chicowv (477) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle with Casey. Pours a dark, ruby, copper color with zero head. Decent CO2 release throughout. Aroma of pumpkin pie spices and pumpkin with caramel malts and dough. Taste is moderately spiced, heavy pumpkin, slightly salty. Smooth overall, especially for 9%. Pretty good pumpkin but too much spice for my taste.
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a dark amber brown. smells like thanksgiving! im surprised this beer got such low reviews. i think this beer is delicious and the flavor completely masks the 9% abv. the flavor of pumpkin is light, with a spicy after taste
tcane7 (1670) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber with coworkers. Pours a clean brown with thick tan head. Nose is pumpkin spices - cinnamon, clove, notes of vanilla. Taste is a little bit like cola up front with pumpkin spices and slight pumpkin that recedes into a slightly bitter boozy finish.
vtafro (4952) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Brown pour with some tan lacing. Cinnamon, spices and some lighter pumpkin aromas. Cinnamon and spice with lighter pumpkin flavors, not all that much of a sweet tone.
odinstyr (610) - Howell, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear dark red-brown with a short lived off-white head. Smells of pumpkin, clove, cinnamon - slightly muted smells though. Taste is sweet, pumpkin is prevalent with a strong malt character, notes of spice - clove, allspice. Hints of a pie.
Billicus (289) - @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma, was faint, spice not overpowering, cinnamon, clove, mostly, nice medium amber hue, smooth taste, slight hop, mostly malt background, followed by the spice on the back end good balance overall, I think one of the most balanced Pumpkin beers Iíve tried
TheCorkStops (53) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
So I grabbed this little brew on a recent trip back to PA to visit my folks, the Devious Imperial Pumpkin from Fegleyís BrewWorks. The BrewWorks has a couple of brewpubs in the Allentown/Bethlehem area that I call home, so Iím looking forward to this one. Plus, Iíve got a few old friends that work there, as well as a number of family members that consider themselves regulars. So letís see how it stacks up, shall we?
Pours out a really dark shade of orange, like a dark rust or mahogany color. I think this is one of the darker pumpkin beers Iíve seen this year. The foam is really lively, with a full two-fingers of head, in a creamy, off-white color. The head retention isnít long though, it subsides fairly quickly, leaving behind a mild lacing on the glass.
The aromas are nice, but mild. Thereís a little bit of pumpkin, but itís barely noticeable. The spices stand out a little stronger, but are also not as evident as the spices in some other brews this year.
Taking a sip Iím, well, disappointed a little. The spices are not as present on the palate as they were on the nose, and Iím not really getting a ton of pumpkin flavors. As the beer warms up, Iím getting a bit more pumpkin, but even less on the spice-side of things. Donít get me wrong, the Devious Pumpkin is quite drinkable, and Iím sure many people would enjoy it. But I set my standards for pumpkin beer pretty high, and this isnít quite hitting the same mark thatís been set this year.
Now, Iíve heard a few rumors that maybe Iíve got a bottle from last yearís batch. Thereís no "best by" or "bottled on" date anywhere on the bottle, so I canít quite be sure. And I picked this bottle up at a Wegmanís the latter part of August. Due to the kinda flat flavors, Iím hoping this is a leftover from last year. But for the sake of Wegmanís stocking practices, I hope they didnít put last yearís Devious Pumpkin out on the shelf at the same time as this yearís Pumking, thatís just bad karma.
Iíve also had several of my old friends tell me that the Devious Pumpkin is significantly better on tap. Unfortunately, I probably wonít make it back to PA while theyíre still serving it, so my comparison will probably have to wait till next year.
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a semi hazy copper orange with frothy tan head. Aroma is a mix of strong nutmeg, pumpkin puree, clove, pepper and herb. Flavor is a mix of nutmeg, pumpkin pie, almond, cinnamon. body is light yet creamy with perfect carbonation. Frankly, I really enjoy this pumpkin ale. It is a great pumpkin spice flavor and NOT syrupy which is key for me.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
THOUGHTS: Nice flavors, but a little cloying. Hid alcohol very well, though. Great pumpkin beer, but only a decent imperial pumpkin beer. There really needs to be a separate category for imperial pumpkin beers.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, medium, orangey amber with an average, creamy, off-white head that mostly diminished. The aroma had moderate to heavy caramel; a little sour pumpkin; pumpkin pie spices and actual pumpkin. The initial flavor was moderate to heavily sweet and slightly sour; while the finish was heavily sweet, lightly bitter and light to moderately sweet. There was caramel, a little vanilla, pumpkin pie spices, a little actual pumpkin, slight roasted malt and sour pumpkin. The medium to full body was a little oily and then dry with fizzy carbonation and a dry and ever so slightly alcoholic finish.
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - OCT 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
At GABF. Pours clear amber. Aroma is cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. Medium-full palate is spicy and nutty with some fruitcake flavors. Very balanced and tasty, a fantastic fall beer.