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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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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of SouljaSaia17
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dont recall ever having an organic beer before, I might have. But im looking forward to trying this one since its from Otter Creek. I have just been getting into this brewery, and they make some good beers.

A: This organic pumpkin pours a dark, cloudy/hazy orange with has a 1/4 inch bright white head with a little lacing left behind.

S: This beer has got some earthy hops to it for starters, I get some clove, nutmeg, pumpkin (of course) and maybe a hint of banana.

T: The first thing I notice from the taste is some sort of tang, maybe an orange citrus was put in. After that the pumpkin flavor comes through, blended with clove and some spice on the back end. This beer finishes off with a dry, bready aftertaste.

M: No carbonation, the beer is sweet and a little tangy. The pumpkin is a lot more present than my previous review of the Long Trail.

O: For me its tasty, not anything to rave about, but not bad either. I guess I will have to get more familiar with organic beers before I can really understand and appreciate them. Im sure most of you will feel the same. As for this beer, I will happily drink it down to the very last sip. Cheers!

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of hopmonster
4.61/5  rDev +33.2%
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 thecheapies
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Earthy orange amber color with a humble half-inch of head atop. Nice color. 4.0

Cinnamon, clove, pumpkin flesh, and light nutmeg. Touch of vanilla and lightly tangy citrus hops. Wafery malts are nice. 4.0

Caramel malts and big spice flavors of cinnamon and clove. Hops are quietly present, which I appreciate. A bit kicked with the spices, but the light pumpkin flavor is nice. Not too sweet. Very dusty. Balanced between body and carbonation; if not too thin. 3.5, 3.5

Decent pumpkin. Wolaver's does a good job here. 4.0

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +37.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.22/5  rDev +22%
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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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of thain709
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I thought I was all done with my pumpkin reviews from last season, but I found this one lingering behind. Consumed in 2011.

A - Clear amber body with a small, white head...the head stood one finger tall and receded pretty quickly...not much lacing left behind

S - Rather sweet with a touch of earthiness...caramel malts, a touch of roast, earthy hops, slight pumpkin pie spices

T - Initially there is a sweetness that kicks things off but it never becomes cloying or sticks around for long...the spices come in to take the edge off...they, too, never become overpowering...cinnamon and nutmeg lead the way there...sweet caramel comes back right before an earthy finish that provides a slight hop bite

M - Medium bodied...clean and crisp...actually a little refreshing

O - Wolaver's does a nice job with their organic beers...this one showcased a sweet side, spicy side, and a hoppy side...with not one standing above the other

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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5/5  rDev +44.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Wolaver's (Organic) Pumpkin Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 514 ratings
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