Wolaver's (Organic) Pumpkin Ale | Otter Creek Brewing

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Wolaver's (Organic) Pumpkin AleWolaver's (Organic) Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.35%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-08-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.9/5  rDev +42.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I like Pumpkin ale/beer. Most have an artificial pumpkin pie taste, which I am not so crazy about( harpoon pumpkin comes to mind)) This is the best Pumpkin ale there is.

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Photo of Nole87
4.69/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a few samples at the Otter Creek Brewery in Middleton, VT and enjoyed it so much I took a growler home with me!

One of the best pumpkin ales I've had (especially for an organic).

Taste- very sweet, more like a pumpkin pie than many other pumpkin ales. You get traces of nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and maybe some vanilla but the pumpkin is still able to shine.

Smell- Great! A full bouquet of pumpkin pie type spices, leading one to believe it will be stronger than it really is.

Appearance- Smooth and amber. Obviously filtered which is odd for an organic beer but very helpful for this one.

Mouthfeel- Light carbonation, goes down smooth but I would prefer it to be maybe a little heavier. The one benefit to its surprising lightness though would be its easy drinkability.

(Speaking of) Drinkability- Great for a fall seasonal. I"ll probably throw down most of the growler tonight and need to head out for another. Flavorful but not overbearing, with a light enough feel to make you say "I could use one more..."

I know the sweeter, pumpkin pie type fall ales aren't for everyone- but if your on the hunt for a fall seasonal this is a must no matter what!

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Photo of hopmonster
4.61/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft in a 16oz pint glass.

Rich sparkling amber color.

Hints of nutmeg and fresh pumpkin in the nose.

Taste is very pumpkin, and just like in the nose the nutmeg is very present. Smells like a simple unbaked homemade pumpkin pie, or even like you just opened a can of pumpkin pie filling. Other spices are present, but not very strong. Hints of cinnamon and coriander, but quite subtle compared to the great fresh pumpkin flavor.

Very crisp and thin in the mouth. Goes down easily and is quite refreshing on the tongue.

Overall this is a very simple pumpkin beer, which I can appreciate. They didn't go spice crazy, and they kept a really nice upfront pumpkin flavor that is full and cannot be ignored. Well done Wolaver's!

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Photo of JWBaccaro
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

This brew is amazing. It's not pumpkin pie in a bottle like Southern Tier's version, however, it still kicks arse. It has that delicious standard beer flavor with a great almost bitter-sweet pumpkin flavor. It's in my top 5 of favorite pumpkin ales.

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Photo of Hendry
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

Nice orange/amber hue,next to no head, this one laced the glass with spots all the way down.
Outstanding nose that is a bit lighter in taste and sweetness than the aroma implies.
If you crave the heavy caramel malt and pie crust with a whipped cream sweetness, this may not be the one for you.
Light and easy drinking, I found myself enjoying the second bottle more than the first.
Despite the predominately low ratings here on BA, respect the fact that
Wolaver's Pumpkin Ale won the GOLD MEDAL at the 2014 GABF out of 52 entries, an award that should increase the profile as well as the ratings of this finely crafted organic Pumpkin Ale.

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Photo of DawnL
4.47/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orangy amber in color with lacing.

Gentle pumpkin pie spicing. Some creme caramel on nose. Lovely to smell - like fresh pumpkin brulee or Mom's baking.

Tastes just like pumpkin pie. - The way you wish Entemann's would make it - Burnt caramel with spicing and pleasing, sweet, fresh pumpkin flavor. Damn impressive!

Smooth, moist mouthfeel.

I could easily drink this all night!

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Photo of bdaggett
4.43/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best pumpkin beers I have ever had. REAL pumpkin flavor. It even smells like a freshly cut pumpkin, bringing you right to those Halloween days. For me, this beer is second only to the king, Pumking!

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Photo of erosier
4.42/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

L: Pours a clear orange color with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of very sweet malts, some nutmeg, cinnamon, and some earthy pumpkin as well.
T: Taste is like a nice pumpkin pie. It has a very sweet malt base first and then flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, and a hint of vanilla followed by a very almost fibrous pumpkin taste that is realy good.
M: Very sweet, crisp, fresh, and refreshing. The fibrous pumpkin feel made it that much better than the other pumpkin beers.
D: Very drinkable, especially if you like pumpkin beers. The flavors and the feel blend really well.

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Photo of buyBinboaVodka
4.37/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an orange copper hue with a cream to off white head. Small but with decent sticky lacing around the brim of the glass.

S - Smells of the usual fall spices, allspice, clove, cinnimon, nutmeg and some faint pumpkin coming through it all. It has a very nice aroma to it that makes me want to drink it right away.

T - The well balanced pumpkin pie spices hit the palate right away amd develop into a sweet malty finish. Nice and crisp.

