Devious Imperial Pumpkin
Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works

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Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #74
Ranked #21,005
3.84 | pDev: 14.32%
Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
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Photo of klarcbarr3
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fegleys' Devious Imperial Pumpkin pours a coppery amber, with just enough haze in it to let you know, there is a good amount of genuine pumpkin mash in the brew. The head quickly dissipates into nothingness, leaving no lacing. For most beers, this is a negative. For pumpkin beers, the natural oiliness of true pumpkin mash keeps the good ones in a state of complete liquid lusciousness. Fegleys' is a very fine pumpkin, with fruity overtones of pumpkin, squash, and banana riding a well thought out spice blend, creating a consistent and compelling taste profile that is deeply satisfying. The imperial 9% buzz is well masked, and seductively unassuming. Greater than the sum of its' parts, Fegleys' Devious Imperial Pumpkin is a finely crafted brew that never deviates from it's devious intent. Enjoy!

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Photo of rudiecantfail
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Deep, burnt amber color with a one finger, beige head. Minimal retention and fairly meh lacing.

S---Light pumpkin spices, not overwhelming like some. Nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, & pepper. Brown sugar & molasses.

T---Follows the nose stride for stride. Brown sugar and molasses are upfront. The aforementioned pumpkin spices round it out nicely.

F---Thick & sticky. Not much carbonation.

O---A very nice pumpkin beer. I'm not sure what differentiates an Imperial Pumpkin Beer from a regular one besides possibly ABV. This one isn't a spice bomb, it's done much more subtly than most.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank from 12oz bottle in a pint glass in September 2018. There was no bottled-on date on the label, and I drank this about 1 week after purchase.

Appearance: Very dark golden-red but clear, with a huge tan/brown head. Head was very tall like an IPA and very carbonated, and left a little lacing on the glass.

Smell: Balanced aroma of pumpkin, nutmeg, spices, cinnamon, toasted malts, and caramel as well, but overall the caramel dominate the others. I do not get much hops aroma.

Taste: There is a strong caramel, pumpkin, and cinnamon flavor as well as some peppery spices. Also some roasted malts, and a little bitterness from hops. There is also a hint of sweetness like berries flavor. The caramel is most prominent.

Mouth-feel: Strong alcohol, but with a very smooth and creamy body. Matches the 9.0% alcohol on the label.

This is a nice, spicy ale that has a variety of flavors that adds some complexity to the beer. I like the peppery spice in the flavor. This is a strong-bodied pumpkin ale, which is very smooth and enjoyable to drink. This is a fun beer that I would buy again.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear chestnut color with a tight, white head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of toasted malt and some pumpkin spices.

Tastes of the toasted malt layered with some spice and pumpkin. Malts lead off with notes of caramel, toffee, and toasted bread. This gives way to pumpkin and pumpkin spices. Notes of nutmeg, allspice, and clove come through along with some ginger. Hops add at then end with a bit of earthiness. Finishes with a bit of lingering spice.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid pumpkin ale.

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Photo of mvwinters
4.61/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent welcome to fall. The 9% ABV provides a smooth drinkable experience. Great spice notes roll off tongue. This one will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy on those crisp fall days.

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice color. For a pumpkin beer this has the right smell, spice and pumpkin sitting on top of a malt background somewhere in there. Or is it pumpkin spices on top of malt. I get the pumpkin in the flavor big time and some background spices and malt with a bit of alcohol (and I'm a few ratings in here). I'm gonna say one of the better pumpkin ales especially at 9% ! Decent carbonation with this beer which works.

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Photo of cjrmommy5
4.83/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This, by far, is the best pumpkin ale I've ever had! Just wanted a pumpkin beer at a British Pub (Kings Corner in Jenkintown) and my waiter asked if I'd like the "Devious Pumpkin" and I just said yes! I was so glad I agreed! Best ever! Love it! 5 stars!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Begley's Brew Works "Devious Imperial Pumpkin"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BTLON: 080516" and sampled on 083116
$2.49 @ Whole Foods, Plymouth Meeting, PA

Finally a pumpkin beer I can get behind! Actually, I think I reviewed this beer years ago and it got deleted, but I saw it on the shelf at Whole Foods and was reminded of it, and I had to have it. In fact, I liked it so much that I picked up more last night! It's just so malty, and not over-spiced, or too hot with alcohol - no, this is a dangerous beast, you need to be careful with it. In my previous review which was lost I recall commenting on how in my neighborhood the adults would have coolers full of beer available out front so the parents could have a little bit of a good time too, and how I had brought a Devious with me and just couldn't pick up anything else after that. One of the best "pumpkin" beers I've ever had.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

