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Pumpkin Beer - O'Fallon Brewery

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Ratings: 475
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 26
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of Dave128
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Poured into a twist-top bottle into a Duvel tulip. The bottle sports a black label with a goofy looking pumpkin. There isn't much other info on the bottle either, just "Ale brewed with pumpkin and spices."

A - Orange and slightly hazy. A rigorous pour yields a 1 finger white head that dissipates quickly. I notice the beer has some sediment near the bottom as I could see it at the end of the pour. No lacing.

S - Pumpkins! Smells like the traditional blend of halloween/pumpkin spices. Nutmeg, Ginger, Allspice. Great smelling beer.

T - Unfortunately, the smells don't carry over into the flavor as strongly. The pumpkin flavor is evident, but just isn't as strong as I would like. Its hard to pick out the flavors of the spices, they just seem to all have combined into one spicy flavor.

M - Medium bodied. Carbonation is thankfully not overdone.

O - I Picked this up at the grocery for $1.50, and seeing the twist-top bottle gave me the notion I was going to get something similar to the blue moon harvest pumpkin which I sampled not too long ago. However this beer does the style justice. Its a great example of a pumpkin beer at a good price.

Dave128, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of zoso1967
3.93/5  rDev +8%

O’Fallon Pumpkin Ale pours a very bright orange amber and has a tightly packed head of beige foam. The head retention and lacing are both excellent and the beer itself is slightly cloudy.

The aroma is pretty classic for a pumpkin beer, though a bit subdued. Pumpkin pie spices are quite prevalent, but the pumpkin aroma is very subtle, if not just a trick played on my nose by the spices. Not much else is going on in the nose.

The flavor mimics the nose quite closely, but it does have a bit more actual pumpkin flavor to it. Along with the pumpkin and some bready malt there are plenty of pumpkin pie spices. This is a pretty tame tasting beer though.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium and quite smooth. The aftertaste is slightly spicy and quite pleasant.

Overall this is a pretty impressive pumpkin ale that is easier drinking than many of its counterparts. I am not a huge fan of the super spiced versions of this style, so it suited me quite well.

zoso1967, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of jstilwell
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%

With thanks to nlabruyere got to try this one from a fresh batch. Been on a pumpkin ale kick and have had many to compare this to. This one has the typical orangy brown appearance. It looks thin has a small amount of white head that quickly disappears. Aroma is cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and pumpkin. The best part of this brew is the authentic pumpkin in the flavor which is more apparent as the beer warms. This is pumpkin with accompanying spices rather than the opposite which sadly is typically the norm for the style. Mouthfeel is thin but has some mild creaminess. I'd love to try an oaked version of this. This is above average for the style fo sho.

jstilwell, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of bnes09
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Orange-brown in color. Hazy without any visible yeast. Weak head forms and vanishes before my eyes.

Aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon and some buttered biscuits.

Descent biscuity malt backbone. Can definitely taste the pumpkin as well as cinnamon and nutmeg. Hops pretty well go unnoticed. Good balance between pumpkin and spices. Most beer of this style, that I have tasted, over did it on the spices.

Medium bodied and well carbonated. Slick feel mid-drink and finishes with a crisp, spicy character.

Not a bad brew. Definitely a step above most pumpkin beers I have tried.

bnes09, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of paxchristi
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%

Poured from 12. oz bottle into tankard. No dating-- something O'Fallon needs to get hip to. The picture is outdated. It needs to upload a new picture.

Appearance: Pours a honey yellow/orange with a decent amount of orangish head with a couple minutes of retention with no lacing. Appearance was average at best because of this. Good pumpkin ales need suds and lacing. It's supposed to be a sub-style of a Belgian.

Smell: Some fairly rich, malty pumpkin underscored by some clove, allspice, ginger, nutmeg, and perhaps a bit of cinnamon. Sweet malt stuck right in the middle. Very good nose, I thought. It burns just the slightest bit from all the spiciness.

Taste: I wish that the taste could have delivered like the nose. Usually, this is an indicator of the quality of ingredients used. It was very close to the nose, but it all seemed much thinner than what the nose lead you on to believe. I caught little hops though perhaps a bit of dryness poorly executed.

Mouth: Much thinner than I expected. Pumpkin ales should be full, rich, and complex, and I get the complex but neither the rich or the medium to full body.

Overall: O'Fallon's pumpkin ale is lightyears away from Schlafly's. I live in Saint Louis, and so I will always get Schlafly's Pumpkin before I get this one. Fairly drinkable and a noble effort but it just writes a check in the nose that the taste can't cash.

paxchristi, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of minterro
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%

Custom six pack from big ten party store in east lansing

A & S: cloves and spices are more prevalent in the scent but the pumpkin it’s still quite present. Very bubbly, thin looking pumpkin pie colored beer. The head is almost non-existent even when pour but disappears completely after a half a minute.

