Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 527
Hads: 2,096
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 23.74%
Wants: 384
Gots: 445 | FT: 10
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: maxpower on 09-16-2006

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
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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the growler, it pours a pumpkiny amber with a lovely tan head. Lacing as the beer is consumed. Cinnamon, spices, pumpkin pie scents tantalize the nose. Sweetish pumpkin pie flavor caresses the tongue. Wow! Yummy!

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Photo of KTCamm
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10/4...draft. Pours light to dark wooden brown with a rim of white foam. Molasses nose. Pumpkin mash flavor. Cinnamon. Spices. Touch of sweetness holds on the tongue. Brown sugar mixed in. Natural pumpkin and flavored. Tasty.

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Photo of CAC329
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The only thing this needs is a dollop of whipped cream on top! This is hands down the best pumpkin ale I have ever had. I think they took beer and pumpkin pie fillin to a vitamix, put it in a bottle and said "You're welcome!" ... thank you Schlafly!

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Photo of Chollajames
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very good Pumpkin ale but not the best. I have been brewing Pumpkin ales as long as I have known it was possible, so I am hard to impress. It is impressive and a joy to consume. Mouth feel is too thin for my preference. But when I inhale, I can taste the spices, a shiver passes through me that involve the temperature of outside.

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Photo of mkh012
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not generally a fan of the pumpkin beer fad, but this one is something special.

Pours a deep orange-brown. Awesome smell. Heavy on the spice notes. I get cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, pie crust, and just a hint of the pumpkin. An audible "wow" from me on the first sip. Like pumpkin pie, but super, super balanced and drinkable. The 8% ABV is basically nonexistent. Some people prefer Southern Tier Pumking, but I think that beer is way too over-the-top and syrupy. Schlafly pumpkin is one of the best seasonal beers I've ever had and easily the best pumpkin one.

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Photo of tmentzer
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Top five pumpkin ales, and possibly #1 in drinkability. The balance is just perfect. The spices don't overwhelm the pumpkin, there's a fair amount of alcohol and even a bit of sourness to round out all the flavors. The smell is nice, the flavor is great, just an excellent all around beer. For not my favorite style, this version is really a standout.

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Photo of tigg924
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear, light orange-brown, with one inch head. Taste is brown sugar, clove, cinnamon, and toasted malt. On the sweeter side of the pumpkins that I have had recently. One of the better pumpkin ales I have had this year. This will make my yearly get list.

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Photo of dcotom
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a tumbler. The sampled product had about 14 months on it. Pumpkin pie / mulling spices - cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, orange peel - dominate the aroma and are prevalent on the palate as well. Nice pumpkin backbone providing lots of up-front sweetness and a creamy mouthfeel. Warmth from the alcohol becomes more prominent as the beer warms up, with a slight astringence (think cinnamon stick) on the finish. If you don't like pumpkin pie, this one probably isn't for you.

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Photo of irongator
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not my favorite style. This is the best of the ubiquitous pumpkin ales out there I have found. My favorite in the pumpkin patch is PumpKyn by Avery - Amazing brew with ridic ABV!

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Photo of BSiegs
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour isn't overly impressive, deep amber with minimal white foam. Little to no lacing. The aroma is very nice, not shockingly led by pumpkin. Plenty of nutmeg, clove, spices. and a hint of malty sweetness. This tastes exactly how I want a pumpkin ale to taste. A nice malty base with waves of flavor. Again, pumpkin, spices, nutmeg, caramel, and a lasting sweetness. The carbonation is fairy high on a nice medium body. Probably the best pumpkin ale I've had.

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Photo of MAFC_Trainer
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really good pumpkin beer. Pours little to no head. Can real smell the strong aroma of pumpkin and spice. Has a creamy pumpkin pie taste which you expect from a pumpkin ale and you still know you're drinking a beer with it being 8%. Really nice beer to enjoy when the temps start cooling off.

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Photo of JordanHageman
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not much of a pumpkin beer fan, but this is by far my favorite. It's shocking how good it tastes and the feel has the creaminess that real pumpkin pie has. I enjoy it quite a bit

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

one of the first pumpkin beers of the year for me, the nights are cooling off and even though they have been out for months, it finally seems appropriate to have one. this one was shared with me by a friend who got hooked up from out of state, i have always liked schlafly, been there a few times, but somehow never had this one. its a pale orange color, nice and heady, but also quite soft in its overall complexion. its a spiced beer for sure, but its much more subtle and less abrasive than so many of its peers. i can actually taste the squash in this, which is less and less common every fall. the cinnamon is the most forward spice, and there seems to be a roasty post caramel vibe to the grain that really works well with these flavors. its lighter in sweetness and in body than a lot of others too, which means i could sit down and session a bunch of them without getting burnt out. it absolutely shocks me that this is as strong as it is, i would have guessed below 6% abv, there isnt a trace of it at all, which blows my mind. majorly approachable for that strength. one of my favorite seasonals i have had from these guys!

