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

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77
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167 Ratings
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Ratings: 167
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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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a really nice lookin amber orange color, with a think looking one inch cream colored head on top. The lacing is very light but the head has a decent retention to it. The smell of the beer is generously spiced, like a mix between the pumpkin ale that it is with a good Oktoberfest brew also. The spices come through more when the beer warms up. The taste had a really nice balance of pumpkin and spice and a littlesweet malt in there too. The mouthfeel started off creamy but finished on the watery side... Overall I felt that this was pretty good. I told a friend to check it out already. I'd drink this one again.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dirty John's tulip pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for this can!

Who knew the Onion canned their brews? This one pours a clear orange-amber topped by a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises cinnamon, nutmeg, dark wheat, violets, and the essence of a Glade fall seasonal scented candle. The taste starts out with the usual pumpkin pie spices, heavy on the nutmeg and cinnamon just as in the smell. Things quickly careen into something akin to what you get on the 'buds when you bite directly into the outside of a dirty pumpkin. Then some rather hard water kicks in and rules the day, while an undercurrent of bland hoppy bitterness writhes beneath. Wow. My buddies' grimaces after their first sips summed things up nicely. The body is pretty light, with a very light and mild carbonation and a dry-ish finish. As crappy as the taste is, at least it goes down really easy (it has to, trust me). Overall, I should've known: Whenever a sinister-looking pumpkin offers you a frosty pint, turn it down. You'll be better off.

Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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 jlindros
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm out to try almost all pumpkin and Oktoberfest beers I can, and this brewery just showed up around here AND with a pumpkin beer, AND AND in a can!

A fizzy almost 2 finger head rises and fades at a medium pace over a hazy amber orange rosy color.

The nose is loaded with typical pumpkin and spices. A pumpkin filling aroma, lots of pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, nutty spices, etc. A light bready pie crust aroma as well. Somewhat sweet and a little crisp.

Taste has a lot of pumpkin flavor, but not as much on the spices as I thought. THis is a lot like a pumpkin muffin or coffee flavoring shot, and less like pie. It's an artificial pumpkin flavor, but pumpkin nonetheless. A light sweetness with a light toasty malt flavor, and slightly juicy. The spices are there, a little cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices, but not as dominant as I expected. It finishes with a slightly drier feel, slight sticky quality but mostly clean, and lots of lingering fruits, pumpkin flavor, some syrupy flavors, and I swear a lager like crispness. I would almost think this is a lager.

The mouth is medium to lighter bodied with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is OK, with lingering light pumpkin spices, a little sticky feel, and slightly flemmy actually, and fairly crisp and light.

Photo of XmnwildX12
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of oline73
2.78/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangish amber with a small layer of off white head. The head fades to a ring.

Smell: This beer has a very mild smell with some cinnamon and a hint of malt sweetness.

Taste: Very unremarkable. Just a hint of pumpkin and pie spice. This is a really boring tasting pumpkin beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Super boring for a pumpkin ale. Not enough flavor. I won't search this one out again.

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

First had: can from Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Poured into a Captain Lawrence snifter, a hazy brownish burnt orange color with a finger or so of fluffy white head that receded to a ringlet, leaving just a bit of spotty lacing behind. Aroma of caramel malts, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice is apparent but not overwhelming. Bready malt taste, light pumpkin flesh, cinnamon and nutmeg in conservative proportions, touch of brown sugar. Nice, like a spiced ale rather than a full-blown pumpkin pie bomb...though unfortunately I do like pumpkin ales to be pumpkin pie bombs. But for a mellower selection, this was still good. Medium mouthfeel, smooth; easy drinkability makes up for some of the lack of full flavor.

Photo of mdfb79
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra from someone last week. Pumpkin ale in May? Why not. Poured from a 12 oz. can into my DFH tulip.

a - Pours a hazy dark orange-brown color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pumpkins, cinnamon, bready malts, spices, gingerbread, fruity malts, and nutmeg. Really nice nose, I liked it a lot.

t - Tastes of spices, cinnamon, bready malts, lightly metalic notes, pumpkin, fruit, nutmeg. Heavy on the spice and some light metal in the taste, a big step down from the nose, though not too bad.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth body.

o - Overall a decent pumpkin ale. I actually really liked the nose a lot as there was a ton of cinnamon and pumpkin, though the taste was pretty average. Worth checking out but there are others I prefer.

Photo of woodychandler
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The CANQuest (TM) pushes on in its march to # 400! My thanks to indiapaleale who seems to CANtinually sniff out more CANs for me.

From the CAN: "Celebrate the harvest season with our classic autumnal brew. This crisp ale brewed with spices has hints of pumpkin pie and a rich, malty aroma. Alc. 5.4% by Vol. Come visit our pub and restaurant located 45 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. We brew a variety of year-round ales and lagers, along with an ever-changing lineup of seasonal beers available only on tap under the massive Douglas Fir timbers."

