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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 1,283
Reviews: 433
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 245
Gots: 111 | FT: 5
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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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fear025

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma:Pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, ginger in the aroma.

Appearance:Orangish-red color.

Taste:Great pumpkin flavor, the pumpkin spices are well balanced.

Mouthfeel:Creamy, good carbonation.

Drinkability:This one is a good easy-drinking pumpkin ale. I've had better, but I've also had much worse.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 16:49:05 | More by fear025
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ThirstyBird

Germany

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to for this one

Pours a deep reddish brown with nice cream colored head. Goes to a ring and a little floating island. The smell is rich sweet malt, clove and other pumpkin spices. Nicely blended. The taste is nice. Well integrated flavors. The sweet malt and spicing blend seamlessly. I'm not a big pumpkin beer lover but I'm into this one. Very nice mouthfeel - the body is on the lower side of medium with nice carbonation. Overall a very nice pumpkin beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 02:38:56 | More by ThirstyBird
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a dimpled glass. One of my favorite pure pumpkin beers. Poured a slightly hazy amber/gold with a thin off white head. Great aroma with plenty of pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and nutmeg. Medium bodied. More pumpkin pie spice in the flavor. Some malty sweetness and a little burnt sugar as it warms. Pretty drinkable for a spiced beer. Alcohol is fairly hidden. A great fall seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 18:30:41 | More by CuriousMonk
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Murchmac

California

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to birchstick for the chance to try this brew.

Pours with a nice white head, brown light orange highlights.

Great pumpkin pie smell.

Oh yeah, perfect balanced full bodied spicy, hoppy, excellent beer.

Its the great pumpkin Charlie Brown.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 23:07:11 | More by Murchmac
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Axic10

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this beer in the BA Secret Santa BIF from brewerburgundy. Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Orange and brown colored with a finger of off white head that settle quickly.

Smell: Pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, ginger, sweet malt.

Taste: Spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger. Sweet caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: I always enjoy a good pumpkin beer and this one is definitely one of the better examples of the style. Very good and I would definitely try again if I had the chance.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 21:59:45 | More by Axic10
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dragonWhale

New York

3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

big thanks to busternuggz for this one..
slightly cloudy amber, pretty sexy, small little head.
pie spices, cinnamon is big, nutmeg and clove supplementary, little bit of alcohol too.
cinnamon stays big on the flavor, again nutmeg, allspice, clove coming in with the alcohol heat. quite a bit thinner and more attenuated. possibly a bit too much, pushing the alcohol more to the forefront than I would like in a pumpkin beer. Not bad, mind you. Kind've reminds me more of a spiced pumpkin rum beer. and what's wrong with pumpkin and rum? Many a fine night has been had with just those very ingredients!
Quite good. Not quite the great pumpkin, but a tremendous effort nonetheless. Wish I hadn't gotten shut out on the great pumpkin this year.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 02:48:19 | More by dragonWhale
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the more substantial pumpkin offerings out there. Nice deep orange color with a decent head. Fine carbonation, minimal lacing. Aromas are faint, but pie spices and bready malt are detectable. Flavor has a bold impact, loaded with cinnamon and graham cracker crust. Sweet pumpkin undertones shine through nicely as the finish lingers with sweet pie goodness. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 17:42:19 | More by Tripphop
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WorldWideStout

Maryland

4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A bit of a darker, more red body than most pumpkin brews. Translucent with many streams of small bubbles making their way to the top. One finger head that disappeared pretty quickly. A bit of legs.

S: Terrific. Pumpkin pie filling, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla.

T: Starts off with the cinnamon and some vanilla. The pumpkin pie filling taste comes in the middle, though it's never dominant. More vanilla and nutmeg come out towards the end. The aftertaste is the most potent of any pumpkin beer I've tried; a pleasant cinnamon and a hint of pumpkin that often linger for over thirty seconds in the mouth.

M: It's very carbonated, almost too much so, for the first second, but the bubbles then back off without disappearing. Besides that first moment, the body is light and creamy and quite appropriate.

D: As this is fairly complex and flavorful, I probably wouldn't have a ton of these in one night, but I could easily put down and thoroughly enjoy a second one.

I recently had a pumpkin beer tasting with 20 different beers, and this was my favorite. Pumking is good in its own way, but I really don't think it's even on the same level as this one. A real treat to drink, and the pumpkin beer by which all other pumpkin beers should be judged.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 05:49:43 | More by WorldWideStout
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to billab914 for this as an extra in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured red-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cinnamon, cloves, spice, and graham crackers. The flavor was of sweet malt, pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves, graham crackers, and brown sugar. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty excellent brew. Totally reminded me of pumpkin pie only not with an overwhelming hit of spices like in some of them. In other words this was a GOOD pumpkin pie. The flavor in this one was nicely balanced and quite excellent. The aroma was very nice as well and made me start to look forward to Thanksgiving this year. Not a whole lot to complain about on this one. REALLY glad I got the opportunity to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 12:39:05 | More by thagr81us
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StlHopHead77

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours out a clear,ruddy orange with a substantial,slightly tan head of two inches height that displayed good retention and left nice rings of lacing.

