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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

Schlafly Pumpkin AleSchlafly Pumpkin Ale

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Ratings: 1243
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.4%


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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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dtalou27

Illinois

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been waiting over a year to try this beer, and to no surprise, it is now my all time favorite beer.... To bad it is only available this time of year, oh well, it makes it that much better!

Appearance - dark Amber color, with hint of orange. Medium head on this beer.

Smell - Smells like a Pumpkin Pie!!

Taste - Taste is even better than it smells! You can tell this beer has a decent amount of alcohol, without the alcohol being overwhelming at all. The blend of spices is perfect, and can be tasted each sip.

Mouthfeel - Malty, with a great carbonation.

Overall - Again, I've been waiting for this beer all year, and it did NOT disappoint. If I could give this beer a higher rating than a 5 overall, I would.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 04:32:34 | More by dtalou27
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challenja

Virginia

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A deep amber orange, one hell of a good looking beer! Slight carbonation, nice small white head.

Smell: Wow. This is really sweet and spicy. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin puree and a huge smell of candied caramels and butter toffee.

T: This is what a Pumpkin Beer must taste like. Who ever brews beers must find the recipe and then mass produce this sucker and make millions! This is a slightly tamer but spicer offering than S.T PumKing. This one has more carbonation and has more cloves and Cinnamon running through out. Nutmeg is on par with Weyerbacher and S.T.

M: Medium bodied with a nice fullness that most Pumpkin beers lack, that is why this one is #2 all time in Pumpkin beers. One hell of a smooth creamy pumpkin spiced beer for sure.

O: This is my second favorite pumpkin beer of all time and my second favorite seasonal beer as well. I only wish I could buy at least 12 of them before they sell out in mere minutes at local craft beer stores. People call up to find this one much like KBS and CBS by Founders, and Hop Slam by Bell's. I guess I have to start emailing and bugging the hell out of them too, or maybe I will call my boy Jonathan at Hop n Wine because he is one of the major distributors here on the East Coast. The beer god's do smile on me from time to time. Seriously if you find it, buy it! All of It!!!! and then sell it on EBAY..

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2011 23:39:16 | More by challenja
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jtierney89

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful tarnished brass color with a thin pumpkin colored head. Smells like sweet sweet pumpkin pie, whip cream and all. Cinnamon and pumpkin dominate the nostrils. Vanilla cardamon and clove as well.

Rich creamy mouthfeel. Light effervescence. Pumpkin pie in a bottle. Big and rich yet remains refreshing on the spicy finish. Well blended. Simple put, one of the best pumpkin beers i've ever had. Genuinely tastes like a cool slice of pumpkin pie! I love it. Oh and also, for that 8% alcohol, you can't detect a thing.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 21:30:17 | More by jtierney89
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thebrood1987

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Strong smell of nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, and smells like a sweet pumpkin candle. On the first sip its a sweet taste of all the spices I mentioned in the smell coming together with a pungent pumpkin pie taste with a slight bitterness at the end.

Its hopped just right to add a crispness to the sweetness of all the spices and pumpkin they put in this. The spices do overpower the pumpkin but not too much so. It really doesn't detract anything from the taste this beer is a excellent.

Excellent mouthfeel and very full bodied. This is an excellent sweet drinkable pumpkin ale that really delivers in smell taste and all of the above.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 01:15:41 | More by thebrood1987
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Hades-GreatDivide


5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hands down the best pumpkin ale around. However the taste is very very sweet. Its like drinking a pumpkin pie. The downfall is that its nearly impossible to find because liquor stores only receive 1 case per store here due to its limit of tanks on their brewing facility. The nutmeg and spices are very distinct compared to any other Oktoberfest. Women love this drink as well. Schlafly outdid their-selves on this 1 of kind pumpkin beer. Wish it was around all year round.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 23:26:09 | More by Hades-GreatDivide
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Dapuma

Arizona

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is flat out the best pumpkin beer I have ever had, it tastes of pumpkin pie, without going over the top with sweetness

At 8% the beer has a punch for something that goes down as smooth as a light lager

When it is released get it, mail order it, do whatever you need to do to obtain it if you are a pumpkin beer drinker, as it will change your Pumpkin Beer Life!

