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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

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Reviews: 194 | Ratings: 512
Photo of Cakanator
1.61/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

12oz bottle. Not my favorite wolavers product. Too much spice and not enough body. Not balanced and thin. I'm not sure that I expected from this one, orgainic pumpkin for one, but wolavers being so expensive I thought I'd be getting something better. This is the worst pumpkin I've had, even worse than shipyards yawn-boring pumpkin that everyone loves.

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Photo of BigMike
2.21/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Orange copper golden color. Clear with very minimal amount of head.

S: Very light in the spice department and no detectable pumpkin.
Small amounts of cinnamon and nutmeg. A touch of caramel and not much else.

T: I get sour cinnamon. No sweetness and small bitterness. No pumpkin once again. There's a funky flavor that I can't put my finger on but it's unpleasant.

M: Weak watery and flat. Not much else to say.

Overall: Not a pleasant beer by any stretch of the imagination. Little spice and no pumpkin to be found. This is the worst pumpkin beer I've had. Definitely don't reccomend.

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Photo of orcasteve
2.24/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

this is overpowered by ginger fallowed by an obnoxious wave of cinimmon. the pumpkin was slightly present but was bland and lost in the great wave of spice. this is by far the worst pumpkin ale that i have ever had, this is also the first drain pour that i have had in a long time, you should never try this one ever

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Photo of Spikester
2.26/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured cloudy amber from the three month old bottle. Nice big off-white head and lot's of lacings. Aroma is mild pumpkin pie.
Tatse is tart and bitter hops, some pumpkin pie spice and then it turns very sour. I gave a small sip to my wife without saying anything about and her comment was it tastes like someone dumped in a bottle of perfume.
If you like sour beers give this a try. Not me thanks.

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Photo of sleazo
2.26/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A_Pours a light bronze with a big soapy two fingered head. Retention is not too good as it quickly dissipates to a small cap. Lacing is decent.

S_The aroma is redolent of cloves. There is a minor cinnamon and ginger presence but the clove dominates.

T_Fairly light tasting from start to finish, this beer simply does not bring it. The first inital sip is very mildy sweet, then there is a bit of the spice mixture mentioned above. The clove dominates the other spices here as well. However the spices are mild. The finish is mildy mineral. The aftertaste leaves a bit of clove burn. The pumpkin flavour seems to be absent.

M_Very light bodied with a stinging carbonation.

D_Not very good at all. The flavours are mild and what there is dissipates quickly. Really not what I was looking for as an after dinner pumpkin beer. I really should just stick with DFH Pumpkin and ST Pumpking when I have the urge for the style.

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Photo of lpayette
2.32/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

a- Chill-hazed light orange color. One finger head that reduces to a light covering before long. A bit of lacing.

s- lots of pumpkin, spice, and pumpkin pie (I guess the previous two combined really make up this smell). Just a bit of a sour note which is the initial indication that something is wrong.

t- There are plenty of spice and pumpkin flavors going around, but what concerns me is the unnecessary sour taste. I have confirmed with two other people who tried this that they experienced the same, yet there seem to be mixed reviews here online. Maybe we got a bad batch here locally? But this really has been a bit painful to try to get through this 6 pack over the past 2 or 3 weeks. On the positive side... I like the touch of cinnamon taste.

Another disappointing pumpkin beer. I had such high hopes...

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.33/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I got this bottle in a trade with jwc215. Thanks Joe!

This pours a hazy orange gold with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell has nice, if light, smell of pumpkin and spices. I also get a bit of an orange smell and then, it becomes all sourish. What the hell?

The taste has a good note of pumpkin with some nutmeg and cinnamon but what I also get a fruity tartness. Interesting and not something I expected. The tartness seems, to me, to be clashing with the pumpkin and that's gonna hurt the rating tastewise and drinkability wise.

Very light bodied with an over abundant level of carbonation, it finishes, well, a mess. Oh well. I can not finish the glass...

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Photo of Bighuge
2.41/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Orange/scarlet red body. Medium sized dirty white head. Lacing comes in skinny rings. This one smells more of spice than of substance. Cloves are big on the nose with allspice and cinnamon showing up as well. This one IS more spice than substance. Too much clove for my liking. Big allspice feel to it. Little in the way of pumpkin flavor or caramel malt flavor for that matter. Plus a light funky sourness as well. Overall, a disappointment.

