Headless Wylie
Rivertowne Brewing

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Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #26
Ranked #5,611
4.09 | pDev: 10.02%
Rivertowne Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very nice surprise from this, the latest of my belt notches for pumpkin ales...

Right out of the can this brew impressed - nicely hued pumpkin coloration with thin foam. The smell was very light on the booze and more noticeable but muted on the pumpkin, but still it was appealing to the nose. Mouthfeel, though somewhat full-bodied was overpowered by the carbonation. I really enjoyed the boozy taste of pumpkins without being overly so, some other brews just blast you with alcohol, and though this is at about 8%, it's not very noticeable...until later. Overall, I enjoyed this, a solid enough pumpkin ale coming out of western PA.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pumpkin beer is a pleasant surprise.

It pours a orange tinge of golden with very little head. The aroma is moderately sweet, malty, pumpkin pie, The taste is warm, malty pumpkin with a very boozy finish.

Recommended. This would be one to get a bunch of this fall (while we can).

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Photo of Oktoberfest
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet, malty, and not overly spicy. Strong vanilla notes. Very drinkable. This is one of the best pumpkin beers I've had in years. 12oz can poured into pilsner glass.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought this from the general store a block from my house.

A- body is a transparent Amber hue. Pours with a two finger or so off white foamy head that quickly fades to a thin collar.

S- Nose is full of pumpkin spice and vanilla. Smells a lot more like a pumpkin pie style rather than a true pumpkin ale.

T- flavor is much like the smell. Lots of pumpkin and pumpkin spice upfront with a smooth vanilla backbone. Finish has a hint of alcohol heat but the boozy flavor is definitely masked by intense pumpkin pie flavor.

F- medium carbonation and medium weight body. There is a bit of powdery spice and alcohol to the feel.

O- overall this is a top notch pumpkin beer. Reminds me a lot of what pumpking used to be 10 years ago. Definitely a recommendation for anyone into the pumpkin spice fall craze. I also love the vanilla to this brew.

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Medium amber/orange brew that is almost see through with a quickly thinning off white head. Certainly has the scent of pumpkin and sweetness and not much else. Pretty good flavor for this pumpkin ale , it's pumpkin and slightly sweet without being cloying. There is the slightest bite to the start but no bite or bitterness to the finish. Ample carbonation and a somewhat creamy feel with no detectable heat from this 8% beer.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap

A- pours Amber/copper color with a creamy white head that has good retention


T- super malty base provides a caramel sweetness that provides a nice landscape for the spice notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove & allspice. Caramel and brown sugar kick in mid/palate and continue to the finish with more spices on the linger

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns slightly creamy into the finish, abv hidden well

O- sweet and malty, just how I like my pumpkin beers

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the truest to pumpkin pie aromas I've ever smelled. Not overly spiced, sweet pumpkin vanilla close to cream soda. Taste is great. True to pie taste while still retaining beer qualities (not a extract bomb and if it is it isn't over done). Mouthfeel is medium and exactly what I would want. Kinda blown away at how good this is. Looks like I'm going back for more.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.66/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am currently unemployed with a lot of time on my hands & as such, I am a) not motivated to go out like I do when I have a job & b) trying to reduce the backlog of beer here at Chez Woody. The Bottle Backlog is annoying, but it takes a backseat to The CANQuest (tm). I CAN only take a bashful bow at seeing tone77's thanks. He is a great trader!

From the CAN: "If Mr. Crane had this magical brew with him, Sleepy Hollow would never have been the same! This full-bodied HIGH GRAVITY spiced ale is perfect to calm a scary situation! Cheers and thanks, [undersigned] Andrew S. (?) Maxwell[,] Brew Master".

The Crack! was about what I expected from a western Pennsylvania CAN: strong, loud, memorable. I gave it a gentle Glug to kick it off, but as you might expect, it was initially Headless. A good swirl raised a brief finger of fizzy, pumpkin-orange head before it reached up and threw it at me, never to be seen or heard from again! Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity & so I could see it coming for me from a mile away! This smelled more like pumpkin pie than anything else today. Instead of being driven by spices, it smelled like bready malt, evoking pie crust, underlain by spices, but not so much so as to be overwhelming. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but close. Speaking of cream, the taste was like pumpkin mochachino with whipped cream! It was kind of sweet and girly after all of those other Pumpkin Ales today, but at this point, it was my favorite. It really got the flavors of pumpkin pie with whipped cream which is what these other brewers claimed that they were shooting for, but this nailed it! Finish was sweet, but not cloying, It was about my upper limit for that sort of thing, but man, it was good. If I put Old Milwaukee in my Hallowe'en cooler for the masses, this is going in for a special after-party!