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2013 03:51:40 | More by Dapuma
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DevinK

New York

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am a HUGE pumpkin beer fan, gotta love that time of the year when they start popping up on the shelves in numbers. That being said, I've had a number of pumpkin beers and nothing comes even remarkably close to Schlafly's Pumpkin Ale. The best way for me to describe it is like pumpkin pie in liquid form. You would never guess the ABV based on the way it tastes, goes down very smooth. If you are a pumpkin beer fan this is a MUST have for you.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 02:17:25 | More by DevinK
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reebtaerG

Maryland

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-poured into snifter glass. A deep red amber color with a white head
S-wonderful aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg
T-wonderful taste of the same smell with cloves
M-very rich and smooth malts maybe graham cracker
O-an absolute great pumpkin ale especially for a 12oz best taste for the money compared to other pumpkin ales

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 13:39:53 | More by reebtaerG
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BobbyBeerman

Illinois

4.93/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled for a while, reviewed on 2/22/08. Poured from the bottle to my favorite pub glass using the "perfect pour" method.

Appearance: Amber with a hint of orange color showing through. Clear. Light head that's maybe a finger that fades leaving a little lacing.

Smell: No other way to describe this but pumpkin pie. Obvious nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger.

Taste: Just like the smell. Rich flavor that mimics pumpkin pie. Almost expecting bits of crust in there.

Mouth feel: Rich, medium to heavy body.

Drinkability: I LOVE THIS! This is my favorite of the available pumpin ales in southern Illinois followed closely by O'Fallon's Pumpkin Ale. Rich flavor that isn't weak and isn't too sweet. Even at 8% ABV the alcohol taste doesn't come across. Too bad this isn't a year round beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 04:28:16 | More by BobbyBeerman
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lokiikol

Maryland

4.93/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Draft.

Color: clear, deep amber in color.

Head: thick, off-white, dissipates fairly quickly with light lacing.

Aroma: heavy spice, with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, perhaps a slight clove undertone, minimal fruit or pumpkin notes. Smells inviting and rich.

Mouthfeel: fairly creamy, with a slight carbonation.

Taste: light malt flavor up front, giving way to a medium spice aftertaste reminiscent of the aroma, and it lingers and entices for another drink. Pumpkin pie is not quite the right way to describe the balance, but it gets you in the ballpark.

Overall: I have had this beer style many times before, and I have not had another pumpkin ale that even approaches this one in terms of quality, balance, and taste. Despite being an imperial ale, it does not have the alcohol taste that usually accompanies such a distinction, and although the spices are pronounced, they are not overpowering nor the only character of this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2011 21:12:55 | More by lokiikol
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Megahertz

Missouri

4.93/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle dated 10-AUG-12 into a Hoffman House chalice. Consumed on 21-AUG-12.
Served at approximately 50F (cool).

A - Rough pour straight down the middle generates an off-white to tan, tightly packed head that leaves a considerable residual. Brilliantly clear deep red in color with the appearance of mild carbonation. Some more lacing would be nice, but that's about all I can knock it for.

S - A plethora of pumpkin spices and even a whif of actual pumpkin aroma! Knocks my socks off. "This is a slice of pumpkin pie I am smelling, not a beer."

T - Initially very strong with pumpkin spices with a caramelly sweetness and cleansing carbonation. Fades into a malty, bready, toasty mid with a devilish grin of freshly carved jack-o-lantern flavor. Finish is sweet and malty with an embracing, clean bitterness, lingering with a mild taste of... is that toasted pumpkin seeds? Alcohol is not apparent until the drinking is nearly complete.

M - Heavy body with mild to medium carbonation. Only gets more drinkable as it is consumed.

O - ♫ This is halloween, everybody make a scene ♫ Superior to prior vintages, which is saying a lot. The definitive pumpkin beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 22:05:28 | More by Megahertz
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Gladius270

Illinois

4.93/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Copper color, not much head or lacing here. Literally the ONLY fault with this beer, IMO.

S- Pumpkin pie. It's as simple as that. Nice, beautiful, freshly made pumpkin pie, and its traditional spices.

T- Pumpkin pie spices dominate this at first. There is a clean hop bitterness in there as well. Finishes with a taste of pure pumpkin. Though it may be my imagination, it's almost sweet enough for me to pick up traces of whipped cream. When it gets toward the bottom of the glass, the alcohol begins to come through with a nice, warming quality.

M- I always find this one to be luxurious. Nice, smooth, and creamy.

O- This is one of my favorite beers ever. Hands down. It is nicely balanced, and it delivers exactly what it advertises. I anxiously await this one every year, and this year the brew is outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 00:50:45 | More by Gladius270
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antlerwrestler19

Nebraska

4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received 6er in a trade with nlabruyere, thanks Nate!

