Wolaver's Pumpkin Ale
Otter Creek Brewing

Wolaver's Pumpkin AleWolaver's Pumpkin Ale
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Pumpkin Beer
3.67 | pDev: 14.99%
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wolaver's Pumpkin AleWolaver's Pumpkin Ale
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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, cloudy, orange/brown color, with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed a few wispy clouds that gathered in the center of the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very fruity and spicy. Lots of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices, such as clove, cinnamon, all-spice, nutmeg and brown sugar. However, I get next to nothing in the way of hops.

Taste: Fruity and citrusy up front, showing lots of pumpkin and surprisingly, lemon. Next comes some spice notes of clove and nutmeg. Finally, the beer finishes with some good malt notes, but has next to nothing of hops, which I much prefer. This beer is surprisingly more tart than sweet. Original and interesting.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with a pretty good amount of carbonation to not only tickle the taste buds, but wake them the hell up! With an ABV of only 5.35%, there is absolutely no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty good pumpkin beer. I like the tartness and the pumpkin flavor. As stated above, it’s both original and interesting.

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Photo of BigCheese
4/5  rDev +9%

Pretty solid pumpkin ale. Havent bought many this year.

Got the standard mix of spices, I get cinnamon ginger and nutmeg. I'm guessing the "4th" is cloves but not sure.

Its nice and drinkable, not overly sweet, good rich body, medium maltiness, a touch of noble hops, and a nice clean bready yeast (ale) flavor. Reminds me somewhat of Smuttys pumpkin. A good no frills 6 pack, that doesn't necessarily stand out, and thats a good thing.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Retired? Are you sure? Date on bottle says 06-25-14. Early for a Pumpkin Ale, I must say.... But it doesn't seem to be retired.

Look: Pours a deep copper color

Smell: Pumpkin pie is the first thing that comes to mind. Cinnamon, nutmeg. The smell of dessert at Thanksgiving... in July.

Taste: Very nice, and subtle pumpkin pie flavor, with a maltiness flavor. Very little hop bitterness.

Feel: Medium bodied, smooth carbonation.

Overall: Great beer. Subtle pumpkin sweetness, and not overbearing.

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Photo of aRmanda
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I tend to steer clear of seasonal beers - so many taste more like potpourri and leave me wanting to scrape the flavors off my tongue. HOWEVER, this has a pleasant pumpkin smell and is exactly that - pleasantly pumpkin with a nice amber/autumn color. One MAYBE two would be my limit but I'm super glad I gave it a whirl.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a ruddy pumpkin orange, eggshell head dissipates from an inch to a film.

Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, brown sugar and pie crust.

Tastes of mildly sour pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, and a hint of nutmeg.

Lighter body with light, soft carbonation.

Very drinkable, goes down easy enough. Great appearance and scent. A little more average in the taste and body, but still pretty good. I've definitely had pumpkin ales I would take this ahead of.

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Photo of birchstick
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange color with a white, fluffy head on it. Nutmeg and pumpkin malts jump out of the glass into the nose. The taste starts off with caramel malts, which move on to clove, nutmeg, and some other spices. The sweet cookie and pumpkin malt return to finish off the taste profile. The mouth is medium with a decent amount of carbonation. This is a better than average pumpkin ale overall. Nice spices in the nose and a little too much on the tongue, but recommended overall.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

After a vigorous pour, the off white cap rose a little less than a finger and faded quickly. The body sits an orange amber with some streams of bubbles finding their way to the top. Notes of nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon leap out of the glass. Not much in the way of fleshy pumpkin...more spice than anything. Some caramel malt laying underneath, lending a bit of a sweetness. On the palate, this guy isn't quite as spice abrasive. The ginger and nutmeg sweep onto the palate first. Cinnamon and caramel through the middle. The finish is dry and malty. Overall, this isn't a bad a pumpkin ale, I just wish some more pumpkin flavors came through. A little too much spice for me.

