Thursday, August 6, 2009

Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Today was the day that I decided to create an account with Twitter. Yep, time to get on this geeky tech bandwagon. So this morning I went to their website, and I kept getting the Page Load and Connection Interrupted errors. WTF? Was I typing something wrong? I even went to Google to make sure I had twitter.com spelled correctly (as it was beyond belief that I couldn't get to their website) yet still got the same errors.

Well, a few hours later, an article came out that Twitter was under a denial-of-service attack. Terrific, just my luck. Anyway, I did eventually create an account and after many attempts created a profile as well. Follow me at http://twitter.com/DailyBeerReview (if it times out on you, they are still fighting their attack) if you want to be kept informed about what I'm doing here. When I eat, sleep, and burp will not be part of my tweets. In addition to Twitter being attacked, it appears that Facebook was attacked as well. But that was probably just karma.

Today I'm drinking Imperial Pumpkin Ale brewed by Weyerbacher Brewing Company in Easton, Pennsylvania. I picked it up at Total Wine yesterday. I swear that I saw this beer there maybe 6 or 8 months ago, but not for a long time. Since it's a seasonal beer and this is NOT the season for it, I'm guessing the Total Wine guys found a few sixers of it during an inventory check or something like that and threw them up on the shelf. There were zero six packs of it, just a handful of them up on the random singles shelf (that's my nickname) that they have on display, which further made me believe my own hypothesis (and remember, I am educated as a hard-core scientist). Correct me if I'm wrong, guys. Whatever, I drink any beer any time of year since we have no seasons anyway.

If you can remember to last Thanksgiving, well, this beer smells like the pumpkin pie you had for dessert. Lots of nutmeg and cinnamon along with plenty of pumpkin. Surprise, the flavors mimic the aroma step for step. Nice and spicy up front, with nutmeg and cinnamon dominating. Again there are some very good pumpkin flavors, and a nice maltiness to this beer as well. The 8% alcohol then does show up and is pretty noticeable but is not unpleasant, and it lasts all the way to the finish of the beer. The aftertaste gave me my first hint of any real sweetness, leaving some sweet pumpkin flavors on my palate. A pretty nice way to finish it, I must say. The low carbonation and medium body also work well here. One other thing I noticed is that the bottle mentioned that there is cardamom (sounds like what they do to young moms buying beer at Publix (er, sorry)) spice in this beer, and I will admit right now that I have no clue what the hell that spice is or tastes like. But in the end, I really did like this beer. I think it's the first I've had with pumpkin, and while that might get old as a regular drinking style, I'd give this a go when it's available again.

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