Beer 309/365 – Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Style: Pumpkin Ale

ABV: 8.0%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: My first “Imperial” style pumpkin ale. Lots of spice but not overdone

Will I be drinking this again: Hell yeah, can’t believe it took me so long to try it.

Grade: A

9/13/2010: Lately I have been grabbing every and any pumpkin ale I could find. Its one of my favorite styles so its a bit surprising that I haven’t tried Weyerbacher’s version yet. I have heard good things from a few of my beer drinking friends so hoping its a good one.

The nose of Imperial Pumpkin Ale is very pungent. I immediately smelled a ton of spice as soon as I opened the bottle. The flavor wasn’t quite as intense as the nose, but still very good. A perfect menage trois of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. The spice flavor is slightly greater than the pumpkin flavor, but its a welcome change. Some caramel malt in the mix here as well. Mouthfeel is a bit heavier as this is an imperial style beer. The ABV is hidden very well for 8.0%. I might just have to pick up a sixer of this and see what one of these tastes like with some age on it. This might have just jumped up into the #3 spot on my top pumpkin ales list. #1 being O’fallon’s Pumpkin, #2 Michigan Screaming Pumpkin, and Weyerbacher just ousted Southern Tier Pumking from the #3 spot.

Picture of the day: Texting while driving into the sun; not advised.

Published in: on September 13, 2010 at 3:33 pm  Comments (3)  
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Beer 102/365 – Weyerbacher Heresy

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Purchased at: On Tap at Vintage Estate – Boardman Ohio

What makes this beer different: Mmmm perfect amount of oak.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes for sure

Grade: A-

2/18/2010: I think when I die I want my to end up in Vintage Estate’s tasting lounge. They always have a lot of original/one of a kind beers on tap there. Cara and I ordered a Weyerbacher Heresy, and a Dogfish Palo Santo. I told her whichever she liked better she could have so I ended up with the Weyerbacher Heresy. Both are damn good but wow is Palo Santo amazing on tap.

I was so so close to giving this an A, but just couldn’t quite push myself to do it. Maybe its because I drank it next to the Palo Santo which is one of my favorites. Smells very malty with a bit of bourbon. The taste is caramel malt, oak, and bourbon. Very very nice balance between the three. A lot of oak aged beer sometimes ends up being to heavy or light on the oak flavor, but this one is just right. A bit heavier than the average mouthfeel for a RIS. Very solid beer.

Funny Picture of the day: Some people take their religion a bit too seriously.

Published in: on February 18, 2010 at 5:25 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 31 – Weyerbacher Winter Ale

Style: Winter Warmer

Purchased at: Vintage Estate

What makes this beer different: I have had better winter warmers but this is one decent.

Will I be drinking this again: Probably not

Grade: B

12/9/2009: Weyerbacher brewery resides in my home state of Pennsylvania, and they put out some pretty decent beer.  Their winter warmer is just average. Winter Warmer as a category is a pretty loose one as there are many different styles within it. This one falls into a brown ale type for me.

Its funny because this beer has the flavor that I thought the Atwater Winter should have had. A bit more flavorful, but still not quite where my mouth tells me it should be.  Decent caramel flavor with a slightly roasted aftertaste. This would be a good beer to introduce your “average” beer drinker to craft beers.

Published in: on December 9, 2009 at 9:53 am  Leave a Comment  
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