Mister handed me my glass of this slighty bubbly amber liquid and I took the first sip expecting it to be cider. There was definitely a sweetness and the spices were there like apple pie but I couldn’t quite make it all work. “O’Fallon’s Pumpkin Beer” were the next words out of Mister’s mouth. *cue the sound of everything falling into place*
“I can even taste the whipped cream on top of the pie!” I think this was Mister’s the quote of the night. He was right. “I can taste the butter in the crust. That’s awesome! The biscuity doughy-ness of the crust is there. I can almost taste the flakes of crust on my tongue.” Mister isn’t always a man of many words but not only was he right about this one, he couldn’t stop talking about it.
The heady scent of nutmeg and cinnamon hit your nose before the first sip along with a touch of sweetness. When you finally let the liquid touch your tongue, there is a little bit of beer flavor then the spices really come through. The crust flavor, the butter, and cream, come through on the finish. While the pumpkin flavor is light, it is certainly there from start to finish.
While we only have one distant memory of Dogfish Head’s Punkin Ale to compare this to, there is absolutely no comparison. This, by far, is the better of the two. Dogfish was pumpkin-y but strong on the beer and light on the spices. O’Fallon is delightful. A perfect end to a long Thanksgiving day. A treat for the adults on Halloween. Heck, the great reward at the end of a day with no conference hour, no lunch, and hour and a half meeting with a parent after school. Cheers!