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Pumpking - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

Not Rated.

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15 Reviews
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Reviews: 15
Hads: 69
Avg: 3.13
pDev: 61.98%
Wants: 17
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TerryW on 10-16-2003

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.91/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Celebrating Halloween a few days late! A 500ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2012. ABV is stated as 4.2%, and the label mentions the use of pumpkin and mace in the brewing of this ale.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A bright coppery-amber hue with medium carbonation. Produces a decent head of frothy off-white foam that disappears after a minute or so. Aroma of sweet malt with very faint hints of toffee, dried fruit and stewed hops. A whiff of diacetyl. Unimpressive.

Tastes of slightly sweet malt with a mild bitter finish. Notes of toffee/caramel and stewed hops, in addition to faint buttery undertones. No spice that I can distinguish. Mouthfeel is smooth but a bit thin and astringent. Leaves the palate dry, with an aftertaste of bitter hops.

Weak. To be fair I'm not sure I've had a pumpkin beer before from which I could draw a comparison, but this comes across as incredibly average and bland. I'm not detecting any 'pumpkin' notes as such and the spice is not evident either. Thin body and unexceptional flavour make this a disappointing experience - if you want an autumnal ale look elsewhere....

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4/5  rDev +27.8%

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3.72/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of kyle_goochstink
4.14/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I like it better than most pumkin brews, a little bit pricey.

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Photo of BigAl18
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

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4.32/5  rDev +38%

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.7/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light reddish/orange brew with very little in the head retention department. The metallic taste is too present for my liking and there is no compelexity, nothing to distinguish itself from another bitter/ english pale ale. The name is very misleading since there's no pumpkins in this beer as far as I can tell. I won't be seeking this one in the near future...

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.34/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The UK isn't big on Pumpkins, let alone Pumpkin Beers, this is the second (I think) I've ever had.

Brown 500ml bottle (5.0% not 4.50% as listed), loads of life left. Not that you could tell from the pour.

Poured into a standard Uk pint sleeve glass.

Dark amber, deep terracotta colour with no head, just an off white collar and wisps. No haze or cloudiness, clear and a bit boring to the eye to be honest. In fact it is what a work mate of mine would call 'Flat Shit' if he had seen it.

Do pumpkins smell sweet? If so this beer was giving off the right aromas. The label mentions mace, but I couldn't pick that up in the smell or taste. Having said that, there is a spice hint in both the the aroma and taste. The label also goes on the tell you all sorts of flavours you should find. Well I struggled to agree with the head brewer on most counts, but I did like the beers taste.

Another Wychwood beer that promises so much but just fails to produce.

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Photo of gambreeno
1.75/5  rDev -44.1%

Photo of vinicole
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of mak83
4.11/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrMindbender
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of Quarine
5/5  rDev +59.7%

Photo of Shiloh
3.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Initial impression was to the skunk...aroma and taste, packaging was a clear colorless bottle with a Holloween "scary" label.
The brew itself was a pumpkin(g) innard colour with a medium head and light carbonation. No lace was evident but a minor ring and climbing glass cling were prominent.
The taste was hop heavy but not extreme. There was a slight malt presence to offset the hops.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I've had this both bottled and cask
the later thinking that the conditioning rather than pasteurisation would retain some of the pumpkin flavour but sadly not
it looks like beer
keeping it positive

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Photo of Doyle
1/5  rDev -68.1%

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4.04/5  rDev +29.1%

Photo of Pumpkin-Head
2.03/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

This beer was highly recommended and was a complete letdown. Having consumed a large amount of pumpkin brews this was surprisingly horrible. Looked amazing with a dark amber/orange body with a decent white head with gorgeous lacing. Nose was pungent of pumpkin spice/other spice without any further backing. Taste was where the letdown really hit as the only taste I got was tons of spice with a watery finishing. Overall I would consider this an extremely overrated pumpkin beer that should be avoided unless curiosity killed the cat or you are offered it at a gathering.

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Photo of mdagnew
2.78/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's....

Poured a dark amber orange colour... Creamy head poured small but quite thick and foamy then faded to wispy covering... barely any carbonation... any lacing fades very quickly...

Aroma - Toasted bread and toffee maltiness, faint smokiness, spicy fruits (oranges, dates, some plums), light pumkin / squash spiciness, faint clove, light pepperiness, some salty notes, caramel sweetness...

Taste – Light spicy fruits (oranges, apples, light figs) mixed with what seems like an industrial spice mix - hints of mace, ginger and a little cinnamon... some toasted caramel malts, quite grainy, some treacle notes, harsh peppery hop bitterness, some grassiness, bit of a metallic aftertaste...

Feel - Quite sharp with some unpleasant grittiness.. light / medium bodied... A bit sickly after a while to be very drinkable...

Overall - Not a great beer.. the unpleasent spice-mix taste becomes too much near the end... maybe worth a try once...

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Photo of GreenCard
2.86/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: hazelnut brown, good clarity, spongey layer of light tan foam, OK head retention

Aroma: biscuity malt, cooked pumpkin, cinnamon dust

Flavor: full malt sweetness with an edge of clove/mace warmth; hint of toffee; finishes semisweet with a caramelly aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, terse carbonation, soft texture, spice warmth in the throat

Other comments: I think this is just Hobgoblin with some pumpkin and spices thrown in.

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Photo of BAS
2.6/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Nice deep orange hazel hues. Small 1-finger head (poured vigorously) that disappeared quickly.

Smell - Fun. Lightly spiced pumpkin, caramel, toasted vanilla. Almost smells like cotton candy to me. Light hops present.

Taste - Ugh. Grainy. Spicy. Pumpkin and vanilla flavor in grain alcohol. Medicine aftertaste. Some hops present. Weird.

Mouthfeel - Stingy and sharp on the entrance, but quickly smooths out. Surprisingly little burn for 8.6% ABV.

Overall - Very strange beer. It's an interesting idea, but probably can be done better. Would work great as a party favor in small glasses.

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Photo of sween100
3.75/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Loved this beer. Perfect fall time taste. Hints of cinnamon and spice but not too much where it becomes overbearing. Tastes and smells exactly as the name suggests. There was just enough pumpkin flavor where it still felt like I was drinking beer and not pumpkin juice. Smooth finish with pleasant, somewhat spicy aftertaste.

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1.08/5  rDev -65.5%

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Pumpking from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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