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 superspak
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/6/2012. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge caramel, toffee, pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, toast, brown sugar, gingerbread, oak, vanilla, bourbon, light chocolate, light roast, and toasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of malt, spice, pumpkin, and barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, toast, brown sugar, gingerbread, oak, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toffee, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, toast, brown sugar, gingerbread, oak, bourbon, vanilla, light chocolate, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity of malt, pumpkin, spice, and barrel flavors; with a near perfect balance of all flavors and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, slick, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic barrel aged pumpkin ale! All around awesome balance and complexity of malt, spice, pumpkin, and barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark copper-red color with a finger of frothy khaki-tan head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet caramel and dark caramel malts, oak, vanilla, pumpkin, brown sugar, dark fruits, cloves, cinnamon, and some other spices, a bit of booze.

T - Sweet caramel and dark caramel malts, pumpkin, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, other spices, raisins and other dark fruits, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, warming, and lightly spicy finish.

D - Great barrel aged pumpkin ale. Nice blend of spices.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours an almost crimson/ruby color with a nice tan frothy head. Some lace.

(S)- Great spices and a creamy pumpkin aroma with the slightest hint at some dry oaky vanilla. Smells amazing!

(T)- Not as awesome as the smell, but still very good. Nice spice and pumpkin characters. The oak aging definitely added a nice dryness and an oakier, almost sherry-like finish to it that is quite nice.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Spicy, but with awesome creamy pumpkin and dry oak.

(D)- A great pumpkin beer amidst some rather disappointing ones I have tried over the years. Smooth, but tastes dynamic and very enjoyable. The oak aging really created some unique nuances in this.

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Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice fluffy head 1 finger, hazy rosy caramel cranberry color.

Nose pumpkin pie, nice toasted malts and toasted pumpkin, light sweet malts and caramel, light earthy hops, hint of vanilla and oak.

Taste is rich, buttery oak and light vanilla, then nice pumpkin chai latte like flavor, light bready malts and caramel, very light spices, light pumpkin pie. Very little booze. Light earthy hops, light nutmeg and cardamom. Finishes semi bitter and light pumpkin pie and oak.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied decent carb, very little booze.

Overall great, nice malts, nice pumpkin addition, booze is very well hidden, nice buttery oak, smooth and tasty and goes down much easier than I expected.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark ruby orange color with a one fingered, creamy head and light carbonation.

S - Pumpkin, vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon, oak, and bourbon.

T - Up front, pumpkin, vanilla, oak, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ending with oak, spices, and bourbon. Bourbon/oak presence is moderate but never overpowering.

M - Heavy medium body, lightly syrupy, gentle carbonation is light and prickly at first but finishes almost creamy.

O - It's a good pumpkin ale that has just the right amount of oak and bourbon without being overly boozy, this one works well.

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a nice ruby red/burgundy maroon with a decent sized tan head.
S: A nice roasted squash and pumpkin aroma with some hints of oak. The cinnamon gives a nice warming aroma.
T: The beer has an immediate strong cinnamon flavor coupled with some nice oak. The wood adds some nice vanilla notes and blends well with the sweet pumpkin.
M/O: Very good weight and not too overpowering because of the alcohol content. Very good warmer type beer in every sense of the word.

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Photo of Treebs
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split this bottle amongst many people in line at the CBS release. Poured into my Deschutes snifter.

A: Pours a solid orange with brown swirls though out. Solid off-white head leaves some nice lace behind.

S: Great pumpkin and cinnamon on the forefront with a nice oak backbone. Nicely balanced.

T: Nice raw pumpkin with cinnamon and nutmeg giving it a kick. The barrel was well integrated and some vanilla sweetness comes through on the back.

M: Medium bodied with a nice sweetness left on the palate.

O: I really enjoyed this. The barrel qualities were well integrated and not overpowering at all.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, love the label with the Jack-o-lantern,

A: Pours a deep amber to red with a medium full white head. Excellent retention with spotty lace.

S: Nice clear notes of roasted pumpkin flesh with brown sugar and light notes of cinnamon, not crazily spiced.

T: Brown sugar and oak with a nice sweet pumpkin flesh flavour backbone. Notes of nutmeg and cinammon coalesce well, light woody notes on the back end, lightly tannic.

M: Full-bodied and creamy, frothy, with a soft carbonation that works here.

O: Clearly in the upper echelon of pumpkin beers we can get in the Southland. The Pumking I had last night side by side overshadowed it, but having a bottle to myself I can better assess its qualities. A good beer for sure, if this was $10 I'd be ecstatic, but when it's pushing $17 for the 750 it makes it tough, even when this is so good in its style.

