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

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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 18.75%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | 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 tempest
2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

tempest, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of Redrover
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can with festive holiday decorations. Poured into my SA perfect pint, the beer is orange/amber with a beige head. The lacing is pretty stick and leaves spots all down the glass.

The aroma is of spices (allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon) and bready malts. It reminds me of pumpkin bread and that's not a bad thing!

The spices are evident but do not overpower the base beer. The malts are also front and center and there is a bit of yellow raisin in the finish. Spices become more prominent mid-glass.

The beer has very active carbonation which thins out the mouth a bit. If they could turn it down a notch this would be even better.

This was a nice seasonal treat and makes me want to venture a visit to their pub in Lake Barrington.

Redrover, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of Florida9
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Slightly hazy amber in color. Served with a minimal off white head. Some light lacing. Smell is muted, but what is there is pumpkin pie spice, ginger, and nutmeg. A little sweet spice. Taste is similar. Spices are present, but, thankfully, subdued. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall good.

Florida9, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of Lemke10
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 6-pack can of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $8.49 in Fall 2011.

Pours a cloudy copper orange color with a fluffy white head. From the side it almost looks like a slice of pumpkin pie! Not too strong of a scent but pumpkin and spices are evident. Has a decent pumkin and spice flavor to it. My one complaint is the texture, it's a little too watery in comparison to other top selling pumpkin beers. Because of it's lighter texture it does make for very quick and easy drinking. Enjoyable for any fall activity outdoors!

Lemke10, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of reppinthe847
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

reppinthe847, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of Duff27
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Duff27, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of match1112
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

an aggressive pour yields a four finger head that is as thick and lacy as the best of them. smells of malts and spice. tastes like a cheap store bought pie. yes there are hints of ginger, allspice, cinnamon and more of a yam flavor than pumpkin. mouthfeel is a thick watery feeling if that makes sense. overall not a bad beer, but not one i would buy again either.

match1112, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Knapp85, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of ncketchum
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled in a Sierra Nevada pint glass

A = pours a medium brown-orange, white head, nearly completely dissipates

S = pumpkin spice dominates the aroma, but not too overpowering. Very nice

T = pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and malt. very clean finish

M = light, smooth, no alcohol noted

D = very nice pumpkin beer, I'm glad I picked this up. A different beer than Pumking, so hard to compare directly, but in the realm of pumpkin beers, I rank this one very highly.

ncketchum, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of MusicaleMike
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a can from the Foodery. Poured this 12 oz. can into my tulip glass. Can't say I really like the packaging, even though cans are the new hot thing. The artwork looks like something you would find in a second grade classroom.

The beer pours out an attractive amber-gold color with a sizeable head. The cream colored head quickly dissipates to nothing but a minimal island however, and no trace is left behind. There body is hazy but does still show off the carbonation a bit.

The smell is weak here. I get a vanilla-like soft sweetness coming from the bouquet, but that is it. Any pumpkin pie spices seem to be wholly lacking in the aroma and there isn't much malt aroma to speak of here either. Everything is quiet and subtle. No hop aroma.

The taste however, is pretty good. That vanilla sweetness coming from the aroma develops in the taste and nicely accents the pumpkin flavor. The flavor is not over the top and ridiculously bold, like Pumpking. Not bitter, not too sweet. Nice.

I find the mouthfeel a bit on the creamy side, which I believe works well for this style. I am digging the way that the medium body and vanilla spice work well together to help round this beer out.

Depending on the price, I wouldn't shy away from picking this up again. Sessionable and pretty decent. Nothing that makes me salivate, but pretty good for the style and certainly different. Fans of the traditional pumpkin pie spices should shy away from this beer, but if you are looking for some vanilla spice and malt, here you go.

MusicaleMike, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of tone77
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

tone77, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of Brunite
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- A hazy orangish red with eggshell white head. No real lacing and no retention. Bits of solid orange specks (pumpkin?) on bottom of glass.

S- Very subtle spice...some malt.

T- Very light spice notes. Not much else. Tastes more like an American Wheat than anything else.

M- Light bodied.

O- Meh. Average beer. Not much of a pumpkin beer...but a refreshing drink so it gets points for that.

Brunite, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

BARFLYB, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of IronLover
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a can with no freshness date. Dark copper orange in color and hazy. Poured with a dense, foamy off-white head with good staying power. The foam lasted for the duration. Cinnamon, nutmeg, spice and sweet pumpkin aromas. Nothing overwhelming but very pleasant combination of autumn-like aromas. Smooth and creamy but a little on the thin, watery side. Flavors are a nice balance of cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin with a light spicy aftertaste that doesn't linger for very long. My first pumpkin of the season. Easy to drink and refreshing. A good suggestion for someone who's never had a pumpkin ale.

