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Pumpkin Beer - O'Fallon Brewery

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Ratings: 430
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.85%
Wants: 22
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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O'Fallon Brewery visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Like pumpkin pie in a bottle...we add 136 pounds of real pumpkin to the three-barley mash and then season the finished beer with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

11 IBU

(Beer added by: maxpower on 10-10-2003)
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semibaked

Kentucky

2.58/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass

A - Pours a very cloudy pumpkin pie color (go figure?), with about a finger of white foam.

S - Good whiff of pumpkin pie and spices, smells a bit artificial of good nontheless.

T - Tastes like liquid pumpkin pie but the pumpkin pie you buy out of the freezer section of the grocery store for like $2.99 a pie. Has a off putting sour/acidic taste to it too.

M - Thin body nothing better that Bud Light.

D - Ya couldn't get the whole bottle down, just screams cheaply made to me.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 01:42:46 | More by semibaked
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Duxx

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Great color, burnt orange color that definitely looks like pumpkin with just a hint of haziness. The head was mostly non-existent in my glass.

S: Smells exactly like pumpkin pie. I think the smell is the most impressive feature about this beer.

T: Prominent pumpkin pie spice, especially cinnamon and nutmeg. A little hoppy in the finish.

M: Thin unless you take the time to swirl the beer in your mouth then it picks up a creamy feel from the released carbonation.

D: Not overly assertive like other pumpkin ales makes this much more drinkable than some examples I have tried in the past. I could drink a few of these without becoming too overbearing,

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 21:14:07 | More by Duxx
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srandycarter

California

4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Medium honey, lots of off white head. Some cling lace to finish.

S - Smell malt and faint spices. Not much, really.

T - Pumpkin pie. All the fat, spice and flavor or your favorite pumpkin pie. Really nice.

M - As mentioned in taste, illusion of fat content, creamy, well balanced, medium bodied, coating and good.

D - As far as pumpkin goes, pretty darned tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 02:43:52 | More by srandycarter
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abrand

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into the SN tumbler. Drinking the pumpkin to start the month of November off right.

The O'Fallon pumpkin pours a hazy amber-orange color with minimal head and no noticeable lacing. Nose is mostly thanksgiving spices consisting of nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin. Some hoppy aromas round out the smell. Taste consists of light pumpkin pie and cinnamon. Not as in your face as other pumpkin ales. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is mediocre. This beer is only meant for about a 2 month window of the year when consumers are in the fall/turkey day mood. But compared to other pumpkin ales, I believe it is very competitive.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 01:32:20 | More by abrand
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Snyder18

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy light brown with orange hues. This years version states that it is brewed with pumpkin. In the past the've used a pumpkin spice "tea" to get the desired flavor. This may account for the relative cloudiness in the current beer. 1" thick light tan head reduced to a thin film in a few minutes.

Smell - Nose full of cinnamon and nutmeg. Pumpkin background. Malt and hops are there but so overpowered by the cinnamon that they are difficult to detect.

Taste - Much like the aroma, the pumpkin and spices are major players in the flavor. It's like having a mouth full of pumpkin meat or squash seasoned with cinnamon. Toasty, nutty malt sweetness as it warms. Just enough hop presence to tone down the sweetness to a drinkable level.

Mouthfeel - Creamy almost buttery. Medium to full bodied.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. Doesn't fatigue the taste buds as quickly as most pumpkin beers. And at 5.5% ABV you can enjoy several at a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 19:45:21 | More by Snyder18
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bamadog

Kentucky

3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review is from notes taken on 9/28/09. Poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Very nice color - center is a core of coppery/cider color with light orange/coppery highlights; short 1/2 finger head with little retention and fades to a thin and uneven skim that does not cover the surface; body is a bit murky and reminiscent of cider; thin washes of loose lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Not especially strong, but mild cinammon and more nutmeg in terms of the spices.

Taste: A pretty mild tasting pumpkin ale, nice cinammon flavors (not warm though like some of the others that I've had) and nutmeg, but beyond a that there's a mildly bitter/metallic aftertaste and it kind of spoils it a bit.

Mouthfeel: Strong carbonation that is a tad sharp and I'd prefer something a bit smoother; body is moderate and leaves a thin coating on the roof of the mouth; belly is left a bit warm, actually, which catches me off guard due to the moderately low ABV.

