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Wolaver's (Organic) Pumpkin Ale - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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BA SCORE
78
okay

420 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 7
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.35% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-08-2008)
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Reviews by WorldWideStout:
Photo of WorldWideStout
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Typical orange and amber body with a bone-white head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Banana, pumpkin, a bit of vanilla.

T: First taste is that of sweet vanilla, but it is soon drowned out by pumpkin and nutmeg. I remember tasting cinnamon when having this before, but I'm not detecting it this time. Nothing new emerges towards the end, though the vanilla does make a brief resurgence. The aftertaste is somewhat metallic, though it only lasts for a second or two.

M: Perhaps a bit overcarbonated. Fairly light.

D: Asides from that brief aftertaste there are no offending flavors, and the low alcohol content and light body would make it easy to drink a few or more during a session.

A pleasant enough beer, just not remarkable in any way. When I had this in a large pumpkin beer tasting I hosted, I do remember it seeming somewhat simple, and the metallic taste coming out a bit more.

WorldWideStout, Nov 16, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Love this time of year when the pupkin brews start arriving on store shelves.This poured into a nocic a dull deep golden/amber with a thinner but well maintaned frothy white head,light spice aromas in the nose mainly.Thin near watery mouthfeel with no full richness that I like in a good pumpkin brew,flavors are dominate by spice and no pumpkin really.Although its not horrible the flavors are to light along with the body in my opinion.

oberon, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of aszatk01
3.5/5  rDev +2%

aszatk01, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of Mac19872
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Mac19872, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue IX:

Apparently, this is the first ever organic pumpkin beer, using organic pumpkins grown at Golden Russett Farm in Shoreham, Vt., owned by Will and Judy Stevens.

Pours a cloudy burnt-orange color with a crowning, slightly off-white head that settles to a nice, creamy lace with some stick. Aroma is soft with a dominating allspice that's intoxicating and full of holiday memories. Creamy mouthfeel; fairly light-bodied, crisp around the edges with a dry foundation. Nice semi-bitter sour notes from the spicing and hops provide a quick snap. Hint of pumpkin starch with a thin layer of maltiness. A dusting of clove, cinnamon and nutmeg with a slight gingery bite--your typical pumpkin pie spices. Touch of vegetable squash as things warm with an emerging herbal character. Finish is quite dry and dusty, and the spices stay embedded in the palate for a while.

The spices aren't overwhelming and the dryness makes for a drinkable brew; however, we like a bit more meat in our Pumpkin Ales. And, by that, we mean we'd like more of the pumpkin flavor pulling through--this is a pumpkin beer, after all--along with a bit more of malty backbone to provide some more depth, character and balancing sweetness.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not a big fan of pumpkin beers, but this one was pretty good. It was one of the few where I could actually tell there was pumpkin present. Bottled on 8/12/09, the beer was an orange color with a small white head. Pumpkin and spice aroma. Pumpkin taste with some clove and cinnamon. The beer had a bit of a bite to it. I enjoyed it.

lordofthewiens, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of Belgiant
4.4/5  rDev +28.3%

Belgiant, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of generallee
4.15/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into pint glass. It has a bottled on date of 9-10-08 and it was sampled on 9-12-09. Wow, I must have found a one year old bottle.

Appearance: The body had a deep amber color with some visible carbonation. The head on top was off white in color, tall and slowly faded down to thin ring of lace. On the way down the glass it left behind some nice lace rings.

Smell: The nose had notes of sweet malt, rich pumpkin meat and pumpkin pie spice with ginger being the stand out.

Taste/Palate: Its spice character is up front and center with ginger and then cinnamon standing out. Next up is a sweet malty middle with noticeable roasted pumpkin flesh notes. Hop flavor also mixes in and adds to the spicy character. The finish has a nice balance of all its components and slowly fades off the tongue. It has a rich smooth texture with nice carbonation and a solid medium to full body.

