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RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Long Trail Imperial Pumpkin Ale is the latest introduction to the Long Trail Brewmaster Series. This limited release seasonal treat is small batch brewed with pumpkins, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves with increased malts and a touch of bitterness for the perfect balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (5435) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear orangish amber body with a one finger tight bubbled beige head that had pretty nice retention. The nose is pretty solid, lots of sweet caramel maltiness with a lighter spice accent. Smells like ginger mostly, with some lighter cinnamon and nutmeg. Minimal squash notes. The flavor is way too spicy for my tastes though. The ginger and nutmeg are just a little too overboard and dominate over the pumpkin and sweet caramel malt. Spicy biting finish from the ginger and clove. Some very minimal alcohol heat on the finish, but pretty tame for 8% ABV. Medium bodied with fizzy frothy carbonation. I was hoping for better from this one. Their other brewmaster series beers have been very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5269) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 17, 2013
Bomber marked 062813, their redesignated Barrel and Brush series, and I do like the label-front painting. Nose is pumpkin with pie spices: nutmeg, cloves, light allspice, faint ginger. Pours opaque/cloudy orange-brown but ruby under light with clingy and dense tan head. Taste is sweet and overly spiced, but softly malty as if a generous dose of wheat had been added, bitterness rising toward the muddled yeasty-malty end, but it’s more spice-related bitterness than hop-derived. Speaking of which, the attachment to the bottle notes Nugget, Mt. Hood, and Willamette this year, they’re low on the totem pole but bring deft but bright citrus and very soft pine, with nice complementary earthiness (the pumpkin is there but well below the cloves and it’s even under the cinnamon!) and just enough oily bite to make them worth the search. Murky-slimy but smooth medium body, alcohol very well hidden. Not my favorite pumpkin beer, not even my favorite big/double pumpkin, but as with many things this time of year, I’m just so in love with the change in season... .

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (5088) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle. Orange brown pour with tan head. Cinnamon, nutmeg and some pumpkin aromas. Flavors follow, not all that vibrant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2012
On tap at Capone’s. Served in a Long Trail shaker pint glass. Caramel orange. Over spiced and quite dry. Some pumpkin spice. Tannic. Not very good. Wouldn’t try again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4926) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Pours deep amber into a snifter. Sweet hot pumpkin pie aromas. Thick with sweet nutmeg and ginger upfront turning to pumpkin and cinnamon in the lasting finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (4885) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 10, 2012
Location: 22 oz bottle from Sparrow-Downtown, 9/10/12

Aroma: It has a good amount of spice (cinnamon, clove, etc), pumpkin, and some sweet malts
Appearance: This one pours a dark orange color with a beige head and some light lacing
Flavor: The taste is medium sweet, not as sweet as the nose, with a medium-plus spice presence
Palate: The body is medium, it has a lively carbonation, and a lasting, lightly dry finish
Overall Impression: This one was a solid Pumpkin beer, but not a stand-out in this style. Still though, it is something that I enjoyed drinking, so I give them a

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (4879) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 7, 2012
22oz bottle in a plastic cup. Pours brown with a cream-colored head. Aroma of pumpkin, caramel and bread-like malts, and some floral hops. Flavor the same, with some alcohol on the finish. Average texture. A good pumpkin beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmac (4849) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2012
22 oz bomber from Spirits Crossroads and my 1st pumpkin beer of the season for 2012. Poured a rusty orange body under an average to larger sized slightly foamy beige head. Aroma has a chocolate background with notes of pumpkin spices, toast and some pumpkin husk. Body is full and dry with lots of mid-flavor spices and finishes full and spicey. Flavor of toast, chocolate, pumpkin pie spice, dry pumpkin rind and grain. It’s okay and the ABV is well hidden but I’d rather have the king and yes I mean Pumking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AirForceHops (4804) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 13, 2013
22 oz. bottles from Gary’s beverage, Portsmouth, NH. One year old bottle store in my cellar. Dark amber with light bubbly head that provided lacing. Nose is light graham cracker and a strong amount of pumpkin. Flavor of squash, faint herbal and malty notes with ginger and nutmeg in the finish. Full in body with a light effervescent mouthfeel. Nice job here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (4774) - McLean, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2013
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a clear reddish copper with an off white head. Caramel malt nose. Spicy pumpkin pie notes, but not over the top. Tasty.

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