Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 1,945
Reviews: 506
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 331
Gots: 353 | FT: 6
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: maxpower on 09-16-2006

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
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Reviews by 007rtw:
Photo of 007rtw
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smell: pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, heavy cream (just slight, at the end). Quite good.

Taste: A bit disappointing relative to the nose, but much better than the O'Fallon. Pumpkin gives way to malt with some hops and spices, as well as some solvent. Good, but not outstanding, as the malt and bitterness take away from the pumpkin.

Mouthfeel: too much carbonation, followed by excess dryness, but I'm being picky here. Smooth otherwise, but it can be a bit sticky on the finish.

Overall: a solid pumpkin ale that actually has some pumpkin taste, even if it's not enough.

EDITS:

I just had this beer again, slightly colder, and in better glassware. I want to make the following changes:
1) appearance: 4.0. I didn't originally write a review, but this is one beautiful looking beer. Amber-honey-burnt-orange is what I'll call it.
2) Nose: Add honey and cloves to the above. Didn't smell the cream this time; I think that was just a fluke.
3) I'm considering a re-review since I was much more impressed this time than last. However, in terms of numbers, I still think this is overall somewhere in the 3.9-4.1 range.

More User Reviews:
Photo of kojevergas
3.74/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very excited to try this; I've heard nothing but great things.

BOTTLE: Bottled 07/31/13. Good label design. Branded pry-off pressure cap. Brown glass. 12 fl oz. I think this is courtesy of Duff27? Thanks to whomever sent it.

8.0% ABV.

Served cold into a nonical pint glass at high altitude in Castle Rock, CO. Reviewed live as a pumpkin ale.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Around 1 finger wide. Khaki colour with pale brown hues. Fairly creamy. Retention is above average - around 3 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Deep copper auburn of average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appealing for a pumpkin ale, but not exemplary. I've seen better. Appears aptly carbonated.

AROMA: Rich pumpkin gourd, copper malts, and a subtle spice profile redolent of nutmeg, clove, allspice, and to a lesser extent cinnamon and brown sugar. The expressiveness of the pumpkin is fantastic.

I find no hop profile, yeast character, or alcohol.

Aromatic intensity is average. Suggests a pumpkin ale with impressive nuance and subtlety. I'm craving the first sip.

TASTE: Has an evocative pumpkin gourd at its core - which is the obvious feature that is so often absent from beers in this style. Huge props to Schalfy for accomplishing the simple feat of evoking pumpkin in a pumpkin ale. The subtle spice profile plays off the pumpkin beautifully, with notes of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and clove setting off the gourd and pumpkin skin. It's gorgeously balanced, with a nice interplay of spice, sugars (some seemingly brown), and caramel.

Neither too sweet nor too bitter. Well-built. Nicely executed.

No overt hop profile, yeast, alcohol, or of-notes.

Boasts ample nuance and intricacy. The subtlety of the spices and the brown sugars is marvelous. I quite like this.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, aptly medium-bodied, very well-carbonated, and unrefreshing. Apt thickness, heft, and weight on the palate.

Complements the taste nicely, but there's no harmony of texture to taste. Overall presence on the palate is superb.

OVERALL: Highly drinkable. Easily one of the better pumpkin ales I've had in recent memory. This is an excellent go-to pumpkin ale on par with some of the best currently brewed in the country, yet still I can envision one which is better. In any case, it's gestalt - and that's impressive. Well-worth trying, or even seeking out. Excellent work from Schlafly. Hat-tip to the cats brewing over there.

High B (3.74)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a deep dark cloudy amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention. Aroma of nutmeg, pumpkin and cinnamon with sweet malt backbone is quite enjoyable. Taste is a nice mix between some nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin with lightly sweet malt backbone. All flavours are very well balanced with sweetness offsetting some of the spices so that nothing gets out of hand. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with great level of complexity while retaining good marks for drinkability.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber and orange in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that completely faded away, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of pumpkins and spices such as nutmeg in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that the pumpkins really stand out in front of the spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has no traces whatsoever of alcohol. The taste has a very good balance between pumpkins and spices but much more pumpkin flavors compared to other beers in the style.

