Paranormal Imperial Pumpkin Ale
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

Paranormal Imperial Pumpkin AleParanormal Imperial Pumpkin Ale
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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #36
ABV:
10%
Score:
88
Ranked #9,649
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 14.21%
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
91
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Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
 
Ontario, Canada
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
88
Very Good
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can (last time I had this was in a 750 ml bottle) split two ways.
Pours a bright but hazy orangish copper colour with a finger plus of yellowish off white head.
Smells of doughy cinnamon bun, pumpkin pie spice - ginger, clove, nutmeg - malty without discernible hop presence.
Taste follows with more of the pumpkin pie note - sweet and malty with ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg - still a bit bready and with an herbal earthy hop note at the finish.
Full slightly boozy mouthfeel with the hops balancing the sticky pumpkin pie sweetness nicely. Not sure always a big pumpkin beer fan but this one is a favourite!

Oct 27, 2020
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can

Pours mostly clear amber golden. Yellowish white head is finely textured and retains well.

Aroma of fresh pumpkin, pie spices, graham cracker, ginger, cinnamon, and brown sugar.

Flavor of pumpkin and pumpkin pie, pie crust, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, cinnamon, brown sugar, and maybe a bit of apple.

Medium body, tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Been a while since I had a pumpkin beer. This one is good, drinks pretty easily considering the abv. The spices mesh with the pumpkin flavors well. Worth trying, I could see myself drinking this once a season.

Oct 11, 2020
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Four pack copped from Joe Canals in Parsippany. Pours a copper, ruddy hue with a moderate head. Ardent aroma replete with notes of pumpkin pie and clove. Not bad

Aug 21, 2020
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On the fence with this one on one hand it wasn't very bitter, reasonably spiced, and kind of reminded me of pie. On the other the beer was hot, boozy, and some sips did had more cinnamon rather then sugars I wanted. Not a bad beer but still a pretty good high ABV attempt at the style

Nov 14, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am CANtinuing my Hallowe'en theme with The CANQuest (tm) until the site's clock strikes November in about three hours since they go by Zulu time (+0 UTC), making 1900h. (Local, EDT) my cutoff.

From the CAN: "Special Edition"; "Paranormal Is Weird."; "Brewed with Pumpkin & Spices"; "It's Bee-eeer. Doused with exotic warm spices, this spirited Imperial Pumpkin Ale evokes the aromas of pumpkin pie,graham cracker crust, and the tasty aura of Autumn."; "Normal Is Weird."; "The Cult of the Pumpkin [-] Pouring with an otherworldly orange glimmer, Paranormal channels the subtle blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice in the spirited body of a 10% alc./vol. beer. Brewed with roasted pumpkin and spices, Paranormal’s rich mouthfeel and a slightly hazy body emerge from a realm where substance and shadow cross."; "Extra Strong Beer"; "Brewed with Pumpkin & Spices".

A pint (473 ml) of a 10% Imperial Pumpkin Ale in a CAN is JUST what I needed at this point! I Crack!ed open the vent & beCAN a slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass. It foamed mightily to form just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with great retention. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like liquefied pumpkin pie! 8=O Could this be CANother/the next Pumpking?!? 8=O That is one of the few that I still really like! Spicy, certainly, with a modicum of vegetal presence. Yum. Mouthfeel was bid, full & dense, like a dollop had been scooped into my mouth & onto my tongue! 8=O The taste was like liquefied pumpkin pie with whipped cream topping. 8=O I did not score any Pumking this year, but that is what this beer made me think of! This was just right in terms of its spice & sweet CANterbalance. Too spicy = no Bueno. Too sweet = 8=p Man, this was a dessert beer to be savored, especially when Trick or Treating has been postponed until tomorrow & I don't have to worry about falling off of my porch while distributing treats. Now, here is the ironic twist - for all of this, it finished dry as heck! That is what happens when you use spices as (an) adjunct(s). This was fantastiche! YMMV.

Oct 31, 2019
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 8/21/24. 16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a glowing amber with a mild haze, but still has some clarity to it; big fluffy khaki head that falls slowly leaving great thick retention and sticky frothy lacing. The aromas have a nice amount of spices and veggie notes. Cinnamon, allspice and sweet potatoes coming through. Some nutmeg and ginger. Malts are there. The flavors follow the nose. More cinnamon and allspice. More sweet potatoes. The veggie notes blend well with the spices. Some graham cracker notes definitely coming through. It's not that bitter and it's not that sweet. Nice balance. Solid malt backbone. Alcohol is well hidden, especially considering it being a big beer. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a nice pumpkin ale. It's a classic and traditional example of the style, more or less. It stands out though and isn't just a "run of the mill" pumpkin ale. It's bold, but balanced. Nice aromas and flavors. The craftsmanship is on point. Well done. I like it.

