The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

The Fear Imperial Pumpkin AleThe Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale
BA SCORE
56.8%
Liked This Beer
3.7 w/ 592 ratings
The Fear Imperial Pumpkin AleThe Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
flyingdogbrewery.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by taylor714914 on 09-25-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27,585
Reviews:
148
Ratings:
592
Liked:
336
Avg:
3.7/5
pDev:
13.24%
Alströms:
3.83
 
 
Wants:
51
Gots:
125
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 592 |  Reviews: 148
Reviews by larryi86:
Photo of larryi86
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Black with a two finger off-white head.

S- Brown sugar, pumpkin, cloves, nutmeg, lots of spices.

T- Pumpkin, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, burnt sugar, alcohol, some bitter earthy hops in the finish.

M- Medium body, fairly smooth.

O- A tasty pumpkin beer but the burnt flavor brings it down some. Worth trying and I will pick this up again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of MrWonka
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, folks. let's get this straight right away, this is NOT your typical/average pumpkin ale. While yes, it clear-as-day says on the bottle "imperial pumpkin ale", but the title doesn't do it justice. This particular imperial pumpkin ale looks like a barley-wine/brown ale. It includes a chocolate/mocha-like note that most pumpkin ales do not. It figures, because again this particular beer is very dark for a pumpkin ale (and trust me, I have had so many different pumpkin ales I never want to think of how much $ I have spent on them). Is it unique? 100% And for that reason alone you should try it if you come across it. Make no mistake, this is not a "sessionable" pumpkin ale, in the sense that you can/are able to crush several and still be coherent. No, this is a sipping beer to be savored and experience the depth of the flavors. Would I recommend it, no doubt. Cheers everyone.

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Photo of Weavah
4/5  rDev +8.1%

First of all, let me just say that I can't stand Pumpkin beers. I typically find them to be over sweet, fake tasting, and otherwise vile.
However, Flying Dog has done a marvelous job here.

A: Dark copper brown. Great creamy head, with minimal lacing.
S: On the nose a big hit of nutmeg, and a faint bit of sweet potato .
T: Nut meg, and clove are the spices I'm picking up. The pumpkin here is faint. You get it right up front then it fades away. And it taste like raw pumpkin smells...more earthy then aggressively sweet. A lot of good malt and caramel on the finish, with a good hop bite.
M: Sticky, and smooth.
O: This is not just a good pumpkin beer, this is a great imperial. If you gave this to me with no pretext I would think it was just a really good imperial IPA.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4/5  rDev +8.1%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: Deep, dark brown.

S: Lots of pumpkin spice, but of a darker earthy flavor. A bit musty with clover, cinnamon and nutmeg.

T: Mostly of spices and a strong brown ale. Warms up nicely, like a nice pumpkin pie, but a bit scarce on the pumpkin.

M: Smooth with just a nice bit of carbonation to move those spices around.

O: Good stuff. One of the better ones that I've had. My third of the year, but my first full bottle (the second was the Schlafly Pumpkin and the first was Pumking).

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +8.1%

A: deep dark brown body, less than opaque edges; fat foam head a couple of fingers high left some lace down the glass

S: dark brown chewy pumpkin bread, molasses and spice

T: rich brown malts and slightly vegetal but mostly sweet pumpkin; spicy edges and molasses sugars; hearty dark bread quality, fruitiness of candied fig and date

M: medium-weight, warming and smooth, slight prickle on the palate; roasty brown aftertaste

O: better than I expected - the brown ale was well-suited to the pumpkin bread flavors and spice; rich and warming seasonal treat

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Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev +8.1%

355ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown

Poured a deep dark amber orange colour... Creamy head poured small but quite thick and foamy then faded to wispy covering... barely any carbonation... any lacing fades very quickly...

Aroma - Lots of pumpkin pie notes along with dark malt loaf, nutmeg and clove spiciness, spicy fruits (oranges, dates), lots of dark molasses sweetness, light pepperiness, allspice, some caramel...

Taste pretty much mirrors the aromas... again lots of rich pumpkin pie and malty bread notes mixed with nutmeg and allspice, cinnamon, some burnt toffee hints, honey notes, brown sugar, some faint peppery hop hints..

Feel - Quite sharp and dry at first then smooths out... medium bodied... pretty drinkable for a 9% beer as the alcohol is very well hidden but i wouldn't want to drink more than one bottle as it would become way too sickly...

Overall - A pretty good pumpkin beer and much better than i expected... recommended

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%

A: Darker than blood/rich mahogany. Light, creamy tan head, and consistent lacing. Very fearsome looking like blood dripping from a werewolf's canine. (4.75/5).

S: Toasted bread. Cinnamon, ginger, and allspice (4/5).

M: Slightly syrupy, full bodied. Low-moderate carbonation with a spicy finish, very well-attenuated finish (4.25/5).

T: Pumpkin puree with lots of warming cinnamon and ground clove. Dark espresso-extract like malt flavor. Lots of roasted chocolate malts as well. Slightly sweet ginger and pine hopping, resinous caramel. Walnut bitterness. Bitter and roast malt forward (4/5).

