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

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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 18.51%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | 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:
Beer added by: GDBEERMAN on 09-29-2010

First canned Pumpkin Ale in the US.
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Photo of SpdKilz
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of kbanks13
3.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaped imperial pint, both the glass and the beer are from klshanks in the Mystery 750 BIF. Thanks again!

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a two finger dense white head that quickly fades to a small layer of wispy foam with little lacing. Smells of pumpkin spice, vanilla and a bit earthy with good malt presence, smells like a pumpkin ale should. Nose kind of reminds me of ST Pumking. Taste is more pumpkin dominant than Pumking with a little spice shining though, not as bold in any of its flavors either, though. Good malt backbone too, as the nose lead me to believe. A bit thin, but still nice and has moderate to high carbonation. Very sessionable, nice flavor with a lighter body. Unlike some of the heavier pumpkin beers I could have a couple of these in a night and be happy about it. A good beer from a company I might not have gotten a chance to try otherwise.

Photo of Jammies
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.62/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A single CAN into a 13oz glass.

Pumpkin Ale pours into the glass a semi hazy burnt orange with some bronze tints mimicking a sunset. The foam was tan/gold in color with an inch but died leaving no lace.

Smell is pretty standard pumpkin ale fare and kinda muted in scent. Pumpkin spice with some nutmeg and cinnamon. Hops are not present, a standard back malting.

This is what I expected, some subtle spice with some pumpkin flavor in the back. The taste is not all that large, it's not pumpkin pie, but nutmeg over cinnamon with a grassy aftertaste that's light. It comes and goes like that.

Pretty light bodied, may be the lightest of the style to date for me. Thin with light carb. The aftertaste is non existant, spice, malt, nothing. No legs.

This is pretty decent stuff. Not being a huge fan of the style I find this easy as pie to take down. 5.4% is light and right. I would like to find a happy medium between this and pumKING in both taste and ABV as I have not yet found a favorite Pumkin brew.

Photo of dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, sixer from star

I grew up in Barrington - kinda cool have some beer from lake barrington being distributed in Madison

appearance: great festive fall can design - served in a tyranena pint, cloudy dark copper body, nice creamy beige cap

smell: nutmeg, pumpkin, lots of pumpkin pie spice...pretty nice

taste: Vdubb86 is pretty spot on - their isnt a whole lot of depth after the initial hit to the palate - pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and spice. There needs to be more malt to shape this one

mouthfeel: see above - not great

drinkability: good

Photo of matjack85
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this single 12oz orange can in the discount bin at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL. Surprised to find it came from a local brewery that I never heard of before.

The beer poured a cloudy pumpkin color with a nice frothy looking 1-finger white head that lasted about a minute before fading to just a thin rim. Lots of lacing on the glass with each sip.

This smells like all the ingredients in a pumpkin pie. Not strong smelling, but nice.

The taste leaves no doubt that this is a pumpkiin ale, and not a bad one at that. Light dose of sweet malt mixed with pumpkin and all the pumpkin pie spices of nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, and cloves. Any hops get lost in the spices as I found no bitterness at all. Not overly sweet - in fact it's actually dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side with medium carbonation.

Goes down easy without a trace of alcohol. A decent pumpkin ale.

Photo of IronLover
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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.

Photo of danlib21
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Treebs
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of Hurkie70
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of NSXAG
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Packman4IL
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of justintcoons
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of RobertKeith
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of kidzord
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of mdfb79
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of mmmmbeer
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of little_star
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of JeffTheJuice
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of JayKay412
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Pumpkin Ale from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.