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Wasatch Pumpkin Ale | Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Wasatch Pumpkin AleWasatch Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Utah Brewers Cooperative


Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Wasatch on 10-17-2006

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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 228
Photo of DrChainsaw
1/5  rDev -72.2%

This ale is one of the better demonstrations of "in the mouth of the beholder". I agree with DonkeyRunner below that this is tasteless & watery. I was surprised to see it rated higher than a 2, so I guess people are more generous than I, even when they don't like it. Almost makes you wonder whether someone was trying to cash in on the coconut water craze by marching out pumpkin water for the season......

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Photo of Cord018
2/5  rDev -44.4%

Below mediocre. Very watery, faint pumpkin flavor. No backbone at all to it. Color and smell gives you some hope but flavor is just flat and uninspired. Tons of better pumpkin beers out there.

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Photo of NStLincoln
2.26/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy brown with a fleeting white head.

Smell great, pumpkin pie all day. Cinnamon and cloves.

Taste is a huge letdown. The cloves are way over the top. Like I did a cinnamon challenge with pumpkin pie spice.

Light, watery, and not enough sweetness on the palate.

Tried with three other guys and they all enjoyed the beer, so trust your own palate.

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Photo of txbrewer
2.4/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - A slightly cloudy version of your standard ale

S - Overly spiced and overly sweet

T - My wife and I often argue on what pumpkin pie spices should be. I make mine with cinnamon, clove and nutmeg as the major spices, she insists on adding allspice. This would be her type of pie if it were not for the abuse of the nutmeg and allspice - just too much,

M - The carbonation almost hurts and makes the rest seem so thin.

D - Only quickly if nothing else is around.

I am biased on pumpkin ale because I brew this stuff twice every holiday season. I feel that the ale should be seasoned and enjoyable. You should notice the spice and pumpkin but not be knocked over by it. For those who look for the extras in the beer, this is probably a good one. If you are seeking something that might give a faint reminder of a good pumpkin pie, this will be a bit much.

I don't know where all the sweetness is coming from (could be the over spiced part) but it is also a bit to overpowering.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Dark orange with a thin white head. Smells like pumpkin pie with some vegetal pumpkin pulp. The pie spice is thankfully muted but so is any actual flavor. Thin and vapid taste like someone added 1/4 water to a 3/4 glass of regular pumpkin beer.

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Photo of Jsteez
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a dimpled beer mug.

A-I though I'd give this a try because it suits the season. Orange, almost pumpkin colored. 1 finger head with some lacing on the glass.

S-Pumpkin spice, sweet caramel malt, clove, and cinnamon.

T-Sweet pumpkin, squash, cinnamon and spice, with a semi-dry to sweet aftertaste. There were trace amounts of caramel malt too. It was fairly balanced for this style. Quite light.

M-Light bodied, moderately carbonated, cool, and crisp. It was refreshing.

Overall-Great beer to have with your favorite pumpkin pie. It is not the kind of beer you would want to keep drinking, but it is really nice to have during the cool, crisp, autumn months. It is light, yet it has enough flavor to give you the feeling you're having a heavier bodied ale. Give it try, it only comes out once a year.

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Photo of bennetj17
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Wasatch for this bottle. Caramel color, not transparent, average carbonation with a medium head that fades quickly. Not much potency in the aroma, but a nice hint of bready pumpkin spice is evident. The taste is rather unsweetened, mostly a watered down cinnamon-spiced pumpkin taste with an empty finish that is unpleasantly sour if anything. The mouthfeel has alot of sharp carbonation, perhaps too much for this beer, and it runs a bit thin on the palate also. I didn't enjoy this beer too much, however it's not too far off from most of the Pumpkin Ales I've tried. I would have liked it to have a little more malt sweetness than the mild sugar cookie taste it did have. Not recommended...

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Photo of BryanCarey
2.99/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Wasatch Pumpkin Ale is a burnt orange colored beer with a cloudy body and a nose of pumpkin and spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. The cookie/dessert like aroma is nice and while the foam on the beer is weak, the initial appearance still grabs your attention mainly due to the enticing spicy scent.

Wasatch Pumpkin tastes the way you expect it to taste, with a flavor that emphasizes spices, but not in an overbearing way. The taste includes pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon, but it also introduces flavors like allspice and clove- two characteristics not as prominent in the scent. There is little or no bitterness in this beer and it is very easy drinking and less alcoholic than most.

This is a decent pumpkin ale overall, but probably its weakest quality is its watery mouthfeel. Take a swig or two and each time, you will distinctly notice the watery sensation in the finish. Where there should be some bitterness, you instead feel the sensation of water. That is part of the reason why this beer is so refreshing- it has little bitterness, no bite at all in the conclusion, and a somewhat watery mouthfeel.

I like a pumpkin beer if it is done right and this pumpkin ale, while not anything special, is still a decent effort from a company known for its lighter brews. A higher malt content and some added hop character would help, but this is still a decent effort and it makes a good choice for everyday drinking during the Halloween season.

