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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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399 Ratings

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Ratings: 399
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 7
Gots: 25 | 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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5/5  rDev +47.1%

dampfire, Sep 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +47.1%

Deezwart, Aug 29, 2014
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5/5  rDev +47.1%

rusty3335, Feb 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +39.7%

Rojada1988, Aug 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +39.7%

Peg2009, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of Nole87
4.7/5  rDev +38.2%

Had a few samples at the Otter Creek Brewery in Middleton, VT and enjoyed it so much I took a growler home with me!

One of the best pumpkin ales I've had (especially for an organic).

Taste- very sweet, more like a pumpkin pie than many other pumpkin ales. You get traces of nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and maybe some vanilla but the pumpkin is still able to shine.

Smell- Great! A full bouquet of pumpkin pie type spices, leading one to believe it will be stronger than it really is.

Appearance- Smooth and amber. Obviously filtered which is odd for an organic beer but very helpful for this one.

Mouthfeel- Light carbonation, goes down smooth but I would prefer it to be maybe a little heavier. The one benefit to its surprising lightness though would be its easy drinkability.

(Speaking of) Drinkability- Great for a fall seasonal. I"ll probably throw down most of the growler tonight and need to head out for another. Flavorful but not overbearing, with a light enough feel to make you say "I could use one more..."

I know the sweeter, pumpkin pie type fall ales aren't for everyone- but if your on the hunt for a fall seasonal this is a must no matter what!

Nole87, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of hopmonster
4.65/5  rDev +36.8%

Served on draft in a 16oz pint glass.

Rich sparkling amber color.

Hints of nutmeg and fresh pumpkin in the nose.

Taste is very pumpkin, and just like in the nose the nutmeg is very present. Smells like a simple unbaked homemade pumpkin pie, or even like you just opened a can of pumpkin pie filling. Other spices are present, but not very strong. Hints of cinnamon and coriander, but quite subtle compared to the great fresh pumpkin flavor.

Very crisp and thin in the mouth. Goes down easily and is quite refreshing on the tongue.

Overall this is a very simple pumpkin beer, which I can appreciate. They didn't go spice crazy, and they kept a really nice upfront pumpkin flavor that is full and cannot be ignored. Well done Wolaver's!

hopmonster, Aug 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

flyingace, Dec 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

canihaveurpants, Aug 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

SkaJenny, Sep 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

hollywood_15063, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of DawnL
4.47/5  rDev +31.5%

Orangy amber in color with lacing.

Gentle pumpkin pie spicing. Some creme caramel on nose. Lovely to smell - like fresh pumpkin brulee or Mom's baking.

Tastes just like pumpkin pie. - The way you wish Entemann's would make it - Burnt caramel with spicing and pleasing, sweet, fresh pumpkin flavor. Damn impressive!

Smooth, moist mouthfeel.

I could easily drink this all night!

DawnL, Sep 18, 2009
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4.43/5  rDev +30.3%

L: Pours a clear orange color with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of very sweet malts, some nutmeg, cinnamon, and some earthy pumpkin as well.
T: Taste is like a nice pumpkin pie. It has a very sweet malt base first and then flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, and a hint of vanilla followed by a very almost fibrous pumpkin taste that is realy good.
M: Very sweet, crisp, fresh, and refreshing. The fibrous pumpkin feel made it that much better than the other pumpkin beers.
D: Very drinkable, especially if you like pumpkin beers. The flavors and the feel blend really well.

erosier, Oct 25, 2008
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4.4/5  rDev +29.4%

Belgiant, Friday at 12:07 AM
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4.4/5  rDev +29.4%

Appliedchaos, Aug 22, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev +28.8%

A - Pours an orange copper hue with a cream to off white head. Small but with decent sticky lacing around the brim of the glass.

S - Smells of the usual fall spices, allspice, clove, cinnimon, nutmeg and some faint pumpkin coming through it all. It has a very nice aroma to it that makes me want to drink it right away.

T - The well balanced pumpkin pie spices hit the palate right away amd develop into a sweet malty finish. Nice and crisp.

M - Slightly thin but perfect for drinking more than one. Not too sweet or heavy.

O - I really enjoyed this beer and would give it an overall top 5 for pumpkin beers. Highly recommended if you like anything with pumpkin flavor.

buyBinboaVodka, Sep 15, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +27.4%

A - A nice orange brown with a bit of haze and only a slight ring of lace but sticky lace is abundant.

S - Smells good, cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, maybe some squash tones and some sweet malts.

T - Taste is great I mostly get nutmeg and all spice but there is an underlining cinnamon and bit of sweet malts. The best part is NO HARDCORE HOPS, which is the best aspect of a pumpkin beer in my opinion.

