Imperial Pumpkin Brush And Barrel Series | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Imperial Pumpkin Brush And Barrel SeriesImperial Pumpkin Brush And Barrel Series

Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brand Name: Imperial Pumpkin
Style: English Strong Ale
Color: Dark Amber/Brown
Bitterness Units: 30
ABV: 8.0%
Date of Introduction: August 2012
Malts: 2-Row, Wheat, Caramel 80L and Caramunich malt
Hops: Nugget, Mt. Hood, Willamette
Packages Available:22oz. bottle, five-gallon “logs” & ½ Keg (15.5-gallon)
Availability:Late summer through early fall

Description: Long Trail Imperial Pumpkin Ale is the first offering in Long Trail’s new Brush and Barrel Series. This limited release seasonal treat is small batch brewed with pumpkins, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves, with increased malts and a touch of bitterness for the perfect balance.

Added by strengthdoc on 08-01-2012

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Ratings: 431 |  Reviews: 91
Photo of Khaack
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a ruddy dark brown color with a slim off white foamy coating of head rimming itself around the glass. Lacing coated the sides adequately. The smell started off with some pumpkin puree’, light allspice, and a little bit of ginger. The taste was moderately sweet carrying the spice into the balance. There’s a slight sticky aftertaste leading into a quick semi-sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with an okay sessionability about it. Carbonation seemed good for an Imperial Pumpkin ale and good for me. Overall, this is good. It hits all of the points for the style but somehow I had higher hopes for this one.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The white head is a thin, fizzy film, but the body is a crystal clear, ruby red lake. The delightful and strong aroma is exactly what one wants from this style: a hefty slab of pumpkin pie topped with cinnamon and rimmed with a lightly toasted crust. Cloves and candied orange peels add an air of exotic mystery. The taste, however, is less romantic. It's somewhat thin--the punchy layers on the nose are flattened on the tongue. The fruit, spice, and malty crust are all present, but in a dried out, two-dimensional cracker form. Much of the flavor seems to have evaporated, and yet, the beer is still plenty drinkable. Good, in fact. Just not as dashing as the aroma foretold. One thing to write home about however, is the whisper of cloves which lingers in the aftertaste. It's a nice inadvertent touch, a reminder of crisp autumn afternoons. The carbonation is strong, creating a dry finish which more than likely plays a part in the flavor drought. Meanwhile, the light body, while enjoyably crisp, lacks the strength needed to support any imperial ale. Overall, while decently tasty, Long Trail's pumpkin ale is too small for its imperial crown.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with just a ring of foam. Aroma has the typical pumpkin spice mix, though no discernible pumpkin. Flavor is pretty much the same. I'll give this higher marks than the abominable pumpkinhead since they manage a higher abv, but the overall impression is similar. Only a few do this style right, not LT in this case.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on 2016-10-30 in Columbia, PA from a 2015 22oz bottle

A - Clear orange-copper with a 3/4-finger light tan head and mild-moderate lace.

S - Vanilla, nutmeg, light cinnamon and ginger, brown sugar, graham cracker. Pleasant and sweet smelling.

T - Nutmeg, clove and somewhat-fiery cinnamon yield to rich graham cracker and brown sugar pie crust and light citrus flesh. The pie flavors continue into the finish, moderately nicely with some roasted and hop bitterness for very nice balance.

M - Medium body and carbonation yield an initially smooth presence, which dries nicely; clearing the palate for another sip.

O - This is a well-done, seasonal pumpkin brew. Good aroma and flavor without being cloying. I'll have it again.

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Photo of bkbeer17
4.68/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chrismattlin
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of John_Beeryman
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rjp217
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RBorsato
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mmoriarty
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlarmClock314
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kinger86
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of zdk9
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours out a dark hazy orange flowing into chestnut brown. A good finger of head and lots of polkadot lacing. Looking good so far.

S- Aroma of gourdy sweetness, touch of ginger, maple syrup. A good deal of malt comes out here in a sort of doppelebock way.

T- Enough pumpkin flavor so that you notice it without being overpowering. Some spice, but again not overpowering. A decent amount of sugary sweetness in the form of maple syrup and honey flavors. Slightly oxidized, not sure if that's an anomaly or intentional.

M- Fairly thick and creamy. Nothing to complain here- it matches with the rest of the beer.

O- Very nice- pretty much spot on for what I want out of a pumpkin beer- some pumpkin and spice flavor but not overpowering. I would take a bit more classic pie spice, but still ok. The strength is a nice contrast to what you normally get.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle marked 2015 44533 at 42 degrees into snifter
$ 7.54/bomber ($ 0.342/oz) at Consumer Beverages, Lancaster, NY
Aroma weak, some clove
Head small (< one cm, aggressive pour), off white, fizzy, gone in a few seconds leaving a partial one mm ring and some floating islands of tiny bubbles
Lacing – absolutely none
Body dark amber tending toward brown, hazy
Flavor – some cinnamon and clove with a bit of pumpkin earthiness; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of rsquared59
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bluejacket74
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle, 2015 vintage. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy burnt orange/amber color with about an inch light tan head that stuck around a little while. There's a lot of lacing. The brew smells like pumpkin spices, mainly clove and ginger, along with some cinnamon, nutmeg and breadiness. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma. The clove flavor is the strongest by far to me, with all the other flavors still being noticeable along with some caramel. There's also a slight bitterness in the finish, but it's mostly spicy. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick with a good amount of carbonation. Overall I liked this, but I wish there was more balance with the spices. I'd like it more if the clove flavor wasn't quite as strong. With that being said, I think it's worth trying. $5.99 a bomber.

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Photo of Rizzy17
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Winston3737
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Grump2244
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of trickynicky
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gratefulbeerhead
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AndreRus
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ok beer. Cool artwork!

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Photo of SABERG
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A bottle from this years release shared with my wife. Poured into a shaker pint.
A - Copper colored, beautiful carbonation, leads to a fine white cap.
S - Pumpkin, all spice, cinnamon crust, a bit of garden herbs. Lite grassy notes.
T - Nicely balanced, spices are not out front, the base malts match up well. A
hint of bitterness adds to a very nice pumpkin ale.
F - Lite in body, a crispness throughout keeps this quite enjoyable.
O - I enjoyed this offering, the nose and palate are a bit disconnected, in that spice component
does not translate to the palate in full force. I like that element personally.

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Imperial Pumpkin Brush And Barrel Series from Long Trail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 431 ratings
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