Pumpkin Ale | Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.

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Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
First canned Pumpkin Ale in the US.

Added by GDBEERMAN on 09-29-2010

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1/5  rDev -70.3%

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1/5  rDev -70.3%

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1.25/5  rDev -62.9%

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1.5/5  rDev -55.5%

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2/5  rDev -40.7%

Photo of vfgccp
2.03/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A – Bright, medium honey color. Low retention and no lace on a white head.

S – Sweet malt, light molasses, but with mildew and green-pepper off-flavors.

T – Light malt, touch of herbal bitterness, and allspice. Unfortunately the mildew note from the nose comes through in the taste. Pour balance and a touch sour.

M – Thin, light, and semi-watery.

O – Poor quality and almost no pumpkin flavor.

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Photo of TheFugerIsNow
2.16/5  rDev -35.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of sweemzander
2.27/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

12oz. can poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a pale orange color. Some white froth.

(S)- A lighter graiy aroma. Bits of light honey sweetness. Extremely subtle pumpkin in the aroma.

(T)- Slight graininess meets a light sweetness. Very slight pumpkin hints sadly.

(M)- A good carbonation level but the feel of this beer is far too light and not much pumpkin to speak of. A light beer meets tiny bits of pumpkin.

(O)- Probably my least favorite I tried this season so far. It just lacks any real flavors or aroma for the style for me.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.45/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 11/1/12

Dull amber hue; lazy like honey. A fury of bubbles results in a one finger head that recedes almost immediately. Some drippy lace.

Huh. This thing actually smells like pumpkin pie - lightly buttered crust an all. There is a slight soapy notion on the peripheries. The taste isn't quite as on-point as the aroma. There are certainly pumpkin pie type flavors, but it tastes dull and a bit dirty. The finish is papery and lacking. The feel is a bit thin, at least it seems that way to me. Carbonation is appropriately low.

Overall, this is drinkable but ultimately it's merely a so-so sort of pumpkin ale.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a small off-white head on top, moderate retention and minimal lacing. Kind of looked like an orange soda.

S: Pumpkin spice, cinnamon, a decent pumpkin aroma, seems a little fake.

T: Very faint pumpkin pie spices. It sort of tasted like spiced apple juice actually. A very watered down beer.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: On the bottom end of the pumpkin beer spectrum for me. Very watered down and thin with very little pumpkin flavor.

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2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of Drewzi
2.6/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This was the first time I have had a pumpkin beer out of a can. I unfortunately was not impressed by this beer very much. I poured it from the can into a .15L Weizen glass.
A- A dark gold in color that is clear with no haze. Head forms when first poured but dissipates very quickly.

S- Smells is quite faint for a pumpkin seasonal switching between pumpkin pie and a pumpkin left out after halloween. Its quite odd because sometimes it smells good and then other times not good at all.

T- Starts off watery and then the faint traces of pumpkin pie spices hit your tongue. Just as you start to appreciate the subtle flavor it is gone. Normally a I appreciate a flavor that doesn't linger but this beers flavor profile is so quaint that it is a disappointment.

M- Almost no notable mouthfeel. A very watery beer.

D- I gave it a 2.5 on drinkability because it is light enough in both flavor and ABV that it is a session beer. However when paired with the previous list of disappointments I don't imagine anyone really enjoying more than one.

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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'll start by saying that I like the can...even if it starts to bleed over into the generic "pumpkin soda" cans you see popping up at big-box stores this time of year. Got this from leeds376 in n00b BIF #6 -- thanks, Wade!

Poured this into a generic tulip.

A -- amber/orange in color; 2-finger off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly and dramatically.

S -- overwhelmingly pie-spiced, which may be good for some, but hints at lack of actual pumpkin

T - Thankfully, the spices don't come across as heavy as on the nose. The problem is, neither does pumpkin, or even bready malts. It tastes almost watered down.

M -- Thin with medium/medium-high carbonation. Not all pumpkin ales have to have that starchy, thick mouthfeel, but if you hang a lot on the "pie" factor, I expect mouthfeel that is consistent.

O -- The can told me what i needed to know; it's a generic pumpkin ale. Not off-putting, but not something I'd seek out amongst the superior options available.

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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of Vdubb86
2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a pint glass

The Onion Pub is a local brewpub that has put this can of its Wild Onion Pumpkin Ale out seasonally. It's my first time trying this particular beer from them, and I know that I've not really been impressed with many of their beers gotten straight from the brewpub, but here it goes anyway.

It pours a slightly hazy orange color topped by a finger of bone white foam. The smell is of pumpkin spices and solely of that. The most notable aroma is of the nutmeg which comes on very strongly. The taste however is quite a let down. The tip of the tongue gets all of the hints of of the pumpkin spices then there is the void of flavor. No real malt or hop. There is nothing much to speak of aside from the initial pumpkin spice and it's too peppery for my liking anyway. In addition the hops that were to be part of the beer taste just a bit off if I must say so. I shall quite Artie "the strongest man in the world" in regards to the mouthfeel. This is unpipe, very unpipe indeed! There is an overt watered down taste to it that follow the pumpkin spice and ruins everything. I don't really like drinking this too much. It's perhaps one of the worst pumpkin ales I've ever had.

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Photo of oline73
2.82/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangish amber with a small layer of off white head. The head fades to a ring.

Smell: This beer has a very mild smell with some cinnamon and a hint of malt sweetness.

Taste: Very unremarkable. Just a hint of pumpkin and pie spice. This is a really boring tasting pumpkin beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Super boring for a pumpkin ale. Not enough flavor. I won't search this one out again.

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2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a murky amber color with a thin off-white head. The aroma smells mildly of wheat and pumpkin, but quite unassumingly so. Pumpkin and some vague spiciness manifest on the front end before rapidly subsiding, yielding to a thin and watery finish. Some hop bitterness emerges on the back end as well. There's not a great deal of complexity here, and the body is a bit thin for my liking. I've rarely come across a pumpkin ale I really enjoy, and this is no exception. Ultimately, this pumpkin ale is drinkable, but forgetable.

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2.84/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of 57md
2.84/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy copper with over a finger of head. Most of the head dissipated quickly, but there was a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The nose was oddly perfume-like. The taste was fairly bland with a subtle artificial quality that was not terribly pleasant. The drinking experience got a bit better on the finish which was a touch dry.

Sadly, the cool can design is the only interesting thing about this offering.

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Photo of davey101
2.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a pint glass. Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a thin cap of dirty white foam. Smell is of pumpkin flesh and the typical spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice. Taste is of a bland brown ale with a touch of caramel malt and light nutmeg. Incredibly bland and watery. I understand this beer is not fresh, but its in a can and shouldn't be this faded. Under carbed. This is just so underwhelming and boring.

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Photo of tempest
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Open up a can from Abe's Cold Beer. Overall the body is on the thin side and there's an acidic finish. The pumpkin spicing is on par with the style, though the malts are a bit too light. There's also an odd, no pleasant earthy note, but I guess it might just be thrown off by the mountfeel. There are better pumpkin ales out there.

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