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

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Ratings: 143
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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Photo of ncketchum


4/5  rDev +18.3%

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.

09-17-2011 04:17:45 | More by ncketchum
Photo of emyers


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
Photo of tone77


3.95/5  rDev +16.9%

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.

09-10-2011 15:03:35 | More by tone77
Photo of Duff27


3.95/5  rDev +16.9%

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.

09-23-2011 02:53:21 | More by Duff27
Photo of Knapp85


3.95/5  rDev +16.9%

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.

09-21-2011 00:28:40 | More by Knapp85
Photo of Bendurgin


3.9/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

10-20-2010 15:19:24 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of Florida9


3.88/5  rDev +14.8%

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.

10-09-2011 16:37:04 | More by Florida9
Photo of indiapaleale


3.88/5  rDev +14.8%

Pour - dark amber with a bit of a foggy or misty haze to it. The head is stark white and fades to an ominous ring around the rather opaque reddish amber liquid that comes to light as this one settles.

Aroma - toasty, malty, brown sugar, pumpkin spice (allspice and cinnamon), perhaps some cloves as well. Its not overwhelmingly sweet smelling and that is a good thing. For me, its all about balance with this style.

Taste - nice and smooth on the palate. Some subtle spices and sweetness initially and a great malty/toasty finish. Not a whole lot of carbonation on the tongue which makes this one so smooth I guess. A couple sips and a little warmth bring out the pumpkin flavor. A little earthy, a little sweet and a little tangy. As you continue with this beer it only gets better.

Overall - Plenty of flavor is packed into this can and if you're a fan of this style than you won't be disappointed. Nice work. The bar for other canned pumpkin ales has been set high!

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. This is a great pumpkin ale with some great packaging to boot. Makes a great beer for a fall bonfire!

10-19-2010 23:44:09 | More by indiapaleale
Photo of homebrew311


3.8/5  rDev +12.4%

A pumpkin beer in a can?! Count me in. The can also has quite the festive Halloween theme (could easily be mistook for a kids drink)

A: pours a vibrant orange, very clear, thin white head that clings on barely, some lacing

S: the smell is very spice forward with a focus on cinnamon, ginger and all spice. The pumpkin itself is actually discernible which doesn't always happen with pumpkin ales. The smell features many of my favorite pumpkin pie flavors.

T: the front features some malty sweetness along with some earthy pumpkin character, this is followed up by a strong spice profile which is led by cinnamon and allspice. Not picking up any cloves in this particular ale which is a nice change from other pumpkin ales. I am quite impressed by how well the pumpkin flavors integrate with the beer.

MF: relatively light body with medium to high carbonation. Would like a little more body, but the flavor more than makes up for it.

D: this is a highly drinkable pumpkin ale from a brewpub that is practically in my neighborhood. This is the most impressive beer I have tried from them and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a solid pumpkin beer.

EDIT: I have revised the score on the taste since my first review. The aroma is really nice and it initially tricked me into thinking the taste was great. Upon further drinking of this brew, it became apparent that the base beer behind all of the spices is pretty lacking and bland.

09-30-2010 23:22:22 | More by homebrew311
Photo of Nbdreher

3.8/5  rDev +12.4%

08-19-2014 17:00:42 | More by Nbdreher
Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping


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
Photo of Trulius_Slackerus

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

10-19-2012 02:52:44 | More by Trulius_Slackerus
Photo of krome


3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

11-08-2013 23:48:47 | More by krome
Photo of coz


3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

10-08-2012 00:11:22 | More by coz
Photo of Nihilistkid


3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

01-20-2014 09:17:03 | More by Nihilistkid
Photo of mlklein27


3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

08-20-2014 00:52:40 | More by mlklein27
Photo of jtransel


3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

08-19-2014 06:37:41 | More by jtransel
Photo of t0rin0


3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

12-05-2012 00:12:33 | More by t0rin0
Photo of Jason1337


3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

08-26-2013 21:39:30 | More by Jason1337
Photo of JonathanSuarez


3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

09-11-2012 20:47:50 | More by JonathanSuarez
Photo of pirmannt1


3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

09-30-2012 00:51:20 | More by pirmannt1
Photo of cbutova


3.73/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

11-03-2010 02:09:45 | More by cbutova
Photo of Redrover


3.73/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

10-14-2011 01:21:25 | More by Redrover
Photo of Jammies


3.68/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

08-04-2011 01:33:23 | More by Jammies
Photo of SpdKilz


3.63/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

08-23-2011 23:39:32 | More by SpdKilz
Pumpkin Ale from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.