Imperial Pumpkin Ale | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
87
very good
2,726 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:
2,726
Reviews:
1,024
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
13.37%
 
 
Wants:
161
Gots:
481
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Off-the-chart tastes, thanks crwills. 2006 edition. Very orange, a little crowning head, and lace in the glass. All kinds of spice aroma. 8% alcohol. Significant malting but still on the spicey side with nutmeg, cardommon, cinammon, ginger. Altogether too much.I had it again a couple months later and it was OK.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: quarter finger head, murky amber color with a little lacing.

S: musty hops and pumpkin spices.

T: Nice pumpkin flavor. Not too bad on the alcohol being overwhelming with this one. the pungent hop flavor lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Semi-dry in the finish. moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall: This was my first imperial pumpkin ale. I was expecting an overwhelming alcohol flavor as I thought the pumpkin wouldnt quite over-ride it but it covered it well.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 7/13/15. Best by 3/13/16.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of cinnamon gum, pumpkin pie spice, and slight pie crust aromas. Taste is much the same with cinnamon stick, cinnamon gum, and pumpkin pie spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is very cinnamon forward all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

not my favorite pumpkin beer, but maybe its past its prime not in february. dark rusted orange color without much head at all and some cloudiness. the nose is spice forward, with cardamom being the prime mover. i love cardamom, and its use here contributes a lot, but i dont get much of the pumpkin itself in either nose or taste. it comes across as a spiced strong ale, more of a winter warmer than a pumpkin because the vegetable just is so far back. not much sweetness, and not enough body either, but its interesting layers of flavor, clove and cinnamon too. had this been fuller bodied and more pumpkin heavy, i would have loved it, but the 8% abv seemed a little exposed given its thinness, and the spices, while done well, had nothing to hang on to. something was missing.

Edit: this is leagues better on tap, with many if the issues resolved. Maybe they changed the recipe this year? Much much improved

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Photo of kjkinsey
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle came from halfP1NT today. This review is based half on my personal taste and half on style guidelines.

Pours orange, very clear, decent head, decent retention, not a lot of lacing. No sludge at the bottom.

Smells of bubblegum, cinnamon, and cloves. Interesting but heavy on the bubblegum and no real pumpkin smell.

Tastes the same as it smells except that I might reoder those spices. Bubblegum is definitely prominent but the cinnamon is the most apparent. Again, no pumpkin flavor. No alcohol anywhere in the flavor or smell. The aftertaste was possibly the best part of this beer. The flavors that came out in the aftertaste were balanced a bit better than the initial taste and were cinnamon and possibly nutmeg and cloves.

Body is close to heavy. Ample CO2 and very drinkable. Enjoyed by most, appreciated by all, sneered at by only a few beer snobs.

As a pumpkin beer this would probably score a 3.5-3.7 but as something that I would like to drink I'm thinking 4.3ish. I enjoyed this one a lot.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I look forward to having at least one bottle of this every year. This brew pours out as a really deep amber color with a tan head that sorta fades away quickly. The aroma on this beer is super spicy, lots of cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg in here mixed with a booze like aroma too. The taste is near perfect the whole flavor comes together with the mixture of pumpkin and spice. The mouthfeel is a little heavier than medium. Overall this is probably a top 5 on the pumpkin beer chart for me.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured clear amber in color and has lacy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of pumpkins and spices in the nose - cinnamon and nutmeg really stand out in particular.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell but is stronger and has lots of flavors of pumpkins and spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate. Not much carbonation is noticeable.
D: I would definitely try this beer again because it is easy to drink and has a good balance between the flavors.

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

I'll start off by saying that this is the best pumpkin ale that I have ever had. There is enough real pumpkin fruit flavor and aroma to make me buy-in to the style. A pronounces spiciness (cinnamon, nutmeg) to stimulate the nose, and offers a snap and a bite to the flavor and feel. What makes this beer is a very solid 'beer' base. Malty enough to substantiate the dominant pumkin spice flavors and aromas. The beer remains full and rich throughout without watering or allowing the spices to bite. Finsihes with a clean and challenging spiciness with a hint of spruce hops. Very pleasant and easy-to-drink beer without sacrificing body or character.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nabbed this puppy in Brooklyn.

8% ABV. Brewed 07/20/16. Best before: 03/20/17. "Ale brewed with pumpkin and spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, cloves).

HEAD: Pale khaki. Poor (~30 second) retention. No lacing.

BODY: Clear deep amber of average vibrance. No yeast or particulate is visible.

AROMA: Pumpkin gourd. Clove, nutmeg, cinnamon. (I do have to draw the line at identifying cardamom).

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Has the usual pumpkin spice (nutmeg, clove, some cassia but not true cinnamon). Malty sweetness/amber malts. Shallow pumpkin gourd. It's decently balanced but lacks depth of flavour. I do like it and it hides its high ABV well, but it's wanting in terms of complexity, subtlety, and depth of flavour.

Sweetness is a bit high if we're nitpicking balance.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, light to medium-bodied, sticky. Well-carbonated.

OVERALL: Drinkable and approachable fare, especially for its high ABV. But it feels a bit flat in terms of both undercarbonation and depth of flavour, lacking the expressive evocative flavours that make one fall in love with a proper pumpkin ale. As much as I adore many a Weyerbacher brew, this isn't one of their stronger offerings and I don't know that I'd purchase it again. More than competent, but it can't quite compete with great style paragons like, say, Whole Hog.

B- (3.40) / WORTHY

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Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a nice, frothy head that persists as a film and leaves some lacing around the pint glass

Smell: A bit of pumpkin, but mostly the pie spice, with nutmeg and cardomam being most prominent

Taste: The spices dominate from the outset, with cardomam and nutmeg being the most apparent; there is a little pumpkin flavor that appears by mid-palate; after the swallow, the bready, spicy flavors blend to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, but surprisingly aqueous for the ABV; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: An interesting concept, but I would like to see more pumpkin flavor to match the spices

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Photo of emerge077
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a rinsed snifter glass. Color is dull copper. Scant foam, a little ridge line of lacing at the edge. Nutmeg, clove, and a faint pumpkin aroma.

Slightly bitter flavor, dry like a stick of gum from a pack of baseball cards. Sort of astringent even, not really holding my attention. Earthy vegetal pumpkin note, however the drying finish isn't very pleasant. No malt sweetness, more straight up squashiness. It's ok, not one i'd return to. Pumpking is still the reigning champion.

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Photo of oline73
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. This bottle has a year of age on it.

Appearance: Pours a reddish amber with a few floaties in it. There is a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Pumpkin spice dominates. Malty with cinnamon, nutmeg and some pumpkin.

Taste: Not very sweet at all. Some pumpkin with stronger flavors from the cinnamon and nutmeg. The finish is smooth and full of spices.

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

Overall: The age did this beer well. Fresh, I think the finish is a bit too bitter. The time smoothed things out nicely.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a deep orangey/brown cloudy color ale with a nice foamy head with average retention and lacing. Aroma of cinnamon and cloves are dominant but some pumpkin is also noticeable. Taste is a well balance mix between cloves and cinnamon with some subtle pumpkin. Body is above average with adequate carbonation and some light warming alcohol. Very interesting take on the style and probably the best pumpkin beer I ever had.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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