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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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461 Ratings

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Ratings: 461
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 10
Gots: 36 | 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 +45.3%

dampfire, Sep 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +45.3%

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5/5  rDev +45.3%

rusty3335, Feb 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +45.3%

barryweiser, Sep 28, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +38.1%

logitech886, Sep 23, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +38.1%

Rojada1988, Aug 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +38.1%

KayAvocado, Oct 03, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +38.1%

Peg2009, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of Nole87
4.7/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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 06, 2010
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4.65/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 +30.8%

flyingace, Dec 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

JMScowcroft, Oct 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

This brew is amazing. It's not pumpkin pie in a bottle like Southern Tier's version, however, it still kicks arse. It has that delicious standard beer flavor with a great almost bitter-sweet pumpkin flavor. It's in my top 5 of favorite pumpkin ales.

JWBaccaro, Sep 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

Nice orange/amber hue,next to no head but unlike most other pumpkins, this one laced the glass with spots all the way down.
Outstanding nose that is a bit lighter in taste and sweetness than the aroma implies.
If you crave the heavy caramel malt and pie crust with a whipped cream sweetness, this may not be the one for you.
Light and easy drinking, I found myself enjoying the second bottle more than the first.
Despite the predominately low ratings here on BA, respect the fact that
Wolaver's Pumpkin Ale won the GOLD MEDAL at the 2014 GABF out of 52 entries, an award that should increase the profile as well as the ratings of this finely crafted organic Pumpkin Ale.

Hendry, Oct 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

canihaveurpants, Aug 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

SkaJenny, Sep 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

hollywood_15063, Dec 04, 2012
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4.47/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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4.45/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

rjp217, Oct 11, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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 +27.9%

Belgiant, Sep 12, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +27.9%

Appliedchaos, Aug 22, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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 16, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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