Imperial Pumpkin Sleigh’r | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Imperial Pumpkin Sleigh’rImperial Pumpkin Sleigh’r

Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Dark Doüble Alt Ale with Pumpkin and Brown Sugar.

The wicked stepbrother of Sleigh’r hits the town this fall. A burly 300 pounds of organic pumpkin and an ample helping of dark brown sugar were added to each batch, creating a sweet aroma, smooth mouthfeel and a warm finish plus all the toasted malt complexity Sleigh’r is known for. The legend of Sleigh’r lives on!

Added by JohnGalt1 on 08-26-2015

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by Fatehunter:
Photo of Fatehunter
3.54/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is faint, but includes burnt brown sugar and pumpkin.
The taste is malty and brown sugary sweet but not overwhelming. Good balance, a little caramel. Nice profile.
The texture is smooth.
Really enjoyable. A different style of pumpkin ale.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of samtrillo
3.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Kevlee722
4.13/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beardo
4.09/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark walnut brown... Off white splotchy white head.. Thankfully not nearly as spicy as most pumpkin brews, especially higher ABV versions... Actually the spices are a little hard to identify, cardamom? nutmeg? ginger? Bready maltiness and something I associate with cocoa.. and perhaps some molasses or gingerbread.... interesting.. doesn't hit like a 9% beer, nice that the ABV is so well hidden.. Some anise(??) with warmth... Pretty solid pumpkin brew... I don't say that very often.

All 3.75's

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.21/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a hazy, dark mahogany brown with a fine half finger khaki head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, bananas, brown sugar, very light pumpkin and spicing; light Belgian character. Flavor is dark malt, biscuit, brown bread, nuts, pumpkin pie spices, sweet potato; finishes with biscuit malt and grassy hops. Medium bodied with light creaminess and good carbonation. A nicely integrated and flavorful take on a pumpkin ale. Labelled as an "dark double alt", it tastes more like a lighter version of a sweet biscuity porter. Pumpkin flavor is subdued and tastes more like yam or sweet potato, but in a good way; it gives the same sweet, earthy character. I like it better than just pumpkin. Spicing is present, but not identifiable. Everything blends together into a tasty whole. I really liked this a lot. I don't always like Ninkasi's hop profile, but the hops here are subsumed into the other rich flavors and work perfectly. Possibly my favorite Ninkasi beer and a welcome pumpkin ale. I'll get this again.

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Photo of OregonGrown7
3.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VashonGuy
3.42/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, looking at the earlier reviews, this is one of those bipolar beers ... either love or hate. Myself, I'm somewhere in between.

I think this beer is a respectable alt ale, but it wouldn't be my favorite. The pumpkin is subdued, but definitely there. The spicing is nicely blended, giving this some interest, without turning it in to a pumpkin pie clone, or a cinnamon bomb. It's hoppy, unusual for a pumpkin beer.

Unfortunately, it's too sweet. If you like beers with a very sweet finish, give it a try.

2015, on tap at the Bier Stein, Eugene.

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Photo of GeorgeAKeim
4.33/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Canada_Dan
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kerry4porters
1.74/5  rDev -47%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this bottle a little over a month ago, it had probably been on the shelves for a month before that. Being at 9% I’m assuming it should be fine.

Appearance – Pours almost a one inch head into my tulip glass. The head looks like it will have some fine lacing, but we’ll see how that goes. The head is a light brown in color, and has faded to a small film on the top of the body very quickly. The body looks basically pitch black, with hues of mahogany when held up to the light. Visibility is very low, I can see the writing on the other side of the glass when held up to the light though. A little bit of carbonation can be seen towards the top of the body, it actually looks like it’ll be a higher carbonation on this guy. Overall a good looking beer so far.

Smell – I’m surprised by how low the aroma is. The first thing I smell is a tangy booze smell, not super offensive, but not what I want filling up my nose. Upon deeper sniffs, there are some faint notes of pumpkin, roasted malt. Perhaps some brown sugar? – as listed on the label. Maybe a tiny chocolate. There may be some bitterness here, but I really wouldn’t be able to tell you from the aroma because that booze smell is too forward. I hate to give this a 3, but this literally smells like nothing but a little alcohol, I’m not very impressed, so 3 is fine.

Taste – Yeah, I mean for 9% it’s an ok beer, and the booze is not as noticeable on the flavor. But the beer is lacking so much flavor overall, it’s still not impressing me. Sweet, slightly boozy. I really don’t get any pumpkin or brown sugar at all. Slightly acidic, sour flavor, reminiscent of the booze. I mean there is so little going on here, I’m really amazed. I don’t have anything else to say, unless this beer gets better as it warms, it’s gonna be an easy 3.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation is much lower than it looked like it would be, and that’s fine, it works for the style. The body however is very thin, watery. Maybe 3.5, but I’m gonna stick with the trend of 3, because I don’t ever want my 9% beer to be thin on the mouth.

Drinkability - The drinkability is one of the beers only redeeming factors, I can slam this beer. Not because it tastes super good, because it doesn’t taste like anything. But it’s light, and not very filling, so drinking it is easy. Given the percentage, I’ll give it a 5 for drinkability, but frankly that’s an insult in disguise because the drinkability is indicative of its lack of flavor.

Overall – I’ll let this beer warm up a bit, and I’ll give my final thoughts on it when I write the final verdict on the appearance. So far though, wow, NOTHING going on here. Man, overall a very very average beer.

The appearance turned out to be pretty good. The head didn’t stick around, but the lacing was good and the body was nice from the beginning. I’m thinking 4.5, but 4 is probably ok. As for the rest of the beer, the flavor definitely got a little bit bigger, but it was mostly just a bigger booze flavor. Maybe a hint of that brown sugar coming through. Overall though the flavor, on a purely enjoyment based scale, didn’t improve. I contemplate bumping it up to a 3.5, because it is 9% after all. But you still want a 9% beer to taste good, and this just tastes like booze and not much else, so 3. I understand a 9% beer should taste at least a little boozy, but you want something more, something to make you cling to the beer, and I really don’t feel that here.

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Photo of Rick778
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jeff1973
3.92/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brandoman63
2/5  rDev -39%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of MonkeyBread
1.98/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Tastes like cherry syrup. Like artificial soda pop. There is no pumpkin flavor but even that I don't care about, this shows a lack of even basic beer making standards. Undrinkable.

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Photo of Specules
3.71/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not sure where all these bad reviews are coming from. As a pumpkin ale I thoroughly enjoyed this, and felt it had solid pumpkin, nutmeg, and brown sugar flavors. Not too boozy (the 9% doesn't stand out), maybe a bit sweet though. Haven't had the regular Sleigh'r in a minute so I'll have to go check that one out again for comparison.

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Photo of johnnyboy76
3.84/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Budlum
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

There is a strong bitter and burnt flavor that makes this rather unpleasant to drink. The smell is quite nice with a lot of sugary sweetness. This was definitely a miss.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.22/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Santosizer
1/5  rDev -69.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Best way to describe this is boozy and mild sourness like it has some kind of infection or too young for distribution. Spices are not prevalent at all. Man, they need more nutmeg and all spice. Sleighr is a great beer, but this, this is just awful.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.59/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy dark reddish-orange with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, molasses, burnt caramel, and dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with burnt toast, burnt caramel, rotten fruit, and medicinal flavors on the finish. There is a high amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a poor beer with solid aromas, but the burnt and bitter flavors make this one hard to drink much of.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of powdersoldier
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shelby415
3.42/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GoBeerGo
3.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Imperial Pumpkin Sleigh’r from Ninkasi Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.28 out of 5 with 29 ratings