The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

BA SCORE
83
good
585 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
Ratings:
585
Reviews:
146
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
13.59%
 
 
Wants:
49
Gots:
123
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 585 |  Reviews: 146
Photo of sierratwohearted
3/5  rDev -18.5%

opaque amber, didnt think the head was there until it was overflowing my tulip glass...big pumpkin pie aroma, heavy spice.taste is like burnt pumpkin pie. roasted malt is almost overwhelming the pumpkin flavor. i almost taste the bready crust of the pie. again, the roasted malt too quickly takes over the pumpkin flavor in every sip. this is a pumpkin stout in my opinion, and i dont much like it.

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Photo of cp45
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of xnicknj
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of yaksurf
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of hozersr
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rjvanston
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Barrchon
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of tbrown22
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of dtivp
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of JStewart00
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Roland45s
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of PJ0281
3.04/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of claspada
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color with reddish highlights and a thin off-white tightly formed bubbly head (thanks to the hand-pull tap) that recedes to leave some spotty lacing.

The aromas begin with sweet bready maltiness, some fleshy pumpkin with the usual pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice). As it warms there is some caramel and some emerging woody/smokey notes which seem out of place.

The tastes follow the nose but are not quite as in balance as I would have liked. Pumpkin spices, specifically nutmeg stand out, with the toasted bready malts, caramel and earthy/woody bitterness to the finish. The woody/smokey flavors come out as well but the base beer is lacking a pop which makes the spices overwhelm the flavor profile.

The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied which is odd considering the ABV with medium to light carbonation.

Overall this was a pretty big miss for me. It was drinkable when it was on the colder side but as it warmed the flavor profile got spice heavy and earthy/woody/roasty for some reason. The base beer is caught between an amber and a porter which just doesn't work. I was actually expecting there would be more pumpkin than I tasted based on the nose. Pass for me.

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Photo of BcOneSeven
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%

Photo of hophugger
3.14/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Never ever have I seen a pumpkin ale this dark, wow!, pours a dark color with a tinge of deep orange red trying to peek through. Aroma is of pumpkin pie and spices and some sweetness. The alcohol bites you at first and then a pumpkin spice flavor comes through. The alcohol continues to burn ever so slightly. The flavor is decent but the burn is amazing. Decent balance of flavors and overall(besides the alcohol) a pretty mild mannered beer

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Photo of rdshark
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served from the tap at Rattle N’ Hum in New York, NY. It arrived in a generic goblet showing a deepened, rusty amber coloring. It held a one finger head of cakey tan foam, showing nice retention, and leaving splotchy lacing down the walls of the glass. There was a chill haze, with no sediment noted. Carbonation appeared robust. The aroma gave big metallic malts, roasty caramels, baker’s yeast, and strong phenolic spice of clove and black pepper. Booze came with warmth, as did a light nutty moss and herbal hop bitterness. Our first impression was that the spice and chemically backbone really drowned out a lot of the other flavoring. As we sipped, aromatic metallics, toasted pale malts, brown sugar caramel roast, and saltiness started things off. These were all decimated through the center of the sip by chemical and clove of phenol, black pepper spice, and fusel booziness. These persisted through the finish, where they were added to by a bittering herbal hop quality, raw licorice, nutmeg, and powdered pumpkin spice. The aftertaste breathed of that phenolic fire, booze, nutmeg, clove, pumpkin spice, and herbal cone hops. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. There was nice and soft slurp, smack, cream, and froth to the sip, with thick coating left all around the mouth. There was a slight pucker, with little dryness or astringent to be had. The abv was fine, and the beer drank okay.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was the robustness of flavoring. While that central bite was certainly overpowering at times, at no point was the drinker bored. At first, things did feel one-dimensional, but with time and warmth the ending of the swallow flourished with a mix of bitters and spices. This made for an ultimately interesting drink. This beer does not land well within the stylistic guidelines, as much of anything pumpkin is lost, but it is definitely one of the more forward beers for Flying Dog.

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Photo of BeER_Doctor
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of dipdabear
3.17/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kelcyd
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of DistiLogic
3.2/5  rDev -13%

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Milky cola-colored body, firm dense gray head, tons of striations of lace. Smells and tastes like the stem of a pumpkin- vegetal in the extreme with strong dirtiness and substantial astringency, with a minimal amount of toasted malt to back it up. Absolutely no sweetness, spice, or hop characteristics to offset this earthy component. Nose is tolerable, but once it's on my tongue I wish it wasn't. Full body, nearly chewy, with coarse but dulled carbonation.
Certainly a break from traditional pumpkin beers, but not necessarily for the better. Something about the nearly unabated root flavor has me hooked, yet at the same time the intense earthiness and drying quality repels me entirely. Worth trying for the novelty, if nothing else.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clean deep amber to brown-ish in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice, brown sugar, and a small alcohol presence. In the taste, somewhat boozy, small spices, but mostly allspice. A spice like bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry spice and lingering alcohol in the aftertaste. Somewhat boozy, big spices, and sweet to dry flavors.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: dark brown, opaque, thick fine tan head, sheets of lacing which disappear quickly
S: cocoa, malt, mint (!)
T: bitter, roasted coffee, malt, mint, woody toast finish
M: medium-full-bodied, alcohol well-blended and masked by carbonation
O: some odd disjointed notes, but drinkable, and excellent handling of such a high abv

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Photo of Griffith
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
3.68 out of 5 based on 585 ratings.
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