Wild Wolf “Howling Pumpkin” Pumpkin Ale (2011)

Wild Wolf “Howling Pumpkin” Pumpkin Ale joins us at 4.8% ABV.

I tasted this beer from the brewery’s tap, and it was served in a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer was served to me in a very full glass, and was a moderately-cloudy dark-orangish amber. There was nothing by way of head or lacing, and only minimal carbonation visible.

Smell: The smell had herbal/floral hops and toasted malt. The spicing was also prominent, much more than the advertised “light spicing”. Among the spices discernible were cinnamon and nutmeg.

Taste: The flavor had lots of floral hops and minimal bitterness. The pumpkin flavor formed a nice backbone, giving only light spicing for the taste. This was nice (and different than the smell suggested). I wouldn’t call this beer malty, but there is a bit of a presence of toasted malt. Even so, they take a definite backseat to the hops. I noticed some light sweetness towards the end, which was hoppy and a bit fizzy. The pumpkin taste lasts to the end, dropping off for a hoppy and floral aftertaste.

Feel: This is a medium bodied and pleasant feeling beer. It is smooth, with some light sweetness giving body that coats the mouth without getting syrupy. The feel had medium carbonation.

Drinkability: This drinks quite well. The floral hops direct the flavor, enticing one to drink. At this low ABV, I could have a good number of these.

Overall: I liked this beer as a flavorful, but not too complex pumpkin beer. It wasn’t overly spiced, which does a lot for it. I think it is in the leagues of beers like Brooklyn’s “Post Road”, but not quite as good. Brooklyn is a bit more complex, and has more of a dynamic flavor profile. Even so, for a fairly new brewery, this is a good pumpkin ale. There’s nothing like walking into a new brewery after a fall hike to discover a new local pumpkin beer.

Overall Rating: **1/2




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2 responses to “Wild Wolf “Howling Pumpkin” Pumpkin Ale (2011)

  1. Patrick

    Do you live in Virginia or were you just passing through?

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