Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 486
Hads: 1,949
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 335
Gots: 354 | FT: 6
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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 Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty golden amber color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that gathered in the center of the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very pumpkin-y and spicy. Lots of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, ginger and brown sugar.

Taste: Tons of pumpkin and spices. Lots of cinnamon, ginger and clove. Very delicious. This would be a great desert beer as there is quite a bit of brown sugar-like sweetness present as well. There is no hops bitterness to speak of, which I overall prefer.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, with very little to no carbonation to speak of. With an ABV of 8.0%, there’s a surprising little amount of alcohol presence on the palate.

Overall: This is a damn good pumpkin beer! I love all of the spices and sweetness that this beer has! Delicious! I’ll certainly be getting some more of this next Autumn. (992 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very excited to try this; I've heard nothing but great things.

BOTTLE: Bottled 07/31/13. Good label design. Branded pry-off pressure cap. Brown glass. 12 fl oz. I think this is courtesy of Duff27? Thanks to whomever sent it.

8.0% ABV.

Served cold into a nonical pint glass at high altitude in Castle Rock, CO. Reviewed live as a pumpkin ale.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Around 1 finger wide. Khaki colour with pale brown hues. Fairly creamy. Retention is above average - around 3 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Deep copper auburn of average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appealing for a pumpkin ale, but not exemplary. I've seen better. Appears aptly carbonated.

AROMA: Rich pumpkin gourd, copper malts, and a subtle spice profile redolent of nutmeg, clove, allspice, and to a lesser extent cinnamon and brown sugar. The expressiveness of the pumpkin is fantastic.

I find no hop profile, yeast character, or alcohol.

Aromatic intensity is average. Suggests a pumpkin ale with impressive nuance and subtlety. I'm craving the first sip.

TASTE: Has an evocative pumpkin gourd at its core - which is the obvious feature that is so often absent from beers in this style. Huge props to Schalfy for accomplishing the simple feat of evoking pumpkin in a pumpkin ale. The subtle spice profile plays off the pumpkin beautifully, with notes of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and clove setting off the gourd and pumpkin skin. It's gorgeously balanced, with a nice interplay of spice, sugars (some seemingly brown), and caramel.

Neither too sweet nor too bitter. Well-built. Nicely executed.

No overt hop profile, yeast, alcohol, or of-notes.

Boasts ample nuance and intricacy. The subtlety of the spices and the brown sugars is marvelous. I quite like this.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, aptly medium-bodied, very well-carbonated, and unrefreshing. Apt thickness, heft, and weight on the palate.

Complements the taste nicely, but there's no harmony of texture to taste. Overall presence on the palate is superb.

OVERALL: Highly drinkable. Easily one of the better pumpkin ales I've had in recent memory. This is an excellent go-to pumpkin ale on par with some of the best currently brewed in the country, yet still I can envision one which is better. In any case, it's gestalt - and that's impressive. Well-worth trying, or even seeking out. Excellent work from Schlafly. Hat-tip to the cats brewing over there.

High B (3.74) (2,480 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 12oz bottle served at the Schlafly Tap room – Lambert Airport STL
Full shaker pint glass – 12/06/2014

A: My pour arrived a deep dark amber color with some crimson hues. Mostly clear with a craggy half finger thick of khaki suds formed over head. Modest retention with some very light squiggles and dots of lace.

S: Smells of pumpkin pie spices with a good amount of caramel malt sweetness to it. I am getting cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger with a ton of sweet pumpkin goodness here. Really nice. Has a great pie like quality about it.

T: Tastes like ginger snap cookies and pumpkin pie filling. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger all in unison. The beer utilizes a great blend of those pie spices as it all comes together much like a dessert rather than many others that have such a distinct vegetal pumpkin flavor. There is relatively no bitterness to this and the alcohol is masked incredibly well. Overall it is sweet but never cloying with a nice drying finish to help balance. Yeah this one is a winner.