Drinkability: I've definitely had better that would be much more worth my time and money.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 04:36:56 | More by bamadog
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Josievan

Iowa

4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange/copper hue; The color does a good job of reminding one of pumpkins.

Smell: The smell does an even better job of being pumpkiny! Does smell quite a bit like pumpkin pie. Aroma is the biggest asset of this beer.

Taste: Pumpkin Pie flavor on the back end. Not as much pumpkin as you might expect from the smell.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than the aroma hints at.

Drinkability: Without an overpowering taste or mouthfeel, this beer is pretty drinkable.

Overall, this is certainly a decent pumpkin beer. Not mind-blowing, but I may get another 6-pack this season.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 20:46:01 | More by Josievan
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VictorEHuskie

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy orange-brown color.

S- Can pick out the smell of pumpkin and spices. The smell though was my least favorite part of this beer.

T- Tastes strongly of pumpkin and spice. Absolutely delicious. It is exactly how a pumpkin beer should taste and reminds you that Fall is here.

M- Very Crisp and refreshing carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink and will not disappoint

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 21:14:27 | More by VictorEHuskie
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jsh420

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours cloudy copper orange with a 1+ finger head that left a small amount of lacing

smells of pumpkin bread and spices just like it should but i also pick up this rubber smell which take a point off

taste is great - bam right off the bat you are hit with spice and sharp with the carbonation being high - then mellows with a good amount of pumpkin

mouthfeel is a nice and light body beer with high carbonation to give nice it a dry finish

drinkability is great @ 5.5av with this kind of taste puts right up there with the best of them imo

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 02:14:46 | More by jsh420
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Tone

Missouri

3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, brown color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of yeast, pumpkin, slight hops, and slight spice. Fits the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a low carbonation level. Tastes of pumpkin, yeast, slight spice, and slight hops. Overall, rather watery and not full-bodied.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 03:43:53 | More by Tone
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Cheers

Kansas

2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a= orangish amber, cloudy, little head retention, some lacing

s= malty biscuit aroma, some pumpkin/spice aroma is present but plays second fiddle to the malt

t= some hops come through, but the primary flavor here is malt and pumpkin. Not many spices are present like in other Pumpkin Ales.

m= average mouthfeel,

d= an average pumpkin ale that does not contain a lot of cinnamon/nutmeg flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 19:39:19 | More by Cheers
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jdskinns

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange body with off white head which was a little thick. Smell was sweet with a good amount of cinnamon, not very strong though. Taste was good, pumpkin pie with a decent cinnamon/spice flavor. Pumpkin taste really came out more once it warmed up a little. This is a really decent pumpkin beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 19:28:42 | More by jdskinns
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SmithwicksNut

Missouri

3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a cloudy demure orange and with an off-white head that starts at almost two fingers of soapy thickness but ends at just a fairly solid cap.

S - a light whiff of fresh pumpkin and cinnamon, even some faint graininess, but overall a little light to me. For stating 'cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves' on the label, I'd expect more.

T - easy opening of malt/graininess, even a lemony hint. What follows after that is perhaps the best blend of spices in a pumpkin ale I've had yet. Pumpkin, cloves, cinnamon, all very well-balanced, no one flavor overpowering the others. The finish is pleasant, maintaining a good mix of the spice flavors. Not as rich tasting as some pumpkin ales, but wonderfully balanced.

M - somewhat light and crisp with moderately high carbonation. This isn't bad but it does take something off the fullness of the flavor profile.

D - a downright delicious and drinkable beer, quickly becoming one of my favorite styles.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 21:32:09 | More by SmithwicksNut
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CMW

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice bright copper color with a thick pillowly white head. The head retention is strong and leaves some thick lacing.

S - The main aroma is the malt, however some deep inhales bring in the cinnamon and nutmeg.

T - The sweetness is definitely present in the taste. Nutmeg and cinnamon upfront with the malt in the background. Finishes only slightly bitter and leaves a nice sweetness on the tongue.

M - Light and airy.

D - This are very easy to drink and make me anticipate the upcoming holiday season.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 01:42:42 | More by CMW
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WakeandBake

Michigan

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A hazy light copper color pour with a small white head that fades rather quickyl , medium carbonation , a little spotty lacing. Aroma is lightly sweet with notes of pumpkin , cinnamon,nutmeg,cloves ( as promised) a hint of toasted grain and if you let it warm you get this faint hint of baked pie crust , very subtle . Flavor is rather light a nice blend of light malt and punkin pie , a little kiss of hops , little if any bitterness , very balanced . Nice bubbly mouthfeel , light body . Very sessionable I would say . Not my favorite style , but a good brew and a fun try .

