Wild Goose Pumpkin Patch | Wild Goose Brewery, LLC

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Wild Goose Pumpkin PatchWild Goose Pumpkin Patch

Brewed by:
Wild Goose Brewery, LLC
Maryland, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Higravity on 08-27-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 52
Reviews by GnomeKing:
Photo of GnomeKing
4.14/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The soft, slightly luscious mouthfeel stands out with this brew, but it has much else going for it. The smell is forward and unmistakenly pumpkin, and the characteristic of the nose carries through evenly in the taste and the pleasant, sweet, and lingering aftertaste.

I would like more of a "beer" taste, particularly a little more hops to add a slightly bitter edge that would set of the sweetness some.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
2.13/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The conclusion comes first for this review: A colossal disappointment.

What went wrong? This is just a strange beer, regarding the flavor. I've consumed many pumpkin ales, as it is my favorite style, but this just does not taste correct. Upon the beer first hitting your tongue, you will get a HUGE dose of pumpkin. Too much, really. After that, unfortunately there is not much to hold this ale up. The spices are meager, and do not stand up to the large pumpkin dose.

Once again, the large pumpkin flavor overpowers everything, and just leaves this beer tasting "wierd," "incorrect," and "off," to use a few adjectives. I've never had anything else like this, and that is not a good thing.

The appearance is the strongest point of this beer: It's orange. It looks like it is supposed to look. The smell? Too much pumpkin, not enough spices. Taste and mouthfeel are the low points for this brew, with the mouthfeel faring even worse. Just too thin.

I would definitely not purchase a 6-pack of this beer. In fact, I would drink Blue Moon's Pumpkin (previously my least-liked pumpkin ale) before this, which is a bad, bad indicator of this beer's worth.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bib thanks to MuenchenerKindl (Tom) for supplying me with SEVERAL different pumpkin beers to try, including this one.
Pours a dark pumpkin amber color with a half finger white head which has some lasting power, melting to a top covering white lace.
Aromas are pretty much the way a pumpkin pie smells before you stick it in the oven...lots of pumpkin meat and soft fall spices.
Mouthfeel is really creamy for this style, there is nothing weak here.
The taste is also pumpkin pie rather than just pumpkin spice. A very slight bitterness shows in the aftertaste which could be the presence of a grapefruit peel sort of hops.
I don't know the alcohol content but there is a nice, pleasant alcohol warming after you swallow that warms all the way down to your tummy.
This is a good pumpkin beer. This is what you need to welcome the fall into the year.
Thanks Tom.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wild Goose- Pumpkin Patch

A- Nice clear dark golden orange with a small foamy head. No lacing.
S- Spicy (nutmeg) with vanilla and pumpkin.
T- Sweet nutmeg, vanilla, creamy pumpkin, and graham cracker with a caramalized malt body.
M- Spicy up front with a thick malty body. Just a bit watery though.

Overall- Pretty good, just needs a litle boost. Let this warm up a bit.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy deep copper in color with an off-white head that holds fairly well and leaves some average lace behind. The aroma is quite bold with nutmeg, cinnamon, and what I perceive to be All-spice. The body is medium with a standard carbonation and a lightly zesty mouthfeel. The flavor is all pumpkin pie! Lots of spice, lots of sweetish, caramel-tinged malt beneath. Solid bitterness. Finishes with a wash of spice that lingers dryly but eventually fades away leaving the palate refreshed. This is exactly what i think of when I think of pumpkin ale.

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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle says this beer uses 300 lbs of pumpkin and I believe it. Once this gets a little time to warm up, the pumpkin meat comes out in the aroma and flavor. The beer tastes like a lightly roasted amber with a big pumpkin infusion and a little citrus hops around the edges.

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Photo of cliff1066
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is gold amber, with good carbonation. The head is 2 fingers, white and frothy.

The smell it very spicy, pumpkin spice all the way.

The Taste follows... Very Spicy, close too to much but the malt and hops try to balance, and do a good job.

The mouthfeel is off, Maybe too much spice, maybe too thin, could use bore hops.

The drinkability is ok, Not the best pumpkin but better then most. MK

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Photo of Thur123
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a hazy orange amber color, nice off white head with little retension and what looks like a good amount of carbonation.
Smells like cinnamin, nutmeg and brown sugar, which really makes this smell sweetly of pie.

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A sweet mixture of the spices, which are light and balanced and have a creamy kind of taste. Nice malted balance at the end. Sweeter then I remember the Pumpkin ales of yore begining. The Weyerbacher had tons more spices if I remember. I like this pie like sweetness and that the spices are kept in check. A good intro into the style and a slightly different stripe of pumpkin ale, not too spicy and just sweet enough.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into nonic.

