frizzzzle (76) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 1, 2006
Pours a pinkish brown color, crystal clear. There’s almost no head, but there are lots of vigorous bouncing bubbles like soda. Scent is a bit spicy, but mostly generic and yeasty. There’s not a lot of pumpkin there. The flavor is a lot like pumpkin pie -- more spice than pumpkin, but it’s sweet. The finish is more of the same flavor with a bit of alcohol warmth.
There’s not a whole lot of complexity to this beer, but I like it a lot. It’s easy to drink, and tastes like pie. ’Twas pretty cheap, too, as far as tasty beers go. GarrettB (1694) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 31, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2007 OFallon brewery has really gotten to the bloody, still beating heart of Halloween. Above all else, Halloween is a holiday celebrated between neighbors – on a level more local than anything else. There is no national governing body of ghouls and witches, no federal board of horrific bureaucratic affairs (though one may argue all bureaucratic affairs are horrific) and really no supervising body higher than a collective neighborhood. That’s why all the best Halloween costumes, decorations, recipes and other parts of the festivities either appear to be crafted by children or made with incredulous craftsmanship. The gray area of mass produced commercial goods is a burdensome sludge that, yes, upholds the holiday spirit but misses the true vigor behind the ethos of Halloween. As for the two types of genuine Halloween celebration, OFallon has, in appearance (for that is what Halloween is all about) chosen the former, where humble, meager and usually slapdash decorations invoke a real localized sense of this most macabre holiday. You see, it’s all about finding that simple smiling Jack O’ Lantern instead of a plastic doppelganger, or looking up and seeing a dozen tissue paper and twine ghosts dangling from a tree instead of looking down on an inflatable and obese version of the same ethereal spirit. And with their label OFallon has fallen in with the likes of all the neophyte decorators out there who outfit our suburban enclaves with what has become a most marvelous version of an already marvelous holiday. A simple black and orange motif graces the bottle of this simple pumpkin beer, offering hardly any more explanation than “Pumpkin Ale with spices”. It took a serious investigative effort to trace the brewer, and with this minimalist effort and true-to-the-roots décor the pumpkin ale, one day prior to Halloween, has won me over. As for the actual beer, it is an average pumpkin ale. But its lowly status is raised with the careful attention to a lack of details it has managed. In other words, this beer has made an effort to preserve Halloween. For the sake of readers I should make some mention of its sensory attributes: a redder beer than most pumpkin ales with a corpulent skin white head (Ah, how apropos!) and a nose abundant with clove and nutmeg, salt and Coca-cola, brown sugar, roasted pumpkin puree, turkey and dashes of cinnamon all in a cool, deep olfactory sensation. The palate is nice and heavy matching well with the flavors. Malts co-hosts with the spices, and a hint of pumpkin rind, to make a deep and tingling taste that, while far from pumpkin pie, makes for a nice fall flavor. But for me it is the spirit of the OFallon brew that cackles with the true mystique of this day. Happy Halloween! Indra (2710) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - OCT 31, 2006
12oz. bottle. Sweet and appropriately spicy aroma, the nutmeg and clove most apparent with the cinnamon playing more of a supporting role, and combined with aspects of pumpkin, light caramel and fainter amounts of citric hop and toast. Mostly clear light-medium orange color (what else?) with a slight, subsiding head. Flavor is sweet, fruity and spicy throughout, the malts somewhat sugary, combining with a good amount of spiciness, again noticeable pumpkin and a slight tangy, citric bitterness towards the finish. Somewhat thin on the palate with a light-medium body. Happy Halloween! BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2006
Bottle obtained from Breeze-Thru Liquor in Milwaukee.
Appeareance was an orange-ish, hazy beer with a light-colored head with decent staying power. There was a large amount of sediment in the bottle.
Odor was not very appealing. It was a taste of spices (the usual suspects when talking about pumpkin pie or pumpkin beer) layered atop something vaguely unpleasant.
Taste was spice atop a sour taste. Actually, pretty pleasant. I enjoyed the sour-spice relationship more, the more I drank, although I didn’t particularly want another one. A large amount of sediment was also left in the bottom of my glass. BigBeer45 (1585) - Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2006
Poured medium gold with amber/orange from a bottle, hardly any bubbles and they disappeared quickly, faint pumpkin and nutmeg with a slight pepper fragrance (from cloves?), a little hop bite, the pumpkin and spices are subdued in this ale, reminds me of the Ichabod-New Holland pumpkin ale, this is a thirst quincher.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2006
dark golden with a disappearing white head. not much aroma. weird and fruity with light spice. light pumpkin spice flavor. light body moderate carbonation. finish has a little spice and not much else. fairly weak overall. gws57 (1276) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2006
Got this one bottled at the Binny’s Oktoberfest in St. Charles, Illinois. Sweet, but without the characteristic spiciness of many other pumpkin brews. Pretty good. xmarcnolanx (945) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 15, 2006
Very thin body. The aroma is horrible. It smells like dirty, rotten trash. The spice overwhelms the beer and there is a lacking in the body. Overall, the Schlafly is much better. Arnie (274) - Chicagoland, IL, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2006
Sample from a bottle at Binny’s "Fall Festival of BEERS." Very pumpkiny flavor. Of all the pumnpkin ales I’ve tried, this one succeeds the most in capturing the flavor of pumpkin pie. Very deserty, not really spicey. Purs thick orange color. luckygirl (1222) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2006
2006. Bottled. Beer is clear, light-medium caramel-amber colored with a small, frothy, off white, mostly and rapidly diminishing head.<P>The aroma’s initial impression is raw vegetal and spicy. The malt has light note of toasted grain light-to-moderate notes of caramel and cookie; Hoppy with a light herbal note; Yeasty with a light note of sharp cheese, trace of attic; Light miscellaneous notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, cola, raw pumpkin guts, and traces of apple and ginger, additional light note of alcohol (in the back of a deep inhale) that smells like a coud of hairspray.<P>The flavor is moderately-to-heavily acidic, lightly bitter, lightly-to-moderately sweet with a long, light-to-moderately acidic finish. Husky aftertaste. Trace astringency on the gums.<P>The body is light, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively.