Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room
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Reviews by kels:
4.47/5 rDev +5.9%
I have to admit I'm surprised I never heard of this beer before. The only BAs I know who seem to really like pumpkin ales claim this is the best, so I couldn't pass an offer to try it. Now I know why I've never seen it in the stores - it goes too fast. Thanks so much RoyMunson for sharing this with me! Review is on the bottle poured into a snifter.
Beer pours the color of bourbon - a nice golden, honey-amber shade with good clarity. A light white fizzy head fades to clumpy, bubbly islands of foam that float along the top of the beer. Spots of sticky white lace freckle the glass.
Aroma is typically my favorite aspect of any pumpkin ale, but this one definitely outshines most of the competition. There is a clear cinnamon essence, but it is as much on the sweet side as on the spicy side and reminds me of snickerdoodle cookies. In addition I get a caramelly essence from the malts that I swear is bottled caramel apples and a hint of brown sugar sweetness and lightly toasted malt. The pumpkin doesn't come out as much as the pumpkin pie spices do, but it's in there, sweetly earthy and rich.
This beer is definitely tasty without killing my tastebuds with one overwhelming flavor as in others of this style. The pumpkin that hid in the aroma really shines in the flavors. I can practically taste the creaminess of the pumpkin pie filling from the thoughts that the taste conjures. The spices are not overwhelming in any way, but they are present in very complimentary form. The light cinnamon, nutmeg, honey and caramel flavors come out subtly along with a creaminess that pulls all the tastes together. The feel falls a little flat for me, but it complements the flavors well, allowing them to dominate the experience.
Beer is definitely drinkable. It is nicely warming in taste and in experience, and the balance of the flavors is very impressive for this style. I enjoy the full-flavoring that is also in many ways subtle. I'll definitely try to find this one along with my Pumking next year!
11-05-2009 03:41:41 | More by kels
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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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