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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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1,380 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,380
Reviews: 442
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 279
Gots: 149 | FT: 3
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Pumpkin Ale blends the spices of the harvest with full-bodied sweetness for a beer that tastes like pumpkin pie. Pounds of pumpkin form a malty foundation that supports the fall flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.

While pumpkin beers were produced in the early days of the American colonies, they were different from the pumpkin beers we know today. Colonists used pumpkin and squash as the fermenting medium, since malted barley was scarce. Once malt became more readily available, it replaced these alternatives to grain. In the 1990’s, American craft brewers reintroduced the style to the delight of pumpkin beer drinkers.

16 IBU

(Beer added by: maxpower on 09-16-2006)
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

I was able to pick up a twelve pack of this one. I had heard very good things and this was as solid as a pupkin ale as I was gonna get this year. Served cold, this will be my official review after drinking this one for a couple months. Consumed on 01/07/2009.

The pour was classic for the style. Rich light amber in color with a smooth and delicate looking carbonation that bubbled up from the bottom of the glass throughout. A nice touch of white on the top and it settled down lightly into a small broken crown,

The aroma was light, nicely spiced and full of grain. lIght notes of fresh hops bouncing around in here with lots of nutmeg and cinnamon. The flavor was very solid. Light grains, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumkin, and touches of light grass flavors. Really very well done. No hint of alcohol at all. I actually just saw this was 8%, what the hell, I thought it was like four. This was really well done and very sessionable. I had no idea how strong this was.

Overall one of the best, most drinkable pumkin ales I have come across. Not really anything bad to say here. Solid all the way around!

01-08-2009 03:46:47 | More by mikesgroove
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev -4%

Thank you Schalfly for making a worth-while Pumpkin Ale. Rarely does the world get to sample a hearty pumpkin flavor, a very well-made base beer, and spices that contribute to the beer without overpowering. This beer does all this-- doesn't seem too difficult. This beer seems to have a very firm Amber malt toastiness, sweetness, cleanliness, and crispness. The low (but detectable) hop rates make way for the pumpkin and spice variety to shine. The pumpkin delivers a creamy, earthy flavor very similar to fresh-baked pumpkin pie. Mild notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and all-spice decorate the beer without bringing undue attention to the frills. A mild buttery flavor also brings the beer into desert-range. This is all evedent in the aromas and flavors. The body remains firm, creamy, and relatively round; allowing the flavors to settle into a mellow finish of creamy-sweet pumpkin and caramel. This is likely the best Pumpkin Ale that I have had.

10-20-2007 03:22:18 | More by BEERchitect
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Glowing, jack-o-lantern orange with butternut edges. Pumpkin Ale is the perfect color for a pumpkin ale and is darker and richer than most. The three finger cap is palest ecru with a subtle infusion of palest orange. Too bad there's nothing remarkable about it. That, and the fact that there's very little lace, pulls the appearance score down a half notch.

I could smell the spices as soon as the cap was removed. The nose is nicely pumpkin pie-like and complements the base beer--a big amber ale--very well. While cinnamon and nutmeg are easily identified, the mystery spice is still a mystery (see more below). I've smelled better pumpkin ales, but not very damn many.

Given the ABV and the 'Special Release' designation, I was expecting something a little more bold. I'm not complaining though; this is still good beer and is one of the better versions that I can remember drinking. One of the most amazing things is that alcohol is next to absent on the palate.

I love the understated, almost honeyish, sweetness. Whether it's due to pale malt, caramel malt, pumpkin or butternut squash, I couldn't say. There isn't a huge amount of squash flavor, but there is a pretty big spice load. The website lists the spices as cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. The label lists them as cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. My guess: ginger.

The mouthfeel is deserving of big beer status. It's firmer than it is soft, with a pleasing heavy silkiness and a supreme smoothness. A restrained amount of carbonation is the perfect match and keeps pumpkin spicy burps to minimum. Not that I mind pumpkin spicy burps.

I know that early February isn't the most opportune time to be drinking a pumpkin ale, but I figured that an 8.0%'er would hold up well being holed up for a few months. And it has. Schlafly Pumpkin Ale is one of the best damn gourd beers that I've ever had. Thanks jpm30.

02-09-2007 16:46:39 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Bierleichen

Maryland

2/5  rDev -52.6%

I am simply not a fan. I know so many people that rave about this pumpkin ale and compared to other varieties available it just falls short.

08-23-2014 03:53:21 | More by Bierleichen
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amstokesdb9

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

08-23-2014 03:20:12 | More by amstokesdb9
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doc17325

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

08-23-2014 03:00:49 | More by doc17325
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mj81

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

08-23-2014 01:03:59 | More by mj81
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blvdlover

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

08-22-2014 23:46:56 | More by blvdlover
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billiken1

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Excellent brew, I always look forward to fall and this beer in particular.

08-22-2014 17:27:53 | More by billiken1
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nerual96

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

08-22-2014 03:58:51 | More by nerual96
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Azeotrope

Nebraska

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%

08-22-2014 00:55:35 | More by Azeotrope
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mwckiltedsavage

Virginia

5/5  rDev +18.5%

08-21-2014 23:57:20 | More by mwckiltedsavage
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MadCoBeerMan14

Illinois

1.5/5  rDev -64.5%

08-21-2014 20:27:40 | More by MadCoBeerMan14
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DRINKING_GOOD_BEER

Virginia

4/5  rDev -5.2%

I'm not crazy on pumpkin ale, but if I had to choose one, this definitely takes the cake.

08-21-2014 20:26:23 | More by DRINKING_GOOD_BEER
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bryangb


4/5  rDev -5.2%

08-21-2014 20:23:31 | More by bryangb
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Mineo

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

The best I've ever had as far as the style goes. The only 8%+ pumpkin beer I can knock a few back of without too much nutmeg or cinnamon messing up the palate. Highly recommended.

08-21-2014 20:09:25 | More by Mineo
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Fatty_Mccracken


4.04/5  rDev -4.3%

08-21-2014 06:01:49 | More by Fatty_Mccracken
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srw

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

08-21-2014 02:35:52 | More by srw
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DrJones

Iowa

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

08-21-2014 02:27:29 | More by DrJones
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JDizzle

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

08-21-2014 00:38:03 | More by JDizzle
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JamieDuncan

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

08-20-2014 02:45:51 | More by JamieDuncan
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JStewart00

New Jersey

4.52/5  rDev +7.1%

08-20-2014 02:41:39 | More by JStewart00
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Chelseaw30


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

08-20-2014 00:31:54 | More by Chelseaw30
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Josbor11

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

08-19-2014 22:57:46 | More by Josbor11
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username

Maryland

5/5  rDev +18.5%

Advertises a "pumpkin pie" flavor and delivers with no remorse or apology. Otherwise solid without any negative qualities. The degree of pumpkin pie taste in this brew is intense, and rivaled by none in my experience thus far; leans to the sweet side. Everything I would ever hope a pumpkin ale to be not only promised, but realized.

08-19-2014 22:06:12 | More by username
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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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