachable (especially considering its strength). Like most of this brewery's offerings this is well made and reasonably priced; an easy one to recommend.

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No need to go into the same boring details, to me Pumpkin Ales tend to be generic in appearance, but vary in aroma somewhat and the proof is in the taste for me.
The main takeaway I got from LT Imperial Pumpkin is that the spices (the most dominant elements as pumpkin itself imparts little flavor) are relatively tame and don't impart that whipped cream and graham cracker crust loaded with sweet pumpkin that make Pumking so popular.

The taste never reaches the level of sweet as there bittering hops counteracting any sweetness that might be present. Finishes clean and the hops balance the pumpkin spices with an interesting take on the style. Those looking for a sweet pumpkin pie bomb probably won't care for this one, but I found it to be a solid representation of the style that is slightly off center.

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For a pumpkin ale it pretty decent, I'm a huge Long Trail fan!!

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Imperial Pumpkin Brush And Barrel Series from Long Trail Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.