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Photo of tone77
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A thanks goes out to the man who added this beer, woodychandler, for hooking me up. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a copper/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fresh pumpkin pie. Taste is also of pumpkin pie, spices are well done, not overdone, somewhat sweet at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good example of the style.

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Photo of barczar
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big squash aroma, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger.

Flavor is somewhat spicy, but there's an underlying squash flavor throughout that mellows the spice character and dominates the finish. Cinnamon and nutmeg counter the light squash sourness.

One of the better pumpkin beers I've had.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can

Pours a slightly hazy amber orange, white lacing for a head.

Smells of pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, and cardamom.

Tastes of pumpkin pie, cinnamon, brown sugar, oatmeal and buttered bread.

Medium body with stinging carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Really nice dessert pumpkin ale, like a slice of pumpkin pie. Definitely on the spiced side with noticeable notes of cinnamon and other spices. Worth trying while in season.

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Photo of Duff27
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Body is a translucent dark orange. One inch fizzy head that remains for a couple minutes. Small splotchy lacing.

S- Smell is of a light potpourri, nutmeg and cloves perhaps.

T- More with the spices. Low hop bitterness. Big vanilla kick at the end of each sip. Would guess right at it's stated ABV of 8%.

M- Super heavy and smooth on the tongue. Seemingly lower end of the carbonation spectrum.

D/O- Enjoyed this pumpkin beer. Spices could get overwhelming/palate-fatiguing if having more than one. Well integrated spices and great mouthfeel to boot. Thanks to dannyfayy for this new brewery tick!

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a straight ale glass, color is amber, head is light tan, nicely transparent.

Smell is heavy graham cracker, then moderate pumpkin pie spices with cinnamon and clove notable.

Taste is similar to the aroma with a big graham cracker like flavor, then spices in moderation with clove and cinnamon.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated with a drying quality from the spice and strength of this ale.

Overall, a solid pumpkin ale, a bit heavy on the graham cracker flavor but hides the strength well.

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Photo of Bonis
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice clear pale orange color. Graham crackers mix with a pumpkin/malt mash aroma on the nose... very nice. Light pumpkin spice and vanilla. This is up there with Schlafly and Whole Hog for best aroma in a pumpkin ale. Taste doesn't live up to the aroma at all, but still decent. Pumpkin spices mix with some cracker/biscuit malt. Slightly metallic, alcohol burn on the finish. Drinks like it has every bit of 8% for a pumpkin ale. Leans to the sweet side, but very much balanced. Overall a surprise in the mix of pumpkin ales I purchased, but could use a little more spices IMO. Wouldn't mind grabbing another single and sitting on it for a while to see if some of the alcohol fades.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Pours a bubbly copper with a minimal white head.
S- I'm getting a tomatoey vibe from the nose, although I thnk what it actually is is a lot of pumpkin. Very heavy on the vegetable, with some spice on the side. A sugary crust.
T- The taste comes through with the spice I was expecting in the nose. Nutmeg, hint of cinnamon. Not as spicy as I'd like a pumpkin ale to be, especially one that is 8%
M- Very smooth and drinkable considering the abv. When I cracked the can it almost seemed uncarbonated. I'm not sure if it's just this one can or every can is is this mildly carbonated. I like it though, very creamy.
O- It's good for the style, not too sweet, not too spiced. It's a great example of the style overall, it hits the pumpkin hard, which is good. At first I didn't like the smell, but after a few sips I was turned around. Careful with this one. It's easy to drink but it packs a punch!

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Photo of 57md
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper with hardly any appreciable head. The nose has notes of pumpkin and seasonal pie spices (particularly cinnamon). The flavor is similar to the nose but the pie spices come on strong, perhaps too strong. The finish has a sweet creaminess to it.

I don't want to sound disparaging but this is pretty much a poor man's Pumking.

