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/ 593 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:
#27,638
Reviews:
148
Ratings:
593
Liked:
337
Avg:
3.7/5
pDev:
13.24%
Alströms:
3.83
 
 
Wants:
51
Gots:
127
Trade:
1
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4.75/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice pumpkin pie smell with some pie crust , cinnamon, dark malts and some fruity alcohol fumes. I get spices right up front with some cinnamon, ginger, a tad of nutmeg. Very complex beer. It ends with a hoppy earthy bite. I also taste some alcohol and the dark fruity ester come out.

Its very spicy and the pumpkin takes a bit of the backseat but coming through with a vegetable bite that mixes in with the hops. You get a lot of tastes in this one. I also get a burnt malt porter taste as well. Its almost like a porter mixed pumpkin ale. The dark malts and earthy bitterness of a porter but not uite stout with the pumpkin pie spices and slight pumpkin taste.

An amazing take on the style very unique in comparison to most. With that being said its not the best but very complex and still an amazing beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

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4.73/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pumpkin beers are one of my very favorite styles, second only to a good west coast or Imperial IPA. There are so many great pumpkin beers out there; Some very mild and not really pumpkiny at all. Some are way overdone to the point where we must ask ourselves if they are beer at all or are they liquefied pumpkin pie? And then there is The Fear: A perfectly balanced pumpkin ale that is deceptively smooth and delightfully drinkable despite the 9% ABV. The traditional pumpkin and spices are definitely all there, but subtle enough to allow the taste of an American Strong ale to come through. Bravo to Flying Dog for making a truly fantastic fall seasonal!

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4.62/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.61/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very dark, almost completely opaque, brown color, speckled with reddish highlights, and with a full finger of oatmeal-colored head that slowly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic. Strong notes of pumpkin, nutmeg, all-spice and ginger. Also strong notes of freshly baked dark bread, however, there is not much in the way of hops.

Taste: Delicious! Very spicy up front with strong notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, all-spice, and ginger, followed by strong notes of dark bread. The beer finishes with quite a strong sourness, at least to my palate, which I wasn’t expecting, but find quite pleasant. Finally, there is no hops bitterness to speak of, which I overall prefer.

Mouthfeel: Very chewy, and with a good amount of carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an AV of 9%, there is quite a good bit of alcohol on the palate which I find pleasant.

Overall: This is a very tasty beer! I really like the high amount of spices that this beer has. It’s quite delicious and it’s certainly going on my pumpkin beer rotation.

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The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 56.8% out of 100 with 593 ratings
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