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Wasatch Pumpkin Ale - Utah Brewers Cooperative

Wasatch Pumpkin AleWasatch Pumpkin Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

136 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%


Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Wasatch on 10-17-2006)
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 25, 2013.

The color is mostly orange with a lasting white head and a foggy appearance.

The aroma is of vague pumpkin with nutmeg, clove, brown sugar and biscuit.

The body is light to medium.

The taste is rather bland. I do pick up the toasted biscuit and spice character of a typical pumpkin ale but it seems to just sit there with no excitement.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 21:46:49 | More by puboflyons
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a shaker pint. Bottled on 8/8/13.

Barely any off-white foam produced by the pour, just a ring around the edge of the glass for coverage. Body is the color of maple syrup with copper highlights. Some streams of bubbles in there as well.

This pumpkin, right out of the bottle cold, smelled astringent with notes of fake pumpkin spicing, much like you find in a craft store when October rolls around. Letting it sit and breathe for ten minutes produces warmer scents of cinnamon, vanilla, some clove, and the lightest impression of a graham cracker-like malt. Much better spiced and sweet profile!

Palate has a syrupy vanilla note that is far too big for this pumpkin beer. It clashes with the spicing, that comes off much sweeter on the palate, still notes of clove and cinnamon. A graham-cracker, wheat bread malt also appears at the swallow. If that cloying, syrupy flavor was not so prominent, the beer would be all the better for it.

Not much to say for the feel, finishes a little dry and is definitely watery. Just enough carbonation to pass it off as a medium-light body.

Wasatch Pumpkin takes the drinker all over the place when it comes to flavors, scents, and general impressions. While it is certainly much improved by letting it warm up and breathe a little, the cloying and syrupy vanilla-like flavor on the palate is too much. The spicing is fine, just needs to reign in that flavor. I would not search this pumpkin ale out again.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 05:30:42 | More by Pintofbrown
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, orange-brown in color, hazy, high carbonation

Smell: wheat, cinnamon and clove

Taste: bread, pie crust, clove, and pumpkin pulp

Mouthfeel: sweet but not overly so, medium carbonation, light bodied

Overall: Super light pumpkin beer. Tastes very pulpy. I would get this one again if I wanted a pumpkin beer and did not want an alcohol bomb. I think this one has its special niche.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 15:10:35 | More by tigg924
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Jackofallbrews

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer at The Happy Gnome, and it was one of nearly 15 pumpkin beers on tap at the time. Wow, I love that place! The beer has a pleasant orange hue with a fairly light head that fades quickly. Hints of ginger, nutmeg and clove in the aroma, along with a subtle earthiness. The flavor mirrors the aroma nicely, with a bit of true pumpkin flavor and light spicing. Balance is key for these beers and I think they have done a wonderful job of showcasing the pumpkin and the spices without overdoing it. The mouthfeel is a bit low due to lower gravity, but not thin. Also, this is one of the only pumpkin beers I've tried that I'd actually have a second pint of. Good job Wasatch!

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2013 19:45:57 | More by Jackofallbrews
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mactrail

California

3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A little haze on the attractive orangey amber brew. Pours with plenty of foam in the tall glass. A faint hint of spice in the nose. Light body, of course.

Some actual pumpkin flavor makes this seem maltier than it really is. A touch of Kandy Korn. Mostly it's a club soda taste but the vegetable yammy flavor, even though faint, provides a little interest. Sllight bitterness but no actual hop flavor. The spices are fortunately subtle.

I like this better for being less spicy and obnoxious than a lot of pumpkin beers. Actually not a bad solution to the four percent problem. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Emigration Market in Salt Lake City.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 00:14:24 | More by mactrail
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper color with a bit of sediment. The white froth is short lived. Aroma of pumpkin, spice and sweet malts. Cinnamon, clove and allspice are evident.

In the flavor, pumpkin pie, vanilla, nutmeg, clove and other spices. Big pumpkin and well integrated spices. More pumpkin pie like than most. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation and a mild dry spiciniess.

Overall, this was very much like a liquid pumpkin pie.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 23:30:25 | More by Stinkypuss
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BeerWithMike

Nebraska

4.14/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled back on 10/7/13. Chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a "V" shaped pilsner glass.