Oct 17, 2019
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pootz from Canada (ON)

3.37/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another wonky over amped pumpkin spice brew...if it wasn't so expensive I'd have sink poured it...alll the over amped spice nd crap you get in these essense pumpkin beers with a fusel alcohol burn

Oct 05, 2019
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

473 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Best before September 11, 2024. LCBO purchase for $5 CDN. Glad to get this one off my list as it's been something I've been looking forward to trying for a while now.

Appearance - Clear dark copper / auburn colored brew with a finger of light tan head on top. Pretty good head retention and some sticky lacing clings to the edges of the glass.

Smell - Pumpkin pie all the way with pumpkin, buttery crust, loads of nutmeg and cinnamon as well as more subtle elements of clove and brown sugar wonderfully integrated. Booze is well hidden on the nose. Can this be served with whipped cream? Delightful and different but comparable to Pumking, a leader in the style and a personal fave.

Taste - Some bitterness up front, trace elements of pumpkin pie then some more pumpkin with a huge dollop of nutmeg and cinnamon and cloves. Finishes quite bitter and somewhat spicy. Booze is still reasonably well hidden but some mouthfuls come out a bit hot, there's no denying the 20 proof monster within.

Mouthfeel - Medium-thick bodied, sticky and clinging for what is as close to a pumpkin pastry style beer as there will be. Some sharp booziness on the occasional sip and carbonation is quite low.

Overall - I love, love, love the concept of this brew and the nose starts everything off brilliantly. The taste is too much nutmeg, cinnamon and clove for my personal preference, but even still it's quite drinkable and very enjoyable. Glad I picked up a few of these, may have to buy a couple more for aging purposes, see if some of the abrasive nature of the spices mellows with some time.

Sep 24, 2019
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer intrigued me because I think it's the strongest of the imperial pumpkin ales I've seen around (in stores and readily-available to me, so not counting stuff like Rumpkin by Avery and whatnot), and I've also never had anything else by FMCB... what better way to start than with a zany idea like this? The can advertises this as a beer "doused with exotic, warm spices" that "evokes the aromas of pumpkin pie, graham cracker crust, and the toasty aura of Autumn." Sounds good enough, eh? (That's a reference to the brewery being based in Canada... get it?... uhh)

Pours a very deep amber bordering on a filtered mahogany/chestnut brown-ish color. Wow, this is completely clear! Nice looking color and the clarity is, of course, pretty interesting and out-of-the-ordinary in my opinion. A nice, built-up head of slightly-off-white foam that laces quite solidly and bears decent legs. This looks better than I expected it to, not gonna lie. Also quite a bit darker.

The nose is pretty convincing right away. My go-to strong pumpkin beer is Pumking, and this is kinda close but with more of a focus on spices than on the vanilla/pie and bright, distinct, indescribable aroma that beer has going for it. This has a huuuuge helping of cinnamon and nutmeg, though there's definitely a subtle and fun note of ginger in here that keeps things from getting too generic. I definitely pick up a decent amount of squash-like earthy pumpkin, but it's certainly a backing note, which is fine by me. Some beers in this style, imperial and normal strength, try to go hard in both the spice/pie AND pumpkin directions, leaving the beer confused. This has a good balance, so I'm into it, for sure.

Oh man, this is a real doozy. A punch in the face, with lots of complex spices and interesting stuff going on. First up I am just utterly assaulted by cinnamon and nutmeg, but the mid-palate has some honeyed graham cracker flavors and then quickly transitions into a beautifully sweet and boozy vanilla pumpkin pie flavor that is honestly blowing me away right now. This is way better than I expected it to be! Almost like Pumking's big brother, if I may be so bold as to stake such an illustrious claim! Strong gingerbread and whipped cream component with some balancing Munich-ish malt that performs favorably. Stiff ethanol component toward the finish that melds nicely with the spices. Almost has a woody flavor. Crazy, and quite good.

A bit thick on the tongue, though I kind of expect that with what I guess is basically a "triple pumpkin ale" if we're going with IPA-influenced style nomenclature. Moderate carbonation and a long-lasting finish that begins sweet but finishes off quite spicy and invigorating. A sipper, and a very fun one. Guess I have to pay more attention to FMCB now!

Sep 20, 2019
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ELchefEH

1.24/5  rDev -69.1%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer made me sick, I had a feeling I wouldn't like it, and boy it did not disappoint, I thought it tasted like Jägermeister, not the right spices in my opinion. Too bad, love most of the other flying monkeys.

Sep 08, 2019
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janubio from Spain

4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served in a tumbler glass, 75 cl. bottle. Hazy amber colour that to brown after a while.Medium off white head that fades soon. Normal lace.
Aroma of pumpkin, ginger, nutmeg,cloves, cinnamon, brown sugar.
Medium body, roguh palate, falt carbonation. Spicy ( a lot) finish.
Taste is similar to the aroma, but much more spicy. Pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg,cloves, fruits.
Complex and absolutely great.

