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%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
79
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 430 |  Reviews: 91
Photo of Roguer
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark, long lasting, two-finger creamy head (with a semi-turbulent pour). Nut brown ale, shot through with a hint of orange glow. Thin but contiguous lacing.

Smells like a Belgian: sweet and yeasty. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and the pumpkin comes in the back end. Good balance on the aroma.

Surprisingly complex. Sweet and spicy, with a pumpkin pie finish. Some resiny yeast. A bit of a dry gourd feel on the palate.

Thick and full-bodied. Coats the entire mouth. No sting, mild foaming.

This leaves no doubt that it's a pumpkin ale, but it doesn't rely solely on a gimmicky flavor. It's very tasty, and a perfect complement for a cold New England Fall evening. I would consider drinking this regularly in season if it were available on tap. At ~$5.50 a bomber, it's also reasonably priced.

Nice artwork on the bottle, too.

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Photo of TheLevi4000
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of canolte42
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Found this beer to be rather pleasant. The pumpkin is not overwhelming nor underwhelming in its taste and mouthfeel. Seemed to go down rather well. For an imperial, it was not too heavy and complex. So much so that it is almost a session beer. 8.0 % is still high enough to need close monitoring. Enjoyed the beer as well as the bottle cover art.

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Photo of cleve00
2.43/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I havent had but 2 Pumpkin ales but the taste of the Imperial had an overwhelming unpleasant almost astringent taste that was off putting to me.

I have enjoyed Dogfish Head Punkin Ale very much but this Imperial Pumpkin was not a finisher. Sorry all, hate to be a negative but this wasn't fun. I tried to find some positives, such as smell definite pumpin pie spices but overwhelmed by the taste as I mentioned.

I think I will have another Dogfish Head Punkin Ale.

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Photo of Ironcityblackand
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ripweblo
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of NickBeery
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Sgbrown78
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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

Pours a surprisingly dark colour, a hazy burnt orange that almost glows in the light. A very attractive beer. The bottle also deserves a mention, as there is some impressive Vermont artwork on the label...

Aroma of candied fruit has much pumpkin but little in the way of spices. Not as much depth as I'd expected from its high ABV, imperial nature. The flavour is also not as complex or well balanced as I'd hoped with a real focus on bittering hops and alcohol heat in the finish. There are plenty of caramelized malts, toffee and pumpkin fruit in the body but almost no cinnamon or nutmeg or other typical "pumpkin pie" spices.

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Photo of Holland
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Drknight
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
8.0% ABV,

A - Beautiful burnt copper in color, orange highlights shine through the cloudy beer which is capped by thick light toffee foam.

S - Between the rich roasted pumpkin and delicately balanced nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon spice, Long Trail's imperial pumpkin has a smooth and inviting fall appeal that's underscored by sweet caramel and toasted wheat bread.

T - Soft caramel sweetness is bullied by dry toasted Vienna malts and finished with roasted pumpkin and spice that remains as delicate as the aroma lets on.

M - Malty and rich, this full-bodied and smooth beer is big with little alcohol interruption, finishing with simple spice and warming heat.

O - Long Trail's Imperial Pumpkin is a big little beer. 8% alcohol is light and warming, caressed by roasted pumpkin and delicate spice with malt complexity at it's core as it's a simple and tame imperial pumpkin.

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Photo of tlang803
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of bcm75
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Doogflaggat
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of DerekMorgan
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of jwgkicks
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of jmann40
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of spokeydonkey
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of JeffBrenner
3.24/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

16oz. bottle poured into a large pint glass. Pours a dark orange or amber with minimal head and carbonation that fades quickly. Small amount of lacing. Noted of nutmeg, cinnamon and other spices in the taste. Surprisingly, this pumpkin beer has a minimal pumpkin taste, but instead tastes like a spiced ale. The 8% is hidden pretty well. Smells of cinnamon and nutmeg as well. A pretty good taste, but far and away not in my top 10 pumpkin beers. It is a very good value for how cheap it is though.

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Photo of Johncnh
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of russwilliam
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of jwps214
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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