DATE TASTED: October 30, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... OCCASION: Another successful high school homecoming game... APPEARANCE: dark, almost mahogany brown body that densely conceals the other side of the glass; tough to see any bubbles; the head is a staunch white halo of bubble and smears; good, thick lacing that resembles Japanese artwork... AROMA: pumpkin, phenol and surprisingly thick dough at the start; caramel is interwoven with a vodka or rum base that suggests the alcohol that 9% brings... PALATE: warming immediately; dissipating aftertaste; medium-bodied, flat carbonation, with no fanfare at its end... TASTE: tough to get past the phenolic presence; the malts are strong and overpower other flavors--such as pumpkin(!)--and leave a plasticine ending ... OVERALL: not at all up to my expectations, with the majority of the experience centering on the awkward, medicinal flavor....a strong, demanding seasonal that needs more nuance to be memorable or sought out...

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Photo of SG23
1/5  rDev -74%

This may be the worst pumpkin I've ever had. I got a mixed pumpkin case of 2 each from the local distributor. Maybe this bottle is bad? It has a weird sugary aftertaste that's thought to take. Not enjoyable at all. Must be the bottle sine it has decent reviews here.

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Photo of JC333
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

Let me start by saying I'm. Huge pumpkin fan coming from the angle that pumking is the true king in this style.

Color: orange hue that screams of fall and pumpkin. Nice half inch head after pour that quickly disappears
Smell: a pumpkin smell straight at the top with some cinnamon on the back end
Taste: this is where it falls to southern tier. You get a blast of pumpkin but it's quickly masked by the 9% abv. It leaves you wanting more pumpkin in the flavor and for the thought of....."i wish it were pumking"

If I had this first I would probably be raving more but I'll state it as such, this is a very solid representation of the style and a very good beer for pumpkin lovers but it's not the best available. You won't be dissapointed however if you purchase.

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Photo of JohnL9013
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Quick review - quite good, a bit boozy, little sweet for my taste, but a really excellent example of the style. I happen to prefer the Weyerbacher which is a little more toned down.

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Photo of dahlen22
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Smell: Pumpkins, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, cloves.

Taste: The usual flavors and spices you would expect in a Imperial pumpkin style. Heavy on the nutmeg, and as it warmed up, more nutmeg. Balance of flavors is just off on this one.

Overall: For some reason, I buy a bomber of this every year in hopes that they tweak it enough to get it right, but am always left wondering why they continue to miss the boat. Skip this and go for Southern Tier Pumking or Shipyard Pugley's Smashed Pumpkin.

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Photo of Glennlawless
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a 16oz Pint Glasses.

A - see through copper half inch off white head.

S - smells great...hints of cloves and nutmeg and cinnamon. and very sweet too. it smells like pumpkin pie. awesome.

T - light taste and well carbonated. smells just as it tastes. for nine percent this is mellow as hell. lingering sweet ness and not too bitter. big hints of nutmeg more then any other spice.

M - pretty light mouthfeel. carbonated well.

Overall this beer was alright. it reminded me of the elysian night owl but not as herbal i guess. it was pretty good. definetley not the best pumpkin beer ive had.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This brew pours a dark, opaque amber orange color with a thin white head which dissipates quickly and light lacing.

The smell is good, strong with cardamom, allspice, ginger and anise. All of the pumpkin spices are there. It smells like pumpkin pie.

The taste is good, pumpkin spices and pumpkin taste, lightly hopped on the backend. Practically liquid pumpkin pie. The alcohol is very well masked.

The mouthfeel is thick but smooth. There is no bitterness or aftertaste.

Overall, this is the second best pumpkin ale I have had; the best being Wyerbacher's Imperial Pumpkin Ale. This is a very good pumpkin ale definitely worth trying.

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Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear orange amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that rapidly dissipated, leaving only a few bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of spices are present in the nose—allspice, ginger and nutmeg seem to stand out in particular followed by hints of pumpkins.
T: The taste has slight bits of sweetness—flavors of pumpkins stand out most prominently in front of hints of nutmeg and other spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has just about a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite drinkable for an "imperial" pumpkin ale because it hides its alcohol rather well and isn't too sweet or spicy.

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Photo of cvm4
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark amber with a 2 finger tan head.

S - Yams, spices and malt.

T - The spices come to the forefront and calms down into sweet potatoes & pumpkin.

M - Light to medium body & good carbonation.

O - Comes off sweeter than I care for and is slightly thin.

