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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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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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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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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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3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark amber with a small head that dissipated quickly leaving no lace. Smell was a rich sugary caramel malt with nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste was caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet, and the cardamom mentioned on the label, which along with the sweetness gives the beer a slightly chai tea taste. Alcohol was noticeable. Mouthfeel was too light. Overall was interesting, but I've had better pumpkin ales.

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Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.89 out of 5 based on 2,727 ratings.
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