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

Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale
BA SCORE
28.9%
Liked This Beer
3.37 w/ 180 ratings
Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,437
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
180
Liked:
52
Avg:
3.37/5
pDev:
18.1%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
13
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 180 |  Reviews: 71
Photo of jgunther71
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of sdonegan
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Maninthearena
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Very orange, thin frothy top, cloudy enough not to see through it. Looks like a good brew from the looks of it.

Nose- Malt, some creamy pumpkin notes. Some spice to it. A little sweetness lingers.

Taste- Pumpkin puree rather than pie-like. A lot less sweet then a lot of other pumpkin ales but pumpkin flavored nonetheless. A little bitterness although not hoppy, some toasted gingerbread adds a nice quality. Subtle wash of alcohol at the end with some tartiness.

Mouthfeel- Thin and slightly watery, I expected something a little more robust for a fall seasonal. Enough alcohol for a small warming effect on the finish leaving a thin coat on the palate.

Overall- First beer I've had from Wild Onion. A nice deviation to the overdone absurdly sweet pumpkin beers around. However, the taste lacked that oomph that I had hoped for that separates the great pumpkin ales from the rest.

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Photo of xdtfx
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Jame515
3/5  rDev -11%

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3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of skaboom420
2/5  rDev -40.7%

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 mfnmbvp
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can, with no apparent canned on or freshness date present. My second beer from Wild Onion Brewing Co., expectations are about average since I know next to nothing about this brewery.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours just under two fingers of foamy beige / off-white head on top of a nice hazed burnt orange colored body with some bubbles lazily floating topside. Looks ideal for the style.

S - Smell is of the usual suspects: creamy pumpkin puree, cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, thyme, and other herbal spice rack notes. Smells suited to style, although most pumpkin beers never smell like much to me.

T - Taste is pretty standard, but tasty. Some sugary cola, crisp carbonation, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, and some other assorted spices. Spiced cola taste is most prominent to me.

M - Feel is lightly sticky. Mostly smooth, crisp, and clean. Moderate carbonation akin to what I imagine a pumpkin soda would be like.

Overall, a pretty generic and "safe" pumpkin beer offering from Wild Onion Brewing Co. Fairly generic and one-dimensional in it's attack, but it is a solid autumnal offering, and would probably make for a safe gateway beer for those that are new to the style. Looking forward to more from these guys.

Wild Onion Pumpkin Ale ---3.5/5

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Photo of thinwhiteduke
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of joeseppy
4.18/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My favorite time of year in search of 'thee' pumpkin brew. Of course I read fellow BA's reviews to help me along.

Poured last nite under backyard patio illumination around a fire, the glow from my snifter was gourdish orange with a generous froth.

Smell is pumpkin spices, allspice, cardamom, brown sugar, mace. Sweet aromas and inviting.

Taste is spiced autumn pumpkin and is not overbearing at all. Carmel notes and malty sweetness rounding out the lighter side of pumpkin flesh. Plus I get a light tartness on the back end which I enjoy and not experienced with other pumpkin brews. Lager with pizazz!

On the medium side with some creaminess making the spice linger. Great at cold to warmer temp so you can hold this awhile. Sessionable.

Love the artwork so make sure you keep the can around after you pour it. Part of this amazing experience is smelling it as you bring your glass of choice to your lips-so I advise not to drink out of the can. I recommend trying this to have fun in comparing with the others-definitely worth it. Price point is affordable.

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Photo of mynie
4.46/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First off, this is the most badass can design I have ever seen. It looks like a 99 cent Halloween decoration you could buy at Jewel-Osco in the late 80s. That is amazing. The people who dislike it are the ones who dislike Will Ferrel movies because they're too stupid, or hate the British version of The Office because it's too disquieting. These people are too dumb to get the point of the thing they're criticizing, but they then have the gall to base their criticism in their supposed intelligence, like this thing they can't understand is just so far below their massive intellects.

Okay, neat tangent, there. Secondly--alright guys, you can get on me for not being a purist or whatever, but you know what I want my pumpkin beer to taste like? Pumpkin pie. You know what this tastes like? Pumpkin pie.

It tastes like cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg, and gourd pulp, with just a little bitty beeriness on the back end. Boom.

If you're one of those sick, gross weirdos who demands that his pumpkin ales belong to the pre-prohbition variety and taste like a combination of an unhopped stout and raw squash, then I'm sorry but this beer is not for you. Likewise, if you get thrown off by intentionally garish aesthetics, you're going to enter into this beer with bad expectations that will be reflected in your reviews.

Also, btw, Wild Onion is probably the most under-rated Chicagoland brewery. Their hefe is amazing, and so is this.

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Photo of Docrock
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of NewGlarusFan
3.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bought one can at Trader Joe's and poured in a pint glass

A) Light orange, clear, thick two finger head, lots of lacing too.

S) Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie, baked crust

T) Very good taste, Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, clove. I think this beer can be called Pumking light because it has a very light body.

M) Carbonation, light feel

O) Not too bad, Pumking is still the best Pumpkin beer. Buy one can at TJ, but Wild Onion brews better beers.

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Photo of Jason1337
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
3.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Had a lot of good luck finding pumpkin ale so far in this late summer. Haven't had anything from Wild Onion Brewing yet so this is a first impression.

Pours a hazy orange amber. The head is pretty minimal is a pretty pleasant light khaki color. Has what I would imagine to be a pumpkin ale sort of tone. A lighter one but no where as light as Buffalo Bill's.

Smells pleasantly of pumpkin pie and light notes of yeast and somewhat caramelly malts. It is not pungent but pretty well balanced, the cinnamon and spices come through the most. A light but balanced nose, non offensive.

Malt body hits and in comes some very mild sweetness. Almost a candy type of sweetness but very subdued. Not overwhelming. Then in rushes the pumpkin which holds on for most of the beer among the flash of pumpkin pie sorts of spices. Definitely nutmeg and allspice, a hint of cinnamon and a touch of toasted grains. It has a somewhat corn quality to it, which in this beer is not bad at all. Feels pretty harvesty and non of the flavors seem to compete or come off poorly done. Very well rounded. Nothing crazy, but better than the Fall Hornin' I had last week. No offense to Fall Hornin', which was good in it's own rights.

The mouthfeel is the only thing I am not huge on with this. The carbonation is pretty minimal, and it does seem a tad thin. Luckily the malt is enough to uphold a good fall seasonal though. Just needs a bit more weight, may even improve on the taste, who knows?

Overall, pretty satisfied. I'm glad I had it and may go seek another can. Definitely am interested in more of Wild Onion's beers now. This made a good first impression as well as a pretty well achieved pumpkin ale.

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Photo of Eaglefan344
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light and clear orange.

Baking spices, pumpkin sweetness, caramel.

Caramel and toasted malt sweetness, spiced, pumpkin.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall, decent but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of Nofear048
4.75/5  rDev +40.9%

Photo of mychalg9
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Pumpkin Ale from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 28.9% out of 100 with 180 ratings
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