Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale | Uinta Brewing Company

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Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin AleOak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.31%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in oak barrels.

39 IBU

Added by rudzud on 09-05-2011

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Photo of kojevergas
2.22/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

10.31% ABV confirmed per the label. Bottled 08/28/13. 750ml brown glass bottle with fun label art and branded hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a branded cork acquired at Davidson's Liquor and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared tulip/snifter hybrid in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, CO. Expectations are fairly high given the brewery and style. Reviewed as an imperial pumpkin beer because it's identified as such on the label. Reviewed live. "Aged in oak barrels." "Ale brewed with pumpkin an spices."

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a four finger wide head of light khaki colour. Fairly creamy. Nice thickness and soft fluffy complexion. Head retention is great (especially for the high ABV) - about 9-10 minutes. Smooth even airy consistency.

Body colour is a delightful rich ruby of impressive glowing vibrance. No floating yeast particles are visible. Appears well-carbonated.

Overall, I'm pretty surprised at the ruby colour given that it's a pumpkin beer, but it's a pleasant surprise; I'd say it looks better than most pumpkin beers. Not unique, but special within the style. There are no obvious flaws here. I'm really looking forward to it; the retention is very impressive.

Sm: Clove, allspice, nutmeg (your usual pumpkin beer spices). Pumpkin gourd/flesh. No pumpkin seed or skin. Caramel. Some toasted malt. Caramelized sugars. Some bready/bread crust malts. I struggle to find any oak notes - there's certainly not the rich refined oak tone of a good imperial stout. Some cream. The spices play well with the pumpkin gourd, and while the pumpkin seems authentic, it isn't particularly deep (at least in the aroma).

No yeast character, overt hop character, or alcohol presence is detectable - an impressive feat at 10.31%. I'm optimistic, but it's far from the best pumpkin aroma I've encountered.

A pleasant, inviting, style-satisfying aroma of moderate strength. The pumpkin is a highlight - as it should be.

T: Too much spiciness - fuck's sake that's intense - to the point that it overwhelms even the pumpkin notes. Clove, allspice, nutmeg, and harsh cinnamon bark/cassia. The nutmeg even approaches the point of bitterness. Obscenely over-spiced. The pumpkin gourd lacks any depth whatsoever, and the booziness makes the pumpkin seem artificial and syrupy even though it isn't (if that makes any sense). Plenty of caramelized sugars. Amber malts. Bready malts. The booziness really drags it down. And where's the oak? I'm not finding it. Sugarcane/light rum. Way too much brown sugar. The maltiness makes it too sweet.

Dreadfully imbalanced. Lacks complexity, subtlety, intricacy, and nuance. I'm really not a big fan of this one.

Mf: Sickly sticky and syrupy. Ugh. Smooth, wet, unrefreshing, and boozy/hot. Even a bit gushed. Wow, I did not expect the texture to be this off-putting. Chewy. Poor presence on the palate. Too thick. Full-bodied. Somewhat harsh. Doesn't complement the flavour profile or suit it well at all, but it isn't terrible.

Not oily or astringent. Poorly executed.

Dr: I'm going to have trouble finishing this bottle. I never would have expected a pumpkin beer this disappointing from Uinta. I definitely wouldn't get it again or recommend it to friends. I could really use someone to help me finish it; it's really not that drinkable at all given its low quality. I'm all for brewing an imperial pumpkin ale if it's warranted, but the lack of oak and depth of pumpkin flavour coupled with the severely misguided overspicing and poorly executed mouthfeel really makes this hard to like.

I've had good pumpkin beers, but this ain't one of 'em.


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Photo of phichifiji00
2.74/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Deep amber. Pours slight head that slowly fades. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Boozy, subtle spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, oak.

Taste: Lots of oak, nutmeg, subtle cinnamon, pumpkin, vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth, a bit boozy.

