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Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale | Uinta Brewing Company

very good
176 Reviews
Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin AleOak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

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

ive been pumped to try this beer for awhile, as the crooked line series has always been really good, and i love pumpkin brews. it pours surprisingly clear, dark orange in color, with a lazy bubbly tan head. lots of little bubbles rising up and a great glow. the nose is very very complex and seasonally perfect. tons of fresh pumpkin and vanilla and oak, a little less on the seasonal spice, but still plenty of nutmeg and clove going on at the finish. the oak has done wonders to this thing, id love to see more pumpkin brews aged this way. its mellow and the squash is allowed to bring all its autumnal sugars and startches to the flavor, which adds a lot. the mouthfeel is nice. not overly full on the body, and good carbonation. the alcohol, which is cleverly 10.31%, is not hardly detectable, which i find incredible. its still a massive beer, but its eerily drinkable. ill be buying more of these without a doubt. this is one id like to share back east over thanksgiving. its a beautiful brew.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a ruby/mahogany color color with a thin cream colored head. Some spots of lacing down the glass.

S: Smells like pumpkin that's been soaked in molasses. Brown sugar, yams, cinnamon, nutmeg and oak chips as well.

T: Lots of oak right away with some nice pumpkin flavor. Some slight hints of cinnamon and spices with some caramel malt. Mouthfeel definitely doesn't make this beer seem as high in alcohol as it is. Smooth and tasty, but not as much pumpkin as I would probably like.

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Photo of scottyshades
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark transparent mahogany color with a foamy cream cap. Decent retention. Notes of bourbon, vanilla, and a hint of oak barrel. Certainly pumpkin and holiday spices (allspice, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg). Alcohol well hidden, worth seeking out

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Photo of Dudeletter
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Uinta brewing company is another treat for this year. Uinta’s Crooked line of beers has its own marketing and has a lineup of big beers with big bold flavors including their all new pumpkin ale. Again this is an imperial pumpkin ale and as soon as you pop the cork on this 750ml beast you instantly can smell the pumpkin pie aroma wafting out of the bottle. The oak is very pronounced and lends a nice vanilla note to the beer and the oak character is very prominent but didn’t dominate the palate. There was enough malt backbone to place all the flavors in balance and included a nice finish of slightly sweet caramel and pumpkin pie that leaves you with a nice warm feeling inside, not to mention a slight warming sensation from the 10% abv.


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Photo of KAP1356
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle my brother gave me this past Christmas. Poured into a DFH Signature snifter...

A - Pours a deep caramel-amber color that is slightly copperish in certain light. A tan, finger thick head forms and recedes to a collar. No real lace.

S - The smell is nice and kind of what I expected. Pumpkin pie spices like nutmeg and cinnamon follow a big hit of vanilla, caramel, some brown sugar and just a touch of oak.

T - Rich flavors here. Butter like flavors of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and clove mix with brown sugar and caramel. Some slight oak comes through, but I don't get the "this is an oak aged beer" experience I thought I would.

M - Medium-heavy bodied beer that is chewy and pretty rich on the palate. Lower carbonation and slightly tannic on the finish.

O - Not a bad beer. Nice spin on the pumpkin beer that I am used to. I might revisit this one this coming Thanksgiving.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking amber color with some shades of brown in there too. The head was cream colored and foamy looking. The smell of the beer has a heavy amount of spices on the nose, there is a hint of the oak in there too which I thought was a good additional element. The taste has a good amount of spice that balance out the nose. The mouthfeel of the beer has a good amount of carbonation to it with a thick feeling body. Overall I thought this was a very good Pumpkin Ale. I'm happy to have tried it.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, brought back to Sydney and cracked open with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe, just as the weather here turns autumnal.

Pours a deep and very pleasant ruby red colour, brilliantly clear and gem-like. Head is exceptionally thick and fine, leaving gorgeous streaky, but complex lacing on the inside of the glass. Body is fluid, but thick, and supports gorgeous powdery fine lacing. Overall, it's an exceptional looking beer. Great stuff.