Slightly hazy orange-amber hue with a thin light tan one-finger head that doesn't last long, settling to a thin cap.

The spice is the first thing that is noticed, followed by a distinct pumpkin aroma. It doesn't smell plasticy or dominated by spice.

Smooth and creamy pumpkin flavors set up a base for the almost-tingly spice, which is accented by good carbonation. The malts and hops are well hidden, only lending a bit of the familiar grain and bitterness towards the end. The spices linger the longest out of all the flavors.

This is a local-ish beer for me, being brewed in Maryland, and I live just outside of D.C. This one is balanced well, it's not too spicy with a good amount of Pumpkin. I will definitely seek this one out next season.

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Photo of jmalex
4.39/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Having not yet found the perfect pumpkin ale, I bought this with the endorsement of the great Jamil Zainasheff. As he is someone whose opinion I put great stock in, I have high hopes for this beer.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Sam Adams glass a hazy orange amber color with golden highlights. The off-white head starts off tight and fluffy but drops quickly to a thin collar and dense bubbly patch in the center.

SMELL: Now that's what I want in a pumpkin beer! Huge spice aromas and the pumpkin really comes through as well. It's all there and in tremendous strength. The one thing that keeps this from being perfect is that it could actually benefit from smelling like beer too.

TASTE: I love this. First and foremost, it's beer tasting as it should be. The simple but effective base beer doesn't detract at all and serves as a fine canvas for the pumpkin and spice. And it's there in full force and flavor. A mild hoppiness serves to balance rather than compete with the other flavors.

MOUTHFEEL: A nice medium body with a slightly low carbonation. Good.

DRINKABILITY: Wow, I love this. There's no ABV listed, but I can't imagine that it's high at all, so this beer is definitely sessionable. Perfect for a cool autumn night.

Thank you Jamil. This is hands down the best pumpkin beer I've ever had. I swore I had enough beer to last me forever and that I wouldn't buy any for awhile, but this seriously will be hard to pass up. I need more Pumpkin Patch.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a farily crisp orange colour with a large foamy head that dissolves very quickly and leaves little to no residue on the glass.

The aroma is a pretty nice mix of pumpkin, spice (cinnamon, nutmeg), sweet caramel, malt and a touch of hops. Fairly basic and straightforward for the style but still good overall.

The flavour hits on all of these things, with sweetness blending with pumpkin up fromt, followed by a healthy dose of nutmeg and some rugged malt in the middle and a harsh finish with a blast of cinnamon to finish this one off. Mouthfeel is light bodied and a touch on the watery side at times.

This isn't a bad brew. No complaints, but there's just nothing that sets it apart from other Pumpkin Ales. Not amongst my favourites within the style, but certainly a nice effort that I wouldn't mind sampling again...

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Photo of blackie
2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

appearance: The head is thin and fizzy, looks a little dead. The color of the beer is a nice, clear medium amber.

smell: Low to moderate pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin aromas are present. There is not much carbonation present to carry the aromas to the nose, so everything smells a little subdued. There is a strange minty like aroma that I think may be coming from clove. Plenty of malt fruitiness on the nose, at least more is noticeable than in many pumpkin ales I have had. There is also an estery and a cherry like characteristic. Some clean hops are present. Some of the aromas I mentioned give the beer a slight root beer aroma.

mouthfeel: Low in carbonation, way too low for my tastes and for the style. Somewhere around medium in body.

taste: Big malt and pumpkin flavors. Subdued pumpkin pie spice. Hops are low. Not very impressive at all.

Not a terrible beer, but no thank you.

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Photo of buckiflyer
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In my quest to sample every pumpkin ale this year, I purchased a bottle from Total Wine for 1.75$. Poured an fitting orangish and amber color with a large head that quickly disapeared. Hints of spice, pumpkin and cream? Malty taste with a quick taste of pumpkin and finishes with spice. Not bad but was hoping for more pumpkin flavar. Overall not bad, but not as good as Edenton Pumpkin Head, too much malt and spice and not enough pumpkin.

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Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Gorgeous red-orange-brown color. Almost like an Irish red ale, but maybe less red and more brown. Head is cream-colored, but doesn't last long or stick much to the glass.

S: Toasty like pie crust, with spices also coming through. Can't really smell the pumpkin, though.

T/M: Once it reaches cellar temperature this beer really opens up. Good pumpkin pie flavor, but not overly sweet. Toasty from the malt, with spices and pumpkin coming through. Not particularly watery or creamy; fairly light carbonation complements the taste.

D: I'll have another (and another after that...)

