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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Photo of vueltador
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A= Beautiful amber color. One finger head is unimpressive and dissipates quickly.
S= Smells of sweet pumpkin and spices.
T= Tastes a lot like pumpkin pie, but still not what I'm looking for in a pumpkin ale.
M= A bit too much carbonation and a little "thinner" than I expected from the appearance.
D= Very smooth and drinkable.

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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 Nerudamann
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look - murky and a deep, duller (in hue, not in complexity) amber color. I hesitate to say "pumpkin" colored, but it's pretty darn close.

Smell - again, I hate to go with the obvious, but the pumpkin smell is pretty blatant with this one. Sifting through that, one can find some spices. One that I can smell is nutmeg. Maltiness to the smell too.

Taste - more spice, and slight bitterness to the taste, than the pumpkin taste, but it's there too of course, especially in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - pretty well-balanced given the style, but still closer to a creamier texture.

Drinkability - pretty good brew. Complex enough to keep you interested, and not bad tasting. Would be wonderful on a cooler night on the porch with' friends. The low abv makes it easy to come back for, and it's not too filling to make you want to limit yourself to too few.

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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 yemenmocha
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden to copper color with generous white head on the pour. Nose is good with pumpkin pie pumpkin aromas and miscellaneous dessert spices. Very thin and watery on the palate though, which is a huge disappointment. Finishes light and not too much pumpkin.

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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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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 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 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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Photo of Oxymoron
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for the trade, and a mystery beer at that. The pour was a more amber color then a reddish-orange that are typical from pumpkin ales. A decent pour with a good amount of foam and limited larger bubbles. The head quickly dissipates but leaves a nice ring with ok lacing.

The nose is spice with noticeable pumpkin spices coming out. More of a pumpkin pie smell then a pumpkin squash aroma. The malt is hidden a bit by the stronger nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon aromas.

The taste is more balanced with a good caramel flavor but still the spices are the strongest characteristic. The pumpkin pie flavors are noticeable and the spices are balance really well. Some feint bready notes in the background and would be nice if more came out. A somewhat citrus finish that is light but leaves a light sour flavor that is more noticeable as you drink it.

The body is good but light for style. Good carbonation as well. Overall I thought this is a good example of a pumpkin beer. Thanks Wasatch.

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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 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 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 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 andythejerk
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This tasting is being conducted side-by-side: Uinta's 4+ Punk'n Ale next to Wasatch's Pumpkin Ale.

Wasatch pours with no head, just a thin, filmy lace, as compared to the generous, light and frothy head on the Uinta that is almost an inch thick. Wasatch's is unfiltered, which I lean towards, and a good pumpkiny murkiness fills the glass.
Appearance: Wasatch +1 for being unfiltered (nothing but bias here, I know), Uinta +2 for a great head. Uinta wins.
Smell: Wasatch has the unmistakable smells of 1. nutmeg and 2. cloves over pumpkin. Smell on the Uinta is much more subtle, simple pumpkiny. Wasatch +1 for great smell.
The Wasatch has a lighter mouthfeel with higher carbonation. Uinta very light carbonation, but nice, smooth body to this one. I'm not sure which one is preferrable overall, but again, personal bias kicks in and I'm going for the beer with more carbonation. Wasatch +1 for mouthfeel.
As for taste, the Wasatch is by far superior. It has great pumpkin spice flavors and goes down smooth as (pumpkin) pie. The Uinta Punk'n is good, but the alcohol is more prominent and it's just a little too astringent and phenolic. It's lacking in those exciting flavors that the Wasatch offered. Wastach +2 for taste.
Drinkability follows the taste, and I have much more desire to keep on drinking the Wasatch. +1 Wastach.
Overall score:
Wasatch Pumpkin Ale: 6
Uinta 4+ Punk'n Ale: 2
(Unbiased score: Wastach 4, Uinta 2. Wasatch still wins).

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