Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room
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Reviews by climax:
4.7/5 rDev +11.4%
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...
10-18-2011 20:52:44 | More by climax
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4.47/5 rDev +5.9%
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!
01-08-2009 03:46:47 | More by mikesgroove
4.05/5 rDev -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.
10-20-2007 03:22:18 | More by BEERchitect
4.1/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
02-09-2007 16:46:39 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.6/5 rDev +9%
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.
09-18-2012 01:13:11 | More by Breen
4.19/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
09-24-2013 00:41:49 | More by Billolick
4.1/5 rDev -2.8%
Pours a beautiful orange color. The nose is awesome. Makes you jump back and go "woah". Smells like pumpkin pie, spicy, a bit of cinnamon, very nice. Tastes like pumpkin pie. No sign of the ABV. Nice spice. Mouthfeel is medium to light with a decent amount of carbonation. This is a really good pumpkin ale. My first of the season this year. Glad they produced this. I recommend trying this if it is in your area.
09-04-2011 01:56:23 | More by 1Adam12
Schlafly Pumpkin Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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