Long Trail Imperial Pumpkin - Ale brewed with Pumpkin and Spices (2012)
Autumn Seasonal (Limited Release - First Batch).
22 fl. oz. / $6.94 USD / 8% ABV
Thoughts: Poured a slightly dark orange-brown honey color with an oatmeal color head that dissolved pretty quickly. This beer is very murky. Murky and hazy. Maximum carbonation.
This one smells pretty uncooked. Not overly sweet scented like pumpkin pie brews, but rather like a moderately spiced mash. Kinda fruity. Smells a bit smokey around the back of it... like cigarette ash.
Major booze sting on first gulp. Tartness. Took a bigger second gulp and there's still that booze so don't consider this one well hidden by any means. It's lightly spiced, heavy on the pulpy taste and just edging on sour. The beer is extremely malty. It's got some mild cinnamon here and is pretty heavy on the clove, and with the mix of those (the drying of the cinnamon and the flavor of the clove) makes you feel as if you just smoked a clove cigarette. It all becomes nutty as you get into it, like cashews or peanuts. A very strange brew.
Mouth feel is light and airy. A little bit foamy around the end and leaves a little bit of the sticky stuff behind.
Long Trail Imperial Pumpkin - Ale brewed with Pumpkin and Spices (2013)
Autumn Seasonal (Limited Release - Second Batch).
22 fl. oz. / $6.99 USD / 8% ABV
Second Thoughts: Poured a dark cinnamon color with a thick and frothy orange cream colored head.
Smells great. Spices hit up front with ginger, black pepper, nutmeg, a little cinnamon sugar, and crayola crayons.
Yup. Tastes like crayons. This is like the mystery at the pumpkin wax museum. The smell is definitely better than the taste... but it's not completely horrid. There's a lot of black peppery spice which I like since I like that kind of thing. It's very malty. A little bit funky and earthy. Spicy. And a tad sour.
The new artwork got me this time around, as did the whole thought of revisiting pumpkin ales, but I'm not really much of a fan of this one overall. Totally way better label for 2013 though.