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Imperial Pumpkin Ale by Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pumpkin Ale
0.00 % ABV


 
Review by everetends on 05/29/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 8 16 4 7 2010
Old Review
Had this one on tap at Trapeze in Athens, GA. Served up in a DFH shaped pint. Lets get to it.

A: Pours a murky, rusty, orange color. Vibrant and shiny. Carbonation moves the haze about. Has a nice fluffy, white head. A good finger of head that has some staying power, lasting over half the glass. Lacing is thin and a bit weak but still leaves some traces on the glass. Looks good.

S: As soon as you are close enough to pick up the glass, you smell pumpkin. Big time pumpkin. I am trying to come around to pumpkin flavors and smells (since I have hated them in the past) but this was a bit overwhelming with a deep breath. Just so much pumpkin. There are also some heavy pumpkin spice notes coming out in the form of cinnamon and clove mostly. Smells like the holidays when you walk into a Yankee Candle store. You don't know if it is a good thing or a bad thing, but you still walk around for a while. High marks for the confusion.

T: Taste is actually not as dominated by pumpkin as it is in the nose. The clove and cinnamon flavors are more pronounced in the flavor. Don't get me wrong, pumpkin is there, but it isn't slapping you upside the head. The pumpkin is sweet and creamy, more like pumpkin pie. There is a nice sweetness coming from the malt that really mellows this beer out. Nice.

M: Medium bodied beer that is creamy in texture. Carbonation is up there, but helps this one go down a bit. ABV is not noticed to me. Aftertastes that linger on the palate are mostly the spices of clove and cinnamon.

D: For a pumpkin beer, its not bad. The smell is a bit knockout worthy IMO, but the taste is far more subtle. Helps the beer be bearable. I actually thought about having another after this one, so I guess that says something. Not bad and another solid brew from Weyerbacher. Great for the holiday season.

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 11-24-2008 03:45:57

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 08/19/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 2009
Dark coppery browned color. One inch stack of firm, cigarette stained, foam. Fades slowly to a solid skim and thinning collar. Minimal lacing sticks in strings, otherwise mostly drippy and fast.

Aroma is mostly of mixed spices, clove dominates with a good portion of cinnamon drawing through along with some cardamon and highly ripe pumpkin rind.

Taste is quite nice. One of the better pumpkin brews I've had without a doubt. Fun flavors and spices mix well and boldly across a sweet candied malt backing. The pumpkim is there along with a good portion of balanced in spices bringing cinnamon, cardamon, and a nutmeg dryness. Finish has a light dryness with the spices and some yeastyness. Then it rides around going back and forth for a bit with the malty candyish backing.

Feel is fairly active and forthcoming with a steady medium body, seemingly light in areas but malty rich and thick in others. A fun and unique ride with this one. Smooth overall with fairly fine vibrant spicing and yeasty dryness.

A very solid pumpkin spice brew. A nice treat to be shared, if and whenever possible. Although I can see why some people don't like it. It can border on the love it or hate it line of character for some. To each their own. Mine is thimbs up; as is the Mrs. - who probably liked it alot more then I did. Good stuff.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by James Kitchens on 02/06/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 2 10 16 4 8 2008
Color is red, maybe slightly brown in there. Smell is interesting. Can definitely get the spices, especially the nutmeg. The actual pumpkin smell may have faded since I'm drinking this one a bit too late. The taste follows the smell, but you get a bit more alcohol in the taste than the smell. And a bit more pumpkin aftertaste. Probably one of the best pumpkin ales I've had, and I am a fan of this style actually. Feel is pretty good, as you get a little lingering in the spices more than anything else.

Overall, this is certainly a solid bottle. About what you expect from Weyerbacher. This is probably the best or second-best pumpkin ale I've had. No question that this one is a must-have for anyone who likes this particular style or wants to try a seasonal with a twist in it.

Served In: Pint Glass

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