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O'Fallon Brewery
Missouri, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

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

Added by maxpower on 10-10-2003

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good beer. Not typically a fan of fruit or vegetable beers, this one is pretty simple and pleasant. It seems that the brewers begin with a lightly hopped but good quality pale ale, and then added the pumpkin additions, cloves, cinnamon, and other spices. The beer never feels weighted, but not under malted either. A nice fluffy head retention and soft copper hue verifies a quality base brew. Lightly estery and mildly hoppy with a slight grain bite. Finishes quite clean with a mild alcohol, pumpkin, and spicy note. Not my every day beer, but nice for the season.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Northyorksammy: Poured a light yellow/redish color ale with a big foamy head with average retention but good lacing. Aroma of cinnamon and cloves is about medium with some light pumpkin. Taste of cinnamon and cloves dominated the taste and was well balance with some light pumpkin. Light body with some good carbonation. Overall, I thought this was a well done pumpkin beer but probably not up to par with the Weyerbacher one which I still think is the best of the style.

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Photo of emerge077
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First pumpkin ale i've tried...

Pours a semi-transparent copper color, hazes through when last swirl of yeast is added. Suspended yeast floats lazily. Fluffy head, sticks around for a little bit. Spotty yeast collects and dots the bottom of the glass. Smell is mild, straining to pick out the faint clove/nutmeg spice.

Taste is malty and carbonated, with an accent of spice. Bottle lists cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg, which don't all resonate distinctly. Not to pick it apart, the spice element is reserved, and it lends itself greatly to the mouthfeel and drinkability. Carbonation is average, this one is easily sessionable. I've had three today already, and could have another. Good autumn seasonal...

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Photo of zeff80
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a white, creamy, one-finger head that lingers but leaves very little lace.

S - It smelled of pumpkin. Also, a large amount of nutmeg aroma, plus some cinamon.

T - It has a sweet pumpkin taste with a good deal of nutmeg flavors. There is a subtle cinamon taste and a little maltiness.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer,

D - A middle of the pack pumpkin ale, or maybe a little better than average.

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Photo of Thorpe429
1.35/5  rDev -62.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured into a pint glass. Bottle picked up from Siciliano's.

Pours a light apricot color with quite a bit of hazy. Thin, single-finger white head that falls down and has just a ring around the edges. No lacing. Some of the galaxy swirl going on top. Nose opens up as a BUTTER BOMB. Whoa there, why does this happen so often? Why are so many pumpkin beers shoddily made? Some very mild spice in the background, but damnit is that nose disgusting.

Taste is buttered pumpkin pie and not quite as bad as the nose as there is a slight sweetness that, when combined with a tad bit of pumpkin, actually reminds me a bit of candy corn. On the other hand, this might ruin candy corn for me. The feel is quite bad and creamy. I can't stomach much of this. Drainpour and...F.

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 6/10/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of fresh pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove, brown sugar, bread, and herbal. Damn nice aromas with good strength and balance; very authentic. Taste of pumpkin, biscuit, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove, brown sugar, caramel, and herbal. Lingering notes of caramel, biscuit, spices, and brown sugar on the finish for a bit. Good robustness of flavor with decent balance; spices are not overdone at all. Minimal cloying sweet flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a really good pumpkin ale. Taste did not live up to the aromas; but it was well balanced and very drinkable. Definitely enjoyed this, and it is a nice example of the style.

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Photo of jlindros
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first O'fallon beer thanks to Lukahn (Reddit).

Ug, screw the screw cap. Pours a light fizzy head that disappears almost instantly, hazy murky darker amber reddish orange color.

Nose some fermented gourd like, pumpkin, lots of cinnamon and sugar like it's already on the rim, candied pumpkin, hint of other pumpkin pie spices, hint caramel malt.

Taste similar, some pumpkin, candied pumpkin, again lots of cinnamon and sugar like it's rimmed on the glass, light brown sugar and caramel, hint of light malt, touch of a light hop with light bitterness. Finish is dry, a light pumpkin with cinnamon and sugar lingering, light pie spices.