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very enjoyable pumpkin beer. Has good spice flavor. Pumpkin flavor is very natural and not artificial tasting. Probably best pumpkin beer I've had in a 12 oz. bottle format.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Burnt orange / light brown color
Smell - tons of pumpkin, spice, cinnamon, you get little hints of the pie crust, pumpkin pie, nutmeg, clove
Taste - Follows the nose. PUMPKN PIE!!!

Overall - Hands down the best pumpkin beer out!

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Photo of Getalegup
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brownish gold in appearance with a little foam and some lacing.
This had a great mouthfeel feel and spice flavor.
One of the better pumpkin ales I've had.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/10/15.

Pours a hazy dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon stick, and pie crust aromas. Taste is much the same with pumpkin pie spice, pie crust, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with great pumpkin spice qualities that come through slightly better in the smell to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

In the build a sixer section at Hy-Vee, served in a regular glass.
Has almost a ruby color. The aroma is heavy with spice, almost made my eyes bulge out of my head. The taste is great! Lots of spice with a good malt base. I can tell the pumpkin flavoring isn't from real pumpkin because it doesn't have that certain earthiness of real pumpkin. But this is so good I don't care. I haven't been in the mood to write a full review for a while but I'm so impressed that I'm writing this while watching Into Darkness. The body is the ideal density and finishes leaving some cinnamon behind. This is a fantastic pumpkin brew. Next time I'll try it with a cinnamon and sugar rim.

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

A - Pours a dark mahogany color with a fluffy two finger head. Head is an off white and dissipates fairly quickly.

S - A great smelling beer that is fairly spot on to that of pumpkin pie, though I don't know if was my beer but the aromas felt fairly mute from what I expected. I feel I need to try another in order to see was just a dud or not.

T - Tastes like a pumpkin pie! Very well done brew, not as overpowering as many pumpkin ales and has a particularly prominent taste of bread flavorings; nearly spot on to that of pie crust. An incredibly well done pumpkin ale overall that isn't too dominant lyrics tasting ot pumpkin.

M - Medium - full bodied beer. Very smooth feeling. Carbonation is well balanced as well.

O - At first I was a little skeptical but the beer exceeded expectations. I've had a decent amount of pumpkin ales now and I must say this is probably the best one I've had; the greatest aspect for me is the bread/malt flavorings that remind me of pie crust. Perfect beer for fall!

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Photo of Budlum
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a DFH glass which produced a thin tan head atop a copper and ruby body. Wow, the nose is on - spicy clove, cinnamon, and allspice blend with faint vanilla and what I think smells like fresh birch bark. Awesome for this style. The flavors do not disappoint and introduce a balanced pumpkin flavor mixed with the strong spice which carries from the nose. The feel is spicy, but a bit thin. I suppose that helps with the finish, but I would prefer a bit more body. A great pumpkin overall.

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Photo of Jelitikasez
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really love the fragrance of the spices. Prominent, but not overwhelming in the flavor. Sweet and rich, but not too heavy for a warm September day.

Had a second bottle a couple days later, this time paired with chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. Now we're talkin' some serious fun with beer! Might be a bit pumpkin intense to pair with a meal, but fantastic with a chocolatey dessert.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours an amber red/brown with a solid white head.

smells exactly like pumpkin pie!!

this tastes exactly like pumpkin pie! would not guess this was 8%, wow. pumpkin pie with whipped cream/marshmellow.

it has a thick feel, but not in a bad way. full beer, like a bite of pumpkin pie.

i usually don't like pumpkin beers, yet i keep buying them in the hopes i find a good one. i like this a lot! i couldn't drink pumpkin beer every day but as a novelty when the weather changes? absolutely, my favorite pumpkin beer yet

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Photo of tmryan21
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had to wait until at least September to have my first pumpkin beer of 2015.

Look: Nice, amber/orange hue.

Smell: Pumpkin explosion - cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove.

Taste: What I really liked about this one was the lack of artificial tasting pumpkin like you get from most others. Very natural tasting pumpkin flavors - probably because Schlafly uses actual pumpkin in their Pumpkin Ale. I was shocked when I found out the ABV was 8% - it hides it extremely well.

Overall: My favorite pumpkin beer yet. I will revisit again later - I think I drank this one too cold.

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Photo of KSOZE
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My favorite pumpkin beer tried to date. It's just like pumpkin pie in a glass - heavy on the spiced crust. Delightful seasonal brew, if not a bit on the sweet side. Err on the side of this being a dessert beer as there is nothing subtle here.

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Photo of SmashAdams
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful amber color with a nice offwhite head. The smell is pumpkin, nutmeg, slight vanilla, and cinnamon. The taste is smooth and subtle with pumpkin and spice. A nice balance of flavors and not too sweet. Right out of the fridge it was a bit thin but when it warmed a bit it was much better. yb

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