Overall: The spices are too subdued for my liking. The alcohol is fairly well hidded. I liked the oak character.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.83/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a maroon color with good carbonation leaving a nice dirty white cap

S: Cinnamon, nutmeg, toasted pumpkin but lacking on pumpkin

T: This beer leans more toward herbed/spiced beer than an oak aged pumpkin beer. I picked up primary nutmeg, cinnamon, a little toasted pumpkin but not much, oak was way to light for it to boast as an Imperial Oaked Pumpkin beer. It was sweet but the booze was masked very well

M: Medium to big body, sordove unflavorful on the palate

O: Less than stellar.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.02/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a ruddy dark brown color with a light tan colored slim head. Lacing was mainly messy and somewhat stringy.
The smell has some pumpkins with strong boozy notes. Vanilla, woodiness, cinnamon and nutmeg slide in to each other to balance.
The taste had a big sweetness from the boozy and vanilla notes up front. Woodiness leads into the spices and pumpkin takes a bit of a backseat.
The mouthfeel had about a light to medium body with a decent sessionability. Carbonation is pretty subdued in this one allowing the beer to take on a syrupy boozy sort of feel.
Overall, it's an okay take on a pumpkin ale. If anything, I'm pretty sure Uinta did everything they're supposed to, but I'll stick with Pumpkick and Night Owl as my go to pumpkin ales until further notice.

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Photo of ccrida
3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my Delirium snifter, Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin is copper with a tan head leaving foamy lace.

Smell is sweet, phenolic, like mildly scented pumpkin candle wax. Nice graham cracker notes.

Taste is rich, sweet. The pumpkin flavor is clearly there, high-lighted but not overwhelmed by the spices. The oak brings some really nice vanilla and coconut. The alcohol is spicy, and notably robust, a touch astringent. The spice really builds, more so from the alcohol than anything else, but it accentuates the adjuncts in a negative manner. There's very little maltiness here, which is missing from such a strong beer, with all the adjuncts.

Mouthfeel is bone dry. Medium bodied.

Drinkability isn't too high. It's a hot, fairly thin spicy beer. The oak is nice, and the ethanol is relatively clean, so it's not really flawed, it's just in need a of redesign - more malt, maybe some esters.

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Photo of flannelman808
3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Ruby red brown and very clear. A tan head fizzles away pretty quickly leaving behind pretty solid lacing.

S: Subtle autumn spices and clove honey.

T: Malty sweet pastry with soft flavors of clove and nutmeg and a very subtle sweet red apple. I'm not getting a whole lot out of this. Just an afterthought of oak which adds just a little astringency.

M: Sticky sweet.

O: Pretty disappointing stuff sadly as much of their other stuff has impressed. It's flavors are muddy and sweet finishing.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.26/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

"Cranked up and primed to celebrate, Jacked revels in the season. Pop the cork for bursts of pumpkin and spices. Aged in oak barrels, Jacked is wound and ready to play. Pairs well with flavors of the season." Brewed in the style of an Oak Aged Pumpkin Ale, available in 750 ml. bottles as part of the Crooked Line series as a fall seasonal.

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 59º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a butterscotch tan head of a frothy crisp consistency over a burgundy orange body with thin speckled sediment in tow and low haze. Retention is above average, lacing is light and spotty. 4

(Smell) Aromas of tart malt grain, stewed pumpkin flesh, caramel syrup, wet oak and doughy bread malt form the bulk of the aroma. Moderate dry spice chimes in with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and anise, but overall this is a malt-led aroma. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) Viscous caramel malt syrup, caramelized pumpkin, dry oak and a grainy malt finish with a sharp bite of alcohol and a very drying spice profile. Initially off-putting in general, it grows on me slowly but comes off as a bit too woodsy and spicy for the casual drinker to focus on the pumpkin angle of the beer. 3

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, residual and very dry. Carbonation generates a medium level of bubbles for a moderately crisp mouthfeel. The body is medium+ for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is boozy, grainy over sweet. Alcohol presence is medium, some mild funk and oxidation hint at potential infection. 3.25

(Overall) The oak character is the most notable part of this beer for me, as it easily leads the entire drinking experience and takes away from the pumpkin and even the spices at times. Parching dry mouthfeel and texture and overblown in places. Will give another shot in the future but very disappointed. 3.25

Uinta Brewing Company's
Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Aged In Oak Barrels

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Photo of Rizalini
3.27/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle, bottled on 8/26/11. Poured into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Very clear dark amber color, with a 1 finger light tan head thatleaves a little lacing when it slowly fades.

S - This one actually smells like pumpkin pie! Slightly sweet pumpkin aroma, some nutmeg, cinnamon and warming clove.

T/M - Unfortunately the smell doesn't carry over to the taste. I get more booze and oakey taste than I do pumpkin. The great smells are almost an after thought in the taste. Medium mouthfeel, slightly undercarbonated.

