At the state fair, Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale is the humungous pumpkin that takes home the 4H ribbon. This beer is “brewed with fresh pumpkin and fall spices, aged in oak barrels for 6 months.” Since the label indicated it was bottled in late August, that means they were brewing with fresh pumpkins in March. How dey do dat? Quibbles aside, the ruby-tinged copper is appealing. Bourbon and vanilla aromas, in fact, more bourbon and oak than pumpkin spice. Dense mouthfeel, but very drinkable and rather boozy. Interestingly, it could almost pass for a Belgian dubbel, with spice coming from the yeast, plums and other stonefruit. Not very pumpkin-y, but it could certainly win over friends to the style. Comes caged-and-corked in a 750ml as part of their Crooked Line Series and weighs in at a hefty 10.31 percent ABV.
Published November 2011, Volume 32, Number 5