Mouth is med bodied, lighter carb than it should.

Overall not bad, I didn't expect much, a bit flat and doesn't do a whole lot, too much cinnamon and sugar that overpowers almost everything else.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The delightful, softly spicy nose of O'Fallons pumpkin ale is a good indication of what you'll find within its clear orange body and creamy yellowed-white head. It's not overdone with spice, and has an actual pumpkin flavor to it amidst its gently sweet malt components. Cinnamon seems to stand out as far as the spicing goes, appearing first and last on the palate, but the clove comes on strong across the middle, and the nutmeg is clearly visible in the finish. Remarkably well-balanced and drinkable!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright pumpkin with butterscotch trim. Several busy streams of bubbles ascend to a three finger cap the color of rich, buttery pie crust. A slurred collar of lace is beginning to form and it looks like even more lace is on the way. The fact that very little ends up on the glass can't change the fact that, initially at least, this is a good looking pumpkin beer.

The only negative where the nose is concerned is a lack of immediacy. There's a good mix of roasted gourd and pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves have been added) and I get the impression that I'd like it even more if there was more available to enjoy.

Thankfully, the flavor doesn't suffer the same fate. Each mouthful brings a burst of liquid pumpkin pie that doesn't cover up the flavor of the base beer. I'd prefer even more pumpkin and spice, but then most drinkers will probably be satisfied with the proportions chosen by the brewery. Actually, if one wishes to drink more than a few at one sitting, the current beer is probably optimal.

Underneath all the pumpkininess is a solid amber ale with a lovely toasted malt character that is offset by a firm, hoppy bitterness. Too many other flavors are swirling about for me to make any sort of guess as to hop varieties, but I'd say that they're probably of German origin.

While there's nothing particularly wrong with the mouthfeel, it's a fraction too light for me and doesn't have even a hint of creaminess. A perfect amount of fine-bubbled carbonation and a lack of any real negatives keeps it comfortably above average.

O'Fallon Pumpkin Ale is a very nice all-rounder in a style that often suffers from too much or too little. I'll have to check my reviews, but I don't believe that I've had a better pumpkin ale from a Midwestern brewer. Bottom line: this one is easily good enough to warrant a sixer every autumn.

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Photo of russpowell
3.06/5  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

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Photo of woodychandler
3.04/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Each time that I think that I have reviewed my last pumpkin beer for the year/season, another one pops up! I really do think that this will be my last until Fall 2014. I purchased it at D's Six Pax & Dogz in Da Burgh during my most recent visit and raise a toast to The CANQuest's (TM) hitting the 1K milestone sometime in 2014. Cheers!

From the CAN: "We Love Beer."

The Crack! was nice and loud and the inverted Glug went beautifully, producing two fingers of dense, light-orangish head that put me in mind of the froth on an Orange Julius. Do they even make those any more? Color was a cloudy orangish-amber (SRM = > 17, < 22). Nose seemed heavily dosed with nutmeg, although I could also smell cinnamon in the mix. The mouthfeel was kind of thin, but I liked that they had not overdone it with the spices so that the malt had a chance to come through. I was reminded of a Christmas cookie, spiced, but with a bready quality, also. Finish was semi-sweet, the result of the admixture of the spices with the malts. It was not the best version of the style that I tried over the course of the season, but neither was it the worst.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears copper orange in the body with a cream khaki head flowing thick, unexpected spice comes up and hits me in the face. Pumpkin spice including the clove, vanilla, and nutmeg notes usually only found in a pumpkin pie. Flavor is straight spice minimal malts from the base beer this relies heavily on the spice additions minimal hints of gourd that may or may not have been there for the brewing process. Body is medium the carbonation is flowing thick in this beer, I'm actually amazed by the pumpkin and spice combo compared to other standard abv versions I'm getting a fuller bodied creamy carbonation pretty solid but still not something I would seek out.