O - Sadly disappointed with this one. It just falls very short in the taste. I just personally think the oak is too aggressive in this one. It totally over powers the great pumpkin flavors that I think are in there.... or are they?

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Photo of Beaver13
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle. Pours a light ruby brown with a big creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is more subdued than expected - some pumpkin spices with some vegetal metallic notes.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malts with lots of spices and decent bitterness in the finish. The alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK pumpkin. It's subdued - even though it's 10+%. The spices seem a bit muddled and it's overly sweet to my tastes.

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Photo of palma
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice frothy billowing tan head. Chestnut color body.

Smell is vanilla, caramel, light pumpkin. Sweet. Warm spices.

Taste is cloying. Very oaky. Sweet throughout. Good complexity toward the end. Bitter. Semi dry finish. Maple flavor. Caramel, butterscotch. Raw pumpkin meat.

Thin. Would have enjoyed a bit more carbonation.

A decent pumpkin ale. I'm not a big fan of the oak aged here but if that's what you like give it a try. The oak I think added to a cloyingness that I didn't really care for.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750 ml bottle from last year had in my cellar.
I poured it into a glass, it has a dark red color body with a thick tan head that hangs out for a while. The smell has a strong malt aroma with some spice coming through. The taste is very sweet and malty up front, strong boozy flavor comes next, i don't get any pumpkin or spice flavor. The mouth feel is a little heavy and overall a ok beer, i don't think i would let it age again. I think it would be better fresh.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My wife picked this one up to share with me on my birthday last weekend. Poured a nice hazy brown color, with a good taupe head that hangs around for awhile. Nice aromas of roasted nuts, pumpkin pie spices, oak and maybe a little lightly roasted malt. Somewhat sweet and almost cloying on the palate, with some roasted malt, pumpkin pie spice and oak. ™

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.36/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - burnt orange, two fingers of light tan head. Plenty of lace, a good looking brew.

Aroma - light pumpkin aroma, some light orange, like Joseph's aspirin. Light oak after some setup time.

Taste - the malts are sweet but the bitterness is more intensive. Playing off the woodiness of the oak, the hoppiness has a slightly harsher approach at first. With some warming, the malts get better balance with the oak. The abv takes on an almost rubbing alcohol heat at first, but smooths out after 20 minutes. The finish still has a bit of a harsh bite and a shot of abv heat. some good flavors but comes across a bit messy.

Mouthfeel - a smooth drink, despite its uppity crispness. Nice body for an imperial style.

Overall - interesting and all, though it's balance takes some time. Always curious as to how a few years would affect a brew like this.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.37/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5


Aroma: Pumpkin, wine.
Appearance: Clear-ish bronze......medium white head.
Taste. Spicy pumpkin, apple. Tart .
Feel: Low carbonation.

Good Pumpkin

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Photo of CenCalMario
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is dark amber, reddish hue, carb is ok, head good, retention low. Small bubbles, some legs.

Smell is wood, not overpowering, nice spice.

Taste is some oak, autumn maple like, needs more pumpkin for an imperial pumpkin beer! Very surprised at the lack of pumpkin, expected more.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark tan/cloudy dirty orange, trace khaki head, nice lacing

S: pumpkin, oak, all-spice, clove

T: clove, malt, cinnamon, pumpkin, boozy finish

M: med body, smooth/semi-creamy mouth

O: Enjoyable, but could be improved.
wish had more pumpkin and other spices
instead of big bold booziness.


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Photo of pants678
3.44/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Red with a creamy off-white head.

Smells of Belgian yeast and pumpkin.

Pumpkin works well with the Belgian style. Spicy--still, for the style, it's fairly sharp. Nutmeg stands out and is complimented by the oak and, instead of hiding the alcohol, is a decent mix. Reminds me more of DFH than Pumking. A good choice for fall.

Creamy but too dry.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful clear brown/amber pour with thin tan head. Aromas of caramell and spice. Very malty with the brewer-stated hints of bourbon. Not much flavor of the pumpkin spice, but extrememely smooth sipping and mouthfeel.

