Wasatch Pumpkin Ale | Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Wasatch Pumpkin AleWasatch Pumpkin Ale

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Utah Brewers Cooperative


Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Wasatch on 10-17-2006

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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 229
Photo of Nattyp
4.56/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This pumpkin ale actually tastes of pumpkin and lots of falls spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and Clove. The spices are upfront, and the pumpkin flavor comes through and lingers in the finish. It's also dry , so it becomes drinkeable. Light in body and refreshing. Not sweet or watery which is a good thing, as many other pumpkin brews end up this way. Great balance. Tastes like pumpkin pie. Delicious.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4.49/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy pumpkin colored orange with a nice off white head which quickly disappears. Just a little lacing present and doesn't cling to the glass well.

Smell: a nice beginning to a pumpkin beer. Smells like a freshly baked pumpkin pie.

Taste- WOW! Tastes exactly like a pumpkin pie! All the pumpkin pie spices showed up to the party! Pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, ginger, and even nutmeg. Tastes like fall in my mouth!

Mouthfeel- Thin body with medium carbonation.

Overall: Dare I say one of the best pumpkin beers I have ever had? I want my pumpkin beers to taste like pumpkin pie and this beer totally does.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.48/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wasatch Pumpkin pours a reddish copper color with a small lacing head. The aroma is mild, with some pumpkin notes. The taste has lots pumpkin pie flavors, creamy pumpkin with lots of nutmeg and hints of cinnamon. Bold flavors, good body, and long lasting flavors. Overall a fantastic pumpkin PIE ale.

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Photo of Vashtar
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Unfortunately, I drank this out of a bottle, so I couldn't properly judge the appearance.

This pumpkin ale smells amazing. There's a clear pumpkin tone with a slight bit of spice, but not so much that it smells like a pumpkin spice malt ball.

The taste is almost as good as the smell. This is likely the most satisfying pumpkin ale that I have had. It has a perfect balance of pure pumpkin taste with a touch of spice that adds a sizzle. The taste becomes slightly strong when you are drinking 12 ounces.

The mouthfeel was stereotypically average, without feeling cheap.

Overall, I would definitely have this one again.

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer at The Happy Gnome, and it was one of nearly 15 pumpkin beers on tap at the time. Wow, I love that place! The beer has a pleasant orange hue with a fairly light head that fades quickly. Hints of ginger, nutmeg and clove in the aroma, along with a subtle earthiness. The flavor mirrors the aroma nicely, with a bit of true pumpkin flavor and light spicing. Balance is key for these beers and I think they have done a wonderful job of showcasing the pumpkin and the spices without overdoing it. The mouthfeel is a bit low due to lower gravity, but not thin. Also, this is one of the only pumpkin beers I've tried that I'd actually have a second pint of. Good job Wasatch!

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Photo of dabeerguy
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice copper color with a decent white head. Good aroma of malt and spices like fresh pumpkin pie,(cinnamon,ginger and vannila). Laced the glass well as I drank it. Pumpkin pie spices do not overpower the slightly sweet pumpkin flavor. The beer is well balanced with a nice malt finish. An excellent 4% session beer and pairs very well with spicy foods.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Actual pumpkin color! One finger head and lacing.
S- Fall, Apple, and pumpkin spices. Cider.
T- Pumpkin, spices, and cider. But more beer than cidery.
M- Coats and lingers. Medium carbonation.
D- Quintessential pumpkin beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma is about what I expected. I get some sweet pumpkin notes, as well as some brown sugar and allspice. The flavor is full of pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice and a lot of cloves. A wonderful mix of spices that gives me exactly what I look for in a pumpkin ale. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of the best pumpkin ales I have drank.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled back on 10/7/13. Chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a "V" shaped pilsner glass.

Pours a darker orange/amber in color with a thin off white head. leave spotty lacing when seen. Perfect carbonation. The aroma is of like a 'pumpkin spice candle' actually. Very nice on the nose. The taste is of pumpkin pie filling, nutmeg and cinnamon with No bitterness at all. Very easy and smooth to drink. One of the better pumpkin ales and tasty.

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4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A:A hazy orange body, sits below a thin white head that holds a nice layer. Carbonation is a steady levels. Lacing is low.

S: Aroma holds a nice pie spice element. Medium intensity for style. All the required flavors, with good balance.

TM: The body is full in flavor and medium in mouthfeel. The pumpkin pie spices are in full action, while the finish has a nice blend of classic pale ale malt character.

O: Overall this is a very good pumpkin for its niche in the style, a light ABV, with big and robust taste. Very well done.

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Photo of Harumph
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served from 12oz bottle poured in to pint glass

A: Hazy copper/amber color. Only about a finger's width of head when poured which settles down to a very mild lacing.

