Pumpkin Ale - Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
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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
4.46/5 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
3.18/5 rDev -5.9%
Bought one can at Trader Joe's and poured in a pint glass
A) Light orange, clear, thick two finger head, lots of lacing too.
S) Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie, baked crust
T) Very good taste, Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, clove. I think this beer can be called Pumking light because it has a very light body.
M) Carbonation, light feel
O) Not too bad, Pumking is still the best Pumpkin beer. Buy one can at TJ, but Wild Onion brews better beers.
08-28-2013 13:57:51 | More by NewGlarusFan
3.76/5 rDev +11.2%
Had a lot of good luck finding pumpkin ale so far in this late summer. Haven't had anything from Wild Onion Brewing yet so this is a first impression.
Pours a hazy orange amber. The head is pretty minimal is a pretty pleasant light khaki color. Has what I would imagine to be a pumpkin ale sort of tone. A lighter one but no where as light as Buffalo Bill's.
Smells pleasantly of pumpkin pie and light notes of yeast and somewhat caramelly malts. It is not pungent but pretty well balanced, the cinnamon and spices come through the most. A light but balanced nose, non offensive.
Malt body hits and in comes some very mild sweetness. Almost a candy type of sweetness but very subdued. Not overwhelming. Then in rushes the pumpkin which holds on for most of the beer among the flash of pumpkin pie sorts of spices. Definitely nutmeg and allspice, a hint of cinnamon and a touch of toasted grains. It has a somewhat corn quality to it, which in this beer is not bad at all. Feels pretty harvesty and non of the flavors seem to compete or come off poorly done. Very well rounded. Nothing crazy, but better than the Fall Hornin' I had last week. No offense to Fall Hornin', which was good in it's own rights.
The mouthfeel is the only thing I am not huge on with this. The carbonation is pretty minimal, and it does seem a tad thin. Luckily the malt is enough to uphold a good fall seasonal though. Just needs a bit more weight, may even improve on the taste, who knows?
Overall, pretty satisfied. I'm glad I had it and may go seek another can. Definitely am interested in more of Wild Onion's beers now. This made a good first impression as well as a pretty well achieved pumpkin ale.
08-21-2013 02:47:46 | More by Misanthropy_Sipping
2.88/5 rDev -14.8%
12 oz can into a pint glass. Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a thin cap of dirty white foam. Smell is of pumpkin flesh and the typical spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice. Taste is of a bland brown ale with a touch of caramel malt and light nutmeg. Incredibly bland and watery. I understand this beer is not fresh, but its in a can and shouldn't be this faded. Under carbed. This is just so underwhelming and boring.
05-15-2013 00:14:44 | More by davey101
3.98/5 rDev +17.8%
Review from notes. 12 oz. can poured into a New Glarus snifter.
Appearance: Slightly cloudy orange with a one-finger white head which dissipates quickly into a thin lacing.
Smell: Pumpkin. The spices are very restrained, but there, with cinnamon, clove, and allspice coming through. It really captures a nice, clean pumpkin aroma. There's also a bready character, suggestive of a graham cracker crust on a pumpkin pie.
Taste: Finally, a pumpkin beer that tastes like pumpkin without attempting to pour pumpkin pie spice down your throat. Very strong pumpkin flavor in this one. It's not quite as strong as, say, Pumking, but the flavors there are great, balanced, and once again, not in your face with the spices.
Mouthfeel: The weakest area for this beer. Comes off a little too thin. Appropriate carbonation.
Overall: It's far too easy to overlook this beer - Wild Onion, in my humble opinion, typically makes pretty average beer at best, and the can looks like a grade school art project. Don't make that mistake. I think this is one of the better pumkin beers out there (and probably the best for the price range).
01-09-2013 04:18:34 | More by emyers
3.23/5 rDev -4.4%
I poured this from the can into a perfect pint glass. it has a murky copper colored body with no head or lace to it. The smell is of all spice,nutmeg and cinnamon. The taste has that nice spice bite up front of the normal spices and then has a hint of pumpkin closer to the finish. The mouth feel is kinda watery, but is a easy drinker. I would say it is a average pumpkin beer but it could be a good session pumpkin beer.
12-14-2012 19:28:54 | More by chefhatt
Pumpkin Ale from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.