Imperial Pumpkin | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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4.17/5
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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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
253
pDev:
9.59%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Elumbeer
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.36/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 adamranders
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scratch69
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ffshore545
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SlainteAlbanyNY
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of martyl1000
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

UPDATE 10/29/15
Wow. What a difference a vintage makes. Upgrading my 2014 score of 3.60. (See below.) New score: 4.32.

But even that's underselling it. I'm enjoying it even more than a 4.32. (My reluctance to score it higher? Grade inflation. I'm a former college professor.)

UNOFFICIAL, HALF-DRUNK SCORE: 4.51.

Wife and I have eyes-a-poppin' at all the primo flavors here. Last year, the ham-fisted, out of control alcohol heat put the beer in the "interesting, but, yikes" category. The alcohol this year comes as refined, smooth, white-wine/fruity-liquor. Incredibly drinkable for a 9.5% beer. My glass is disappearing so fast, if this weren't such a pleasure I'd be really sad.

Awesome aroma.

Great mouthfeel, a bit creamy with excellent fizz.

Really, though, major complaint: it vanishes in mere moments. We're already cracking our last of the 4-pack.
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(9/2014: rating 3.60)
Will I ever find a pumpkin beer I like?

This one got better as it warmed. But the alcohol astringency was just too distracting.

It's also way too sweet. Like a Pumpkin schnapps.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hootie159
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Traditional burnt orange pumpkin look. Thin white head, quickly gone. First hit on the nose is classic pumpkin spicing. Then a nice whiff of the brandy barrel. But if booziness. Alcohol is fairly prevelant. The barrel flavor outweighs the pumpkin and ends up being a bit short. Medium low carbonation. That nice brandy feel. Alcohol adds some sting.

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Photo of Rammed96
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of BrewThru_29
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May be my favorite pumpkin beer. The brandy flavor is just perfect with the pumpkin spices and flavors that are present in this beer. I will seek this out every year.

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Photo of warpig372
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brock915
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kevin79
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of seangibbs60
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Houser
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrDemento456
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really nice imperial pumpkin ale with some slight boozy tones. Color is a hazy amber yellow with a 1/2 inch of head that fades to a ring. Smell is excellent ton of all spice, booze, and caramel malt. Taste is very exceptional not much brandy burn with sweet vanilla and cinnamon highlight. Body is creamy and medium body. Worth picking up.

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

Photo of jrb378
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Evilyak
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

normally i prefer my pumpkin beers to be a little more subdued, but this has some interesting things going on so it's worth hitting again.

pours a reddish-brown with a slight ring of carbonation. no lacing or real head, but there's just a hint of foam around the edge of the glass.

smell is boozy up front, with vanilla and spice finishing the mix. unlike a lot of pumpkin beers, this doesn't smell like some halloween faerie ruined an entire batch of beer with "pumpkin spice". the brandy really carries this one.

taste is again brandy up front, with vanilla carrying the back end. there's definitely a serious allspice kind of kick to it. finishes with alcohol - whole thing seems pretty hot.

mouthfeel is like brandy and soda, or perhaps drambuie that's been thinned out a bit. light carbonation gives way to a lingering brandy aftertaste.

in terms of pumpkin beers - i don't like it. in terms of barrel-aged beers, i think it's pretty sharp. i think the pumpkin got completely buried by the bourbon and vanilla, but in terms of the specific beer, it's pretty tasty either way. just don't know what the pumpkin really added here.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A- Looks like the leaves of fall. A deep ruby brown. No head.

S- Lots of pumpkin and cinnamon, allspice. Like thanksgiving. Not picking up a whole lot of brandy.

T- Probably the most complete, well rounded pumpkin ale I have every had. Amazing. I get a little brandy but it's not overpowering.

M- Medium carb and a coating mouthfeel.

D- I WANT THIS TO BE EVERY PUMPKIN BEER I DRINK!

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Photo of AlarmClock314
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zatch90
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Imperial Pumpkin from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 253 ratings