Imperial Pumpkin Ale | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Imperial Pumpkin AleImperial Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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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Photo of amymo2125
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I absolutely love this beer. I've never been a fan of fall or pumpkin beers but that's because I'd never really tried a good one. I read reviews on this and asked the guy at my favorite shop too - everyone agreed that it's amazing and they were right. It tastes like fall and pumpkins without being too sweet or artificial tasting. It goes down easy and has a nice color too it as well. It's perfect.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 7/13/15. Best by 3/13/16.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of cinnamon gum, pumpkin pie spice, and slight pie crust aromas. Taste is much the same with cinnamon stick, cinnamon gum, and pumpkin pie spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is very cinnamon forward all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Weyerbacher's Imperial Pumpkin Ale last week for $3.19 at The Lager Mill. Since it's that time of the year again I thought I would try and find some new Pumpkin beers a try, so lets see how this one goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label is nice, it's got a good design to it and it's eye catching. It poured a murky dark orange color that takes on more of a ruby orange color when held to the light with a little over a half fingers worth of bubbly off white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it didn't leave any lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, but I wish it had better head and lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with the spices being the first to show up and they impart a mixture of pumpkin spice aromas with the cinnamon seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes the sweet malts with just a hint of booze and it;s followed by a meaty pumpkin like aroma with just a little more booze showing up towards the end. The aroma is nice, but it's a little boozy for 8%.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a pretty high amount of medium sweetness with spices still being the first to show up and they are a little lighter this time, but it's still the cinnamon that sticks out the most. Up next comes the sweet malts with some doughy and slightly grainy flavors followed by a lighter boozy flavor. Towards the end comes that meaty pumpkin flavors with no bitterness and some sweetness and booze taking it's place with a pumpkin, spices and slightly boozy aftertaste. The taste is nice, but i wish the alcohol was better hidden.

M- Not the smoothest, not crisp, a little flat, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a lower amount carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, but I wish it was smooth with more carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a nice example of the style, it had some nice balance, but when it came to the booze it just wasn't hidden that well, but a lot of the other aspects were pretty nice. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, one is enough for me, I have no urge to drink another one. What I like the most about this beer is the balance, it was pretty nice and the spice weren't too overpowering. What I like the least about this beer was the booze, I think it could have been hidden better. I wouldn't buy this beer again. it's nice to try, but there's other ones I would much rather have. I can't say I would recommend it, buy if may be worth a try if you want a Pumpkin Ale that's a little boozy. All in all I didn't mid this beer, but I felt like it could be better and it's just not as good as I thought it would be. It's not a favorite Weyerbacher beer and it's a pretty close to being average for the style. Nice job, but with a little more work on hiding the booze it could be a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - A burnt orange / brown color
Smell - Pumpkin, cinnamon, yams, root beer, spice, sweetness
Taste - Follows the nose and explodes with flavor
Overall - One of the better pumpkin beers on the shelves.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark pumpkin pie color with brown and orange. A light off-white head with minimal lacing. Smells like pumpkin pie and booze with yeasty crust smells and pie spices backed with a whiff of alcohol. Tastes like it smells with a pleasant sweetness to complete the pumpkin pie in a glass illusion. Very solid candidate for the pumpkin beer category.

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Photo of Houser
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

one of the better pumpkin beers out there. a little heavy on the spices, but i think it works with the strong pumpkin flavors and jacked up abv. im possibly a bit of a homer, but i will happily enjoy this one.

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Photo of EMV
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a clear dark reddish-orange/amber color. Mild tannish head.

S: Pumpkin pie... ginger and spices, cinnamon and nutmeg.

T/F: Malts and pumpkin pie spices at the outset. Spicy is a good adjective for this beer, and ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves dance across the palate which give way to a nice caramel malt flavor. Definitely some cooked pumpkin at the finish. Well carbonated, almost to the point of fizzy. A bit of a zesty mouthfeel. Gets better as it warms and almost boozy.

O: I'm not a big pumpkin beer guy but this is definitely one of the better ones. A little spicier than most and this doesn't fall into the 'sweet pumpkin soda' trap that has become all too familiar. This beer makes for a worthy addition to your autumn.

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Photo of dd43
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

By pumpkin ale standards this is one of the better ones I've had. You definitely get the pumpkin pie spice mixture in the nose. The flavors combine that with a pretty decent malt backbone which elevates this above a lot of the spicebomb beers that have no backbone and don't even feature real pumpkin. There's an earthy vegetal pumpkin flavor in this beer that is neither heavy handed nor unwelcome. I might not go grab a sixer of this, but if I'm choosing a pumpkin beer at a Halloween party this one is high on the list. As a plus: looks pretty awesome in the glass after a pour, with a two finger head and pretty decent lacing.