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Photo of beagle75
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, medium amber color with over one finger of dense parchment-tinted foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Bright vinous fruit, baking spices, balsamic vinegar, earthy cereal, and restrained oak combine for a decadent and interesting array of scents. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with early cloves and layered crystal and aromatic malts that are soon joined by honest pumpkin fruit against a mildly acidic (carbonic; not sour) backdrop. Flavors become mellow and earthy in the middle, with aromatic vanilla replacing the baking spice. The finish is clean, short, and lacking in bitterness; a phantom sensation of cola lingers on the palate. Spirituous vapors are encountered throughout the flavor profile, but are never outright boozy.

M: Medium viscosity, smooth and slightly syrupy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This strong pumpkin ale is a pleasure to behold; it strikes a near-perfect stance incorporating attention to the signature ingredient, a mature application of wood-aging, and enduring awareness that this is a beer. It remains capable of being enjoyed as beer, with a clear attention to details exhibited by the brewer. Hard to find fault with; perhaps its greatest transgression is that it remains a beer brewed with pumpkin...

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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 cjacobsen
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to sweemzander for bringing this one out.

(A) Pours a clean, ruby color. Head is made up of smaller, tight packed bubbles. Decent retention. Surprised to see the darker color instead of the orange. Oak barrels must have done some good there.

(S) Aroma is evenly distributed between oak wood, pumpkin, spices, cinnamon, and some nuts.

(T) The pumpkin is apparent but not overwhelming and dominating the taste. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and spices help to downplay the pumpkin. The taste is semi-sweet. The malts add a bread character and the aftertaste is of spent cloves. The oak probably helped to downplay all the sweetness and added a decent earthy grounding to this flavor.

(M) It sits kind of grainy and chewy. Not off-putting, but almost what to expect from a spiced fruit beer with oak age on it.

(O) Really. Solid. Beer. I really enjoyed this as it's not the normal take on a pumpkin beer. Oak aging it really did something unique to this brew. It was pretty well balanced and just tasted quite excellent next to the spice-bag versions that some breweries put out. (Although I do tend to like the "spice bag" versions as well, not knocking them, just saying this one's different)

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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 Stinkypuss
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Uinta Brewing Co.
Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin

750 ml corked and caged. Pours a light amber color with off white, densely beaded foam. There was a fair amount of sediment. The head leaves plenty of lace.

Aroma of pumpkin pie, vanilla coffee, nuts, sweet caramel malts.

In the taste, more pumpkin flavor with sweet and vegetative notes. Caramel, toast, and nutty sweetness. There is hardly any bitterness left to the hops but there is a touch of citrusy tea. So many flavors one could forget about the spices. Cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg are just more layers of flavor here. Dry oak in the finish, and a likely culprit for bringing in the sweet vanilla to the party. Has a medium bodied feel and soft carbonation.

Overall, this is a hell of a beer. Deliciously sweet and complex, and the pumpkin base worked well. A touch sweet. Keep an eye out for this in fall.

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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 Preismj
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very good pumpkin orange/brown color with a bit of haziness to it. Nice moderate offwhite head. Smell is a bit strong of oak wood and a mild amount of spice. Not a whole lot else on the nose. The taste is incredible. Very little oak comes to play, and what is there really amps up the flavor of the pumpkin. I'm not getting much spice on the palette but rather a very strong, very creamy pumpkin flavor. Hands down best pumpkin only flavor I've gotten out of this style. Slight hints at maple, vanilla and cinnamon/clove...but pumpkin is all center stage. Creamy in the mouth, fizz plays well. Great pumpkin beer...a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 22oz bomber with a bottled on date of 9.9.14

L - Deep red/amber, with no clarity, 1 finger of red, and some nice lace stickiness

S - Spices, pumpkin, and alcohol

T - Spices overload, which is beautiful, pumpkin, and booze. Great combo!

F - Medium body and light carbonation (it's 2 years old), goes well with the brew

O - A very tasty barrel aged brew with lots of spices, enjoyable

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a teku
bottled 9/6/12

A- This beer pours a dark deep toffee brown body that is clear but dense. There is a bubbly thick cream of light tan on top and sluggish strands of microbubbles working their way to the top.

S- The deep caramel aroma is rich and blends with vanilla oak notes and some pumpkin spice hints in the finish.

T- The rich caramel malt has nice character that mirrors the aroma with some vanilla oak notes and a nice spice warmth in the finish. As it opens up there is a little bit of a bitter flavor that lingers and some ginger notes come through aswell.

M- The nice medium-full mouthfeel has a gentle alcohol warmth that is only show as the beer warms up.