M - Light to medium its very easy drinking.

Overall this is the best pumpkin beer next to thirsty dog I had and it's cheaper which is sweet. Still as always I need more SPICE!

DrDemento456, Aug 19, 2011
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4.29/5  rDev +26.2%

Bottle into pint glass

A: Amber brownish orange. Almost no head and medium carbonation.

S: Bursting with smells of pumpkin and cinnamon. Also nutmeg. I can smell this from 5 feet away and it's heavenly.

T: Definitely a lot of spices and some pumpkin in there throughout.

M: Medium-bodied and semi-sweet

O: Very good! Apparently its way underrated. My only gripe is that it is not as "meaty" as others such as punkin or whole hog from stevens point. But worth a try for sure.

Givemebeer, Oct 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +25%

norm36, Apr 19, 2012
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bf7, Sep 17, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev +24.7%

I definitely have a taste for pumpkin ales. It all started for me back in the nineties when a brewer acquaintance, Stephan Danckers, brewed up a special batch. I was the only one who liked the sample that was left in the fridge at work - more for me. Anyway, a couple years ago I went on a quest to find ones as good as Stephans (which I don't think he ever made commercially). This one is pretty good, as are many others.

It pours a deep reddish brown and has a nice pumpkin aroma mixed with an ale smell. The taste is just a little more spiced than I would prefer, but the pumkin flavor is more pronounced than most - it seems real. It's a nice balance of a little bitter hoppiness with the spicy pumpkin.

This is one of my favorites of the style.

schoolboy, Aug 30, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +23.5%

The last of the mixed twelver I purchased. So far, one hit and two misses. Lets see how this one turns out.

The pumpking beer pours hazy, orange amber in color, and is topped with a half finger sized head, white in color. Semi permanent lacing.

Love the aroma. I can never get enough of the pupkin pie/fall/pecan pie aromas. Although the season has passed and it is now spring (a very very warm spring), the aromas are quite intoxicating. Even from two feet, the aromas of cinnamon, cloves, and most prominently nutmeg, jump out of the glass and wind their way into the old sniffer. Perhaps the nutmeg may be too much for most, but I love it.

I wish the beer had a little more maltiness to it. The flavors are not overwhelming, but a little malt balance would go a long way with this one. Full of seasonal spices, this one is certainly an October favorite.

As far as pumpkin beers go, this one is top notch. Individual tastes will vary, but I liked this one. Maybe the age mellowed this one to perfection, but I would most certainly revisit this one again next year.

SaCkErZ9, Mar 29, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev +22.9%

Review got deleted, re-entering the best I can, I know it came out to 4.0 before. Pours a golden orange color with a one finger white fizzy head that retains decently and leaves a small amount of lacing behind. Smells and tastes of pumpkin, spices, nutmeg, cinnamon and a healthy dose of malts. Mouthfeel is light-medium, good carbonation and no real off flavors or alcohol warming. Drinkability is good, nice taste, worth the price and probably now my go to pumpkin beer because it seems to have the perfect amount of pumpkin flavor in it.

cbutova, Oct 07, 2009
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4.18/5  rDev +22.9%

I didn't mind this beer at all it was little sweet

I wish I didn't have this as my first beer of the night good but sweet and lingering on the palate

it reminded me as a poor mans PUMPKING had that butter popcorn nose on it

I would like to see what others think of the comparison

the body on it was weird it was super cloudy, and had no lacing and wouldn't bubble when swirled like it was 2 days old and flat nice copper hue to it

overall if you like pumpking give it a whirl I wouldn't want to session it stomach couldn't handle it

would drink again but wouldn't travel for it

Joe_Grizzly, Oct 26, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +22.9%

A true autumn beer - brewed in Vermont with organic pumpkins grown less than 15 miles from the brewery.

Medium-to-dark copper in color. Head is thin but lacing is nice.

The aroma is an attractive mix of mildly sweet pumpkin, spice, malts and...earth, to be honest. It even smells organic.

I taste pumpkin pie, with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Hops are present, and the malts have hints of molasses.

Finishes long with a faintly bitter pumpkin aftertaste that's not unpleasing.

Mouthfeel is on the smoother side, but not without a bit carbonation to make it lively.

This is simply a great autumn beer, and furthers my belief that Wolavers brews gold. It also shows that pumpkin can be used tastefully in a brew without tasting like a silly dessert. It definitely sticks out among the other pumpkin beers brewed this time of year.

jbertsch, Sep 24, 2009
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Wolaver's (Organic) Pumpkin Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
78 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.