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

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144 Ratings
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 19.23%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | 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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tommyd313

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

11-09-2012 00:10:10 | More by tommyd313
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pwoody11

Delaware

3/5  rDev -11.2%

11-03-2012 00:45:24 | More by pwoody11
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Ryan011235

Ohio

2.4/5  rDev -29%

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.

11-02-2012 02:22:20 | More by Ryan011235
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chanokokoro

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

11-01-2012 01:38:37 | More by chanokokoro
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.1/5  rDev -8.3%

Wow, a pumpkin ale in a can - what'll they think of next? Many thanks to woodychandler for this 12 oz'er. A bright orange label depicting an angry pumpkin (although it has a mug full of beer wrapped in its stem - what's to be angry about?) and a spider web backdrop. Poured at cellar (chilly) temperature to a pint glass.

A: Murky, unfiltered caramel-copper tinged with amber. Scant head, a fizzy fraction-of-a-finger - departs in seconds. A freckle or two of lacing, average (or a bit below) in appearance. Next...

S: Decent aroma of spices - allspice and clove. Sweet. Restrained strength.

T: Pretty good 'pumpkin' spicing... the necessary nutmeg and cinnamon thing. Enough caramel to balance that zingy spicing. Not terribly complex but still rather tasty.

M: Underwhelming mouthfeel, quite weak/watery. Some carbonated crispness and a dry and earthy spice, but not enough to salvage this one. No canning or 'best by' date on this one, but it was received only two weeks ago from a trader so I assume it is 'fresh'.

O: Liked the flavor, decent aroma... but soooo very bland look and feel-wise. Average, middle-of-the-road pumpkin ale (a fairly good amber with spicing), but this one doesn't do much for me. Love the style, barely like this version of it.

10-28-2012 23:11:57 | More by msubulldog25
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illini4x4


4/5  rDev +18.3%

10-26-2012 02:11:16 | More by illini4x4
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leinie13

Ohio

3/5  rDev -11.2%

10-25-2012 00:38:49 | More by leinie13
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mmmmbeer

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

10-23-2012 00:54:50 | More by mmmmbeer
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jawneyt

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -26%

10-20-2012 18:40:47 | More by jawneyt
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Trulius_Slackerus


3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

10-19-2012 02:52:44 | More by Trulius_Slackerus
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Twifiter

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

10-15-2012 20:44:03 | More by Twifiter
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IMSPEAKNOENGLISH

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

10-13-2012 16:20:35 | More by IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance
Murky brownish orange with a half finger of head that fades quickly.

Nose
Allspice, ginger and a touch of pumpkin meat.

Taste
Gingerbread cookies, nutmeg and allspice. Some brown sugar and toasted pie crust. Touches of pumpkin meat and caramel. A hint of earthy bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp and clean.

Overall
This is a very underrated Pumpkin Ale. Balanced, smooth and easy drinking. Subtle pie crust and pumpkin.

10-13-2012 01:21:03 | More by justintcoons
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coz

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

10-08-2012 00:11:22 | More by coz
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Woodysbeard

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

10-04-2012 16:30:06 | More by Woodysbeard
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MaximalC

Illinois

2.8/5  rDev -17.2%

Pours a murky amber color with a thin off-white head. The aroma smells mildly of wheat and pumpkin, but quite unassumingly so. Pumpkin and some vague spiciness manifest on the front end before rapidly subsiding, yielding to a thin and watery finish. Some hop bitterness emerges on the back end as well. There's not a great deal of complexity here, and the body is a bit thin for my liking. I've rarely come across a pumpkin ale I really enjoy, and this is no exception. Ultimately, this pumpkin ale is drinkable, but forgetable.

10-04-2012 02:02:25 | More by MaximalC
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Packman4IL

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

10-03-2012 14:42:04 | More by Packman4IL
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.38/5  rDev 0%

Reviewed from notes.

Slightly coppery amber with good clarity and a flash head with minimal lacing. Lighter side of medium body and carbonation levels.

Slightly metallic-tinged pumpkin and sweet caramel aroma. The sip confirms it : This is a pumpkin ale that only gently leans on the cinnamon and nutmeg spicing a tiny bit to support a medium-light strength pumpkin flavor that blends well with the caramel / breadiness of the malt within. This is an ideal one for those who would prefer a pumpkin beer without having excessive pie spicing forced upon their palate.

10-03-2012 03:37:18 | More by WastingFreetime
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pirmannt1

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

09-30-2012 00:51:20 | More by pirmannt1
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FreshHawk

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

09-23-2012 21:12:14 | More by FreshHawk
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RobertKeith

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

09-23-2012 06:24:26 | More by RobertKeith
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JoeD


1/5  rDev -70.4%

09-22-2012 03:31:01 | More by JoeD
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Jaystref

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +18.3%

09-20-2012 22:48:15 | More by Jaystref
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

09-17-2012 02:12:37 | More by Rifugium
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Treebs

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev +4.4%

12 oz. can served in a Tighthead chalice.

A: Pours a solid amber color with a thin white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin film and ring.

S: Big spice upfront. Cinnamon and allspice. Pie crust in the background.

T: Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie crust. The finish is is slightly watery and sweet. Very mild green hops are in the background as well.

M: Medium to thin bodied with a medium carbonation level.

O: This was solid all around. Nothing really stood out at all, but all the pumpkin ale flavors were there.

09-16-2012 18:39:37 | More by Treebs
Pumpkin Ale from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.