Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room
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Reviews by rangerred:
4.3/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours a slightly hazy dark orange with a thin cap for a head that fades into a ring around the side of the glass. Not really any lacing to speak of.
Aroma is cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and graham cracker. A very pleasant fall spiciness and really captures the pumpkin pie aroma perfectly. Not overtly spicy whatsoever.
Flavor is very near perfection. Some squashy-ness up front quickly followed by a healthy wallup of cinnamon and nutmeg. A quick shot of vanilla along with some whipped cream but the spices hold strong. Never do they become overwhelming but rather quite nicely balance with everything else. Bitterness is extremely light and nearly imperceptible. This beer is just a touch sweet and not a sugar bomb like so many pumpkin beers. A nice, dry finish with just a hint of warmth from the alcohol.
Overall, one of the best pumpkin beers out there. Very well balanced and not sweet at all. I could honestly drink a couple of these in a sitting. One to pick up every year.
Serving type: bottle
11-07-2012 01:37:05 | More by rangerred
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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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