Nose is spicy and sweet, with pumpkin pie aromas in force. Nutmeg, cinnamon and a touch of anise meld well with the sweet, slightly fruity pumpkin aromas, and the big organic richness of caramel and brown sugar. There could have been a little more oak, but that might even be asking too much. It's a damn decent Pumpkin Ale nose.

Taste is a lot flatter, and while it incorporates the spice, and indeed perhaps a little of the oak here, it really lacks body and sweetness. On the back, there are flashes of pumpkin flesh, but this is complicated by quite a prominent and pronounced booze character, which stands out all the more for the lack of sweetness. The oak at least is noticeable on the palate where it was absent on the nose, giving a lilting organic smoothness that seeks to, but doesn't succeed in, masking the flat finish.

Overall, I have to say I like it. There are bits that don't work, but it was a worthy experiment, and certainly something I'd be tempted to pick up again. This has about six months of age on it, but it feels like it could probably support even more, which is a good sign of itself. Not the best pumpkin ale I've ever had, but an interesting one nonetheless.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- Aged in Oak Barrels. Bottled 9/07/11. Consumed 2/24/12. 10.31%abv, cute.

A: Dull scarlet red is filled with a lively sense of effervesce. The head is bready, khaki with a good rate of retention. Thin whispy lacing with low vessel coverage.

S: Toasty bread and nutmeg first come out on the aroma, along with dry pumpkin and a dash of cinnamon. Decent level of complexity though strength wise comes off a bit weak. On a side note this is 10.31%abv? Waldo will be much easier to find.

T: The flavor is tasty, toasty caramel sweetness lined with cinnamon and a dash of ginger, clove pumpkin bread and nutmeg brings a nice spectrum of spicing while the malting is sweet and fulfilling. Again hard to believe this is 10.%. Spicy with some dried molasses, french toast, glaze sweetness and light oaky chip notes. Even warm the alcohol is hard to distinguish.

M: Strong level of carbonation brings much livelihood to the mouthful, malty, sweet and spicy with a bready nature and a holiday spicing farewell.

O: Overall very easy to consume, nice spectrum of spicing, not overally exaggerated but rather all working and blending nicely together. Solid sweet toasty malt base finishes out a solid good example.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium red orange amber. Thin, coarse off white head dissipates to a ring leaving short lived lacing. Very light aroma of pumpkin, malt and very faint pumpkin pie spices. Pumpkin flavor dominates with some light maltiness, pumpkin pie spices, somewhat dry finish with some light oak, slightly spicy. Creamy and medium bodied. A nicely made pumpkin a little on the dry woody side for me.

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Photo of brotherloco
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml C&C bottle. Bottled on 09/07/2011. Served in a tulip.

If they actually nailed 10.31% ABV, I'm very impressed!

Pours a dark, mostly clear orange-tinged dark gold. Tiny floating sediment is present. Couple of fingers of yellow-beige foam. Some fine bits of lacing left behind.

Almost smells like a Belgian with the mix of sweet malt, fruity esters, and spices. Nutmeg and allspice seem the strongest, some vanilla. Fruity notes lean towards cherry, slightly vinous. A touch of alcohol.

Flavor makes me think of a spiced barleywine, probably from the fruity notes hitting the pumpkin pie spices. Quite sweet, a tinge sour, perhaps from vegetable additions. Fruit and sour notes blend well. Big flavor, this could be a Bruery beer. Not getting much from the barrel aging, besides maybe some vanilla. Only getting the slightest hint of alcohol at the end of the finish, impressively buried. Great flavor overall.

Full bodied with medium-sharp carbonation. Drinks kind of thick, but plenty of carbonation to support it.

This is the last beer in the Crooked Line series for me to try, and it is my favorite. Although it's in a different class, I'll say it's much better than their Punk'n ale as well.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml into snifter. Warmed to 50s/60s during review.

Pours with a short off-white head over an orange to amber body. Touch of lacing

Aromas are nice - lots of natural pumpkin and/or squash mixed with brown sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, and then a chemical quality that takes the aromas down a notch.

