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:
429
Reviews:
90
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
11.83%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
79
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 429 |  Reviews: 90
Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a chalice: color is amber, head is tan with fine sized bubbles, presents 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to a spotted top with nice lacing and lingering on the glass.

Smell is mainly spice and ethanol from the fermentation. Spice is clove/ginger.

Taste is a little subdued, but pleasant for an imperial pumpkin style ale. Malt is light, maybe some biscuit and light toast with a caramel background. Spice is evident and well blended mix, presenting more as clove/ginger with cinnamon and allspice in background. Something that is noticeable is that this is a imperial style that does not have a big booze component.

Mouthfeel is pleasant but a little sharp and too carbonated. The spices seem to really overtake in the mouthfeel. This seems to be a fine balance in many pumpkin ales of trying to keep malt profile light for pumpkin presence but heavy spice levels detract.

Overall, a solid pumpkin ale, but a bit spice heavy.

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Photo of smithj4
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Justindemino
2.3/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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

Photo of DaPan
4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StartedwithSAM
4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz. bottle poured into a grand snifter at 55F.

Appearance: A nice cloudy, amber in color, 1 finger with off-white head and spotty lacing.

Smell: The nose is balanced with sweet malts, cloves, ginger and subtle cinnamon.

Taste: The taste is concurrent, not cloying but not overly bitter either and the cloves really usher the other flavors to a pumpkin finish which lingers a little.

Mouthfeel: A full body with a somewhat oily feel on the palate.

Overall: I really enjoyed this. The balance between the spices and the pumpkin were accomplished here, along with a pleasant nose made this a really enjoyable drink. I will definitely pick this one up again and save for a cooler evening.

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Photo of beerme233
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rockywwf
4.56/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of baconfromwalmart
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stableatbest
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JorgesThemeSwimming
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of founddrama
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Welp. Pumpkin flavor is the dominant one. Still tastes like a beer, so at least they didn't go overboard there. Color is great. Mouthfeel is good. Aroma is… pumpkin.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a goblet

A- pours a deep amber color with a small creamy off-white colored head that reduces to leave only a ring around the edge

S- quite malty base with aromas of brown fruit bread & brown sugar, spice aromas of nutmeg & cinnamon, light vegetal notes to close it out

T- malty base follows the aroma with notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, even a hint of molasses. The spicing kicks in mid-palate with an emphasis on nutmeg, followed by cinnamon & clove. More malty sweetness closes it out with some dark bread & a trace of hop bitterness

M- medium body with medium prickly carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues all the way to a silky finish

O- one of the more malty pumpkin ales out there, and it works well with the spices, very drinkable at 8% as well

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.39/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bomber. Dark copper color with good streaking from an initially thin head. Roasted malt and pie spice aromas with a bubblegum note from the yeast, perhaps. Full, rich flavors. Medium sweetness with all the spices.

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Photo of mmmbeerNY
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, cloudy, brownish/orangeish color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin coating of foam that covered the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic. Lots of pumpkin and spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, all-spice, ginger, clove, and brown sugar. There’s also lots of malt and bready notes, too, like freshly baked ginger bread, however, I get next to nothing in the way of hops.

Taste: Pumpkin and spices upfront. Fruity and savory. I get tons of nutmeg and ginger, followed by pumpkin and malt an some subtle hops to round everything out. Very damn good!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy. There is some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 8.0%, I’m surprised that there is not more of an alcohol presence on the palate.

Overall: This is a really, really good beer! I really like the savory tartness that this beer has. If Long Trail put this out next year, I’ll certainly get a bottle of it to enjoy!

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Photo of MNPikey
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bluehende
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best pumpkins I have had. bomber bought at the brewery two months ago poured into a snifter. Very nice carmel and malty flavor with very light spice. Would search this one out if you like low spice in your pumpkins.

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Photo of Jake_eff
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gwiedman1
2.84/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sweet smooth hint of wine. An ok beer.

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

Photo of danlib21
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Imperial Pumpkin Brush And Barrel Series from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.72 out of 5 based on 429 ratings.
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