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Wasatch Pumpkin Ale - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Wasatch Pumpkin AleWasatch Pumpkin Ale

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64 Reviews

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Reviews: 64
Hads: 218
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 30.64%
Wants: 4
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Wasatch on 10-17-2006

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Reviews: 64 | Hads: 218
Photo of MLoxxer
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer was poured out of a 12oz bottle which had printing on it noting that it should be enjoyed in the next three months. The color was a hazy pumpking (of all things) color. The head, like all pumpkin ales I am familiar with was lackluster and dissipated very quickly, leaving incredibly faint lacing on the glass. The aroma is not very noticeable, but does indeed conjure up notes of pumpkin and very understated spice. The flavor is quite mild and enjoyable, not at all strong and phony. The mouth feel is quite good. Of all the pumpkins ales I've tried this one is one to have again. A nice enjoyable mild ale. This would appeal to people who are not serious beer drinkers but might be enamored with the idea of a pumpkin beer.

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Photo of staubot
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

An amber orange colour with traces of carbonation. The head however could not outlast a bull rider on a bad day. This is where is loses most marks here for me. The smell is a nig strong malt and pumpkin pie scent and pleasant to the nose. Taste meets the smell and advertising pretty well. Malty pumpkin vanilla taste. Not sure how some have said its tasteless. There is a definite flavor but its pretty one dimensional. IT has a mildly heavy smooth feel but is a bit flat. Overall for this seasonal I enjoyed it. Would have it with a good thanksgiving meal.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance : A festive amber-orange glow, about 70% opaque, with a 2 finger off-white head. That soon fizzes out into a small ring on top.

Smell : Crisp fall air permeates the aroma with sharp notes of pumpkin, pie crust, vanilla, and clove. Marshmallow and burnt sugar softly follow. Some roast malt also accompanies the nose.

Taste : An intense hit of nutmeg, followed by...capture meluckycharms! Lucky Charms cereal. The grains and the marshmallow are both here. It's like finishing a big bite of LC. A bit of roast pumpkin, slight vanilla. But mostly nutmeg and Lucky Charms.

Feel : This brew is medium bodied, with high carbonation - but not too highly carbonated. Ends semi-dry.

Overall : I'd have it again, it was interesting. I don't think it's a bad beer at all. In fact, I kinda like it. Crafty? Sure. Award-Winning? Nah. But I'm content to just sip this one in the recliner for awhile.

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Photo of Cord018
2/5  rDev -44.3%

Below mediocre. Very watery, faint pumpkin flavor. No backbone at all to it. Color and smell gives you some hope but flavor is just flat and uninspired. Tons of better pumpkin beers out there.

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Photo of DrChainsaw
1/5  rDev -72.1%

This ale is one of the better demonstrations of "in the mouth of the beholder". I agree with DonkeyRunner below that this is tasteless & watery. I was surprised to see it rated higher than a 2, so I guess people are more generous than I, even when they don't like it. Almost makes you wonder whether someone was trying to cash in on the coconut water craze by marching out pumpkin water for the season......

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Dark orange with a thin white head. Smells like pumpkin pie with some vegetal pumpkin pulp. The pie spice is thankfully muted but so is any actual flavor. Thin and vapid taste like someone added 1/4 water to a 3/4 glass of regular pumpkin beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this really is pretty good. a rusty colored brew with nice clarity and huge bubbles looking like a soda pop in the glass. the nose is great, honey sweetness and a bready malt backbone, it honestly smells like graham crackers, which i find majorly appealing. there is some more spice int he flavor, cinnamon and nutmeg, maybe vanilla too, and not a ton of pumpkin itself. its okay that its not there though, because the spices are only subtle, its a great fall beer, with a perfectly appropriate seasonal bouquet, and just enough hops to balance the sweetness before it finishes (rather dry for the style). carbonation is really high, which i think gives life to it and makes it seem real fresh. i could hammer a sixer of these no problem, its flavorful enough but not heavy in the least. one of the better base beers from wasatch i have had. much be better on draft than in a bottle based on these ratings...

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

12oz Brown bottle with pry-off cap and best by date of"12/05/2014". Poured into a Mason jar glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, copper with 1 finger of head that quickly dissipates

Smell: Mostly bread malt with a little pumpkin

Taste: There is pumpkin flavor but it is overshadowed by the malt with little to no spice character

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery

Overall: One thing going for it is the low ABV which some people might like when they want a pumpkin beer. This also might be pleasing to those who complain about spices in pumpkin beer. I found it a little too watery and forgetful. Not terrible, but I won't purchase again.

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Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Another 4% Utah beer.

Hazy brown color and a thin tan colored head.

Smells mostly of pumpkin spice but not very strongly. Slight medicinal scent like a band-aid.

Tastes initially of pie crust and spice. Mild pumpkin beer flavor but the lack of body hurts it.

Watery and mildly bitter.

Overall a try it once and forget it type of beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
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!

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Photo of mactrail
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.41/5  rDev -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.


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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.48/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

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Photo of Libationguy
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of Ford
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of Nattyp
4.56/5  rDev +27%
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.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Actual pumpkin color! One finger head and lacing.
S- Fall, Apple, and pumpkin spices. Cider.
T- Pumpkin, spices, and cider. But more beer than cidery.
M- Coats and lingers. Medium carbonation.
D- Quintessential pumpkin beer.

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Photo of KKB
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of atomicbeer
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Wasatch Pumpkin Ale from Utah Brewers Cooperative
82 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.