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Photo of albern
2.45/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a pretty lousy pumpkin ale, as far as the style goes. It pours an amber color with a decent head and retention. The aroma is unmistakably pumpkin, some nutmeg, some spices, some maltiness in there too. The taste is quite imbalanced. There is a definite pumpkin flavor, but it is compromised by the strong nutmeg, rind, and sharp spices. The pumpkin flavor should be sweet, and it is just sitting on top of a raw bitterness. This is an unpleasant brew, from an otherwise decent brewery.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
2.48/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours Orange amber with a small head and a decent lace.
The aroma is cinnamon,pumpkin and a whole lot of nutmeg.
The taste is sweet and spicy,pumpkin and hops. Nutmeg galore.Some malts in the background.
The feel was the problem. Metallic in taste and feel with a crisp,bitter and spicy finish.

Notes: This looked good,smelled good and yet ended up tasting metallic and artificial.
This just proves once again that organic and the use of organic fruits,vegetables and hops do not sway the palate.My guess on the ABV is 5.5 to 6%.
I wished I could have said that it was a good beer,but I would not buy this again.I mean come on,there are a lot of pumpkin ales out right now.

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Photo of jwc215
2.53/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottled on 08/12/08:

Pours orange amber with a creamy, fluffy off-white head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of pumpkin spicing (cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.) Pumpkin does come across something of an "articial"/plastic-y, but the spicing is nice.

The taste of plastic-y pumpkin comes out much more on the taste, along with a sourness that throws it off. The spicing is there, but the plastic-y sweetness and the sourness overrides.

The feel is thin and rather fizzy.

Not a good pumpkin ale. Likes nice - smell is okay (until tasted)...Weak and sour with pumpkin coming across in a way that some fruit beers with a somewhat artificial sweetness do. Not good. Not easy to drink. Not recommended.

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Photo of far333
2.57/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Slightly opaque orangey caramel colored with a beige head that leaves a fine cap of fine bubbles and rims of lace up the sides of the glass. Low aroma of cinnamon, and hints of nutmeg. Initial flavors of vegetal squash and malt, followed quickly by sharp spicey nutmeg flavor, which is overpowering to this beer. Mouthfeel is watery and a bit tannic. Overall, I can't finish this glass.

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Photo of smcolw
2.57/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy orange-amber color. Moderate head but it settles to a continuous centimeter of bubbles. Slippery lace.

I truly dislike the smell of this beer. If I'm kind, I'd call it earthy. I smell a sweaty old socks. In a word, repulsive.

The flavor is an improvement...a little. Very dry flavor. Relatively thin body with a spritzy bubbles. Light on the pumpkin and the expected spices. Short aftertaste.

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Photo of stephendedalus
2.58/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Well...as a long-time fan (and consumer) of Wolaver's (and Otter Creek), I must admit that I am a little bit disappointed with this attempt. I love the concept of a locally and organically brewed (and grown) beer, and I really do enjoy pumpkin ales, especially this time of year. That said, this version falls short of Wolaver's typical standards. The beer does pour nicely, with a pale-white head, and the color is a wonderful -- and appropriate -- shade of amber. The nose is nice as well: cinnamon, cloves, and the usual suspects for a pumpkin ale, but not in a cloying sort of way. The taste, however, is where this offering falls short: after an initial mouth full of pumpkin, the taste quickly turns tart/sour, detracting from the overall enjoyment, and quickly banishing from your mind (and your taste buds) the initial flavors. This is not a horrible beer, but unless the sourness is cleaned up, I do not think I would get this again. Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout, however, is a different story...

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.65/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, orange-amber coloring with a thin, filmy, white ring around the surface. Aromas are very sweet, with a pumpkin and sweet potato backbone supporting a light spice blend of nutmeg and all-spice. Flavors are light, with a caramel syrup foundation that overpowers any of the harvest flavors. The spicing becomes an afterthought, and you might be able to catch a hint of nutmeg if you really swish it around in your mouth. Sharp, spiced aftertaste on a light, wilting body. The finish is limp, but heavily roasted and spiced at the very end. A final pop for a brew that was fading fast on the palate. Not a great brew.

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Photo of jwhancher
2.68/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A friend brought me a bottle in exchange for a homebrew I made.

A: Copper in color, clear, only slight carbonation bubbles. Head seemed to dissipate rather quickly. Some lingering suds remained. Bottle stated it was bottled on 9/15/09.

S: Strong traces of cinnamon & clove. Hints of nutmeg.

T: Similar to smell, it tasted mostly of cinnamon& clove. Besides that, I didn't get much of anything else. No real noticeable malt taste.

M: Seemed rather light & dry. Carbonation was okay. Doesn't seem like a very strong beer - maybe the reason the ABV isn't listed on the bottle?

D: A drinkable beer likely due to the lightness of it overall. Have had better beers in the pumpkin ale category.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
2.71/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a healthy 1-2F of foamy off-white head over a very cloudy deep orange body. Nice lacing.

