Carla Jean Lauter

The Beer Babe

Weyerbacher – Imperial Pumpkin Ale

ANOTHER pumpkin beer? I admit, there are way too many pumpkin beers out there. But at Tully’s in Wells, ME, I spied the Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin. Knowing that I still needed a review for All Hallows Eve or Samhain (Halloween) I figured it would fit the bill, and I wanted to see what Weyerbacher had to offer in the pumpkin beer spectrum.

This pours an inviting orange/dark amber with a real thin head that fades quickly. The smell on it is spicy with a distinct pumpkin note. The taste is something that grows on you as the beer warms. Its smooth and spicy, with a tiny bit of sweetness. I have to say this might edge its way into my top three pumpkin beers. It isn’t overblown, but I’d maybe prefer just a tad more sweetness. 
For now, I’m quite satisfied to let the moon set on pumpkin ales for the season. For the 2008 season, I humbly offer the following rankings.

So, the Beer Babe’s roundup for pumpkin on this festive eve :
1. Shipyard Pumpkin – sweet, spicy, yummy
2. Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale – spicy but a little less sweet, nice smooth pumpkinness
3. Post Road Pumpkin (Brooklyn Brewery) – a tad more subtle but very likeable
4. Southern Tier Pumpking – quite sweet but refined. One if you’re looking for something to sip
Happy Halloween!

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1 Comment

  1. B.E. Earl

    I had Southern Tier as my favorite and Shipyard as my least favorite this year. To each his/her own, I guess.

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