Wasatch Pumpkin Ale | Utah Brewers Cooperative

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82
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229 Ratings
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Wasatch Pumpkin AleWasatch Pumpkin Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Utah Brewers Cooperative

utahbeers.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Wasatch on 10-17-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
229
Reviews:
65
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
16.39%
 
 
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4
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Ratings: 229 |  Reviews: 65
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of jaydoc
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%

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 kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of LXIXME
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small light tan head settles into a thinning lacing above a clear well carbonated pumpkin copper colored beer.

Big full aroma of pumpkin and pumpkin spices almost like being handed an over-sized piece of whip cream covered pumpkin pie. A very good October aroma.

Light pumpkin pie taste blends well with light grain malts, light spices, maybe some light hops trying to showcase themselves.

A dryish aftertaste with just a hint of pumpkin and the related spices hanging around on this medium bodied beer.

I was surprised that the taste of this beer was as subdued as it was given the big bold aroma of fresh pumpkin pie and I think it works better this way. About this time of year a person gets over killed with beers with this super huge pumpkin taste, if that was so damn good we would have pumpkin beers year around, so I kinda like this with the understated pumpkin fall taste.

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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 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 Gagnonsux
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange like a... like a... hmmm, I can't think of anything orange at the moment. The upper third of the glass is filled with an attractive cap of pale gold foam that is nicely firm and displays a micropitting upper surface. Thick sheets of lace are beginning to appear and look as though they might last.

While this isn't the best pumpkin ale nose that I've ever smelled, it's far above average. The best thing about it is that it has a moderately heavy spice load with an emphasis on nutmeg, my favorite of the classic 'pumpkin pie' spices.

The flavor comes close to matching the first two attributes, but it doesn't quite hold up after the first few ounces. The biggest problem is that the base beer isn't substantial enough and could stand to be a little more sweet and a little less bitter. In addition, the pumpkin pie spice load is cumulative and becomes just a wee bit wearing since there isn't much present to balance it. Like malt.

One would think, after reading the above paragraph, that I don't care for Pumpkin Ale. I do like it, it's just that I can't help but think of ways that it might be improved... to better suit me at least. It's a relatively light, easy drinker that I can't see myself enjoying nearly as much after one or two. Not all 4%'ers are session beers after all.

I'm beginning to learn that most Wasatch beer (we might as well expand that to most Utah beer) is light of body. Brewing at such a low ABV probably has a great deal to do with that. To state the obvious, that works better in some styles than in others. I'm fine with it here, but that doesn't mean that I can't wish for bigger and creamier.

Pumpkin Ale is one of the Brewmaster Seasonals from the Utah Brewers Cooperative. I have no problem with that designation since, again, this is a better than average pumpkin ale from what some might think of as an unlikely source. Orange like a pumpkin! A pumpkin! I knew I'd come up with it sooner or later.

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Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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 t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 LoveStout
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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 Stinkypuss
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper color with a bit of sediment. The white froth is short lived. Aroma of pumpkin, spice and sweet malts. Cinnamon, clove and allspice are evident.

In the flavor, pumpkin pie, vanilla, nutmeg, clove and other spices. Big pumpkin and well integrated spices. More pumpkin pie like than most. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation and a mild dry spiciniess.

Overall, this was very much like a liquid pumpkin pie.

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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 sd123
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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 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 DucksFan16
2.6/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

10/11/2016

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Photo of Hohnbaum
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of tigg924
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, orange-brown in color, hazy, high carbonation

Smell: wheat, cinnamon and clove

Taste: bread, pie crust, clove, and pumpkin pulp

Mouthfeel: sweet but not overly so, medium carbonation, light bodied

Overall: Super light pumpkin beer. Tastes very pulpy. I would get this one again if I wanted a pumpkin beer and did not want an alcohol bomb. I think this one has its special niche.

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Wasatch Pumpkin Ale from Utah Brewers Cooperative
3.6 out of 5 based on 229 ratings.
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