Flavors are full of spice - lots of nutmeg and cardamom, followed by flavors of butternut squash, molasses, and brown sugar reduction. Thick and chewy mouthfeel. Fair amount of roasted malt in the finish.

A pretty decent - but not great - imperial pumpkin.

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Photo of Retail1LO
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally got around to crackin' this open after a lengthy stay in the fridge. Poured from a 75mL corked & caged bottle into a Firestone Walker tulip. Bottle opens with a solid pop, indicative of a good level of carbonation. Beer pours a brilliant, clear but dark, orangish-brown with a fingers width head that is very effervescent and quick fading. The nose is very eloquent indeed. Very spicy with clove, nutmeg, a tad bit of cinnamon. As with moth pumpkin beers, I don't really pick up any pumpkin. The taste is where it's at. This has a heavy, yet still wonderfully balanced spice profile with all of the aforementioned players coming to the forefront once again. I wish the barrel treatment was a little more evident, and wonder what could have been with bourbon barrels. Surprisingly, the alcohol isn't very pronounced in the taste, but it rears it's head in the mouthfeel providing a bit of a hot finish. The spice of this beer lingers on your palate for a decent length of time too. Over all, not bad at all. This is a very decent take on a pumpkin beer from Uinta. I may not necessarily seek this out again, as pumpkin beers generally aren't my forte, but I wouldn't snicker at someone if they offered it. I'd extend my glass at arms length. Good brew.

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Photo of fatmcb1
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Russian River stemmed glass

Pours a copper, amberish color with a nice, thick 2 finger head.

Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, and other pumpkin related spices up front. There is also a touch of vanilla and dark fruit.

Similar to the nose. There isn't too much oak flavor. Still, a bit of vanilla.

This is medium bodied with ample, prickly carbonation.

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Photo of angrywolf
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this a couple months ago, finally got a chance to crack it open

A: Pours a dark brown with a white head. Head doesn't stick around for too long.

S: This smells like a oak barrel-aged barleywine. Some slight cinnamon and pumpkin notes are there as well.

T: Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, roasted malts. This is definitely a barleywine.

M: Medium mouthfeel with very little carbonation.

O: This is a pretty good beer. Pumpkin is hardly noticeable but I will definitely pick this up again if I can find it next year.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip. State tick #42. Thanks to Chris for sharing this one as a pairing with some alligator/rabbit/veal/venison gumbo. Good times!

A: Clear red-orange body with a thin, frothy tan head. Ok retention, spotty lace. Not bad.

S: Big, rich, and spicy. Vanilla, oak, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and pumpkin. Straightforward and enjoyable.

T: Oak up front, with huge spice in the middle (tons of allspice) and a fruity, pumpkiny finish. Long, sticky, spicy finish. Nice.

M: Medium-to-full body with moderate, mouth-filling carbonation. Very substantial, very nice.

O: I'm not a big pumpkin ale fan, but this one did well by incorporating lots of oak; this source of vanilla flavor helped keep the direct spices in check just a bit, as did the overall strength of the beer. I think at 8% this one would have been spice overload, but with the additional sweetness and oakiness it worked pretty well. Tasty stuff.


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Photo of brstls4drmrs
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A very nice dark amber color almost like cinnamon with a vanilla white head with a slight brown tint.

S - Lots of spice including nutmeg, clove and just a splash of cinnamon. A great blend of scents with nothing that is too overpowering.

T - Loads of pumpkin and spiced. Again, nothing dominant just well blended together. Also a slight boozy taste in it on the aftertaste.

M - Good medium carbonation with a slight sticky texture.

O - A great pumpkin brew. I'd drink this one again!

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

Medium brown color with amber/orange highlights. Love the carbonation on this one. For a big beer, it starts with and maintains a perfect head throughout.
The nose is creamy (I tend to get this from pumpkin beers), with notes of anise, cinnamon, allspice nutmeg, and cloves.
Slightly sweet initially, leading into a clove-y spice character with some definite booziness, but nothing too crazy. Vanilla and just a kiss of whiskey round things out. Oddly enough, I'm getting a little bit of a banana note here and there, just like a previous reviewer. It isn't out of place, so I don't mind. Perhaps that's the actual fermented guard coming into play?
Strong, but not too strong to enjoy the nuances of. The alcohol is more warming and pacing than burning.
A pretty solid "big" pumpkin beer.
Started my Thanksgiving off right with this one and I'm not disappointed.

