Imperial Pumpkin Ale | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
87
very good
2,726 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:
2,726
Reviews:
1,024
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
13.37%
 
 
Wants:
161
Gots:
481
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,726 |  Reviews: 1,024
Photo of robear
3.24/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sposter4
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jopezu
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a murky mahogany with huge sediment, and almost zero head. nose; cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, & clove. spicy and sweet. taste; very light malt, pumpkin spices, sweet cinnamon, nutmeg, lightly boozy yam, light earthy hops, grape, & raisin bread. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. a touch boozy and VERY vinous. the very low malts leaves the supporting cast of spices & hops to carry the show, which they do well and with nice balance. this is almost a spicy pumpkin wine, and easily bests most of the pumpkin beers out there. probably my favorite pumpkin ale.

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

Photo of Lobina
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bkwhoppa66
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EJTheHero
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on date: 6/11/15
Best by date:2/11/16

Pours a hazy bronze color. Semi aggressive pour leaves absolutely no head.
Nose of cinnamon. Nutmeg, cloves and some Pumkin.
Taste follows the nose. Pumkin and clove are more prominent. Alcohol is in the taste as well.
Mouthfeel is medium to full body. Prickly carbonation on the finish.
Overall a decen Pumkin ale. Most likely would've been better fresh.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stezz420
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gustavmahler-09
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of tachyons22
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 2GOOFY
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wanderluster11
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Farral
2.87/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of 11-52_4hops
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Caveat - was given this bottle in late December, so not super fresh and not in the season where I am jones-ing for this type of brew.

Burnt orange color. Strong nose with all of those wonderful smells that make pumpkin ales an annual treat. Flavor more subdued than the smell would lead you to expect-- not necessarily a bad thing. Checks all the blocks: pumpkin, cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg without being overwhelmingly sweet. Seems to be an ale first with the pumpkin associated spices providing the back-up. Thumbs up.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Eden
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

4.1

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Photo of DASA10
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very pronounced pumpkin pie flavor. Loose mouthfeel. Hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. Warming 8% ABV. Recommended.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

**11/24/2013
Dark Cloudy Orange. Aroma: Strong sweet pumpkin, cloves, apples. Taste is smooth; strong pumpkin flavor. Low to medium carbonation, but par for the style. One of my favorite Pumpkin beers.
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#1 of 8 in Pumpkin Beer Evaluation.Double Blind Evaluation of 8 2013 Pumpkin Beers: 1-Weyerbacher Imperial Pumkin Ale; 2-Dogfishead Punkin Ale; 3-Fegleys Devious Imperial Pumpkin; 4-Southern Tier Pumking; 5-Terrapin Pumpkinfest; 6-Rogue Pumpkin Patch Ale; 7-Shipyard Pumpkin Ale; 8-Big Muddy Brewing Pumpkin.
** 11/xx/2014 Pumpkin Double Blind Tasting: 1-Sam Adams Fat Jack. 2-Hoppin’ Frog. 3-Fegleys Devious. 4-Weyerbacher. 5-Southern Tier Pumking. 6-Terrapin Pumpkinfest. 7-Long Trail. 8-Riverhorse. 9-Blue Moon. 10-UFO Pumpkin (harpoon). 11-Sam Adams Pumpkin. 12-Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin. 13-Dogfishhead (shocker) 14-Ichabod.
** 11/02/2015
Although Weyerbacher was knocked out in a tough 1st round heat; it impressed in the final (as a random wild card) and took 3rd of 15, bested only by ST Pumking and the 2015 Winner Elysian Great Pumpkin.
**

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Photo of jpd026
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brian29
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jan_acker
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Njriorden
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Remarkable pumpkin beer. This rates up there with southern tiers pumpking.

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Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.89 out of 5 based on 2,726 ratings.
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