Imperial Pumpkin Ale | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

very good
2,727 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: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

2012 bottle poured into a tulip.

Pour: Mostly clear deep amber with no head, just a film.

Smell: Some cinnamon, clove, vanilla, slight pumpkin spice. Really weak.

Taste: Light pumpkin spice and some cinnamon. Little bit of malt breadyness, a quite a bit of clove and allspice on the back. Still, not what I was hoping for.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and easily the most enjoyable part of this beer.

Overall: My first pumpin beer, and if this is supposed to be one of the best in the style, I am quite disappointed. Was expecting more pumpkin flavor and spice. Excited to see what other in the style have to offer this fall, and happy I got this one out of the way with a single now. Maybe I just don't get the style yet.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Weyerbacher’s Imperial Pumpkin is a pumped up version of what you may have been used to when enjoying pumpkin ales of years past. When you first take a sip you are graced with everything you could want in a pumpkin ale, there is a slightly creamy mouth feel followed up with a barrage of pumpkin pie character that leaves you feeling like you just dove into one of the best pumpkin pies you ever had. You really can pick out the cinnamon, and nutmeg as well as the fleshy pumpkin character all without overwhelming your palate. The best thing about this beer is that it is not an overloaded spice bomb that leaves you feeling like you just had a spoonful of raw pumpkin pie spice mix, it does a great job at keeping everything in balance (although at an elevated level) and is very enjoyable to drink.

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

12oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a deep, hazy amber with a little less than a finger of off white head; modest retention and lacing.

the aroma is outstanding, and really well captured in the wineglass: nice, fresh pumpkin accompanied by strong notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, maybe some ginger... wow, this is the smell i look for in my pumpkin ales. that said, i feel the flavor takes a step back; maybe the nose overly inflated my expectations... still very nice, with the pumpkin and spices pulling through, but perhaps not as robustly as the nose had led me to believe. there's also a not entirely pleasant though subtle bitterness to it as well as a bit a boozy bite to the finish. again though, a damn tasty pumpkin beer... medium bodied mouthfeel... overall, a nice representation of the style and well worth a revisit, but i'll work my way around some others first.

original review on: 08-30-2010

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Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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