M: Moderate level of filling body here. Nice creamy consistency to it and maybe just a pinch on the syrupy side. Void of any bitterness or harsh alcohol. Good drying lift in the finish. Rather clean with a slightly sticky after effect.

D: In my Top 3 pumpkin beers for sure. Has a great pie like flavor and quality while keeping good balance and drinkability. Never squashy or vegetal. Wish we could get this in Cali and really glad I sprung on the purchase while laid over. (1,520 characters)

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

Look: Muddled, dark-amber, ruby-red, body. A little off white, wispy head. Little patches of micro-bubbles dot the sides of the glass that slowly slip away as I twirl the glass.
Smell: Easy aroma of clove, nutmeg, then cinnamon.
Taste: Balanced sweetness, pumpkin ale, and the aforementioned spices, combined to create something good. Nice finish with a delicate aftertaste.
Feel: It works for me. Combined with the other components, it fits well.

Overall - The most memorable Pumpkin Ale I have had. I really cannot think of one that is better. (557 characters)

Photo of MizzouBrew
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've tried a few pumpkin ales and this is by far the best one I've had. This one actually tastes like you wish a pumpkin beer would taste. At 8%, a little pricier than the others, but well worth the extra cost. (212 characters)

Photo of Rod_J
3.28/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

An okay pumpkin ale with a good aroma but an average taste. But it does come with a nice abv of 8% making it a little stronger than some of the other ones. (155 characters)

Photo of derekgw123
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was really good the first time I tried it, but the second six pack I bought tasted overly sweet with hints of bubble gum that kind of ruined it for me. (156 characters)

Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours a reddish brown, with a thin head that doesn't leave much lacing, but the color is so warm and beautiful that you know you're in for an Autumn treat. Put on your sweater and bask in the beauty.

S: You know that smell when mom or grandma finally takes the pumpkin pie out of the oven on Thanksgiving? This beer has that in spades.

T: Even better, you know when you finally dig in to that pie and taste the symphony of flavors? Pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, clove, brown sugar, graham cracker crust, all working together in harmony. That all these flavors are distinctive and yet work together is an impressive feat. Slight booziness and alcohol warmth on the end to tie it all together.

F: Medium mouthfeel, thin, chewy goodness.

O: The best pumpkin beer I've ever had. Bravo, Schlafly. (807 characters)

Photo of 120minuteman
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite pumpkin beer hands down.
For one, it tastes and smells like pumpkin (and not like some sort of spiced concussion).
Second, it has a LOT of flavor too it, but does not taste very boozy.
Finally, it has a really nice orange color to it. (254 characters)

Photo of halfpinthorror
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this kicks off my lengthy Halloween season and carries me all the way through the holidays. nothing but warm happy feelings. I'll usually stock up enough to even have a bottle or two to spare for pumpkin beer bread at Thanksgiving and an ice cream float on my birthday. lately it seems to appear a little earlier every year, but I can't find it in me to complain. share this with your friends who are wary of beer and of pumpkin brews, and with those who are wasting cash on lackluster pumpkin ales from bigger names. (517 characters)

Photo of richj1970
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden honey brown with one finger head that dissipates quickly leaving little or no lacing.

S: Pumpkin pie spice, caramel, burnt sugar. Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, allspice.

T: Big autumn spices. Allspice, nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon. Brown sugar and caramel. Graham crackers.

M: Fairly light body tending towards thin. Finish is very spicy and sweet.

O: Interesting pumpkin beer. I really enjoyed this one, but more than one of these in a session would be a bit much. (500 characters)

Photo of The_Murph
4/5  rDev -4.1%

This beer is full of flavor and smells fantastic, with lots of cinnamon, pumpkin, clove, and vanilla–everything you would expect from a pumpkin beer. There is a little bit of a nutty sweetness as well. It is a little bit spicy and cidery at the end which helps keep it from getting too sweet. The body is very smooth and a little bit creamy with a nice effervescent quality.