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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's Restaurant. Amber coloured body with a little head; a lace sheet. Very pumpkiny. OK, but another beer that adds to being pumpkined out. Spice up front, including lots of salt and coriander. So-so drinkability.Could be better spice mix, would like more cinammon and nutmeg.

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Photo of birchstick
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Devious pours a darkish rustic orange with a white head on it. The nose has, surprise surprise, pumpkin malts mixed in with pumpkin spice notes. The taste starts off with caramel malts that part ways to reveal a lot of nutmeg spicing on the tongue. Spicy clove is mixed in with the nutmeg and ultimately give way to the pumpkin malt before retiring. Creamy body but some carbonation burn on the backend. Overall, this is a good pumpkin beer with a nice flavor profile.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Clear red-brown with a one-and-a-half finger, off-white head that lasted a minute or two. Not much lacing.

S: Strong aromas of weet pumpkin and spice.

T: Moderate to high sweetness and light bitterness. Lots of pumpkin and spice just like the nose. Wonderful. Slight taste of alcohol too.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Slightly dry and alcoholic.

O: The look and feel of this beer are just average, but the aroma and taste are really nice.

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Photo of JCB14
1.6/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Big head initially, but poor head retention. Pretty good aroma for a pumpkin ale. The taste was way too strong on clove. Overall it had a horrible flavor that was so bad I could not finish the glass. The beer itself was poor, but the excessive clove flavor made it unbearable.

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Photo of facundoCNB
2.68/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

a very deep amber pour with a finger of head which diminished entirely within seconds.
smell of sour apples, pie spices.. very sour/apple-ish.. kind of weird for a pumpkin ale
a very harsh malt taste.. bitter but in a dark roast type way, the spices do NOT work well with this beer. really not enjoying this at all. has a sweet-like aftertaste, but still the roasty harsh bitterness is very off putting for this "sweet" of a beer.. definitely getting the apple taste i was smelling.

medium body, slight carbonation.. almost flat.. no head, no lacing, nothing.

i'm getting a bad feeling about this brewery. this is the second beer i've had by them and both totally repulsed me. it's very hard for me to not want to finish a beer.. hell, i've sat through plenty of bad beers in hopes that by the end i'll find something i like about it, and most of the time i do... this, however, the only thing i can hope for is that i can sit through the rest of the glass without pouring it down the drain.. hell, it was $2.50.. totally not worth it.

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Photo of JWU
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter

A- a hazy dark amber with orange and ruby highlights, a thin ivory head sits on top and dissipates very quick. Little lacing.

S- A nice balance of pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, and fruity esters.

T- Straightforward and balanced. Follows the smell pretty much exactly. I get a hint of vanilla on the end of the sip as well.

M- A bit thin for as big of a beer as it is. Little carbonation, and a bit sour on the end, which I get from a lot of pumpkin ales.

O- Nothing to really knock it for, but it does lack that something special of the top tiers of pumpkin ales. Pleasent, tasty, and drikable for 9% ABV.

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Photo of claspada
2.88/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear dark orange color with a wispy eggshell colored head that disappears immediately.

Aromas begin with allspice, cinnamon and a bit of earthy nutmeg. Sweet toasted bread maltiness underneath with emerging fusel alcohol that is in no way pleasant. Almost like a spicy pumpkin spiced liquor.

The tastes begin with caramel maltiness but immediately you are greeted with the earthy nutmeg, spicy cinnamon and boozy alcohol. For how high the ABV is on this there is little malt flavor to backbone the spice additions.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-light carbonation. Finish is lightly crisp to start, smooth and a touch dry but the alcohol and spices linger too long.

Overall this is subpar as a Pumpkin ale goes. Numerous better examples and I hate to hate on a local brew but the spices and alcohol are just too much to enjoy. Couldn't finish the entire bottle. Not sure how/why this is so much different than the lower ABV non-Imperial version from this brewery.

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Photo of WillD
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark amber hint of orange. Very little head no lacing. Would expect more head from this beer.

Smell: dark sweet molasses with spices. masks the pumpkin a little but one of my favorite aspects to this beer.

Taste: Sweet and malty. I'm sure to mask the 9% alc. I know there is pumpkin flavor in there some where but I can't really place it. There is a lot going on with this beer and is a fairly complex in my opinion. Belgian aspect.

Mouthfeel: Solid. Tongue covered with an oil sleek of sugar and spice not quite everything nice and though not the mouth a light burn deeper down letting you know the alc content.

Overall: Very sweet very strong beer with a lot of flavor. So much the pumpkin is masked a little by them and is certainly the accent and not the star of the show.

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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 252 ratings