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:
#27,580
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
Photo of smb71481
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of payhota
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with amber and golden shimmers throughout. Not opaque near light. Nice head lasting for a few minutes and about two inches.
S: Fairly strong caramel aromas, with hints cinnamon and pumpkin spices. Can tell that the spices run strong in this ale.
T: Sweet taste and pretty spicy. Significant alcohol flavor but it is expected and not unwelcome. Pumpkin flavors are very faint, you might miss it if you aren't looking for it.
M: Smooth and spicy, leaving a hotness or dryness on your tongue, but it is enthralling and reminiscent of this ale's name.

I was a bit unimpressed with the taste overall. It was nice but not any different from other pumpkin ales. However, the aromas and mouthfeel really contribute to the taste and add a lot to the flavor for me. This beer leaves an exciting aftertaste and has a distinct mouthfeel from other ales in this category. This is a nice dessert ale and it has a pretty strong alcohol content. Overall this makes for a fun drink, despite a lackluster taste.

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Photo of muchos
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 9/2/17, best by date of 1/28/18.
L. Very dark brown, mahogany around the edges, slightly off-white dense head stays for a few minutes.
S. Smells sweet and caramely, a bit chocolatey, with a nice big dose of classic fall spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, maybe some clove and ginger perhaps, sweet creamy toffee, a touch of coffee and grassy aromas. Really really good aroma.
T. Bitter hops and bitter spices right up front with a nice balance of sweet caramel and chocolate underneath which helps the caramely pumpkin shine through in the middle. Sweeter and more chocolaty as it came closer to room temp. Bitter, warm, toasty and spicy in the aftertaste.
F. Full side of a medium body, well carbonated, a bit dry in the end. Not boozy.
O. Just what I want in a pumpkin brew, plenty of spice, enough levels of sweetness and pumpkin. Curious levels of bitterness in the flavor of this one, but I enjoyed it. Because while it is a beer that reminds me of pumpkin pie, it is still a beer and not actually a slice of pumpkin pie. Right? I don't know. Anyway..... Well done Flying Dog. Cheers ! ! !

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wizzle32
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Python6586
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Johncnh
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a snifter due to the fact that this is imperialized. The appearance was a dark brown color with a creamy to off white foamy head that dissipated within about a slim half minute. Lacing runs light. The smell has a spectacular balance of the pumpkin, pumpkin spices and subtle sweet cocoa to blend together. The taste was mildly spicy over the sweetness making a great effort to bring back the sweetness of the cocoa malt in and all around. A light mainly sweet cocoa to somewhat pumpkin aftertaste runs into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a good sessionability about it. Carbonation runs somewhat light allowing the spices to run as the harshness to my tongue. Overall, imperialized pumpkin ale, and a damn good one on top of that!

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Photo of Spoda1983
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DMc8ride
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Benl7217
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TGS
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tiford88
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
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 BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not for the faint of heart, Flying Dog's Halloween themed pumpkin ale isn't afraid of no spice. In fact, this imperial ale piles on a host of spiciness to balance the residual caramelized and toasty sweetness that the yeast leaves behind. The Fear only applies to those with an aversion to spice-heavy beer.

Dark amber with with a hazy crimson tone, even its rusty froth sells its ominous halloween presence well. Cinnamon, ginger and clove tingle the nose with its spicy spell. A sweeter tone strikes the tongue with a burst of succulent caramel, toffee, brown sugar and toasted spice cake.

And that spice cake taste rolls across the middle palate in a hearty and dessert-like fashion. As the sweeter and cakey tone seeps deeply into the tastebuds, its seared sugars and toasty edges apply a peppercorn spice to go along with the strong spice medley of the nose. Bitter and with a spicy tannic bite, the finish balances toward the spice.

Full, sweet and prickling on the throat, the ale simmers with a billowing heat- partly of rum-like alcohol, partly of cinnamon bite. Mild astringency provides a drying sensation to the after-palate while the ale trials with bullying spices broadly and long on the palate.

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Photo of superspak
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 1/8/2017. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted biscuit, light chocolate/vanilla, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of pumpkin/spices and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted biscuit, light chocolate/vanilla, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate pine/herbal/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted biscuit, light chocolate/vanilla, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of pumpkin/spices and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitter/spiciness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a great imperial pumpkin ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of pumpkin/spices and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of rjd722
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 bkbeer17
4.52/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Grey_Matter
5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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 Wafe
4.48/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of christinelovesbeer
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RBorsato
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 56.8% out of 100 with 592 ratings
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