Imperial Pumpkin Ale | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
87
very good
2,727 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
Ratings:
2,727
Reviews:
1,025
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
13.37%
 
 
Wants:
161
Gots:
482
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,727 |  Reviews: 1,025
Photo of mikr
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 98green
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Amber and clear. Lots of cinnamon and clove smell. Taste delivers more of the spice. Plenty of sweet malt body too. I like this quite s bit. I'd try this again

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Photo of sharp315
3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nabbed this puppy in Brooklyn.

8% ABV. Brewed 07/20/16. Best before: 03/20/17. "Ale brewed with pumpkin and spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, cloves).

HEAD: Pale khaki. Poor (~30 second) retention. No lacing.

BODY: Clear deep amber of average vibrance. No yeast or particulate is visible.

AROMA: Pumpkin gourd. Clove, nutmeg, cinnamon. (I do have to draw the line at identifying cardamom).

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Has the usual pumpkin spice (nutmeg, clove, some cassia but not true cinnamon). Malty sweetness/amber malts. Shallow pumpkin gourd. It's decently balanced but lacks depth of flavour. I do like it and it hides its high ABV well, but it's wanting in terms of complexity, subtlety, and depth of flavour.

Sweetness is a bit high if we're nitpicking balance.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, light to medium-bodied, sticky. Well-carbonated.

OVERALL: Drinkable and approachable fare, especially for its high ABV. But it feels a bit flat in terms of both undercarbonation and depth of flavour, lacking the expressive evocative flavours that make one fall in love with a proper pumpkin ale. As much as I adore many a Weyerbacher brew, this isn't one of their stronger offerings and I don't know that I'd purchase it again. More than competent, but it can't quite compete with great style paragons like, say, Whole Hog.

B- (3.40) / WORTHY

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Photo of descobar
3.17/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

aged 3+ years... pours deep amber/copper with an initially off-white head that quickly disappears. there is visible sediment in the snifter. aromas are all the expected pumpkin and spices but pungent in a good way. flavor are all caramel and pumpkin with the spices not as prominent as in the aroma. body is med to full and the texture oily and rich. carbonation is minimal at this point and the remaining bitterness shows up in the finish with a bit of alcohol heat. -- shows very little if any oxydation from the ageing.

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Photo of curtisjoseph
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rjd722
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate brown with faint amber highlights with a moderate haziness. There's a trace of tan head on top covering less than a quarter of the top. I smell pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, and faint clove. I'm tasting strong nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon. The mouth is heavily spiced and a bit warm with alcohol.

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Photo of Mikemcgrath4
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TH28
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. 7/14/16 bottle date. Appearance: Dark brown, hazy, with an off white foam head. Aroma: Smells like Big Red. Strong cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Like pumpkin pie. Cinnamon definitely stronger than most other pumpkin ales. Taste: Moderate malt sweetness, with some toasted and nutty notes, with light pumpkin pie spicing. Cinnamon and nutmeg are noticeable, but restrained. Pretty high bitterness for the style. Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, a little thin for a beer with this ABV. Alcohol warmth is quite strong. Low carbonation. Finish: Pumpkin spicing really lingers here, with a surprising amount of grassy bitterness. Overall: Pretty run of the mill pumpkin ale. Strong cinnamon and bitterness compared to others, with a disappointing under carbonation that leaves the beer flat. Body is thin for the high ABV, making the alcohol feel very warm. Could be better and more balance simply by increasing the body and carbonation.

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very murky orange amber color. Almost no head or lacing.

Smell: Smells like a legit pumpkin pie in my glass. They NAILED the smell.

Taste: Holy shit, they nailed it again. It follows the nose in the huge upfront burst of all those pumpkin spices we know and love, with a bit of malts and booze on the back end of the sip. Maybe just a tad too boozy for my tastes, which is the only major negative here. Not cloyingly sweet either.

Feel: Oily, slick body with a fair amount of carbonation.

Overall: One of the most well known pumpkin beers for a reason. It basically tastes like a very boozy version of pumpkin pie that isn't sweet enough to give you diabetes.

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Photo of dditto2
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of packbacker99
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dag1991
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brew has a warm, baked aroma, like pie crust and spices. Caramel malts. Taste is pumpkin pie spices, malt, dark bread and plums. Pours a tawny color with little foam, with no lacing or retention. If you really gotta have a pumpkin ale (not really my thing) this is a good way to go.

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Photo of Slack
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber in color with a small amount of head, minimal lacing.

Very spice forward on the nose – nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. Also getting some malt.

Taste follows the nose with strong spices most notably cinnamon and nutmeg. The malt comes through with a bit a bread. Booze on the back end.

Mouthful is medium and less smooth than could be expected. Carbonation is medium to low. Finish is subtly sweet and warming.

Balanced and spice forward with a minor drawback of mouthful which could be attributed to the booziness or lower carbonation. Nonetheless one of the better pumpkin ales that are available.

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Photo of AD17
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zshaft
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours nice with decent head retention. dark almost brown and can't see through it. smell knocks you over with cinnamon and all spice. mild pumpkin. taste is overwhelming cinnamon and nutmeg. I almost taste the spice particles in my mouth. so much spice I feel like any beer or pumpkin is lost in the experience. overall a nice beer but way over done with the spices. would not seek out again.

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Photo of trickynicky
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spoda1983
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of redfish2942
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bluehende
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

From the bottle, it pours a reddish (?) amber with a moderate head. Pumpkin spice in the nose. Enjoyable taste of pumpkin spice when consumed. Enjoyable.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass bottled on 8/4/15. Pours a very dark reddish orange with a 1 inch off white head that leaves some nice rings of lace.

Smell is nutmeg, pumpkin, cinnamon, vanilla, and toffee.

Taste follows with pumpkin and nutmeg jumping to the front of the line, with cinnamon, vanilla, and toffee subtly coming in at the end.

Mouthfeel is slightly less than medium, the right amount of life, a little dry in the back end, and easy drinking.

Overall this was a beer I was not really excited for, but it delivered. Thanks jzeilinger for this, one of the better pumpkin beers I have had and I bet it would have been better in the fall.

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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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