Imperial Pumpkin | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

BA SCORE
4.17/5
251 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States
lakefrontbrewery.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pumpkin and spiced bock aged in used oak Korbel brandy barrels. Originally brewed for their 25th Anniversary.

Added by BeerFMAndy on 09-05-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,846
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
251
pDev:
9.59%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
54
Trade:
3
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at The Queen's Kickshaw, Astoria, NY

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber orange in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving only a thin ringer of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of pumpkins are present in the nose along with slight hints of nutmeg.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but has some sweetness along with additional hints of cinnamon. No alcohol is perceptible. The flavors become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a little too sweet for my taste as a pumpkin beer, except if you wanted to have this for dessert. The pumpkin flavors aren't that strong, but balance out well with the spices. It's not that difficult to drink since it hides its alcohol rather well.

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Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%

Appearance: Pours a clear burnt orange with a modest head; splashy lacing lingers behind

Smell: Rich pumpkin pie aromatics with a waft of brandy

Taste: There is solid base of pumpkin flavor with the pie spices building above; vanilla, oak and brandy elements arrive, after the swallow; a bit sweet and boozy, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: Bought this on a whim to compare to the Pumpkin Lager and, while I was told that this was a reprise of the 25th anniversary beer, I note that this is an ale while that beer was a lager; anyway, in comparison to its little brother, this shows what using ale yeast can do for the style; certainly, an excellent pumpkin beer and the brandy (while a touch overwrought) really adds a nice aspect

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Photo of oline73
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

The beer pours a clear reddish amber color with hardly any carbonation at all. What carbonation you can see goes away completely really quickly. The nose is full of pumpkin, dark fruit, and booze. I'm also getting some spice as well. Very nice smelling beer. The taste is really aggressive and pretty darn good. I'm getting pumpkin and some spice with a lot of brandy sweetness. Vanilla shows up as the beer warms. This one is a bit hot, maybe it could use some time. Surprisingly, there is a lot of carbonation, even if it looks like there won't be any. The finish is hot, warming, and a but buttery. This is a good one on a cold night.

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4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chinchill
3.23/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz 2013 bottle served in a snifter. Allowed to warm before serving but still improved with further warming.

Appearance: hazy red-brown body with a somewhat weak head and minimal lacing.

Aroma: spicy and boozy

Flavor: too boozy and too spicy with a rather vegetative contribution presumably from pumpkins. Light+ sweetness.

Feel: smooth but warm. Low carbonation. Medium+ body.

Overall: disappointing selection from a favored brewery. Still, likely to appeal to fans of spicy pumpkin ales.

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Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting beer, I'm not usually a fan of pumpkin beers these days, but aged in brandy barrels and with vanilla it could be interesting.

Pours a light fizzy bubbly head that fades pretty quickly, this batch apparently being 9.5% so that's typical, little lacing but nice legs, semi hazy cherry red colored beer.

Nose is mixed of good and bad, some mild pumpkin, fake pumpkin and messy gourd earthy notes, with a madeira like steak sauce mess mixed in, and lots of sweet candy things and some alcohol notes with phenols. Mild brandy fruity note, faint pumpkin spices thankfully, with a decent pumpkin pie aroma and toasted grainy malts, a mild vanilla with barrel note, decent biscuit doughy pie crust note as well.

Taste is nice, lots of vanilla out front, vanilla bean and some notes of barrel, with a nice fruity brandy flavor, with whisps of alcohol and some faint phenolic booze notes, and fair sweetness. Then pumpkin pie, light fresh pumpkin and gourd flavors, not really canned or fake pumpkin, but it's light overall, with light spices, a touch of cinnamon and ginger I think, etc. A nice creamy wheat flavor, with toffee and caramel, mild biscuit and doughy flavors almost pumpkin pie crust like flavor again, but not a lot, dark dried fruits with the dark wheats and esters. Finish dries a bit, leaves a bit of a tingly booze, with a mild bitterness, little pumpkin and gourd, light spices and vanilla, and hint of brandy and barrel lingering as well.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, thick and a bit creamy smooth, decent carbonation with small dissolved bubbles.

Overall pretty interesting, some nice notes of brandy and vanilla, spices are light thankfully, decent barrel, decent pumpkin as it didn't taste fake or canned, nice base malt and wheat with biscuit caramel toffee, etc. The nose was just a bit off with that madeira soy BBQ sauce thing, but otherwise pretty nice for a pumpkin beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Tone
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, bronze color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of nutmeg, slight pumpkin, slight alcohol, sweet malt, hint of hops, and slight pale malt. Fits the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pumpkin, alcohol, strong spices (nutmeg mostly), strong sweet malt, hint of hop, hint of yeast, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, good aroma, body, and blend.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of aasher
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you to Jonathan for this bottle.

This beer pours a light bodied dark, burnt dark copper in color with a slight off white lacing. The nose is sweet and malty with plenty of cinnamon and nutmeg with just a touch of brandy. For being barrel aged, there isn't much alcohol at all. The flavors are big and creamy. There is a lot of spice but they may have been necessary to take away from barrel character. There is a lot going on. The pumpkin aspect is in pumpkin spice latte territory. It drinks very smoothly with mild carbonation. I enjoy this beer a lot. It is both different and true to style. I love its barrel aged. I couldn't recommend this enough.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.12/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Imperial Pumpkin from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 251 ratings
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