T & M: The taste is pretty good, but mouthfeel takes away from it. There is this buttery metallic malty background surrounded by a spicy pumpkin foreground. The pumpkin is Taste very similar to pumpkin pie in the finish. Watery very highly carbonated beer… gross

O: not super impressive. I would be interested in trying another pumpkin beer soon cause I really like the idea. Unfortunately, this beer has officially turned me off to O’Fallen’s, there 5 IPA wasn’t as good as advertised and this beer wasn’t good

minterro, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of tito42
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%

Poured from bottle to Boulevard Smokestack tulip. Really happy to find O'Fallon on the shelves in KC again. Having lived blocks away from this brewery for 2 years, it's a sentimental favorite. Bottled 8/24/2011 per julian stamp on bottle.

A: Chestnut and slightly hazy. An off-white head dissipates quickly but sticks around. Not much lacing.

S: Very nice aroma of pumpkin, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

T: Slightly bready malt with pumpkin, pumpkin rind, cinnamon, nutmeg, burnt sugar, and coriander. Nice flavor.

M: Medium-bodied with an interesting consistency. Dexterous but not chunky. The slightest of hops bitterness at the finish.

O: An enjoyable pumpkin ale. I feel the Schlafly Pumpkin Ale is much superior as far as the local offerings go, but this one is more drinkable and better suited for sitting around the fire pit while passing out candy to trick-or-treaters.

tito42, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/6/11
*From notes

-- Six-pack purchased at Anderson's General Store in Columbus, OH --

A: A good pour yields a 1.75 finger head and moderate lacing. Slightly hazy cooper-orange. Nothing too special here.

S: Mild amount all-spice and canned pumpkin.

T: Spicy up front, which quickly gives way to a creamy, golden malt that marries really well with the intial blast of pumpkin spice.

M: Not too shabby. It's not gonna rock your face or anything, but the body's just right for easy drinkability.

O: O'Fallon's Pumpkin Beer is an upper-middle class entry into the style. It's also one of the few pumpkin ales that I could have more then one of in a sitting. If you enjoy the pumpkin offerings, I wouldn't think twice of picking up a sixer on a chilly, autumn afternoon.

Rhettroactive, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of ahq514
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color. Light head (maybe half a finger). Appears to be lightly carbonated. No real lacing.

Smells like pumpkin pie. Heavy on the cinnamon, but there are the other typical spices in there, nutmeg and clove. Pumpkin is detectable as well. Beerwise, there is a little bit of sweet malt to complement the pumpkin, but no hops really detected.

This may be one of favorite pumpkin beers I've tried so far. The key for me in pumpkin beers is balance, especially with the spice. I love pumpkin pie spices, but most seem to be overspiced. This one is very nice. Spices are very detectable but not overdone. There seems to be a better pumpkin flavor in here too. There is a little bit of sweet malt behind there too and a real subtle dose of earthy hops.

Lightly carbonated, which may not vibe with everyone, but I like it. Light medium body, thats my only real complaint here. I think this beer would benefit from a little more body. Very drinkable.

Overall, nicely balanced pumpkin beer. Probably one of the better ones I've had. Not over-spiced. Would love a little more body of this thing, but I won't complain too much. Will drink again.

ahq514, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of centbeerfest
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%

Poured from a bottle into a tasting glass.

Light straw color. Slight cloudiness. Not overly impressive nose, but does the job of communicating the pumpkin season.

Mouthfeel is a little clingy with a slight pumpkin pie flavor and an off dry finish. Not bad, not complex, perfect drinking beer for the season. Nice balance and pleasant.

centbeerfest, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of codsmith
4.58/5  rDev +25.8%

A: A nice hazy orange color that pours with a thin white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Has an AMAZING smell of pumpkin pie spices, where the nutmeg really stands out. One of the best pumpkin beers I have smelled.

T: There is a very nice blend of malt character and the spices. Nothing is overly done and the hops are just perfect enough to not make it too sweet or provide any unwanted bittering in the after-taster. It has a nice little kick of spicy in the after-taste

M: It has a rather medium-heavy mouth-feel from the maltyness. Carbonation is right on.

O: One of the best pumpkin beers I've ever had. Everything is there from the pumpkin pie spice, the malty character, and the carbonation. And the most important part is that they are all well balanced.

codsmith, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%

Pours a hazy, dark apricot color with a nice head and decent retention. The nose is slightly muddled with nice hints of pumpkin and spice, but also something that is best described as soap-like.

