Imperial Pumpkin Ale | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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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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Reviews: 1,023 | Ratings: 2,724
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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Photo of Mongrel
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%

Certainly better than your average pumpkin ale. Not overly spiced, but still possessing some depth and nuance. Nice notes of pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon and caramel. Doesn't hide it's booze well though - that's the biggest strike against it. Similar in style to Schlafly's pumpkin ale, just a little less refined.

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Photo of barczar
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%

Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove form the aroma. There's substantial brown sugar sweetness. Flavor reveals ginger at the base, which lingers throughout. Caramel malt sweetness and pumpkin form the backbone, with cinnamon and clove accenting the profile. There's a hint of squash tang, along with cola notes, which are offputting. Good amount of sweetness, for my palate.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: An opaque tawny orange/amber with a tan one-finger head that lingers. Billowy lacing.

S: Strong cinnamon and nutmeg. Pumpkin pie pops in nicely.

T: Starts out slightly sour, then rounds out into a pumpkin pie crust flavor with cloves and nutmeg. Rich, hearty.

M: Light to medium with light carbonation.

O: Not as creamy or carbonated as I hoped it would be. The sour start is a turnoff. Not bad, but I've had much better.

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Photo of droomyster
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours a clear dark reddish brown with a small tan head. Aromas are extremely literal on the pumpkin spice: big notes of cloves and nutmeg dominate, with brown sugary sweetness. Extremely sweet like pumpkin pie on the palate, very smooth body with a spicy (think red hots and cinnamon) mid-palate. Finishes on notes similar to some of the cinnamon whiskeys that are currently in vogue. An excellent choice if you like pumpkin ales that take the pumpkin pie challenge at face value.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

P- Wegmans in Mechanicsburg, PA

A- burnt orange in color that is somewhat opaque. Frothy carbonated head. splotchy lacing on the pint.

S- clove all spice and cinnamon heavy in the nose.

F- pumpkin malty flavor with nutmeg and allspice coming through on the tongue. interesting with the excess malt. unsure yet.

M- malty pumpkin and creamy medium bodied beer.

O- A middle of the road pumpkin for me. Good but had better.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Lots of spices. Powerful aroma. Not overly Pumpkiny at all. A great beer for the later end of fall. If you like this, try Fegley's Devious Imperial Pumpkin.

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Photo of RevKev007
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Strong on the sweetness, not a balanced spice portfolio, excessive abv for a fruit ale. Thick after taste.
Needs more cinnamon and nutmeg at this sweetness which is excessive. The lack of complexity does not justify the high abv of this beer. Abv to attract customers, not a result of increasing beer flavor portfolio.


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Photo of Bmftbl8
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%

Good pumpkin beer. Not very bitter but with a good amount of head. The pumpkin and cinnamon really come out. Leaves a good subtle taste in your mouth.

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Photo of NinjaJesus
3.5/5  rDev -10%

I am not the biggest pumpkin beer fan so take my review with a grain of salt, but this brew is pretty delicious. I had the first right out of the bottle and it immediately tasted like I was drinking pumpkin pie. Sweet and cinnamon-y with a good amount of cardamon, this is a great choice if you love heavy pumpkin beers.

Drank out of a glass with a rim of butter and cinnamon and sugar, so delicious. Definitely the right way to enjoy this brew!

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Photo of predikit
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Fall is my favorite time of year, and what better way to kick off the encroaching change of seasons than with a few pumpkin ales.

Poured into a pint glass, rather deep auburn with an off-white head.

The nose is fairly subtle here, hints of nutmeg and pumpkin.

Pumpkin and spice up front, quickly receding with some noticeable malt in the back. First sip was a bit harsh, but subsequent tastings were much smoother. The alcohol is well hidden, but you can tell it's there.

Slight oily feel that dissipates quickly, nothing real unpleasant.

All in all, a decent pick.

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Photo of ThickNStout
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

12oz bottle from Schoolhouse Beer (Marietta, GA). 3.29. Bottled 8/7/14. Served in a Microbrasserie Charlevoix goblet.

Pours burnt orange brown with one finger ecrue head. The bubbles settle to a thin ring that leaves almost no lace.

Smells of pie spices, light pumpkin and caramelly sweetness.

The spices dominate the taste and they aren't the ones I'd choose. Sharp, dry cloves, cardamon and allspice up front. Nutmeg, cinnamon, pulpy gourd, vague spiced bread, mild notes of burnt caramel and a dollop of booze. The spices kill any other flavor so by the end this almost seemed like work.

Fairly full, almost creamy feel with moderately sharp carbonation. Dry spice bomb aftertaste.

I finally decided to give Weyerbacher's Imperial Pumpkin a try and I'm sure glad I bought a single instead of a four pack. All spices with no concession to the pumpkin or base beer. This was a one and done for me.

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Photo of logicalparadox
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Lots of pumpkin and a somewhat unique spice profile, with cardamom added to the usual mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. But, that's not enough to take this beer to the top. It's a big beer, but a bit too big for its britches. The alcohol is hard to miss in this brew, a shame since I've had a few "imperial" pumpkin ales that specialize in hiding the alcohol and accentuating the pumpkin or spice characteristics. Not a bad choice, and one I'd like to try again, but one that I don't think makes it to the top of my list of pumpkin brews.

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Photo of Forgottensaints
5/5  rDev +28.5%

I love this beer! I guess I am nostalgic about it. It taste exactly like my mothers pumpkin pie! It has just the right spice level its hardy, it's got a slightly thick mouth feel but not muddy more velvety. At 8.5 it's got a little heat to it as well. This beer is fall and will be my autumn go to ale for the season.

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Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.89 out of 5 based on 2,724 ratings.
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