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Wasatch Pumpkin Ale - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Wasatch Pumpkin AleWasatch Pumpkin Ale

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140 Ratings

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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Wasatch on 10-17-2006)
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Photo of BuckeyeNation


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

Orange like a... like a... hmmm, I can't think of anything orange at the moment. The upper third of the glass is filled with an attractive cap of pale gold foam that is nicely firm and displays a micropitting upper surface. Thick sheets of lace are beginning to appear and look as though they might last.

While this isn't the best pumpkin ale nose that I've ever smelled, it's far above average. The best thing about it is that it has a moderately heavy spice load with an emphasis on nutmeg, my favorite of the classic 'pumpkin pie' spices.

The flavor comes close to matching the first two attributes, but it doesn't quite hold up after the first few ounces. The biggest problem is that the base beer isn't substantial enough and could stand to be a little more sweet and a little less bitter. In addition, the pumpkin pie spice load is cumulative and becomes just a wee bit wearing since there isn't much present to balance it. Like malt.

One would think, after reading the above paragraph, that I don't care for Pumpkin Ale. I do like it, it's just that I can't help but think of ways that it might be improved... to better suit me at least. It's a relatively light, easy drinker that I can't see myself enjoying nearly as much after one or two. Not all 4%'ers are session beers after all.

I'm beginning to learn that most Wasatch beer (we might as well expand that to most Utah beer) is light of body. Brewing at such a low ABV probably has a great deal to do with that. To state the obvious, that works better in some styles than in others. I'm fine with it here, but that doesn't mean that I can't wish for bigger and creamier.

Pumpkin Ale is one of the Brewmaster Seasonals from the Utah Brewers Cooperative. I have no problem with that designation since, again, this is a better than average pumpkin ale from what some might think of as an unlikely source. Orange like a pumpkin! A pumpkin! I knew I'd come up with it sooner or later.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2006 14:10:44 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of kjkinsey


4/5  rDev +10.8%

12-05-2011 22:35:08 | More by kjkinsey
Photo of NeroFiddled


4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The hazy, unfiltered, orange-amber body of Wasatch pumpkin ale glows eerily at you from beneath a creamy head of yellowed-white. Gentle, perfumey spice greets you in the nose. The body is medium-light, and it's just lightly tingly on the tongue. The flavor is softer than you'd expect, and certainly less spicy, although there is a touch of ginger to it. It's mildly sweet, delicately malty, sublimely bitter, and very subtly spiced, leaving it well-within bounds of being considered as a "beer", rather than "PUMPKIN beer". In fact, except for the fact that there is some cinnamon and ginger to it, a blind tasting would probably not elicit the immediate response of "pumpkin". However, the spices do build on the palate as you progress through the glass, leaving more and more spice on the tongue and back of the mouth - but in a good way. Overall, very nicely done! Well-balanced and drinkable. Kind of a "session" pumpkin ale. It'd be easy to have two or three of these! Certainly worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 23:26:13 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of Jason


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
Photo of Mora2000


4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma is about what I expected. I get some sweet pumpkin notes, as well as some brown sugar and allspice. The flavor is full of pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice and a lot of cloves. A wonderful mix of spices that gives me exactly what I look for in a pumpkin ale. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of the best pumpkin ales I have drank.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 20:10:01 | More by Mora2000
Photo of mactrail


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
Photo of Wasatch


4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy tea color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger white head, some nice sticky lacing puddles in the middle of the glass. Scents of spiced cinimmon, malts. The taste is malty, spiced cinimmon and pumpkin. Medium body with a slight carbonated feel, nice clean finish. Very drinkable, this brew tastes very nice on-tap.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2008 18:32:35 | More by Wasatch
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

10-30-2013 06:05:29 | More by duceswild
Photo of Stinkypuss


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
Photo of Bighuge


3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange amber body. Slight haze. Aroma is full of spice and a little malt and a little ghostly pumpkin. Flavor is more spice than pumpkin or malt too. The heaviest spice is clove, followed by nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon in no particular order. Malt is not very forward nor is the pumpkin. Definitely a festive ale, but I prefer more malt/pumpkin and less spice.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 04:39:58 | More by Bighuge
Photo of 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
Photo of Bitterbill


3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle a hazy orange gold with a small head of foam that shrank quickly leaving a just some spotting on the surface. It *does* have some nice lacing to it though.