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Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Another 4% Utah beer.

Hazy brown color and a thin tan colored head.

Smells mostly of pumpkin spice but not very strongly. Slight medicinal scent like a band-aid.

Tastes initially of pie crust and spice. Mild pumpkin beer flavor but the lack of body hurts it.

Watery and mildly bitter.

Overall a try it once and forget it type of beer.

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Photo of kagent777
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle purchased from the Utah Brewers Co-op store on 3rd West. Poured into a pint.

Appearance: A hazy orangish, light amber. Head faded very quickly, but a constant stream of bubbles leaves a wisp of a cap.

Smell: Slightly malt fortified with pumpkin pie spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and the like. Nothing that can be described as hops.

Taste: Similar to the smell, pumpkin pie and spices. I think some hop bitterness would be pleasant, but sadly it is not here. It feels like it is missing something.

Mouthfeel: Feels fine is the mouth. Maybe a little thin due to the lower ABV. The carbonation is appropriate.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer, but not very good either. I am not really a fan of pumpkin beers. This is my first one in a long time, and probably will be my last one for this season. Unless I can find some from distant environs that have more character. Sorry Wasatch, not a fan of this one.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 25, 2013.

The color is mostly orange with a lasting white head and a foggy appearance.

The aroma is of vague pumpkin with nutmeg, clove, brown sugar and biscuit.

The body is light to medium.

The taste is rather bland. I do pick up the toasted biscuit and spice character of a typical pumpkin ale but it seems to just sit there with no excitement.

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Photo of Libationguy
3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Reddish-amber color with a thin white head that has very little retention.

Roasted pumpkin, allspice, vanilla, nutmeg. No real beer background, it's all pumpkin pie flavors.

Pumpkin, graham crackers, nutmeg, cinnamon and clove on the palate.

Medium bodied, but still slightly watery with a medium- finish.

While the pumpkin aroma and flavor is very much present, the beer is one-dimensional.

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Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice deep amber sort of a colour, looks nice... looks like it will be a bit richer in flavor judging the colour. But colour can be deceiving, and so is the smell. The smell is pretty awesome coming off of this little fella. Smells like a nice, spicy pumpkin pie. And when I say pumpkin pie... I fucking mean it! It is pie to the nose.

Upon tasting, yeah, not so much. Look and smell are both quite deceiving as to what this beer will taste like. It isn't that it tastes bad but it just does not match up. It has a nice pumpkiny taste, little bit of pumpkin spices (nutmeg, bit of cinnamon, etc.) Has a very mild sweetness but a fair amount of subtle earthiness all the way through. The earthiness for me seems to be what saves it. A pleasant earthy malt that helps hold up and give the rest of the beer a steady balance.

I will say this as well, Wasatch is quality. I have never had a beer that had just poor taste or was noticeably made with apparent bad ingredients. When you buy a Wasatch beer you are certainly assured a beer of quality. This doesn't mean it will blow your mind, but it is quality.

On that note, this beer is 4% abv, reaching a robust pumpkin ale with this low of alcohol content does seem very difficult. But for what it is it was done pretty well considering. Obviously I do have other favorite pumpkin ales, but if I were to see this next to Buffalo Bill's or Shipyard, it would be no contest... Wasatch all the way.

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Photo of cracgor
3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wanted to enjoy fall this year and didn't feel like a duration gourd or a cornucopia, sod settled for some pumpkin ale.

Pour is fine with a hazy brown color and thin white head. It might be interesting to have a thither white head is simulate whipped cream. It smells pretty good with all the pumpkin spice you would expect. However this disappears when you drink it. Not a bad taste, I would just like more of the pumpkin around. What you are left with doesn't always balance out either and the normal beer flavor seems to detract from the pumpkin flavor. It is drinkable with a normal to full body.

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Photo of MLoxxer
3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer was poured out of a 12oz bottle which had printing on it noting that it should be enjoyed in the next three months. The color was a hazy pumpking (of all things) color. The head, like all pumpkin ales I am familiar with was lackluster and dissipated very quickly, leaving incredibly faint lacing on the glass. The aroma is not very noticeable, but does indeed conjure up notes of pumpkin and very understated spice. The flavor is quite mild and enjoyable, not at all strong and phony. The mouth feel is quite good. Of all the pumpkins ales I've tried this one is one to have again. A nice enjoyable mild ale. This would appeal to people who are not serious beer drinkers but might be enamored with the idea of a pumpkin beer.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

12oz Brown bottle with pry-off cap and best by date of"12/05/2014". Poured into a Mason jar glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, copper with 1 finger of head that quickly dissipates

Smell: Mostly bread malt with a little pumpkin

Taste: There is pumpkin flavor but it is overshadowed by the malt with little to no spice character

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery

Overall: One thing going for it is the low ABV which some people might like when they want a pumpkin beer. This also might be pleasing to those who complain about spices in pumpkin beer. I found it a little too watery and forgetful. Not terrible, but I won't purchase again.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange amber body. Slight haze. Aroma is full of spice and a little malt and a little ghostly pumpkin. Flavor is more spice than pumpkin or malt too. The heaviest spice is clove, followed by nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon in no particular order. Malt is not very forward nor is the pumpkin. Definitely a festive ale, but I prefer more malt/pumpkin and less spice.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a shaker pint. Bottled on 8/8/13.

