Beer: Fegley’s Devious Imperial Pumpkin
Brewery: Allentown Brew Works
Style: (Imperial) Pumpkin Ale
Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Slightly opaque amber body with no head.
Smell: It smells like apple strudel, apple pie, apple turnovers, caramel apples, apple cake…you get the point. There are strong notes of caramel, cinnamon, and all spice.
Flavor: While not as sweet as it smells, the intense spices are there. The flavor transforms with every sip: it’s initially quite sweet, then quickly turns into a sour, funky flavor. At the end, it tastes like drinking straight clove and cinnamon without sugar: you think it’s going to taste sweet because of its association with desserts, but instead, it’s bitter and tastes a little like bark.
Feel: Thin body with moderate carbonation. It’s a little hot from the high ABV.
Concluding Remark: And we start one of our favorite beer seasons with an Imperial Pumpkin Ale! At 9.0%, the rich flavors and overall tipsy-ness I feel after consuming this Devious brew certainly earn the beer its ‘Imperial’ title. However, I didn’t notice this until I finished Fegley’s Devious Pumpkin, but there was no mention of pumpkin in the review. This was possible because the beer was so damn good that I didn’t find myself thinking, oh man, what have those guys from Allentown, PA done? Did they forget to add the star element of a Pumpkin Ale? Like many other Pumpkin Ales, the pumpkin pie spices invoke the memory of pumpkin even if the taste of pumpkin is nonexistent. This is certainly the case with this spice-intense Imperial. While Mr. Fegley does say that real pumpkin was used in the brewing process, it went AWOL. Although there may not be that delicious fake Starbucks Pumpkin Latte flavor for which we all pine, Fegley’s Devious Imperial Pumpkin is a solid holiday beer. Between the aggressive spice profile and the high ABV, you’ll be both nostalgic for Thanksgiving dinner and drunk at the same time! Though I guess the two aren’t usually mutually exclusive.
I recommend bringing a 4-pack of this devious ale to a holiday dinner this season and see where the night takes you…