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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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375 Ratings

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Ratings: 375
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 6
Gots: 20 | 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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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +17.6%

12-01-2011 19:07:58 | More by Denjhe
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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

11-27-2011 03:22:54 | More by tpauer
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New York

4/5  rDev +17.6%

11-26-2011 22:20:41 | More by bluntedboywonder
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +17.6%

11-25-2011 14:27:06 | More by jsdunlop
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New York

4/5  rDev +17.6%

11-23-2011 15:24:11 | More by nh2032
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

11-18-2011 17:31:19 | More by waiting4lunch
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

11-17-2011 02:52:53 | More by Mac19872
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North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -14.7%

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a medium hazy copper with a large (2-3 Finger) white rocky head that had great retention and some really good lacing that was left hanging on the glass throughout.

The aroma was of a light toasted malt and a mildly sweet doughy yeast with notes of nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon and of course pumpkin.

The taste was some what sweet and malty with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg from the beginning and had a mild bitterness with a hint of pumpkin and a little bite from the allspice at the end. The flavor lingered for a nice long while allowing for the taste of the spices to settle nicely on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was light on body and watery in texture and had a kind of medicine feel to it with a medium carbonation.

Overall a mild tasting Pumpkin Ale with a slight bitter bite of spices that was left lingering well after the swallow. It was a decent brew which fits with the style rather nicely.

11-16-2011 15:46:08 | More by KajII
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

11-16-2011 03:50:02 | More by oline73
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

11-14-2011 20:38:21 | More by BelgianDip
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

11-14-2011 18:49:04 | More by Jspriest
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

A: Peachy / orangey light copper, slightly cloudy with tine floaties. Okay size ecru head that retains very well & leaves quite nice lacing.

S: Pie spice – cinnamon first and then the rest. Faint pumpkin and faint dry, grainy, and perhaps toasty malts. As it warms the spices retreat a hair and the gourd grows a bit as the aroma rounds out a tad more malty.

T: A bit astringent. A combination of spices, hops, and some roasted malt notes – all without enough sweetness, base malt backbone, and subsequent body to back up the other aspects. Actually the first malt note that is noticed is a dry roast character from something highly kilned. Probably used for color, but it comes through due to the base malts being so shy. There is some steely caramel, toasted grain, and super faint sweetness – just not enough of those characteristics. Spice is more nutmeg and less cinnamon than the nose. There is some starchy pumpkin there, but you have to look for it. And about the time you find it, it is overwhelmed by a pretty firm dose of grassy, earthy, herbal hops.

M: Medium-light body with average carbonation. Starts almost smooth and then takes on a fair bit of pucker from the astringency. Rather well attenuated to start with and then the spice and hops take it quite drying. Overall effect is that it comes across as a bit too stretched.

D: They went a good bit too light on this one. It just doesn’t have enough base to carry spicing and hops, and to hold everything else together. A bit more base malt backbone, body, and perhaps sweetness – and this would be right in the hunt. Still, as is, it is far better than some of the thin, spritzy, soda-like, spice bombs that are out there.

11-08-2011 01:31:01 | More by SickGnar
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2.7/5  rDev -20.6%

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with a light tan head. In the aroma, mellow spices of cinnamon and nutmeg. In the taste, a faint spice of cinnamon and a mellow pumpkin flavor. A spice bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry cinnamon like spice in the aftertaste. Very mellow and faint spices, eh.

11-03-2011 14:27:02 | More by OWSLEY069
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2.9/5  rDev -14.7%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours light copper, about a fingers worth of head that settles to little to nothing with no real lacing.

S: I like the smell here... all the normal Pumpkin smells... Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, allspice and pumpkin. I'm also getting a little grassy, earthy hops.

T: A big hit of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg right up front before giving way to a bitter grassy hops, The pumpkin kind of pops in mid palate but that grassy hops kind of kills any goodness going on.

M: Light to mid bodied... Little thinner than I was hoping and dry in the finish... Carbonation is pretty light as well.

O: I love the smell of this beer but the grassy hops is killing it for me. The ABV seems pretty low but 1 will do it for me.

10-31-2011 03:53:02 | More by mralphabet
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3.63/5  rDev +6.8%

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!

10-29-2011 22:40:22 | More by kingcrowing
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New York

3.03/5  rDev -10.9%

A - This beer pours a slightly hazy orange copper color. It has a finger of off-white head resting on top. The head has pretty good retention, and it leaves behind some whisky lace on the glass.

S - The nose has some light pumpkin and spice aromas. There is also some light maltiness and a mild hop presence.

T - The taste starts off with some light malts and wheat flavor. There are some light pumpkin and spice notes here as well. There is a mild hop presence also. The finish leaves some lingering spice and wheat flavor behind.

M - This has a medium body and average carbonation. It has a pretty good feel and there is somewhat of a tingly feel. There is a little bit of hop bitterness, and it has a bit of a refreshing quality to it.

