Billicus (291) - @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Aroma, was faint, spice not overpowering, cinnamon, clove, mostly, nice medium amber hue, smooth taste, slight hop, mostly malt background, followed by the spice on the back end good balance overall, I think one of the most balanced Pumpkin beers I’ve tried TheCorkStops (53) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 13, 2012
So I grabbed this little brew on a recent trip back to PA to visit my folks, the Devious Imperial Pumpkin from Fegley’s BrewWorks. The BrewWorks has a couple of brewpubs in the Allentown/Bethlehem area that I call home, so I’m looking forward to this one. Plus, I’ve got a few old friends that work there, as well as a number of family members that consider themselves regulars. So let’s 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 I’ve seen this year. The foam is really lively, with a full two-fingers of head, in a creamy, off-white color. The head retention isn’t long though, it subsides fairly quickly, leaving behind a mild lacing on the glass.
The aromas are nice, but mild. There’s a little bit of pumpkin, but it’s 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 I’m, well, disappointed a little. The spices are not as present on the palate as they were on the nose, and I’m not really getting a ton of pumpkin flavors. As the beer warms up, I’m getting a bit more pumpkin, but even less on the spice-side of things. Don’t get me wrong, the Devious Pumpkin is quite drinkable, and I’m sure many people would enjoy it. But I set my standards for pumpkin beer pretty high, and this isn’t quite hitting the same mark that’s been set this year.
Now, I’ve heard a few rumors that maybe I’ve got a bottle from last year’s batch. There’s no "best by" or "bottled on" date anywhere on the bottle, so I can’t quite be sure. And I picked this bottle up at a Wegman’s the latter part of August. Due to the kinda flat flavors, I’m hoping this is a leftover from last year. But for the sake of Wegman’s stocking practices, I hope they didn’t put last year’s Devious Pumpkin out on the shelf at the same time as this year’s Pumking, that’s just bad karma.
I’ve also had several of my old friends tell me that the Devious Pumpkin is significantly better on tap. Unfortunately, I probably won’t make it back to PA while they’re still serving it, so my comparison will probably have to wait till next year. Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2011
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
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
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
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.. didn’t 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 (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2011
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
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 that’s bursting with a ton of pumpkin and autumnal spice. Hints of vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and brown sugar. There’s also some caramel malt adding to the sweetness. Liquid pumpkin pie.
Medium bodied with a blast of alcohol, pumpkin purée 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. Doesn’t really live up to the aroma, resulting in a watered down, overly spicy, boozy disappointment. Not terrible but a let down. 48FanInCali (851) - California, USA - OCT 14, 2011
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 (2332) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2011
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.