Imperial Pumpkin Ale | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Imperial Pumpkin AleImperial Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Pumpkin Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
We set out to make a bold monument for The King of the Pumpkins!
This 8.0% ABV pumpkin ale is the mother of all pumpkin ales. It is heartier, spicier and more “caramelly” and “pumpkiny” than its faint brethren! We have added lots of pumpkin along with cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of cardamom and clove, giving this beer a spicy, full-bodied flavor.

This truly is an Imperial Pumpkin Ale. Perfect finisher on a cool autumn night or match it up with a slice of pumpkin pie and fresh whipped cream.

Added by cbl2 on 09-17-2005

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Reviews by AaronHomoya:
Photo of AaronHomoya
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, orange-amber color with fairly little head and carbonation.

Smell is a great mix of sweet pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg with some other fruitiness as well. Smells like homemade apple pie with some pumpkin pie sitting next to it.

Taste is fruity, with more apple and a lot of spice presence. A little too much spice and not enough pumpkin for my tastes.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth.

Overall this is a drinkable pumpkin ale, the ABV strenght is well-hid, but I just wish it had more pumpkin flavor.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Weyerbacher's Imperial Pumpkin Ale last week for $3.19 at The Lager Mill. Since it's that time of the year again I thought I would try and find some new Pumpkin beers a try, so lets see how this one goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label is nice, it's got a good design to it and it's eye catching. It poured a murky dark orange color that takes on more of a ruby orange color when held to the light with a little over a half fingers worth of bubbly off white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it didn't leave any lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, but I wish it had better head and lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with the spices being the first to show up and they impart a mixture of pumpkin spice aromas with the cinnamon seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes the sweet malts with just a hint of booze and it;s followed by a meaty pumpkin like aroma with just a little more booze showing up towards the end. The aroma is nice, but it's a little boozy for 8%.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a pretty high amount of medium sweetness with spices still being the first to show up and they are a little lighter this time, but it's still the cinnamon that sticks out the most. Up next comes the sweet malts with some doughy and slightly grainy flavors followed by a lighter boozy flavor. Towards the end comes that meaty pumpkin flavors with no bitterness and some sweetness and booze taking it's place with a pumpkin, spices and slightly boozy aftertaste. The taste is nice, but i wish the alcohol was better hidden.

M- Not the smoothest, not crisp, a little flat, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a lower amount carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, but I wish it was smooth with more carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a nice example of the style, it had some nice balance, but when it came to the booze it just wasn't hidden that well, but a lot of the other aspects were pretty nice. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, one is enough for me, I have no urge to drink another one. What I like the most about this beer is the balance, it was pretty nice and the spice weren't too overpowering. What I like the least about this beer was the booze, I think it could have been hidden better. I wouldn't buy this beer again. it's nice to try, but there's other ones I would much rather have. I can't say I would recommend it, buy if may be worth a try if you want a Pumpkin Ale that's a little boozy. All in all I didn't mid this beer, but I felt like it could be better and it's just not as good as I thought it would be. It's not a favorite Weyerbacher beer and it's a pretty close to being average for the style. Nice job, but with a little more work on hiding the booze it could be a pretty good beer.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. The color is a hazy orange-brown with a thin milk-white head and lacing. It looks like apple cider. The smell is predominantly yeast, malt, cinnamon, and nutmeg; not much pumpkin. The taste follows the nose with nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, bready malt, and pumpkin pulp. This is not a sweet ale; in fact, it finishes with some bitterness. This ale clearly features a more complex, spicy taste than "pumpkin pie." While medium-bodied, it is not overly carbonated and the 8.0 ABV is noticeable. Overall, it's a really good pumpkin ale from one of my favorite brewers. To me, this ale epitomizes late autumn, when the leaves are down and the chill has arrived for good, rather than the sweeter "September" pumpkin ales which are nice warm early autumn day. Enjoy it at a tailgate party or with a nice fire going in the den.

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Photo of chaz410
4.67/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is hands down the BEST pumpkin ale in the world...or at least that I've had haha. This is a great beer, an amazingling good example of a great pumpkin ale. This beer is 8% alcohol and you seriously never realize it because the flavor and compelxity is overwhelming.
The nose on this puppy is evident right off the pour. You really smell the description right away. You smell the unique sweet pumpkin but pick up on the great spicy nutmeg and cinnamon. It is great to say the least and it is even evident if the beer is flat.
The taste is infinately more than other pumpkin ales. Unlike the usual pumpkin ale that smashes you with flavors of pumpkin, this beer does what every beer does, progress. It starts with pumpkin sweetness then finishes with all spice, much like the crust of a pumpkin pie. You hit all the greatness and staples of cinnomon, cardamon, nutmeg and clove and it really does satisfy the longing for robust flavors after the sweetness of the pumpkin.
The moutfell is nice, it's smooth and very satisfying.
This beer is AMAZING, it's worth spending 20+ dollars on a six pack for the limited releases of it. It is even good flat. You can't buy a better pumpkin beer seriously!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Candlelight bright, glowing, grinning jack o' lantern orange with butternut edges. The orangish beige cap is both dense and creamy, leading to a leisurely departure. I love the contrasting colors. The foam looks just tacky enough to lay down a respectable amount of lace, although the head hasn't fallen far enough for me to be certain. Quality all around.

The powerfully aromatic nose is heavy on pumpkin and is absolutely bursting with pungent spice. The label indicates that cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and cloves are present. The warm spiciness of cinnamon and the distinctiveness of cardamom are especially evident. You have to like the style in order to like the aroma on Imperial Pumpkin Ale. I do, on both counts.

