Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 1,894
Reviews: 489
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 322
Gots: 324 | FT: 6
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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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Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a bright clear orange color with hints of amber. It ad a foamy, off-white, two-finger head that left some lace.

S - It smelled of pumpkin, tons of nutmeg and some cinnamon.

T - Great blend of pumpkin and nutmeg gave it a nice bittersweet quality. The cinnamon flavor was understated but good.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - One of the best pumpkin ales. Certainly the best of the five that I've sampled.

Photo of pschul4
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A- pours a very deep orange/brown with a skinny .5 inch hed that dissapates quickly

S- not a lot of smells coming off here perhaps because I cracked it open pretty cold but I do detect some spices and fain pumpkin

T- Quite spicy but its still flavorful theres pumpkin undertones and a warm alcohol finish that's great on a cool fall night
(edit: taste changes epically when warmed up! so much more mellow/sweet pumpkin pie flavor and the alcohol burn almost dissipates entirely. Awesome beer when allowed to warm)

M- Low carbonation but it still isn't quite silky smooth. The alcohol makes it somewhat of a sipper

O- I had very high expectations for this beer and I feel like that hurt it in my perception. Had I come in with no expectations I may have liked this a little more. The alcohol also made it tough to finish

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App- It bubbles to one finger of off white foam. There is a little bit of carbonation. The orange-amber body is very attractive.

Smell- There are great hints of pumpkin spice, nutmeg, and cinnamon. There is a slight hop bitterness too.

Taste- Wow. This beer does a great job of getting pumpkin flavor on the palate. It starts with the creamy malts that give the sweet pumpkin pie crust flavor. Then in the middle of the drink the spicier herbal notes of cinnamon and nutmeg come through. The cinnamon rides the strongest into the finish.

Mouth feel- Medium bodied and creamy with just a slight lift from the carbonation. It fits the beer, but could be even chewier if it wanted.

Overall- What a great pumpkin ale. I prefer pumpkins that can get that sweet pumpkin pie flavor into the bottle, and this one does a fantastic job.

Photo of Duff27
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short off white head on amber orange body. Collar stays intact throughout.

A real potpourri of scents, wonderful spices.

Cinnamon, nutmeg. Crisp and clean. Booze taste is well hidden but you can tell there is something there with the onslaught of flavor. Very sweet.

Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated.

For my pumpkin beer money I don't know of it gets any better than Schlafly. Pumpkin beers are very hot or miss with me but this one is worth seeking out!

Photo of jgreenearrow
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer pours a reddish amber color with a thin off-white head forming at the top of the pour. There is slight head retention throughout the glass, however, little lacing remains on the sides.

S: Aromas of cloves and cinnamon dominate the nose. There is also significant pumpkin present in the nose. The beer smells as a pumpkin beer should.

T: The spices hit you at the front of the sip; cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and allspice are all present. The pumpkin flavors really come through towards the middle of the sip and carry through the finish where the spice re-enters to complete the sip.

M: This is a medium bodied beer that is smooth and creamy on the tongue with ample carbonation.

Overall, this is an excellent pumpkin ale. The flavors are very complex and well rounded. The spice doesn't dominate, neither does the pumpkin. However, the flavor is bold, just what I would look for in a pumpkin ale.

Photo of jtd1969
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a Pint glass
deep autumn clear pour Medium head with lacing
Aroma = Pumpkin Pie
Starts off with a smooth Malt then with finishes with all the Pumpkin Pie spices (Nutmeg, vanilla, cin, brown sugar) Simply a delicious pumpkin ale
smooth creamy body, crisp yet smooth carbonation
Very drinkable yet potent. Be careful this Fall with this one. At 8 %, It can catch up to you quickly. One of the best Pumpkin Ales I have had this year...

Photo of auroracrisis
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz into a pint glass.

Hazy brownish copper with a small head that dissipates quickly. Lots of bubbles dance to the top to form a collar of foam around the edges.

Nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, all kinds of autumn spices on the nose at first. Behind that we have some canned pumpkin, caramel, toffee, pie crust and graham cracker.

Pumpkin and toffee sweetness up front that transitions into cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice afterwards. Delicious pie crust and graham cracker woven throughout the flavors. A touch of alcohol in there at the end once the beer is up to a proper temperature, but this only further heightens the spice of the beer and compliments it nicely. Very well put together.

Medium body and sticky on the lips. A good amount of tiny bubbles that tingle your tongue and throat.

Pumpkin pie in a bottle. Honestly, the flavors are closer to a mixed drink or soda than a beer but for the style, it works. One of the must try pumpkin ales, pick it up if you can.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting around to this one. 'Tis the season.

$10.99/sixer @ Nick's of Clinton in Waldorf, MD.

The beer is transparent and appears a dark amber hue, sporting a half inch of beige head.

The aroma offers autumn spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, squash, brown sugar.

The flavor brings a nice malt backbone to support the sweet, spicy flavors. Right away, I can tell this brew is a notch above most other pumpkin beers I have had. Flavorful and well balanced. Lots of spice character, but done gracefully. Liongering cinnamon, slightly dry. Many beers of this ilk becoming cloying rather quickly, whereas Schlafly Pumpkin Ale beseeches the consumer to keep coming back for more.

