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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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1,433 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,433
Reviews: 449
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 289
Gots: 180 | FT: 4
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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -15.2%

Smells like pumpkin, with some cinammon and brown sugar and alcohol. Light Orange colour, no head. Carbonation right up there as if club soda, but pumpkin taste right there, not sweet nor bitter. A good representation of this blooming style. Thanks for the hitchhiker, jpm30.

12-04-2006 05:04:18 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -28.9%

12-27-2012 01:55:53 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -23%

09-05-2012 23:58:37 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured into a snifter. Picked this up at Rick's a month or so back.

Color is a slightly-hazed orange color that is just a bit dark. A short white head with just a bit of lacing forms on the brew. The nose is fairly sweet with some nice pumpkin pie notes as well as a pretty good amount of pumpkin-pie spices.

The flavor is really nice with the sweet pumpkin, brown sugar, and spices really integrating together quite well. I couldn't believe that the alcohol was this high when I read it after drinking this one down a bit--it's not detectable at all. Feel is nice and creamy. Medium body with good carbonation. Overall, one of the better pumpkin brews I've come across and I'm glad to try this one this season.

11-19-2010 03:22:17 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

11-18-2011 20:32:05 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber and orange in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that completely faded away, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of pumpkins and spices such as nutmeg in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that the pumpkins really stand out in front of the spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has no traces whatsoever of alcohol. The taste has a very good balance between pumpkins and spices but much more pumpkin flavors compared to other beers in the style.

09-09-2011 17:55:07 | More by metter98
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Glowing, jack-o-lantern orange with butternut edges. Pumpkin Ale is the perfect color for a pumpkin ale and is darker and richer than most. The three finger cap is palest ecru with a subtle infusion of palest orange. Too bad there's nothing remarkable about it. That, and the fact that there's very little lace, pulls the appearance score down a half notch.

I could smell the spices as soon as the cap was removed. The nose is nicely pumpkin pie-like and complements the base beer--a big amber ale--very well. While cinnamon and nutmeg are easily identified, the mystery spice is still a mystery (see more below). I've smelled better pumpkin ales, but not very damn many.

Given the ABV and the 'Special Release' designation, I was expecting something a little more bold. I'm not complaining though; this is still good beer and is one of the better versions that I can remember drinking. One of the most amazing things is that alcohol is next to absent on the palate.

I love the understated, almost honeyish, sweetness. Whether it's due to pale malt, caramel malt, pumpkin or butternut squash, I couldn't say. There isn't a huge amount of squash flavor, but there is a pretty big spice load. The website lists the spices as cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. The label lists them as cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. My guess: ginger.

The mouthfeel is deserving of big beer status. It's firmer than it is soft, with a pleasing heavy silkiness and a supreme smoothness. A restrained amount of carbonation is the perfect match and keeps pumpkin spicy burps to minimum. Not that I mind pumpkin spicy burps.

I know that early February isn't the most opportune time to be drinking a pumpkin ale, but I figured that an 8.0%'er would hold up well being holed up for a few months. And it has. Schlafly Pumpkin Ale is one of the best damn gourd beers that I've ever had. Thanks jpm30.

02-09-2007 16:46:39 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -12.8%

Appearance: Pours a clear pumpkin color with a two finger head though the retention was not particularly impressive as it quickly pancaked down to a film

Smell: Smells like a pumpkin rum pie, with all the pumpkin and spice elements (strong on brown sugar, cinnamon and clove) but a surprising fusel alcohol presence from the 8% abv

Taste: The pie spices dominate from the front end, with the brown sugar, cinnamon and clove elements overwhelming the pumpkin flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A bit on the sweet side for my palate as I prefer a bit more pumpkin flavor and a lower abv in this style

Thanks, Cresant, for the opportunity

11-20-2011 23:03:19 | More by brentk56
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

09-03-2012 17:39:57 | More by acurtis
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%

08-13-2014 06:19:39 | More by zestar
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.24/5  rDev +0.5%

Bottle: Poured a deep dark cloudy amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention. Aroma of nutmeg, pumpkin and cinnamon with sweet malt backbone is quite enjoyable. Taste is a nice mix between some nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin with lightly sweet malt backbone. All flavours are very well balanced with sweetness offsetting some of the spices so that nothing gets out of hand. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with great level of complexity while retaining good marks for drinkability.