Aromas are pretty faint - some malt, touch of "pumpkin spices".

Pretty easy drinking beer. Some nutmeg and a touch of clove, but there's a little citrus in there, too, which seems inappropriate (lemony). As it warms, I'm even getting some medicinal (bitter cough syrup) qualities ... not good. Mouthfeel is pretty thin, but not uncommon for the style - sort of like drinking an English brown ale.

There's nothing "fake" or overdone about this Pumpkin Ale, but it's just a tad too thin and tangy to be at the top of my list for the future.

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Photo of dedrinker
2.72/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hazy amber with an off-white head. Pleasing aroma of cinnamon and pie crust. Here is why people are trashing this beer - a burst of cinnamon on the flavor quickly turns sour with metallic notes and dill pickle! Ouch. medium body, and more cinnamon and sourness on the finish. Something went wrong. I hope they fix it next year, because this is their first try on this. Please don't make me wish I had an A-B pumpkin beer instead of this one. With so many pumpkin beers out these days, it's time to thin the heard.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.73/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with a light tan head. In the aroma, mellow spices of cinnamon and nutmeg. In the taste, a faint spice of cinnamon and a mellow pumpkin flavor. A spice bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry cinnamon like spice in the aftertaste. Very mellow and faint spices, eh.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
2.73/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz single, $1.69 from the Lebanon Health Food Store. Poured into a chilled O'Doul's pint glass.

Clear honey colored brew with 1 finger of dense eggshell head that leaves nice lacing behind. Aromas of cinnamon and clove spiciness, orange and lemon citrus, thick with light and medium colored malts. In a blind smell test I would call this distinctly Belgian. Taste is disappointingly empty. Muted spice and citrus notes, malts also very faint. Some spiciness lingers in the finish. Hugely lacking on the palate. Carbonation is a little too robust. Mouthfeel is moderate in thickness. Not exciting to drink due to lack of taste.

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Photo of ordybill
2.78/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. This murky red amber ale has a very small white head. The aroma is almist non existent and the flavor has almost zero pumpkin flavor. Not a good pumpkin ale.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
2.81/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly clouded amber brown with a creme head. The spices grabbed my nose as I was pouring, and I didn't like. Perfumed clove is dominant. Bleh. Flavor carries the same. Way too much man. Too much spices, no evident pumpkin. Feel is...eh who cares. I can't drink this.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy ochre with a swirling tornado of yeast as the final ounce was added to the pint glass at the end of one smooth pour. Somewhat generous carbonation can be seen contributing to a beige colored cap that topped out at two fingers and is now down to one. Not a bad look.

The aroma is appropriately gourd-like and features an impressive amount of nutmeg as well. The balance between base beer and spices is right on the money. Thankfully, the nastiness that often accompanies organic beer is nowhere to be found.

Not good. How can a beer that smells like this... taste like this? The biggest problem is that Pumpkin Ale is way too bitter. Once the bitterness fades, sourness takes its place. Sweet decided not to come along for the ride. Not enough malt? Too many hops? Probably both.

Pumpkin is matched by lemon and the spices aren't defined enough to identify with certainty. Nutmeg is obvious from the nose and cinnamon and cloves are pretty good guesses given the style. None of it works well, however, making this 12 ounce bottle a chore to finish.

The body/mouthfeel favors the lighter end of light-medium and has harsh rather than soft carbonation. At least the fizz-fest is temporary, as the bubbles begin to fade by mid-bottle. An average score is probably too generous, but I'm sticking with it.

Wolaver's Will Stevens' Pumpkin Ale is not one of this brewery's better offerings. Bitter and sour both have their places, but not in a pumpkin ale they don't. Recommendation: major overhaul.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.91/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Amyliz4 picked up a sixer of this at Whole Foods in Alexandria. Served in a Dogfish Head Alehouse Punkin pint glass.

Pours a slightly-hazed orange color with a thin light tan head and some slight lacing. The nose carries a bit of pumpkin and spice, mostly cinnamon and clove. The flavor is fairly heavy on the spice with quite a bit of cinnamon. Feel is overwhelmingly full of cinnamon and a bit of clove. Medium body with light sweetness. Not a fan at all.

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Photo of Treyliff
2.92/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought a sixer of these because I had never seen organic pumpkin ale so I figured I would give it a try.

Poured a copper like color with a small white head. Smelled or just about every spice you would associate with fall; nutmeg, cinnamon, all spice, etc. The problem was that all of these spices overtook any flavor of beer on the taste. It felt like I was drinking potpourri.

Overall decent but not in my top 5 of pumpkin ales that I've had so far.

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