Wolaver’s Organic Pumpkin Ale (2012)

Wolaver’s Organic Pumpkin Ale is 5.4% ABV.

I poured all of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A fairly hearty pour left some bubbles that resembled head but quickly disappeared. The color is  a bright orange with a tint of amber. The beer is quite clear, and has heavy carbonation bubbles.

Smell: There is some fresh and crisp vegetal pumpkin, which accounts for a lot of the nose on this beer. There is also some toasty malt, and some relatively faint spicing. I smell a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg. It smells very crisp, with something almost steel-like  going on.

Taste: This has nice and fairly strong vegetal pumpkin, especially for a beer that is this low in ABV. It has some caramel-like malt flavors, and  flavors of vanilla giving a more cohesive body to the taste. The flavor is nice, with pumpkin strong and clean at the beginning. The spices I get are cinnamon, nutmeg, and something like ginger or white pepper, something that is pointedly spicy. The pumpkin flavor in this is really nice. There is a nice light brown sugar sweetness that isn’t too strong and doesn’t make this beer syrupy. There is also a nice and well balanced hop presence towards the finish which allows some of the more punchy spices to linger a bit. Great and dynamic flavors.

Feel: This is light to medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. The feel is nice. It starts out smooth and luscious and almost buttery with the pumpkin and sweetness, but then moves to a little bit more of an effervescent hop profile. Really good feel.

DrinkabilityI say this is a great one for drinking a few. It’s not too heavy, nor too high in ABV. The feel is really nice, as are the flavors. Each sip invites another as the sweetness moves towards the hops at the end. This is highly drinkable.

OverallI quite like this beer. It is very flavorful, with nice clean and strong flavors. The pumpkin flavor is strong and smooth. It is not a big bodied imperial pumpkin, though I think it stands up to some of those heavy hitter pumpkin beers. I quite like the feel, and the dynamics of the taste. The spices are there to complement, but don’t overwhelm as though someone poured in a teaspoon of cinnamon that is floating on top of the beer. The hops at the end are also a good addition. This is definitely, at least so far, my favorite non-imperial pumpkin ale. And, as I said, it can stand up to some of the imperials. I am glad that I decided to get a six-pack of this beer this year, instead of opting for a single 12 oz from the pick and choose section. Try this one!

Overall Rating***3/4


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