S-Warm,comforting notes of roasted pumpkin,toasty crust and appropriate spice.This beer smells like fall with a natural sugar sweetness rounding out the nose.

T-Roasted,meaty pumpkin and butternut squash,caramelized nuttiness,a soft hint of molasses and baking spice.A great balance of sweet and earthiness.

M-This was the only area I found lacking and I truly believe it had more to do with me than the beer itself.Carbonation was sufficient but I wanted a little more of a creamy mouthfeel.Not overly sweet and a great example of what the style can be.

D-This is one spot-on seasonal that has great drinkability.No indication of 8% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 15:26:26 | More by StlHopHead77
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bifrojm

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a 3 Floyds Imperial Pint Glass. Pours a beautiful orange-ish brown, bit hazy. Light white head quickly dissipating, no lacing.

Aroma - pumpkin spice, ginger snap cookies, cinnamon, sugar, malt, booze.

Taste - liquid pumpkin pie; just needs some whipped cream. Lots of spice and sugar, malt. Finishes boozy.

Mouthfeel - creamy, light carbonation that fades too quickly leaving more booze on the palate.

Drinkability - With the booze and sweetness, I'm not drinking this all nights, but the flavor lends itself to 2-3 easy.

This is my personal favorite in the style because of the taste. I've had others with better aroma or more drinkability, but Schlafly Pumpkin epitomizes what a pumpkin beer should taste like, and taste is the most important aspect of any beer. I wish it was carbonated a tad better or slightly less boozy - either, would make it damn near perfect.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 01:26:27 | More by bifrojm
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thekanna

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Kramerbooks and Afterwords Cafe in Dupont Circle, DC.

A: Gorgeous radiant pumpkin orange with almost no head, just a hazy sheen that hangs in patches above the body.

S: Strong pumpkin spice; I definitely detect cloves, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Sweet malts and pumpkin bread.

T: Sweet pumpkin-flavored malts, strong pumpkin spice again, followed by cinnamon, a bit of vanilla extract, slight herbal hop bitterness, and some buttery diacetyls. Ahhh.... THIS is what a pumpkin beer should taste like.

M: A bit thin and under-carbonated.

D: Wonderful pumpkin brew, and definitely one that i'd be willing to use as a (slightly lower-quality) replacement for Southern Tier's Pumking, since that seems to sell out all too quickly where I live.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2010 03:34:22 | More by thekanna
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic. 08-05-10 bottled date. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for this one!

(A)- Pours a dark hazy orange almost brown color that produced a great off-white head with decent retention.

(S)- A great spice to it: clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. A good pumpkin aroma that has subtle hints of a cider component.

(T)- Same as the smell. A good spice profile, but it really hides most of the actual pumpkin flavor. Still good though. Mildly creamy.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Has a good balance, yet I would like to see more actual pumpkin come through the spice.

(D)- Its really quite a solid pumpkin beer. Great spice and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 17:21:17 | More by sweemzander
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A half-fingers worth of off-white colored head fizzes away in super rapid fashion leaving zero in the way of lacing or collar... A darker than expected reddish coppery brown color... Mostly still with only a stray sluggish carbonation bubble appearing randomly throughout...

S - A nice blend that seems to strike the right balance between pumpkin and spices... Sweet pumpkin pie... Nutmeg... Cinnamon... Clove... Smells like it belongs on the Thanksgiving table... Perhaps a hint of vanilla... Overall fairly subdued...

T - Slightly burnt pie crust... Cinnamon... Canned pumpkin filling... Nutmeg... Just a hint of cloves... Vanilla... Just the slightest hint of mellow booziness...

M - Medium bodied... Dense... Mildly fizzy carbonation... Slightly sticky... Semi-dry finish...

D - A top tier Pumpkin Ale that is solid all the way around and excels in terms of appearance and taste... A great well rounded example of the style...

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 01:27:39 | More by philbe311
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OlRasputin989

Arkansas

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter...

A: pours a deep reddish-brown reminiscent of falling leaves. capped with a light brown head that quickly fades to a wispy film.

S: a deliciously rich malt aroma with a nearly perfect blend of the spices mentioned on the label (cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove) making it seem like a pumpkin pie in a bottle.

T: flavor seems somewhat subdued compared to the rich aromas: malty sweet upfront again followed quickly by pumpkin flavors to a spicy and bittersweet finish. also has a mettallic and alcohol characteristic in the finish that is somewhat off putting.

M: a medium full body with a slick mouthfeel and a sticky and off dry finish.

Overall, this is one of the best spiced beers I have ever tried. Would be great for thanksgiving dinner as a desert.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 20:53:38 | More by OlRasputin989
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paulozanello

Brazil

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glad I found this in my local store. I've been wanting to try it for a while now.

