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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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420 Ratings

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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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3.6/5  rDev +5%

bwigginton, Sep 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

lupercmda, Sep 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

M1A2, Sep 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

prokopt2, Sep 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12.5%

LutherBrau, Sep 02, 2014
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2.6/5  rDev -24.2%

DLSheidy, Sep 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

earlholman, Sep 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

dwoolley1, Sep 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

Edhel, Sep 01, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev +5%

Shawn_Money, Aug 31, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +23.6%

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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3/5  rDev -12.5%

BuffaloBill91, Aug 30, 2014
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5/5  rDev +45.8%

Deezwart, Aug 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

bp4171, Aug 28, 2014
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3.86/5  rDev +12.5%

JamieDuncan, Aug 28, 2014
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3.64/5  rDev +6.1%

bubseymour, Aug 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

Edgarallenpoor, Aug 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Pours clear, light amber, many bubbles. Thin, foamy head, about a finger thick, reduces fairly quickly, but does not completely dissipate, leaving a little creamy foam across the entire surface. Lots of small bubbles rising quickly to the top

On the nose, it is sweet and creamy, mostly pumpkin pie spice, with some yeastiness, a hint of smoke and a touch of caramel.

Taste: Drier than I expected, medium to high carbonation, but very fine bubbles - almost champagne-like, and will foam in your mouth if you swish it around. In the fore, there is a bit of citrus sourness, followed by a light taste of pumpkin and malt, but mostly pumpkin pie spice, with a spice lingering on the finish. There is a bit of lingering bitterness on the long finish, too (almost, but not quite like, an IPA...I would call this the Pale Ale of Pumpkin Ales for that citrus taste up front followed by the bitterness. It is not overpowering by any means, but it *is* noticeable.)

I could drink this any time in the season in which it is released, if it was the only seasonal available, but I would probably choose other seasonal brews if they were available. It is somewhat unremarkable, but good for the beginning of the season, when you still have some of that summer heat around, and are just beginning to head into "harvest season."

DracoWH, Aug 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

This beer is pretty unexceptional. Its not bad, but not that great either. I get pretty standard notes of pumpkin and spices like nutmeg and brown sugar on the nose leading to a very mild flavor on the palate. I hardly get any pumpkin and more of a slight spice tone. It feels slightly bland to me.

AyeMito, Aug 25, 2014
Wolaver's (Organic) Pumpkin Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
78 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.