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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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
Gots:
38
For Trade:
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Ratings: 239 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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 acurtis
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Devious is a really good fall brew. Grabbed a bottle as soon as I could to try this one. The normal pumpkin ale I tried on tap at the brew works and wasn't overly thrilled with it. This brew dropped a bomb on the other pumpkin ale. This one poured out as a deep copper color with a thick white head on top. This beer has a nice lacing on it. The smell of the beer is full of spices and pumpkin aromas. The taste is loaded with cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and pumpkin. Had a light vanilla flavor in the aftertaste too. The mouthfeel had a hefty bite to it. Overall the beer is a good one, really enjoyable.

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Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
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 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 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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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
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 nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up as part of a mix-a-six from Al's of Hampden, enjoyed chilled from a tumbler shared with octopus87.

The color is firey golden red with a good level of clarity with a crust of tan cream with tight bead and lace that sticks lazily. The smell is dominated by pie spices - lots of clove right off with a hint of nutmeg nuttiness and slight bitter citrus tinge with nutty malt and subtle brown sugar scent. The feel is moderately spiced in texture which is good considering I expected spice overload judging by the scent with good carbonation level which is moderate and mild creamy feel with a light bitterness and moderate amount of sweetness with semi-dry finish.

This Imperial Pumpkin has a nice blend of pumpkin pie spices with plenty of clove and cinnamon giving a woody earthy element and adding to the layer of caramel malt body underneath with some slightly slick sweet and smooth yeast accents. The alcohol comes into the taste late, but it is still there but the spice distracts for the most part and it doesn't seem hot or really apparent until the last taste. I enjoy this beer for what it is - a pretty decent pumpkin ale, not strong flavored even though the spices are assertive and the alcohol is not hot and malt stays away from cloying so I generally enjoyed this. A good strong pumpkin ale.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BMart
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of malfunxion
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Gavage
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a clear reddish orange color with a wispy head that disappears immediately.

Smell: nutmeg, cinnamon, and a bit of earthiness creates an aroma that is not as pleasant as one would like.

Taste: caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon, alcohol, and a moderate bitterness creates a decent flavored pumpkin ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and a touch dry at the finish. Alcohol and spices linger a while after swallowing.

Drinkability: this is a slow drinking beer, and the bomber bottle is a bit much for a single session.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of the bottles shared at a recent pumpkin tasting, at least pumpkin beers come around once a year.

Beer is orange and slightly hazy with an offwhite head.

Spicy aroma but there is definitely some pumpkin in there, its average smelling.

Beer is kind of sweet and mild, heavily carbonated in the palate but the flavors are muted. Mouthfeel mediocre and overall, even for a pumpkin beer, its quite average.

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Photo of LoveStout
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of jbaker67
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of hozersr
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zekenyce
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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Devious Imperial Pumpkin from Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
3.69 out of 5 based on 239 ratings.
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