October 31st, 2012 Add A Comment
Flying Dog Brewing Company

The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Posted by Mike

2012 batch, from a 12 oz. bottle, served in an awesome “Sawicki” glass
RateBeer: 90 / Beer Advocate: 83 / Untappd: 4 caps

LOOK

Dark brown, dark orange around the edges. No head and minimal lacing.

SMELL

Strong spice aroma. Cinnamon and pumpkin. As close to a pumpkin pie as it gets.

FEEL

Light to moderate carbonation.

TASTE

Heavy on the pumpkin up front and a nice dry finish of spices. Heavy on the cinnamon. It’s like dessert. Really.

OVERALL

Here we are on Oct 31st and the guys from Beer Notes have yet to deliver a single review of a pumpkin beer. I figured why not do a little review of one of my personal favorites from this season. If you’re looking for something with huge pumpkin flavor this isn’t going to be your beer. The Fear is a wonderful balance of spice and pumpkin. It doesn’t hit you with over the top pumpkin flavor like other beers of this style. The sweetness makes it completely dangerous to drink, masking the big 9% ABV. I could easily drink this throughout all of the holidays.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

  • Style Pumpkin/Yam Beer
  • ABV 9.0
  • IBU 45
  • Origin Maryland

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