Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room
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4.7/5 rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
I enjoyed this on tap a week or so back. Unfortunately for me, I was unable to fathom a review because it was my 6th beer of the evening. So this is from a sober state in bottle form.
Poured into a snifter (also what the brewery presented it in), this is a darker than expected caramel brown with very burnt orange highlights. The head is minimal, and the lack of retention and lacing is definitely a disappointing downfall. The etching in the glass is the only thing that's keeping bubbles on the beer.
My soul is filled with autumn goodness upon smelling this. The nutmeg, vanilla, and cinnamon notes are bold and assertive. Genuine sweet pumpkin and whipped topping give it the chewy malt and sugary backbone it needs. I get hints of leafy hop tones and just the slightest dash of alcohol as I dwell further into the depths of this magnificent and complex aroma.
The taste follows suit very well. Everything is just perfect in here, there's even considerable sourness and a leafy hop finish. All the flavors create an explosion of sweet and spicy complexity: clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Fruitiness and sour tones come from green apple tones just as much as pumpkin. The alcohol warms everything up without a harsh edge.
The body is not too heavy, but it does have thickness. It's slightly syrupy and accompanied by abundant carbonation and crispness. The finish is on the dry side, demanding it be drank with persistence.
Pumking is certainly the heavy hitter of the pumpkin ales, but in terms of pleasant balance, abundant flavor, and drinkability, this has to be my hands down favorite. Not to mention it's $8-9 a six pack...
Serving type: bottle
10-18-2011 20:52:44 | More by climax
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