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

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Wolaver's (Organic) Pumpkin AleWolaver's (Organic) Pumpkin Ale

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BA SCORE
79
okay

474 Ratings
THE BROS
70
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Ratings: 474
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.81%
Wants: 10
Gots: 39 | 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 wailingwench:
Photo of wailingwench
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Eye Candy: poured a vibrant hazy orange with a thin off white head which rapidly dissipated. Thin mildly clingy edges, easily regenerated with consistent carbon dioxide bubbles. Love the haze, appears unfiltered or (hopefully) undissolved pumpkin ranging throughout.

The Nose Knows: Truly unique, abeit strange tartness. Candided ginger, cloves mashed in pumpkin flesh, hints of cinnamon well hidden in the background.

Tongueland: Unfortunately, a slight thinness takes this brew down a notch. I suspected a mildly thick and tongue coating brew based upon the hazy appearance and tartness in the nose. Sweet sugar up front, splash of bready malt to balance, followed by candided ginger, raw pumpkin flesh, finished with tongue dancing tartness.

Bender Factor: I suspect that this is what pumpkin ale is ACTUALLY supposed to taste like, instead of a pumkin pie like vanilla artificial like concoction. Grew on me as I drank it, took 2 and a half to fully appreciate it. Take the time to truly appreciate it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of aszatk01
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Mac19872
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Photo of Belgiant
4.4/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of generallee
4.15/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Homebrew35
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Photo of wattoclone
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of kingcrowing
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of far333
2.51/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

Photo of jefftuck47
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of jminch
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of briandaube
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of AgentPanda
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of RogerSterling
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of Varkias41
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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