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Photo of jdaelhousen
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown colored body, very clear throughout. Head tops about 1/2" with slowly disapating froth. Aroma contains notes of pumpkin blended with the harvest spices… all spice, nutmeg, cinnamon. Center brings out the spices used in the beer. The all spice and nutmeg flavors are predominant, blended with a pumpkin puree flavoring. Beer is a malt bomb, with high abv felt on first sip and lasting well into the warming aftertaste. Finish gives off a spicey trail to the flavors, while the palate adjusts to the large wafts of alcohol. Beer is decent, a bit hot, but the pumpkin flavors are there and mixed well with the spices.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Part two of two in my Utahn pumpkin beer mini-fete. The little cousin was pretty nice, so this one has some lofty expectations to live up to. It pours a clear sunset tawny-amber topped by over a finger of dirty pale cream-white foam. The nose comprises buttery biscuits, light caramel, light nutmeg, rye bread, oak, light clove, and a few drops of mandarin orange syrup. The taste holds notes of lightly toasted rye bread, charred oak, caramel, mandarin orange, nutmeg, brown sugar, toasted pumpkin seeds, light booze, and a dripping of maple syrup. The body is a sleek medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly syrupy feel. Overall, this did not live up to the expectations preceding it. The spices have been mostly muted, the alcohol makes itself far too known, the oak seems to be a bit on the blackened side, and the balance that held Punk'n so well has disappeared in his relative here. It's not a bad beer, really, just one that disappointed a bit...

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged 750ml, split with the bros and poured into a New Belgium Globe...

A: Very dark gold...nearly ruby...creamy off-white head with great lacing.

S: Very pumpkin-forward, and vegetable-like...hints of spices and small amounts of vanilla and caramel are really no match for the pumpkin in the nose.

T: Big pumpkin again, with hints of oak, caramel, some holiday spices, and suggestions of vanilla...there is a good sweet bready malt presence in the middle of the body that saves this one and makes it semi-drinkable...sweetness and more nutmeg-like spices on the finish.

MF: Moderate body with a spiced/vegetable taste and a creamy mouthfeel.

O: This one sounded better than it actually turned out to be...too much pumpkin is a bad thing for me.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to NB Globe glass. Appearance is a clear dark orange with a generous amount of loose white head. Heavy lacing is left behind, nice head retention as well. Nose starts with pumpkin spices, predominantly all spice. Next is an onslaught of vanilla which is backed up by a bit of oak character. The barrel comes through and provides a slight twinge of mustiness. The end features some raw vegetal pumpkin notes. Taste is rather sweet with brown sugar and cinnamon among other pumpkin spices. The oak is incredibly mild on the palate, which is unfortunate. The mouthfeel is smooth with a hearty body and mild carbonation. Overall, this one falls a little short. The vanilla is nice but the pumpkin is somewhat bland and it seems that the oak doesn't do any favors for this brew.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had been waiting to drink this, and maybe I waited too long. Bottled 9-18-2013 and drank 2-15-2015. I also let the expectations build up.

It has a huge coarse head. Brown. The aroma is like a funky ale with a little pumpkin.

The taste was boozy, yeasty, over the hill ale, with some pumpkin. The aftertaste is sweetish. There is just a hint of bitter left in it.

Aging this was not a good idea. I should have just consumed it when I bought it.

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Photo of tlema1
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: murky, rust colored, big tan head
S: tons of oak, not a lot of spices, but it's over a year old
T: oaky, some spice some pumpkin
F: good mouthfeel
O: it's a good sipper and I got it cheap, but probably won't revisit

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"But I should have known that all the cards were comin' from the bottom of the pack and if I'd known what she was dealin' out I'd have dealt it back. She's got the jack." AC/DC, The Jack

Maker's Mark copper color with a dainty tan head. Head quickly skims before giving out mid glass. No lace. Nice bottle art.

At first pour I caught a tremendously oaky aroma - like sitting next to a stack of split wood. As OJ warmed however, the oak was overwhelmed by pumpkin skin and amber malt extract. In it's best moments, Oak Jacked is akin to a pumpkin pie scented holiday candle.

Sweet, malty and fairly mellow spice character. Not a whole lot, if any, actual pumpkin flavor. Not sickeningly sweet or overspiced like many an imperial pumpkin, I'm assuming the oak aging helped with that. Crisp carbonation helps buoy what could otherwise be a thin body.

Oak Jacked is somewhere between the average and good end of the imperial pumpkin patch.

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