O - This has decent drinkability. I would have no problem drinking a few of these in an evening. Overall, I thought this was a pretty decent pumpkin ale. It is a little bit bland, but it's still pretty nice. Give it a shot.

10-26-2011 17:46:55 | More by JizackFH
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2.63/5  rDev -22.6%

Cloudy orange-amber color. Moderate head but it settles to a continuous centimeter of bubbles. Slippery lace.

I truly dislike the smell of this beer. If I'm kind, I'd call it earthy. I smell a sweaty old socks. In a word, repulsive.

The flavor is an improvement...a little. Very dry flavor. Relatively thin body with a spritzy bubbles. Light on the pumpkin and the expected spices. Short aftertaste.

10-23-2011 21:30:09 | More by smcolw
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New York

3.35/5  rDev -1.5%

Amber red color that is hazy and cloudy. There is minimal tan head that fades fast and very small amounts of lacing in the glass

The smell is spices and very pumpkin like, these spice notes are strong and there is not many detectable undertones to the aromas

taste is slightly above average for this style very spicy and pumpkiny I would imagine this beer may pair well with a thanksgiving dinner but may be a little to much on its own

mouthfeel is average with average body nothing special about it

overall this is a pretty average beer, not for thous who dont like this style maybe worth a try if you enjoy pumpkin beer

10-20-2011 23:31:59 | More by huxcrunner
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3.18/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

10-17-2011 19:57:02 | More by mdaschaf
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New York

3.18/5  rDev -6.5%

A: orange beer with tan foam

S: allspice, pumpkin

T: allspice, pumpkin, clove; dry, not sweet, very vegetal

M: mild carbonation, no bitterness, no aftertaste

O: I personally want a sweet pumpkin ale, but this was too earthy and (dare I say) organic tasting - not a bad beer by any means, but just not my style of pumpkin ale.

10-14-2011 22:39:02 | More by Greywulfken
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3.2/5  rDev -5.9%

This beer poured out as a little bit of a hazy orange brown color with a pretty good looking white head on top. The head retention was pretty good, but didn't leave any lacing at all. The smell of the beer had a pretty good aroma of spices going on in it and some sweet grains too. The taste was a little on the weak side, it had enough flavor to show that it was a pumpkin ale but just not enough to impress me. The mouthfeel of the beer was decent, medium bodied with a light creaminess to it. Overall it could have been a little better but it wasn't terrible.

10-13-2011 01:52:36 | More by Knapp85
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New York

3.48/5  rDev +2.4%

A very hazed brew with a moderate head that fade after a few minutes. Some lace and a light covering remain. Pretty fragrant aroma of pumpkin and spices. Some biscuit and malt underneath and clove tinged earthy hopiness. Taste has a nice graininess wrapped in mild pumpkin pie flavors. Spices are a bit forward of the gourd but not a bad mix. Finish is dry and earthy. A mineral edged sourness develops in the back of the finish with clove and light notes of graham. Feel is well carbonated and crisp with a light weight that lends itself to fall quaffing. A solid effort that while not a standout has enough character to set itself apart.

10-10-2011 04:04:21 | More by scootny
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New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +6.8%

A white head that fades in about two minutes into a ring around the glass. The color is a hazy amber-orange.

Cinnamon, spice and pumpkin is the main aroma. Also a slight buscuity smell as well.

Cinnamon, spice and pumpkin just like the nose. A bready taste comes in as well with a clove spiciness being the main attraction. It's a little weaker than other Pumpkin Ales I have tried but not bad.

Carbonation is high and bites the tongue hard. Light body and goes down quite easily.

Not a bad Pumpkin Ale just seems watered down -- like this would be the "lite pumpkin ale" -- certainly session-able.

10-09-2011 07:28:10 | More by 9InchNails
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2.7/5  rDev -20.6%

Pours with a healthy 1-2F of foamy off-white head over a very cloudy deep orange body. Nice lacing.

Aromas are pretty faint - some malt, touch of "pumpkin spices".

Pretty easy drinking beer. Some nutmeg and a touch of clove, but there's a little citrus in there, too, which seems inappropriate (lemony). As it warms, I'm even getting some medicinal (bitter cough syrup) qualities ... not good. Mouthfeel is pretty thin, but not uncommon for the style - sort of like drinking an English brown ale.

There's nothing "fake" or overdone about this Pumpkin Ale, but it's just a tad too thin and tangy to be at the top of my list for the future.

10-06-2011 00:51:40 | More by BeerImmediately
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours a hazy orangish copper with a small white head with decent retention. Aromas are primarily spicy, as is the taste. There's a lot of nutmeg, cinammon, and gingerbready notes on the nose and the tongue. Hops are not a prominent feature except for a genuinely pumpkin-like bitterness and slightly herbaceous finish after the swallow. Overall, this beer is not nearly as much of a spice bomb as other pumpkin ales and deserves credit for delivering a lot of malt character and body.

10-05-2011 09:24:15 | More by droomyster
Wolaver's (Organic) Pumpkin Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
78 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.