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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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1,890 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,890
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 322
Gots: 325 | FT: 6
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The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
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 beerphilosopher:
Photo of beerphilosopher
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather intense burnt orange color with reddish highlights in the glass. The thick collar of foam rises well above the rim and is colored a pale off-white with the slightest orange hue. Active carbonation can be seen rising from the bottom of the glassware, feeding the massive head of foam. The nose is heavily spiced - cinnamon abounds, followed by cloves, allspice, nutmeg and a pleasant, caramel malty sweetness taking up the rear. This beer is the liquid summation of the word "festive." The palate doesn't disappoint in this regard either. Bursting forth with aggressive spices and warm, slightly roasted malt characteristics, this is like a baked pumpkin pie in a glass. The cinnamon is the dominant spice in this one. Perhaps because the spices are so heavy in the nose and on the palate, the alcohol is scarcely detectable though this beer weighs in at 8% ABV. Once you get past the spices, a solid well-crafted amber ale is waiting to greet you - slightly sweet, roasted malts and a complimentary hop profile leave this beer tasting surprisingly balanced for such a big, spice-heavy beer. The mouth feel is medium thick, but not too much so. The carbonation level is ample enough to keep this one from being perceived as too heavy or malt rich. Nice trick. The finish is smooth and warm, with a lingering spicy note or two hanging around. All in all, this is and has been one of my favorite pumpkin ales of all time. I am a spice head, so the aggressive levels of spice found here are not a negative for me, but some may find them too intense. While I could easily drink a few of these at a sitting, the well-hidden alcohol content prohibits that notion. This is a beer I'll stock up on and have on hand through winter's chill. Perhaps I'll even squirrel away one or two bottles and see what a year or two in the cellar does to the flavor profile - at *% ABV, this one should be able to handle it okay. Now if I can just keep my hands off of it for that long.

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
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
4.15/5  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.

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 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 BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
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 mojohawk21
4.25/5  rDev +1%

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 OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Schlais
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Lindland
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of joemetric
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of sdsimkins
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of sabitu
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of oteixeira
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of joel66
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Dangerrangerjas
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of DuckDodgers
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of jal_005
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev -5%

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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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