It was bound to happen. Styles that no one had previously thought to imperialize are now starting to be imperialized (doubled, tripled... whatever). I've been waiting for a jacked-up pumpkin ale and Weyerbacher has kindly obliged. There are no surprises on the palate. It pretty much hits the mark, pretty much tastes like what one would expect from a full-throttle beer of this style. Oh yeah, it's good.

The sturdy malt backbone provides plenty of sweet, toasted caramel flavor. The star of the show, however, is oven-baked chunks of candied gourd rolled in a potpourri of pie spices and splashed with pumpkin-infused brandy. Thankfully, it works. I can imagine a better beer along these lines, but this one is pretty damn good. If you despise pumpkin ales and big beer for the sake of big beer, steer clear.

Warming brings out no real changes. At first I thought the spices were becoming more bold, but I think they're just building up on my tongue as I drink. The 8% ABV, while not completely camouflaged, is well-integrated and is easily managed. The mouthfeel is medium-full and is firm rather than lush or velvety. In other words, it fits the rest of the beer very well.

Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale won't be everyone's cup of pumpkin juice, but it's mine. I applaud the willingness of the brewery to aim high and to give those of us interested in this style something to chew on. Pushing the envelope sometimes results in nothing more than paper cuts. In this case, it works. Thanks to BeerBeing for the bomber. Happy Halloween.

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Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Its getting to be that time of year again,I am not a fan of pumpkin pie but I enjoy the fall pumpkin brews.This poured a clear rich amber/copper with a tight formed slight off white 1/2 finger head that held some good retention,pumpkin pie spice mainly in the nose cardimom and mace with big nutmeg notes,that spice to me is just to big flavor wise the pumpkin flavors as light as they are are just overwhelmed by spices nutmeg and mace mainly with notes of cinnamon and clove as well.The point is the spice flavor are just a little to big for this beer everything else...the nose and appearance are top notch,damn its so close to being great.

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Photo of aszatk01
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DanGeo
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Weyerbacher Iperial Pumkin Ale. 8% alcohol.

A- Pours a bright amber orange color with lightly active off white head that falls to absoluly nothing. Leaves no lacing that I can see.

S- Very rubust smells of cinnamon and cloves dominate the nose. Small hints of nutmeg and cardamom are there as well. Smells like fresh pumpkin pie.

T-M- Taste is sweet with heavy doses of fresh pumpkin peels. Nutmeg and clove spices are the second to notice. Flavorfull with complexities that fuse to make a very enjoyable beer. Ale is in the backbone with malty mouthfeel. Smooth and dry on the tongue.

D- Drinkable but not to much at one time. Leaves a pleasent taste in the mouth.

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Photo of TimBeaulieu
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of ROBORB
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite pumpkin beers. It pours amber with a very thin head. There is little to no lacing. It smells of nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon. The is easy on the palate and masks the alcohol very well. I feel that it is much better on draught but is still solid from the bottle. I would recommend this to anyone that wants to try a pumpkin beer.

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Photo of PremiumPete83
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a very dark amber reddish brown color with a nice head that disappears pretty quickly.

Smell - Pumpkin is pretty pronounced. Slight smell of nutmeg and cinnamon behind the pumpkin smell.

Taste - Dry hoppy taste up front turns into a dry doughy middle with slight carmel overtones. The end finishes with the taste of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg overshadowed by the taste of pumpkin.

Mouthfeel - Light body.

Drinkability - For an imperial pumpkin ale weighing in at 8%, it's pretty damn drinkable! The taste is OK, though. I'd drink this one again, but If I had a choice I'd have to pick other pumpkin offerings over this one.

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3.39/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a solid example of a pumpkin ale. The flavors and spices are well balanced. It is very drinkable considering the ABV. I am left thinking this beer is missing something, but not sure what. Until I figure that out, I will enjoy this seasonal beauty. I recommend you do the same. Cheers.

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Photo of BigMarty1980
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a SA pint glass. Nice looking beer: dark amber, thick tan head. The aroma was all spice: cinnamon, nutmeg, maybe a little clove. I think the spice dominated the taste, and really couldn't tell there was pumpkin in it. It felt warm in my mouth, and for this style of beer was pretty good.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of heddar33
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BK2084
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Afroman
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of Belgiant
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of marvin213
2.78/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

With almost no head to speak of, this beverage is more mud-brown than pumpkin-orange. Hardly translucent, it's more like a real brown ale--does the darkness indicate imperialism? The relatively dark tinge on an 8% imperial makes me uneasy.

The most pronounced aroma is nutmeg. The cloves are there as well. Even the cardamom reveals its presence in the nose. Maybe it's the influx of these powerful spices that provoked such worry from the look. I'm not sure how this will manifest in taste, but the spice basket smells like, well, a spice basket.

Perhaps this one's imperialism relates more to its fancy assembly of spices than the ethanol it offers. It tastes strong as in spicy, and literally spicy as opposed to more commonly spicy hot. It's imperial because you can envision sailors commissioned by royalty traveling proudly to return the spices that compose this beer. It's incredibly unique, but it's the most uncomfortably close I've come to eating a potpourri bag. Now, as I smell before I taste, I'm almost fearful. The beer is thick and indeed powerful, but more like syrup than adult beverage. There's little balance to the spiciness that is this pumpkin beer.

The mouthfeel is like sensory overload. Trying to feel all that you smell is taxing. It leaves my cheeks worn out. Halfway through my 12oz pour, finishing seems a daunting task. Though "awful" would be an unfair label, this serving may prove too much.

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