Devious Imperial Pumpkin | Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States
thebrewworks.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by mymrnngjckt on 09-26-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
239
Reviews:
47
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
15.72%
 
 
Wants:
8
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38
For Trade:
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Ratings: 239 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of SG23
1/5  rDev -72.9%

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 JCB14
1.6/5  rDev -56.6%
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 jtierney89
1.65/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep tarnished orange hue. Thick off white head that settles down rather quickly. smells like a pumpkin candle. cinnamon clove allspice wax and soap. some unfermented malt extract smells as well.

Thinner body than expected. Good deal of sweetness but nothing too cloying. Extremely faint detectable alcohol. Starts bold on the tip of tongue with pumpkin pie flavors which fade to just pumpkin flavors and finally to a grainy dry malt like flavor with the addition of a touch of soapiness. Dark fruit becomes a little present as the beer warms. Figs and raisins, touches of caramel. The beer eventually turns to a misunderstood mess of flavors that try to work together but just cant. Interesting at best.

In the world of great pumpkin beers, this overpriced one doesn't stand much of a chance.

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1.75/5  rDev -52.6%

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2/5  rDev -45.8%

Photo of mymrnngjckt
2.31/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 750ml cork and caged bottle into my Mikkeller chalice. Pours a golden brown color. The smell is kind of blah. Heavy on the pumpkin pie spice with no smell of roasted pumpkin. The taste is similar to the smell; not much going on when it comes to pumpkin taste but a dominant alcohol taste is present. The mouthfeel is dominated by the alcohol and none of the minimal pumpkin taste is present at all. I wouldn't reach for this one again. There are much better pumpkin beer avaialable.

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Photo of ThreeFishes
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of facundoCNB
2.68/5  rDev -27.4%
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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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of claspada
2.88/5  rDev -22%
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 Bdel34
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of bonbini26
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of Glennlawless
3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
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 oline73
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish amber with a layer of off white head that goes away completely.

Smell: Very sweet. Some malt and a very strong molasses note. Some pumpkin and pie spice, but it's in the background compared to the sweetness.

Taste: The sweetness is still there, but not as overpowering. Stronger notes from the spices, mainly cinnamon and nutmeg. Just a little pumpkin and some bitter alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: A bit too sweet in the smell and too boozy in the finish. Not bad, but I wouldn't have another.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
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 Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Capone's a month or so ago. Shared at our big pumpkin tasting.

Pours a slightly-pale and hazed orange color with a really nice, lasting off white head. Nose is pretty plain, with a bit of spicing and hints of pumpkin in the background. The taste also brings on a bit of pale malt. Really quite plain in general. Feel is light with fairly high levels of carbonation for the style. This goes down pretty easily for its strength, but there's nothing too memorable about it.

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Devious Imperial Pumpkin from Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
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