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Photo of WhiskeyNinja
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber color with a creamy tan head that laces well. The aroma is a clean pumpkin smell. The taste is exactly what it should be, pumpkin and spice, not watery and not overpowering. A perfect balance of ingredients gives this a smooth, almost velvety mouthfeel and a taste that puts you in the season. Nice warming ABV but well hidden.

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Photo of Pahn
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled 8/25/11.

Appearance: Free pour yields a two and a half inch orange-ish white head that dissipates slowly and rockily. Pours a semi-translucent dark ruby and leaves sprawling but generally short-lived lacing.

Smell: Some pumpkin pie spice, gingerbread, and noble hops. No oak. Not very aromatic at first... pretty weak in intensity.

With warmth, some spicy phenols like in a strong BSPA come out, along with booziness and more noble hops. Smells like a cross between a pilsner, a BSPA, and a pumpkin beer. Not something you encounter every day...

Deeper into the bottle, the smell remains odd, but a very nice vanilla oak note emerges and somehow ties everything together. Huh.

Taste: First sip: confusing. Kind of pumpkin pie spice and thick, semi-tangy flavor (hops? malt? both?) up front, a much thicker taste than I expected. Resolves to some oak and a Euro pale lager-y tang. Second sip has a creamy feel up front, with a blast of pumpkin pie flavors like music that's a few notches too loud, leading to a smoother, much more oak forward finish, with a standard pumpkin beer aftertaste. Beginning to wrap my head around the beer.

The other beers in Uinta's Crooked Line series are, in my opinion, great, but they're only "crooked / off-centered / weird / etc" to people who aren't big into craft beer (Bourbon barrel aged barleywine? Super high gravity bourbon barrel aged stout? Not very out of the ordinary). Oak Jacked however... this is a genuinely weird beer.

There's some strangely Belgian yeast-y flavor with a faint phenolic quality, lots of somewhat messy pumpkin pie spice, with oak occasionally shining through like a soloist in an orchestra. My worry going into this beer was "Oak and pumpkin? Makes no sense..." but that's the *least* strange thing happening here. It's tangy, slightly fruity, sometimes banana-like, sometimes gingerbread, often dominated by what seems to be a huge flavor addition of German hops.

I can't say that the final beer really makes sense, but it's certainly interesting. It flies too close to the sun, no doubt, but even without balance (or even intelligibility), it tastes good at the very least.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Varies between juicy and creamy, giving the impression of a lighter and fuller body, respectively. Carbonation level is perfect; you don't notice it, but it's doing its job. Not dry at all. Tangy, and a little succulent. Not as strange a feel as it is a taste, but strange enough.

Overall: The label says that Jacked is cranked up and primed to celebrate. The implication, along with being in the "Crooked Line" series, is that this a big crazy beer. The label is telling the truth.

I could give this anywhere from a 2.0 to a 4.0 in overall. It's as if the brewers took the ideas of balance and cohesion and scoffed heartily. A lot of the flavors clash and are not well developed, but in the end I'm won over by the beer. The oak flavors are truly delicious, and the strange melange of spice, hops, malt, and yeast flavors are continually interesting.

I like a good crazy experiment beer now and then.

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Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with appropriate carbonation. A nice dense white head forms upon pour.

Aromas begin with a lovely big spice nose. Cinnamon, clove some and nutmeg. Natural "pumpkin" aroma, doesn't smell faked or overdone. Solid caramel and light toffee malt backbone. Not getting much of the oak to be honest; maybe a little vanilla in there which could have been imparted from the oak.

The tastes begin with the caramel malts shining through right away and gives a superb body and backbone to this brew. Light brown sugar and vanilla are also present. The finish has a spice bite. No sign of the alcohol at all. Complex yet not thick or cloying at all. Nicely balanced, nicely spiced.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is neither dry or slick, just middle of the road here.

