Pumpkin Ale - Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
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4.46/5 rDev +32%
First off, this is the most badass can design I have ever seen. It looks like a 99 cent Halloween decoration you could buy at Jewel-Osco in the late 80s. That is amazing. The people who dislike it are the ones who dislike Will Ferrel movies because they're too stupid, or hate the British version of The Office because it's too disquieting. These people are too dumb to get the point of the thing they're criticizing, but they then have the gall to base their criticism in their supposed intelligence, like this thing they can't understand is just so far below their massive intellects.
Okay, neat tangent, there. Secondly--alright guys, you can get on me for not being a purist or whatever, but you know what I want my pumpkin beer to taste like? Pumpkin pie. You know what this tastes like? Pumpkin pie.
It tastes like cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg, and gourd pulp, with just a little bitty beeriness on the back end. Boom.
If you're one of those sick, gross weirdos who demands that his pumpkin ales belong to the pre-prohbition variety and taste like a combination of an unhopped stout and raw squash, then I'm sorry but this beer is not for you. Likewise, if you get thrown off by intentionally garish aesthetics, you're going to enter into this beer with bad expectations that will be reflected in your reviews.
Also, btw, Wild Onion is probably the most under-rated Chicagoland brewery. Their hefe is amazing, and so is this.
08-31-2013 20:16:18 | More by mynie
4.19/5 rDev +24%
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.
09-07-2013 14:50:21 | More by joeseppy
4.13/5 rDev +22.2%
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.
09-29-2010 17:58:38 | More by GDBEERMAN
4.13/5 rDev +22.2%
thanks to duff27 for giving me this brew to try! Thanks duff!
can poured into snifter glass.
Reviewed from notes on 9/12/12.
Appearance: dark orange almost copperish bodied beer with almost 2 fingers of white head.
Smell: I get the pumpkin and a little bit of spice. I would say mostly nutmeg and allspice. Maybe some cinnamon too. Very nice!
Taste: Its tasting fairly close to pumpkin pie, but not over the top. I nice pumpkin note that is not artificial tasting and a nice compliment of spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg for sure. Maybe a hint of buttery pie crust or graham cracker like malts.
Mouthfeel: low end of moderate bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This beer is such an easy drinker. Really delicate carbonation and crisp finish.
Overall: I think this is my favorite pumpkin beer that I have tried this year! I was not a fan of pumking, this was much better! Pumpking was way over the top and this beer was just right! I would totally drink a 6er of this beer on a fall hayride; it the perfect beer for that! Its like a fall comfort food, but its beer!
09-15-2012 12:17:22 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.08/5 rDev +20.7%
Poured into a Pint Glass.
Until I get my hands on Painted Pumpkin Ladies, my quest for a truly unbelievably good Pumpkin Ale continues
Appearance - Dark Orange and Hazy. Pours a filmy half finger head that disappears quickly. With the exception of a few bubbles clinging to the side, theres no carbonation to speak of
Smell - Rich Pumpkin Pie, Cinnamon, Spices, and Malts. The aroma is rich and sweet, just the way it should be. This looks very promising...
Taste - Pumpkin Pie, Cinnamon, and Malts. Flavor starts out sweet and rich and leaves a surprisingly dry aftertaste, which is kind of disappointing because this is very tasty pumpkin ale
Mouthfeel - It's light and has almost no carbonation, so it feels a bit creamy but not quite refreshing. Still, it is pretty easy to drink
Overall - It tasted rich, but the dry aftertaste at the end was something I could've done without. Aside from that, it's a great tasting Pumpkin Ale, but my heart still lies with Painted Pumpkin Ladies
09-13-2012 02:12:23 | More by NuclearDolphin
4/5 rDev +18.3%
Guys! I wasn't really digging this so much the first time I tried it a couple weeks ago. Then, after drinking too many of the richer pumpkin ales the last couple weeks, I was yearning to try this again. This time, I was pleasantly surprised. This can of pumpkin beer actually tastes damn good because it is like a pumpkin "lite" as someone else alluded to in another review on this beer. You can easily down a couple of these in one session. The best part about this beer is that it has the spice and solid pumpkin taste without being too sweet or overpowering. Sometimes you're just in the mood for a pumpkin ale like this. When you're in the mood for the classic nutmeggy, cinnamonny pumpkin ale with higher ABV, go with Dogfish Head's Punkin Ale. And when you're ready to get obliterated and do not give a damn about calories, go with the best that I've head: Southern Tier Pumking
I hope to see Wild Onion out of nearby Lake Barrington keep up the great work here. This is VERY promising stuff.
09-23-2011 05:50:55 | More by reppinthe847
Pumpkin Ale from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.