Pumpkin Ale - Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 18.51%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
First canned Pumpkin Ale in the US.

(Beer added by: GDBEERMAN on 09-29-2010)
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Reviews by WastingFreetime:
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Slightly coppery amber with good clarity and a flash head with minimal lacing. Lighter side of medium body and carbonation levels.

Slightly metallic-tinged pumpkin and sweet caramel aroma. The sip confirms it : This is a pumpkin ale that only gently leans on the cinnamon and nutmeg spicing a tiny bit to support a medium-light strength pumpkin flavor that blends well with the caramel / breadiness of the malt within. This is an ideal one for those who would prefer a pumpkin beer without having excessive pie spicing forced upon their palate.

More User Reviews:
Photo of weatherdog
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can poured into a Cigar City snifter

It pours a hazy orange hued amber with a two finger head. The head dies down rather quickly and leaves a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

The aroma is of moderate malt sweetness with faint pumpkin pie spices. I think the age is starting to show on this one a little bit.

The taste is very similar to the smell with just a bland maltiness with some faint spicing.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, just bland and boring for the most part. I really think I missed the boat on this beer as I had heard good things, Next year I'll try and pick it up fresh.

Photo of Twifiter
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of wattoclone
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of JMS1512
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of PatrickG
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of joeseppy
4.19/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My favorite time of year in search of 'thee' pumpkin brew. Of course I read fellow BA's reviews to help me along.

Poured last nite under backyard patio illumination around a fire, the glow from my snifter was gourdish orange with a generous froth.

Smell is pumpkin spices, allspice, cardamom, brown sugar, mace. Sweet aromas and inviting.

Taste is spiced autumn pumpkin and is not overbearing at all. Carmel notes and malty sweetness rounding out the lighter side of pumpkin flesh. Plus I get a light tartness on the back end which I enjoy and not experienced with other pumpkin brews. Lager with pizazz!

On the medium side with some creaminess making the spice linger. Great at cold to warmer temp so you can hold this awhile. Sessionable.

Love the artwork so make sure you keep the can around after you pour it. Part of this amazing experience is smelling it as you bring your glass of choice to your lips-so I advise not to drink out of the can. I recommend trying this to have fun in comparing with the others-definitely worth it. Price point is affordable.

Photo of mdaschaf
2.45/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a small off-white head on top, moderate retention and minimal lacing. Kind of looked like an orange soda.

S: Pumpkin spice, cinnamon, a decent pumpkin aroma, seems a little fake.

T: Very faint pumpkin pie spices. It sort of tasted like spiced apple juice actually. A very watered down beer.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: On the bottom end of the pumpkin beer spectrum for me. Very watered down and thin with very little pumpkin flavor.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.13/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From draft into an imperial pint glass.
A: The body pours a deep golden color that is quite hazy. The carbonation is in steady stream. The cream colored head pours with some vigor and settles into a nice solid layer on top. Lacing is left in blotchy patterns on glass.
S: Notes of bread and spices. An aroma of a pie, with the front of bread and under tones of spice and pumpkin.
T/M: The front is a warm spice pattern on the palate of peppery cinnamon and smooth nutmeg. A silky, medium mouthfeel leaves great lingering tastes. The body although medium in body seems very light on the palate and make it quite drinkable. On the finish this pumpkin really shows the pumpkin side of things. Warming pumpkin of a pumpkin pie on the finish and a bready front.
D: The all around great flavors of this ale and the medium to lighter body, make it a very good session brew. A good one to save the last rays of summer and ward off the coming winter.

Photo of dirtylou
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, sixer from star

I grew up in Barrington - kinda cool have some beer from lake barrington being distributed in Madison

appearance: great festive fall can design - served in a tyranena pint, cloudy dark copper body, nice creamy beige cap

smell: nutmeg, pumpkin, lots of pumpkin pie spice...pretty nice

taste: Vdubb86 is pretty spot on - their isnt a whole lot of depth after the initial hit to the palate - pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and spice. There needs to be more malt to shape this one

mouthfeel: see above - not great

drinkability: good

Photo of WoodBrew
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At an Oktoberfest party and someone brought an Onion Pumpkin Beer. The beer poured hazy orange with off-white head that did not lace. The smell included subtle notes of nutmeg/pumpkin. The taste was not surprising much like the smell...nutmeg/cinnamon flavors. The mouthfeel was ok....a little to sweet for me. Overall it wasnt a bad beer for pumpkin flavor. Certainly worth a shot. ale has grown on me the few times I have had it.