Overall I was expecting more to be honest here. For the inflated price tag and the limited availability I would have preferred a more complex flavor profile. Reminded me a lot of the great higher ABV pumpkin ales out there, like Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin and Hoppin' Frog Double Hollow Pumpkin, but there was no really no added oak complexity from the barrels. A really good beer but a let down overall and not worth seeking out in my opinion just because there is more readily available, better bang for the buck Imperial Pumpkin ales on the market.

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Photo of kennylopez
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from fresh 2011 750 ml bottle into snifter.

Appearance: a orange reddish color with little head and no lacing. about a half fingers worth of head when poured and faded rather quick.

Smells: a ginger spice backbone with a floral hop note.

Tastes: More of a pumpkin taste then the nose insisted.I enjoy the ginger notes along with the pumpkin hints that are wonderfully balanced.

Mouthfeel: the 10 something% is well hidden and actually quite drinkable. I share a bottle with my bro Andre a fully enjoyed this brew

Overall: I would absolutely buy this ale again. I am curious to see how this brew ages and I will write a review next year if it stands out.

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Photo of OldPenguinHunter
4.59/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I guess I should say that I am scoring this beer in comparison to all other pumpkin ales and not to my personal faves of all time; with that being said, this is probably my favorite pumpkin ale I've ever had, falling short from some homebrew I had last year (not my homebrew though).
A: Brown-ish orangy. poured with a heavy finger or two of head that settled out in a few min.
S: Spicy(nutmeg, cinnamon, clove), sweet pumpkin and oak/vanilla, this kinda reminded me of pie crust. So essentially I was smelling a boozy pumpkin pie- awesome.
T: A little bit thinner than I expected. I was almost expecting belgian yeast flavorsbut no. There was a little bit too much carbonation for me, which I think added to the levity of the beer. Do not be mistaken though, the beer is very big. Tastes like pumpkin pie to me, which is freakin' awesome.
M: See above.
O: A great beer, I am glad that I bought a few of them to age, I'd definetly like to have one next year, hopefully the carbonation will die down and the beer will evolve nicley.
O: I am glad that I bought a few of these

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Photo of n2185
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear, dark copper with two fingers of beige head that recedes into a thin layer with a little lacing.

S: typical pumpkin spices up front, but they're fairly light. Sweet vanilla, pumpkin, and oaky aromas follow.

T: similar to the aroma, pumpkin spices at first followed by sweet vanilla and pumpkin. Oak flavors bring up the finish with a light alcohol burn and bitterness.

M: medium body wih mid-high carbonation, this beer is fairly crisp for the style.

O: a good pumpkin ale. The oak adds some interesting notes. It's a bit pricy, but is still better than most pumpkin ales.

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Photo of Phelps
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to inlimbo77 for sending this bottle along. Split with my dad and poured into a tulip.

Very deep and dark, like purple velvet. The color of red wine, merlot, perhaps. About a finger of pillowy head the color of muddy khaki sticks around valiantly, but eventually becomes a thick ring.

Great fragrance. Caramel sweetness is complemented by vanilla tannins from the oak. The pumpkin here is sharp and uncooked, like the smell of a freshly cut Jack o Lantern. Pumpkin blends with the usual spice array: good amount of clove and brown sugar with lesser amounts of nutmeg and cinnamon. The vanilla from the oak works really well here, bridging the gap between the other notes.

The taste is lighter and more affected by the booze, a smooth heat that backs everything. The pumpkin here is more roasty. Nice sweet caramel and toasty, mildly bitter bread. The swallow brings a sugary blast of vanilla and toasty oak mixed with apple and grainy alcohol. Almost cidery in character.

Smooth, medium-light body buoyed by sticky, viscous booze. Carbonation is very light, just a gentle tingle. Alcohol numbs the tongue a bit, but is overall pretty well-hidden.

Not bad at all. The barrels impart a subtle oakiness; I wish there was a bit more impact from them. But the pumpkin/spice blend is sweet and smooth.

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Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.
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