bubbleflubber (1826) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 9, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice Impy Pumpkin Ale indeed! Pours a cloudy orange-amber into the glass, with a thin ring of lace that leaves trace soapy bubbles down the glass. The nose is spot on for autumn pumpkin pie spices. There are lots of cinnamon, nutmeg and Allspice notes woven into a solid malt base with lots of integrated natural pumpkin meat. The bourbon really kicks in on the finish, leaving a drier alcoholic bite to end the pull. The body is nice and full, yet not cloying or too heavy. A very good cold-weather brew to warm up to by the fire. Once it begins to warm a few degrees, you’ll be happy to enjoy it.
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bomber from Amity Wine New Haven, no date. Murky orange with a small yellowish white head, fading to a thing ring and sparse film before long. Lots of oak and spice (nutmeg and allspice) in the aroma, some sweet butter cream and boozy bourbon behind. Flavor is very spicy with the aforementioned spices and adding a bit of cinnamon, still has some very light sweet butter cream notes. Has kind of a cheap boozy bourbon flavor and aroma. The booze dries this out pretty well, I just can’t tell if I like all the spice mixed in with the bourbon. Bitterness peaked at a 2-3 in the slightly earthy, bourbony spicy finish. Light prickly carbonation with a medium full body. OK, but you can’t bourbonate everything. Also overspiced.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy iced tea colored pour with a frothy white head. Lots of baked pumpkin aroma with a big dose of warm vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. The oak and bourbon ads a nice spiked cider like layer too. The flavor is warm, spicy pumpkin and vanilla with a nice oaky finish. Creamy medium full body with lots of soft carbonation.
gpekar (466) - Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a cloudy golden amber with a tall creamy beige head that reduced to about 1/2 inch and left a light amount of lacing. There is no mistaking the aroma of a puimpkin pie in a bottle with nutmeg and allspice. The beer has a creamy testure and a good strong bourbon flavor hits you right up front along with a good alcohol warmth. There is nice spiciness and a bit of heat from the bourbon and alcohol with flavors of nutmeg, pumpkin pie and cloves. The bourbon flavor and alcohol remain into the finish and mellow out slowly. This would be great on Thanksgiving evening or any other winter holiday when everyone goes home and you can relax by the fire and enjoy this slowly.
thegreenrooster (3210) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is a copper with a small white head. Aroma is excellent. Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Smells like warm pumpkin pie. Flavor is less stellar. Sure there are spices but its overly sweet. Finish is very heavy and sweet. Also does this need to be 9%? The good far out weigh the bad on this though since it looks and smells so damn good.
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours cloudy orange with small white head. Awesome nose: vanilla beans and clean oak tannins, nutmeg, sweet bread and pumpkin. Flavor of pumpkin pie, heavy on the cinnamon. Huge oak finish. Very nice. Very rich. Excellent, but in small doses like a dessert. Probably the best pumpkin ale to date.
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a clear orange, with a finger’s worth of frothy head. Aroma is very heavy on spices like ginger and nutmeg, almost makes one think of an early christmas. Taste definitely tastes like a mixture of holiday spices and a nice pumpkin pie. The body is a bit weaker than some of the other imperial pumpkin beers. The bourbon barrels combine with the spices to create a light and well balanced feeling of a nice burn in the back of the throat. Quite enjoyable.
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 6oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label has its ABV (9%) and a short description but no freshness or born on date.
Appearance: The body has a deep reddish orange amber color with fine yeast sediment floating around giving it a hazy look. From the pour I got a small off white head that quickly fades to fine layer of foam with a thick ring around the edge of the glass. Lacing is good.
Smell: Right away there is a noticeable whiskey presence. Notes of the booze, the vanilla, and some oak notes mingle with honey sweet malt notes and pie spice in the nose.
Taste/Palate: Right up front I get the bourbon whiskey notes with hints of vanilla, caramel and a slight touch of oak. This plays well with the base malt which has some honey like sweetness, pie spice and a hint of pumpkin squash flavor. The finish has some sweet boozy warmth from the 9% ABV that adds to the bourbon character. It also carries some of the pie spice and some mellow hop bitterness deep into the finish.
Notes: The bourbon barrel notes were a nice touch to base pumpkin beer. I liked the lighter balance of spice here in The Greater Pumpkin Ale vs. the regular The Great Pumpkin Ale.
AskForJenny (1020) - Ontario, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz - Tasted to me like a glass of egg nog, creamy nutmeg and whack of bourbon. It’s amazing the brewer can coax these flavors out, but for me this is nothing more than a once a year diversion.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange and amber and hazy. Smells of bourbon, oak, blended with spices, malts, and a little pumpkin pie. Taste is full of spices dominated by whiskey and oak barrels. Awesome!