May Cause Some Naughty, but Is Still Quite Nice
A Review of Imperial Pumpkin Ale by Weyerbacher
Posted on 12/15/2011 by Brew's Your Daddy
So here in Georgia, we have been having some unseasonably warm weather for this time of year. It is still a little brisk outside, but it is far from face freezing cold. I guess that weather is going to wait until about February, and as usual, bring the entire state to a screeching halt with an impressive ice storm that will send everyone running to the grocery store for milk, eggs, and bread. But that remains to be seen, and I am trying my best to focus on the now. And since it feels more like fall than winter, and a lot more like Halloween than Christmas, I decided that I would give a highly recommended pumpkin ale a whirl. Seeing as how it has been sitting in my fridge taunting me, I feel as though the time has come for me to meet the Imperial Pumpkin Ale by Weyerbacher Brewing Company.

Once poured in the glass, the aromas instantly start spilling back out. I actually had to hold the glass away from me, as to distract myself long enough to look at the coloration. To me it came across as a very dark, almost burnt amber. The fluffy white head achieved on an aggressive pour doesn't stick around for very long, and finally dissipates down to nothing more than a small ring of bubbles around the very top. Big waves of cinnamon, and nutmeg are unmistakeable. They carry a big part of the nose together, but what is really nose catching is the delicious smell of clove laying just beneath the surface. It gives the Imperial Pumpkin Ale a feeling of warmth, and fullness. Other notes of caramel, pumpkin and allspice can be picked out with a little digging as well.

When you go in for the first taste, you instantly have to fight off a smile. Your mouth is filled with all of those aromas that the nose detected, and in a very well balanced manner at that. The nutmeg is a little more dominant than the cinnamon, but both are again very up front. Then as it warms, the clove starts to push through everything else, and brings a nice spicy tingle to your tongue. A few more slow sips easily brings the pumpkin flavor in to focus, and it's a very tasty layer once found. With all of the spice flavors floating around in it, the very quiet but strong malt backbone does a great job of keeping things orderly. The mouthfeel is slightly sticky, but welcome. This is one that you don't mind if it leaves a little flavor coating as it goes.

Weyerbacher Brewing Company has always impressed me when I was able to try one of their offerings. The Imperial Pumpkin Ale is no different. I would highly advise the more experienced drinkers try it if they see it. I know they aren't really in season right now, but I'm sure that with a little searching, there might be a few more on the shelves somewhere close. The search is well worth it. It is a fine example of a well done imperial pumpkin ale. The novices might find it a bit dangerous, and this time of year Santa doesn't approve of bad behavior. The 8% ABV is well hidden, and could lead to actions with elves that might carry some pretty hefty penalties in certain states. Proceed with caution would be my advise. The flavors are awesome, and it is highly drinkable. When all is said and done it might cause a bit of naughty, but it is still quite nice.

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