Photo of Damian
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

Drank from a 12 fluid oz. bottle purchased at Whole Foods, Fairfax, VA
07/11/2014
Served in a pint glass

A tight, creamy, two-plus finger tall, light tan crown topped the dark orangey-amber liquid. The head dissolved rather quickly and left no lacing whatsoever.

The aroma was pretty mellow initially. Somewhat dry and yeasty. There was a slight steeliness as well. Touch of spice. As the beer warmed, the nose improved dramatically. Pumpkin pie spices were quite apparent. Good amount of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Some malty sweetness appeared as well.

Unlike the nose, the flavor profile had a lot going on from the get-go. Pumpkin pie spice notes dominated. Cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice were most apparent. There was just enough caramel malt sweetness to give the beer a true pumpkin pie flavor but not overwhelm it. Quite rich and full in flavor for the style. The finish contained a hefty dose of cinnamon that lent the beer a mildly "hot" spiciness. Really solid.

Rich and fuller bodied for the style. The liquid contained an ultra fine and frothy, tongue blanketing effervescence. At 8% ABV, the alcohol was barely perceivable.

With its punchy yet balanced flavor profile and fuller bodied mouthfeel, Schlafly's Pumpkin Ale is one of the better examples of the style I have yet to dry. I really hope this brewery distributes to New England sometime soon.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

This beer transcends being a "pumpkin ale". I think most people might not take a pumpkin beer seriously as a beer style, but this one is a world class beer. Period. 8% abv is masked in an expert fashion, you got a perfect blend of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin. As it warms it doesn't get offensive with its taste. The alcohol is still masked and the flavors still shine. Add it towards the top of my beer ranking list that's for sure.

If you can get your hands on it, do so! It is a much better value than Pumking. You can get a 6 pack for about $11.

Photo of Breen
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour/Appearance: A reddish hue with a deep copper when held to light. Minimal head that frothed a bit immediately after the pour and quickly spread to the edges only. Full lacing disappears in a few seconds.

Smell: Like face planting in a homemade pumpkin pie. Nutmeg and other spices. Some grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Sharp carbonation and relatively light on the palette with a dry finish.

Taste: Slightly bitter from the earthy hops smelled, but the most noticeable is the pumpkin and cinnamon/nutmeg spices.

Overall: As ready as I was for a good seasonal ale, I was still pleasantly surprised by this selection. The brewer has done an excellent job bringing out robust pumpkin flavor without crafting something overpowering or too bitter. I'm glad I purchased this in a 6-pack and might well be back for more.

Photo of macbethkid84
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm not big on pumpkin ales, but this one hits just the right note of subtle spice and clean hops. Perfect for Thanksgiving dinner.

Photo of Billolick
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle. "Bottled with love on 9/10/2013" on the bottom of the front label. Nice-fresh, highly rated seasonal beer.

Pours hazed darker amber, very minor head, leaving some fine strands of lacing.

Nose has a good dose of pumpkin pie spicing.

Full flavor and full bodied, rich pumpkin notes, more typical spicing, but everything tastes and smells fresh and pungent here. Nicely done. 8% flexing its attitude, but exhibiting no boozy bite.

If ya enjoy the style, this is one to seek out and enjoy.

Gonna try to put some away for thanksgiving. Gonna be nice with Turkey day dessert and as a night capper.

Photo of 1Adam12
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful orange color. The nose is awesome. Makes you jump back and go "woah". Smells like pumpkin pie, spicy, a bit of cinnamon, very nice. Tastes like pumpkin pie. No sign of the ABV. Nice spice. Mouthfeel is medium to light with a decent amount of carbonation. This is a really good pumpkin ale. My first of the season this year. Glad they produced this. I recommend trying this if it is in your area.

