Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Uinta Brewing Co. Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Yet another brew review from NorCal Beer Blog...

Tonight’s featured beer is Uinta Brewing Co. Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale. This came highly recommended from the folks at Mission Liquors. Since I had enjoyed Uinta’s Punk’n Harvest Pumpkin Ale I thought I should try this unique offering from their Crooked Line of beers.

Press Release:
"(Salt Lake City, UT) – Uinta Brewing Company introduces the newest addition to their Crooked Line of beers, Oak Jacked Imperial Wood Aged Pumpkin Ale. “Jacked” is a very limited, seasonal beer, only 850 cases were produced.

Jacked is brewed with fresh pumpkin and fall spices and has been aging in Oak barrels for 6 months. The oak barrels add subtle nuances of toasted vanilla and bourbon notes. With an ABV of 10.31% (a play on the date of Halloween), Jacked is a big, unique pumpkin ale.

Continuing with the spirit of the Crooked Line, Utah artist Trent Call was commissioned to design the Jacked label. Each bottle is a work of art.

Pop the cork and pair Oak Jacked with flavors of the season!"
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a wonderful dark amber with an off-white head that leaves light lacing.
Aroma: The scents of the season! Roasted pumpkin, light sweet malts and caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, vanilla, molasses, oak and a little whiskey – this beer smells AMAZING!
Taste: The taste is nothing short of perfection and tastes like the aroma. Rich, malty, sweet and spiced to perfection. The oak comes through with a fantastic vanilla sweetness on the back and not too boozy.
Overall: This is by far one of the best pumpkin ales I’ve had. Incredible balance, creamy and delicious, and trouble. At nearly $15.00 a bottle and 10.31% ABV you may not run out and buy a case (I did go back and buy two more bottles), but you DO need to try this one. I can’t say enough about this…magnificent!


Mark Harvey


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