M - Slightly thin but perfect for drinking more than one. Not too sweet or heavy.

O - I really enjoyed this beer and would give it an overall top 5 for pumpkin beers. Highly recommended if you like anything with pumpkin flavor.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.31/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into pint glass

A: Amber brownish orange. Almost no head and medium carbonation.

S: Bursting with smells of pumpkin and cinnamon. Also nutmeg. I can smell this from 5 feet away and it's heavenly.

T: Definitely a lot of spices and some pumpkin in there throughout.

M: Medium-bodied and semi-sweet

O: Very good! Apparently its way underrated. My only gripe is that it is not as "meaty" as others such as punkin or whole hog from stevens point. But worth a try for sure.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.3/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A nice orange brown with a bit of haze and only a slight ring of lace but sticky lace is abundant.

S - Smells good, cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, maybe some squash tones and some sweet malts.

T - Taste is great I mostly get nutmeg and all spice but there is an underlining cinnamon and bit of sweet malts. The best part is NO HARDCORE HOPS, which is the best aspect of a pumpkin beer in my opinion.

M - Light to medium its very easy drinking.

Overall this is the best pumpkin beer next to thirsty dog I had and it's cheaper which is sweet. Still as always I need more SPICE!

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Photo of schoolboy
4.24/5  rDev +23.3%

I definitely have a taste for pumpkin ales. It all started for me back in the nineties when a brewer acquaintance, Stephan Danckers, brewed up a special batch. I was the only one who liked the sample that was left in the fridge at work - more for me. Anyway, a couple years ago I went on a quest to find ones as good as Stephans (which I don't think he ever made commercially). This one is pretty good, as are many others.

It pours a deep reddish brown and has a nice pumpkin aroma mixed with an ale smell. The taste is just a little more spiced than I would prefer, but the pumkin flavor is more pronounced than most - it seems real. It's a nice balance of a little bitter hoppiness with the spicy pumpkin.

This is one of my favorites of the style.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.22/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The last of the mixed twelver I purchased. So far, one hit and two misses. Lets see how this one turns out.

The pumpking beer pours hazy, orange amber in color, and is topped with a half finger sized head, white in color. Semi permanent lacing.

Love the aroma. I can never get enough of the pupkin pie/fall/pecan pie aromas. Although the season has passed and it is now spring (a very very warm spring), the aromas are quite intoxicating. Even from two feet, the aromas of cinnamon, cloves, and most prominently nutmeg, jump out of the glass and wind their way into the old sniffer. Perhaps the nutmeg may be too much for most, but I love it.

I wish the beer had a little more maltiness to it. The flavors are not overwhelming, but a little malt balance would go a long way with this one. Full of seasonal spices, this one is certainly an October favorite.

As far as pumpkin beers go, this one is top notch. Individual tastes will vary, but I liked this one. Maybe the age mellowed this one to perfection, but I would most certainly revisit this one again next year.

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Photo of JCB14
4.19/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The head on this beer was weak with little retention. This was perhaps the only negative. The aroma was excellent. It smelled like a warm pumpkin pie. The beer had a great hop flavor that is often missing in this style. This is a beer that I would gladly have a second. In general a good beer for this style it was great.

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Photo of Joe_Grizzly
4.18/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I didn't mind this beer at all it was little sweet

I wish I didn't have this as my first beer of the night good but sweet and lingering on the palate

it reminded me as a poor mans PUMPKING had that butter popcorn nose on it

I would like to see what others think of the comparison

the body on it was weird it was super cloudy, and had no lacing and wouldn't bubble when swirled like it was 2 days old and flat nice copper hue to it

overall if you like pumpking give it a whirl I wouldn't want to session it stomach couldn't handle it

would drink again but wouldn't travel for it

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Photo of generallee
4.17/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into pint glass. It has a bottled on date of 9-10-08 and it was sampled on 9-12-09. Wow, I must have found a one year old bottle.

Appearance: The body had a deep amber color with some visible carbonation. The head on top was off white in color, tall and slowly faded down to thin ring of lace. On the way down the glass it left behind some nice lace rings.

Smell: The nose had notes of sweet malt, rich pumpkin meat and pumpkin pie spice with ginger being the stand out.

Taste/Palate: Its spice character is up front and center with ginger and then cinnamon standing out. Next up is a sweet malty middle with noticeable roasted pumpkin flesh notes. Hop flavor also mixes in and adds to the spicy character. The finish has a nice balance of all its components and slowly fades off the tongue. It has a rich smooth texture with nice carbonation and a solid medium to full body.