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Photo of Gajo74
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle it pours a brown/mahogany color, moderate head, and light foam cap and collar.
Aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, light cranberry sauce and toasted dark bread crusts.
Initially the sweetness from the pumpkin and cranberry hits the tongue. However, the spices and hops soon take over. There is also some significant alcohol warming and light alcohol flavor. The hops also leave a moderately bitter and lingering aftertaste that is somewhat astringent. The body is medium.
I feel that this one had potential, however, the hops bitterness was a bit off and there was not enough pumpkin sweetness for my liking.

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Photo of bman13
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The best pumpkin beer I've ever Had. I'm not one to hop on the whole pumpkin beer bandwagon, but i do like flying dog and can appreciate what they did here. Very nice REAL flavors, not fake like every other one I've had. Flavor is full of fall (pumpkin, pie, nutmeg, allspice ect.) Yet everything is well ballanced, with nothing being too dominate over the others. I really do like this and would actually buy this again. Good job flying dog.

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Photo of Saisons-of-the-Abyss
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Very tasty and satisfying beer! Like many other high abv offerings from Flying Dog, you can really taste and feel the alcohol on this one. While the finish can be a bit harsh, it's still very drinkable. The pumpkin is just right, not cloying or artificial tasting.

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Photo of oberon
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The perfect beer for the day I guess.Poured roasted chesnut color with a tinge of amber,almost no head to speak of.Pumpkin pie spice and big sweet alcohol in the nose,a booze bomb.Spiced with an undelying sweet alcohol element that is omni present,the flavors are not bad with the spice being dominant,the alcohol gets even bigger as the beer warms.There are better imperial pumpkin ales out there that are not as hot,it's not awful though.

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Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of heddar33
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of petewheeler
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of megamass
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Lush looking two fingers of tan head, dark brown with garnet highlights. Big pumpkin pie aroma with a drizzle of brown sugar is what this beer smells like. It has somebody, girth, oomph. Great set up with its hearty malt back bone, reminds me of a strong winter warmer but with all of the pumpkin and spice. Nothing mind blowing but certainly much better than the usual pumpkin ales out there.

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Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness info

Flying Dog's beers seem to get better and better with each new one I try, so I was happy to find this new seasonal at Yorktown, Beverage, in my home town of Yorktown, NY.

Pours dark mahogany, moderate height on the medium tan head, leaves a trail of fine lacing here and there.

On the nose I pick up some cinnamon, some vanilla and a hint of some dark bread.

On the palate it’s more of the same, again, cinnamon, again vanilla, darker malts, some of the 9% rearing its head, yeah a wee bit boozy, but I tend to like boozy, and hey it is 9%. Tastes sort of like Double Bastard, infused with a hint and a half of fall spices and with less hops and less body. Not really getting much actual pumpkin flavor or character.

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Photo of reitzbrewing
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of KolbMarley
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of gibgink
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ryhn0
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of MattyG85
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours dark brown with hints of amber. Moderate amount of bubbles and about a finger of off white head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A spicy and sweet aroma with a scent of pumpkin spices and caramel malt. Upfront scent of pumpkin spices with some cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and allspice. Toasted malt with a scent of caramel, biscuit, grains, cracker, wheat, and chocolate along with yeast. Light hints of hops. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy and sweet taste with notes of pumpkin spices and caramel malt. Upfront presence of pumpkin spices with a scent of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and allspice. Toasted malt with notes of caramel, grains, cracker, biscuit, chocolate, and wheat with some yeast. Subtle hop bitterness. A solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and fairly smooth with minimal alcohol heat.

Overall: A pretty solid Imperial Pumpkin ale. Nice spice and caramel malt mix with a nice touch of chocolate.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 355ml bottle with no visible BB date. Picked up recently from Trembling Madness in York. Time to get into the spirit of Halloween/Autumn with a pumpkin ale. As always, Ralph Steadman's label art is great.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A deep ruby-brown hue that appears almost black in the glass. Good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy beige foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of spices and malt with notes of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, fruity malt, pumpkin, mild roasted grain, yeast esters, herbs and stewed leaves. A subtle, warming whiff of booze in the background.

Tastes of fruity malt, spice and pumpkin, with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, fruity malt, pumpkin, roasted grain, herbs, stewed leaves and subtle yeast esters. Slightly sweet, with a warming hint of alcohol in the background. A herbal bitterness upon swallowing; verging on harsh. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and decent body. Could be a tad thicker/creamier for the strength. Rather astringent, followed by an aftertaste of bitter herbs, spices and fruity malt.

An interesting effort, though the spicing is a bit heavy-handed. Looks good, with a nicely rounded aroma of malt, pumpkin and spice. The flavour is OK but rather bitter, with a herbal quality making itself felt. Body is a little insubstantial for the ABV. This brew packs plenty of charisma but lacks balance. Worth trying, but probably not one that I'd grab again.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of briandaube
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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