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Photo of TequilaTom
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought a can on the recommendation of a staff member at Vintage Estates in Boardman, OH.
Pours a wonderful coppery amber with a quickly dissipating light cream head. Aroma is heavenly. lightly spiced pumpkin pie with a nice graham cracker crust! Tastes just as good. Not overly spiced. I absolutely hate pumpkin beers that only showcase the spice instead of the pumpkin. This does not disappoint. Nice creamy mouthfeel to top it off. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber-orange with small head. Aroma of whipped cream, graham crackers and vanilla on pumpkin. Taste is sweet cream and pumpkin with vanilla and a hint of spice. Must be a Pittsburgh interpretation of the style since Penn Pumpkin Roll is similar. Not convinced cream belongs in beer, but it is definitely pleasant and very drinkable. Rather high ABV makes this a borderline Imperial pumpkin.

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Photo of Beerparrot
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer has been out since Oct 2014. The local 6 pak shop got a deal on the keg in Jan and nobody was buying it. So we had some there and filled our growlers and went back for more. Tasted as good if not better than Pumking.

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Photo of BB1313
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy golden with a small off-white head that leaves little lacing and retention. The aromas are incredible. Smells exactly like Pumking. It has tons of graham cracker and buttered popcorn. Lots of vanilla. Some caramel malts are there. The flavors are earthy and finish with a blast of cinnamon. More graham cracker along with fresh vanilla bean. Finishes dry, clean and slightly bitter. It's definitely not overly sweet. It ultimately smells better than it tastes, but it still tastes amazing. Mouthfeel is solid. It's medium-bodied with very active carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This is an incredible pumpkin ale. It's almost like a Pumking clone. Rivertowne has tapped into that magic and has a serious winner here. This is one of the best pumpkin ales I've ever had. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a pint glass
A: Transparent orange with a one-finger head that settles very quickly
S: Pumpkin pie and particularly the whipped topping or ice cream is present
T: Again, this is Libby's pumpkin pie in a can. Again the cream/vanilla is noticeable and enjoyable
M: Surprisingly light but smooth/creamy
O: I ended up gulping this. Not much to write home about in the malt/hop department, but if you want pumpkin pie in a glass here you go. Delicious.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Was able to find a can of this at Carnivores in Oakmont for just $2.50! Into a pint glass

A - The ABV really makes the head on this on fizz out rather quickly. Beer color is a dark tinted orange brown clear. Looks good.
S - Ow wow very intense gram cracker and vanilla sweetness in the smell like straight up vanilla bean! Smells of mild allspice with cinnamon and nutmeg and very little vegital smell.
T - Quite good it does have a bit of pumpkin vegital in the middle to remind you its a pumpkin ale but its mostly sweet with vanilla and honey like cracker bite. Surprising balanced spices never get cloying or intense.
M - Despite its high ABV this one drinks medium bodied with a well concealed taste.

Overall next to Elysian Night Owl this is one of the better pumpkin ales I have had this year. Best to drink these fresh so I may swing buy for a few more before its gone.

Note: not sure why they charge so much for these high gravity beers at the Brewpub its quite a steal in cans since high gravity pours are 4-5 dollars at Rivertowne Pourhouse.

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Photo of Boto
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draught @ Brewpub: This one pours a fairly clear darker golden color. There was a finger of frothy off-white head on it. It has a nice nose. Sweet malts, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice. The taste is also good. Malty, slightly sweet, a little heavier on the body. Pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices also, but not overpowering. Nice.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rivertowne Headless Wylie

Pours a rich gold color with white soapy head and lace.
Aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon and spice. Caramel and bread are on the fringes.
In the taste, pumkin, vanilla and spice. Caramel malts and fresh pumpkin . Low bitterness with a bit of cream and vanilla. Finishes with pumpkin
Medium bodied mouthfeel with light carbonation.
Overall, this is a good imperial pumpkin ale with all due spice and sweetness.

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Photo of Mounty4Life
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at D's II in monroeville. Had on tap at pour house yesterday but wasn't on nitrogen. Appears light Orange, with a big fluffy head that sticks around edges. Took a while to get, there was so much head. Once settled, sticky lacing and clear appearance. Smells of slight pumpkin, nutmeg, and subtle alcohol scent. The taste is a sleeper, I can't believe this goes down just as quick as regular pumpkin. Dangerously drinkable at 9.3, and nitrogen makes ridiculous mouthfeel that I can't get enough of! If you like pumpkin beers and even better big beers, this is it! Best new beer in Pittsburgh by my standards. If you are a ST Pumking lover its a must try!

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Headless Wylie from Rivertowne Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 99 ratings