In 1995, one of the most difficult years in the history of Bethlehem, PA the Fegley family entered the brewing and restaurant business. The famous steel plant had been shutting down slowly, the historic Hotel Bethlehem declared bankruptcy, yet the Fegley’s Bethlehem Brew Works opened its doors at the corner of Main and Broad. Almost thirty year later, business is booming for the Fegleys and downtown Bethlehem. Their beers are bottled and distributed throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and their portfolio consists of two dozen year round and seasonal offerings. One of their fall seasonals is Devious Pumpkin, an Imperial Pumpkin Ale.
The beer pours an opaque rich and rustic copper color with dark orange highlights. The two finger eggshell colored head shows decent retention. Once it has completely dissipated there is a very light lacing that remains.
The nose offers up notes of pumpkin pie spices of nutmeg, ginger, allspice and cardamom. Sweet notes of pumpkin follow on the heels of the pie spice and blend with caramel malts. There is a touch of creamy vanilla as well.
The palate shows rich pumpkin and pie spices. The same spices from the bouquet, nutmeg, ginger, allspice and cardamom are all discernible. Rich malts and creamy vanilla hit on the mid-palate, and a rich almost boozy sweetness carries through to the finish.
A great seasonal offering from the folks at Fegley’s. You’ll know with one sip that this is indeed an “imperial” pumpkin. Try pairing with Parmigiano Reggiano, braised pork with sweet potatoes or pecan pie.
Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.0 Out Of 5 Pints