Light to medium in body with a smoth feel on the palate. Soft but present carbonation.

Overall, this is a winner. I'm happy to have five more to ring in my favorite season.

Photo of Coopersbeer
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.32/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.32/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Aidan_Stewart
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Maseitz
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.32/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.32/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.32/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.32/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.32/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of jaydoc
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of jsanford
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle.

A - Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a thin white head that settles to a very slight haze.
S - Pleasantly sweet aromas of pumpkin, brown sugar, honey-sweet malt, cinnamon, and cloves. Quite nice, one of the better smelling Pumpkin Ales I've come across.
T - More strong flavors of pumpkin (good-quality stuff, not the tinny canned pumpkin), brown sugar, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. Walks the line between "pumpkin pie beer" and "drinkable pumpkin beer" quite well. This reminds me of what DFH Punkin Ale *used* to be. ABV is hidden phenomenally well, I could have a couple of these easily.
M - Smooth and slick, with a touch-over-medium body and lowish carbonation.
O - Easily one of the top Pumpkin Ales out there, this deserves any and all praise it gets. If this had a wider distribution it'd easily knock Punkin Ale off it's throne.

Photo of beerstallion
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Poured a deep red-orange amber with a moderate tanish head, fairly light with no lacing.

S: A spicy pumpkin pie nose with lots of nutmeg and some floral hops.

T: Tasted much like it smelled: great, full bodied, and well balanced. Caramel and biscuit malts with a great pumpkin flavour. The nutmeg was a bit strong but overall a great tasting beer.

M: Moderate to heavy carbonation with a medium heavy weight as well. Can't really taste the 8%.

O: Falls just short of my all time favorite pumpkin ale (Weyerbacher) and thats saying a lot. This is a great overall beer that I could definitely drink a few of.

Photo of Will_Edgar
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at the Schlafly release party at El Bait Shop.

Appearance- Light amber, almost no head.

Smell- Spices, nutmeg I'm particular. Pumpkin seeps its way through there as well.

Taste- I'm not usually a pumpkin ale guy but hats off to Schlafly on making one heck of a pumpkin ale. The nutmeg, cinnamon and other spices are blended really well with the pumpkin.

Mouthfeel- Medium

Overall- Most pumpkin ales teeter one way or the other but this one gets it right. Best balance I've had from one yet. I'd put it over ST Pumpking for sure. Just wish I was drinking this in October and not June.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into New Belgium Globe.

Appearance: slightly orange bodied beer with a small white head. Drops down to a thin ring around.

Smell: Ripe pumpkin with a supporting cast of nutmeg, all spice, and cinnamon.

Taste: Upfront spicy beer cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and all spice. The beer is more spicy that pumkin flavored. Touch of malty sweetness that is bready. Mild lingering pumpkin aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Just a hint of warm booze.

Overall: Really nice pumpkin beer! Definately one of the better pumpkin beers that I have drank this year! This is a fantastic chioce for a fall beer!

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The “Bottled with love on” date is “08/14/12.”

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is nearing deep amber and has an orange, pumpkin-esque tint. Two fingers of fuzzy, very effervescent, eggshell-colored head dissipated quickly to leave a thin lacing and thin ring around the edge. It does look a little like pop, which is a little disturbing.

Smell: The pumpkin pie aroma is noticeable from an arm’s length away. Lots of nice spices: cinnamon and clove, mostly. The bottle mentions nutmeg, but I am not that well-acquainted with nutmeg to pick it out. It has a solid malt base of caramel but smells like a Thanksgiving pumpkin pie.

Taste: The spices get me psyched for some reason. (Fall is coming! Woo hoooo!) The cinnamon and cloves provide a nice, spicy kick. Once again, it is reminiscent of pumpkin pie. It has a nice, lightly toasted malt and caramel base with toffee and brown sugar, which makes me wonder if this is a Schlafly Oktoberfest with pumpkin and spice. There is also a little fruit, too, so it is like eating a piece of pumpkin pie with the same plate one just ate a piece of cherry pie. Despite looking like pop, the mouthfeel is better than average; it is pretty hearty.

Drinkability: Solid. Having never drank an entire bottle of pumpkin ale before, I was a little skeptical whether or not I could handle a whole sixer — or even another bottle. But I am easily tempted to open another one of these.

Photo of NatetheGreat
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had a pumpkin ale before, and don't like pumpkin pie, but I took a chance on this beer and I LOVED IT.

A: orange-copper color, not much head.

S: pleasant aroma of malt, pumpkin, and spices. I could smell the nutmeg and cinnamon, and something stronger (ginger or clove?).

T: here's the big payoff: great tasting beer. the pumpkin and spices are all present, but nothing overpowers. Somehow the brewers got everything to balance and compliment each other. Creamy, spicy, pumpkiny, with a terrific balance between malt and hop additions, than again, don't overpower.

M: good, smooth feel, a bit thin perhaps.

D: I didn't notice the 8% until I was almost done with one bottle a half hour later. That was enough for me, but while drinking it, the alcohol stays well hidden. Just be aware of it. But with the great flavors and smooth creaminess, I'd want to drink these all the time. Pleasantly surprized.

Schlafly Pumpkin Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
94 out of 100 based on 1,894 ratings.