Notes: I really enjoyed this one year old bottle of pumpkin ale. This probably is not a style known for ageing but it was still quite good. The organic pumpkin flavor was very nice and noticeable with a good balance of spice, hops and malt.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack for the season. Beautiful appearance of a clear, burnt pumpkin orange color. A thin head and some patchy lacing on the sides add to the look. Really nice autumnal aromas of spice, nutmeg and cinnamon. Really sweet taste with tons of sugars, vanilla, hops. Nicely crisp and a solid body; makes it a nice desert-like texture. Overall, very good.

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Photo of cbutova
4.14/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review got deleted, re-entering the best I can, I know it came out to 4.0 before. Pours a golden orange color with a one finger white fizzy head that retains decently and leaves a small amount of lacing behind. Smells and tastes of pumpkin, spices, nutmeg, cinnamon and a healthy dose of malts. Mouthfeel is light-medium, good carbonation and no real off flavors or alcohol warming. Drinkability is good, nice taste, worth the price and probably now my go to pumpkin beer because it seems to have the perfect amount of pumpkin flavor in it.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.11/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Hazy copper. Sunkist orange. Attractive 1 finger ivory white head. Mousse like and persistent.

S: Rather sweet pumpkin pie. Cinnamon whipped cream, marshmallow, some biscuit, nutmeg. More like a sweet potato casserole in effect rather than a pie with crust.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Clean more than chunky although it does feel a little coarse.

T: I like the pumpkin flavor in this a lot. Spice compliment very well without taking center role. Flaky malts, cinnamon, clove, ginger, golden raisins, and graham cracker. Raw pumpkin flavor seems to stand out as if you had roasted it in your oven.

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Photo of fingerlaker
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sooo different!

Pouring it out into a large mug the copper-orange hue and translucent red tones showed in a hazy, frothy mixture that smelled cajun spicy, with a ton of nutmeg.

The taste was of pumkin pie with a spoonful of nutmeg and cinnimon. The full body was a perfect base for the heavy spicing. Hops were minimal and a perfect compliment to it.

It was decididly acidic, a fact that didn't sit too well in the rest of the mix. But overall totally earthy and completly delicious.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 batch. Sampled on September 26, 2009. Pours from the 12 fl. oz. bottle a bubbly, sparkling orange-amber color with maybe a half-inch to three-quarters of an inch of foamy white head. Clinging lace on the pint glass. A nice rich aroma of pumpkin spice, breads, and a background of hops. The mouthfeel comes thin-to-medium...probably the brew's most challenging feature. The taste is a satisfying balance of pumpkin and mild hops with a slightly dry finish, something I don't experience often in a herb/spice beer. Easy to drink. Nice seasonal from Vermont and I have seen that particular pumpkin patch in West-Central Vermont not far from beautiful Lake Champlain.

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Photo of pandashaver
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pumpkin ale pours a beautiful deep orange hue, with a 1 inch head that quickly fades to a thin ring. It's nice to look at and makes me want to taste it.

The smell is way more than I expected from a non-imperial pumpkin. Mostly nutmeg/allspice like pumpkin pie, buy also some actual pumpkin.

Tastes just like the nose. Balance definitely tilts toward spiciness, but not overwhelming. A bit more actual pumpkin flavor and it'd be a perfect easy drinker.

Very full and satisfying on the palate, not watery at all, and has some thickness/stickiness.

I could drink this on a fall night, and enjoy quite a few of them. Reasonable pricing, unlike most organic foods. This was $9+tax for a sixer - not bad.

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Photo of lbkornlb14
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer had a great pumpkin pie smell, one of the better pumpkin beers, Not too much spice which tends to happen sometimes like with the PumKing from Southern Tier (Still think its great though) It has a good pumpkin flavor too. This beer has an amazing nose. A real winner in the pumpkin category.

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Photo of mountdew1
4.04/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a slighty orange amber, with next to no head. S,all lacing with a little bit accumulated on the sides. Aroma was pretty much exclusively pumpkin. Reminded me of canned pumpkin, with next to no spices. Taste started off a little malty, then picked up some peppery spice, before leaving a pumpkin puree flavor on the tongue. A bit like an over spiced pumpkin pie. Coated pretty well, but definitely had a bit more carbonation than was expected. Overall a flavorful beer. One to savor and enjoy, and not drink terribly often.

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Photo of zoolzoo
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing as the re-branded for 2011, "Wolaver's Pumpkin Ale"

A: Pours orange-copper, cream colored head. What I'm seeing matches a pumpkin color scheme, actually.

S: Vegetal pumpkin aromas, cinnamin, nutmeg, caramel malt sweetness.

T/M: "Natural" pumpkin characteristics...vegetal, fleshy. Meaty pumpkin flavors are quickly countered by an array of seasonal spices mid palate. Some nice bready sweetness in the finish. A little sharp and muted at fridge temps, much better as the glass warms just a bit. Well balanced. Mouthfeel is a solid "medium", carbonation is right on.

O: A solid opener for the Fall season. I would (and will) buy again.

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