Photo of tempest
2.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Open up a can from Abe's Cold Beer. Overall the body is on the thin side and there's an acidic finish. The pumpkin spicing is on par with the style, though the malts are a bit too light. There's also an odd, no pleasant earthy note, but I guess it might just be thrown off by the mountfeel. There are better pumpkin ales out there.

Photo of Kegatron
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a mostly clear copper (with some unappetizing looking floaties that hang amongst the body) with a bit of an overly foamy slightly off-white. This does settle down fairly quickly, maintaining a thin frothiness that dots the sides of the glass with patchy lace. The aroma smells of light pumpkin and some slightly stronger spices, while some green hop character adds a touch of airiness to the nose. Sweetness sits along the back and seems to mostly work the spice. This is decent but seems to lack some punch.

The taste is green hops up front, with a bit of raw veggie bitterness that spreads out. There is some pumpkin flavor here but it’s mostly on the sweeter side and mixes with the doughy sugars of the malts across the back. The pumpkin spices here are light but seem to add just enough flavors to this. This is does achieve a bit more balance as this warms, with that raw feel drying down a bit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp on the tongue, with a bit more of a firm creaminess on the edges. This feels decent enough.

This was OK. I mean the overall profiles were a little bland but this drank pretty decently for what it was. Probably the most offensive part of this was the suspended solids but this eventually cleared out as they sank to the bottom. Maybe pick this one up if the novelty of a pumpkin beer in a can strikes your fancy but otherwise, there are better ones out there this fall.

Photo of Hurkie70
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of falconxman
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of NSXAG
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of leinie13
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Drewzi
2.58/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This was the first time I have had a pumpkin beer out of a can. I unfortunately was not impressed by this beer very much. I poured it from the can into a .15L Weizen glass.
A- A dark gold in color that is clear with no haze. Head forms when first poured but dissipates very quickly.

S- Smells is quite faint for a pumpkin seasonal switching between pumpkin pie and a pumpkin left out after halloween. Its quite odd because sometimes it smells good and then other times not good at all.

T- Starts off watery and then the faint traces of pumpkin pie spices hit your tongue. Just as you start to appreciate the subtle flavor it is gone. Normally a I appreciate a flavor that doesn't linger but this beers flavor profile is so quaint that it is a disappointment.

M- Almost no notable mouthfeel. A very watery beer.

D- I gave it a 2.5 on drinkability because it is light enough in both flavor and ABV that it is a session beer. However when paired with the previous list of disappointments I don't imagine anyone really enjoying more than one.

Photo of dtx00
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Eaglefan344
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of SpdKilz
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at a local Binny’s. I love pumpkin beers and now that I am back in the Midwest, I have a whole slew of new pumpkin beers to try I was not able to access while in CA. Poured from a can.

Appearance – Pours a, I’m gonna say it, pumpkin color into a tulip. About a finger of slight off white head is achieved with a careful pour that leaves spotty lacing on the sides of the tulip.

Smell – Slight spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon, a hint of vanilla, brown sugar, and pumpkin. More spices than pumpkin.

Taste – Similar to the nose in the sense that the flavors are quite distinct and can be picked out. As with the aroma, the spices kick in first which fade to the pumpkin which creates the sensation of drinking pumpkin pie. The vanilla and brown sugar mix in at the end, creating a nice full flavor.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied to lighter bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall – As with most pumpkin beers, I normally can only have one at a time. This is no exception. While I appreciate the spices, they are a bit too dominant in my opinion. However, taken as a whole, this is a relatively easy to drink pumpkin beer and I will for sure finish the other five cans of the six pack before long.

Photo of tone77
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a light brownish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of pumpkin pie, some spices. Taste is good, pumpkin, nutmeg, a touch of sweetness, lots of flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%

- can.

(3.00) A: Pale, rustic orange body with light instances of effervesce has a quickly dissolving cap of dirty white coloring. Surface and vessel are clean of lace. Fairly boring visual, not much incentive.

(3.20) S: Aroma of cloves are dominant, with cinnamon toast crunch and orange. Some pumpkin toasty notes and berries.

(3.25) T: The flavor was rather mundane, pumpkin of natural flavor was one of the few sticking points, sweetly toasted caramel with a dry dusting of cloves. Dried orange, with a spiciness of toasted pumpkin warmth, cinnamon with a lightly dry finish.

(3.15) M: Spicy mouthful, toasty, bready feel with a low amount of carbonation content.

(3.20) O: Overall the nose was somewhat spicy and hopeful, the flavor had a more natural tone, but was pretty much lackluster in flavor and rather ordinary. Hard to decide where this lies, it hardly stands out, not really hearty enough for the chilly eastern october weather, with little incentive for repeat factor. Mid C rating is the best i can offer here.

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Pumpkin Ale from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.