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Photo of KSOZE
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good pumpkin beer. The aroma is a huge standout here for the style. Not as hit-you-in-the-face as some of the heavily spiced pumpkin beers (Pumking and Schlafly come to mind). The flavor takes a step back as the spices come through in aroma more in flavor. While not subtle, it's more subtle than the two aforementioned pumpkin brews.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin ale.

Third pumpkin beer so far of the season. Only other beer I've ha outta these guys was a disappointing malt bomb DIPA. Let's see if they got this one right.

Look - Pours a deep amber with just a shade of some slight copper edges along with a half finger of thick off white head that disappears very quickly. Carbonation appears to be medium with this one. No cloud formations and no lacing. 4.

Smell - Cinnamon and ginger spice are the dominates scents I am picking up. Allspice and a touch of brandy like alcohol at the end of the whiff. Pie crust is there though in small amounts. 4

Taste - Very fine Brandy note at first that lingers around in the mouth met in the middle by ginger spice and cinnamon. Alcohol is only slightly present at the 8.4% ABV. This is one easy drinker. 4.75.

Feel - Body is well rounded and quite full with a moderate touch of carbonation and a bit of an alcoholic bite if you breath through the nose. 4.5

Overall - This was definitely my favorite pumpkin ale of the three I have had. It is about as perfectly balanced for the style as you are going to possibly get, and it doesn't have too much pumpkin/sweetness ( Pumking ) or too little ( Blue Moon, Ichabod). The brandy notes were a welcome change up for the style. And it is almost too easy to drink for the ABV, my glass was gone in about two minutes. For these things stated, this category shall reflect. 4.5.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: This pours a hazy amber with ¾ finger head that quickly dissipates without too much lacing. S: This one smells like a pumpkin pie – cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and coriander T: It is a pumpkin pie packed in a glass and is a little cloying. The alcohol is apparent and helps. F: Medium to medium full body and medium carbonation. O: It is an interesting beer but I find the pumpkin pie aspect of it a little off putting.

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Photo of dano
1.99/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This years Imperial Pumpkin tastes a little off to me. I don't know if it's the cardamom or cloves, but there is a strange almost "watery" taste on the tongue that was definitely different from last year. I've a few bottles of this year's already and I just had a leftover bottle from last year and last year's had a much stronger pumpkin flavor without the "watery" flavor I find this year. Does anyone else find a difference with this year's batch?

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Photo of whitetale
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange/gold into a nonic glass with a white head. Aroma is light pumpkin spices. Flavor and mouthfeel are great. I like the touch of clove (always my favorite in pumpkin pie). As the beer warms, a molasses to an almost brandy flavor comes through - smooth and mildly sweet. This is one beer that deserves to be consumed warmer - the flavors are all there. This is definitely a beer I will buy for the cooler weather coming up.

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Photo of mscottjohnston
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Weyerbacher imperial pumpkin 2014

Kicking off the season with one I've saved since last year.

Cellared at 54F since November 2014. Poured into a snifter.

A - identical to current vintage. Burnt umber color. 2 inch head upon the initial pour recedes to 1/2 inch. Continual carbonation rising throughout.

S - maple, cooked sugar, cloves, pumpkin pie

T - liquor presence up front, brandy flavor. This moves smoothly to fall spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger. Pumpkin follows and it finishes with more of the brandy and alcohol.

M - syrupy, long long lingering. Makes me want to sip, not chug. Perfect for the style

O - brandy was a surprising flavor to emerge. Alcohol seems to have intensified, rather than mellowed with age.

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Photo of StartedwithSAM
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy, amber in color when held to natural light. 1 index finger width of foamy, white head with no lacing observed.

Smell: The nose is a strong but a pleasant bouquet of clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon with a slight sweet, bready scent. The cinnamon and clove are instantly noted during the pour.

Taste: The taste is concurrent. Clove, nutmeg , pumpkin then cinnamon with a caramel, bready finish. The cinnamon lingers a bit with some warmth (in the chest).

Mouthfeel: An oily feel on the palate and tongue, reasonable carbonation.

Overall: I really enjoyed this years Imperial Pumpkin ale offering. The spices are well balanced and not as overpowering as the initial smell may suggest. I also noted that it is not as cloying which, to me, seems to be the downfall of many a pumpkin or christmas ales. I will definitely grab some again soon to save for colder weeks. Cheers.

