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RATINGS: 236   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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Brewed at our original Capitol Hill location in Seattle. silver medalist at the 2007 Great American Beer Festival in the Fruit and Vegetable category, the world’s first Imperial pumpkin ale. Brewed with pale, Munich, Cara-Hell, Cara-Vienne, Cara-Munich and Crisp 45° L Crystal malts. Roasted pumpkin seeds in the mash, and extra pumpkin added in the mash, kettle and fermenter. Spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice. Formerly at 9.5%.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2013
2011 ABV: 7.7% A: pours coppered orange with no head formation and only a ring of off-white foam. Textured mirror surface with near excellent clarity. S: Smells pretty standard to me: nutmeg, cinnamon, allpice. The vegetal smells area little pungent in this one. Smells like squash with the spices. Pretty decent, but nothing spectacular. T: Hmm, this flavor is not what I had anticipated. Bitter with herbal qualities. The spices in this one are a bit aggressive here. The sharpness and bitterness is hard for me to get over. Nope, don’t like it. Really too much chemical astringency, practically tannic. Rubbing alcohol. So disappointed. M: Medium bodied with moderate on light carb. Semi dry finish. Pretty decent mouthfeel. O: yeah, smells good, but tastes brutal for me. I like Elysian, and have previously enjoyed this beer, but wow, not impressed. Alcohol, sharp chemicals, bitter. This is not good. Serving type: bottle 10-07-2011

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tnkw01 (1177) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 11, 2013
Bottle. I was a little disappointed by this one. The pumpkin part was great. Nice orange color. Not much head. Aroma and taste was pumpkin pie right on but the high gravity was not hidden. In fact the alcohol kind of smacks you right in the month. Still not a bad beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
anthony850 (277) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Bottle, tastes like pumpkin pie. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (2637) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 28, 2013
The beer appears a radiant orange hue with a small head that rapidly fades to nil. The aroma offers cinnamon, pumpkin pie, brown sugar. Sweet and definitely true to style. Lots of brown sugar and cinnamon character. Thin body with low carbonation. Alcohol content well hidden. A tasty beer, though a little goes a long way. A good beer to share a few ways.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DenverLogan (814) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2013
From a bottle in September. Pours an orange - copper with small head. Aroma of orange, light spices, pumpkin. Moderate carbonation and big mouthfeel. Flavors of pumpkin juice and spices. Overall tasty and bold but with some bitter notes.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (2778) - Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2013
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2013 bottling. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge pumpkin flesh, pumpkin seed, cinnamon, gingerbread, nutmeg, toast, caramel, brown sugar, clove, allspice, pie crust, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Absolutely insane aromas with incredible complexity and balance of pumpkin, malt, and spice notes; with great strength. Taste of big pumpkin flesh, pumpkin seed, cinnamon, gingerbread, nutmeg, clove, allspice, toast, caramel, brown sugar, pie crust, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of pumpkin, pumpkin seed, cinnamon, gingerbread, pie crust, nutmeg, clove, allspice, caramel, brown sugar, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of pumpkin, malt, and spice flavors; with big authentic pumpkin presence and fantastic malt/spice balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and lightly slick/syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely insane imperial pumpkin ale. All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of malt/pumpkin/spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A world class pumpkin ale for sure.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmm635 (886) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Poured burnt orange with a creamy white head. Aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Not overly spiced. Sweet flavor. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Excellent pumpkin ale!

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leafs93 (1729) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Pours burnt Orange with a touch of haze. Aroma is pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and earthy. Taste is sweet with the cinnamon adding a touch of heat. Medium bodied, soft carbibation, smooth. Delicious pumpkin, is very spiced but it maintains balance.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenryXXX (201) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 7, 2013
Pours a rusty pumpkin orange colour with a lacy head. The nose screams pumpkin pie, not just the spices, you get the sweetness and the roasted pumpkin flavour. The flavour starts with the normal pumpkin spice, and has a watery pumpkin flavour that carries it into a toasted speculaas. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1374) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 7, 2013
Slightly hazy orange with a small pale head. Aroma is pumpkin pie - pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, graham cracker. Slight creamy mouthfeel, sweet on the palate. Pretty much like liquid pumpkin pie, flavours match the aroma. Kind of wish I had a slice of pie right now.


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