The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

BA SCORE
83
good
583 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:
583
Reviews:
145
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
13.59%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
123
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 583 |  Reviews: 145
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of GoGators
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tall pilsner glass, color is amber to dark brown, head is light tan and presented 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to a ring with some lacing.

Smell is some light roast, caramel and hints of spices, some nutmeg, clove and cinnamon are most obvious. 2016 Update: aroma seems to have tilted more towards roast and malt, good balance to the spices.

Taste is an malt upfront, caramel and light roast, quickly followed by strong spice character, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon (though light). some of the flavoring is a bit harsh, not sure if this is the heavy handed spice profile. alcohol strength is hidden very well. 2016 update: flavor follows the aroma with a touch more malt balance to the spices, better balance.

Mouthfeel is a bit strong on the tongue, spices lingering, could use some sweeter or maltier balance. Update in 2015: mouthfeel is not so cloying, lighter spice, better malt balance.

Overall, a bit harsh in the flavors and mouthfeel but the smell is pleasant, especially as it warms. Strength of the brew is hidden well, though

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Photo of CaptainHate
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of DeFaz
2.63/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

It's rare that I'm really disappointed with a pumpkin ale, but this one just doesn't work. The only thing going for it is its unusual appearance--a dark brown color with a beautiful red thrown in there too and a head that displays fairly poor retention. From there, things go down hill. The smell consists of roasted malt and pumpkin, with the malt distracting rather than complimenting the pumpkin. In the taste, the roasted malt, pumpkin, alcohol, and spices just don't work and leave a bittersweet mess. A cross between a porter and a pumpkin ale may have sounded good on paper, but I found this disappointing and one of the worst tasting pumpkin ales I've had despite the nice appearance and mouthfeel.

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Photo of ncelauro
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of bshiban
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of rypkr
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of rjvanston
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Roland45s
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of acp21178
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of cp45
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of jbaker67
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kayrex
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of bum732
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of ALLISON01
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Suds
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An imperial pumpkin...these are becoming popular. The beer is a rich brown with a thin tan head...soapy. Clear. The smell is of pie spice and booze. Malt comes out in a big way...slightly roasted, and a little breads. No pumpkin in the smell. In the taste, however, there are pumpkin favors, nestled within a serious alcohol warming, big spice bite, and malty sweetness. Full and thick in body, huge booziness. Long and spicy finish. Great pumpkin beer.

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Photo of 1Sundown2C
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of jcxhruby
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.7/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown color. Not quite stout-y looking, but darker than a lot of pumpkin ales I've encountered. The head is a creamy mocha shade, about one finger high. It's both soft-looking and well retaining, all while leaving a nice ring of lacing down the side of the glass.

S: The spice levels here are strong; lots of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove here. There's something vaguely medicinal here that I'm not sure of, though. Otherwise, touches of pumpkin, brown sugar, and caramel round out the decent aroma.

T: For about a second, it's opens up with a pleasant layer of spices. After that second, problems ensue: the flavors become quite minty to the point of being medicinal. Luckily, the aftertaste is pleasantly roasty. The combination of the minty middle and the alcohol presence sends this one spiraling down into mediocrity - and straight into the realm of crappiness.

M: The smooth body is a welcoming respite...until it dries up on the swallow, exposing some of the harsher flavors. Somewhat boozy, and also slightly overcarbonated.

O: This reminds me that while there are a few rock-solid beers from this brewery (like Raging Bitch), some of their other stuff is painfully mediocre. Like this - actually, no, it kind of sucks. Will not be buying again.

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Photo of ksimons
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-a very dark brown with two fingers worth of light tan head

S-pumpkin spices and a bit of roast

T-more roasted malt in the taste with pumpkin spices and a bit of chocolate sweetness in the finish

M-medium body, creamy, moderate carbonation, roasted finish

Overall a nice variation of the typical pumpkin beers with the roasted malt

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Photo of Dreamer
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Lee_Hancock
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
3.68 out of 5 based on 583 ratings.
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