D- The rich malt blends well with barrel and spice. There are nice barleywine characters, barrel characters and some spice notes that are all well balanced to work together to battle the winter chill.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Pours an attractive chestnut color. The cream-colored head initially stands at about an inch and a half high, though it does settle after some time. It can easily be revived with a strong swirl of the glass. Small, patchy specs of lacing remain on the glass.

S: Strong nose of baked pumpkin, cinnamon, faint clove and ginger. Brawny malt scents of brown sugar, molasses, and brown bread. Assertive aroma of toasted oak.

T: A strong hit of pumpkin spice jolts the palate on the attack. Clove and ginger come off a bit strong. Perhaps nutmeg too. Cinnamon brings up the rear at first, but builds until it becomes the dominant spice. Brown sugar and sweet molasses. Slight toffee and caramel. Brown bread and toasted crust. Chopped, baked pumpkin far in the background. Slight suggestion of brown cocoa powder and dried fig. Spicy alcohol presence remains restrained enough that is adds complexity without becoming distracting. Toasted oak cuts through toward the middle and dries things out a bit going into the finish. Finishes with toasted oak, bread crust, faint cocoa and molasses, and slight cinnamon and brown sugar.

M: Robust body sits on the palate with authority, though it never seems too weighty. Chewy and very creamy and smooth. Low carbonation. Very slight heat in the swallow. It drinks very easily for a beer of its size.

O: I love Uinta's barrel aging program, and this beer does not disappoint. This is a big one, and seems to draw much inspiration from the barley wine style. The barrel aging is done right, with the oak character asserting itself without becoming too dominant. The spicing, while initially a bit disjointed and shocking, ended up melting away into the background to provide a nice supporting role. This is easily the heftiest pumpkin beer I've ever had. It's really hitting the spot right now, especially with the threat of hurricane Sandy looming. If you're going to spend a blustery autumn night sealed in at home, this is a great beer to have on hand.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a clear dark brownish red with an off-white head that fades to a ring and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is wonderful with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, alspice, pumpkin, and whiskey. The whiskey is a bit in the background but it is detectable.

T: The taste mimics the nose with huge flavors of nutmeg, cinammon, pumpkin, and a bit of buttery whiskey on the finish. The spices are big and tasty but I wish the barrel came out a bit more here.

M: The feel is medium bodied and a bit creamy.

O: One of the best pumpkin ales I've had. The barrel aging is subtle yet noticeable. I've only had one other barrel aged pumpkin ale and it had a bit more bourbon flavor. Still very recommended though.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 8/26/11.

Pours a dark copper orange with a 1 inch foamy tan head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet malt, pumpkin pie spices, vanilla, and some wood notes. Taste is of sweet malt and pumpkin puree up front while the various spices and slight vanilla flavor coming in on the finish. The spices add a sight earthy bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. I am not really getting any of the oak flavors in the taste though. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good pumpkin ale with a nice balance of all the flavors. The smell is not as good as the taste but this is still a worthy beer to pick up for the season. Interesting to see that the ABV is at 10.31% (Halloween). I am not too sure how they can get it so exact.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bottle (from notes)

I wonder how technical they got to get the abv to exactly 10.31? If it's true, that's incredible. Deep amber hue with an off white head. This is quite complex and just a touch too boozy for me, but it somehow fits the style. A lot of cinnamon, booze, vanilla, pumpkin flesh, caramel malt and oak in that order from most prominent.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a C&C'd bottle...

A - Nice white foamy head rises. Brew is wonderful amber color, crystal clear.

S - Very light pumpkin. Some nice rice and potato scents too, almost like a good vodka.

T - Awesome! Great pumpkin and vanilla flavor. Very mild spice, great for the style.

M - Prefect, no heat! Perfect carbonation too. Very light and mild.

O - Great Imperial Pumpkin style! First i've had of this style, impressive. Great job Uinta!!!

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

A- pours a bright chestnut with ruby hues, small creamy light tan head that subdues to a small layer, minimal lacing

S- vanilla and oak up front, the woodsy oak is pronounced. Sweet brown sugar with some nutmeg, a bit of raw pumpkin, quite complex

T- flavors of oak and sweet vanilla on first sip, notes of brown sugar with some nutmeg and pumpkin meat, finishes sweet with some oaky notes. Flavors become much more complex as it warms. Overall it's a warming drink, but not overpowering, the ABV is hidden very well

M- medium body, barely traceable carbonation, finishes a bit velvety and smooth

O- beyond different that's any other pumpkin ale that I've had, very complex and surprisingly drinkable at 10.31%. It is quite sweet, so this bottle would be great to share. Overall very good.

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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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Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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