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Beer Review #140 Wolaver’s Pumpkin Ale

I have yet another beer to share from Wolaver’s Organic Brewing, errr, Otter Creek Brewing. This one comes in the form of pumpkin ale, since it is now pumpkin beer season. I always go through a love/hate relationship with pumpkin beers around this time of year. I think part of the reason for this is that, frankly, there are not a lot of great pumpkin ales on the market. A lot of them are just normal ales with pumpkin pie spice added, that or the balance that needs to exist in this style of beer just doesn’t happen. I think it is a rare thing to find an outstanding pumpkin ale, but very easy to find one that is alright.

With my rant (was that really a rant?) complete, let’s see how Otter Creek Brewing of Middlebury, Vermont handles their pumpkin ale. They brew this beer with pumpkins from Vermont. The beer pours a nice orange color with a white head and a crystal clear body. The nose smells like a pumpkin ale. I got clove, nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon on the spice end with some actual pumpkin meat in there as well. I’m always a fan of a pumpkin ale when it is more than just spices.

The taste is lacking in any malt character. The pumpkin pie spices are there, but they are not overpowering. I didn’t get any of the pumpkin meat either. I found the taste pretty underwhelming compared to the nose. This is a pretty decent pumpkin ale, but again, nothing really stands out. It does what it says but doesn’t have the wow factor that I had hoped for. It’s good if you are looking for a straightforward pumpkin beer but for me, it didn’t do anything to separate itself from the crowded shelves of other pumpkin ales.

5 thoughts on “Beer Review #140 Wolaver’s Pumpkin Ale

  1. I’ve been eyebailling this one, but I’ve had so many ‘eh’ pumpkin ales already I don’t think I need another one! I think Wolaver makes some good stuff in general though. I liked their Oatmeal Stout quite a bit!

  2. I haven’t seen their Oatmeal stout yet, but I will keep an eye out for it Scott. Thanks for the suggestion. Under a week to go until you complete your one month challenge!

  3. I just tried this one recently, and I have to say it is very good. I have tried many pumpkin ales, and this one is definitely in my top 10. Enjoy.

  4. I found their Pumpkin Ale to be underwhelming. There are a lot of much better pumpkin beers out there, such as Schlafly’s Pumpkin, Dogfish Head’s Punkin, Brooklyn’s Post Road Pumpkin, and Sam Adams’ Harvest Pumpkin. Although Woolaver’s Alta Gracia Coffee Porter is fantastic.

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