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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 Franziskaner
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored and you can just make out some microscopic particles suspended within the body from the oak barrels. There's a half inch of tightly knit beige head. Heavy lacing. I smell nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. The taste is dominated by the woody oak flavors in the front of the palate. The mélange of pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and nutmeg. The mouth is a bit warm with alcohol and lightly chewy and sticky.

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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 TH28
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Appearance: Deep brown, murky, moderate white head. Aroma: Strong oaky vanilla notes, cherry, with only a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste: Rich toasted maltiness with strong woody oak character and vanilla. Moderately strong bitterness with only a touch of pumpkin spicing with cinnamon and nutmeg. Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with slight creaminess, low carbonation. Finish: leaves a lingering woody oak and cinnamon flavor on the tongue. Overall: One of the best pumpkin beers I’ve had, with strong barrel characteristics that dominate the flavor profile, with minimal pumpkin spicing in the background. A nice warmer for the colder temps of the season.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Blu Wolf Bistro in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a clear amber color, with a small foamy head, and basically no lacing.

Smells like vanilla, spicing, pumpkin, oak, and some very slight pumpkin, and some slight booziness.

It tastes pretty similar. There's a subtle level of spicing, which is my preference with the style, and some vanilla and oak from the barrel, and some actual pumpkin. It's not the best pumpkin ale I've had, but it's still a really solid entry anyway.

This is medium bodied, with a bready and slightly boozy mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation.

Nice stuff here from Uinta.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The oak dominates the other flavors. Pumpkin and spice are present but they definitely take a back seat to the oak. Not sure age would do this beer good as far as balancing goes though.

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Photo of beerturf
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Rusted Caramel
S: Dark wood caramel pumpkin spice
T:sweet, oak, smokey, dark pumpkin hints
F: Smooth high alcohol content noticeable in taste
O: Great brew for an imperial pumpkin the oak barrels took any harsh notes out and made the beer very smooth.

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Photo of smanson56
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark brownish orange when poured slowly into my favorite glass. A dark in color but a clear beer with no cloudiness.
The nose brings hints of pumpkin but not carrying a lot of spice overtones like some pumpkin beers. The oak barrel aging add the certain woody overtone.
The taste is sharp perhaps a little strong on the alcohol side but that is somewhat masked by the very nice oaky taste from the barrel aging. I feel that the pumpkin flavor is a little lost to both the alcohol and the oak aging.
The mouth feel is smooth even with the little alcohol burn at the end.
This a good aged pumpkin beer a little light on the spices in my opinion but the barrel aging helps make up that lack. There is a little alcohol burn at first but did seem to mellow out as the beer warmed a little in my glass.

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Photo of Benish
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: after pouring, it presented dark brown sugar in color. The foam is thick and dense, it had a slight yellowish/orange tint color.

Smell: mostly pumpkin pie spices - cinnamon and cloves, blended with sweet malt of the beer. Not sure if this beer was aged in bourbon barrels or something different? There's nothing in this smell that I could detect from the barrel-aging. But still the smell is decent.

Taste: very sweet, its liquid custard dessert. Vanilla, pumpkin pie spices, burnt brown sugar and some raisiny dark fruit. But then the sweetness is cut off with a charred finish at the end which I don't care for. Not sure if this is from the barrel-aging?

Mouthfeel: very chewing and sticky. Hard to believe considering it's only 10.3%.

Overall: the beer is good, I love the spicy aroma and the decadent taste at the beginning. The only thing I don't care for is the charred finish. It comes out of nowhere after enjoying the dessert like characters.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours deep garnet red with frothy tan head. Okay distribution of medium to small bubbles, good retention. Smells of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, sweet rice milk and a faint bit of oak. Clean taste of pumpkin spice, with the oak coming through on the finish. Finish is bitter and slightly astringent. Tastses a bit of raisins with a hint of bourbon character, as well as a vinuous quality. Nose opens up a bit as the beer warms, smelling a bit of pumpkin pie. Lingering taste of alcohol. Medium to full bodied, with the tingle on the tip of the tongue. Very tasty pumpin beer, but perhaps a bit too bitter.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

A - 4.75 - Pours a dark ruby orange color, much darker than most pumpkin ales I have had. Easily form a two finger, light tan colored head. Decent head retention, high head potential. Spotty lacing.
S - 4.5 - Lots of sweet pumpkin meat and light hints of vanilla bean. Not a lot of pumpkin spices here, more focused on the pumpkin meat, but the oak barrel aging definitely adds vanilla which is very nice.
T - 4.25 - Once again, sweet and slightly savory pumpkin meat with more vanilla, spice are very light but present here including all-spice, clove, cinnamon and nutmeg. The 10% alcohol is very well hidden in the flavor.
F - 4.5 - Surprisingly more thick and creamy than I was expecting, very nice.
O - 4.5 - A VERY good representation of the pumpkin ale style. Oak barrel aging adds a nice touch of vanilla both to the aroma as well as the flavor and I highly recommend this brew to fans of the style.

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Photo of bareju
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 9/2014. Pours a dark Amber with no head. Sweet malt followed by spicy pumpkin pie spices. No discernible pumpkin or oak taste. Smell is heavy with caramel and candy sugar. Not bad but nothing special.

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Photo of InkedinRi
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice Imperial pumpkin ale.. Taste the pumpkin, nutmeg, spices, and the oak.. Not boozy for a 10%er bottle was from 2013 so that mite have mellowed it out a bit.

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Photo of Slack
4.67/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Amber to copper in color with moderate head and lacing. Smell is cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, sugar, wood, and maybe vanilla. Taste is a boozy pumpkin pie with notes of vanilla, spice, and some bitters. Mouthful is a bit oily but light to medium with medium carbonation. Overall one of my favorite pumpkin beers.