Oct 11, 2018
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josanguapo from Spain

3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Labirratorium. In Teku glass. Playing Walking Dead Season 2. Lots of pumpkin and spice notes withouth being overwhelmingg hx to caramel sweetness. Alcohol well hidden in mouth but fairly present in head

Feb 27, 2018
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Jesterr44 from Canada (ON)

3.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The description on the can nails what it looks like - "pours with an otherwordly orange glow ..." - ok it exaggerates somewhat but it looks cool. Tastes a lot like a 5% pumpkin porter I had recently. Artificial pumpkin flavour with some malt backup, which is a shame as I'm sure care is put into brewing it. At 10%ABV this one hides the alcohol well but the taste & fizzy mouthfeel are nothing to write home about.

Jan 14, 2018
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DixonCider69 from Canada (AB)

1/5  rDev -75.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Looks cool but its tastes like pumpkin asshole. Halloween night, I was dressed up as a pumpkin. I thought it would be a good beer for Halloween, but I didn't account for someone jacking off a pumpkin into a bottle and then adding chainsaw massacre spices. If it wasn't for the fact that the bottle had movie references all over it, I wouldn't give a flying fuck about this beer.

Dec 23, 2017
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patre_tim from Thailand

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange brown and slightly cloudy with lots of carbonation, and a finger of beige head.

Smells strongly of pumpkin spices, especially ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg, as well as pumpkin flesh. There's a sweetness to it as well of vanilla and apples.

Very cinnamon forward on the tongue, as well as caramelised pumpkin flesh, allspice, ginger and nutmeg. Mildly sweet, and a hint of sourness.

Medium body, with moderate carbonation. A little like juice in consistency.

Really good, unique, cinnamon forward, and covers the ABV very well. Drinking in Muskoka, Dec 5th, 2017. I got this one in Oakville, ON, at the end of the pumpkin beer season.

Dec 06, 2017
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Jtee from Canada (ON)

4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 473ml can served slightly chilled at 12 degrees Celsius into a white wine glass. The packaging date is smudged but as far as I can tell it was on the 19th of some month this year.

Look: The beer pours a veiled copper with 2cm of moussy, deep tan head that dissipates into a partial film in 2+ minutes. Mediocre retention with good lacing.

Smell: Moderate strength and sweet. Pleasantly perfumy – making me think of a cologne – can I wear this? Pumpkin and strong spices (cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg) along with brown sugar and vanilla. Mild hops that don't clash with the spicy character with the malts creating a canvas for the seasonal ingredients to shine. I wish I could have a slice of pumpkin pie and whipped cream right now. Oooh, a paranormal imperial pumpkin float if you will!

Taste: Delicious. Medium-strong and balanced. The alcohol is impressively well-hidden; it only shows up a tad even as the beer warms. At 10% ABV it's quite the accomplishment. The flavour is also spice-driven with ginger and allspice as additional descriptors to the aroma. The finish is lengthy, intense, and leaning towards bitter.

Feel: Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Heavy and borderline chewy with smooth and notable alcohol warming.

Overall: Out of all the pumpkin ales I've had this season, this is one of the best ones. This is what I want to drink on a cold and windy Halloween evening/night. Even though it lacks some layers and interesting interplay between the ingredients, it has nothing off-putting about it. I'm through the can before I've finished the review which is always a good sign. Yes, it's on the sweeter side but definitely not cloying. Hopefully I can pick up a few more cans before they're all gone. Definitely give it a try if strong, seasonal ales strike a chord with you.

Oct 31, 2017
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lmaduells from Spain

4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No one had ever tried a beer like this. Quite an experience. I started with a temperature too cold. Qua lost beer cold beer millorar.Una week before Dublin had tried a pumpkin cremade very spicy soup Hallowen.Aquesta beer had the same taste experience .A good beer that repeat.

Nov 15, 2016
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oberon from North Carolina

4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Quite a crazy box this beer comes in.....Pours into a goblet a deep burnt orange with a creamy lighter beige colored head atop,nice color and creamy head.Cinnamon and nutmeg stand out most in the nose with a lighter roasted pumpkin note.A creamy feel is spot on for the style in my book,very nice.Generously spiced on the palate with cinnamon,clove,and nutmeg really coming out,a little boozy in the back end but that was to be expected.I'ts big spiced and sticky and I like it,the Canuck's can make a good imperial pumpkin ale.