Speaking from personal experience, it is worth the trip from CHI. I met AutumnalDave for the first time at the nearby Metra station and he and I spent the afternoon touring around, including a stop at the Onion. I am elated to have one of their CANned offerings.

The Crack revealed another craft CAN filled right to the brim! Nobody CAN say that I am not getting my money's worth. The Glug produced two-plus fingers' worth of foamy ecru head with decent retention. The "rich, malty aroma" was evident even without leaning in for a whiff. It was big with spice in the air. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. After the head settled to a coat of foam across the surface of the beer, I leaned in for a sniff of cinnamon and nutmeg. Mmmm. Mouthfeel was thin, watery even, but with a pleasant pumpkin pie spice taste on the tongue. Finish was equally pleasant, with the spices lingering well after the swallow. As pumpkin beers go, this was middle-of-the road and as CANs go, I probably would not put this in my imaginary cooler since this is more of a dessert beer or for a special occasion, but not for the beach or mountains.

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 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 BARFLYB
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A single CAN into a 13oz glass.

Pumpkin Ale pours into the glass a semi hazy burnt orange with some bronze tints mimicking a sunset. The foam was tan/gold in color with an inch but died leaving no lace.

Smell is pretty standard pumpkin ale fare and kinda muted in scent. Pumpkin spice with some nutmeg and cinnamon. Hops are not present, a standard back malting.

This is what I expected, some subtle spice with some pumpkin flavor in the back. The taste is not all that large, it's not pumpkin pie, but nutmeg over cinnamon with a grassy aftertaste that's light. It comes and goes like that.

Pretty light bodied, may be the lightest of the style to date for me. Thin with light carb. The aftertaste is non existant, spice, malt, nothing. No legs.

This is pretty decent stuff. Not being a huge fan of the style I find this easy as pie to take down. 5.4% is light and right. I would like to find a happy medium between this and pumKING in both taste and ABV as I have not yet found a favorite Pumkin brew.

Photo of brandoman63
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

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.

Photo of Bighuge
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light orange body. Slightly hazed. Thin cap of off white head. Lacing is decent. Sweet malty aroma with a little cinnamon sprinkled throughout. Malty flavor with quite a bit of cinnamon. I like cinnamon, but it's pretty heavy handed in this beer. Not much true pumpkin flavor to note, but not too many pumpkin ales really do have it. Pretty easy drinking. Not bad, but it doesn't stand out for me.

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 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 scruffwhor
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A little cloudy caramel and pumkin skin color with ok bubbling and a little foam.

The aroma has a little malt sweetness in the way of caramel. PLus some faint pumkin meat, cinnamon, and nutmeg. All very faint.

The tip of the tongue gets sweet toasted caramel malts with a little pumkin skin. The middle bitters up a bit, as if you were to bite right into a pumpkin. The finish sweetens into more of a pumkin pie. You taste the pumkin and nutmeg with some sweet malts that linger slowly after each sip.

Palate is mild with a little creamy feel on the finish.

Photo of vfgccp
2.03/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A – Bright, medium honey color. Low retention and no lace on a white head.

S – Sweet malt, light molasses, but with mildew and green-pepper off-flavors.

T – Light malt, touch of herbal bitterness, and allspice. Unfortunately the mildew note from the nose comes through in the taste. Pour balance and a touch sour.

M – Thin, light, and semi-watery.

O – Poor quality and almost no pumpkin flavor.

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 DrDemento456
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Snagged up a single of this for 2.50 at the House of 1,000 beers.

A - Pours a clear bright yellow with a mild orange tint. Head is minimal that fizzes to a lace ring rather quickly.

S - Smells like a pumpkin lager to me with lager yeasts, bread, pumpkin, and mild spices.

T - Not bad the first thing that jumps at me is the lager yeast which gives it a metallic like vegital taste. Spices seem balanced enough focusing mostly on ginger and allspice and the finish is rather crisp.

M - Light to medium yet not as malty as other takes on the style.

Overall this reminds me of Michigan brewing pumpkin ale which I hear has been take from rotation so this is a pretty equal substitute. Unfortunately this is far from a great pumpkin ale and with "Devious" and "Night Owl" readily available I have no reason to buy this again.

Photo of Duff27
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Aggressive pour settles in with a three finger width off-white head on a clear dull orange beer. Foamy head looks pleasant... actually beer, not so much. Wow awesome head retention with above average lacing.

S- Faint nutmeg/pumpkin smells, nothing overpowering but enough to get the salivary glands going.

T- More nutmeg/cinnamon flavors. Like a pumpkin pie with a lagerish(?) aftertaste thing going on.

M- Medium to medium-thin mouthfeel. Adequate enough carbonation.

D/O- This pumpkin ale has grown on me the few times I have had it. VERY easy drinking...good to put down a few when the focus isn't on beer. Not really understanding the relatively low scores it's getting. Pumpkin beers are hit and miss with me and this one is a hit...so long as you think of it as a Pumpkin Light beer, hah.

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Pumpkin Ale from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.