Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Weyerbacher Brewing Co. – Easton, PA

Imperial Pumpkin Ale – 8.0% ABV

“brewed with pumpkin and spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and cloves)”


 Nice pour into tulip glass.  1/2 inch head faded within a few minutes and left a thin foamy coating on top.  Medium brown hue, leaning far toward red.  Almost looks red with a slight tinge of brown.  I normally view the aroma after sitting down, but it was so strong, I could smell the spices even when pouring it into the glass.  I didn’t even need to lift it toward my nose.

 All the flavors listed are present in the aroma.  Pumpkin isn’t in the forefront of the aroma.  Mostly cinnamon, cardamom and cloves.

 Flavor does come in with pumpkin first with nice balance of mild spices, far milder than how it smelled.  Finishes with pumpkin again.  Also has a pleasant warming flavor, definitely from the 8%.  There is a slight hoppy tang, but I wouldn’t call it bitter.  This is more of a malty fall-style beer.  This has a prominent malt backbone.  Sweet beer, and the sweetness isn’t cut by the spices present.  It’s just a sweet beer.

 Medium to full body has a nice texture, not too watery, like there’s some substance there.  The only possible negatives are the spices end up being a bit overwhelming.  I haven’t decided if that’s a good or bad thing, yet.  There’s also a slight metallic flavor toward the end. 

 It’s a nice pumpkin beer.  I’d put it around the upper middle of the pack for seasonal pumpkin beers.

Overall:  B+

Published in: on October 29, 2010 at 9:09 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. BRONZE MEDAL WINNER GABF 2010! This is the number three pumpkin in these United States!

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