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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 kbanks13


3.63/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

10-16-2010 00:42:52 | More by kbanks13
Photo of matjack85


3.6/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

01-04-2011 05:23:18 | More by matjack85
Photo of BARFLYB


3.6/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

08-28-2011 17:28:46 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of dirtylou


3.58/5  rDev +5.9%

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

10-12-2010 01:14:48 | More by dirtylou
Photo of Rifugium


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
Photo of chanokokoro


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
Photo of IronLover


3.58/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

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


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
Photo of Hurkie70


3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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


3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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


3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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


3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured into a pint glass.

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

Allspice, ginger and a touch of pumpkin meat.

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.

Medium bodied, crisp and clean.

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
Photo of RobertKeith


3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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


3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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


3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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


3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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

South Dakota

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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


3.48/5  rDev +3%

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.

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

New York

3.45/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

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


3.45/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

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


3.43/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

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


3.43/5  rDev +1.5%

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!

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


3.4/5  rDev +0.6%

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

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


3.4/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

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


3.38/5  rDev 0%

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.

11-21-2010 05:19:51 | More by woodychandler
Pumpkin Ale from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
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