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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-08-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +44.9%

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5/5  rDev +44.9%

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5/5  rDev +44.9%

The better of the best pumpkins ales

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5/5  rDev +44.9%

I loved it

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5/5  rDev +44.9%

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5/5  rDev +44.9%

Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.9/5  rDev +42%
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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4.75/5  rDev +37.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +37.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +37.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +37.7%

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4.69/5  rDev +35.9%
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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4.61/5  rDev +33.6%
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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4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

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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4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

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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4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

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4.48/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of DawnL
4.47/5  rDev +29.6%
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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4.46/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.43/5  rDev +28.4%
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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4.42/5  rDev +28.1%
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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Wolaver's (Organic) Pumpkin Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
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