Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale Commercial Description:
“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.”
…The King of Pumpkins!
Hops: Simcoe (B)
Additions: Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, clove
Weyerbacher Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Style: Imperial Pumpkin Ale
When I was in the seventh grade my brother and I and all the local boys in the neighborhood built a fort in our backyard. It was a ramshackle structure comprised of various types of wood in various sizes and shades of light brown and dark brown. It only had three walls- its fourth being the chain link fence in the way back of my parents’ yard, and about 30 years of overgrowth and leaf dumpings on the opposite side of the fence that created a sort of jungle between my parents’ yard and the bordering elementary school yard. The fort lay snugly nestled between a smattering of about half a dozen very tall trees, way in the back of my parents very large yard. It’s a good thing the yard was so large- it hid the fort from the street pretty well.
Because if you didn’t know what was going on here you’d assume there were homeless people living in the backyard.
Looking back, I can’t believe our parents allowed this to go on. For reasons unknown there were multiple fires in the neighborhood during that hot summer, and therefore multiple construction projects- we used to take our little red wooden wagon to these construction sites and ask nicely if they had any wood they no longer needed. For the most part contractors were more than willing to cooperate. As a result, the small hut grew exponentially. Soon there was a tree cutting through the structure. Then a trap door leading to the roof.
Then a second floor.
Soon 3-4 local boys a day would come over and help build. There was endless construction. Additions. Subtractions. Improvements.
Our Labrador Retriever ate sticks in the shade of the trees, overseeing the entire thing.
That was probably the greatest summer of my entire life.
Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale makes me think of that summer. Its light, citrus hoppiness make me think of that smell of fresh pine two by fours being sawed in half, of sitting down to macaroni and cheese lunches made by Mom every day. The quintessential suburban summer.
Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale has a cinnamon flavor with little lingering aftertaste. It’s not heavy in any respect. And while it reminds me of these wonderful memories, it lacks in pumpkin flavor- which is not necessarily a bad thing. Not all pumpkin beers need to scream PUMPKIN from the top of their bottles- sometimes a whisper is just a powerful.