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
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
430
Reviews:
91
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
11.83%
 
 
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16
Gots:
78
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Ratings: 430 |  Reviews: 91
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4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Roland45s
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Considering Ive had several other oaked aged beers (primarily in bourbon barrels) this beer was great. Heavier on the pumpkin and all spice flavor with not too much of an oak flavor. The beer while holding a higher ABV did not have too much bite and was on the syrupy side of things, something I appreciate. Poured with an aggressive pour and it had just over 1" head. Definitely recommend it to those of you who are die hard pumpkin fans such as me.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Snagged a bomber up for 5 bucks from halftime beverage. Into a goblet.
A - Slightly hazy orange brown with a 1/2 inch of head that settles to a nice lace ring. Sticky lacing.
S - NO HOPS! With some nutmeg and cinnamon combo goodness. Mild vegital pumpkin and brown sugar sweetness.
T - Drinks pretty good for the ABV it does have a mild burn with vegital pumpkin in the finish. Has balanced cinnamon and nutmeg with little hop bitterness. Not bad.
M - Best part its around 8% but smooth with no alcohol to the taste or smell it taste like 6% at most.

Overall a great pumpkin beer "bang for your buck" and I have had worse. Could use more spice though as always...

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a darker reddish orange color with a one finger foamy head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a decent level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a nice blend of lightly roasted pumpkin and spice of nutmeg, coriander and cinnamon. Along with these smells are a good showing of sweetness with aromas of caramel and brown sugar as well as a bit of a bready like aroma with some characteristics of a yeasty like smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather moderate showing of a biscuit malt taste as well as a decent amount of a pumpkin. Upfront there is a rather high level of sweetness from flavors of caramel and brown sugar. As the taste moves on, the pumpkin takes on a lightly roasted taste with the spices that were detected in the nose joining the taste profile. At the same time the sweetness lessens ever so lightly producing slightly drier (although by no means dry) taste which matches the increase in roastedness well. In the end a light alcohol taste comes to the tongue, leaving a warming spiced, still rather sweet, pumpkin flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium to slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is slightly below average. The thickness and slightly lower carbonation are quite nice for the style as it gives the beer a more creamy like feel complimenting very well the pumpkin flavors.

Overall – An overall quite enjoyable pumpkin brew. It had a good level of sweetness which was balanced by the pumpkin, spice, and light roasted flavors quite well. A good one to give a go to if you have the chance.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a bright reddish orange with a beautiful, 2 inch off white head that leaves awesome lace and had exceptional retention. Smell is pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and some brown sugar. Taste is all that, very balanced and not over the top like some of these pumpkin beers, nice. Body is medium, nice amount of carbonation, not dry, and easy sipping, pretty tame for 8%. It is a nice cool fall evening the perfect night for this, probably my favorite pumpkin fan ever. Not really a huge fan of the style normally.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Omnium
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > Alpine Spring Pint

A - Poured out a darker amber color, 1 finger of off white head, no lacing.
S - Pleasant and balanced aroma, your base pumpkin scents, cinnamon, clove, allspice, and a hint of earthy hops to it, some caramel malt, and a little wheat.
T - This has a complex flavor for a pumpkin, lots of pumpkin meat, not incredibly sweet, but just enough, kinda like sweet potato, big time clove and nutmeg, some cinnamon, there's a little banana underneath, some mild hop bite in the mix too.
M - This is more on the dry and metallic side, but its a big beer, and feels it.
O - It gets better as it warms up, thats for sure, but for $7 for a bomber, I think thats a decent price for the weight of this beer. Its got a decent complexity that others dont really score on, but I dont like the finish on it.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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

I taste as many pumpkin beers as I can find because I believe a good pumpkin beer is very elusive. This is one of the few that I've ever had that caused me to buy multiple bottles at a time. Beautiful color, thick foamy heady and delicious malty head with just enough spices and a sharp, strong ale flavor. I really enjoy this beer and hope they stick to the recipe in future years.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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

A. it has a beautiful dark red/orange color with a big thick foamy white head that leaves some lacing behind. It's opaque and rich.

S. It has a malty and metallic scent. A hint of pumpkin.

T/M. It has a lovely sweetness to it. A mild bitter undertone. There's a pumpkin taste and a mild grape taste. Basically full-bodied and very smooth.

O. The pumpkin is tamed, but it's a rich-tasting brew. Perfect on an autumn evening, but if I'm nitpicking, it lacks that defining pumpkin taste that I look for. But an excellent brew.

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Imperial Pumpkin Brush And Barrel Series from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.72 out of 5 based on 430 ratings.
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