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 thain709
3.75/5  rDev +9%
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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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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Photo of garuda
3.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle, date coded on neck

A - Murky orange/copper with an off white head that retains well with some lacing. The murkiness really doesn't look too appealing.

S/T - Very pumpkin-spicy. Some malt sweetness comes through mid palate, with a touch of hops, and finishes on the spicy side.

M - Medium body, ample carbonation, finishes mostly clean with a lingering spiciness.

O - Not expecting much from this one, I was pleasantly surprised by the bold spiciness, with a nice, underlying caramel malt sweetness providing balance. I'd consider getting it again.

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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 KajII
2.92/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a medium hazy copper with a large (2-3 Finger) white rocky head that had great retention and some really good lacing that was left hanging on the glass throughout.

The aroma was of a light toasted malt and a mildly sweet doughy yeast with notes of nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon and of course pumpkin.

The taste was some what sweet and malty with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg from the beginning and had a mild bitterness with a hint of pumpkin and a little bite from the allspice at the end. The flavor lingered for a nice long while allowing for the taste of the spices to settle nicely on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was light on body and watery in texture and had a kind of medicine feel to it with a medium carbonation.

Overall a mild tasting Pumpkin Ale with a slight bitter bite of spices that was left lingering well after the swallow. It was a decent brew which fits with the style rather nicely.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Peachy / orangey light copper, slightly cloudy with tine floaties. Okay size ecru head that retains very well & leaves quite nice lacing.

S: Pie spice – cinnamon first and then the rest. Faint pumpkin and faint dry, grainy, and perhaps toasty malts. As it warms the spices retreat a hair and the gourd grows a bit as the aroma rounds out a tad more malty.

T: A bit astringent. A combination of spices, hops, and some roasted malt notes – all without enough sweetness, base malt backbone, and subsequent body to back up the other aspects. Actually the first malt note that is noticed is a dry roast character from something highly kilned. Probably used for color, but it comes through due to the base malts being so shy. There is some steely caramel, toasted grain, and super faint sweetness – just not enough of those characteristics. Spice is more nutmeg and less cinnamon than the nose. There is some starchy pumpkin there, but you have to look for it. And about the time you find it, it is overwhelmed by a pretty firm dose of grassy, earthy, herbal hops.

M: Medium-light body with average carbonation. Starts almost smooth and then takes on a fair bit of pucker from the astringency. Rather well attenuated to start with and then the spice and hops take it quite drying. Overall effect is that it comes across as a bit too stretched.

D: They went a good bit too light on this one. It just doesn’t have enough base to carry spicing and hops, and to hold everything else together. A bit more base malt backbone, body, and perhaps sweetness – and this would be right in the hunt. Still, as is, it is far better than some of the thin, spritzy, soda-like, spice bombs that are out there.

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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 mralphabet
2.96/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours light copper, about a fingers worth of head that settles to little to nothing with no real lacing.

S: I like the smell here... all the normal Pumpkin smells... Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, allspice and pumpkin. I'm also getting a little grassy, earthy hops.

T: A big hit of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg right up front before giving way to a bitter grassy hops, The pumpkin kind of pops in mid palate but that grassy hops kind of kills any goodness going on.

M: Light to mid bodied... Little thinner than I was hoping and dry in the finish... Carbonation is pretty light as well.

O: I love the smell of this beer but the grassy hops is killing it for me. The ABV seems pretty low but 1 will do it for me.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a dark ruby amber color with a pretty one finger white head that quickly fades to a thin white acing. Nose is nutmeg and cinnamon with a light creamy mellow pumpkin note.

Taste is very well balanced. I generally don't like pumpkin beers because of the spices but they are fairly understated and work well with the pumpkin. The Mouthfeel is ful and creamy with a sharp finish. Overall its quite good!

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Photo of JizackFH
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - This beer pours a slightly hazy orange copper color. It has a finger of off-white head resting on top. The head has pretty good retention, and it leaves behind some whisky lace on the glass.

S - The nose has some light pumpkin and spice aromas. There is also some light maltiness and a mild hop presence.

T - The taste starts off with some light malts and wheat flavor. There are some light pumpkin and spice notes here as well. There is a mild hop presence also. The finish leaves some lingering spice and wheat flavor behind.

M - This has a medium body and average carbonation. It has a pretty good feel and there is somewhat of a tingly feel. There is a little bit of hop bitterness, and it has a bit of a refreshing quality to it.

O - This has decent drinkability. I would have no problem drinking a few of these in an evening. Overall, I thought this was a pretty decent pumpkin ale. It is a little bit bland, but it's still pretty nice. Give it a shot.

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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 huxcrunner
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber red color that is hazy and cloudy. There is minimal tan head that fades fast and very small amounts of lacing in the glass

The smell is spices and very pumpkin like, these spice notes are strong and there is not many detectable undertones to the aromas

taste is slightly above average for this style very spicy and pumpkiny I would imagine this beer may pair well with a thanksgiving dinner but may be a little to much on its own

mouthfeel is average with average body nothing special about it

overall this is a pretty average beer, not for thous who dont like this style maybe worth a try if you enjoy pumpkin beer

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

A: orange beer with tan foam

S: allspice, pumpkin

T: allspice, pumpkin, clove; dry, not sweet, very vegetal

M: mild carbonation, no bitterness, no aftertaste

O: I personally want a sweet pumpkin ale, but this was too earthy and (dare I say) organic tasting - not a bad beer by any means, but just not my style of pumpkin ale.