Bottled october 2010.

Pours a clear and dark amber color with a one inch light brown head that goes down after about 5 minutes leaving good lacing. Some floating debris can be seen.

Aroma is pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.

Taste starts with malt and some pumpkin. Soon the spice kick mainly with cinnamon, nutmeg and some clove. The spices linger for a while also with some malt/pumpkin sweetness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and silky. Body is medium to heavy, mostly due to a lot of noticeable alcohol. Carbonation is medium to high.

Good pumpkin ale. I like the fact that you can taste the pumpkin as well as the spices. The main flaw IMO is that it is too boozy.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 23:34:15 | More by paulozanello
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sommersb

Tennessee

4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle with no apparent dating.

Appearance is a nice dark amber color with a 2-3 finger tan head.

The aroma on this beer is incredible; very spicy. You really get the pumpkin flavors along with a little alcohol in the smell. I enjoyed smelling this one repeatedly.

The taste carries over from the smell with pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove spices. This beer has a slight sweetness to it and a rich malty taste -- delicious. No bitterness present.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with some boozy elements and a spicy aftertaste.

This is the best pumpkin ale I've tasted so far. Highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 03:57:47 | More by sommersb
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NODAK

Tennessee

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is wonderful...full of nutmeg, cinnamon and everything that is pumpkin pie. It's powerful...more so than any other I've had thus far.

The taste is definitely reminescent of pumpkin pie in a bottle. There's definite strong notes of allspice and cinnamon in there from the start and through the body. The thing that sets it apart from some others is that it isn't really all that sweet. Instead, it relies on the spices alone for flavor....without adding a bunch of sugar. The finish is actually pretty thin comparatively speaking, with no hop bitterness, some lingering pumpkin pie, and the alcohol completely covered up. For a pumpkin ale, the ABV is rather high, but they have covered it very nicely.

I can definitely see why this beer has received so much good word of mouth. It has great pumpkin flavor without having cloying sweetness...and it isn't boozy.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 01:17:53 | More by NODAK
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a somewhat hazy copper color with a one finger head that fell relatively quickly. Nice lacing on this one.

S: Really nice, lots of pumpkin pie spice, cloves/nutmeg/cinnamon as well.

T: Taste like it smells, the spices upfront, then the pumpkin. Can also taste some crust in there, very nice. Really enjoyed it.

M/D: Medium bodied, nice and creamy. Good carbonation. Have had a bunch of pumpkin beers this fall, and this one is easily my favorite as of now. The 8%? Didn't know it was that high till right now, this beer is that good.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 23:39:07 | More by mdaschaf
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rpardon7

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle a nice amber coppery color with a bubbly white head that receded quickly. Smell is that of cinimon clove maybe a touch of ginger. Taste is heavy on the spice very much dominated by cinimon and clove perhaps some bready malt but this is all spice. Mouthfeel is sharp and tightly carbonated. Drinkability, this a nice beer however not one I wold session but more enjoy after a meal.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 18:43:36 | More by rpardon7
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womencantsail

California

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Kansas

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've never had a Pumpkin ale, so this will be my first time. Poured into a dimpled mug. First aroma and impression I get is of cinnamon, like a cinnamon red hot. Caramel malt in the background as well. The mall fizzy head quickly disappears. First taste is ... well, there's really no other way to describe this. It's like drinking a liquid pumpkin pie, right down to the crust. Clear pumpkin flavor up front followed by nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. Pie crust malt sweetness and powdered sugar finishes. This thing is making me crave my mom's pumpkin roll. I'm going to have to pick a lot of this up for Thanksgiving in November. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 00:08:42 | More by eclaycamp
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Tomdee74

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very good.. thanx smutty33 for lookin out... been a disappointing year for the pumpkin brew i thought.. was let down by smuttynose and pumpking pretty much ripped my heart out of my chest! anyway this is a good one.. i had this the other nite and was doin backflips but tonite i'm not doin em' but it's still a damn tasty brew..

has a very nice smell to it.. i am impressed and happy to be able to have tried it.. thanx again smutty33 cuz i would get this if it would available in my area.. it's a nice different change that i enjoy once in a while..

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 21:50:10 | More by Tomdee74
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first pumpkin beer I had at a recent pumpkin tasting, it was OK, one of the better ones overall. Beer is dark orange with no head, low carbonation, no lacing, and the beer is clear. Looks kind of weird.

The aroma is sweet and spicy, almost a biting. Smells OK.

OK, it doesn't look cool or smell special but it tastes pretty good. Beer is sweet but not cloying and it has a nice cinnamon / nutmeg spice profile on a light bodied beer. The alcohol gives it a dry finish and a sweet start, I can't decide if these are good things or a strategy to distract me from the overall nature of the beer. Not my favorite beer but a decent pumpkin ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 18:34:28 | More by drabmuh
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