Imperial Pumpkin Ale | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
87
very good
2,727 Ratings
Imperial Pumpkin AleImperial Pumpkin Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
weyerbacher.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,727
Reviews:
1,025
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
13.37%
 
 
Wants:
161
Gots:
481
For Trade:
2
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1.66/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

a thin haze running through a deep amber orange body with a small and very thin tan white head. smells of the most diverse spices. cloves are dominant, as they tend to be. cinnamon and nutmeg are present in their own capacity, but "where is the pumpkin?" i ask incredulously. there are possibly some fruity notes, or maybe the neurons in my brain curiously linked to my palate are wishfully thinking. we'll see.

Yikes! what is this filth? very spicy up front, with nothing but cloves through the middle and the flavor of san pellegrino (carbonated mineral water) with lemon that leaves your face puckered well into the aftertaste. drain pour, through and through.

mouthfeel is disgustingly carbonated and hot on the palate. the drinkability may soon breach absolute zero, which will be a breakthrough for science, but a catastrophe for the craft beer industry. with every sip this brew sets back the world of beer at least 10 years in its development. absolutely awful.

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1.8/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A -
deep dark mahogany color thick foamy head however it laces out fairly quick

S -
slight nutmeg and even more slightly is there a smell of pumpkin but there is a hugh all spice smell its really overpowering

T -
slight nutmeg hugh all spice taste very very slight pumpkin taste and its on the very back end you real really have to search for it

M -
feels like spicy water sry but its very light on the tongue and the allspice is ridculously overwhelming

D -
from my comments you can tell i wont get this beer again the allspice was to powerful if they toned that down flavors may pop more and then they may have a good beer

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1.86/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Came into this with High expectation, but in the end was absolutely disappointed. Me and 2 other people all agreed; there is absolutely no hint of pumpkin taste. Not one bit. It is a good ale if you aren't getting a pumpkin flavor, but 15 dollars for a 22oz. I say pass.

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1.93/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 09/25/08.

Pours a clear orange amber color with a half finger of beige head. The head quickly disappeared to almost nothing. Aroma is a bit odd. On one whiff I'll get pumpkin, cinnamon, and clove. On another all I get is cherry cough syrup.

Taste is similar to the aroma. Sometimes I get light pumpkin, cinnamon, and other spices (lots of clove). But most of the time I get a gross medicinal cough syrup flavor mixed with band-aids. Not pleasant at all.

The feel is probably the only good part about this beer. It's well-carbonated and not too heavy. No lingering aftertaste, which is good considering the taste itself isn't good. Drinkability suffers for that reason. The alcohol isn't noticeable.

I really can't recommend this. Other reviews seem pretty favorable so maybe I got a bad bottle. But the rest of this one is going down the drain...

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1.99/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This years Imperial Pumpkin tastes a little off to me. I don't know if it's the cardamom or cloves, but there is a strange almost "watery" taste on the tongue that was definitely different from last year. I've a few bottles of this year's already and I just had a leftover bottle from last year and last year's had a much stronger pumpkin flavor without the "watery" flavor I find this year. Does anyone else find a difference with this year's batch?

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Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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