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

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

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States
ottercreekbrewing.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.35%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-08-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
514
Reviews:
196
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
16.57%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
57
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 514 |  Reviews: 196
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a pretty good pumpkin ale. pours a hazy orange color with a thick creamy white head. smells less spiced than many pumpkin beers, and the smell of pumpkin is very noticable. tastes like fall, squashy and a touch sweet. could session this beer all night because it isnt overpowering. its all quite understated, but very well balanced. bravo!

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a little bit of a hazy orange brown color with a pretty good looking white head on top. The head retention was pretty good, but didn't leave any lacing at all. The smell of the beer had a pretty good aroma of spices going on in it and some sweet grains too. The taste was a little on the weak side, it had enough flavor to show that it was a pumpkin ale but just not enough to impress me. The mouthfeel of the beer was decent, medium bodied with a light creaminess to it. Overall it could have been a little better but it wasn't terrible.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased online by azagthoth.

Pours reddish orange (a bit darker than the usual pumpkin ale), clear, decent head, medium retention.

Aroma is of spices (cinnamon, allspice) but no pumpkin.

Flavor is the same as the aroma, spicy but not any real pumpkin flavor, a touch of alcohol in the flavor as well, and mild hop bitterness.

Body is thin, amply carbonated (maybe a bit on the low side), quite drinkable. Reminds me more of a lager than an ale.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.94/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer went from a lot of potential to not much in a short amount of time. As I poured it the whole room began to smell like a fresh baked pumpkin pie... fantastic aroma. Appearance wise its a hazy golden pumpkin color... beautiful. Taste wise is where it begins to falter. Up front its good with some nice fall spices to go along with some spices, but then this very sour aftertaste is felt after the initial hit on the palette. This sourness is overwhelming and kills what could have been a great beer. Tough to drink after that.

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Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The beer poured clear amber in color with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. There is no visible carbonation.
S: There are moderate aromas of pumpkins and other spices in the nose.
T: Flavors of pumpkins in the taste aren't quite as strong as their smell in the aroma. The spices start to become stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate. There is a light amount of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink but doesn't quite match up to some of the other types of pumpkin ales.

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Photo of brentk56
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear burnt orange color with a modest head that leaves spotty lacing

Smell: Vague sense of malt and allspice

Taste: Malty, up front, with a developing sweetness joined by some allspice at mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors tend to disappear, leaving just a lingering hint of spice and a bit of a bitter twang

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body; rather watery, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not particularly impressive as it only hints at what a pumpkin ale should be

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Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Boone757
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a typical amber-orange body. Very hazy (which is fine). Not much head. Not much lacing. There's an odd tart note to this beer that I initially found off-putting right out of the fridge, but which I then came to enjoy as it warmed a bit. It's unique. Most pumpkin beers tend to have a sweet malty base, and some over do it. Of course, that's true for the spice as well, and I think this almost falls into that category. It's not so heavy handed that it builds on the palate or anything, but it IS spicy. Apart from that my only complaint is that the head retention is limited, but that's probably due at least in part to the spicing. LOTS of ginger. A healthy dose of cinnamon. Seemingly all-spice. I question where that tartness is coming from though. Is it just the pH of the brew? Probably not. Is it the heavy use of ginger? Could be. It's slightly thin as well, and perhaps that has something to do with it. I dunno. In any case, it's a little quirky but I kind of like it.

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Photo of jlindros
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A new pumpkin ale for me to try, let's see how it goes.

A 1/2 finger fluffy head fades somewhat slowly over mostly clear toasty orange slight reddish-brown hue beer.

THe nose has some pumpkin, light spices, lighter than I expected, some light pale malts and hints of a creamy malt aroma.

Taste drops off a bit, as more pumpkin and spices come through. Some pumpkin flavor, but not a whole lot, then more spices, typical nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin spices. The spices are def tolerable though, much better than some pumpkin beers that just go overboard with spices. Some creamy malts, pale and light crystal malts. A slight bitterness coming through, and I also get a bit of diacetyl bringing hints of a buttery taste, as well as a funky bitter taste. Starts semi sweet and finishes still somewhat sweet, with some lingering spices, a little bitterness, hint of salty flavor from the spices, and a bit of the diacetyl stuck on the tongue.

The mouth is lighter bodied with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is OK, but not the greatest, drinking well for abv and smooth lighter body, but the spices and diacetyl linger a bit too much too.

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Photo of oberon
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Love this time of year when the pupkin brews start arriving on store shelves.This poured into a nocic a dull deep golden/amber with a thinner but well maintaned frothy white head,light spice aromas in the nose mainly.Thin near watery mouthfeel with no full richness that I like in a good pumpkin brew,flavors are dominate by spice and no pumpkin really.Although its not horrible the flavors are to light along with the body in my opinion.

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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 TheManiacalOne
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, pumpkin, spices and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready up front with a hearty malt character. Then flavors of pumpkin, caramel, nutmeg and other spices come in. The hops presence is decent for the style but there doesn't seem to be much balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are several other pumpkin-flavored beers that I would pick first.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle at Pilsener Haus in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear dark orange/copper to amber in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation.The beer has quarter finger tall off-white head that quickly fades to a very thin film covering about half the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon and nutmeg), and caramel malts.

T: Light to moderate flavors of pumpkin with moderate flavors of pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon and nutmeg) that intensifies as the beer warms ups. There are some very light notes of caramel malts with just a touch of sweetness.

M: Light to medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable but not as good as some of the other offerings in the style.

Original review on 10-14-2012 20:47:08 but on a retired beer incorrectly.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Kegatron
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper with 2 1/2 fingers of brite-white head. This shrinks down into a thin, silky, layer that throws a big and creamy cascade of lacing up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is floral hops, pumpkin spices up front, and green smelling pumpkin meat tartness underneath.

The taste is green pumpkin sourness that dominates the profile. There is also some underlying sticky sweetness and just a bit of spices in the backend. Finishes tart with some residual sweet notes. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a lower carbonation that gets to be a touch viscous feeling at times and definitley doesn't do the tartness in the taste profile any favors.

Interesting to say the least, I understand that uncharacteristic (for a Pumpkin Ale) tartness in the profiles is courtesy of the type of pumpkins that were used but unfortunately, I just couldn't get into it. Kudos to Otter Creek for going organic with this one but there's better out there right now.

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Photo of billab914
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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 Gkruszewski
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of duceswild
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

A: Pours a deep golden color with a small head on top. Not much retention and very thin lacing.

S: Some caramel and basic pumpkin beer spices. A little weak.

T: Rather bready. There is some pumpkin and caramel, as well as some nutmeg and a little cinnamon.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly sticky finish.

O: It was ok. Overall, it seemed a little thin. It drinks fine, but there are other, easy to attain pumpkin beers that I would rather drink.

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