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 20:44:59 | More by WakeandBake
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coryking

Missouri

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a pumpkin on the front and the words Pumpkin Beer

Appearance: A beautiful honey, malty, golden, copper color. Very hazy. Thick frothy white head that quickly dissipates to a thin white lace that lasts.

Smell: More pumpkin pie, than pumpkin. I get cinnamon, brown sugar, some nutmeg and then some fresh pumpkin. Smells absolutely amazing, just like my grandmothers pumpkin pie! As it warms I start to smell a hint a caramel, some biscuit, and even some cidery apples.

Taste: Starts very light and sweet and perfectly balances out with the spices that back it up. The spices definitely tingle the tongue and are the most memorable part of the sip. Imagine trying to balance a very light body with a slight malty sweetness with the rather strong spices of the cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and pumpkin; this beer accomplishes that. Hops, I cant detect any in the aroma, flavor, or for bittering, even though we know that they are there... Finishes sweet, I couldnt make this a session beer by any means.

Mouthfeel: Very thin. Very light. Carbonation is well pronounced. Leaves the tongue very lightly soapy with the residual sweetness that quickly disappears.

Drinkability: Very good pumpkin beer! Everything is very well balanced, worth the purchase, reminds me that my favorite season is just around the corner! Karen loves this beer! Im still a bigger fan of Pumpking by Southern Tier. For these specialty beers, I want more meat in there, more body, more flavor, more in your face, since Im only going to have one at a time. With all of the bad pumpkin beers out there, this one is pretty special!

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 00:54:42 | More by coryking
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BobbyBeerman

Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank goodness for September!! The early fall seasonals start to come out and I get to enjoy one of my favorite beers! It looks like they redesigned the label. It's now black background with brown maple leaves and a jack-o-lantern. I have had this beer for years now and really enjoy this one. I finally remembered to review it! Duh.

A: Pours a wonderful hazy orange with a white-ish head that dissipates down to a persistent ring that produces slight lacing.

S: This is what I love. This beer has an honest name. Pumpkin and the associated pie spices (nutmeg and cinnamon) are obvious. No pumpkin extracts or candy - this is pie!

T: Once it gets to proper temperature the flavor is out of this world. But I don't need too many words to describe it - liquid pumpkin pie with alcohol content. Good rich flavor that isn't watered down.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation. I wouldn't call it dry but maybe... You know how your mouth feels after some good cinnamon? That's the feeling. It's not a bad thing. I think it adds to the genuineness of the pumpkin flavor.

D: I love this. I could drink this - slowly - all night long. This is a really fine example of a fall seasonal beer. Of all the pumpkin ales out there this year, don't pass this one up!!

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 00:00:16 | More by BobbyBeerman
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BierFan

Michigan

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Small light tan head. Cloudy copper/amber body. Head disappears to a little film and leaves spots fo lacing.

Smell: Mellow pumpkin pie spices, not as upfront as some other examples, but the spices are still very unmistakable.

Taste: Pumpkin spices. In my opinion there should have been a stronger spice presence in this beer. It's almost like someone took a more heavily spiced pumpkin ale(NH Ichabod Ale, MBC Screamin' Pumpkin) and mixed it 50/50 with an English pale ale. Still pretty good, though.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 21:54:24 | More by BierFan
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a murky copper with a thin white head. very little retention and lacing. color shows how unfiltered this is, which adds to the beauty as i expect spice flavor.

mostly nutmeg and sweet caramel malt

up front is the cinnamon and nutmeg then it rolls into a light malt backbone following with a more mellow nutmeg and cinnamon. over all, this taste just like pumpkin pie. delicious!

a little too much bite but pretty decent and very full

hands down one of my favorite pumpkin ales. they nailed it this year! very much reminds me of pumpkin pie and thanksgiving. its august, and i will now be annoyed that i have to wait 3 months. damn it all.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 23:52:12 | More by hooliganlife
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bort11

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love Pumpkin Ales!

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint. A thin inch of white head drops down quickly to a filmy cap. Specks of lace stick to the glass. Real delight is in the color. It is a hazy copper orange that looks like spices are suspended. I think that's pretty cool.

