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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Ratings: 476
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-08-2008)
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2/5  rDev -42%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of JCB14
4.18/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The head on this beer was weak with little retention. This was perhaps the only negative. The aroma was excellent. It smelled like a warm pumpkin pie. The beer had a great hop flavor that is often missing in this style. This is a beer that I would gladly have a second. In general a good beer for this style it was great.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +44.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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 jeanphony
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of CheezyBlaster
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is drinkable, and seasonally appropriate. Spicing works well. A bit watery. Like a pumpkin wheaty, lagery, malt beverage. Thin body for sure. Not a ton of flavor. Not a lot of subtlety either, so there's nothing to delve into. Hollow.

It's main problem? It's overpriced. This is average as average gets. I'd buy this for 10.99 a 12 pack for parties . . . but when far superior pumpkin ales are available for better prices? Smuttynose Pumpkin, hell yeah, over this? Even the near-mediocre Sam Adams pumpkin is a tiny notch up.

Bonus point? It's made in good spirit and it's far better than Shipyard's Pumpkinhead, which is horrible as craft goes . . . also better than anything ever made by BMC. So, that's 2 bonus pts.

Photo of ChefSean
2/5  rDev -42%

Photo of siege06nd
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A. Pours a medium-light orange gold color. Very cloudy. A finger of off-white head settles to a quarter finger and lingers with good retention and very good lacing on the sides of the glass. A little paler of a pumpkin ale than I am used to seeing, but good all the same.

S. Light to moderate spices, with clove, nutmeg, cinnamon. Some roasted pumpkin and then some other, less desirable vegetal notes and graininess.

T. Spice forward with a good bit of nutmeg and ginger, then an odd astringency takes over. Not getting much pumpkin, but am getting some apple and grape skin flavors, of all things. Also a roasted grainy finish, slightly dry. This has a saison-like quality to it, but with a noticeably bland malt bill and light hopping. Not sure I would be able to tell you this is a pumpkin beer unless I saw the bottle. Tastes like a very basic Belgian Pale or Saison. Very pedestrian.

M. Crisp and bubbly, but the flavors are not very well-integrated. Hops and grainy malt stand out more than anything else, with a fruit juice-like tang on the end and some light pumpkin pie spices. Everything just kinda clashes.

O. Good appearance and a nice, refined nose bump this up to average, but it's not a good representation of the style. Quite watery and with a bitter, fruity sweetness. Drinks like a Pumpkin Wheat, and not in a good way.

Photo of Dodo2step
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3


A- light pumpkin orange color. no head and minimal lacing. somewhat hazy as well.

S- strong clove scent with all spice. Caramel malt rounds out the back end but it was hard to detect at first.

T- dry clove spice and sour pumpkin flavor on this one.

M- more malty then flavor pof pumpkin as i get down towards the bottom. Not as smooth as i would like my pumpkin ales.

O- below average pumpkin ale. It leaves a lingering malty and metal type of effect in the mouth. Not a big fan.

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1/5  rDev -71%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of alexgash
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle.

Hazy copper-orange with brassy edges. Small, gauzy, bright, cobweb-white head with minimal lacing. Light caramel malt, toasted grains, and peppery spice on the nose. A tad underwhelming.

Toasted grains, followed by pumpkin pie and caramelly malt. Spices (cinnamon, clove), soap (floral, perfumey), and vegetal bitterness take it to the finish. Lingering cucurb. vegetable-ness and some spiced-up caramel malt. Medium body, with a slightly soapy feel. Not my favorite pumpkin ale.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Wolaver's (Organic) Pumpkin Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
79 out of 100 based on 476 ratings.