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Photo of justinp444
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass this beer is a darker brown orange with a half inch head of white foam. Smell of pumpkin, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and caramel with just a bit of a biscuit-y malt background. Taste is light with a nice heavily spiced pumpkin pie flavor and a good amount of nutmeg and clove (the cinnamon adds a bit of dryness). The pumpkin flavor itself is not as prominent probably because the body is too light to carry it. This beer has a very bread-y flavor and actually tastes more like pumpkin bread than pumpkin pie. The mouth feel is crisp and moderate to full with a lingering dry spice.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is medium sweet pumpkins, cinnamon and a hint of brown sugar. The flavor is pumpkins, cinnamon, malts, mild heat, a hint of hops and a tangy/tart finish.

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: deep amber color 1 finger head
S: lots of cinnamon , pumpkin , nutmeg kinda like a pumpkin roll
T: lots of cinnamon that lingers little pumpkin
f : rich and bubbly with lots of cinnamon
O: great pumpkin beer but to much cinnamon I drank 12 oz bottle poured in a goblet

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, cloudy, mahogany/orange color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed a few wispy clouds of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very pumpkin-y and spicy. Tons of cinnamon, molasses, nutmeg, all-spice, ginger and clove. Not much in the way of malt or hops aroma, however.

Taste: Very good! Great flavors of spice: roasted pumpkin, nutmeg, all-spice, cinnamon and brown sugar. Very good malty backbone too, like freshly baked dark bread to nicely balance everything out. Finally, there is no hops bitterness to speak of, which I overall prefer.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 8.0%, there is just a little alcohol present on the palate.

Overall: This is an excellent pumpkin ale! Great balance between the malt, sweetness, spices and the pumpkin. Absolutely delicious! I’m definitely getting some more of this next year!

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imperial Pumpkin Ale brewed by Weyerbacher Brewing Co. This brew has an 8.00% ABV. The pour on this brew is a nice cloudy, deep, amber color, with a small off white head. Imperial Pumpkin Ale smell is rich with pumpkin and spices. You also pick up on some grains and malts in the smell of this brew. The taste is bold with flavor of pumpkin and spices. This brew puts you in the mind of a pumpkin pie. The mouthfeel is bold, rich and full of flavor. There is nothing overpowering in this brew, it has a nice balance to it. This brew goes down smooth. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.5 out of 5. Weyerbacher Brewing Co. did a nice job with this brew. I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this beer's head is two fingers thick and off white, with secular lacing, and a dark brownish amber body.

The aroma coming off of this brew is quite spiced, with the help of plenty of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. I can also detect the cardamon mentioned on the packaging. Nothing too spicy or "pie-like", nice and balanced scent.

I can taste mostly the same elements as with the smell, but also a generous helping of greatly caramelized malts. Very smooth, despite this being an "imperial style" of pumpkin ale. I really am enjoying this!

This beer's mouthfeel is fullbodied and rich, but still very smooth and delicious!

Overall I'll give Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co. a 4.5 Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co. This has been one of the most enjoyable pumpkin brews I've had the pleasure to drink and review. I will certainly buy this again!

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Photo of lwillitz
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into nonic pub glass

A - 2 fingers khaki foam over a cloudy body of deep orange amber

S - pumpkin, spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves), caramel sweetness, grains; pleasantly complex

T - pumpkin flesh, same spices as in nose, bready, caramel sweetness, slightly boozy finish; again, pleasantly complex

M - smooth full body, medium/high carbonation, alcohol warmth

O - Weyerbacher makes an excellent Imperial Pumpkin. Smooth, complex, and tasty.

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Photo of Los13
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Right off the bat I get that cinnamon and nutmeg aroma. Pour out a nice inch & 1/2 head. Nice sunburst color to it. Light body but with a heavier Finnish. I get a lot of the malt flavors as well which may be also from the cardamom, Definitely get that ginger taste from it. Very good pumpkin ale just easy on them since they are 8%

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Photo of xxxcjbcxxx
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Not a fan. Way too sweet; way too much seasoning. I don't mind flavor in beer, such as spice, but this one was awash with sweetness, clove, cinnamon, and cardamon. The aroma alone rivals that of a pumpkin spice candle. If you really, really enjoy pumpkin ales, I would recommend this beer, because it has 3x the flavor of your average pumpkin ale.

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

Appearance - orange/copper color with tan head

Smell - cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg

Taste - cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg, vanilla

Mouthfeel - spices prominent upfront, medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweet but not cloying

Overall - decent pumpkin ale worth a shot

Price point - $1.67/12 oz single

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Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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