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Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin

October 16, 2013

I love talking about Weyerbacher. Not really because they’re a fantastic brewery, I mean they are a fantastic brewery, but it’s because I like to joke about the fact that they come from an unexciting town off of a very unexciting highway. They once tried to dissuade from this notion by asking me to visit the nearby crayon factory. I still haven’t taken them up on this offer but I’ve debated it several times (they are the top of my list for a brewery-centric road trip) largely because damn do they make good beer.

A week or two ago, when it was first starting to actually cool off, their Imperial Pumpkin appeared as if by providence upon the tap list at my local watering hole. I was debating on whether or not to call it a night, and was largely done searching out beers to review but then I took a sip of this. The beer itself is a clear dark orange color that had little to no sitting atop it. When it drifted close to my nose there was a very strong scent of autumnal baking spices that seem to worm their way into everything this time of year. More importantly though was that genuine pumpkin scent, that ephemeral nutty-squashy scent that can be so hard to pin down at times.

The beer glided across my tongue with a surprisingly light body that went well with its overall smooth character. The flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice wound throughout the beer providing a strong balance to the other flavors. Once again, that delicious pumpkin flavor came out blossoming across my tongue in all its glory. Finally though came the warm booziness promised by the word Imperial, and it went perfectly with the other flavors. If you’ve never considered drizzling some kind of booze-caramel concoction or alcohol laced whipped cream atop your pumpkin pie, this beer will make you reconsider that position. The beer ends by returning to that spice flavor lingering ever so perfectly.

This should definitely be added to your to-drink list this season.

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