IronLover, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of SpdKilz
3.63/5  rDev +8%
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.

SpdKilz, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of Jammies
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- deep orangish red with a half an inch of foam. Poor lacing and no retention

S- earthy yet sweet. An obvious pumpkin pie smell.

T- very light with a watery and pumpkin taste. Not as much carbonation as expected

M- very light and smooth. Leaves a sweet coating on the tongue.

O- not too shabby. Definitely a dessert beer every once in a while.

Jammies, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of brewmudgeon
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

wild onion pumpkin, can. being clearanced out.

a 4-4.5 hazed lemony pumpkin color. 1-finger head

s 4-4.5 nice aromas of pumpkin pie spices and pumpkin. starting to wonder if i should have bought more than one can. totally makes me imagine a slice of the pie, minus the crust.
(after a while, the smells seem to tone down.)

t 3-3.5 kind of relieved to discover the flavor is not as big and beautiful as the sniffing suggested. the base beer seems like a cream ale, and the beery flavors show through than i prefer in a pumpkin brew. a pumpkin light, but not bad. the finish is mostly tangy with a lightly clove/metallic element.

m 2-3 light-med, i guess about what you'd expect for a 5.4%. but i hoped for lusher/creamier. hmm, turning waterier as the glass goes on...

d 3.5 all in all significantly better than expected for a clearanced can of beer from a brewery i'd never heard of. not a lot of pumpkin flavor, but at least they don't overdo the spices. drinkable, but not too savorable.

brewmudgeon, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of weatherdog
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

weatherdog, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of matjack85
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this single 12oz orange can in the discount bin at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL. Surprised to find it came from a local brewery that I never heard of before.

The beer poured a cloudy pumpkin color with a nice frothy looking 1-finger white head that lasted about a minute before fading to just a thin rim. Lots of lacing on the glass with each sip.

This smells like all the ingredients in a pumpkin pie. Not strong smelling, but nice.

The taste leaves no doubt that this is a pumpkiin ale, and not a bad one at that. Light dose of sweet malt mixed with pumpkin and all the pumpkin pie spices of nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, and cloves. Any hops get lost in the spices as I found no bitterness at all. Not overly sweet - in fact it's actually dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side with medium carbonation.

Goes down easy without a trace of alcohol. A decent pumpkin ale.

matjack85, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of samie85
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear amber color with a two finger white head that quickly dissipates.

S-Smells strongly of allspice, nutmeg, and cloves.

T-Mimics the nose almost exactly: strong allspice, nutmeg and cloves.

M-Not a bad mouthfeel: medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, but suffers from what every other pumpkin beer suffers from... an unpleasant dryness in the mouth from the spices.

D-Easy drinking for a pumpkin beer, but I don't think I'll be buying any more anytime soon.

samie85, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

woodychandler, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of jsh420
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

pours amber orange with a 1 finger head that faded to a small film and left no lacing

smells of bready malts and lightly spiced pumpkin

taste is a bit watery upfront then a bitter semi sour pumpkin and bready malt taste is left in your mouth

mouthfeel - light body and is dead flat

drinkability is so so - this would be a good starter pumpkin beer for a newbie - after my first sip i thought to myself bud light pumpkin but its better then that

jsh420, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of cbutova
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy orange with a small white cap. Head retention is fairly low and a small ring leaves sticky suds and a just a bit of lace.

S- Not amazingly strong but there are notes of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and malt.

T- Fairly good, like a pumpkin pie. There is actually a good amount of pumpkin flavor with the spice and malt blended in well. Slightly fruity/hoppy notes seem to not make much sense to me.

MF- Light body that is a bit watery. Carbonation is at a moderate level. A tiny bit of bitterness in the finish.

DB- Not bad at all. The fruit thing in the flavor kind of confuses me but doesn't throw off the overall profile that much. One of the better Pumpkin Ales I have tried this year.

cbutova, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of scruffwhor
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

scruffwhor, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of Bendurgin
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. The body is deep burnt orange with about a finger of off white head that retains for a bit and leaves just a thing ring of lace. The smell is full of pumpkin, cloves, nutmeg, allspice and a rich malt body. I'm not going to lie, this is seeming to be better than I anticipated. The taste follows the aroma perfectly, it really reminds me of pumpkin bread. It has a big pumpkin body with autumn spices following through. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, somewhat on the light side and the carbonation seems to be lacking a bit but overall this is a really solid seasonal offering. I wish I grabbed a couple more.

Bendurgin, Oct 20, 2010
Pumpkin Ale from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.