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Imperial Pumpkin Ale | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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3.89/5
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2,742 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
Ranking:
#7,344
Reviews:
1,026
Ratings:
2,742
pDev:
13.37%
Bros Score:
3.97
 
 
Wants:
164
Gots:
490
Trade:
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of tdm168
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, orangish amber with a thin, soft layer of white head. It smells just like pumpkin pie. The pumpkin and spices smell balanced and delicious. The taste is milder and more subdued than expected, but it is a well balanced combination of pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. The alcohol comes through as the beer warms and adds warmth and body. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, warm, smooth, and moderately carbonated.

This is a decent beer. The flavor is good, but mild. Unfortunately, there are better pumpkins on the market each fall so I probably won't seek this one out again.

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of yesyouam
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale is a crystal clear amber ale with a generous, creamy yellowish head that has outstanding retention and lacing. The aroma is thick and spicy with clove at the forefront. It's quite full bodied and very smooth with a clean, quick finish. It leaves the mouth a little slick after a few sips. It tastes bold and flavorful. There isn't much bitterness and it sits between sweet and dry. The cardamom and clove kind of give it a chai flavor. I can taste the pumpkin right before the finish. It's kind of exotic tasting. This is a stand out pumpkin ale. The cardamom really sets it apart. It's like a pumpkin spiced chai latte beer. Love it.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

A: A deep orange pour, mostly clear. Slightly offwhite head, nice and foamy. Decent lacing, fades fast.

S: Pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon. Lots of cinnamon in the nose, almost tingly.

T: Strong, astringent pumpkin, stronger than in the nose. Good nutmeg and cinnamon backing it up too. Cloves perhaps? Fairly sweet, though not Pumking sweet.

M: Thick and chewy. Like drinking a pumpkin pie. Low carbonation.

O: Good big pumpkin ale. Feels thicker than you would expect, it's almost syrupy.

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of DCon
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received a 12 Fl. Ozs. bottle of this from ipaking67 in a trade. Poured from the black labeled, King "Pumpkin Head" w/ 100 of pumpkin head followers bottle into my 16oz Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale Weizen Glass. Has 03 28 12 on the front of the bottle (a bested on date but doesn't waste ink to say it).

Aroma- Has a huge pumpkin and medium spiced aroma with tons of sweetness and strong character. Seems that no hop is involved but we will see when we come around to the taste.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger, off-white head that stays very low leveled. Has a dark orange/copper body with good clarity. Leaves good lacing behind.

Flavor- Sweetness and spice are the biggest attribute starters for this one! Light-Medium pumpkin pie comes in the middle of the taste and enjoy greatly! Very light bitterness at the finish but mostly crisp and full flavored.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Gritty, and leaves nice light spices on the palate afterwards.

Overall Impression- What a Pumpkin! The sweetness and spice were just perfect adding to the richness of a "true" pumpkin pie flavor. Enjoyed this one til every last drop hit my tongue and can throw this in my Top 5 Pumpkin Ales without a doubt. Thanks a ton ipaking67 and hope you enjoyed those Schlafly Pumpkin Ales (which are #1 on my list) and the Saison Brett.

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 2,742 ratings
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