Howling Pumpkin Ale | Wild Wolf Brewing Company

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Howling Pumpkin AleHowling Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Wild Wolf Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
A wonderfully spiced nose and a beautiful orange color lead into this perfectly balanced fall beer. Just the right amount of molasses and pumpkin pie spice make this a must have for the pumpkin beer lover.

Added by dbrauneis on 08-22-2013

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of John_Beeryman
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigbutter
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, caramel-copper coloring, crystal clear, with a steady flow of carbonation throughout the body, and a foamy, low profile, white head. Aromas of pumpkin spice, molasses, cream, and a bready backbone. Subtle, but balanced. Flavors are a bit more roasted forward, with a darker and heavier molasses character leading the charge. Richly sweet underneath, with notes of pumpkin, cream, and subtle caramel. The spice blends of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and all spice give a subtle edge to all the sweet and rich characteristics. The body is smooth, full, and has a subtle edge from the carbonation. The aftertaste is more of the pumpkin spice, but the rich and dark molasses still lingers on a bit, too. Smooth, slow, lingering finish. Decent beer, and light enough to drink en masse.

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Photo of vwbus7
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Treyliff
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle gushed onto the floor upon opening, covering my living room floor, great start

A- pours a clear bright amber color with a two-finger creamy and foamy off-white head that retains long after the pour, although it was just remains of the gushing foam

S- smell of aluminum up front, underlying aroma of nutmeg & pumpkin, some caramel malt sweetness & potpourri to close it out

T- the base beer is sweet and malty with some caramel notes, the addition of the spices leaves a strange bitterness after providing flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg, hints of raw pumpkin kick in, eventually finishing dry & nutty with more cinnamon

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a creamy finish

O- this one has the potential, but the flavor is just all over the place. Slight metallic notes probably have something to do with the gushing bottle

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Photo of mdfb79
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%

From 12/09/14 notes. 22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to nimbleprop for gifting me this one; thanks Mac.

Pours a somewhat clear deep reddish-amber color with two inches of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, bready malts. dough, and graham crackers. Thin, light body and low to moderate carbonation. Little bit watery.

Overall a decent pumpkin beer but a bit thin and heavy on the spices. Nice nutmeg and pumpkin, wish it was a bit thicker and had less pepper and spice. If you like the spice heavy pumpkin beers worth checking out.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of LeeEvolved
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of JayQue
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Good looking beer. Pours a very bright orange color, can almost discount the meager head and lacing. Aroma and taste, very mild. Hardly any spices or pumpkin in the aroma. Flavors are very subtle in the taste. I probably should have let this one warm up to see if the flavor profile was any better. Mostly a slightly sweet malty beer (caramel malt) wit just a bit of spicing and pumpkin flavor.

Mouthfeel is pretty solid. Rich and malty with a little spicing.. I would like to see a more robust taste in this beer.

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Photo of Mattyb79
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of fishguyac
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of seanchai
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of sanzenapocalypz
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of DougD0181
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Tasty pumpkin ale that hits all of the flavors that I would expect from the style. Plenty of deep brown sugar, toasted malt, and pumpkin spice. A good beer, but I have had better in the style.

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Photo of dankjohn
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of uvachief
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft. Pours with minimal head. Dissipates quickly. Golden orange color. Smells of pumpkin, spices and sugar - maybe molasses? Light and light on pumpkin pie-like flavor as well. No Alewerks or Schlafly. Just a hint of sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice. Not bad - just not up there with Alewerks or Schlafly. Not bad though. Liked it. ABV is 7% with very little bitterness. Not much pumpkin pie aftertaste either. Still, solid effort.

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Photo of Iamjeff6
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of JMUbrewz
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Camjmorton
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of costanzo_mike
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of sebaastionb
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of jaswilson2
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a bright auburn color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is spicy, some pumpkin. Taste is spices, namely nutmeg, some malts and pumpkin, flavorful and easy drinking for the abv. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer.

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Photo of Drknight
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Howling Pumpkin Ale from Wild Wolf Brewing Company
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