Smell is subtle in the spices. There is your standard pumpkin pie spices, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, with a hint of the actual pumpkin. That is the smell when you pop the lid of a pumpkin to scoop the guts out. It's a mushy vegetable sweet. The spices pop a little bit more in the taste, but the pumpkin really jumps out. It's more squashy than pumpkin pie, like a butternut squash.

Mouthfeel has a creamy texture, and for me that is a must for a pumpkin ale. Texture should be reminiscent of pumpkin pie. This isn't the creamiest pumpkin I've had, but it's close enough. Nice mild carbonation tingle mixes with the bite of the spices. I do like to age pumpkin ales to see how the spices develop, but I'm not sure this one would hold up. I'll give it a shot.

Blipped "Ghouls Night Out" by The Misfits

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 02:29:33 | More by bort11
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clearish, light orange-hued body with a smallish, bubbly, white head.

Smell: It's a pumpkin ale. Vaguely sweetish aroma smelling lightly of that oh-so humble, orange gourd sprinkled modestly with spices.

Taste: Delicate, lightly sweet pale maltiness provides enough of a canvas on which to paint a simple picture of Autumn with an understated taste of scooped-out pumpkin meat and, of course, the added spices. The label readily lists Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Clove. Oddly enough the spice tastes come through in just that order and intensity, so I really appreciate O'Fallon for having such a keen eye for detail when printing up the labels. Faint hop character and bitterness. Reasonably dry finish with light, lingering tastes of pumpkin and secondary spice notes.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: A nicely balanced, easy-drinking pumpkin ale, though I fear I may be becoming overly acclimated to the bolder, heftier pumpkin ales (e.g., Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin, Southern Tier Pumking). Still though, this is pleasant. Also, congrats to little Jimmy Bungler of Ms. McKenzie's 1st grade class of Ferguson, Missouri, who's winning submission provided the artwork for the label. Way to go, Jimmy!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 23:12:22 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Yetiman420

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper red tint with thin white head into a Unibroue tulip glass.

Nutmeg aroma with a touch of pumpkin. A quarter of the way in, the aroma turned musty and less than pleasant - especially when swirled to force a head.

Flavor holds up well. Crisp with a nice nutmeg finish with some malty sweetness.

This style is obviously very much dependent on your taste for pumpkin and spice. My experience was that it was a light, balanced spiced and not overwhelming.

Third beer of the night and felt that half was enough to qualify for a review. Drinkability about average.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 04:22:12 | More by Yetiman420
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Update had fresher sample 29 Aug 09: .5 Bump up for taste, & drinkability, more pumpkin, much less metallic twang. Still not near a top of the line pumpkin ale IMO

Pours amber with 2+ fingers of sand colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Slight spiceyness, more metallic notes, all spice & nutmeg grow stronger as this warms

T: Slight pumpkin taste, a bit of cinnamon & metallic favors up front. More of the same as this warms, yawn. Finishes with herbal & metallic hops, cinnamon & not much else

MF: Light body with assertive carbonation

Drinks okay, this is a style is really starting wear on me, only bigger versions of this seem to do much for me. Just another run of the mill pumpkin beer. Will try earlier in the season if given the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 03:18:50 | More by russpowell
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burchetts

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance- Slightly murkey, yet intriguing pumpkin orange.

Smell- Lots of nutmeg and cinnamon. Its hard to resist.

Taste: Not as full or flavorful as I would have liked. It was good, just less than pleasing with comparative to almost any other Pumpkin Ale.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is noticeable, but not overpowering. Doesn't suffer from being too syrupy.

Drinkability- As with any flavored beer, repeated drinking, back to back, desensitizes your tastebuds to the nuances. Interspersing a glass of wine or other beverage can alleviate that.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 07:22:48 | More by burchetts
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Good medium to dark amber color. Decent one and a half finger head. Fairly good retention. Darn good lacing.

Not really as much smell as I would expect from the average pumpkin ale.
Minimal pumpkin notes, along with light pie spice notes. Small malt presence.

Good pumpkin flavor with the spices buried underneath. Much more of a pumpkin ale, than most others, which tend to rely on the spices for flavor.

Creamy, yet still light enough for macro-heads to probably enjoy.

I find this one to be quite drinkable. Most likely by mass audiences, with the right marketing.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 18:39:23 | More by coldmeat23
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