Wasatch Pumpkin Ale - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Wasatch Pumpkin AleWasatch Pumpkin Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

60 Reviews
THE BROS
79
okay

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 205
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 4
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Wasatch on 10-17-2006

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Photo of Cord018
2/5  rDev -44%

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. (192 characters)

Photo of DrChainsaw
1/5  rDev -72%

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...... (411 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.5/5  rDev -30%

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. (247 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
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... (908 characters)

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.25/5  rDev -9%

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. (640 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev -16%

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. (341 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.12/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (1,459 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of Jackofallbrews
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
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! (685 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (650 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
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 (546 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.48/5  rDev +25.5%
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. (300 characters)

Photo of Libationguy
3.17/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (395 characters)

Photo of Ford
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (319 characters)

Photo of Nattyp
4.56/5  rDev +27.7%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of KKB
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (1,383 characters)

Photo of atomicbeer
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (270 characters)

Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
3.19/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (1,451 characters)

Photo of Jsteez
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
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. (819 characters)

Photo of frankiepop
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
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' (511 characters)

Photo of Vashtar
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
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. (623 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (885 characters)

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Wasatch Pumpkin Ale from Utah Brewers Cooperative
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