Pours a darker orange/amber in color with a thin off white head. leave spotty lacing when seen. Perfect carbonation. The aroma is of like a 'pumpkin spice candle' actually. Very nice on the nose. The taste is of pumpkin pie filling, nutmeg and cinnamon with No bitterness at all. Very easy and smooth to drink. One of the better pumpkin ales and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 01:40:05 | More by BeerWithMike
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Wasatch Pumpkin Ale has a medium, yellowish-white head, and an opaque, golden-orange appearance, with noticeable bubble streams and almost no lacing left behind. The aroma is of a spiced candle and pumpkin. The flavor is of pumpkin pie filling, spices (nutmeg & cinnamon), sweetness, and essentially no bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty light and even lager like. Wasatch Pumpkin Ale finishes wet, easy drinking, and tasty. Overall, this might be the best pumpkin beer that I have tried so far. It’s pretty good. I recommend checking it out.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 13:44:05 | More by RonaldTheriot
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wasatch Pumpkin pours a reddish copper color with a small lacing head. The aroma is mild, with some pumpkin notes. The taste has lots pumpkin pie flavors, creamy pumpkin with lots of nutmeg and hints of cinnamon. Bold flavors, good body, and long lasting flavors. Overall a fantastic pumpkin PIE ale.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2013 22:17:53 | More by vette2006c5r
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Libationguy

Nevada

3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Reddish-amber color with a thin white head that has very little retention.

Roasted pumpkin, allspice, vanilla, nutmeg. No real beer background, it's all pumpkin pie flavors.

Pumpkin, graham crackers, nutmeg, cinnamon and clove on the palate.

Medium bodied, but still slightly watery with a medium- finish.

While the pumpkin aroma and flavor is very much present, the beer is one-dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 06:21:34 | More by Libationguy
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Ford

Texas

3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a really good pumpkin style ale.

Not my favorite. I prefer Pumpking and DFH over this... and I like several of the pumpkin stouts more, but of course those are different styles... still, this is readily available and taste really good. Picking up one six pack to drink and share is a good idea if you find it.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 01:12:28 | More by Ford
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Nattyp

Louisiana

4.56/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This pumpkin ale actually tastes of pumpkin and lots of falls spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and Clove. The spices are upfront, and the pumpkin flavor comes through and lingers in the finish. It's also dry , so it becomes drinkeable. Light in body and refreshing. Not sweet or watery which is a good thing, as many other pumpkin brews end up this way. Great balance. Tastes like pumpkin pie. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 16:32:45 | More by Nattyp
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KKB

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A – A lovely orange-maple colored body with a decent amount of sediment, small pale gold head that is at least firm and unyielding, some slight lacing, looks alright.

S – Smells like pumpkin pie. Literally, this smells exactly like pumpkin pie, with no changes. There is nothing else to say. Take a cold slice of pumpkin pie, and add nothing, and that is what this smells like.

T – What in the world? It tastes…like I’m drinking a pumpkin pie. I literally chucked after I took my first sip—is this just liquefied, alcoholic, pumpkin pie?...and yet after a few sips it begins to seem somewhat lacking. In fact the more I sip, the more I’m thinking to myself that I don’t even like this beer very much. I tend to prefer pumpkin beers that are actually an all-around quality brew, utilizing the pumpkin flavor to their advantage but not thrusting it unnecessarily where it might compromise the beer. It’s light and is like a shadow of the flavor of a pumpkin pie, without much complexity or depth. I don’t love it.

M – The mouthfeel is ok. A bit too light, pretty uninteresting, but ok.

O – I don’t recommend this pumpkin beer. Sure I’m not going to admonish anyone who enjoys it, I can see why, but I do not find this to be a very good brew. Plays up the pumpkin pie bit too much and isn’t really a very quality brew even when it comes to that flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 04:31:59 | More by KKB
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atomicbeer

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange with no head to speak of. Aromas of clove, nutmeg, and browned apple and pear. Taste is clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, a hint of pumpkin, with a big malty finish. Fizzy and a little spicy. Quite good and tasty, one of the better pumpkin ales I've tasted.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 20:46:02 | More by atomicbeer
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Misanthropy_Sipping

Nebraska

3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice deep amber sort of a colour, looks nice... looks like it will be a bit richer in flavor judging the colour. But colour can be deceiving, and so is the smell. The smell is pretty awesome coming off of this little fella. Smells like a nice, spicy pumpkin pie. And when I say pumpkin pie... I fucking mean it! It is pie to the nose.

