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 Davepoolesque
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle. Dark, mahogany in color. Can't see through it. Figs, plums, cinnamon, pumpkin flesh and oak. Think American barleywine mashed up with a pumpkin ale. This Aged Amazingly. Really solid.

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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 BEERMILER12
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled On 09/18/13. Enjoyed on 10/31/13

A: Pours a deep ruby/mahogany color with 2+ fingers of head that slowly fades down to a nice cap

S: Pumpkin spices, oak, vanilla, caramel, and a light hint of alcohol. Spices are fairly complex

T: Starts off with some brown sugar, spices (cinnamon and nutmeg are most prevalent), and a bit of light fruitiness. Oak and vanilla come through mid-way along with a light sweetness. Alcohol almost undetectable

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Nearing on heavy

O: The base beer is nice and not too spiced, and then the oak barrels add a nice bit of complexity. Doesn't go overboard on either aspect, which is quite an accomplishment. A great sipper for Halloween and the fall season, if I do say so myself

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

Picked up two bottles of this at Julio's. I usually enjoy Uinta's offerings and when I saw an oak aged pumpkin, I had to try it. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours the typical crystal clear copper hue with a surprisingly creamy, rich off white head that leaves minimal side lacing and disapated into a creamy halo. Not bad.

S - Really nice smell here. At first pop I get alot of roasted pumpkin notes, then as I pour it fades to more of a spice note. I pick up on nice barrel notes as well as some good bourbon notes. Not getting any vanilla though.

T - Pretty good here too. More of the usual pumpkin flavors and spices, but at 10.31% ( a play on Halloween), the ABV is wonderfully hidden. Nice oak and bourbon notes as well. Pretty tasty, albeit unique stuff.

M - This is really solid here. Enough carbonation to keep it up off the tongue, good bourbon notes. Cant believe how well the ABV is hidden!

O - Overall, the best "imperial" pumpkin I've ever had, thats for sure. Its a pretty solid barrel aged beer, and while it is a bit confusing it is still quite delicious.

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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 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 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 Goosehunter75
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a Mohogeny Rust with a four finger tan head. This beer has outstanding rentention and excellent lacing. Good looking beer.

S - I picked up vanilla right off the bat. Pumpkin is present but not overpowering. Oak, bourbon, chocolate. Nice complex aroma

T - Great tasting beer. Slight pumpkin pie with a nice vanilla background. You can taste the oak. Slight bourbon taste as well. Lots going on

M - Medium to heavy beer. Definately a sipper. Has a pleasant bourbon type burn. You can taste the alcohol!

O - Nicely done beer. Very complex. Good use of pumpkin and oak together. Looking foward to getting this one again enxt year!

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Photo of vande
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a nice browinsh-orange with a somewhat off white head

S: very nice pumpkin smell [my 1st of the season!], with some brown sugar, sweet syrup, a little bit of oak, some fall spices... very pleasant.

T: a nice oaky pumpkin brew here that masks the presence of alcohol quite well... add in the nutmeg and cinnamon and you've a pretty tasty pumpkin beer! glad i have another!!

M:pretty good here...medium bodied smooth drinking beer

O: Makes me happy I have one more!

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked bottle. Nice packaging. $12 from Tasty Bev. Poured into 2 snifters and shard with Erin.

Appearance: Clear amber, thin off white head, little lacing. Looks fine, but not exciting.

Smell: Sugary sweet with pumpkin pie spice. A pie crust like maltiness- some biscuit or aromatic malt maybe. Wouldn't guess its oak aged from the smell-- maybe a touch of vanilla, but that's it.

Taste: Again, sweet and pumpkin pie spice spicy. Caramel and cakey malt flavors. A little more oak flavor. Detectable alcohol, but I wouldn't guess 10.3%.

Mouthfeel: A little thin for such a big beer. A slight bit of tannins from the oak, especially on the finish.

Overall: This is a really good pumpkin beer. Its no Pumking, and it costs more, but I'm glad I tried it.

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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 vgarneth
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love a good barrel aged beer... especially with bourbon barrels and pumpkin ales. Beautiful deep, dark color that looks like an elegant Tennessee whiskey. The aroma has just a hint of vanilla that entices your mouth to take a sip. Once the beer hits your tongue, your taste buds are filled with pleasures of pumpkin and spice accentuated by the barrel aging. Like I said in the beginning, I'm in love with barrel aged brews and this is one of them. Nice job 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 Ghenna
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber color, off white head that lingers atop the beer through the entire glass. Hefty nutmeg, clove, and some ginger on the nose, in addition to some honest to god pumpkin.

Taste is initially mostly pumpkin spice, with an after taste and MF of pumpkin, sorta creamy. Brown sugar on the end, but still finishes a little pumpkin spicey and dry.

