Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room
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4.1/5 rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Decided to crack open the first bottle of my six-pack yesterday to celebrate the autumnal equinox. Pours a radiant burnt orange with a healthy finger of head that dissipated in a blink of the eye. The nose has pumpkin for sure as well as a hint of something sweet. There is a pumpkin taste, but it is also balanced with some subtle malty sweetness, especially on the finish. I am not really getting any of the pie spices that the brewer claims were used in brewing this beer; rather the sweet notes on the end appear to be from the malt alone.
The body is relatively hearty and I think that this would pair well with a turkey dinner or any fare that included game meat.
Upon further examination: There is a touch of pie spice present once this ale warms quite a bit. I would advise serving this closer to cellar temperature than fridge temperature.
Up Side: The brewers included a quote from one of my favorite authors, Henry David Thoreau: “I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”
Down Side: After searching for this beer for a long time and finally tracking it down this year, I was hoping that (like Thoreau) it would be transcendental. It was not quite that, but it certainly is a solid effort at brewing a fall classic.
Serving type: bottle
09-24-2012 04:40:08 | More by 57md
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