Barely any off-white foam produced by the pour, just a ring around the edge of the glass for coverage. Body is the color of maple syrup with copper highlights. Some streams of bubbles in there as well.

This pumpkin, right out of the bottle cold, smelled astringent with notes of fake pumpkin spicing, much like you find in a craft store when October rolls around. Letting it sit and breathe for ten minutes produces warmer scents of cinnamon, vanilla, some clove, and the lightest impression of a graham cracker-like malt. Much better spiced and sweet profile!

Palate has a syrupy vanilla note that is far too big for this pumpkin beer. It clashes with the spicing, that comes off much sweeter on the palate, still notes of clove and cinnamon. A graham-cracker, wheat bread malt also appears at the swallow. If that cloying, syrupy flavor was not so prominent, the beer would be all the better for it.

Not much to say for the feel, finishes a little dry and is definitely watery. Just enough carbonation to pass it off as a medium-light body.

Wasatch Pumpkin takes the drinker all over the place when it comes to flavors, scents, and general impressions. While it is certainly much improved by letting it warm up and breathe a little, the cloying and syrupy vanilla-like flavor on the palate is too much. The spicing is fine, just needs to reign in that flavor. I would not search this pumpkin ale out again.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Wasatch Pumpkin Ale has a medium, yellowish-white head, and an opaque, golden-orange appearance, with noticeable bubble streams and almost no lacing left behind. The aroma is of a spiced candle and pumpkin. The flavor is of pumpkin pie filling, spices (nutmeg & cinnamon), sweetness, and essentially no bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty light and even lager like. Wasatch Pumpkin Ale finishes wet, easy drinking, and tasty. Overall, this might be the best pumpkin beer that I have tried so far. It’s pretty good. I recommend checking it out.


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Photo of allengarvin
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a straight pint glass. It's a medium amber color with a very small head. The nose offers some caramel malt and a small amount of nutmeg. Very sweet initial flavor, giving way to light spiciness, nutmeg, a touch of cinnamon... can't really pick out any other spices. Body is thin and watery.

Blandest pumpkin beer this year, so far.

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Photo of Jason
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Hazed dark amber, healthy looking lace on the glass.

SMELL: Allspice, pumpin meat, toasted grain, yeast.

TASTE: Wet, crisp, custard, pie spice, pumpkin, faint grain, muted hops, dry finish.

It has a good flavor as the spicing is kept to a minimum but the flavor ends too quick for my liking. Still a good holiday seasonal and perhaps good enough to have more than one.

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Photo of bmwats
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Hazy, dark golden hue. Virtually no head. No lacing, either.

S: Pumpkin and nutmeg are hugely pronounced.

T: Very light grain flavor. Very light flavors of pumpkin seed and fall spice.

M: Shallow feel. The flavors present as very washed-out. Nothing really stands out. Subtle bitter-sweet pumpkin flavor lingers in the finish.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is okay. Not much interesting about the appearance. No head or lacing. Nose, however, is a very well-pronounced combination of pumpkin and fall spices. Flavor is soft and subtle all the way around. Overall, this is a pretty decent quaff.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle a hazy orange gold with a small head of foam that shrank quickly leaving a just some spotting on the surface. It *does* have some nice lacing to it though.

The smell is very pumpkin like with hints of nutmeg a cinnamon.

The taste at first sip is a mix of the spices I noted in the nose along with a bit of sourness in the background. Further sips see no change so it's a consistant taste that I'm sensing. Pretty good. The only negative I can say is that the finish is very watery.

Bottom line: A nice brew for the season that is interesting enough to warrant a try.
Thanks to Wastach for this ample!

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter

Appearance: cloudy, light orange; one fourth finger head that quickly leaves for the pumpkin patch; some lacing.

Smell: heavy cinnamon and nutmeg; pumpkin hovers lightly

Taste: pumpkin pie, all the way to the crust. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: light to medium; a bit watery. Low carbonation.

Overall: not my favorite pumpkin beer, but decent, nonetheless. Great after a plate of turkey and dressing.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bright orange color with a tight off-white head that leaves little lacing.

Smells of spices, mainly cinnamon and nutmeg.

Tastes of mostly spices with only a touch of sweetness. Spices are nutmeg and cinnamon with some allspice. Very light on sweetness which is the beer's biggest problem. A little earthy bitterness comes through as well. Has a bit of a funny aftertaste, like diet cola.

Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp amount of carbonation.

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