Upon tasting, yeah, not so much. Look and smell are both quite deceiving as to what this beer will taste like. It isn't that it tastes bad but it just does not match up. It has a nice pumpkiny taste, little bit of pumpkin spices (nutmeg, bit of cinnamon, etc.) Has a very mild sweetness but a fair amount of subtle earthiness all the way through. The earthiness for me seems to be what saves it. A pleasant earthy malt that helps hold up and give the rest of the beer a steady balance.

I will say this as well, Wasatch is quality. I have never had a beer that had just poor taste or was noticeably made with apparent bad ingredients. When you buy a Wasatch beer you are certainly assured a beer of quality. This doesn't mean it will blow your mind, but it is quality.

On that note, this beer is 4% abv, reaching a robust pumpkin ale with this low of alcohol content does seem very difficult. But for what it is it was done pretty well considering. Obviously I do have other favorite pumpkin ales, but if I were to see this next to Buffalo Bill's or Shipyard, it would be no contest... Wasatch all the way.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 04:30:37 | More by Misanthropy_Sipping
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Jsteez

China

2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a dimpled beer mug.

A-I though I'd give this a try because it suits the season. Orange, almost pumpkin colored. 1 finger head with some lacing on the glass.

S-Pumpkin spice, sweet caramel malt, clove, and cinnamon.

T-Sweet pumpkin, squash, cinnamon and spice, with a semi-dry to sweet aftertaste. There were trace amounts of caramel malt too. It was fairly balanced for this style. Quite light.

M-Light bodied, moderately carbonated, cool, and crisp. It was refreshing.

Overall-Great beer to have with your favorite pumpkin pie. It is not the kind of beer you would want to keep drinking, but it is really nice to have during the cool, crisp, autumn months. It is light, yet it has enough flavor to give you the feeling you're having a heavier bodied ale. Give it try, it only comes out once a year.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 19:49:16 | More by Jsteez
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frankiepop

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking orange tan beer with decent lacing and some head. The aroma is amazing and just like a punkin pie sweet and spices. HEY WHEN IS SOMEONE GONNA MAKE A SWEET POTATE PIE BEER???

This beer has a nice slice of strong punkin flavor right in the beer, and not just a spicy taste. In fact the flavor lacks some spice and sweetness for me. The texture is wet and low on carbonation.

I would recommend you drink this beer exclusively with the monstrous Neutral Milk Hotel cd 'In the Aeroplane Over the Sea'

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 20:04:55 | More by frankiepop
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Vashtar

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Unfortunately, I drank this out of a bottle, so I couldn't properly judge the appearance.

This pumpkin ale smells amazing. There's a clear pumpkin tone with a slight bit of spice, but not so much that it smells like a pumpkin spice malt ball.

The taste is almost as good as the smell. This is likely the most satisfying pumpkin ale that I have had. It has a perfect balance of pure pumpkin taste with a touch of spice that adds a sizzle. The taste becomes slightly strong when you are drinking 12 ounces.

The mouthfeel was stereotypically average, without feeling cheap.

Overall, I would definitely have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 02:26:31 | More by Vashtar
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small light tan head settles into a thinning lacing above a clear well carbonated pumpkin copper colored beer.

Big full aroma of pumpkin and pumpkin spices almost like being handed an over-sized piece of whip cream covered pumpkin pie. A very good October aroma.

Light pumpkin pie taste blends well with light grain malts, light spices, maybe some light hops trying to showcase themselves.

A dryish aftertaste with just a hint of pumpkin and the related spices hanging around on this medium bodied beer.

I was surprised that the taste of this beer was as subdued as it was given the big bold aroma of fresh pumpkin pie and I think it works better this way. About this time of year a person gets over killed with beers with this super huge pumpkin taste, if that was so damn good we would have pumpkin beers year around, so I kinda like this with the understated pumpkin fall taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 22:22:34 | More by LXIXME
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cracgor

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wanted to enjoy fall this year and didn't feel like a duration gourd or a cornucopia, sod settled for some pumpkin ale.

