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

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165 Ratings
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Ratings: 165
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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Ratings: 165 | Reviews: 69 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of JeffTheJuice
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

JeffTheJuice, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of NewGlarusFan
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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.

NewGlarusFan, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of Jason1337
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Jason1337, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of jmccullough108
3/5  rDev -10.4%

jmccullough108, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
3.76/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

Misanthropy_Sipping, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of Eaglefan344
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Eaglefan344, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of charlesjwinkler
3.25/5  rDev -3%

charlesjwinkler, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

larryarms847, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of Nofear048
4.75/5  rDev +41.8%

Nofear048, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of mychalg9
4/5  rDev +19.4%

mychalg9, May 17, 2013
Photo of davey101
2.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

davey101, May 15, 2013
Photo of markmcconv
3/5  rDev -10.4%

markmcconv, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Thorpe429, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of emyers
3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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).

emyers, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of Jerry
2.25/5  rDev -32.8%

Jerry, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of chefhatt
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

chefhatt, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

t0rin0, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of dtx00
4/5  rDev +19.4%

dtx00, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of jagada
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

jagada, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of Mick-e-d
1.25/5  rDev -62.7%

Mick-e-d, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of beerhawk41
1.5/5  rDev -55.2%

beerhawk41, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of tommyd313
3.25/5  rDev -3%

tommyd313, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of pwoody11
3/5  rDev -10.4%

pwoody11, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of Ryan011235
2.4/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 11/1/12

Dull amber hue; lazy like honey. A fury of bubbles results in a one finger head that recedes almost immediately. Some drippy lace.

Huh. This thing actually smells like pumpkin pie - lightly buttered crust an all. There is a slight soapy notion on the peripheries. The taste isn't quite as on-point as the aroma. There are certainly pumpkin pie type flavors, but it tastes dull and a bit dirty. The finish is papery and lacking. The feel is a bit thin, at least it seems that way to me. Carbonation is appropriately low.

Overall, this is drinkable but ultimately it's merely a so-so sort of pumpkin ale.

Ryan011235, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of chanokokoro
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a cervoise glass

Pours a cloudy light amber with orange hues capped with a white, pillowy three finger head. Abundant, splotchy lacing along the side of the glass. Nutmeg, pumpkin and spice, and light toffee and caramel on the nose. Opens with nutmeg and cinnamon, joined by pumpkin, lightly sweet caramel malt and finishes smooth with more spice and lightly sweet toffee notes. Lighter side of medium bodied, moderate level of gentle carbonation. Smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Very pleasant. One of the better pumpkin beers I've had recently and definitely one of the better offerings I've had from this brewery.

chanokokoro, Nov 01, 2012
Pumpkin Ale from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.