Pumpking | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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3.28 w/ 77 ratings

Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by TerryW on 10-16-2003

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Photo of Pumpkin-Head
2.03/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

This beer was highly recommended and was a complete letdown. Having consumed a large amount of pumpkin brews this was surprisingly horrible. Looked amazing with a dark amber/orange body with a decent white head with gorgeous lacing. Nose was pungent of pumpkin spice/other spice without any further backing. Taste was where the letdown really hit as the only taste I got was tons of spice with a watery finishing. Overall I would consider this an extremely overrated pumpkin beer that should be avoided unless curiosity killed the cat or you are offered it at a gathering.

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2.16/5  rDev -34.1%

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2.36/5  rDev -28%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

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2.53/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

500ml bottle from Morrisons (£1):
A pretty disappointing beer despite the beer starting okay with a nice enough looking body & an okay smell; it was still better than the bottle of Forest Fruits from the brewery I tried some time back but only just. It seemed weak & uninteresting with too much bitterness; the only plus was that it was on special & I didn't pay full price.

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Photo of BAS
2.6/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Nice deep orange hazel hues. Small 1-finger head (poured vigorously) that disappeared quickly.

Smell - Fun. Lightly spiced pumpkin, caramel, toasted vanilla. Almost smells like cotton candy to me. Light hops present.

Taste - Ugh. Grainy. Spicy. Pumpkin and vanilla flavor in grain alcohol. Medicine aftertaste. Some hops present. Weird.

Mouthfeel - Stingy and sharp on the entrance, but quickly smooths out. Surprisingly little burn for 8.6% ABV.

Overall - Very strange beer. It's an interesting idea, but probably can be done better. Would work great as a party favor in small glasses.

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2.7/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light reddish/orange brew with very little in the head retention department. The metallic taste is too present for my liking and there is no compelexity, nothing to distinguish itself from another bitter/ english pale ale. The name is very misleading since there's no pumpkins in this beer as far as I can tell. I won't be seeking this one in the near future...

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2.75/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I've had this both bottled and cask
the later thinking that the conditioning rather than pasteurisation would retain some of the pumpkin flavour but sadly not
it looks like beer
keeping it positive

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Photo of mdagnew
2.78/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's....

Poured a dark amber orange colour... Creamy head poured small but quite thick and foamy then faded to wispy covering... barely any carbonation... any lacing fades very quickly...

Aroma - Toasted bread and toffee maltiness, faint smokiness, spicy fruits (oranges, dates, some plums), light pumkin / squash spiciness, faint clove, light pepperiness, some salty notes, caramel sweetness...

Taste – Light spicy fruits (oranges, apples, light figs) mixed with what seems like an industrial spice mix - hints of mace, ginger and a little cinnamon... some toasted caramel malts, quite grainy, some treacle notes, harsh peppery hop bitterness, some grassiness, bit of a metallic aftertaste...

Feel - Quite sharp with some unpleasant grittiness.. light / medium bodied... A bit sickly after a while to be very drinkable...

Overall - Not a great beer.. the unpleasent spice-mix taste becomes too much near the end... maybe worth a try once...

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2.86/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: hazelnut brown, good clarity, spongey layer of light tan foam, OK head retention

Aroma: biscuity malt, cooked pumpkin, cinnamon dust

Flavor: full malt sweetness with an edge of clove/mace warmth; hint of toffee; finishes semisweet with a caramelly aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, terse carbonation, soft texture, spice warmth in the throat

Other comments: I think this is just Hobgoblin with some pumpkin and spices thrown in.

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2.91/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Celebrating Halloween a few days late! A 500ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2012. ABV is stated as 4.2%, and the label mentions the use of pumpkin and mace in the brewing of this ale.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A bright coppery-amber hue with medium carbonation. Produces a decent head of frothy off-white foam that disappears after a minute or so. Aroma of sweet malt with very faint hints of toffee, dried fruit and stewed hops. A whiff of diacetyl. Unimpressive.

Tastes of slightly sweet malt with a mild bitter finish. Notes of toffee/caramel and stewed hops, in addition to faint buttery undertones. No spice that I can distinguish. Mouthfeel is smooth but a bit thin and astringent. Leaves the palate dry, with an aftertaste of bitter hops.

Weak. To be fair I'm not sure I've had a pumpkin beer before from which I could draw a comparison, but this comes across as incredibly average and bland. I'm not detecting any 'pumpkin' notes as such and the spice is not evident either. Thin body and unexceptional flavour make this a disappointing experience - if you want an autumnal ale look elsewhere....

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Pumpking from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
Beer rating: 35.1% out of 100 with 77 ratings
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