Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale

I started to enjoy this Pumpkin Ale from Weyerbacher Brewery out of Pennsylvania more and more as I worked my way through it.  The initial taste left me a little flat.  Not enough pumpkin…too much pumpkin…not enough spice…too much spice.  It was all swirling around and I couldn’t get a handle on it.  Then I put it down for a couple of minutes and tried again.

Second time was the charm!  The aroma doesn’t knock you off your feet, but the taste is pure, mellow pumpkin.  A hint of spice, certainly a lot milder than many a pumpkin out there.  And you aren’t blindsided by the high ABV (8.0%), hence the Imperial moniker.  Had a very easy going finish as well.  Surprising for such a high alcohol brew.

I had the screen door open on a night when there was just a touch of Autumn crispness in the air.  It started to drizzle and a little breeze filled with sea air began to waft in.  This is when I really started to enjoy it.  Autumn is my favorite time of year, and beers like this one make it all that much more special.

My Rating: 7 out of 10.