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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 1,533
Reviews: 458
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 298
Gots: 219 | 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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4.75/5  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, Today at 11:41 PM
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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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