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.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 27, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Poured fiery reddish-orange with a short-lived beige head.. great color. The aroma picked up warm pumpkin meat, bready notes, and alcohol-fueled spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla).. balance was good. The flavor found bready notes, caramel, and a fairly heavy does of mead-y honey at the core.. not much pumpkin, but there were a lot of spices from the nose around.. tacky on the finish with a mess of spices and alcohol warmth.. didnít hold up all that well after the initial smell. Heavier-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. too much honey and cheaper sugars evident.. needed more fresh pumpkin.
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle... dark orange, lots of amber, very shiny, creamy light tan head, good lace, good looking beer... very spicy nose, a bit too much spicy nutmeg, not enough pumpkin but a little, too strong and one sided for me... taste is more balanced in terms of pumpkin but needs some sweetness to make this balanced overall , lots of pumpkin, more spice, a little brown sugar, a little thin, if more brown sugar or caramel, could be really good, now allright
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark golden orange, almost copper, color with a frothy, pillowy two finger yellowish beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Sweet, spicy aroma thatís bursting with a ton of pumpkin and autumnal spice. Hints of vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and brown sugar. Thereís also some caramel malt adding to the sweetness. Liquid pumpkin pie.
Medium bodied with a blast of alcohol, pumpkin purťe and rich spices. Stronger than expected with lots of boozy sweetness and heat. Abv not well masked at all. This takes away from the sweet pumpkin and caramel malt. Not as much pumpkin flavor ss expected but there is plenty of zesty spice. Lots of cinnamon and brown sugar along with some nutmeg and clove. A bit thinner than expected as well. Doesnít really live up to the aroma, resulting in a watered down, overly spicy, boozy disappointment. Not terrible but a let down.
48FanInCali (848) - California, USA - OCT 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Orangish maple pour with very little lasting head or lacing. Nose is a bit bready with some autumnal spices. Taste is fairly faint on pumpkin and spices but it is there. Almost like a pumpkin light. Not bad.
Leafs93 (2109) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber orange with a white head. Aroma is faint pumpkin and mostly spices. Taste is sweet with some alcohol. As this warmed more pumpkin and nutmeg came out. Finish is warm.
Voodoo (560) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a very light head which laced the glass very little. A very full mouthfeel, a sweet taste hits with the spices and a barely noticeable pumpkin. The aftertaste is a bit odd....sort of a sour bittering and a bit metallic for lack of a better description.