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

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Ratings: 393
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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Photo of rfgetz
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Photo of gcamparone
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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

Photo of jmaharaj
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of alexgash
3.45/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Slightly dark amber but still very transparent, very light to almost no bubbles but blessed with a nice off-white orange tinted head that is roughly 1/2" off the body.

Smell: Light nutmeg, and pumpkin...though an imperial beer it has lackluster scent.

Taste: Tasty pumpkin, really strong nutmeg taste that creates a spicy after-note. Honestly it is somewhere between a 4 and 4.5 hard to decide.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, not as sticky as some others but a texture that is but nice.

Overall: You know what really good, Long Trail has probably made the best Imperial Pumpkin for your money. For around five bucks you pretty much get it all, I was impressed. I know there are some mixed reviews on this brew, but don't judge by brand or presentation, it is well put together and makes you want another glass once finished. Salud!

Photo of CheapHysterics
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love pumpkin beers, but generally find the so called "imperial" ones to be either way too sweet, overspiced, or both. Long Trail avoids those pitfalls nicely here, but the pumpkin is a bit understated while the booziness and the spices clash with each other, especially on the finish.

A: beautiful hazy red orange, with a thin head that lasts.

S: Sweeter than the taste. malt with a bit of pumpkin and spice.

T: Overall pretty nice. Spices not overpowering, sweet but not too sweet, pumpkin is understated. Finish is awkward with spice and alcohol competing in a not good way with each other.

M: Smooth and surprisingly chewy in a good way.

O: A pleasant change from the cloyingly sweet nutmeg and vanilla bombs, but still leaves something to be desired.

Photo of yesyouam
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Long Trail Imperial Pumpkin is a murky copper ale that's topped with a generous and long lasting, creamy yellow foam of a head. There are lots of spices in the nose: coriander, nutmeg, etc. It's smooth and full bodied. The finish is chewy and a bit dry. It's quite sweet. It tastes boozy-- boozier than it is. I taste possible fusel and lots of spices. There's a long, lingering juniper bitterness. I'm known to enjoy crazy pumpkin ales with great delight. This one is just kind of... rude.

Photo of far333
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber orange colored and opaque, with particulate matter in suspension. Low head that recedes quickly. Aroma of squashy vegetable, semi-sweet malt and subtle spice.

Even and balanced flavor of pumpkin and spices. Low bitterness, clove and dried leaves linger. Very well blanced flavors of pumpkin, malt, and spice. Subtle cinnamon and nutmeg, spices are not overpowering on this one, which I prefer in a pumpkin ale. ABV does not detract. Above average mouthfeel, full but not too viscous. Overall a very good beer, one of the best pumpkin ales I've had.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a crystal clear, vibrant, ruby colored brew with a thin, filmy surface coating that is white and bright. Aromas of sweet, roasted pumpkin with some nutmeg, cinnamon, and all-spice highlighting throughout. Flavors are mild, with a roasted pumpkin backbone, both rich and sweet, with a bready characteristic. Spicing is present to keep things in check at the end and clean up the palate. Spicy and roasted aftertaste that is subtly sweet, which goes perfectly with the light, smooth body. Crisp, clean finish that leaves a slight spicing to linger in mouth. Pretty tasty.

Photo of iBeer16
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

enjoyed in a pint glass.
A- pours a amber/copper color. pours with a small 2 finger head that dissipates quickly. good carbonation
S- pumpkin, very real aroma, allspice, nutmeg, slight cinnamon, brown sugar. cloves, bananas
T- great strong blend of pumpkin and spices throughout, no overpowering pumpkin taste,very pleasant.
M- smooth, great body, full and light at the same time. creamy. great carbonation to leave palate refreshed.
O- on the pumpkin scale, sits in the middle of the road in regards to drinkability, definitely possible to drink 3, maybe 4. great flavors, scent, balance and mouth feel. balance is key here, nothing overpowering.
Cheers!

