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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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1,769 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,769
Reviews: 478
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 317
Gots: 298 | FT: 8
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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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Reviews by SpecialK088:
Photo of SpecialK088
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A-Very deep burnt orange, light maybe 1 finger head, very nice color.

S-Smells like warm pumpkin bread, the bready smell mixes very will with a spicy pumpkin sweetness.

T-Flavor is much like the smell very bready and sweet, but with a nice malt quality and very much a good quality beer with some very subtle hops in the middle and finish.

M-its a little undercarbonated but the balance of the sweetness with the malt and subtle hops make for a relitivly complex october beer.

D-Easy to drink and very nice to have this time of year, easy to session.

SpecialK088, Sep 13, 2009
More User Reviews:
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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

metter98, Sep 09, 2011
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.

Damian, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of mojohawk21
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

mojohawk21, Aug 17, 2014
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.

Fear4Beer, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev -5%

OhioBobcat, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of Schlais
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Schlais, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of Breen
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Breen, Sep 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

SkiBum22, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of joemetric
4.25/5  rDev +1%

joemetric, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of sdsimkins
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

sdsimkins, May 29, 2014
Photo of sabitu
5/5  rDev +18.8%

sabitu, Aug 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

oteixeira, Nov 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

joel66, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of Dangerrangerjas
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Dangerrangerjas, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of DaftPatrick
4.25/5  rDev +1%

DaftPatrick, May 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

DuckDodgers, Jul 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

jal_005, Jun 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5%

megamass, May 22, 2013
Photo of Billolick
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Billolick, Sep 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

burninggoat, May 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

lostandwandering, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of SjConroy
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%

SjConroy, Sep 14, 2014
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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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