Beer Review #89: O’Fallon Pumpkin Beer

I’ve had this beer many times over the years but this year it seems extra good. I would say that it is leaning more towards a gingerbread/snickerdoodle flavor than actual pumpkin taste, the pumpkin is there, but I’m really enjoying the gingerbread flavor that this one brings to the table. A fantastic Pumpkin beer for the fall that can be found at any good liquor store in the Eastern Iowa area. From the website:
“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 clove.”

Hazy orange pour with a small white head. Pumpkin pie spice is prevalent in the nose, brown sugar, and maybe a touch a vanilla as well. The flavor is great! Almost taste more like pumpkin bars or gingerbread than pumpkin. Really enjoyable and not overally sweet, would make for a change for a session beer but I can see myself sitting down and having no trouble with a six pack of these.

Time is running out to get this years pumpkin beers! I would say within two weeks the shelves will be emptied which is unfortunate. This beer would be great with a big Thanksgiving dinner, and wouldn’t be bad opening presents on Christmas either. Nice job O’Fallon! (www.http://www.ofallonbrewery.com/) 

REVIEW

STYLE: Spice/Herb/Vegetable

ABV: 5.5%

PURCHASED AT: John’s Grocery; Iowa City, IA

Pour: Hazy amber with a small white head. Little lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Sweet pumpkin, brown sugar, vanilla.

Taste: Would be great as a dessert beer, tasting a lot like gingersnap or snickerdoodle cookies or would be a decent session beer.

Overall: B

My Recommendation: Good stuff. Change from the norm, wish it was available for an extra two months.

 

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