Honestly, I've never experienced pumpkin in a beer quite like I have with this one- it really is unique. Whereas most pumpkin beers tend to be an amber with pumpkin spice, this is a real pumpkin beer. Though a little pricey, this is definietly a beer that fits the season and is worth trying once, if for nothing else, than to see how pumpkin can be represented in a beer both in terms of flavor and texture.

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

Nice hefty pumpkin ale, sweet and with a good barrel complexity.

Presentation: 750 ml corked and caged brown bottle. Front label with an illustration of a Jack O'Lantern in the barrel/box… Pointing to the name of the brew. Side narrative goes over main description, tasting, and pairing notes. Neck label mixes the theme of the brew with the Crooked Line series branding. Shows bottling date (08/26/11), and 10.31% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A -Clear and bright deep amber pour with a nice nice creamy head, moderate retention with a fair surface ring, and good lacing.

S - Sweet spiced nose with a clear sweet oaked vanilla finishing the array of pumpkin and spice.

T - Typical range of pumpkin ales with a sweeter edge, the pumpkin is there with a long range of nutmeg, cinnamon etc as expected. The sweetness lingers and finishes with a clear woody touch, pushing vanilla that works pretty well.

M - Medium with medium-full edge in the body, soft if nice carbonation with a spiced syrupy finish.

O - Quite a hefty and sweet pumpkin ale… The oak character adds a nice lingering dimension to push it into a snifter and truly make it imperial.

Notes: Pretty likable, and quite the opposite pumpkin extreme from their session gourd offering. Good quality Crooked Line offering and a nice sipper to share…

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear very dark amber in color with some ruby red highlights and moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a mottled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of sweet caramel malts with some slightly lesser notes of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg). There is a light undertone of pumpkin with some light notes of vanilla, oak, and alcohol.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of sweet caramel malts with some slightly lighter flavors of roasted pumpkin, brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, clover, ginger, and nutmeg). There are light to moderate flavors of oak and vanilla. Very light hints of alcohol towards the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth with light to moderate amounts of alcohol heat and just a touch of dryness in the finish.

O: This is very enjoyable brew and is a little different (in a positive way) from the other pumpkin beers that I have experienced...really like the contribution of the oak and what it imparted to the flavor and aroma. I wish that the alcohol had been a little subtle in this one, it made the beer very much a slow sipper.

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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 IAmAPenguin
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - Definitely carbonated pumpkin, pumpkin puree, Vanilla, aged oak, cinnamon and citrus.
Appearance - Very brownish black with a big tan foam and nice lacing.
Taste - Massive fruity overtones of plums and dates. Strong pumpkin puree, oak, vanilla, slight pines and a continuous juicy pumpkin cream flavor throughout the palate. The finish brings a resinous creamy, milk, sweet yeast and sugar, slick syrupy pumpkin molasses. Overall, this beer is massively complex. There is the vanilla/oak overtones from the barrels and the strong pumpkin overtones work well with that. This is a really fantastic imperial pumpkin ales. Among the best of the style.

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Photo of kneeland
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For the price I paid, it better have been good. I've got to say, it was really good. It goes down with a smooth creaminess, and that's rare to fine. I really enjoyed that aspect. There's a lot of clove in it, and of course the other normal pumpkin spices.

The appearance is gorgeous. A deep amber orange color with one of the best heads I've experienced.... no, not like that. I think it's where the creaminess comes from. It puffs up a lot at first, and then remains throughout the pint. It's all really great.

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Photo of caddybuyer
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into an oversized wine glass.

A-Deep rich ruby amber with a one inch head that settles to a ring. Marked clarity. Stunning color..amazing looking beer.

S-Fresh pumpkin and some fairly heavy handed spicing, but I do like a spiced ale. Ginger, nutmeg, cardamom. Sweet...pungent.

T-Creamy, bready pumpkin, rich in the initial palate. Highly spiced, but not overly so and a bit hot. Hint of oak on the back end. Very nicely done spiced pumpkin ale.

M-Superb mouthfeel, creamy and slightly slick, but well balanced carbonation.

O-A must buy for my celler for the spiced pumpkin ale fix. Any hotness in this will surely be cured with a bit of aging. Very nice effort.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet molasses, pumpkin flesh, nutmeg and cinnamon make up the nose. Sweet pumpkin from a can is the first flavor, mace, and spicy alcohol come second followed with spices of the season. A real treat dessert beer kind of brown sugar sweetness. Medium light body, but the sweetness gives it a meatier feel than that. All this happens over a gourd orange booze with some wisps of white head.

Great beer! Not entirely sure how much time it spent on oak though because the flavor is faintly there, very faintly. Common complaint but true.

Great marketing on the bottles of these crooked line series, just had to say 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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Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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