Imperial Pumpkin Ale | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Imperial Pumpkin AleImperial Pumpkin Ale
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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 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For a pumpkin ale this packs quite a punch. It's got a strong alcohol underpinning to it. The brown sugar spice is quite bold. The malts are also right up front and add a smooth quality to it. It's a bit dry and there's a slight metallic flavor in there. It should be noted that this was sitting in my fridge for several weeks.

As far as the coloring and scent, it has a deep brown/red color, some foamy tan head. A bit of lacing. Nice spicey scent.

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

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a cloudy medium brown with a slight orange hue and an average sized (1-2 finger) off white creamy head that was mostly diminishing and had fair lacing.

The aroma had a strong cinnamon and nutmeg scent right off with a nice dark caramel malt, a sweet doughy yeast, a hint of allspice, a decent pumpkin presence and a mild alcohol tinge.

The taste was fabulously sweet and malty with notes of nutmeg and cinnamon at first, then progressed with a nice dose of pumpkin, a smidgen of allspice and had a smooth alcohol finish. The flavor was left hanging on the taste buds for a nice long time allowing one to fully enjoy the awesome complexity of this brew.

Mouthfeel was medium to full in body, very creamy in texture and had a nice prickly carbonation.

Overall an extremely satisfying brew that had all the flavors blending so well that any alcohol presence was almost non existent. It had a drinkability that was so appealing that it left you wanting more.

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

I was more stoked to try this than any other pumpkin ale besides Schlafly, so maybe the expectations were too high. I compare all pumpkin ales to Pumking, which is a benchmark in my book.

Color is an amber/toffee honey tone. Head is a medium weight, quick-to-dissipate cream.

Smell is fairly non-descript. I get a tiny bit of the allspice and cloves, not sensing the pumpkin outright.

Taste is a little disappointing. Loaded with Fall spices: Nutmeg, cloves, a bit of ginger, maybe a little coriander. Pumpkin is de-emphasized by the spices. No sweetness other than the malt. Spices make it a little too bitter, not offset enough by sweetness.

Too carbonated. A bit frothy for the style.

Overall, it's a good pumpkin ale, but not a great one. I read a bunch of reviews that say - "Good to try if you like pumpkin ales." Well, duh. But is it GOOD? Pumking is infectious, tasty and well blended. This one lags behind. It needs some flavor to offset the spices.

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Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 2,746 ratings