For more on this beer and others check out http://joyofconsumption.com/ (449 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%

Pours cloudy copper color with a foamy 1-2 finger light tan head that faded slowly and left minimal spotty lacing.

Smells like pumpkin pie with heavy cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, roasted grains and a bready sweetness like bread pudding with a lot of syrup on top. Really enjoyable for the style.

Flavor is similar to the nose with pumpkin and/or pumpkin pie up front and then a mix of spices that includes cinnamon, allspice, brown sugar, nutmeg, strong clove and light coriander, followed by roasted grains, graham cracker and wheat bread, but then the clove, allspice and nutmeg circle back and drown out that nice initial pumpkin pie taste. It's a shame because everything I liked was washed away like a napalm bombing of spices, leaving just a nice memory of the initial taste.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, with a little ABV burn, light carbonation and a very spicy finish that's typical of a pumpkin beer or winter warmer. This was good, but the spices need to be dialed back a little for me to really want to have this again. (1,039 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown with a slightly tan head. A somewhat hazy look to it.

S: Typical pumpkin beer aromas; pumkpin, nutmeg, and bread. Pretty good.

T: Pumpkin pie spice, with a nice malty bread note. There is a good sweetness that compliments the spices. Good, but I wouldn't go to amazing.. the linger is all spice.

M: Medium in body, carbonation is medium, but has a definite tingle. Finish is milky, with spices lingering on.

O: Overall tasty, but I feel like it has been hyped up a bit and gauging from the price of the 6 pack, that seems to be true. For a pumpkin beer, it's good. For the price, Pumpking is more enjoyable. (633 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

October 31, 2014

12 oz bottle, snifter

A – Dark amber to brown, slightly hazy, a thin film of lacy foam, less than a centimeter, gone quickly, leaving bubbly traces. Looks like scotch ale or old ale.

S – Very strong pumpkin pie spice, a lot of resemblance to a carrot cake as well. Some malty sweetness, perhaps from the pumpkin itself, and mild bitterness in the background.

T – Pumpkin pie flavor is prominent, but more mild than in the aroma. Juicy pumpkin and malt sweetness with a moderately bitter finish. Aroma and flavor stick after the swallow.

M – Juicy up front, bitter and dry on the finish. Mild carbonation. Pretty well balanced, but mouthfeel if relatively uninteresting.

O – Pumpkin beers are difficult, and this one strikes a good balance of pumpkin sweetness and pie spice. Alcohol is well hidden. Solid. (846 characters)

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. An appropriate beer for Halloween!

Appearance: rich, dark orange-brown hue with no haze and a finger of ivory foam. Quite nice looking indeed.

Smell: toasty malt with a surprising brown-sugar sweetness. The pumpkin pie spice is applied with an even hand; it's well balanced and enticing.

Taste: lightly toasty, like a mild brown ale. Pumpkin pie spice is good, with balanced nutmeg and cinnamon; I like the light hand here.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of creaminess and a nice smooth texture. I dig it.

Overall: tasty and drinkable, I don't need much more out of a pumpkin ale. It didn't knock my socks off like some other reviewers here, but it's a perfectly serviceable pumpkin ale. (752 characters)

Photo of WheelsPSU
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

During a pumpkin taste test between my wife and I, this won hands down. It struck the right balance between the spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and non sweet pumpkin) and a big Amber ale. Smell was the spices of a pie right to the nose. Delicious. The 8% was extremely well hidden. Best Schlafly beer I've had. (311 characters)

Photo of Amalak
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

This is a perfect pumpkin ale. The pumpkin really kicks through, not overly spicy but has that apple pie undertone. Smooth ale taste. A slight bit tart, in a good way. A mild bitter in the back of the mouth. Well balanced. (222 characters)

Photo of JohnFatAss
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has to be one of the best pumpkin beers out there.

Schlafly nailed it with this.

Dark orange color with an off white head.

The smell is fantastic. The usual pumpkin pie spices, malt sweetness and a little but of booze.