Nov 06, 2016
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, 2015 vintage. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a hazy orange/copper color with about an inch and a half frothy tan head that stuck around for a long time. There's a good amount of lacing. Lots of pumpkin spices in the aroma, the brew smells like cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove, and graham crackers. Very, very sweet smelling. The taste is sweet and spicy, too. The flavor is pretty much the same as the aroma, although I think it smells slightly better than it tastes. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and has a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was a pretty good pumpkin ale, just like the other Flying Monkeys brews I've tried they certainly aren't subtle. If you like heavier spiced pumpkin beers, give this one a try!

Dec 27, 2015
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear mahogany color with beige head. Aroma has really nice spices like cinnamon, gingerbread, cloves and pumpkin. Taste follows with the same spices and some alcohol burn. Quite nice but a bit overspiced and boozy.

Dec 07, 2015
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mlockman from Indiana

3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not very dark as I expected considering it's malty aroma which is overlaid with spice. The flavor is all pumpkin pie, but I must advise that this beer is better as it warms. The first few sips left a rather bitter aftertaste in my mouth, but as the beer in the glass warmed a bit, the maltiness and pumpkin pie spice really came to the forefront.

Dec 01, 2015
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.41/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Flying Monkey's Paranormal Imperial Pumpkin Ale a couple weeks ago for $12.99 at The Lager Mill. This one caught me eye and i thought it was worth a shot, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 750ml bottle into a teku.

A- The label and box look very nice, and they are really eye catching. It poured a dark amber crimson color that takes one more of a ruby crimson color when held to the light with a little over two fingers worth of creamy light tan head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left lots of patchy lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that imparts a brown sugar aroma and it's followed by the spices being the first to show up with cinnamon sticking out the most, with some nutmeg and all spice showing up in the background. Up next comes a nice natural pumpkin aroma that's followed by the malts which impart a biscuit and sweet malt like aroma with a little more spices that give it a little bit of a gingerbread aroma. This beer had a pretty nice aroma, I have no complaints.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that imparts that same brown sugar aspect that it did in the aroma with the spices still being the first to show up and the cinnamon still sticks out the most. Up next comes some fruit yeast which gives it an apple cider like aroma and it's followed by the pumpkin which imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma. on the finish there's a noticeable alcohol flavor with a medium amount of bitterness and some malty and spicy flavors show up in the aftertaste. This is a decent tasting beer, but the sweetness and booze got to be too much.

M- Not the smoothest, crisp, a little prickly medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok, but I wish the carbonation was a little lower and I wish it was smoother.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and i thought it was pretty close to being average for the style, it didn't to taste too bad when it was pretty cold, but the warmer it got, the more the booze, sweetness and fruity yeast came through and that held this beer back from being as good as it could be. This beer didn't have good drinkability, one glass is more than enough for me and it was a little hard to finish it. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and aroma, they were both good and the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer was the taste and the drinkability, they both need a good amount of work. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I can't say i would really recommend it, but it might be worth a try if you really like the style. All in all I wasn't too impressed with this beer, it started to go in the same direction as Pumpkin, but this beer also highlighted some fruity apple like yeast which didn't work well with it. It's one of my least favorite beers from this brewery and it's average at best for the style. Better luck next time guys, this one could use a little bit of work.

Nov 26, 2015
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into snifter, allowed to warm to 50 degrees
$ 9.99/750 mL bottle at Consumers, Lancaster, NY
Aroma of pumpkin spices but not overpowering
Head average (3.5 cm, aggressive pour), tan, creamy with rocks, diminishing to three mm ring and rocky layer
Lacing poor – some islands of tiny bubbles
Body dark amber, chill haze
Flavor of pumpkin, accented by the spices; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4

Oct 31, 2015
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PorterPro125 from Canada (NB)

4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: 750 mL Bottle, 2015 Vintage.

A- Pours a deep copper with a 1 1/2 finger tan head that has decent retention. Lots of Soapy lacing on the glass.

S- Pumpkin, fresh pie crust, cinnamon, and sweet, sugary malt. The ultimate pumpkin pie smell.

T- Similar to the aroma but the spices seem to overwhelm much of the flavour. Quite a Boozy finish.

M- Medium-Heavy body with low carbonation. Slight alcoholic warmth.

O- I enjoyed this Imperial Pumpkin Ale but I would much prefer this if it was lighter on the alcohol. I'm not a big fan of boozy beers in general but the boozy taste on this one sort of ruined the taste for me.

Oct 10, 2015
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superspak from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; 2015 vintage bottling. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, graham cracker, toast, bread crust, brown sugar, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and pumpkin/spice notes; with great strength. Taste of big pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, graham cracker, toast, bread crust, brown sugar, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, graham cracker, bread crust, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and pumpkin/spice flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/bready/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Fair amount of dryness from spice bitterness after the finish. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome imperial pumpkin ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and pumpkin/spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. This was very similar to Pumking in flavors and mouthfeel, with a bit more darker malt complexity and warming alcohol due to higher ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Oct 03, 2015
Paranormal Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 91 ratings