The flavor is not bad. You get a slight maltiness and a quick flash of pumpkin flavor. Unfortunately, the pumpkin flavor is a bit weak and quickly gives way to hoppy dryness. The beer is refreshing, but disappointing in that the pumpkin flavor is so weak and short-lived.

All in all, a respectable, refreshing beer. However, if you want a good pumpkin beer, you should look elsewhere. In my opinion, this stuff simply isn't in the same league as Schlafly's.

deadonhisfeet, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of Jesse13713
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

Doing a review on my third bottle.

Appearance - Not much head on the pour. Laces to the pint glass nicely and heavily. A vibrant sunset orange all-around.

Smell - Pumpkin and spices that are well-balanced.

Taste - More carbonated than I expected. A large amount of sizzling carbonation that fizzes with light citrus. Slowly smooths into fall spices before settling on a pumpkin gourd note. The pumpkin is tasty and appropriately titled.

Mouthfeel and Overall - Light to medium bodied. Heavily carbonated. Spot-on tasty pumpkin. Pleasant and smooth with great spices added in.

Jesse13713, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of Herky21
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%

A: Color of a pumpkin. Head is white and foamy. Climbs on the glass and looks good.

Smell: Fragrance of a pumpkin, just like smelling the fruit. Has the full body scent, just like the flesh of the real thing, not quite like the taste, but really spot on to the garden scent of a real pumpkin.

Taste: Like the pie. It's good. A few spice could bring out a bit more sweetness, add some nuance. It tastes like pumpkin, but is a bit one note. The end of the taste has a hint of pumpkin pie spice, but more would be better in this instance.

Mouthfeel: Light body, but has an interesting creaminess.

Overall: It's a pumpkin beer. Really delicious if you like pumpkins, which I do, but it does leave a bit to be desired. I love O'Fallons in general, and what they do, but I think a bit more perfecting would bring this beer up to an A. And even as it is it's one of my favorite pumpkin beers available.

Herky21, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of Brunite
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%

A: A deep, hazy, copper color. A tan head. Decent carbonation.

S: I actual get some faint spices here. Better than most of the style I've had.

T: I get some nice soft spice notes along with some subtle pumpkin. Would have liked more.

M: Creamy...medium.

O: A better job than most pumpkin ales I have tried. Still not great...but I like O'Fallon overall and this one is a decent effort.

Brunite, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of DannyDan
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%

Pours a dark orange pumpkin like color with a thin white head that disappears quickly. I read on other reviews that the lacing was good on this beer, but on mine there is not much to the retention and lacing.
The smell is pumpkin, ginger, nutmeg and all-spice.
The taste starts with pumpkin followed by some spices. The aftertaste has a nice pumpkin desert like taste. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth and full of flavor and overall this is a very good beer that is a must this fall and every fall in the future.

DannyDan, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of rwathree
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%

2011 edition, poured into nonic pint.

A: light, opaque brown color, similar to cream soda. Head is thin and doesn't last long. It'a fairly attractive beer.

S: cinammon, nutmeg, brown sugar, more or less what you'd expect. Smells sweet but not cloying. I let it sit for a few minutes and the aroma came out more after a while. Promising.

T: from the above aroma notes, the nutmeg comes out most, but there's also a little caramel flavor in there. The carbonation delivers a little bit of hop bite in there, just enough to balance out the sweeter flavors in here.

M: this might run a little counter to a compliment above, but the conditioning is a little too intense. As I keep drinking, the bubbles mute the flavors a bit too much. I do like the way flavors stick around on the palate.

O: Dogfish's Pun'kin Ale is my standard for this style, and this is not that. That said, it's solid, and decently drinkable for the style. If someone handed me a slice of pumpkin pie to go along with one of these, I'd be content.

rwathree, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%

A: cloudy tan/orange body, 2 finger head, good lacing

S: malt, light pumpkin, spices

T: pumpkin, malt, spices, crisp finish

M: med/light, big carbonation, semi-dry mouth

O: 1st of all, I love this style and time of year,
but this beer needs some more nose and flavor.
I think they are heading in the right direction.
Feels like a pumpkin session brew.

SOLID, NOT A MUST HAVE!

BeerLover99, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of clint1019
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%

A - Deep Gold in color. Had a cream colored head initially, but it disappeared almost instantly.

S - Malty, Pumkiny, and Spicy

T - Taste like liquid pumkin pie.

M - Light bodied

O - Not too bad. There are however several other pumpkin beers that I like better that I would buy before I bought this one again.

clint1019, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of Lauthaha
4.93/5  rDev +35.4%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass for maximum pretentiousness.

