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 miketd
3.17/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from jjpm74. Pours a rusty bronze with very small white head. Aroma is very close to Pumpking, but a tad more subtle. A bunch of clove, cinimmon and pumpkin are present. Flavor is a bit off. Very sweet and tinny initally. A little spice, but not in sync with the nose. Palate is watery as well. So so at best.

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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 garcia2a
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear rusty orange color with light carbonation. I got a nice slightly off white head that laced during my enjoyment of this tasty.

The bouquet has sweet malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and pumpkin. This translated well to the taste as I really enjoyed the sublime pumpkin with warming spices.

Gotta be honest, wasn't sold on first taste, but as I sat and relaxed, this beer really caught my fancy. This is an honest beer with a medium body that is great for an autumn night.

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Photo of wailingwench
3.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Eye Candy: poured a vibrant hazy orange with a thin off white head which rapidly dissipated. Thin mildly clingy edges, easily regenerated with consistent carbon dioxide bubbles. Love the haze, appears unfiltered or (hopefully) undissolved pumpkin ranging throughout.

The Nose Knows: Truly unique, abeit strange tartness. Candided ginger, cloves mashed in pumpkin flesh, hints of cinnamon well hidden in the background.

Tongueland: Unfortunately, a slight thinness takes this brew down a notch. I suspected a mildly thick and tongue coating brew based upon the hazy appearance and tartness in the nose. Sweet sugar up front, splash of bready malt to balance, followed by candided ginger, raw pumpkin flesh, finished with tongue dancing tartness.

Bender Factor: I suspect that this is what pumpkin ale is ACTUALLY supposed to taste like, instead of a pumkin pie like vanilla artificial like concoction. Grew on me as I drank it, took 2 and a half to fully appreciate it. Take the time to truly appreciate it.

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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 erosier
4.42/5  rDev +28.5%
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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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a nice hazy golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, nice pumpkin scent, nutmeg, cinimmon. The taste is malty, with some nice pumpkin/nutmeg/cinnimmon. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice little brew.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a pretty orange with a fizzy off-white head, average retention.

S: Really nice smell of pumpkin juice and autumn spices, nutmeg is the most evident. This is where the pumpkin flesh character comes out most in the beer.

T: The flavour brings much more of a spice element into the beer as compared to the nose. Lemon really came out which I was surprised at, with caramelized ginger and lots of cinnamon. Pumpkin flavour is relegated more to the background and does it's best to provide a counterbalance, though the spice does take over the brew at times.

M: Very light body, fizzy, could use some more heft for sure, lingering spice notes.

D: A nice pumpkin beer, very easy to drink, and I like the fact that they went organic and worked with the pumpkins of a local Vermont farmer. In the end I enjoyed it and so far one of my favourite pumpkin brews, but I wish it had a little more actual pumpkin flavour, I would have liked to see the organic pumpkins show their stuff more, so to speak.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a semi-hazy amber color with coppery syrup falling down. 2 fingers of foamy cream colored head has good retention and leaves some lacing. Smells of cinnamon, brown sugar, light malt, and some citrus rind. Tastes of cinnamon, brown sugar, and lots of nutmeg up front then some light grainy malts and an odd sour lemon and strong ginger finish. Medium to medium light in body with good carbonation. A mix of watery and syrupy, very spiced out with a sour finish but not a whole lot of pumpkin or maltiness. Not a pumpkin ale that I'll be picking up again anytime soon, it was definitely hard to drink the whole bottle with the amount of ginger lingering after each sip.

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Photo of beeragent
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle:

A - Medium copper with a 1/2 inch white head. Light rings of lace coat the glass.

S - Cinnamon along with a very earthy aroma (I guess thats why its organic)

T - Strong spices up front, followed by a very earthy/vegetable taste that isnt exactly appealing.

M - Light/medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D - A very interesting beer to say the least. I definitely could not drink more than one of these a night, and highly doubt I will ever buy a sixer of this again. Having said that, the beer isnt totally bad. Its just not my type of beer. Interesting to say the least.

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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 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 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 clayrock81
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish body with a good one-finger head that stays around a little bit. Thin smell of faint caramel malt and spices; little hops. A little funky with the amount of sourness in this beer; retains some malty taste along with pumpkin spice but not a great beer. Also a little thinnish for me; i prefer my pumpkin ales heavy with the pumpkin and nutmeg flaovr - this isn't one of them.

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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 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 lbkornlb14
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer had a great pumpkin pie smell, one of the better pumpkin beers, Not too much spice which tends to happen sometimes like with the PumKing from Southern Tier (Still think its great though) It has a good pumpkin flavor too. This beer has an amazing nose. A real winner in the pumpkin category.

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Photo of scarletfire79
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

big wolavers fan, had to try this one. i really dig the whole grown local brewed local concept, sadly the beer didn't deliver as well as it could. pours a solid amber, nice white head. the smell isn't overpowering but the spice notes are definitly present. the initial taste, as others have said, is a mouthful of pumpkin but watered down kind of. the tartness is what suprised me most. not exactly what i expected, but at the same time very drinkable and not overpowering. i almost like it more than other pumpkin ales that are so in your face with flavor that drinking more than one or two is impossible. this one is almost, dare i say, sessionable. not something i'd run uphill barefoot in a snowstorm to get, but fair enough.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 2nd Pumpkin ale and 1st Wolaver's.

A- Translucent brown-orange with a 1.5-finger bubbly head that leaves some decent lacing.

S- Smells of pumpkin along with pumpkin pie spices

T- Taste is light compared to the Dogfish Head Punkin, but it still tastes like pumpkins and hints of well-balanced spices. Like I felt with the DFH, not enough beer flavor

M- Medium body with low carbonation and slightly syrupy.

D- Drinks quick with its light, watery flavor. Could be better with more beer ingredients

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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 jdhilt
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger beige head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving a good lace. Nearly clear amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Pumpkin nose. Flavor is pumpkin and some citrus, hints of a bitter finish. $1.45 for a 12oz bottle from Cabot Quechee Store Quechee, VT.

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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 Gmann
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy pumpkin-cooper color with an average white head that settled into a sparse cap. The aroma is of pumpkin, allspice, and nutmeg; more of an earthy or powdery scent. The taste hits with a strong pumpkin and grain flavor followed by a lemony tart and some light nutmeg and allspice. Some earthy hop flavors round out the brew. Definitely used real pumpkin with this one. Has an odd sweetness, probably from the pumpkin and grain, perhaps it could have used more body. The feel is light and well carbonated, sweet and spicy yet good balance. The brew is definitely takes on more of a pumpkin flavor than pumpkin pie. Some odd flavors but overall quite solid. Nice earthy autumn time brew.

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Photo of asabreed
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice hazy darker amber color with was unexpected, as it seems a bit darker than other versions I've had lately. Decent off-white lacing and moderately bulbous head above the body of the brew.

Smell: Ginger, pumpkin, and spices, with some citrus hops, and pumpkin in the background. Very original for a pumpkin ale.

Taste: Spicy ginger, bubblegum, pumpkin, and hops, backed by some maltier pumpkin flavors. Kind of weird, but I dig the balanced weirdness, along with the spicy and hoppy finish. So if you're looking for a brew that doesn't taste like pumpkin pie, this is one to try as far as taste.

Mouthfeel: Lighter-bodied with a medium edge with good carbonation, and very catering to the many flavors that get brought out.

Drinkability: A very wild and weird yet solid pumpkin ale. I can see how people may not like this, but I like it a lot, and I'm glad I have a few more. Bitter and balanced and weird, if you're down for that, then certainly try it, but as far as a normal version of the style, this isn't it.

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