Photo of BARFLYB
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A few stealth pours from a bomber into a small Chimay glass

Imperial Pumpkin pours into the glass a semi hazy burnt orange with some bronze tints mimicking a sunset. The foam was tan/gold in color with an inch but died leaving no lace.

Smell is pretty standard pumpkin ale fare and kinda muted in scent. Pumpkin spice with some nutmeg and cinnamon. Hops are not present, a standard malt backing.

This is what I expected, some subtle spice with some pumpkin flavor in the back. The taste is larger than your average pumpkin ale, it's not pumpkin pie, but nutmeg over cinnamon with a grassy aftertaste that's light. It comes and goes like that.

Pretty much medium bodied, a nice build on this sucka. Thin with light carb. The aftertaste is non existent, spice, malt, nothing. No legs.

This is pretty decent stuff. Not being a huge fan of the style I find this easy as pie to take down. 8% is not that light though so a whole bomber while doable, would zonk me out.. I would like to find a happy medium between this and pumKING in both taste and ABV as I have not yet found a favorite Pumkin brew.

Photo of 57md
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a burnt orange with a finger of head that dissipates rather quickly. The nose has just a mild hint of pumpkin in it. The flavor is certainly full-bodied with some pumpkin and a touch of cinnamon. There is a touch of sweetness as well as a sourness that likely comes from the pumpkin itself. The finish is bitter, but not overly hoppy. There is some alcohol presence to this offering, but not enough to make it unpleasant. Big, good, but not great.

Photo of smcnulty1981
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: slightly hazy orange to amber color with about 1 finger of bright white head which had a god ammount of laceing and some alcohol legs

S: lots of pumpkin pie scents nutmeg, cinnamon and clove with a hint of squash or bannana

T: tastes like a liquid pumpkin pie pretty standard pumpkin beer tasting however the alcohol was present on the taste

M: medium bodied with good carbonation

O: a fairly standard pumpkin ale it drank a lot like a dubble in the mouthfeel and the spice flavoring but alcohol was present perhaps some collaring may mellow that out a bit but by doing that the spices in the beer would also dissipate losing some of its character

Photo of billab914
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into my mad Fox glass. Dark orange in color with a thin white head barely covering the top of the beer. Nice looking color to it for the style.

The aroma shows a lot of the pumpkin pie spices to it with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves leading the way. It's got a hint of a sweeter, creamy, almost whipped cream, slight vanilla like flavor to it. There is some toasted malts and caramel sweetness there as well. Pretty nice aroma for the style, the spices weren't overdone which I appreciate.

The spices do however seem to dominate the taste. The cloves and nutmeg especially seem overdone. I do get a hint of that sweeter, creamy flavor in the finish but it's pretty much overshadowed. I don't get much else besides the spices unfortunately.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall, I thought it had a pretty good aroma for the style but the spices dominated too much in the taste. Not a bad pumpkin beer, but not a stand out in the style for me.

Photo of jzeilinger
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an amber orange color with a creamy white one fingered head, and mild carbonation.

S - Cinnamon, nutmeg, bready, light alcohol.

T - Bready malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, toasted pecans. A little earthy and the roasted malt base reminds me of some brown ales.

M - Medium body, semi-smooth, and carbonation pricklies on the tongue.

O - Yep, it's a pumpkin beer.

Photo of Oakenator
4.36/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours great - expecting or hoping for orange like the inside of a pumpkin but pours a deep amber and orange - doesn't disappoint, it's like the inside of a pumping but as expected with spices and brown sugar. Smell is pumpkin first with brown sugar and maple, then spices, and finally a bit boozy. The booziness almost disappears via the taste and reinforces heavy pumpkin and brown sugar. Spices are present but have had stronger in other similar brews. Well done.

Photo of jondeelee
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of Duff27
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of alpinebryant
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of Dope
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of PokerPlayingBeerLover
3.97/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of farrago
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Imperial Pumpkin Brush And Barrel Series from Long Trail Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.