The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

The Fear Imperial Pumpkin AleThe Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale
BA SCORE
3.7/5
603 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:
#28,133
Reviews:
153
Ratings:
603
pDev:
13.24%
Bros Score:
3.83
 
 
Wants:
50
Gots:
128
Trade:
1
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 603 |  Reviews: 153
Photo of alcohline_trip
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jzlyo
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is pumpkin, spices and medium sweetness. The flavor is spices/cinnamon, malts, slight pumpkin, slight sweetness and a mix of sour and coarse heat in the finish.

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Photo of cts309
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 11-52_4hops
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly dark brown -- in the glass looks more like a weak stout; small head that lingers. Almost no smell (which is one of my favorite parts of pumpkin brews). Taste is caramel, slight pumpkin and spice, and in true Flying Dog-style, a hops punch in the mouth to finish. Overall, not bad, however I prefer more balance or even a lean toward the pumpkin flavors. Was given this bottle last week, so can't rule out that being late in the pumpkin season, perhaps this lost some of its kung-fu.

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Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, coded bottling information on the label. A new one to me from Flying Dog, this one their Imperial Pumpkin Ale.

Poured into a Southern Tier Warlock beer goblet.

A - Pours a dark mahogany - cola color in the glass. One finger of creamy khaki tan head. Minor thin spotty lacing. Looks good for what it is.

S - A cola forward aroma. Subtle indistinct spicing, notes of chocolate / barley malt, ginger, spice rack. No overt notes of pumpkin / gourd, pie crust, or buttery diacetyl.

T - Flavor has a prominent burnt barley roast character to it. An herbal, earthy, grassy flavor in there also, not exactly spice rack, but herbal. Burnt roast / chocolate malt, sweetened notes of caramel. Notes of earthy pumpkin / gourd are in there, but on the tame side. I might not know that this was a pumpkin ale just by tasting it blindly.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, creamy. Medium-fullish body, with good carbonation. Easy-drinking stuff for the moderately high abv.

Overall, an alright stab at the style from Flying Dog.

Flying Dog The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale -----3.5/5

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Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pumpkin, good bit of roast, some spice. Better than The Gourd Standard.

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Photo of imperialking
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cbutova
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear and medium brown pour. Off white cap is foamy and half a finger and fair retention. Medium frothy ring and a few sheets of lace.

S- Spicier here than in the taste with plenty of ginger, nutmeg and allspice; the usual pumpkin spice blend. Deep caramelized sugars, nuttiness and a hint of roast as well as dark fruit fermentation tones.

T- Lots of squashy pumpkin and toasted caramelized veggie flesh. Slight roast barley cocoa and a medium level of the pie spice blend overall with ginger, nutmeg, allspice, clove and cinnamon. Vanilla sweetness really gives it that pie effect in the finish.

MF- Medium-heavy bodied overall thickness with a slick and creamy texture. Carbonation at a medium level and a hint of boozy warming in the finish.

Immediately struck me as on of the better pumpkin beers I have had in quite some time. The actual pumpkin flesh flavor and the use of some dark grains helps boost this effort above many of the straight spice bombs out there.

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Photo of OB1
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ryften
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sweemzander
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hilgart1
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of kelcyd
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of smithj4
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of williahd
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerOps
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a damn near black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of pumpkin, some spices. Taste is pumpkin, alcohol, subtle spice, malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, a bit boozy for the style, but a solid beer.

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Photo of kkmiller76
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DbbC
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spiral517
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dug53
4.48/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 603 ratings
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