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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 1,548
Reviews: 460
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 298
Gots: 226 | 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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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

Drank from a 12 fluid oz. bottle purchased at Whole Foods, Fairfax, VA
Served in a pint glass

A tight, creamy, two-plus finger tall, light tan crown topped the dark orangey-amber liquid. The head dissolved rather quickly and left no lacing whatsoever.

The aroma was pretty mellow initially. Somewhat dry and yeasty. There was a slight steeliness as well. Touch of spice. As the beer warmed, the nose improved dramatically. Pumpkin pie spices were quite apparent. Good amount of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Some malty sweetness appeared as well.

Unlike the nose, the flavor profile had a lot going on from the get-go. Pumpkin pie spice notes dominated. Cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice were most apparent. There was just enough caramel malt sweetness to give the beer a true pumpkin pie flavor but not overwhelm it. Quite rich and full in flavor for the style. The finish contained a hefty dose of cinnamon that lent the beer a mildly "hot" spiciness. Really solid.

Rich and fuller bodied for the style. The liquid contained an ultra fine and frothy, tongue blanketing effervescence. At 8% ABV, the alcohol was barely perceivable.

With its punchy yet balanced flavor profile and fuller bodied mouthfeel, Schlafly's Pumpkin Ale is one of the better examples of the style I have yet to dry. I really hope this brewery distributes to New England sometime soon.

Damian, Aug 19, 2014
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4.96/5  rDev +17.5%

dmking, Today at 12:36 AM
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4.84/5  rDev +14.7%

mda080, Today at 12:30 AM
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4.56/5  rDev +8.1%

mikefer, Today at 10:13 PM
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3.28/5  rDev -22.3%

tmcgeehon, Yesterday at 05:37 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Ronan201, Yesterday at 05:34 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

phil215, Yesterday at 02:30 PM
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4.28/5  rDev +1.4%

Greasy, Yesterday at 09:40 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

KevChiTown, Yesterday at 01:59 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

This beer transcends being a "pumpkin ale". I think most people might not take a pumpkin beer seriously as a beer style, but this one is a world class beer. Period. 8% abv is masked in an expert fashion, you got a perfect blend of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin. As it warms it doesn't get offensive with its taste. The alcohol is still masked and the flavors still shine. Add it towards the top of my beer ranking list that's for sure.

If you can get your hands on it, do so! It is a much better value than Pumking. You can get a 6 pack for about $11.

Fear4Beer, Yesterday at 11:17 PM
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Date: 9/15/14
Location: DeCicco's Pelham
Draught/Bottle: Bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Dark Orange to brown in color with a caramel colored head that has less then average retention. Some cling to the glass and it appears to be well carbonated. The glass sits with a slight cold haze but besides that the beer allows a good deal of light in. Well filtered.
Aroma: This is definitely a fall spices kind of beer as the clove and nutmeg hit me hardest followed by whiffs of cinnamon. A hint of brown sugar. At the end some pumpkin aroma can be noticed.
Taste: The wonderful thing about the flavors in this beer is that they are all balanced so very well. I again get clove, nutmeg and then cinnamon spice in that order but they come together so well that it's a very pleasant beer to drink. The pumpkin flavor comes through along with some of the malts.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium high carbonation. The carbonation in particular seems to sit on my tongue and sit and sit. The beer starts off very smoothly and is very drinkable but after the beer has been imbibed the flavors of the spices and malts seem to scratch my throat.

Notes: Bottled 7/23/14

KornWallace, Monday at 05:03 PM
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Calavera1, Monday at 01:11 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

kingslotty, Monday at 12:19 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Admittedly, I'm a big Schlafly fan, but as far as pumpkin ales go, this is my absolute favorite. Almost every year I seek out new pumpkin ales to see if I can find something better. Haven't been able to yet.

This year (2014), I listened to my friends from the east coast and sought out some Dogfish Head Punkin Ale. I was told it's the best of the best. Having had and enjoyed a number of Dogfish Head brews, I thought it would be a true contender. It wasn't.

Schlafly's Pumpkin Ale is simply the best. Liquid pumpkin pie. Yum.

jfmoser, Sunday at 11:41 PM
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4.04/5  rDev -4.3%

Smoot724, Sunday at 10:08 PM
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4.04/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.24/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Bluesman2383, Sunday at 06:04 AM
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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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