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

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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 19.58%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | 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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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

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

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: can

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

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: can

08-26-2011 01:37:56 | More by IronLover
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Treebs

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

09-16-2012 18:39:37 | More by Treebs
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Hurkie70

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

03-30-2012 17:09:25 | More by Hurkie70
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larryarms847

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

08-12-2013 02:34:40 | More by larryarms847
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Packman4IL

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

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

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

09-23-2012 06:24:26 | More by RobertKeith
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zeff80

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

10-27-2013 21:54:11 | More by zeff80
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mmmmbeer

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

08-29-2013 21:04:06 | More by JeffTheJuice
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Chucker17

South Dakota

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

05-02-2014 00:54:13 | More by Chucker17
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brewmudgeon

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: can

02-12-2011 03:15:30 | More by brewmudgeon
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mdfb79

New York

3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra from someone last week. Pumpkin ale in May? Why not. Poured from a 12 oz. can into my DFH tulip.

a - Pours a hazy dark orange-brown color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pumpkins, cinnamon, bready malts, spices, gingerbread, fruity malts, and nutmeg. Really nice nose, I liked it a lot.

t - Tastes of spices, cinnamon, bready malts, lightly metalic notes, pumpkin, fruit, nutmeg. Heavy on the spice and some light metal in the taste, a big step down from the nose, though not too bad.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth body.

o - Overall a decent pumpkin ale. I actually really liked the nose a lot as there was a ton of cinnamon and pumpkin, though the taste was pretty average. Worth checking out but there are others I prefer.

Serving type: can

05-05-2012 22:52:00 | More by mdfb79
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: can

09-10-2011 21:25:10 | More by MusicaleMike
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm out to try almost all pumpkin and Oktoberfest beers I can, and this brewery just showed up around here AND with a pumpkin beer, AND AND in a can!

A fizzy almost 2 finger head rises and fades at a medium pace over a hazy amber orange rosy color.

The nose is loaded with typical pumpkin and spices. A pumpkin filling aroma, lots of pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, nutty spices, etc. A light bready pie crust aroma as well. Somewhat sweet and a little crisp.

Taste has a lot of pumpkin flavor, but not as much on the spices as I thought. THis is a lot like a pumpkin muffin or coffee flavoring shot, and less like pie. It's an artificial pumpkin flavor, but pumpkin nonetheless. A light sweetness with a light toasty malt flavor, and slightly juicy. The spices are there, a little cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices, but not as dominant as I expected. It finishes with a slightly drier feel, slight sticky quality but mostly clean, and lots of lingering fruits, pumpkin flavor, some syrupy flavors, and I swear a lager like crispness. I would almost think this is a lager.

The mouth is medium to lighter bodied with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is OK, with lingering light pumpkin spices, a little sticky feel, and slightly flemmy actually, and fairly crisp and light.

Serving type: can

10-15-2010 00:18:45 | More by jlindros
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

Serving type: can

09-29-2011 20:47:32 | More by Lemke10
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can, with no apparent canned on or freshness date present. My second beer from Wild Onion Brewing Co., expectations are about average since I know next to nothing about this brewery.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours just under two fingers of foamy beige / off-white head on top of a nice hazed burnt orange colored body with some bubbles lazily floating topside. Looks ideal for the style.

S - Smell is of the usual suspects: creamy pumpkin puree, cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, thyme, and other herbal spice rack notes. Smells suited to style, although most pumpkin beers never smell like much to me.

T - Taste is pretty standard, but tasty. Some sugary cola, crisp carbonation, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, and some other assorted spices. Spiced cola taste is most prominent to me.

M - Feel is lightly sticky. Mostly smooth, crisp, and clean. Moderate carbonation akin to what I imagine a pumpkin soda would be like.

Overall, a pretty generic and "safe" pumpkin beer offering from Wild Onion Brewing Co. Fairly generic and one-dimensional in it's attack, but it is a solid autumnal offering, and would probably make for a safe gateway beer for those that are new to the style. Looking forward to more from these guys.

Wild Onion Pumpkin Ale ---3.5/5

Serving type: can

09-23-2013 01:41:15 | More by mfnmbvp
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match1112

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: can

09-22-2011 01:13:58 | More by match1112
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: can

11-21-2010 05:19:51 | More by woodychandler
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

10-03-2012 03:37:18 | More by WastingFreetime
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Snagged up a single of this for 2.50 at the House of 1,000 beers.

A - Pours a clear bright yellow with a mild orange tint. Head is minimal that fizzes to a lace ring rather quickly.

S - Smells like a pumpkin lager to me with lager yeasts, bread, pumpkin, and mild spices.

T - Not bad the first thing that jumps at me is the lager yeast which gives it a metallic like vegital taste. Spices seem balanced enough focusing mostly on ginger and allspice and the finish is rather crisp.

M - Light to medium yet not as malty as other takes on the style.

Overall this reminds me of Michigan brewing pumpkin ale which I hear has been take from rotation so this is a pretty equal substitute. Unfortunately this is far from a great pumpkin ale and with "Devious" and "Night Owl" readily available I have no reason to buy this again.

Serving type: can

09-07-2012 02:48:01 | More by DrDemento456
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: can

10-31-2010 23:37:12 | More by scruffwhor
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light orange body. Slightly hazed. Thin cap of off white head. Lacing is decent. Sweet malty aroma with a little cinnamon sprinkled throughout. Malty flavor with quite a bit of cinnamon. I like cinnamon, but it's pretty heavy handed in this beer. Not much true pumpkin flavor to note, but not too many pumpkin ales really do have it. Pretty easy drinking. Not bad, but it doesn't stand out for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 02:04:05 | More by Bighuge
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