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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 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

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Flounder57
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy amber copper color with slow bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Bready and caramel malts, cinnamon, brown sugar, all spice, nutmeg, clove, and pumpkin. It has a nice smell to it.

Taste: Same as above. A bit spicier than I would like, bitterness lingers for a bit, and the booze is hidden well too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, spicy, not boozy, and enjoyable on this cold evening.

Overall: A pretty solid pumpkin beer to add to the list. Bitterness is higher than I would like, but still a good pumpkin beer.

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Photo of chubby2u
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A- Brownish orange color, kinda cloudy. Very little frothy white head when poured which dissapated to nothing very quickly.

S- I first smell some sweet caramel. Then comes through the fruity pumpkin and maybe some very slight notes of nutmeg and cinnamon. Smells more fruity than anything else.

T- This pumpkin ale really opens up with very pleasant flavors as soon as it's in your mouth. Not a strong pumpkin taste but very pronounced and well balanced spices. Great tasting cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and I even taste something a little minty.

F - Very lightly carbonated with very small bubbles. I expected it to leave more of a sugar residue in my mouth based on the smell but i'm left with the slightest taste of alcohol and all of those nice spice flavors.

O- I'd get this Pumpkin ale again. It definitely tastes like Autumn in the North East. I would like it to be a little less flat but not a deal breaker.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Bills453
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Dark orange color. Half finger white head the dissipates quickly to nothing.

Smell - pumpkin pie. Really I love the sweeter pumpkin brews, so this makes me giddy.

Taste - unfortunately the smell is better than the taste. I can taste the pumpkin, but the spices that I smell never really make an appearance...

Mouthfeel - a ok

Overall - ok offering, average pumpkin ale.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Vonerichs
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rusty colored hazy body with a decent head and no lacing.

The aroma is heavily spiced with loads of clove and allspice, with a dash of cinnamon.

There's a good pumpkin flavor to this. It's not a pumpkin pie pumpkin, but real pumpkin. Clove, allspice, and cinnamon are all heavy.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry.

I liked this pumpkin ale quite a bit but could see how it could be polarizing. If you don't like spices, you likely won't like this.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 2,743 ratings
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