Pour is fine with a hazy brown color and thin white head. It might be interesting to have a thither white head is simulate whipped cream. It smells pretty good with all the pumpkin spice you would expect. However this disappears when you drink it. Not a bad taste, I would just like more of the pumpkin around. What you are left with doesn't always balance out either and the normal beer flavor seems to detract from the pumpkin flavor. It is drinkable with a normal to full body.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 02:33:59 | More by cracgor
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Hazy, dark golden hue. Virtually no head. No lacing, either.

S: Pumpkin and nutmeg are hugely pronounced.

T: Very light grain flavor. Very light flavors of pumpkin seed and fall spice.

M: Shallow feel. The flavors present as very washed-out. Nothing really stands out. Subtle bitter-sweet pumpkin flavor lingers in the finish.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is okay. Not much interesting about the appearance. No head or lacing. Nose, however, is a very well-pronounced combination of pumpkin and fall spices. Flavor is soft and subtle all the way around. Overall, this is a pretty decent quaff.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 01:36:37 | More by bmwats
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BryanCarey

Texas

2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Wasatch Pumpkin Ale is a burnt orange colored beer with a cloudy body and a nose of pumpkin and spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. The cookie/dessert like aroma is nice and while the foam on the beer is weak, the initial appearance still grabs your attention mainly due to the enticing spicy scent.

Wasatch Pumpkin tastes the way you expect it to taste, with a flavor that emphasizes spices, but not in an overbearing way. The taste includes pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon, but it also introduces flavors like allspice and clove- two characteristics not as prominent in the scent. There is little or no bitterness in this beer and it is very easy drinking and less alcoholic than most.

This is a decent pumpkin ale overall, but probably its weakest quality is its watery mouthfeel. Take a swig or two and each time, you will distinctly notice the watery sensation in the finish. Where there should be some bitterness, you instead feel the sensation of water. That is part of the reason why this beer is so refreshing- it has little bitterness, no bite at all in the conclusion, and a somewhat watery mouthfeel.

I like a pumpkin beer if it is done right and this pumpkin ale, while not anything special, is still a decent effort from a company known for its lighter brews. A higher malt content and some added hop character would help, but this is still a decent effort and it makes a good choice for everyday drinking during the Halloween season.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 04:01:11 | More by BryanCarey
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a lightly hazed copper color with an ample cap of beige head. Fades pretty slowly and leaves a nice collar and lace.

Nose is cinnamon-sugar, nutmeg and marshmallows. Nice pie spice aroma, but keeps the sweetness in check.

Taste is lighter than almost all other pumpkin beers I have had, call it the Anti-Pumking if you will. I think it works really nicely though, the spice is not bitter or sweet, it is just right and the beer has a smoothness to it that makes it one of those pumpkin beers you can actually drink more than one or two in a sitting. I really like the cinnamon-marshmallow thing it has going on. The mouthfeel is light, but expected when I saw it was only 4%. There are many Pumpkin beers I would choose this over, and it might just be my favorite one under 6% or so.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 23:06:48 | More by twiggamortis420
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acevenom

Louisiana

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours hazy orange with a fizzy off-white head that dissipates quickly. I can see a few tiny bubbles in this beer. The beer smells a bit like sweet candy with some spices. I can pick up the pumpkin pie spice along with some of the pumpkin, but the aromas are subtle. I can taste the bready malt here with some of those pumpkin pie spices and some pumpkin. But like the aroma, it is subtle. The pumpkin becomes more apparent as the beer warms. The body is light with light carbonation. The beer is smooth and finishes pretty clean. The drinkability is high. This is a very good beer if you are looking for a lighter pumpkin beer. I feel at 4% ABV, this beer does accomplish what it sets out to do.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 01:49:39 | More by acevenom
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Hazed dark amber, healthy looking lace on the glass.

SMELL: Allspice, pumpin meat, toasted grain, yeast.

TASTE: Wet, crisp, custard, pie spice, pumpkin, faint grain, muted hops, dry finish.

It has a good flavor as the spicing is kept to a minimum but the flavor ends too quick for my liking. Still a good holiday seasonal and perhaps good enough to have more than one.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 04:01:32 | More by Jason
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Wasatch Pumpkin Ale from Utah Brewers Cooperative
82 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.