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

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Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale

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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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Photo of Maninthearena
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
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 weatherdog
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can poured into a Cigar City snifter

It pours a hazy orange hued amber with a two finger head. The head dies down rather quickly and leaves a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

The aroma is of moderate malt sweetness with faint pumpkin pie spices. I think the age is starting to show on this one a little bit.

The taste is very similar to the smell with just a bland maltiness with some faint spicing.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, just bland and boring for the most part. I really think I missed the boat on this beer as I had heard good things, Next year I'll try and pick it up fresh.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dirty John's tulip pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for this can!

Who knew the Onion canned their brews? This one pours a clear orange-amber topped by a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises cinnamon, nutmeg, dark wheat, violets, and the essence of a Glade fall seasonal scented candle. The taste starts out with the usual pumpkin pie spices, heavy on the nutmeg and cinnamon just as in the smell. Things quickly careen into something akin to what you get on the 'buds when you bite directly into the outside of a dirty pumpkin. Then some rather hard water kicks in and rules the day, while an undercurrent of bland hoppy bitterness writhes beneath. Wow. My buddies' grimaces after their first sips summed things up nicely. The body is pretty light, with a very light and mild carbonation and a dry-ish finish. As crappy as the taste is, at least it goes down really easy (it has to, trust me). Overall, I should've known: Whenever a sinister-looking pumpkin offers you a frosty pint, turn it down. You'll be better off.

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Photo of Brunite
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- A hazy orangish red with eggshell white head. No real lacing and no retention. Bits of solid orange specks (pumpkin?) on bottom of glass.

S- Very subtle spice...some malt.

T- Very light spice notes. Not much else. Tastes more like an American Wheat than anything else.

M- Light bodied.

O- Meh. Average beer. Not much of a pumpkin beer...but a refreshing drink so it gets points for that.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.07/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Wow, a pumpkin ale in a can - what'll they think of next? Many thanks to woodychandler for this 12 oz'er. A bright orange label depicting an angry pumpkin (although it has a mug full of beer wrapped in its stem - what's to be angry about?) and a spider web backdrop. Poured at cellar (chilly) temperature to a pint glass.

A: Murky, unfiltered caramel-copper tinged with amber. Scant head, a fizzy fraction-of-a-finger - departs in seconds. A freckle or two of lacing, average (or a bit below) in appearance. Next...

S: Decent aroma of spices - allspice and clove. Sweet. Restrained strength.

T: Pretty good 'pumpkin' spicing... the necessary nutmeg and cinnamon thing. Enough caramel to balance that zingy spicing. Not terribly complex but still rather tasty.

M: Underwhelming mouthfeel, quite weak/watery. Some carbonated crispness and a dry and earthy spice, but not enough to salvage this one. No canning or 'best by' date on this one, but it was received only two weeks ago from a trader so I assume it is 'fresh'.

O: Liked the flavor, decent aroma... but soooo very bland look and feel-wise. Average, middle-of-the-road pumpkin ale (a fairly good amber with spicing), but this one doesn't do much for me. Love the style, barely like this version of it.

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Photo of jsh420
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

pours amber orange with a 1 finger head that faded to a small film and left no lacing

smells of bready malts and lightly spiced pumpkin

taste is a bit watery upfront then a bitter semi sour pumpkin and bready malt taste is left in your mouth

mouthfeel - light body and is dead flat

drinkability is so so - this would be a good starter pumpkin beer for a newbie - after my first sip i thought to myself bud light pumpkin but its better then that

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Photo of Kegatron
3.02/5  rDev -10.7%
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 3FaveryRogue
3.02/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Wild Onion has the most horrid artwork all around. From their logo to the can labels, so far. This one indeed looks like a novelty soda you would buy for your child, similar to the Welch's grape juice in champagne bottles.

Nonetheless, I'm thinking this is the first pumpkin beer ever to be canned.

[A] Pours a darker shade of gold, almost orange, clear into glass. White head, with some nice bubbles that recede, and leave some nice runny drippings as you're drinking.

[S] Smell has cinnamon, nutmeg, a touch of semi-rancid pumpkin, and some hints towards pale malt. At times, it does let out a nice, pumpkin pie, and pie crust aroma.

[T] It is quite watery upfront, and on end. Right in the middle, is the tase of spices, and pumpkin pie crust. Not at all sweet or bitter.

[M] Spices impart a dry finish. Mouth is pretty flat, watery, dull, and then again, dry. Almost finishes with an aluminum twang similar to a Miller High Life or Icehouse

[D] I could maybe do 2, at the very most. But the very first Pumking I had, made me vomit. THe spice in this is quite a step down.

As the label implies, this is only good as a novelty. I'd bring it to a friend's Halloween party as a conversation piece throughout the evening, but that's about all it's good for. It is weak enough that it probably wouldn't offend anyone. Hasn't offended me, but the style as a whole isn't my favorite.

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Photo of Trifecta1
3/5  rDev -11.2%

You know it's not gonna be great when the selling point is "First canned Pumpkin Ale in the US" without any mention to what the beer is made with/any tasting notes. It's ok, but nothing to see here.

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Photo of tempest
2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
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 davey101
2.93/5  rDev -13.3%
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 57md
2.84/5  rDev -16%
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 MaximalC
2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
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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Photo of oline73
2.82/5  rDev -16.6%
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 Vdubb86
2.8/5  rDev -17.2%
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 tchaos
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%
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 Drewzi
2.6/5  rDev -23.1%
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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Photo of mdaschaf
2.5/5  rDev -26%
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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Photo of Ryan011235
2.45/5  rDev -27.5%
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 sweemzander
2.27/5  rDev -32.8%
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 vfgccp
2.03/5  rDev -39.9%
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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