Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room
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Reviews by Stevedore:
4.39/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle, bottle is dated 8/14/2013 (I assume this is bottling date. If this is the enjoy by date, the whole pumpkin-beers-in-the-summer angst just got even more ridiculous). Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 10/7/2013.
Pours a dark brown-amber body, somewhat opaque and when illuminated, it becomes more of a dark burnt orange colour. Comes with a nice white head, around 1cm that looks substantial and slowly dissipates into a thick film and reasonably sized collar. Lacing comes up as the beer disappears, but slowly drops back into the collar. We got a great looking pumpkin beer here.
Smells like friggin' pumpkin pie mix. Tons of pumpkin spices balanced out by a nice bready malt backbone that reminds me of sweet potatoes. There's definitely nutmeg mixed with some cinnamon. Maybe some molasses or brown sugar-like sweetness on top of the bready malts. Phew!
Tastes just like pumpkin pie as well. Fall spices being some mixture of cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon are a bit less dominant throughout than in the nose, whereas the sweet potato-like bready malts shine a bit more. The spices do come back with a vengeance on the backend, but there is a mild bit of earthy bitterness that balances it out. Delicious.
Medium bodied, smooth, well-carbonated. Slight alcohol burn. Dessert-like beer that is sticky on the lips and palate.
Lip-smackingly good. One of the few pumpkin beers I've really enjoyed this year. This is up there with Good Gourd in terms of how much this smells and tastes like pumpkin pie. The smell is really something on this one. Highly recommend if you are interested in pumpkin beers and haven't tried this one yet.
Serving type: bottle
10-08-2013 03:22:15 | More by Stevedore
More User Reviews:
4.25/5 rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into tulip glass.
A- Pours a deep garnet with a good degree of clarity for such a dark colored beer and a pumpkin on at that. Small whitish caramel head that dissipates to a thin ring.
S- Medium level of spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Lots of malt, similar to that of a scotch ale. Has a slight mellow gourd sort of sourness you get when smelling fresh pumpkin.
T- Similar to aroma, perfect level of spices for my tastes, a very noticeable pumpkin aspect, and a malt character that doesn't overshadow the pumpkin. Tastes the way a "from scratch" pumpkin pie ought to taste. Alcohol is not really noticeable.
M- Medium-heavy and a good lower carbonation for the style. As opposed to something like Pumking which is more effervescent.
O- I think this might be my favorite example of the style, slightly higher than Dogfish Head Punkin' and Pumking. Great balanced spices and great pumpkin flavor.
Serving type: bottle
04-03-2014 22:35:50 | More by PaulyB83
Schlafly Pumpkin Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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