Photo of wattoclone
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Intense aroma of pumpkin pie with a luscious deep orange-red color. Taste is strong pumpkin pie, very sweet, with a malty finish that is as close to pumpkin pie as you get. There is an alcohol presence which detracts but overall a great pumpkin.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mahogany brown in color. A fingernail thin layer of khaki head covers the rim of the glass. Aroma is comprised of nutmeg,cinnamon, clove,and pumpkin. The flavor is nutmeg,cinnamon, and pumpkin in the forefront . Clove is clearly present. The body is moderately carbonated and slightly chewy.
Appearance: 3.75
Aroma:4
Taste: 3.75
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Overall: 3.75

Photo of dogfishandi
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to mizzouguy for sending this in the noob bif round 6!

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. bottled 9/12/2011 (a little over 2 months old).

pours out slightly hazy amber/ bronze color with a fizzy off white head that disappeared almost instantly leaving no lace or retention.

some nice pumpkin and cinnamon off the first whiff. also some nutmeg, gingerbread, and light grains. a bit of the 8% in the aroma as well.

nice taste, at times i get a lot of fleshy pumpkin and cinnamon, and other times its a lot of gingerbread. very nice, a bit of some sweet grainy malts, nutmeg. clean finish, slight bitterness.

medium bodied, you really dont feel the 8% at all, nicely hidden. sweet, decent carbonation.

overall, a very nice pumpkin ale, prolly my new second favorite, pumking being the fav here. has a very nice gingerbread crust thing going on, similar to pumking. id definatly seek this out again if it were available to me.

Photo of ehammond1
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for the gift, DarthKostrizer!

Dark amber with dark orange highlights and a thin off-white head that doesn't leave much stick down the glass, only an oily sheen.

Good amounts of pumpkin pie spice in the aroma: cinnamon, allspice, some nutmeg, and a little brown sugar. Very little actual gourd/pumpkin character, but I never pick up much in any pumpkin ale. Some juicy apple. A bit of a sweet caramel and graham character as well.

The flavor follows the aroma, though is incredibly well balanced, flavorful, and highly drinkable. Pumpkin pie spices, graham cracker, a little toffee sweetness, and a low level of bitterness combine incredibly well.

Medium bodied with high carbonation, somewhat prickly.

Probably my favorite pumpkin ale, though it's not a style I particularly seek out. Very glad I got to try this one!

Photo of Scarvingdozen87
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

S; Smells of pumpkin pie, cinnamon mainly. This definitely smells like a real pumpkin beer!

T: tastes like pumpkin pie! Great fall taste! Not real sweet, but yet not an overpower drive on the pumpkin either! Perfect combination on the right amount of spices!

O: one of my favorite pumpkin beers! If your looking for a pumpkin beer that tastes similar to pumpkin pie, definitely go for this beer. All time favorite pumpkin beer.

Photo of centbeerfest
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass
A-A very deep dark redish orange brown. Clear and nice frothy head.
S-Excellent. carrot cake, cumin, thinking of holloween in August.
T-Jumps out with a bang and cloves, cinammon. Very good balance of character, pumpkin profile and hops throughout. Strange but a hint of cheery at the finish.
M-Could replace my morning cup of coffee. Like biting into a satisfying pumpkin creme brulee. Not too filling, just enough.

I liked this beer more than I expected. Have always staid away from pumkin ales but I could/would drink this anytime of year.

Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a snifter.

Pours clear, dark amber color with a modest tan head. A small amount of sediment lurking at the bottom of the bottle was added to the pour.

Despite plenty of pie spices, the pumpkin shines thru as well. More spicy in the flavor and feel than in the nose, particular the cinnamon component. Perhaps due to a richer malt base, even with rather bold spicing this pumpkin is not over-spiced. Those not liking cinnamon probably will disagree; this has enough cinnamon to, I think, add a slight burn to the feel. Still, very nice mix of flavors.

