The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

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83
good
586 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:
586
Reviews:
146
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
13.59%
 
 
Wants:
50
Gots:
123
For Trade:
1
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Photo of imbibehour
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Flying Dog goblet. Best before Jan 12th 2017.

Dark mahogany brown, nearly dark walnut in color with a bit of clarity from the edge of the head. Very light tan colored head only about a finger with a creamy collar.

Subtle sensing pumpkin and spices with limited mild sweetness. A good sensing dry pine bitterness it seems, slightly earthy too, but definitely pumpkin forward, and not sugary so.

Palate takes some surprising if odd turns. Tree bark and bitter mixing caramel sensations with some hot hop phenolic spices in the mid palate. Hot clove really gets amplified by the hop presence on the aftertaste with a near burning sensation. Wet bodied for an IPA quite a bit, light bodied sweetness of malts and a pumpkin flavor that washes away pretty quickly.

Not the biggest pumpkin fan, but even prefer slightly subtle flavors, but this sort of misses on each character for me.

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Photo of Beerlover
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of Guppy314
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours a dark clear brown with a tan thin head. Aroma of a sweet malt. Taste is mostly of spices within a malty slurry. So let's see, to me, cinnamon ginger and cloves are most pronounced, with a bit of nutmeg. Decent carbonation, moderate mouth-feel, and good flavor "sustain" all make this very satisfying.

But it's curious that this should be classified as a "Pumpkin Beer" when it has no actual pumpkin flavors. I'd have thought it would be an "Herbed / Spiced Beer".

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Photo of Chackman151
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MrWonka
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
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 crisis1290
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm am not one who looks forward to pumpkin beer. There are a couple reasons why and most important , it marks the end of summer. The second reason is that the market is loaded with garbage pumpkin beers , but this gem , does not disappoint. On the other hand , when the pumpkin beer rolls in , it marks the start to the college and NFL season!! This beer is a winner ! Lots of pumpkin pie spices , malty goodness. A nice creamy mouthfeel. A dark pour for sure ! Super easy drinking for a beer that is 9%. Over all , nice job by Flying Dog. Would love to taste this on draft or Nitro !

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Photo of Boto
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Headkeeper: In a tulip glass. This one pours a dark, opaque reddish-brown. There was a thin tan head that left some lacing. Lots of malts to the nose, along with some pumpkin pie spices. The taste is very good. Lots of malts, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices. Some slickness in the mouthfeel.

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Photo of Shanecon295
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
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 +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 11-52_4hops
3.35/5  rDev -9%
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 -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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 +6%
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 +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cbutova
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
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 +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of sweemzander
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hilgart1
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gibgink
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of smithj4
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jdwpgh
4.62/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
3.68 out of 5 based on 586 ratings.
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