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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Ratings: 181 |  Reviews: 71
Photo of bicyclesnbeer
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of mdfb79
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra from someone last week. Pumpkin ale in May? Why not. Poured from a 12 oz. can into my DFH tulip.

a - Pours a hazy dark orange-brown color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pumpkins, cinnamon, bready malts, spices, gingerbread, fruity malts, and nutmeg. Really nice nose, I liked it a lot.

t - Tastes of spices, cinnamon, bready malts, lightly metalic notes, pumpkin, fruit, nutmeg. Heavy on the spice and some light metal in the taste, a big step down from the nose, though not too bad.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth body.

o - Overall a decent pumpkin ale. I actually really liked the nose a lot as there was a ton of cinnamon and pumpkin, though the taste was pretty average. Worth checking out but there are others I prefer.

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Photo of Hurkie70
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

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 Profane
1/5  rDev -70.3%

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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5/5  rDev +48.4%

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3/5  rDev -11%

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3/5  rDev -11%

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3/5  rDev -11%

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3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of ahq514
3.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz can into NB Globe glass.

Pours a hazy golden orange with almost no head. What little head there is dissipates to a light film. Seems to have light-medium carbonation.

Smells like almost all other average pumpkin beers. Cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg dominate the nose. Some lightly sweet malt and almost no hops.

Tastes like most other pumpkin beers as well, but a little more watered down. Clove seems to be the dominant spice taste. Lightly toasted malt on the end. Almost no hop flavors coming through.

A little bit more carbonated than I thought but nothing more than medium carbonation. Lighter medium body. Easy to drink.

A very average pumpkin offering. Only thing that would make me choose this beer over other pumpkin beers is the fact that it is one of the only local pumpkin beers. Nothing really wrong with the beer, just nothing really special about it.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.02/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a mostly clear copper (with some unappetizing looking floaties that hang amongst the body) with a bit of an overly foamy slightly off-white. This does settle down fairly quickly, maintaining a thin frothiness that dots the sides of the glass with patchy lace. The aroma smells of light pumpkin and some slightly stronger spices, while some green hop character adds a touch of airiness to the nose. Sweetness sits along the back and seems to mostly work the spice. This is decent but seems to lack some punch.

The taste is green hops up front, with a bit of raw veggie bitterness that spreads out. There is some pumpkin flavor here but it’s mostly on the sweeter side and mixes with the doughy sugars of the malts across the back. The pumpkin spices here are light but seem to add just enough flavors to this. This is does achieve a bit more balance as this warms, with that raw feel drying down a bit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp on the tongue, with a bit more of a firm creaminess on the edges. This feels decent enough.

This was OK. I mean the overall profiles were a little bland but this drank pretty decently for what it was. Probably the most offensive part of this was the suspended solids but this eventually cleared out as they sank to the bottom. Maybe pick this one up if the novelty of a pumpkin beer in a can strikes your fancy but otherwise, there are better ones out there this fall.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light orange body. Slightly hazed. Thin cap of off white head. Lacing is decent. Sweet malty aroma with a little cinnamon sprinkled throughout. Malty flavor with quite a bit of cinnamon. I like cinnamon, but it's pretty heavy handed in this beer. Not much true pumpkin flavor to note, but not too many pumpkin ales really do have it. Pretty easy drinking. Not bad, but it doesn't stand out for me.

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Photo of tchaos
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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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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Photo of WoodBrew
3.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At an Oktoberfest party and someone brought an Onion Pumpkin Beer. The beer poured hazy orange with off-white head that did not lace. The smell included subtle notes of nutmeg/pumpkin. The taste was not surprising much like the smell...nutmeg/cinnamon flavors. The mouthfeel was ok....a little to sweet for me. Overall it wasnt a bad beer for pumpkin flavor. Certainly worth a shot. ale has grown on me the few times I have had it.

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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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Photo of Redrover
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can with festive holiday decorations. Poured into my SA perfect pint, the beer is orange/amber with a beige head. The lacing is pretty stick and leaves spots all down the glass.

The aroma is of spices (allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon) and bready malts. It reminds me of pumpkin bread and that's not a bad thing!

The spices are evident but do not overpower the base beer. The malts are also front and center and there is a bit of yellow raisin in the finish. Spices become more prominent mid-glass.

The beer has very active carbonation which thins out the mouth a bit. If they could turn it down a notch this would be even better.

This was a nice seasonal treat and makes me want to venture a visit to their pub in Lake Barrington.

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Photo of Florida9
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Slightly hazy amber in color. Served with a minimal off white head. Some light lacing. Smell is muted, but what is there is pumpkin pie spice, ginger, and nutmeg. A little sweet spice. Taste is similar. Spices are present, but, thankfully, subdued. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall good.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 6-pack can of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $8.49 in Fall 2011.

Pours a cloudy copper orange color with a fluffy white head. From the side it almost looks like a slice of pumpkin pie! Not too strong of a scent but pumpkin and spices are evident. Has a decent pumkin and spice flavor to it. My one complaint is the texture, it's a little too watery in comparison to other top selling pumpkin beers. Because of it's lighter texture it does make for very quick and easy drinking. Enjoyable for any fall activity outdoors!

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Pumpkin Ale from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 181 ratings