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

Imperial Pumpkin Brush And Barrel SeriesImperial Pumpkin Brush And Barrel Series

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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%

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 jondeelee


4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 19:16:57 | More by jondeelee
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 15:36:32 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Photo of Duff27


3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2012 21:30:38 | More by Rifugium
Photo of alpinebryant


3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 03:43:27 | More by Dope
Photo of PokerPlayingBeerLover


3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unsurprisingly, another first beer from a new brewery for me via the pumpkin or octoberfest variety. After sampling a few other staple pumpkin beers earlier this week, I bought a case of 22's of this selection. It's definitely an ale, with good body and consistency, and easy to drink. This beer has a comparable taste of other "spicy" pumpkin ales with less abv. which impressed me. I'm not particularly a fan of this type of pumpkin ale, but as an ale fan, this beer is strong.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 03:28:54 | More by PokerPlayingBeerLover
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head crests at over a finger of dark tan, orange tinged foam, good mix of different bubble sizes, dissolves to a basic coating, lacing takes the form of not so sticky sheets. Bronze to red rust colored liquid, mostly translucent with a fair amount of visible bubbles, turns a bright yellow around the rims. The amount of pumpkin in the nose is above average, however, it is really the brown sugar, maple syrup which dominates, followed on by cocoa powder, nutmeg, candied orange peel, has a certain toasty feel to it, has an herbal underpinning to the spiciness, carries itself proudly. Medium-bodied, has a softer and creamier mouth entry which then stiffens as the carbonation sets, creates a tighter weave. The pumpkin flavor melds with mocha, coffee, whipped cream, cinnamon and nutmeg along with an orange zest infusion. Seems indecisive in terms of wanting to be structured or sweet and fruity, would probably benefit from just going for it full throttle on the pumpkin. Mouth perfume too heavy to lift much. It’s actually a quite pleasing brew, only needs to have more fun to excel.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 02:08:05 | More by farrago
Photo of Brad007


3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oh boy, another imperial pumpkin ale to add to the likes of Pumking and Smashed Pumpkin.

Pours a cloudy, reddish-orange mix with a huge frothy head into my glass. Very nice lacing too.

Pumpkin spice, pumpkin pie but not the great pumpkin. In other words, balanced. Like a kicked up version of LT Pumpkin Ale.

There's less generic pumpkin pie filling. Spicy with crusty, flaky pie texture. There's enough of a bite here too.

Lingering pumpkin spice and pumpkin pie crust. I love it. Very tasty and the alcohol doesn't seem to overwhelm like the other two.

A great pick. Skip the regular Pumpkin Ale and go for this, especially on a cold October night.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 23:01:55 | More by Brad007
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy "pumpkin" or copper color with an airy off-white head that settles into a light cap.

The aroma is of spice as it tickles the nose a little bit. Some pepper with allspice and nutmeg, subtle pumpkin pie scent. Nice but not outstanding.

The taste is of a copper ale; some mineral/metalic flavor to go along with some caramel and a lemony twang. A bit of a mad dog 20/20 booze presence, its subtle, but unwanted. The spices are there but seem to be muddled, nothing distinctive.

Moderate feel is tingly carbonation. Sweet and spicy on the palate; finishes with an odd bittereness.

Kind of a mess of a beer. Imperial pumpkins just don't work in my book. More of an Imperial amber with a muddled spice mix and odd alcohol bitterness. Less amber more pumpkin.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 03:42:13 | More by Gmann
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

2.3/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy tarnished orange color. Head less sticky then the smaller pumpkin ale by long trial. Much different nose as well. Faint pumpkin on the nose, some funky barnyard like scents. Soft pumpkin pie spices underneath it all. Some detectable alcohol.

Kind of bland actually for such a big pumpkin beer. On the bigger side of being medium bodied, bright effervescence. Sweet, malt is highly detectable with a bit of alcohol on the swallow. The pumpkin flavor is there but faint along with the spice, some spice on the finish though. Slightly sour and/or acidic on the back end of the tongue. Not very good.Kind of like they took their pumpkin ale, upped the malt without upping anything else. Drinkable but disappointing.

Compared to other pumpkins at this abv level, this one really crapped the bed.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 03:47:11 | More by jtierney89
Photo of dahlen22

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep orange with a decent head.

Aroma: The usual with this style: pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

Taste: Starts off with a slight bit of pumpkin, but not enough in my opinion. The other spices in the nose come through with a slight twinge of hops. Finishes smooth and slight creamy with a little unwelcome bitterness.

Overall: Good, not great. I can see why brewers are getting in on this popular style of beer (which I enjoy), but for my money, there are much better offereings such as Southern Tier Pumpking and Weyerbacher's pumpkin. Cheers!!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 19:45:03 | More by dahlen22
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 07/2?/12

A: Pours a cloudy yet bright ruby orange with a 2 finger rocky white head. Clear enough to see a little carbonation. Some lacing. Nice layer of foam throughout both glasses.

S: Has a nice spice up front with a mild pumpkin backing. Allspice, clove, nutmeg and cinnamon. Lil booze as it warms. Dark fruits from the roasted malt.

T: A spicy bite up front, a little pumpkin in the middle and a bittering hop at the end. Cinnamon is one of the more dominant spices. More hop at the end than most pumpkins.

M: Has a nice full body with ample carbonation. Isnt too sticky, perhaps a little dry from the hops.

Overall a very good addition to the pumpkin lineup. A little less expensive than the heavy hitters yet still holds its ground. Glad Long Trail released two this year.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 01:04:44 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of BrewingViking

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - pumpkin spicy (mostly allspice), with a slight malt in the background
A - clear and dark copper
F - sweet, a lot of upfront spice, pumpkin background, finishing with a light malty sweetness
M - light body and medium amount of carbonation
O - very nice pumpkin beer. a nice amount of spice. needs a little more pumpkin flavor

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 03:05:55 | More by BrewingViking
Photo of strengthdoc


4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the brewery on the release day. Nice hazy orange/amber color. Light head with moderate lacing. Nice, but not overpowering aroma of nutmeg, pumpkin and other spices. Nice spicy taste of nutmeg, pumpkin and light cinnamon, with a mild alcohol warmth in the finish. It could use a little more pumpkin, but I really like this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2012 21:49:49 | More by strengthdoc
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Imperial Pumpkin Brush And Barrel Series from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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