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Photo of Tone
3.12/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of Duff27
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Another beer courtesy of the legendary woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a orange/brownish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of pumpkin, some mild spices. Taste is good, pumpkin, nutmeg, subtle spices, very easy drinking and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this beer was not overspiced as many pumpkin beers are, tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm orangish-brown body with a faint hazy hint. The bubbly cream colored head that fades quickly. There is a big carbonation of tiny bubbles that race through the body.

S- The light smell of brown malt has a slight yeast and cooked squash hint but it is pretty faint.

T- The light brown malt has a faint cardboard note with hints of dry spice . The hint of nutmeg was muted with a hint of other pumpkin spices but they are very soft. The finish is a dry spice note also.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel.

D- This beer doesn't have any overpowering pumpkin spice flavors infact it has very faint spice flavors. The flavor is pretty boring and bland with not much malt flavor or other characters.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

12oz. can poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a hazed orange color. Minimal white froth.

(S)- Just an awesome combo of spice and vanilla on the nose. Reminds me of pumpkin graham crackers.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. Awesome spice with graham cracker and vanilla pumpkin, just not as rich and inviting as the smell was; a bit toned down.

(M)- The carbonation level is good, but it is really quite thin in mouthfeel. Great spiced flavors and pumpkin, but just way too thin for the style.

(O)- An absolutely awesome pumpkin beer that could be one of the best if they just made this a bit thicker; it would really drive this one home. As it stands, its just a bit watery feel-wise for me.

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Photo of barczar
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very pumpkin, with not overwhelming spice, but there's an offputting tangy character that I often attribute to overly aged squash. Nice toasted malt finish.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours an orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both average. The aroma is nice, it smells like pumpkins, nutmeg and cloves. It's not too spicy, there's a good mix between the pumpkin and spice which makes the aroma enjoyable. The taste is similar to the aroma, however there's initially a slight tart/sour flavor which does go away after the beer warms up a bit. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, carbonation is good. Drinkability is decent as well, it's smooth and easy to drink. Overall I think it's a decent pumpkin beer, but not my favorite brew in the style, either. With that being said, I would pick this up again in the future.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A mix between a clear pumpkin skin lager hue and a slightly hazy and just as slightly carbonated apricot ale color. The aroma is of a particularly spicey pumpkin in all its autumn glory. The taste makes me think of Hallowen. In all its herbal, earthy, and spicey mischief. Pllenty of light malts but they are overtaken by the pumpkin fruityness. The palate is a light spicey, more like from a Halloween scented candle than a beer at times.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dull, faded orange. Thin off white head. Lace is minimal. Nice aroma of sweet pumpkin pulp. Not a lot of spicing going on the nose, but that's alright. Too many overspiced pumpkin ales on the market. The spicing comes through a little more on the palate. Cinamon and ginger lightly compliment the nice round pumpkin flavor. This is one of the better pumpkin beers I've had. Malts add some sweetness without cloying it up. Full body and flavorful. Nice beer.

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Photo of Suds
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is an orange-amber color with a light haze and a white head. The head is thin. The aroma is great...pumpkin pie spice and malt. The taste is quite good as well....malt, spice, it's not unlike pie filling, but not cloying. Full in body, but not heavy. Good.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku glass.
Glowing gold, with a billowing two fingers of head and mild effervescence.
It smells delightful -- plenty of spice without that being overwhelming. Vegetal, gourdy scents.
At first, the taste is promising...it doesn't taste artificial at all (and never does), and is bursting with fruit (vegetable? what is pumpkin) and complemented by mild cinnamon and clove. Alas, it has no staying power, and scant seconds later, a thinness and lagery-yeastiness has taken over, the pumpkin all but forgotten. The spice has some staying power though, and so the aftertaste leans pie-like, marred by the thin-light-beeriness. A bit like Miller with pumpkins.
As pumpkin beers go, pretty good! Would drink another.

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