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

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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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Photo of Flounder57
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml was poured into a mini nonic.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Oak, pumpkin, caramel, bready, sugar, warm alcohol, vanilla, and spice.

Taste: Same as above. Got better when it warmed up. Flavors were still hard to detect.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, and warm boozy alcohol.

Overall: This beer could age a bit longer to mellow out. Pumpkin flavors are a bit hard to pick up due to the oak. Still a solid beer though.

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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 philbe311
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Voluminous three plus fingers worth of khaki colored light airy whimsical frothy goodness comprised of lots of big chunky bubbles... The color is a deep dark slightly brooding caramelly amber... A light to moderate bit of rapid paced carbonation streaks throughout... Some carbonation bubbles cling to the sides of the glass... The oak and wood notes are at the forefront of the aroma without being overpowering... Some light pumpkin and baked squash notes linger beneath the surface and add nice depth and complexity... Somewhat one dimensional in terms of aroma, but very pleasant and enticing... The trend continues on the palate where the oak aging is again at the forefront... Way beneath the surface are some pumpkin mash notes and light caramel /toffee notes... There is a distinct booziness that lingers about as well... Some very light vanilla notes as well... Lots of depth and complexity is present but it is somewhat obscured by the oak and wood notes... The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sturdy... Assertive throughout with some spry carbonation... Nice and smooth... Overall a very nice beer even if the pumpkin notes get obscured a bit throughout... A delicious beer, but not necessarily an exception fall seasonal if that makes any sense...

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

look: Pretty dark caramel pumpkin, a little hazy. Big fat tannish head. Messy lacing. Quite a looker.
smell: Spice, pumpkin, hints of caramel. Nicely balanced spice, pumpkin, semi-sweet, semi-dry. Nothing is in your face, just a nicely balanced nose.
taste: Much like the nose. A slight bitterness in the finish. Very tasty to be sure.
overall: One of the best pumpkin brews I've had. Creamy, tasty, booze well hidden.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fills the glass with a rich reddish amber hue and a thick and frothy head. Lots of pumpkin and spice right up front on the nose. A bit of woody vanilla in there as well. Taste reveals a nice balance of gourdy pumpking and cinnamon and nutmeg. Oaky and malty as well, with little to no hop presence.

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Photo of Lemke10
4/5  rDev +1%

This pours a dark amber brown color with a foamy beige head. The aroma is fairly bold with hints of pumpkin and spice. The taste is heavy and bold. The barrel aging really adds depth and complexity. The oak flavors really shine thru in the taste. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

Pours a four finger off-white head that fades slowly some lace. Deep amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nutmeg, clove and cinnamon nose and flavor is pumpkin pie on steroids, oak is noticeable, high ABV is not. Nice imperial pumpkin. Pricey at $13.99 for a 750ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled shared with Sammy and Liam.

Beer is dark brown with a small beige head. Decent retention.

Nose contains spices - a lot of them. Pumpkin, obviously. Smells sweet.

Taste contains pumpkin, spices (nutmeg and cinnamon). Quite hot- very hot, in fact. Sweet.

Full bodied, moderately carbonated. Chewy.

Overall, pretty good. Too boozy, but not bad.

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Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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