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RATINGS: 282   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed at our original Capitol Hill location in Seattle. silver medalist at the 2007 Great American Beer Festival in the Fruit and Vegetable category, the world’s first Imperial pumpkin ale. Brewed with pale, Munich, Cara-Hell, Cara-Vienne, Cara-Munich and Crisp 45° L Crystal malts. Roasted pumpkin seeds in the mash, and extra pumpkin added in the mash, kettle and fermenter. Spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice. Formerly at 9.5%.

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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 19, 2013
THOUGHTS: It wasn’t as good as I thought it was going to be but, dear lord, it tasted just like my mother’s homemade pumpkin pie. Surprisingly light and easy to drink for a pumpkin beer this big. Definitely like pie made from fresh pumpkin, not canned pumpkin. Hid alcohol incredibly well. Great in that it tasted like actual pumpkin pie, but a little off from great pumpkin pie-like beers. Not quite sweet enough or malty enough. Just because something tastes good, doesn’t mean it’s a good beer. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a hazy, light golden orange with a small, off-white head that mostly diminished. The aroma had moderate caramel malts and roasted pumpkin; light sour pumpkin; pumpkin pie spices; slight alcohol; pie crust; fresh pumpkin pie. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and ever so slightly bitter and sour; while the finish was heavily sweet, and lightly acidic and bitter with an average duration. There was fresh pumpkin pie, meaning fresh pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices; sour pumpkin, slight alcohol and pie crust. The light to medium body was leaning toward medium was a little dry with fairly fizzy carbonation and dry finish. It went down extra easy.


3.9
gripweed57 (2463) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2017
22 ounce bottle. Amber orange color. Small foamy white head. Spicy nose is redolent of cinnamon and nutmeg. Toasted malt flavor has all the spices; cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice. Quite flavorful with notes of caramel, Apple, pumpkin and pie crust.

3.2
Mindwarp (276) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2017
Pours gold with a small white head. Aroma is of pumpkin and spice and smells kind of nice. Sorry. Taste is cinnamon and nutmeg not a lot of pumpkin flavor. Overall this beer smells better than it tastes.

3.4
geologyguy (1604) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2016 Pumpkin spice smell, malty spiciness taste medium strong boldness, smooth and flavorful..flying saucer with john

3.8
thegreenrooster (4406) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 5, 2016
Pour is a hazy orange with a large white head. Aroma Is a huge cinnamon and nutmeg. Smells like a fresh baked pumpkin pie. Flavor is more of a huge spice. I don’t know how much pumpkin is in this beer but there is a ton of spice. This gets a bit thick after a while but there is such a huge spice the thick cloying is expected.

3.8
nasmith003 (252) - Virginia, USA - NOV 4, 2016
Smells like pumpkin pie, pours a clear light orange color without much of a head. A creamy body with a delightful pumpkin spice taste with a light allspice and cinnamon finish.

3.7
J_man (1002) - Tustin, California, USA - OCT 31, 2016
Smells like a pumpkin pie in a bottle in a good way. Truly has a pumpkin orange color and is only slightly hazy despite being unfiltered and topped with a small white head. Taste is fairly strong nutmeg and allspice with a noticeable gourd/vegetal taste in the background. Body is light and might do a bit better with some more malt and alcohol, but overall well balanced. Lasting pumpkin pie spice and vegetal taste on the tongue. Really good pumpkin beer and it hides the alcohol well. Happy Halloween everyone!!

3.6
commonmac (1250) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2016
Large bottle picked up by blonderedhead at Stinson Liquors. Poured into a pint glass. This one has a healthy pumpkin presence from the onset. You can really smell the nutmeg, cinnamon, and other elements of a pumpkin pie. The color is also reminiscent of the Thanksgiving dessert delight but with a little bit more golden orange than tan/beige. The taste is big and pretty artificial which I think works both in its favor and against it in the long run. Initially it gives you what you asked for when you purchased it. Lots of pumpkin and a strong feel of autumn. Upon further consumption, the fakey pumpkin pie taste starts to get pretty old and it becomes a sweet, sugary and alcohol heavy affair. Those conflicting feelings affect the overall rating. It’s something you should try during the season but one pint is surely enough.

3.5
kidobutai (691) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2016
Poured from a bottle. Decent head but substantial, long-lasting lacing. Great aroma, strong pumpkin, creamy and smooth.

3.8
Luvystypotables (1967) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2016
Smells like pumpkin pie, pours a clear light orange color without much of a head. A creamy body with a delightful pumpkin spice taste with a light allspice and cinnamon finish.

3.7
seehaferb23 (270) - - OCT 23, 2016
Mixed feelings on this Imperial Pumpkin Tasted by Cannery Row Beer Club. Cheers! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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