Devious Imperial Pumpkin | Allentown Brew Works

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allentown Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States
thebrewworks.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerImmediately on 08-19-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
187
Reviews:
50
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
12.4%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
25
For Trade:
0
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of mothman
3.12/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into NB globe glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of beige head. Color is a burnt rustic with a brown hue to it.

Aroma: Pumpkin pie, crust, nutmeg, cinnamon, hazel spice, and other spices. Kind of malty.

Taste: Just like the nose, but with a ton more spices. A touch of the abv shows, but not that much. Pretty malty.

Mouthfeel: Dry and spiced. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with more spices. A bit clean.

Overall, a decent average pumpkin ale. Nothing out of the ordinary. Abv is pretty well hidden. I couldn't drink the 750 by myself though.

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3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked & caged bottles into a couple of snifters. Thanks go to HopDerek for sharing this one. By the way, what's up with the label on this? I know it's supposed to be a pumpkin being shoved in a glass but it looks more like a pumpkin puking on the floor. Blech!

Pours a hazy burnt amber orange, topped with about a finger of foamy light tan head. This fizzles out pretty darn quickly, barely having any retention or leaving any lacing back. Pretty dead looking overall. The aroma is fairly aggressive in the nose with the spices, but there is a still a fair amount of bready sweetness for it to latch onto and give this some twang. Pumpkin meat is present and has a bit of a raw veggie feel to it that is probably only strengthened by some citric hops in the background as well. Light alcohol fusels round this out.

I think the taste works a little better here, with a sticky sweet base of sweetness that helps balance out the green and earthy flavors from the pumpkin and hops and it all combines to give this a rather tart and tangy feel. The spices seem more flavorful here as well and aren't overdone at all, seeming to latch onto the more bitter notes of this. The mouthfeel is medium to maybe a little fuller bodied and is sharp upon first sip but then gets much creamier feeling as this moves out across the palate. Alcohol flavors are kept to a minimum but the ABV definitely gives this some heft in the mouth.

This was pretty decent and started to win me over a bit the longer I worked on it. The aroma was a little lacking but the taste got things back on with a well balanced blend of Pumpkin beer flavors and this was pretty darn drinkable for being a 9% beer.

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4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It is always an exciting occasion when my local, in-person trader, tone77 stops by for a drop-off & pick-up. I never know what gems he might be bringing me, but the latest one revealed this one. Yay!

From the bottle: "Family owned and operated. Brewing award-winning beer since 1998."

I Pop!ped the cap & as has become my standard, I employed a very gentle pour. Once in the glass, though, it was fair game & so I gave it a vigorous in-glass swirl to raise a brief finger of foamy, fizzy, light-tan head that could not wait to fall away to wisps. Bye! Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled deeply of nutmeg, cinnamon & allspice. I could really get behind this, especially in the Fall. I will readily cop to be wildly behind in my drinking of bottled beers, but it is still chilly enough, even in early April, to make this a welcome drink. I have been a fan of Pumpkin beers since their inception, although I realize that it is more the spice(s) that drive them than actual pumpkin. It's okay by me. This was very spicy, especially with cinnamon, but there was also nutmeg & allspice present. Finish was dry & spicy, but I would have it no other way. I am now beginning to anticipate the Fall of 2017 & the return of such beers.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.16/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of tone77
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty, dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of spices, pumpkin. Taste is spices, malts, light pumpkin, some hints of alcohol. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall a good quality beer worth trying.

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3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a large corked and caged bottle from the Allentown Wegmans. This ruby-orange beer has a short head and slight haze. Overall, the beer is a touch sweet and also has a mild sourness, neither of which as I really digging. The aroma is dominated by pumpkin pie spices with a little pumpkin seed and caramel. The taste, however, has a tangy lemon element under pumpkin meat and light vanilla spice. Maybe it's just the hops, alcohol, and spice, but this might turn into a lambic after a couple years.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jzeilinger
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a bronze color with alot of very active carbonation and light lacing.

S - Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon - that's about it. Smells like a pumpkin ale should. The aroma is moderately strong overall, smells very good.

T - Very big pumpkin flavor with a nice load of cinnamon loaded in (and nutmeg too). Overall sweetness is not too cloying like some pumpkin ales and there's just the right amount to make it very enjoyable. Also picking up a very small amount of ginger with a small trace of cloves. What really blows me away is that for the %, the ABV, in my opinion, is completely hidden here. NICE!

M - Mild carbonation on the tongue, almost creamy. Medium body and for this much flavor, you would think it would be a heavier beer.

D - "Deviously Delicious" and excellent balance. 'Nuff said. I'll have another, please.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dense dark amber with a fluffy white head that quickly fizzles away. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of roasted pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Perhaps a hint of lemon peel, or grains of paradise.
Taste is of the aromas with a citrusy blast atop the pumpkin and spice. Tastes like key lime juice is threading through the malt.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spritzy, and sugary but there's a strange lime flavor to me that is sort of distracting. Not sure what that's about. This started great for me and ended strangely with a citrus abundance.

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3.22/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden orange, almost copper, color with a frothy, pillowy two finger yellowish beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.  

Sweet, spicy aroma that's bursting with a ton of pumpkin and autumnal spice.  Hints of vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and brown sugar.  There's also some caramel malt adding to the sweetness.  Liquid pumpkin pie.

Medium bodied with a blast of alcohol, pumpkin purée and rich spices.  Stronger than expected with lots of boozy sweetness and heat.  Abv not well masked at all.  This takes away from the sweet pumpkin and caramel malt.  Not as much pumpkin flavor ss expected but there is plenty of zesty spice.  Lots of cinnamon and brown sugar along with some nutmeg and clove.  A bit thinner than expected as well.  Doesn't really live up to the aroma, resulting in a watered down, overly spicy, boozy disappointment.  Not terrible but a let down.  

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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Devious Imperial Pumpkin from Allentown Brew Works
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