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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 503
Hads: 2,000
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 361
Gots: 386 | FT: 7
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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 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. (243 characters)

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 (298 characters)

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

Read some other reviews that said this beer had a strong pumpkin spice smell and taste. I agree it has both, but I think there both on the softer note. This beer finishes with a very nice and smooth pumpkin spice flavor. I've been trying many pumpkin beers lately (tis the season), and this is probably a Top 5 pumpkin beer. This may change as I try more. I can say it doesn't compare to Southern Tier's Pumking, in smell or taste. (431 characters)

Photo of soupyman10
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light amber-brown color. Small white head, a touch of lacing. Nose is massive pumpkin spice. Sweet caramel malt. Sweet and spicy. Flavor is likewise, big caramel and pumpkin spice, some fruit - apples maybe - a touch of toffee, some dried fruit, maybe even a touch of sourness. Quite a nice flavor. Body is nice and creamy, appropriate carbonation. this is really a delicious pumpkin ale - up there with Pumking in terms of my preferred pumpkin ales. (450 characters)

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

Looks great, beautiful deep orange. Of the three spices, clove is most pronounced. The 8% alcohol is well hidden. Hops level just right to balance the swetness. This will be a standard for my autumns going forward. (214 characters)

Photo of DeFaz
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a little early in the year for pumpkin beers, but when I saw this at the store and had read that it's considered by many to be the "best" pumpkin beer, I had to try it. The pour was unimpressive, as the head was short and receded quickly, but there was a nice amount of small bubbles racing toward the top. The smell lacked the strong punch of pumpkin and spices that I'm used to in pumpkin ales, but like the taste, this beer seems to be going for more of a balanced and less "in your face" approach to the style. The taste consists of bread, pumpkin, slight alcohol burn, and a fair amount of spice (not too much to distract from the other flavors). Somewhat sweet. Mouthfeel is definitely on the thin side, and the carbonation is greater than average. Unfortunately, it's a bit sticky. Overall, this beer goes down very easily, and I think the closest beer to it is Dogfish's Punkin offering (which frankly I prefer somewhat better). Still, definitely worth trying, and I'll buy it again. I think it'd be better though if there was a bit more body and a bit less stickiness. (1,082 characters)

Photo of jslice99
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up from holiday beverage inStaten island new york. 12 oz glass bottle. Look: Pours a deep orange color with about a two finger head. Looks just like what you would expect a pumpkin beer to look like. Smell: smell is on point. Even though its august it reminds you of everything fall. Pumpkin up front. Nutmeg, cinnamon. It smells great. Taste: This is a beer i want on thanksgiving when im eating a piece of pumpkin pie. Pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg, clove, brown sugar and also some slight graham cracker. Does not feel like 8%. Spot on. It gets you excited for the upcoming fall season. Feel: light to medium. Interesting for this style. Carbonation is medium. Very nice mouthfeel. Overall: overall i give this beer a 4.5. Its very good. This is the first time ive seen this beer. I bought a single bottle and i will definitely buy a 6 pack during the fall when the weather cools. Its comparable to pumpking, elysian great pumpkin, smashed pumpkin or any of the top rated pumpkin beers. I picked this up as a random new seasonal to try and it didn't disappoint. (1,072 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a: its a super-clear, dark caramel color with just a hint a light brown and faint ruby red. pours a 2 finger off-white that quickly fades to a thin film

s: massive pumpkin upfront. lots of sweet malt, toffee, clove, coriander, nutmeg, graham cracker, and brown sugar. its mouth watering.

t: the initial taste is a bit more mellow than the aroma, but then the flavors start to hit you. pumpkin, caramel, allspice, cinnamon, and clove right away. there is a little alcohol present upfront as well. after that is a pie crust flavor and thick brown sugar. the finish is sweet, with some more pumpkin meat

m: medium body, average carbonation for the style

o: i've been wanting to try this for a while so i went in with some high expectations. honestly, it just about meets them. it tastes like smooth pumpkin pie. neither the pumpkin nor the spice dominates - which is very nice. its a mellow drinker that would hit the spot on a crisp evening. my only criticism is i'm picking up just a tad bit more alcohol in the flavor than i'd like; it doesn't ruin it at all, it would just be a tad more enjoyable without it. still...definitely pick this up (1,158 characters)

Photo of Griffin2
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - Pours a dark orange with a solid white head.
S - Smells just like pumpkin pie.
T- Tastes like the smell.
F- Pretty well carbonated.
O- Nice pumpkin beer, but it tastes a little boozy. (188 characters)

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

Was told about this by a friend and WOW! 5 star rating. I've had several pumpkin ales and this beer tastes just like pumpkin pie. You can even taste the cinnamon breading in the pie. This is world class (202 characters)

Photo of IHeartPumking
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

One of the best pumpkin beers out there. I don't know if it's pumpkin pie in a glass like so many people describe it but it's pretty darn good. Definitely recommend to anyone that likes pumpkin beers. It's in my top 5 of pumpkin beers. (235 characters)

Photo of Alan_Bats
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Dark amber with decent white head

Smell: Pumpkin is detectable but not quite as much as pumpkin pie spices such as cloves and nutmeg. Smell is very enticing

Taste: Phenomenal. A sweet beer almost tasting like a desert. It tastes like an alcoholic pumpkin pie. Pumpkin comes through clearly as opposed to others that disguise it with spices. Of course the clove and nutmeg flavor is certainly present.

Feel: Medium bodied. Incredibly smooth for 8.0% ABV

Overall: Easily the best pumpkin ale I've ever had. Big props to Schlafly. (538 characters)

Photo of Buck89
3.61/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Slightly hazy burnt orange hue with a generous light tan head. Huge aromas of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and ?sugar. The pumpkin spice taste overpowers the malt IMO. Somewhat sticky fee and finish. (222 characters)

Photo of DSWeller
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with decent head that quickly disappeared.

Smells like pumpkin pie: cloves, ginger, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Tastes like pumpkin with tons of spices added in. Very hard to taste the higher alchohol content (8.0%).

Overall- Solid pumpkin beer. Very hard to believe that this is currently sold in stores during mid summer. (349 characters)

Photo of Suds
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Burnt Amber in color with an off white head. The aroma is pure pumpkin pie. Ms pice, malt, and pumpkin. Sweet, with a lot of spice in the taste. I really enjoy pumpkin beers, and this is a solidly good one. (209 characters)

Photo of dank203
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

definitely like this pumpkin beer. heavy spice load but fresh pumpkin as well. reminiscent of pie. not too heavy bodied for 8%, very drinkable. up there with the better pumpkins, and widely available (203 characters)

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)

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