Appearance: Beer pours a golden copper color (or alternatively, a dark amber color) with a vague haziness. Head is thin and wispy, and pure white. Much like pumpkin pie.

Smell: Right out of the bottle (out of the fridge) it's not very appetizing...but after a few moments of warming up, the pumpkin flavor blasts through accompanied by the perennial cinnamon and nutmeg additions that are a part of pumpkin pie. As a pumpkin ale, it smells perfect.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Slightly buttery going in, it begins fizzing on the tongue. With the fizziness comes a great deal of pumpkin flavor, with an even amount of buttery sweetness and herbal spice. Aftertaste is beautiful, all that's missing is the crust and whipped cream.

Overall: A great dessert beer and a great fall beer. I am definitely picking up a six-pack of this when the harvest moon rolls through. VERY tasty, and well done.

Lauthaha, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of fdkayti
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%

A- A real nice orangey brownish hue with a decent head to start, though it fades away quickly. Pretty clear, not a lot of bubbles streaming to the top.

S- Smells like October, pumpkin pie and autumn spices. Like when you put cloves into an orange.

T- Sweetness right up front with lingering pumpkin flava. Butternut squash and brown sugar. Caramelly, molasses, earthy.

MF- Feels good. Light and crisp but still complex. Carbonation is just right, I think.

O/D- This is a tasty beer, one that I'm enjoying immensely. Easy to drink un the summer, though its making me ling for hoodie weather and cool weather runs. Pumpkin beer deux.

fdkayti, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of Duff27
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%

A- Fizzy half inch white head. Head dissapates quickly leaving just a ring. Beer itself is a cloudy orange.

S- Smells like a lager with just a touch of sweetness. Spices.

T- "Oh that's good (for a pumpkin beer)." More spices. Represents a pumpkin pie about as well as any pumpkin beer I've had thusfar.

M- Good carbonation, medium to medium-light mouthfeel...no complaints from this guy.

D/O- Easy drinking pumpkin beer right here. Really packs the flavor into its (relatively) tiny ABV. Appearance leaves something to be desired, minor ding. Recommended to those who may have given up on the style.

Duff27, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Notes from fall 2010

Pours a clean orangish-brown liquid with 2 fingers of head. Not much lacing.

Smell is one of the better I've smelled for a pumpkin beer. Nice aroma of pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon.

Taste is similar to the smell and dominated by pumpkin and spices.

Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy though light, with a nice carbonation level.

This is an easy drinking pumkin beer, with flavors that blend pretty well.

warnerry, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of GossageBrewery
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%

This beer came out of a 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. It developed some head, but head retention was minimal. The beer is slightly hazy but not totally untypical for a Pumpkin Ale. The color of the ale was a copper to slightly orange like hue. In my opinion, the perfect color for a Pumpkin Ale. The ale has an aroma of Pumpkin Pie spices, most of which is nutmeg but there are hints of cinnamon and clove. I would prefer a bit more aroma by using more spice, but at any rate its very nice. The beer it self has excellent mouthfeel, very light and easy to drink. When drinking this you immediately get the pumpkin pie spice but it disappears too quickly and finishes with a slightly caramel taste. This is a tough beer to brew and there are so few "excellent" pumpkin ales on the market. O'fallon did a good job of carefully balancing hops with the spices. This is one of the best Pumpkin Ales that i have had to date, but I would like to see more of a bold spice taste. This is a safe beer, but O'fallon should be proud of it- It knocks the socks of of AB's mass produced version. I will be buying this again! Prost!

GossageBrewery, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of Brenden
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%

Notes are a few nights old.

The color is a clear burnished copper that shines a bit brighter orange around the edges. A creamy head formed about one finger high, fading somewhat quickly but leaving spotty thin lacing from what foamy head did stuck around.
This is one of the more pumpkin-forward ales of the style, opting out of the heavy spicing but containing enough of it to make for a good beer. There's a nice buttery crust aroma that gives way to more of a meaty pumpkin smell with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. There's also a nice malt backing that shouldn't be dismissed.
The taste is what i expect from the aroma, with a strong malt backing lend just enough presence to add character and body without overtaking the pumpkin element. Spices are neither muted nor overbearing, reaching a very nice balance, and lingering underneath is the buttery flavor that makes me think of the crust. It needs all of it to work and it needs it all to balance rather than clashing, and I think that was accomplished here.
The body is fairly thick and moderately smooth, sitting at a solid medium with just enough carbonation and life to it.
This is simply a very good pumpkin ale.

Brenden, Dec 06, 2010
Pumpkin Beer from O'Fallon Brewery
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