O: very similar to the Whole Hog Pumpkin I had a couple of days ago in both profile and overall quality. These are among the best pumpkins I've tried, and clearly the best of the 5 I've had over the past 3 days. More clove in the Schlafly; slight preference for the Whole Hog.

Photo of mocktm
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown 12 oz bottle, bottling date of 8/12/2011 printed on the front.

Absolutely gorgeous dark and opaque orange to brown hue, chestnut is the best comparison I can draw. Small, yet fluffy egg white head forms and quickly dissipates, still the color on this is spectacular. Deliciously creamy as well.

Nose is robust and pungent, a fall spice cabinet: cinnamon, clove, all spice, etc plus poignant scents of fresh roasted pumpkin.

When I buy a pumpkin beer, damnitt I want it to taste like pumpkin, but I still want it to carry the characteristics of an actual beer. This accomplishes that; the pumpkin pie flavors are well defined and delectable, with a slight hop bitterness to round it out and a bit of booze as well.

Mouthfeel is medium, slightly creamy, with plenty of carbonation.

One of the better pumpkin beers on the market, it actually doesn't get much better, Cheers!

Photo of turamarth
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served into New Belgium globe w/ nucleation.

Appearance: A creamy white head starts out maybe one finger, and dissipates to a thin layer of bubbles. Body is a nice copperish amber color that, at the heart is nearly opaque.

Smell: Smells like a chai latte. Cinnamon is there, so is the nutmeg. But, the cloves are a little harder to pinpoint. Smell isn't too complex, but that's not a bad thing with this, because it still smells wonderful! I want pumpkin spice candles now.

Taste: Again, Chai Latte. Tastes like a chai that I get from my local barista, only iced and fizzy. Here the cloves do pop out quite a bit more to help edge some of the stronger spicy notes. You have to dig for the hops in this, but they're not supposed to be strong here. This is nommy.

Mouthfeel: A bright carbonation that dances on the tongue is probably the most noticeably thing about the mouth feel. The beer isn't too think or oily, and leaves a nice coating of spice on the roof of the mouth.

Drink: Being 8% abv you would think it would pack a tiny bit of a punch, but it doesn't. As far as I know this could be fairly sessionable. And the flavors mixed with the nice mouthfeel make a pretty drinkable seasonal ale.

Photo of chicagobill13
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can't get this in chicago so it is a treat when I go down to St Louis or a friend goes down.

Color is a amber look.

Smell you can smell the nutneg and pumpkin.

Taste and mouthfeel has a very well balance with a kick. This is a very nice treat in the fall. Good with desserts or just sitting watching football games. This to me is best pumpkin ale on the market. Cheers!

Photo of LXIXME
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Small light brown to tan head settles to a super thin lacing above a thick burnt caramel colored pumpkin beer.

Light pumpkin and pumpkin pie type spices aroma with its cinnamon and nutmeg coming through nicely.

Spicy pumpkin pie taste, all it needs is a scoop of miracle whip on top of it.

Very light dryish aftertaste with a bit of the pumpkin pie tastes remaining behind with this medium bodied beer.

Pretty decent pumpkin ale, not overbearing on the pumpkin tastes but what is there is noticeable and pretty good tasting.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty golden amber color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that gathered in the center of the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very pumpkin-y and spicy. Lots of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, ginger and brown sugar.

Taste: Tons of pumpkin and spices. Lots of cinnamon, ginger and clove. Very delicious. This would be a great desert beer as there is quite a bit of brown sugar-like sweetness present as well. There is no hops bitterness to speak of, which I overall prefer.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, with very little to no carbonation to speak of. With an ABV of 8.0%, there’s a surprising little amount of alcohol presence on the palate.

Overall: This is a damn good pumpkin beer! I love all of the spices and sweetness that this beer has! Delicious! I’ll certainly be getting some more of this next Autumn.

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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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