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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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle fittingly poured into a Weyerbacher cuvée. Bottled on 6/13/12; best before 2/13/13.

A - Pours a dark ruby brown with a half finger cream colored head. Transparency is clouded by the dark body. Residual lacing is tiered with above average fullness.

S - Smells of the usual suspects: pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. Additionally, roasted malt gives this aroma a hearty backbone that cuts down on the sweetness. Smells more like fresh baked pumpkin bread than the artificial smelling dime-a-dozen pumpkin beers out there.

T - The first thing I notice is that the spices are not overdone. Good fleshy pumpkin flavor initially, transitions to bready and roasty malts. Finish is pretty clean with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon left on the tongue. I get some banana on the aftertaste, akin to a Belgian Dubbel.

M - A little bit thin for a big pumpkin beer, but that somewhat suits the malty but not sweet flavors. Carbonation is pretty good, although I would probably like either a bit more body or a bit more bubbly.

O - This is one of my favorite pumpkin beers. It is ridiculous how many pumpkin beers pop up on the shelves this time of year and I think this is one of the few that is worthwhile. The pumpkin flavor works well without tasting artificial and the spices are mellow. I would like a bit more body, but overall not too much wrong with this one. I recommend it in lieu of many others in the style.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark red-amber with no haze and a dense, foamy tan head. Unfortunately the head does fall flat quickly once drinking ensues and doesn't provide much lacing past the first minute. The nose is well spiced with semi-bold nutmeg/clove and there is a bite from the alcohol. It's not a particularly sweet smelling beer, but some notes of caramelized sugars do present themselves. The taste is malty, spicy and damn well balanced. This is a very drinkable, well-attenuated, adequately spiced beer and it would probably pair well with just about every seasonal meal I could think of. Definitely a beer I'll keep in mind during the fall season and I will likely visit it again.

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