07-05-2013 16:59:33 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev -4%

Thank you Schalfly for making a worth-while Pumpkin Ale. Rarely does the world get to sample a hearty pumpkin flavor, a very well-made base beer, and spices that contribute to the beer without overpowering. This beer does all this-- doesn't seem too difficult. This beer seems to have a very firm Amber malt toastiness, sweetness, cleanliness, and crispness. The low (but detectable) hop rates make way for the pumpkin and spice variety to shine. The pumpkin delivers a creamy, earthy flavor very similar to fresh-baked pumpkin pie. Mild notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and all-spice decorate the beer without bringing undue attention to the frills. A mild buttery flavor also brings the beer into desert-range. This is all evedent in the aromas and flavors. The body remains firm, creamy, and relatively round; allowing the flavors to settle into a mellow finish of creamy-sweet pumpkin and caramel. This is likely the best Pumpkin Ale that I have had.

10-20-2007 03:22:18 | More by BEERchitect
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

I was able to pick up a twelve pack of this one. I had heard very good things and this was as solid as a pupkin ale as I was gonna get this year. Served cold, this will be my official review after drinking this one for a couple months. Consumed on 01/07/2009.

The pour was classic for the style. Rich light amber in color with a smooth and delicate looking carbonation that bubbled up from the bottom of the glass throughout. A nice touch of white on the top and it settled down lightly into a small broken crown,

The aroma was light, nicely spiced and full of grain. lIght notes of fresh hops bouncing around in here with lots of nutmeg and cinnamon. The flavor was very solid. Light grains, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumkin, and touches of light grass flavors. Really very well done. No hint of alcohol at all. I actually just saw this was 8%, what the hell, I thought it was like four. This was really well done and very sessionable. I had no idea how strong this was.

Overall one of the best, most drinkable pumkin ales I have come across. Not really anything bad to say here. Solid all the way around!

01-08-2009 03:46:47 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The pour is your rather average amber color with a finger's worth of off-white head.

S: Lots of pie spice notes fill the nose. I get plenty of cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice. There's a mild graham cracker malt note and rather than pumpkin, I get apples...

T: The apples are present on the flavor as well, but still not really any pumpkin qualities. The spices are the bulk of the flavors in this beer, and fit the same description as those mentioned in the aroma.

M: The body is medium with a fairly lively carbonation.

D: This didn't necessarily say "pumpkin beer" to me. It was much more of an apple pie beer, and a good one at that.

10-25-2010 06:50:33 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

09-03-2012 14:56:27 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

09-04-2012 01:28:27 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

09-12-2013 01:32:03 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

01-13-2013 22:04:59 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

02-24-2013 01:53:29 | More by GRG1313
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-01-2013 13:27:00 | More by jaydoc
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured out as a really nice looking clear burnt orange color. The head was white but it came and went rather quickly not leaving any lacing at all behind. The smell of the beer is really nice, it's got a good balance of sweet malt with spice notes. The taste of the beer is impressive, it's sweet with a light toasted note and the spices come in and make this beer an exceptional autumn experience. The mouthfeel is decent, it's carbonated and medium bodied, not too bad. Overall it's a very good Pumpkin Ale. very glad I got to try this one.

10-13-2012 19:14:20 | More by Knapp85
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emerge077

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

edit 2008/09: I pick up this beer every Fall, and manage to blow through a case. It's a very balanced and authentic pumpkin ale without the artificial ingredients & extra sugar.

11-01-2007
Somehow this 6-pack has lasted since Labor Day, last bottle from Aug. 21, 2007. Seems like a fitting review for Halloween...

A solid inch of foam on a rusty orange body. It has a thick ring of lace, but i'm more impressed that it has head retention, compared to alot of Pumpkin Ales i've had this season. Pumpkin and cinnamon in the aroma.

Flavors of nutmeg, clove, blended in with authentic pumpkin as well. Not overly sweet or spicy. Fuller mouthfeel, somewhat dry finish due to the spice, would be nice if it were a little less dry and tacky. Easy to finish a bottle, I had several in a row when it was fresh in the bottle (2 weeks old). I'm guessing the shelf life isn't the longest, but at 8% it should last a few months, no problem.

11-01-2007 02:58:35 | More by emerge077
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zeff80

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

10-13-2007 04:34:59 | More by zeff80
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

09-17-2012 15:09:04 | More by JAHMUR
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-04-2014 04:40:57 | More by SocalKicks
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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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