Imperial Pumpkin | Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dry Dock Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
drydockbrewing.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerWizard on 08-22-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
73
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
12.44%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
5
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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 20
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of thirtyfourtwenty
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of acslatersbtb
4.73/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Wasatch
4.61/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden amber color, very nice carbonation, with a nice small off-white head, which leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some very nice pumpkin, spice, nutmeg notes. The taste is very nice, malty, spicy, very nice pumpkin/nutmeg notes. Medium body, ABV is basically non-existed, with a nice little bitter dry finish. Overall, this is one of the best I've ever had, definitely hitting the spot today.

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Photo of Gkemp94
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

I got a 22oz bomber straight from the brewery. I've tried a ton of different pumpkin ales. Blue Moon, Tommy Knocker etc. But this is by far the best. The spices are really prevalent, and the pumpkin flavor is the strongest I've tasted. Certainly the best pumpkin beer I've tasted.

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Photo of noxtenebrae17
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tswater
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of manchester0325
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GilGarp
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber served chilled into a goblet on Halloween.

Dry Dock's Imperial Pumpkin is a suitably orange amber with a slight haze. It has thin short-lived head and minimal lacing.

Aroma is sweet and spicy like pumpkin pie.

Flavor then comes as a total shock and elicits a four letter word. This is an amazing pumpkin beer. If you like this style leaning towards the spice, this is the one. That said there is a lot to love if you just like the pumpkin. It's a crazy intense pumpkin beer with over-the-top flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated. Great balance of pumpkin and spice with tons of both.

Overall an amazing pumpkin beer. Easily one of the best.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of OsoRojo
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

fantastic pumpkin beer, but first and foremost its just a great beer. then the perfect blend of pumpkin squash and spices balance it out. best of the 2014 pumpkin releases I've had, and that's at about 13 now. worthy, another fine Dry Dock release!

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Jasonrm72
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter from a 22oz bottle.

Smells of rich nad layered Thanksgiving/pumpkin pie spices. Some good pumpkin in there too. Really, one of the best smelling pumpkin beers out there. Awesome.

Not overly sweet, but just rich with pumpkin pie. The spices almost amount to a light bitterness, which is pleasant. The body might be a tad thin, but it is pretty creamy. The pumpkin adds a nice vegetable note but doesn't go too far (as so many seem to do when the pumpkin doesn't integrate right). Unusually pleasant aftertaste for a pumpkin beer. Nice all the way around in the flavor department.

The body is slightly fizzy, but maybe this is still too cold. I can't knock this much, but I want something smoother and softer. That is just nit picking though.

Conclusion: Great job Dry dock, as usual. The best pumpkin beer of the season so far (I am on a mission to find another pumpkin beer I like as much as Venetucci Pumpkin Ale from my local Bristol brewing company. This might be a contender! I still have a bit longer for VPA to be released, so I will get this again when the time comes and do a side by side.

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Photo of KLHBB
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Oh how yummy. Poured on tap at the Brewery. DArk amber color, minimum head. Smell of cinnamon, taste of cloves, nutmeg, molasses, caramel.... I never actually taste the "pumpkin", pumpkin doesn't have a lot of taste to me. But this has a dark sweetness and at 9% ABV, this did me for the afternoon. A dense mouthfeel and overall, delicious.

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Photo of Dmart1223
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Holy hot damn. There's a lot going on with this pumpkin beer.

It starts with a dark, clear amber pour with a handful of bubbles, topped by a decent finger of head and circled with some sticky lacing.

The smell is on par with everything from Dry Dock: incredibly strong and full of character. Off the top of my head, I could smell nutmeg, cinnamon, some cloves and something spicy. You don't even have to search for it, but it's a little sweet.

The first thing that hits with a swig is the alcohol, which comes in the front and dries it out in the back. In the middle is a silky, warm mouthfeel accompanied by a bouquet of pumpkin pie spices, funk and cleansing clove and mace.

It's incredibly flavorful, but not overpowering -- more like a punch than a Trappist ale, but that's what I'd want from a beer that's strong and pumpkin-themed. I wish I'd gotten a little more malt, nonetheless, but this beer certainly has enough there to make it a Halloween treat.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours copper amber with a smallish white head that quickly goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is lots of pumpkin pie spices - lots of cinnamon, ginger, allspice and clove.

The flavor is sweet malts and pumpkin with a lot of spice in the finish - lots of cinnamon with some ginger and allspice and some floral notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a solid pumpkin beer. It a little heavy on the spice, especially cinnamon, but I dig it.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

This brew pours a cloudy orange almost like a witbier. Carbonation is aggressive and leads to a fizziness on the head that forms a finger and a half thick pale, off-white head. When the head dissipates, a film forms over the body and remains. 4

Heavy doses of pumpkin and spice on the aroma. Nutmeg is the more prominent of the medley of spices. There's a biscuity quality that essentially reminds me of some pie crust. Not bad, not bad at all. 4

It's funny, this reminds me of a spiced chai drink almost more than a pumpkin beer or anything pumpkin. As I continue drinking, the pumpkin emerges more and there's a creamy vanilla flavor that I like quite a bit. Continued drinking and I start getting a lot of pumpkin pie. 4

Again, this beer is like a chai... a chai with milk. It's spicy, but a tasteful, unoffensive spice with a bit of a bite and has a good creamy quality. The body feels lighter initially but it's in fact quite big-bodied. 4

This is a unique brew. It could just as easily be a chai beer, but whatever you want to call it, it's a spiced beer done right. 4

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Imperial Pumpkin from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
3.86 out of 5 based on 73 ratings.
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