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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 DavoleBomb
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

4.25 A: Clear deep amber color. Two fingers of beige creamy/frothy head. Retention is good for a beer this big and plenty of lacing is left.

4.25 S: Lots of pumpkin spices - cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, clove, ginger. Pumpkin meshes well with an intense caramel maltiness. Touch of toastiness. Oak adds another layer of complexity with just a hint of vanilla.

4.0 T: Perfectly sweet - in the moderate range. Caramel, oak, and cinnamon are the strongest flavors. The other spices mentioned above aren't far behind. Vanilla, toastiness, and a hint of brown sugar.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light to moderately creamy. Smooth with a light tannic finish.

4.0 D: Really good beer. Love pumpkin beers.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip.

Appearance: Slght hazy brown, with medium to heavy bubbles to the body. Head is a lighter tan with an orange tint rising to roughly - notch below a finger's length.

Smell: Had a woody scent. Definitely pumpkin, nutmeg scent but light.

Taste: Heavy pumpkin almost overpowered by the bourbon. Sweet pumpkin pie, cinnamon but not really spicy which isn't a bad thing.

Mouth: medium bodied and bready. Very sticky, almost like a sweet syrup.

Overall: very good beer and definitely took me by surprise. I have two absolute favorites in pumpkin ales, this one has reached my top five. Tasty and powerful and paired desser even better. Salad!

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Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Large 2014 bottle.

Pours red-brown with a fine head that leaves ample sticky lacing.

Flavor matches Uinta's description, with vanilla, oak and bourbon from the barrel aging, medium and dark malts, and pumpkin and pumpkin spices.
Weaknesses are a less than optimal blend of flavors and overly obvious high ABV. The aroma is not plaqued by these issues and, consequently, is better than the flavor.

Feel: harsh with all 10.3% evident.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Malty aroma has a firm pumpkin tone and some cinnamon, plus an undertone of oak. Pours a slightly hazy sienna with a light buff head. Flavor has an oaky overtone plus notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, malt and caramel. Lively, fizzy texture has a decent amount of body. A bit spendy, but tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of arlo19
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a unique pumpkin beer since it spent some time in oak barrels. Taste is a little boozy with pumpkin and some spice. Nothing complex here.

The aftertaste is dry and oak. I recommend this beer to try, but probably won't be buying it again.

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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 beerdrifter
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orange-mahogany pour with a one finger beige head with decent retention and great lacing. The nose is a complex blend of spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, black pepper, clove, along with hints of molasses, vanilla, and subtle dark fruits. The taste is extremely rich and bold with the barrel aging really coming through. Hints of cinnamon, maple, toffee, nutmeg, clove, oak, vanilla, booze, white pepper, and caramel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and a boozey, dry, oaky finish. Overall, this is one big and boozey pumpkin beer. The barrel aging dominates, and it's extremely rich, making it a sipper for sure. It was a bit boozey for me so I'm going to put the other bottle I have in the cellar and see what happens.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first thing I noticed was the scent you get from aging an ale in oak barrels - which generally correlates to a tasty beer. This was again the case - even flavors all around - the spices, the pumpkin and oak barrels. A dark brown color, with very little opacity. Feels nice - a perfect amount of carbonation with a very light head. It's late in the season, however, I can say this is my favorite pumpkin beer, especially at 10.31%. Snag it if you have the chance or try it next fall.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

The detailed oriented, artistically sculpted or masterfully blended care with pumpkins doesn't end with their Jack O' Lantern carvings, but actually extends into the world of flavor as well. And few do better than Uinta's imperial, oak aged, pumpkin ale.

Dark bronze and with tawny highlights, the deep amber beer looks like brandy after its bubbles subside. A deep thrust of the nose into the snifter delivers robust caramelized sweetness that stems from toffee and maple to sorghum and molasses. With the "pie" spices fluttering above, the rounded early palate and aroma is suggestive of graham cracker crust, praline and peanut brittle.

And as the decadent taste reveals its layers in the middle portion, bold spices rise to greet the sweetness in form of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and peppercorn. Slow dissolving sweetness leads to a high dessert taste as the linger of sweetness continues to support the spice.

The beautiful taste that suggests pumpkin pie taste in beer form finishes differently- it dries to a mid-sweet term with spicy heat and spice from dry oak, spice additions and elevated alcohol heat. What transpires afterward is a taste of rum cake, chestnut and port wine. As palate fatigue would normally accompany such taste, I'm wishing for more of this pumpkin ale and blue cheese pairing.

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Photo of BradC
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Pours a mahogany red with a nice head. Smells of plum, alcohol, caramel. Tastes kind of like a light barleywine, some sweetness, a little tart, I get some vanilla and then the pumpkin spices show up in the finish. There's a pretty good alcohol presence and some burn. Kind of full bodied, maybe a little too much carbonation, seems like there's a little CO2 burn. Overall, good brew, might be better with a little age on it.

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Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Poured a ruby -copper color in a tulip with a 4F head, which resolved itself slowly. Nice lacing up to the top of the glass.

Aroma: mild but natural pumpkin ( unlike many pumpkin beers), spice, and light vanilla.

Mouth feel: bitter, tart.

Taste: excellent pumpkin-spice, not overwhelming. Solid alcoholic finish which greatly enhances the taste.

Overall: one of the better pumpkin beers for this season. Much better than I expected. The finish is quite good, and not typical for a beer in the style. In general I have enjoyed the Crooked Line series especially the Labyrinth black Ale.

Recommended: serving the beer at a colder temp.

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Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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