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Devious Imperial Pumpkin | Allentown Brew Works

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3.86/5
Very Good
189 Ratings
Devious Imperial PumpkinDevious Imperial Pumpkin
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerImmediately on 08-19-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,384
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
189
pDev:
11.92%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a ruby-copper blend with half a finger of head, most of which dissipates quickly. The light smell of pumpkin pie spice graces the nose. There is a bold flavor of pumpkins upfront with a touch of sweetness. The finish has an alcohol sourness that borders on the point of unpleasant. Notwithstanding the finish, this is the boldest version of this yearly offering yet.

October 2015 update: It's been a couple years since I sampled this seasonal brew. I can report a definite upgrade in both the potency of the nose and a distinct softening of the alcohol sourness on the finish.

November 2015 update: Sampled a year-old Devious and found that the alcohol is definitely more muted with age. Also, there is a strong hint of both brown sugar and vanilla in the flavor profile - never really experienced that before.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up in Totowa recently, having never tried this before. I'm not the biggest fan of Pumpkin Ales because they tend to be heavy and spicy but the latter certainly wasn't the case here. There was some cinnamon and nutmeg in this but not enough to cause a burn and since this didn't taste like pumpkin pie, there wasn't much of any vanilla or sugar to make this too sweet either. This was an Imperial beer though as the booze was quite strong and detectable from the start!

The pour to this was a dark apricot-copper with a moderate head and hardy any lacing to be seen. Lots of pumpkin in the nose, followed by the spices mentioned above. This almost tasted like a gourd once all of the flavors set in, with a chewy and cloying mouthfeel to back it up. Some booze in the taste too, as a slightly woody aftertaste kicked in when all was said and done. A nice, malty feel was felt from start to finish but I think there was too much here, as this was just a bit too overbearing for me.

I don't think that Pumpkin Ales should be this strong, even if they are of the Imperial type but this one crossed the line just a hair. I'd rather have one of these be strong than spicy since the flavor itself was easily worth savoring. It just couldn't be enjoyed that fast but given how so many beers of this style are close to being drain pours, that's a good thing. Not good enough as a dessert but more than worthy for this time of the year and full enough to enjoy on its own. Just don't plan on having too many in one sitting!

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3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: amber body, finger head, little lacing

S: nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin

T: sweet pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin
malt, smooth finish

M: med/heavy body, smooth mouth

O: Another fine brew from Allentown
Brewworks. Get this beer because I
will.

QUITE GOOD, TRY THIS BREW!

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3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I do enjoy me some pumpkin beer when the time/season is right, so on a cool and rainy early-September evening all signs point clearly to 'right now'. A 750 ml (er...'1 pint, 9.4 fl. oz.') caged and corked brown bottle, its label anchored by an inverted gourd that, I suppose, looks devious...or like a moldy orange mushroom. Poured to an imperial pint (what better way to enjoy an Imperial Pumpkin?).

Big thanks to yourefragile; left to his own devices to 'send me something local', this is what he went and did (among many others). Cheers, Michael...

Labeled: 'Fegley's BrewWorks Devious Imperial Pumpkin'

A: A hearty 'thwip' and the cork pries loose, sending an eerie fog drifting from the bottleneck. Into the glass, Devious is a rose-tinted auburn with a fine haze and a not-so-abundant carbonation. A pour of modest vigor yields a massive (3-finger+) head of tan, which frantically fizzes away (like head on a soda) within a minute or two. End result: several small patches of percolating bubbles and a pencil-thin ring; virtually no lace. Hmmm, kinda 'meh'.

S: Enticing aroma of earthy spice (nose-tickling ground nutmeg and pepper(?)), gingerbread, cinnamon, and a lilting note of tart funkiness.

T: I do like it when the 'pumpkin' isn't as straightforward as spicing alone; in that regard, this reminds me a good bit of Elysian Night Owl. Mild tartness and earthy/dry spices fend off the caramel/butterscotch and crusty dough undertones. Vanilla and cinnamon play a role, but as supporters, so the result is less sweet than many. Good balance and steady flavor.

M: Prickly carbonation upfront (again, that 'soda-pop' fizz sort of thing). Initially, surprisingly 'refreshing' - but wait a few sips and the warmth builds. Not an overly 'heavy' feel, mild stickiness.

D: A more 'devious' beer might conceal its alcohol a little better than this does (at least right now)... as such, there's some fusel heat that can't be ignored. Flavorful and not blatantly screaming out 'PUMPKIN!' (as in 'pie spice overload'); sure, I'd have it again - might even look for a couple more while in the area next week, as I'd like to see what an extra month or three in the bottle does.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly low spice and a nice example of a pumpkin ale.

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3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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3.92/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml caged and cork bottle. Thanks to chefmonty for this wonderful beer that was included in the Secret Halloween.

A- Pours a dense and murky brownish orange color with some more brownish bronze color on the sides of the glass. One finger light off white head shows poor retention. Light spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- This is a spice forward pumpkin beer. Light cinnamon and gingerbread in the front of the nose. There is a light bready underbody to the aroma with nutmeg and allspice being secondary spices.

T- The spicing in the front of the beer is mostly cinnamon and nutmeg which is what I expected. The middle of the beer is mostly a caramel bready dough flavor...with light gingerbreadish tone. There is some pumpkin in the back with vanilla off flavors that hint here and there. The spicing in this beer plays a good role in the front with the pumpkin coming in the backing.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little prickley for the beer at times. Tons of spicing on the front end of the beer. Light pumpkin, spicing, and alcohol in the aftertaste. This beer is balanced for being a spiced beer with the malts and other flavors counterbalancing the spices. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol. Clean tasting with no off flavors.

D- This has been a treat to drink. A nice balance of spices and pumpkin flavors. I was very impressed as this beer has been one of the best pumpkin ales I have had this year. The ABV is high but very well hidden until the end of the bottle.

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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Devious Imperial Pumpkin from Allentown Brew Works
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 189 ratings
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