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Photo of weeare138
3.34/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tom Decapolis for this...
Appears a light amber with a small white cap that fizzles away.
Smell is nice and warming. Cinnamon, pumpkin, nutmeg, spice.
Taste is of spicey pumpkin pie highlighted by cinnamon that just doesn't seem to hit the spot.
Mouthfeel is slightly bitter with a spiciness coming through.

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Photo of Zorro
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled due to the efforts of lackenhauser and The Great Pumpkin BIF.

Pours a hazy amber ale with a respectable tan head that doesn't hang around.

Smell is light and malty with a whiff of squash and spices. Spice isn't that strong, mostly cinnamon and ginger.

Taste is mildly sweet with a cooked vegetable flavor punctuated with spices. Allspice is the major spice flavor here with hints of cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Fairly woody hop bitterness rounds out the flavor. OK but it could be more than it is.

Mouthfeel is average.

Easy to drink seasonal beer. Nothing wrong with this at all except that it just is not an outstanding brew. An OK choice once a year or just because you want something that will complement pumpkin pie.

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Photo of Phatz
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a six of this beer primarily for some bread I was baking but as it turns out it is a very decent pumpkin ale.

It pours a brilliant coppery, pumpkin orange color, with a decent head. Extreme pumpkin aroma. Very nice. Smelled like a fresh pumpkin just split open the just a bit of nutmeg, cinnamon, coves and sugar, for making a great pumpkin pie. The taste is like the smell. Very pleasantly pumpkin. It is a sweet taste that fades fast, no substantial after taste (making it suitably drinkable, for a pumpkin ale). The mouthful is a bit thin in spots but it is decent enough for the style. I am not generally a big fan of herbed, spiced, fruit/vegetable, or pumpkin beers. This, however, is a very decent exemption. The drinkability, of this type of beer is always low to me. I do not find that is intriguing as a beer. It hardly tastes like (traditional) beer. That is the hop, and malt characteristics are buried under a different taste. In this case the 'different taste' is quite good and it just made me want some pumpkin pie and whip cream to go with it.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With it’s solid, fairly well balanced spice profile and nicely toasted malt, Wild Goose’s interpretation of the pumpkin ale is faithful and decent, but it does little to distinguish itself from others of the style. I mean, other breweries are producing richer examples (DFH, Weyerbacher, etc) while others offer less flavorful but more drinkable pumpkin ales (Bluemoon, etc). So, it’s not bad, but….

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as a bottle, sampled prior to Ravens/Jets
Quick rising and quick dying small white bubbled head atop a burnt orange colored brew. Brown sugar, and the usual host of pumpkin spices on the nose.
Spices and brown sugar are the initial flavors. After the tastebuds deaden from those, there is a nice brown sugar undertone with the pumpkin and ale base.
Drinkable, since it isn't overly spiced and has some body to it.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.22/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Institute as part of their "Pumpkin Patch" event...

Ever so slightly hazy gold color. Frothy, full head. To be honest, it has a smell of an adujunct brewed beer with a slight twang to it. Faint hints of pumpkin pie spices. For flavor, the pie spices are more notable, but still get lost behind what i can best describe as a lager like bite. No pumpkin. Thin, watery, over carbonated. Not what i was hoping for.

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Photo of RBorsato
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of nrpellegrini
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite pumpkin ale to date.

Most pumkin ales that I've had go for the spice and load it up. This beer did not. Although it did have a smooth spice flavor it focused more on the pumpkin aspect of the beer. It poured a clear brown color with a decent off white head. Smelled of malts, and slight pumpkin. The taste was just that, good smooth malt and nutty flavor with a real pumpkin flavor too. I honestly picked up some pumpkin pie in the taste. It went down smooth and I wanted more.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.18/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clean pale copper color with a white head. Aromas of a light spice and a small alcohol presence. In the taste, a mild to light spiciness, and kind of pale ale-ish. A light mouthfeel and not much of any aftertaste. Not much flavor, ok, but more of a pale ale.

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Photo of flexabull
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of seanpachefddfa, thanks again!

Pours a bright and clear copper color with a decent head.

Aromas are of sweet pumpkins, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

Taste is of sweeter than expected, creamy, with pumpkin spices. Beer has a crisp light malt flavor, with a sugary and thick feeling finish. This beer actually tastes like it has a decent amount of alcohol for the style.

Mouthfeel is nice, pretty thick and full.

Drinkability is not bad. It's a pretty good pumpkin ale. A bit strong, and little too sweet, but definitely decent.

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Wild Goose Pumpkin Patch from Wild Goose Brewery, LLC
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 54 ratings