Sweet malty backbone, creamy mouthfeel and the perfect amount of pumpkin pie spice.

The 8% ABV is well hidden.

I love it. (353 characters)

Photo of Jacobob10
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber/ruby color that is difficult to see through. Large off white head. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove but the ot actually tastes like biting into a pumpkin pie. Medium to full bodied and hides the alcohol well.

I do believe there is a ceiling for this style and this beer has possibly reached it. Quite simply the best pumpkin beer I have ever had. (362 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 FLUID OZ. bottle
Served in a nonic pint glass

L - It is a deep burnt orange color with an inch of beige head that leaves no lacing.

S - It has a pumpkin bread smell. All the usual components are there nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove.

T - It really tastes a lot like pumpkin bread. It has a nice bread taste as the base, and the spices combine nicely with it.

F - Moderate to thin.

O - I had this beer on tap four years ago. I remember liking it better then. Pumpkin beers are not as high up on my list as they used to be. That being said, this is a great example of the style. (583 characters)

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

Bottled 8/13/14, poured into a snifter

A- pours a clear deep amber color with a ruby hue, small creamy and foamy off-white head recedes quickly to a small layer skimming the top

S- sweet & malty base aroma with notes of caramel malt. The spices are well blended, with none standing out over the other, picking up cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice & clove. There's also a brown sugar-like sweetness and an aroma of stewed apples, very reminiscent of apple crumble

T- the sweet malty base of the beer continues into the flavor with notes of brown sugar, whipped cream, pumpkin flesh and cinnamon raisin bread. The spices begin to kick in mid-palate with an emphasis on cinnamon; nutmeg & clove are a little more subtle. As it nears the finish, more sweetness kicks in with a linger of cinnamon and baked apples

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a creamy & chewy mouthfeel and a creamy warming finish

O- very few pumpkin beers are able to accomplish a balance with all of the necessary ingredients of this style, this is one of them. The only thing that keeps it from being a higher rating is that the sweetness seems to linger a bit much as it warms (1,163 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Its a pumpkin beer. Lots of spice on the nose. Color is orange like a pumpkin. Its a pretty high alcohol beer but you really don't taste that. What I did taste were rich malts and lots of pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, maybe some ginger.

Overall: This is one of the better pumpkin beers I have had. Its balanced well and it delivers as advertised. It has a nice creamy mouthfeel. Its a nice fall treat. I will get more next year. (445 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Thanks to WCW for this.

Aroma is real nice, wafts of pumpkin pie reminiscent of the filling. Aroma has hints of cinnamon and caramom. Good but lacked something i found. Was hoping for more pie flavor like in the aroma. (219 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
4.84/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the highest rated pumpkin beers and had to go to 4 different liquor stores in central Indiana trying to find it but it was worth it!

A - Beautiful orange color that reminds me of Fall and everything I love about the season. Small white head with very light lacing.

S - Tons of delicious pumpkin pie spices come to the top of the heap: i.e. cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, and maybe some slight clove. Second to the spices comes the malt, caramel, and a very, very slight vegetable character that I know from a dozen pumpkin beers as pumpkin (gourd) aromatics.

T - Basically like pumpkin pie in a glass! This beer starts with all of the spices from the nose and it ropes you in. The malty/caramel tones solidify the tastes afterwards. The slight vegetal flavor is very minor and is mostly overlooked by the amazing spices and sweetness. Though it is very sweet without any discernible hops or bitterness I still really enjoy all the spices and flavors.

M - Medium to high mouth-feel especially for a moderate ABV beer. Light carbonation which maybe attributed to the higher mouth-feel but it doesn't hurt it for me.

Overall, this is an absolutely, amazing pumpkin beer!!! Last year Pumking was my favorite pumpkin beer but this year this one takes it without a doubt. I would strongly recommend trying this one if you like pumpkin pie and beer. I know that this beer will be an annual ritual when Fall officially begins when I crack open my first Schlafly Pumpkin Ale.

Glass- Nonic (1,507 characters)

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