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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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
For Trade:
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of jaydoc
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

wow, i did not expect to like this one so much. its a beautiful pumpkin beer, with a ton of real cinnamon flavor to go with the pumpkins, its beautiful. rich dark copper color with nice clarity for the style and an inch of white head on top. the nose is cinnamon first, but not totally at the expense of the pumpkin, and not muddled and confused by other spices, its just cinnamon i smell. the grain base is largely caramel, mid range crystal, medium bodied and only sweet enough to fit the style. i taste cinnamon and pumpkin together, like a pumpkin muffin, a small amount of roasted malt, even a touch of rye spice maybe to this, or something else in the spice mix contributing a similar character. a hint of honey and vanilla in the finish, but its not real sweet. it then dries up pretty good with only the cinnamon left at the end. the alcohol is warming in the belly but cannot be felt or tasted at all. i should not have overlooked this beer, its one of the better dry dock beers ive ever had really, perfect for late fall and thanksgiving time.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
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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Photo of LXIXME
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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 Mebuzzard
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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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Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WDJersey
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of crobinso
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of bsuedekum
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of st9647v3
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of beergoot
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear copper-orange body with an initially thick, creamy head that soon fades to a bubbly wisp of white. Big allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg spice scent riding above a nice pumpkin-scented base. The taste is spicy with a phenolic streak; somewhat boozy. Medium-heavy mouthfeel; slick; a bit of dryness with the spices and alcohol.

The initial anticipation, based on looks and aroma, were somewhat dashed, primarily due to harsh aftertastes due to the spices (and, perhaps, its ABV). This is still a decent beer for the style, but falls short of its promise.

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Photo of birchstick
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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 newbeeraday
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Morey
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.19/5  rDev -17.4%
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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Imperial Pumpkin from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
3.86 out of 5 based on 73 ratings.
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