Imperial Pumpkin | Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerWizard on 08-22-2013

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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

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2.95/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Brief notes from a 2015 bottle:

A: Pours a healthy off-white head which is pretty standard for a pumpkin beer, replete with nice frothiness and foam. Recedes within ~5 minutes. Body is a vibrant copper with no visible yeast.

Appears well-carbonated. Not a unique or special appearance overall, but right on the money for the style. Neither hazy nor cloudy.

Sm: Pumpkin gourd and brown sugar are prominent, with more minor notes of clove and caramel in there too. Not the nutmeg/allspice/ginger spice-bomb many pumpkin beers are, which is a nice change of pace and helps emphasize what should count in a pumpkin beer...the pumpkin.

Aromatic intensity is above average. This suggests a straightforward ale with authentic pumpkin character.

T: The pumpkin isn't quite as genuine as the aroma suggested, suffering from a bit of an artificial extract-y feel. Spicing is minimal, but some clove does sneak in. The copper ale backbone is apt for a pumpkin ale, but in terms of complexity and nuance this leaves much to be desired. Still, I love that the pumpkin doesn't get drowned out by nutmeg or allspice.

Mf: What you'd expect. Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, maybe a bit overcarbonated, and of average heft and weight on the palate. Doesn't accentuate specific notes or elevate the beer as a whole, but it suits the flavour profile decently enough and it gets the job done, delivering the flavours without distracting.

O: Its higher ABV will please fans of the imperial trend, but it won't dazzle discerning pumpkin ale drinkers. I wouldn't pick this up again (especially at bomber prices), but it's decent work from a brewery that does much better beers. Seems like an obligatory seasonal for the market, not an inspired beer with passion behind it.

High C (2.95) / AVERAGE

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3.16/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.19/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Intense carbonation bubbles arise from within off of the pour, But the minimal head completely disappears within a few minutes. Dark orange with a bit of a reddish tint. The aroma is a sweet pumpkin smell with cinnamon,nutmeg,and what I would describe as maple syrup. The flavor is pumpkin and light malt and fades rather quickly. The mouthfeel is a bit warm from the alcohol,but is surprisingly smooth and dry considering the strength. I just want more out of the flavor.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A - Man what a gorgeous beer! As far as pumpkin beers go this is exactly what I'm looking for. Nice carbonation. Amber orange color with an off white head that fades pretty quickly. Great start.

S - Smells faintly of pumpkin but mostly of pumpkin pie. Lots of spices, maybe a bit too much. Smells a little bit sweet. Cloves. Allspice. Nutmeg. Bit of cinnamon.

T - Taste follows the smell except for the hidden booze in the taste. Definitely boozier than I expected at 9%. Thought the other flavors would mask it more than they would but the spiciness of those flavors actually enhance the booze. Not bad, just different.

M - Flavors don't last too long which is actually kind of nice with this kind of beer. You get a wave of flavors all at once and only after a few seconds can you differentiate them. Still too boozy for me.

O - I really like pumpkin beers in general and while this is a decent example it's definitely not my favorite. Really good if you like the pumpkin pie spices with a touch of alcohol. If you're looking for a more "traditional" pumpkin flavor I'd go elsewhere.

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3.39/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark orange. The carbonation is fizzy but the head is wispy and poor retention.

Pumpkin spice aroma, slightly sweet.

Lots of fusel spice, very boozy, almost like rubbing alcohol. The pumpkin flavor is overwhelmed by the booze.

Mouthfeel is thin with high carbonation and has a hard time supporting the big boozy flavor.

Too boozy and thin for my liking. The pumpkin spice is nice, but takes a back seat to the rubbing alcohol.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.64/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dry Dock Pumpkin
A nice color beer, it pours a ruby/orange/chestnut color. Thin head settles to a slightly soaping collar

Pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, caramel and biscuit malt in the aroma. Some hints of snappy grass and cinnamon.
Flavor follows the nose, perhaps a bit more spice and booze, but not much. The nutmeg and cinnamon complement the pumpkin and malt bill. Sweet caramel is subtle yet strong. This is one of those tween pumpkin beers: between pumpkin/vegetal and pumpkin pie spiciness. Easy drinking, booze well hidden

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3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz. bomber into a Guinness glass. Got this in a trade.

A- Hazy deep amber. With an aggressive pour a small white head formed that quickly dissipated to nothing. Looks to be medium to heavy in viscosity.

S- Lots of allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg with a mellow caramel sweetness.

T- Similar to aroma, lots of allspice first, then mix of cinnamon and nutmeg. Nice level of malty sweetness helps to compete with the heavy spices. The mellow factor that pumpkin adds is there. The 9% is well hidden which I've found in many Imperial pumpkins due to the spices.

M- Medium to heavy body from the spices and alcohol. Not a whole lot of carbonation.

O- A pretty good Imperial pumpkin. The spice profile is a bit heavy for me and more allspice forward than I would like but still it was a good malt backbone to match. Could use some more carbonation though.

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3.71/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pub glass.
Appearance - clear orange with lots of carbonation. Head is white and very thin. Lacing is poor.
Smell - pumpkin pie in a glass; though a bit more spice than pumpkin.
Taste - pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and booze; the higher ABV brings out the pumpkin flavors that are harder to detect in other pumpkin ales.
Feel - medium to light body; the 9% ABV adds complexity to the feel without negatively impacting drinkability.
Overall - possibly my favorite pumpkin ale (I have not had many) and possibly my favorite offering from Dry Dock.

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3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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