Linus! I found the Great Pumpkin!
A Review of Imperial Pumpkin Ale by Weyerbacher
Posted on 9/9/2011 by Chops
With autumn on our doorstep, I'm currently on a pumpkin ale kick. There is something magical about pumpkin ales. They have the power to conjure up images of warm blankets, stone fireplaces and streaming soups. In the world of microbrews, every beer style has a big and bold imperial version. Yes, even the pumpkin ale, which I assume will conjure up thicker blankets, huge raging bonfires and buckets of boiling hot lava soup. Today I am trying Weyerbacher's Imperial Pumpkin Ale.

In the glass, this beer has a coloration which seems to be a blend of burnt orange and honey. It's semi-hazy and delicious looking. The aroma is hands down the most interesting part of this beer. It's the spiciest beer I have ever smelled. Warming spices fill the air around this beer, instantly transporting you to an autumn wonderland. The label denotes that the brewers used nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves. Trust me, you can smell them all along with a mid-level alcohol burn. So just imagine a big mishmash of warming spices roasting in a skillet. If you have ever wondered what it meant for a beer to smell or taste spicy, this beer will teach you all about it. I spent quite a while with my nose in the glass before taking that first sip. It's a remarkable aroma.

That first sip sent me straight to fall paradise. The glass instantly took the form of a baking pan filled to the brim with a spiced pumpkin pie. My eyes rolled into the back of my head as I chewed on all that sweet spicy goodness. You can easily taste every individual spice note with nutmeg and cinnamon leading the charge. There are also brown sugar notes present that beautifully balance out the mix. I noticed that several parts of the flavor train actually tasted candied. I even found a slight touch of peppermint. The entire flavor mix carries from start to finish and stays on your tongue for a while. The mouthfeel is mid-bodied and incredibly smooth, so definitely take your time with it. I could easily go through several of these beauties, and you will probably want to.

Overall, Weyerbacher's Imperial Pumpkin Ale is an exquisite beer. To be honest, it's the best pumpkin ale I have ever had. I will definitely be enjoying many more of these spicy delights while they are in season and I will probably stock up several for the rest of the year. This beer is a treat for all brew fans, novices and veterans alike. Novices will find this beer to be a spicy and highly flavorful concoction with a powerful punch. Seasoned brew fans will find it as much the same, but with a big array of savory flavors to study. In closing, I must send my condolences to Linus. The Great Pumpkin is dead. Weyerbacher has made a beer out of him... and it's amazingly delicious.

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