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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 scootny
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very hazed brew with a moderate head that fade after a few minutes. Some lace and a light covering remain. Pretty fragrant aroma of pumpkin and spices. Some biscuit and malt underneath and clove tinged earthy hopiness. Taste has a nice graininess wrapped in mild pumpkin pie flavors. Spices are a bit forward of the gourd but not a bad mix. Finish is dry and earthy. A mineral edged sourness develops in the back of the finish with clove and light notes of graham. Feel is well carbonated and crisp with a light weight that lends itself to fall quaffing. A solid effort that while not a standout has enough character to set itself apart.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A white head that fades in about two minutes into a ring around the glass. The color is a hazy amber-orange.

Cinnamon, spice and pumpkin is the main aroma. Also a slight buscuity smell as well.

Cinnamon, spice and pumpkin just like the nose. A bready taste comes in as well with a clove spiciness being the main attraction. It's a little weaker than other Pumpkin Ales I have tried but not bad.

Carbonation is high and bites the tongue hard. Light body and goes down quite easily.

Not a bad Pumpkin Ale just seems watered down -- like this would be the "lite pumpkin ale" -- certainly session-able.

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

Pours a hazy orangish copper with a small white head with decent retention. Aromas are primarily spicy, as is the taste. There's a lot of nutmeg, cinammon, and gingerbready notes on the nose and the tongue. Hops are not a prominent feature except for a genuinely pumpkin-like bitterness and slightly herbaceous finish after the swallow. Overall, this beer is not nearly as much of a spice bomb as other pumpkin ales and deserves credit for delivering a lot of malt character and body.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy orange-amber with lots of tiny bubbles and a two-finger, off-white, foamy head that lasted a while. Nice lacing.

S: Mild pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Nice.

T: Light sweetness and subtle bitterness to balance. Pumpkin and spice, but pretty mild. Nice malty flavor in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation. Very smooth and somewhat dry.

O: This beer was great except for the flavor, which was a bit underwhelming for a pumpkin ale. Too bad.

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Photo of devinoconnor
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an orangish brown, with a little head.

Smell is mild for a pumpkin ale. A little cinnamon and spice, nutmeg... but I'd like more.

Taste is weak, few tones of pumpkin, mainly just too thin for a fall beer. Some cinnamon taste mixed in as well.

Overall, way better pumpkin's out there. River Horse, Smuttynose, etc.

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Photo of kbuzz
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass. I believe the date on the bottle is 7/25/11. From a certified organic brewery.

A: Poured a fairly hazy mostly orange color - reminds me of the color of an orange tootsie roll pop. Very big fizzy bubbles streaming up through the glass. Almost looks like an orange soda. Head fades from about a finger and a half to nothing very quickly.

S: Some pumpkin spices for sure. Very earthy vegetal pumpkin notes along with some yeastiness. Floral hop presence is minimal but present. Some sweet caramel notes as well...as it warmed, I got a bit of soapiness in there.

T: Spices are more subtle in the taste than I thought they would be. Mostly nutmeg, not a lot of cinnamon, but some...maybe some ginger as well. Spicy floral hop notes toward the end and a little bit of a metallic bite that lingered - maybe from the carbonation?? Very definitely more on the pumpkin side than spice side, especially as it warms in the glass. Pretty basic caramel malt notes.

M: Creamy, medium bodied beer. Not as carbonated as it looked, very drinkable.

O: Everyone always complains that pumpkin beers are more spice than pumpkin...well this one is definitely more pumpkin. While at first, I was a little disappointed that it didn't have that immediate sweetness and spiciness that most pumpkin ales tend to have, once I got past that and really started to focus on what this beer actually was, I could appreciate what Wolaver's had created. And that was a "true" pumpkin beer...which just happens to be not all that great when compared to other styles. For the style, it's good...for a "true" pumpkin beer, it might even be a fantastic example...but I probably won't be buying it again.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: semi-cloudy rust body, finger head, solid lacing

S: pumpkin, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon

T: malt, pumpkin, mild bitter finish

M: med body, semi-dry mouth

O: Solid pumpkin ale, would get again
and recommend. nearly sessionable
pumpkin ale.


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Photo of andrewinski1
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The label says Wolaver's Pumpkin Ale, nothing about Will Stevens. This is poured with an orange amber color with a slight bit of haze but not much. The head is light burnt sienna.

The aroma is really nice with pumpkin and just a bit of spice; maybe some cinnamon and some nutmeg? The smell is very enticing.

The taste only hints at pumpkin flavor with some nice cinnamon in the finish. This drinks relatively dry though.

The body is pretty full, this fills you up nicely with a good textured carbonation.

I like this one. The smell is really great and the taste delivers beer first and pumpkin spice second.

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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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Wolaver's (Organic) Pumpkin Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
3.44 out of 5 based on 513 ratings.
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