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RATINGS: 1051   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Brewed with Pumpkin and Spices(Cinnamon,Nutmeg,Cardamom,Cloves). This 8.0% ABV pumpkin ale is heartier, spicier, and more caramelly and pumpkiny than its faint brethren! Perfect finisher on a cool autumn night, or match it up with a slice of pumpkin pie and fresh whipped cream. If you don't agree this is the mother of all pumpkin ales, then you just don't like mothers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Ok I donít normally like these, I mean they are hit or miss with me, but this was exceptional. Pours a beautiful amber brown to start. Smells of my favorite pie, pumpkin. They did a great job spicing this. Then all pumpkin in the flavor, with a nice balance of sugar, cinnamon, and spices. Very nice seasonal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2005
huge aroma of cinammon, clove and pumpkin, along with some nutmeg, just as advertised. an orange/amber body but just about nothing going on as far as a head. flavors were very nicely blended, the pumpkin and the spices come out in waves that are even and give this a nice crisp mouthfeel and a very spicy finish. the pumpin lingers on the palate after the spices fade away. this is a great pumpkin beer with the only exception being a bit of the abv coming in late on the taste. alot of body for a fruit beer as well. i am liking this one alot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (1881) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 25, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2006 Nice amber color with a big creamy head. Aroma is huge pumpkin and spice, especially the nutmeg. Flavor is sufficiently "pumpkiny" but ím not sure where the "Imperial" fits in. I see now that it is 8% alcohol, but I didnít detect the big alcohol body or warmth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 25, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2006 The first pumpkin ale Iíve had that actually tastes like pumpkin, not to mention that itís the best Iíve had to date. Aroma is really spicy, with cinnamon and nutmeg, and a lot of pumpkin. Pour is a very nice orange with a great, foamy head. Flavor is really very pumpkiny with some spice goodness and a well rounded palate. A very nice beer.

2006 batch: Not as good as I remember it. Aroma is a little sharp, acetone covering up some decent spices. Not nearly enough cinnamon and nutmeg... just seems blasted with some rough english malts too much. Flavor is a bit better, more of the expected pumpkin and spices, but body is thin. Iíd give this now a 6/3/7/3-3.4 .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2005
Amber orange body with medium tan, slightly lacing head. Sweet aroma of pumpkin, nutmeg, clove. Flavor of pumpkin pie with all the fixins. Cinnamon, clove, even a touch of crust. Medium creamy palate that kind of sticks around. Refreshing finish that makes me anxious for fall. Canít wait to have the next 23 of these!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4459) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 23, 2005
Pours a translucent amber orange with a small off white slightly lacing head. Aroma is pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice and clove. All nicely balanced. Pumpkin pie it is. Flavor is similar. Maybe slightly tamed from the aroma. Nothing artifical in the flavor or aroma. Probably the best Pumpkin Ale Iíve had so far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2647) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 23, 2005
09.23.05 Bomber. Pretty red-amber pour with golden highlights. Small but lasting off-white head with no lacing. Aroma is really spiced up. Most of what I smell is cinnamon and some background clove and tobacco. Reminds me of the Djarum cigs I used to smoke. Thereís an underlying biscuity sweetness with butter and honey, itís the smell of a country breakfast in late autumn. Flavor is much less sweet than I expected from this brewer, thankfully, and is awash in cinnamon. In fact, itís so full of cinnamon it becomes a distraction. Despite the lack of sweetness, there is plenty of nice caramel, biscuit, and toasty french bread. More of the butter and honey from the aroma is welcome and lingering. Long finish showcases the cinnamon, and in the end really dries up with a bite just like fresh grated cinnamon or nutmeg would have. Thatís actually a real eye opener for the first few sips. The body, although thin for the season, seems right for the style. I donít expect much fullness in these pumpkin beers (even if they are labeled imperial). And, like every other pumkin beer Iíve tried, I donít taste any pumpkin. Maybe Iím immune. Itís good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3423) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 22, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2008 [bottle - 22 oz] Very nice amber/reddish color with a fluffy tan head. Nice aroma of pumpkin pie spice, lots of nutmeg and some cinnamon. The taste is a rich mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin, along with some cloves and pumpkin pie spice underneath. Very creamy and thick and very pumpkiny and tasty. Probably the best pumpkin ale Iíve run across.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zathrus13 (1713) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2005 Orange/amber color, with a small tan/white head. Aroma is what you expect, pumpkin and spice, just like the label says. Flavors are also pumpkin and spices, with a dry, spicy finish. Body is a little thin. This seems like a little brother of the the Decadence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2005
Out of a bottle. Aroma is bountiful with spices, cinnamon very prevalent, cloves show nicely as well. Pour was a dark amber very lively with a nice cream colored head laced the glass well. Flavor was tricky cinnamon and clove seem to abound at first before giving way to the nutmeg. Palate was full and rich and finish letís you know have a pumpkin ale with itís staying reminder of a slice of pie. Overall this was very tasty.

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