S: An abundance of pumpkin and spice which instantly hits close to home. Lots of nutmeg and cinnamon, smelling almost like an old homemade cider or pumpkin pie. Like catching a waft of Thanksgiving dinner

T: Tastes just like the smell predicts; a forward pumpkin flavor with a bunch of cinnamon spice. No bitterness to this one.

M: A well-balanced body, almost a bit creamy given it's medium mouthfeel and light carbonation

D: Easy to drink with an excellent amount of flavor. I wouldn't want to session this type of beer but it would be an amazing accompaniment to big Fall meals around Thanksgiving.

Overall I think it's an excellent beer. It brings me back to Thanksgiving at my grandparents' as a child so I'm sure those positive memories are now being attached to this beer's experience to help me enjoy it more.

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, it's a slightly hazy orange-amber color with a finger + of white head. It dissipated quick with no lacing.

The smell is where this beer impresses me the most so far. It has a rich pumpkin flavor with delicious spices reminiscent of a holiday pie. Awesome.

The flavor is very much like the aroma, a thick pumpkin pie flavor ripe with spice. It's not terribly complex but it's tasty.

It's medium bodied which fits the session nature of this one.

Very well done, one of my favorite pumpkin beers.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The hazy, unfiltered, orange-amber body of Wasatch pumpkin ale glows eerily at you from beneath a creamy head of yellowed-white. Gentle, perfumey spice greets you in the nose. The body is medium-light, and it's just lightly tingly on the tongue. The flavor is softer than you'd expect, and certainly less spicy, although there is a touch of ginger to it. It's mildly sweet, delicately malty, sublimely bitter, and very subtly spiced, leaving it well-within bounds of being considered as a "beer", rather than "PUMPKIN beer". In fact, except for the fact that there is some cinnamon and ginger to it, a blind tasting would probably not elicit the immediate response of "pumpkin". However, the spices do build on the palate as you progress through the glass, leaving more and more spice on the tongue and back of the mouth - but in a good way. Overall, very nicely done! Well-balanced and drinkable. Kind of a "session" pumpkin ale. It'd be easy to have two or three of these! Certainly worth trying.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy tea color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger white head, some nice sticky lacing puddles in the middle of the glass. Scents of spiced cinimmon, malts. The taste is malty, spiced cinimmon and pumpkin. Medium body with a slight carbonated feel, nice clean finish. Very drinkable, this brew tastes very nice on-tap.

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Photo of phichifiji00
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Caramel/Amber in color, pours minimal head that quickly fades, minimal lacing.

Smell: Lots of nutmeg, cinnamon, all spice, and cloves.

Taste: Nutmeg, cinnamon, all spice, cloves, a bit bitter, pumpkin taste as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, good carbonation, very refreshing.

Overall: A big surprise. One of the best pumpkin beers I've had this year. The spices are dead on. Much lower ABV than I typically drink, but very refreshing. I highly recommend.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance : A festive amber-orange glow, about 70% opaque, with a 2 finger off-white head. That soon fizzes out into a small ring on top.

Smell : Crisp fall air permeates the aroma with sharp notes of pumpkin, pie crust, vanilla, and clove. Marshmallow and burnt sugar softly follow. Some roast malt also accompanies the nose.

Taste : An intense hit of nutmeg, followed by...capture meluckycharms! Lucky Charms cereal. The grains and the marshmallow are both here. It's like finishing a big bite of LC. A bit of roast pumpkin, slight vanilla. But mostly nutmeg and Lucky Charms.

Feel : This brew is medium bodied, with high carbonation - but not too highly carbonated. Ends semi-dry.

Overall : I'd have it again, it was interesting. I don't think it's a bad beer at all. In fact, I kinda like it. Crafty? Sure. Award-Winning? Nah. But I'm content to just sip this one in the recliner for awhile.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured an orange amber with a white head that barely lasted.
smells very strong of pumpkin and spices, delicious
another awesome pumpkin pie of a beer during the fall season. not quite as much spice as i'd like but its still so good. got better as i continued to drink it.
smoother beer with great carbonation.
overall this was a very good pumpkin ale. i wish it had a higher alcohol level while keeping its good taste but hey sometimes you gotta compromise.

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Photo of Phelps
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a shaker pint at Tops.

Nutty auburn and brilliantly clear, Pumpkin Ale is the color of fall. A finger of light khaki bubbles textured like oceanic foam fizzles away quickly, leaving little between you and the rather intense nose. Sweet heavy cream. Hints of cinnamon, almond and nutmeg blend with buttery baked bread and pumpkin so sweetly caramelized it tastes like it's been thrown on an outdoor grill. I want to make a candle out of it.

The flavor is sadly not as intense as the aroma, but that might not be a bad thing. With massively sweet and spicy pumpkin brews, a little is usually enough, and a full bottle can be wearying. Wasatch's pumpkin ale exhibits a cleaner flavor that avoids this cloying quality and increases drinkability. Inside, pumpkin rind mixes with apple juice at first, and very subtle cinnamon and allspice rise to replace them after the swallow. A bit of tanginess remains on the tongue after the dry finish, but it's not enough to upset the balance that's going on here.