Pours a magnificent ruby red/brown with deep orange tones - a small light cinnamon head falls just as fast as it rose leaving no lacing and only a thin ring atop the beer. This. Smells. Amazing. Spicy pumpkin-y goodness - gingerbread cookies, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, brown sugar, caramel candies - everything I look for in a pumpkin ale. The taste is incredible as well - like a heavily spiced slice o' pumpkin pie with a nice dollop of sweet whipped cream. Creamy, rich, and bold are some fitting descriptors of this phenomenal brew. God made fall a season so this particular beer could be enjoyed by man (or woman).

Cheers!!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 04:36:00 | More by antlerwrestler19
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CraftBeerDrinker

Missouri

4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

enjoying these beers one by one in bottle and then on-tap, starting with the local brewers. since this one is my favorite, i'm going to be doing two reviews to start out my beeradvocate reviews.

poured awesome off the tap with good head on the beer and has a dark body. tons of spice in the smell but then its seems lighter than pumpkin pie. the pumpkin pie is huge in the taste and is nice and strong. sweet but pumpkin pie all the way through! about to buy another 6 pack to save in my fridge for the family.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2011 03:55:32 | More by CraftBeerDrinker
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T-Leb

Missouri

4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I never even drank a pumpkin beer until someone told me "If you like pumpkin pie you would probably enjoy Schlafly Pumpkin Ale." That person is correct. Schlafly Pumpkin Ales is my favorite seasonal pumpkin/squash/yam beer.

The appearance is the only part I can take any points away from as it doesn't have much of a long lasting head or lacing to speak of after being poured.

The beer literally smells and tastes like pumpkin pie. I love pumpkin pie! It is pure goodness. The ladies, in StL at least, love this beer. A real seasonal crowd pleaser.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 20:03:18 | More by T-Leb
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pmcadamis

Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tried this at the taproom in STL.

A - Dark ruby with some suggestions of orange. Very deep and alluring hue with a two finger head of white lace that leaves an astonishing amount of lace on the glass.

S - This smells EXACTLY like this: Pumpkin pie with a graham cracker crust and whipped cream on top sprinkled with a light powdering of cinnamon. Nice! All of those components are vivid and real to my nose. It's actually amazing how much this smells like a real pumpkin pie....maybe even slightly chilled with ice cream on top.

T - The flavor echoes the nose. Authentic pumpkin pie in all of it's autumnal glory. Pumpkin pie filling is there more than homemade pumpkin pie, but i actually prefer the store bought stuff (no offense to any of the women in my life, but Cub Foods sells a mean pumpkin pie). I'm just really impressed with this one.

M - Medium bodied with a slightly oily feel that contributes to the pie like feel. The finish is sweet, although I can feel some dry hops trying to get through. Thankfully, the hops are downplayed in favor of malty sweetness.

D - Outstanding. This is an amazing beer, and I'm glad that I was able to try it at the source! Fall is my favorite season, and this is just about the perfect beer for that special time of year. I'll be picking some up next fall fo' sho.'

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2008 05:58:50 | More by pmcadamis
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DCon

Missouri

4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought a 12 fl oz bottle of this from The Wolf Public House for $2. Poured from the bottle w/ a Huge Pumpkin on it and Bottled with Love On into a Samuel Adams Imperial Pint Glass.

Aroma- Great amount of spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie! Especially pumpkin pie! Very strong and can tell there is more ingredient in this than any other Schlafly.

Appearance- Pours a 1.5 finger head that is off-white and has good retention. The body is a mixed color of dark orange/light-medium brown color with tons of ingredients floating around. Good lacing follows up this beer.

Flavor- Pumpkin pie in a glass! Starts with the initial taste of pie with a nice cinnamon sugar and spice. Very sweet and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth & Crisp, and leaves tones of spice and pumpkin pie on the palate! Almost like its Thanksgiving in September!

Overall Impression- While this is one of my top 5 brews of all time, I just can't get enough of this one! It represents the Pumpkin Ale style PERFECTLY in everyway possible. I had to pop one of these before sending off over 48 brews to people all over the States. I recommend you trying this as well (have problems getting it, let me know! I'll be glad to make a trade for this).

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 23:32:22 | More by DCon
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johnnybgood1999

Virginia

4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After all the generic pumpkin ales offered by the big breweries this was heaven sent. I always wondered when I drank things like Harvest Moons Pumpkin Ale, why bother making a fall pumpkin ale when there is no pumpkin flavor?
That is not the case here. It poured a medium-dark red with a hint of orange. A pumpkin pie scent is apparant in the smell. Hope began to build within me. After the first sip I was won over. It tasted like pumpkin pie and beer! Any man's dream during a crisp Autumn season. And it is so drinkable for 8% abv. Something to look forward to at harvest time. Very, very, well done Schlafly.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 06:37:40 | More by johnnybgood1999
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charliedango

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I'm not going to go into great detail about it's appearance, taste, smell and whatnot as that is the traditional fare of this site. Instead I will comment on how great this beer really is. Out of all the pumpkin ales I have sampled this year, Schlafly has produced the only ale worthy of being called pumpkin ale.