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Photo of Ribky
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Beautiful orangey-brown. The presence of pumpkin is apparent.

S- The smell gives me flashback to going to the pumpkin patch as a little kid... strong pumpkin scent with hints of nutmeg and other autumn spices.

T- It tastes like pumpkin pie, honestly... but slightly odd. The initial sip isn't amazing, but the aftertaste is.

M- It really has an almost unsettling feel... kinda like V8. You can tell there's fresh vegetables used.

O- I do really like it, but the texture is just a bit off-putting. Other than that, definitely at least above average to good for a pumpkin beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of atr2605
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours an orange amber color with an off white head with average retention
S-pumpkin, spice
T-more pumpkin, nutmeg, all spice, cinnamon, the standard pumpkin pie spices. Definitely a brewed pumpkin flavor and not an artificial type of flavor.
M-medium bodied, good amount of carbonation
O-Its a different pumpkin ale and I really enjoyed it. The fact that the pumpkin doesnt taste artificial made the beer much more drinkable . Spices were very well balanced.

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

Into a pint glass:

A: cloudy orange colored body with a small one finger white head that quickly dissipated into the body. No carbonation is seen rising. No lacing is left.

S: the allspice and ginger up front with the pumpkin coming in behind it.

T: balanced sweet malty pumpkin with the allspice and ginger coming in together. The aftertaste is bitter.

M: medium with nothing harsh on the tongue.

O: not a bad pumpkin being that its organic. If I was a tree-hugger, this is a pumpkin beer that I would do more often.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.39/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly cloudy (it’s unfiltered), with a small head that quickly dissipated. Medium amber-orange color.

S: Medium malt and allspice are the first notes I detect. It wasn’t until the second whiff that I picked up the pumpkin notes.

T: Very nice, well-balanced sweet malt, earthy pumpkin, and enough spice to be front and center without stealing the whole show. There’s a slight bitterness in the finish, but just enough to remind you that you are, after all, drinking beer.

M: Refreshing, with medium carbonation.

O: After my last couple of pumpkin ales (see my reviews of Schlafly and Shock Top), I was about to give up on the whole class, but since I’d already bought this bottle, I figured I’d give it a try, and I’m very glad I did.
Unlike other pumpkin ales, which murder potentially good ale with overpowering spice flavoring, Wolaver’s has just enough spice and pumpkin to balance the beer flavor. I will definitely be returning to the beer shop to pick up a few more bottles of this seasonal brew!

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Photo of Arbitrator
1.62/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

It took me a long time to learn how to pronounce "Worcester" properly. I was pleased to learn that "Wolaver's" is apparently pronounced "Otter Creek." Those wacky New Englanders.

Shared at a recent tasting by either Arne or Eric. Thanks!

A: Pours a hazy orange-gold body with a small beige head. Good retention with some lace.

S, T: This is really pumpkin-y. And I don't mean pumpkin pie spices, I mean the actual squash. It's vegetal and earthy with a smattering of cinnamon and nutmeg. As someone who prefers the liquid pumpkin pie approach, this was a huge turnoff.

O: I didn't take extensive notes on this one; no one liked it and it was left unfinished.

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Photo of riversider76
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poura a cloudy orange with a thin head. Not much retention, but decent laceing. Aroma is of pumpkin and spice. Body is medium with a good amount of carbonation. Taste is very pumpkin, with cinnamon and spice throughout. One of the better pumpkin ale's I've tried. Excellent!

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Photo of JustinAniello
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy orange with a two finger head. Dissipates over a few minutes to a heavy lacing and nice cap.

S - Starts with pumpkin and goes right into a heavy clove and cinnamon. Mild sweetness in the background.

T - Tastes just like it smells, with cinnamon being the boldest flavor. Light bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation. Complements the flavor well.

O - This is a pretty good pumpkin ale. Nice blend of flavors and scents, though a bit more variation in spices would improve it. Nice choice if you are looking for an organic fall beer.

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Wolaver's Pumpkin Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 90 ratings