Imperial Pumpkin Ale | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

very good
2,729 Ratings
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: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pous a dark, yet clear orange hue. Head is khaki and it leaves curtains of lacing.

S-Big, aggressive nose. Huge notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and pumpkin spice. Quite yeasty. Vegetal hop nose. A bit syrupy with a sturdy malt.

T-A bodybuilder Pumpkin Ale. Nutmeg and cinnamon with gourdy notes. Quite malty. Veggie hops are present again. Seared graham cracker. Big and diverse

M-Large and full. Syrupy and mildly bitter. Alcohol is noticeable. Semi-dry.

O/D-A gutsy Pumpkin brew. Assertive. Good flavors but a bit too coarse. I prefer Southern Tier's Pumpking, but this lies in the same echelon.

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- deep amber, pretty clear, with a thin head that fades to a ring shortly after pouring

S- huge pumpkin spice aroma that endures throughout the duration of the drink

T- not great. boozy, lots of cinnamon, maybe some clean maltiness and then mild hop bitterness. not much else. for a beer called imperial pumpkin, there's not a whole lot of pumpkin here.

M- lively carbonation but a bit harsh.

O- I expected better. there are definitely better pumpkin ales out there, but i think the idea of an 8% ABV pumpkin ale looks better on paper than it turns out when actualized. there's not much room for the kind of subtlety that is required of the style when you beef up a beer so much, and i still think some of my favorite pumpkin ales are also very sessionable for a reason.

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

A - 4.0 - Chestnut brown approaching cola. Dark tan fizzy head gone almost immediately. Reminds me of the Bruery's Autumn Maple in that same very specific regard.

S - 4.5 - Hint of spices, caramel, graham cracker pie crust. It actually smells like pumpkin pie. I love pumpkin pie. Something in the smell is so bake-y that it smells like pumpkin pie that's actually warm

T - 4.0 - Caramel, almost steely but not quite. Brown sugar and maybe graham cracker. Mild spice on the exhale. Faint pumpkin. What's left over is an agreeable tang of spice, such as you'd get from clove or allspice, like an edge that was once sharp but has been softened and faded. More would be too much, which is usually the case but not here.

M - 3.5 - Medium. Lighter than expected. I wanted a bit more viscosity. Not exactly buttery, but nicely smooth.

O - 4.0 -I've never liked pumpkin beers but this one is good. I can never taste anything but spice, and it's always too much. This one actually has faint undertones of actual pumpkin taste and the spices are tastefully subtle. Instead it relies on more of caramelly brown sugar core and something of the personality of a brown ale. It's very nice. I usually don't even want to drink half of a pumpkin beer I start, but I'll enjoy several of these this week. Recommended to any pumpkin ale fan.

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A - deep clear copper with very little head whatsoever.

S - there is spiciness on the nose but far less than alot of pumpkin beers. This one is understated but at least not overcome with chemical sweetness like so many tend towards.

T - like the nose, mild in comparison to other pumpkin beers. The spicy element predominates followed with a rich pumpkin flavor. Different but enjoyable.

M - medium on the palate. Finishes with a nice spicy aftertaste. Easy drinking.

O - definitely from a different mold than most pumpkin beers. But for me, that makes it enjoyable. Youre not bombarded with often fake spiciness and cloying sweetness. What you do get is rich pumpkin flavor with a hint of spice. Just like a good slice of pumpkin pie. Well done.

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Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.89 out of 5 based on 2,729 ratings.
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