I've tried New Holland, Michelob, O'Fallon, Harvest Moon, Shipyard, and others this year and the only one that truly captured the rich pumpkin flavor one would expect from a pumpkin ale was Schlafly. This is definitely my favorite of the season even ranking above my favorite Märzens.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 17:03:24 | More by charliedango
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mattsdenney

Tennessee

4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Temp dropped to sub-70 today and college football is on...perfect time for a Schafly Pumpkin Ale.

Appearance: A thick consistency, hazy, amber in color with a bubbly white head.

Smell: Smells amazing. A blend of spices and pumpkin that's distinct and aromatic.

Taste & Mouthfeel: The most flavorful and non-artifical tasting pumpkin beer out there. Schafly has reached the perfect balance of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Feels creamy and thick but not too heavy, especially for the abv.

Overall: I've been looking forward to this beer for months and was waiting for the right feel to break one open. Now that fall weather is here, this will be stocked in my fridge until I feel the need to switch to a winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 01:27:25 | More by mattsdenney
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chicagobill13

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can't get this in chicago so it is a treat when I go down to St Louis or a friend goes down.

Color is a amber look.

Smell you can smell the nutneg and pumpkin.

Taste and mouthfeel has a very well balance with a kick. This is a very nice treat in the fall. Good with desserts or just sitting watching football games. This to me is best pumpkin ale on the market. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 22:59:12 | More by chicagobill13
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours an even orange/amber color. A thin off-white head on top.

Aroma - rich malt and pumpkin along with pie spices. A slight vapory component in there as well.

Taste - full malty underpinning to this pumpkin beer. Delicious pumpkin flavor, clove-forward (one of my favorite spices) without being overly sweet or overly hopped or bitter. Just a light balancing nip on the swallow and a warm abv feeling in the throat. Lengthy finish full of the gourd and lingering clove.

Mouthfeel - perhaps what really helps to nail this beer as a perennial top pick in the pumpkin beer category. Full-bodied, just shy of heavy. Crisp but not getting in the way of the taste. Smooth, but big. It's the biggest hint that the harvest season is here, the annual monstrous carbohydrate-laden meal will soon be upon us, and the malty, bigger brews of the season are nigh.

Overall - my favorite pumpkin beer for a session. The style holds a special place for me as it was the style for my first review many seasons ago. It is the only pumpkin brew I faithfully get every fall. Awesome brew, Schlafly!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 05:02:40 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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BeerFiend2002

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip glass:

Deep reddish amber color with about a half finger of tan head. Love that color.

Smells of cinnamon and nutmeg, your typical spices. A nice sweetness pokes its head in there too.

Very well balanced. Their is just enough spice in there to hold up against the big squashy backbone of this beer. The back end and exhale taste just like a slice of grandma's pumpkin pie. No hint of the alcohol whatsoever, which is great considering it is an 8% ABV brew.

Nice, medium-bodied mouthfeel. Great for an after dinner desert.

Exceptional brew. Well-balanced and delicious take on the style. Would definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 16:45:19 | More by BeerFiend2002
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flannelman808

California

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a bright ruby/orange ocher and is topped with a fine off white head. Retention is not great lacing is ok.

S: Glorious autumn spices jump out of the glass. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove oh boy.

T: This is fantastic stuff. I don't think they used actual pumpkins but that doesn't bother me one bit. Big spicy flavors aforementioned are very present with a pie crust sweet backing (though not too sweet). This stuff is amazingly drinkable and delicious.

M: lingering and spry.

O: fantastic beer, one of my favorites of the style!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 21:44:54 | More by flannelman808
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alysmith4

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow! This beer is like pumpkin pie in a bottle. So fresh and flavorful, it definitely replaces anything pumpkin that I'd want to eat. The appearance (reddish-caramel) and mouthfeel are both average, but the smell and taste are out of this world! There's a definite cinnamon/vanilla/caramel/nutmeg aroma that comes through as it warms. The taste is pumpkin-y, vanilla, bread-y, with a well-balanced tart and sweetness. I could have this beer again and again, and think it's easily the best pumpkin beer I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 20:33:06 | More by alysmith4
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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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