The smell is very pumpkin like with hints of nutmeg a cinnamon.

The taste at first sip is a mix of the spices I noted in the nose along with a bit of sourness in the background. Further sips see no change so it's a consistant taste that I'm sensing. Pretty good. The only negative I can say is that the finish is very watery.

Bottom line: A nice brew for the season that is interesting enough to warrant a try.
Thanks to Wastach for this ample!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2006 15:08:22 | More by Bitterbill
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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
Photo of bsuedekum


3.5/5  rDev -3%

10-27-2013 21:30:17 | More by bsuedekum
Photo of 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
Photo of tigg924


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
Photo of msubulldog25


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

Tasted in January 2007, a little late for a "fall" seasonal, but what the heck...a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass.

A: Amber, a cloudy haze of suspended particulates of ???. About 1-1/2 fingers of eggshell-white head, frothy & slightly rocky. A trace of lacing.

S: Lightly spiced, a pretty delicious "pumpkin pie"-smelling brew. Partly squash-y/earthy and partly sugary pie filling. Nutmeg & allspice. I like.

T: An ok flavor of pumpkin spices & caramel malt. Towards the end, a strange bubble gum-my ester makes this a little sweeter than I expected, candy-like. Mild bitterness in the finish and slightly watery in the finish.

M: Good crispness and well carbonated. Light to medium body.

D: One of those low ABV brews brought to you by the great state of Utah. Drinkable, certainly. A good pumpkin ale, with flavors that are quite likable. Nothing complex, just a tasty brew. Thanks again, John (Wasatch).

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 23:51:32 | More by msubulldog25
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

08-28-2013 05:39:11 | More by gtermi
Photo of allengarvin


3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a straight pint glass. It's a medium amber color with a very small head. The nose offers some caramel malt and a small amount of nutmeg. Very sweet initial flavor, giving way to light spiciness, nutmeg, a touch of cinnamon... can't really pick out any other spices. Body is thin and watery.

Blandest pumpkin beer this year, so far.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 16:34:12 | More by allengarvin
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

10-19-2013 22:44:55 | More by WDJersey
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

10-05-2012 04:59:00 | More by duff247
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

06-09-2014 21:59:16 | More by TX-Badger
Photo of atone315


3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

09-25-2012 12:35:23 | More by atone315
Photo of RonaldTheriot


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.


Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 13:44:05 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of Phelps


3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a shaker pint at Tops.

Nutty auburn and brilliantly clear, Pumpkin Ale is the color of fall. A finger of light khaki bubbles textured like oceanic foam fizzles away quickly, leaving little between you and the rather intense nose. Sweet heavy cream. Hints of cinnamon, almond and nutmeg blend with buttery baked bread and pumpkin so sweetly caramelized it tastes like it's been thrown on an outdoor grill. I want to make a candle out of it.

The flavor is sadly not as intense as the aroma, but that might not be a bad thing. With massively sweet and spicy pumpkin brews, a little is usually enough, and a full bottle can be wearying. Wasatch's pumpkin ale exhibits a cleaner flavor that avoids this cloying quality and increases drinkability. Inside, pumpkin rind mixes with apple juice at first, and very subtle cinnamon and allspice rise to replace them after the swallow. A bit of tanginess remains on the tongue after the dry finish, but it's not enough to upset the balance that's going on here.

At four percent ABV, Wasatch Pumpkin is one of the few truly sessionable pumpkin ales. With a medium body that's fairly light on the tongue, high carbonation and a clean finish, if there's any pumpkin ale to spend a chilly night drinking, this is it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2011 23:12:35 | More by Phelps
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Wasatch Pumpkin Ale from Utah Brewers Cooperative
82 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.