Notes: I really enjoyed this one year old bottle of pumpkin ale. This probably is not a style known for ageing but it was still quite good. The organic pumpkin flavor was very nice and noticeable with a good balance of spice, hops and malt.

generallee, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of Doomcifer
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Doomcifer, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of Homebrew35
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger head that goes to nill in 10 seconds, a big flop in my book. Color of the beer is an awesome clear golden.
Smells sweet with cinnamon and nutmeg, just ok.
Tastes sweet then transitions to pumpkin pie spices and finishes wet and neutral, just a touch of balancing hops.
Light body, medium carbing I could only drink two of these during a sitting.

Homebrew35, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, orange-brown in color, cloudy, high carbonation

Smell: pumpkin spice and pumpkin

Taste: pumpkin, milk, cream, bitter rind, and pumpkin spice

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a semi-bitter middle that gets sweeter at the end,medium-high carbonation, medium bodied

Overall: A solid pumpkin beer that does a good job of combining sweetness with a touch of bitterness. I could do several of these.

tigg924, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of wattoclone
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of kingcrowing
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a dark ruby amber color with a pretty one finger white head that quickly fades to a thin white acing. Nose is nutmeg and cinnamon with a light creamy mellow pumpkin note.

Taste is very well balanced. I generally don't like pumpkin beers because of the spices but they are fairly understated and work well with the pumpkin. The Mouthfeel is ful and creamy with a sharp finish. Overall its quite good!

kingcrowing, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Cynic-ale, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of far333
2.51/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Slightly opaque orangey caramel colored with a beige head that leaves a fine cap of fine bubbles and rims of lace up the sides of the glass. Low aroma of cinnamon, and hints of nutmeg. Initial flavors of vegetal squash and malt, followed quickly by sharp spicey nutmeg flavor, which is overpowering to this beer. Mouthfeel is watery and a bit tannic. Overall, I can't finish this glass.

far333, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of jefftuck47
3/5  rDev -12.5%

jefftuck47, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of jminch
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

jminch, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of briandaube
3.5/5  rDev +2%

briandaube, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -12.5%

acurtis, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of RogerSterling
3/5  rDev -12.5%

RogerSterling, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

A: Pours a deep golden color with a small head on top. Not much retention and very thin lacing.

S: Some caramel and basic pumpkin beer spices. A little weak.

T: Rather bready. There is some pumpkin and caramel, as well as some nutmeg and a little cinnamon.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly sticky finish.

O: It was ok. Overall, it seemed a little thin. It drinks fine, but there are other, easy to attain pumpkin beers that I would rather drink.

mdaschaf, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wolaver's- Will Steven' Pumpkin

A- Bright clear orange with a good thick foamy head.
S- Very light sour orange with a touch of clove.
T- Light sour Wit-like orange rind with a light touch of clove, graham, and pumpkin.
M- Sour and sweet with a bit of spiceiness.

Overall- Blah. Nothing spectacular here. More sour citric fruit than pumpkin. 1 and done.

NJpadreFan, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of Varkias41
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Varkias41, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of dadonabike
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It pours a lightly hazy amber/orange. There was not much of a head but I did not think there would be when I opened it and found the bottle to be a screw top (there should be a law against this.).

S: The smell is strong on the sour notes. There seems to be a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg or mace, with no real hops to speak of, so I would guess there are only bittering hops here. Sour is definitely the main smell.

T: As with the smell, sour is the biggest taste. The spices are moderate, not too overpowering, and I am really not a fan of spices in my beer. I think sour and bitter intensify each other and when you add in the spices without leaving some residual sweetness you end up with a very dry beer. I'd love some more malt in this. All in all I'm not a big fan of this style but I enjoyed trying this beer, if I had six of them I'd probably end up mixing them with a sweeter brown ale, but that's just me.

M: The mouthfeel is decent. A bit dry but still had a nice mouthfeel that I assume came from the starches in the pumpkin.

D: I'd recommend trying this beer, I'm not a fan of the style but it was worth trying. I bought it as a single just in case but I could drink a few more but I would probably mix one with something maltier just to see what it was like.

dadonabike, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Griffith, Sep 21, 2014
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Wolaver's (Organic) Pumpkin Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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