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October 31, 2010

Weyerbacher’s Imperial Pumpkin Ale Beer Review 10.31.10

Yes. I'm reviewing another pumpkin ale.

Yes. I'm reviewing another pumpkin ale.

The Brewski Report Reviews Weyerbacher’s Imperial Pumpkin Ale.
File Date: 10.31.10

File Name: Your Vote Matters (As Long As You Vote For Change).
The Beer: Imperial Pumpkin Ale
Type: Pumpkin Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 8.0%
Brewer: Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Web Site:
Country/State of Origin: PA, USA
Brewer Info: Weyerbacher Brewing Company was founded in 1995 by Dan and Sue Weirback. In the beginning, I was an avid homebrewer and big fan of the blossoming new craft beers that were hitting the market.  One weekend in late 1993 while vacationing in Vermont, Sue and I toured the Long Trail brewery, back when it was in the basement of an old mill.  I was looking for a new business to get into but it was Sue who suggested we start thinking about starting our own brewery. Nearly two years later, Weyerbacher Brewing Company was born in a livery stable in downtown Easton, PA.  Launched in August of 1995, the original concept was to make some mainstream microbrews, like a Pale Ale and ESB. Boy did we take a wrong turn!  In 1997 we brewed our first big beer, Raspberry Imperial Stout, which happened to be one of Dan’s favorite homebrew recipes.  As hard as it was to get people to care about another “Pale Ale” in a sea of pale ales, people seemed to stand up and take notice of Raspberry Imperial Stout.  The following year we brewed Blithering Idiot Barleywine and began brewing Belgian beers as well, like our Merry Monks’ Ale (originally called “Belgian Style Tripel”).  This was the time when our path was set.  “Let’s make full-flavored high-quality brews for a discerning customer.”  We haven’t looked back.

tbr-weyerbacher-neonBrewer Brand Hype: Like a pyramid for a pharaoh, we set out to make a bold monument for The King of the Pumpkins!  This 8.0% ABV pumpkin ale is the mother of all pumpkin ales.  It is heartier, spicier, and more “caramelly” and “pumpkiny” than its faint brethren! We have added lots of pumpkin along with Cinnamon, Nutmeg and a touch of cardamom and clove giving this beer a spicy, full-bodied flavor.  This truly is an Imperial Pumpkin Ale. Perfect finisher on a cool autumn night, or match it up with a slice of pumpkin pie and fresh whipped cream.  It is available August through November.
Label: Ale brewed with Pumpkin and Spices, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cardamom & Cloves.

The Brewski Review: Election day is around the corner. If your for change and want to make a statment, get out there and vote conservative. We need a smaller, more nimble and accountable government. We don’t need higher taxes, more government intrusion & bureaucracy, elitist mindsets and dubious representation.  If your sticking with the current G-plan, you can stay home on the couch, waiting for someone to come and take care of you.  While you sit on the couch, or recliner, perhaps you should try an Imperial Pumpkin Ale. Just because we have a different political viewpoint it doesn’t mean that I can’t turn you on to a tasty beer. Anyway, 8% alcohol by volume it says on the label. It certainly didn’t seem like it. I drank this one on an empty stomach right before a dinner of grilled hamburgers and french fries. I though it was a very tasty pumpkin ale, just a little bit better than my last review of Saranac’s Pumpkin Ale. The spicy flavor comes through immediately but it doesn’t have that ultimate pumpkin pie flavor of which I am in search of. It’s close, but I think there may be better out there so I’ll keep drinking until I can find it.

Drinkability: Definitely.
Appearance: Medium brownish/amber in color
The Buds: Tasty pumpkin and spice. Not quite like pumpkin pie though.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 caps out of 5

The Brewery sure isn't pleasing on the eye but at least the beer tastes good.

The Brewery is nothing to look at but at least the beer tastes good.

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