At four percent ABV, Wasatch Pumpkin is one of the few truly sessionable pumpkin ales. With a medium body that's fairly light on the tongue, high carbonation and a clean finish, if there's any pumpkin ale to spend a chilly night drinking, this is it.

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Photo of blitz134
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first pumpkin beer. Received this in a semi-random trade with Wasatch. Thanks...

Hazy orange, apricot color. Thin white head on the top. Reduced to a sporadic skim on top. This one has quite a bit of spice to it, smells really good. Lots of nutmeg, some cinnamon and clove comes out too. Definately has a hearty pumpkin aroma underneath.

Spices continue through to the taste, very similar in this aspect. Pumpkin in there again too, just as expected. Has some bready maltiness underneath. Spices continue to linger.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but this is a low abv brew so its probably hard to get enough malts in there to beef the feel up w/o getting out of control with the alcohol. But overall the feel is okay. A good bit of carbonation adds to the spiciness.

Pretty easy to drink, but not something I'd pick up all the time due to the spices. But I'd be willing to grab a sixer of this to enjoy every year if it was available to me.

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Photo of Ford
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a really good pumpkin style ale.

Not my favorite. I prefer Pumpking and DFH over this... and I like several of the pumpkin stouts more, but of course those are different styles... still, this is readily available and taste really good. Picking up one six pack to drink and share is a good idea if you find it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this really is pretty good. a rusty colored brew with nice clarity and huge bubbles looking like a soda pop in the glass. the nose is great, honey sweetness and a bready malt backbone, it honestly smells like graham crackers, which i find majorly appealing. there is some more spice int he flavor, cinnamon and nutmeg, maybe vanilla too, and not a ton of pumpkin itself. its okay that its not there though, because the spices are only subtle, its a great fall beer, with a perfectly appropriate seasonal bouquet, and just enough hops to balance the sweetness before it finishes (rather dry for the style). carbonation is really high, which i think gives life to it and makes it seem real fresh. i could hammer a sixer of these no problem, its flavorful enough but not heavy in the least. one of the better base beers from wasatch i have had. much be better on draft than in a bottle based on these ratings...

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a lightly hazed copper color with an ample cap of beige head. Fades pretty slowly and leaves a nice collar and lace.

Nose is cinnamon-sugar, nutmeg and marshmallows. Nice pie spice aroma, but keeps the sweetness in check.

Taste is lighter than almost all other pumpkin beers I have had, call it the Anti-Pumking if you will. I think it works really nicely though, the spice is not bitter or sweet, it is just right and the beer has a smoothness to it that makes it one of those pumpkin beers you can actually drink more than one or two in a sitting. I really like the cinnamon-marshmallow thing it has going on. The mouthfeel is light, but expected when I saw it was only 4%. There are many Pumpkin beers I would choose this over, and it might just be my favorite one under 6% or so.

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Photo of 3rdRowTailgater
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into pint glass, it pours a clear orange color. Looks like fall. Moderate white head that lasts throughout the beer.

The smell is very inviting, just like a pumpkin pie with nice spice. I want a Thanksgiving beer with this.

The taste is mild with nice sugar and spice notes. Really nice as it is not too sweet.

Good carbonation and nice mouthfeel. Probably one of the better pumpkin ales I've had.

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Photo of mactrail
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A little haze on the attractive orangey amber brew. Pours with plenty of foam in the tall glass. A faint hint of spice in the nose. Light body, of course.

Some actual pumpkin flavor makes this seem maltier than it really is. A touch of Kandy Korn. Mostly it's a club soda taste but the vegetable yammy flavor, even though faint, provides a little interest. Sllight bitterness but no actual hop flavor. The spices are fortunately subtle.

I like this better for being less spicy and obnoxious than a lot of pumpkin beers. Actually not a bad solution to the four percent problem. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Emigration Market in Salt Lake City.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in January 2007, a little late for a "fall" seasonal, but what the heck...a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass.

A: Amber, a cloudy haze of suspended particulates of ???. About 1-1/2 fingers of eggshell-white head, frothy & slightly rocky. A trace of lacing.

S: Lightly spiced, a pretty delicious "pumpkin pie"-smelling brew. Partly squash-y/earthy and partly sugary pie filling. Nutmeg & allspice. I like.

T: An ok flavor of pumpkin spices & caramel malt. Towards the end, a strange bubble gum-my ester makes this a little sweeter than I expected, candy-like. Mild bitterness in the finish and slightly watery in the finish.

M: Good crispness and well carbonated. Light to medium body.

D: One of those low ABV brews brought to you by the great state of Utah. Drinkable, certainly. A good pumpkin ale, with flavors that are quite likable. Nothing complex, just a tasty brew. Thanks again, John (Wasatch).

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