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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 1,374
Reviews: 440
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 277
Gots: 147 | FT: 3
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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

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plfahey

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -12.3%

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance-Amber-reddish in color with good clarity. Nice creamy beige head forms and has good retention.

Aroma-Smells strongly of pumpkin pie spice-Nutmeg, Clove, Allspice, and a hint of Ginger and Cinnamon. There's also a slight molasses note to the aroma. Reminiscent of warm, pumpkin pie.

Flavor-Spice is a little bit muddled up front in the flavor, with nutmeg and allspice standing out, as well as a little bit of peppery character from the alcohol. In the mid-palate, some squash-like pumpkin flavors come through. The finish is quite dry with a little bit of spice astringency, pepper from the alcohol, and a slight molasses character. The booze is rather prominent in the aftertaste, with muddled spice character following.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, moderate carbonation. Some warmth from the alcohol. Slight astringency from the spices.

Not bad at all-the aroma kicks ass-it smells just like liquid pumpkin pie. Unfortunately, the spice character gets a little muddled in the flavor, the alcohol comes through a little bit strong in the finish, and there's a slight astringency from the spices. Good, but not great.

09-02-2011 03:14:57 | More by plfahey
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dtalou27

Illinois

5/5  rDev +18.5%

Been waiting over a year to try this beer, and to no surprise, it is now my all time favorite beer.... To bad it is only available this time of year, oh well, it makes it that much better!

Appearance - dark Amber color, with hint of orange. Medium head on this beer.

Smell - Smells like a Pumpkin Pie!!

Taste - Taste is even better than it smells! You can tell this beer has a decent amount of alcohol, without the alcohol being overwhelming at all. The blend of spices is perfect, and can be tasted each sip.

Mouthfeel - Malty, with a great carbonation.

Overall - Again, I've been waiting for this beer all year, and it did NOT disappoint. If I could give this beer a higher rating than a 5 overall, I would.

08-31-2011 04:32:34 | More by dtalou27
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JayQue

Virginia

4/5  rDev -5.2%

I finally found a Pumpkin Ale I like!!!! Not surprised it came from Schlafly. Pours a clear dark amber color with a medium size off white head. Average head retention and some lacing.

Good smell of pumpkin and nutmeg. Taste is surprisingly good. Most pumpkin ales I have sampled are like bad christmas ales, thin, sweet and tons of artificial flavors..kind of like scented candles in a glass.

This one is not too sweet, the nutmeg and pumpkin are expertly blended in and there is a yeast thing going on and some bitterness in the finish. This is not a one trick pony of a beer.

Mouthfeel is rich enough. A crisp beer with a nice little hops presence at the end. No weird artificial aftertaste.

THis one is a winner.

08-30-2011 10:22:18 | More by JayQue
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oline73

Maryland

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a finger of off white head. Good retention and some lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel like malt with pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices. Like liquid pumpkin pie.

Taste: Follows from the smell. Sweet malt is complimented well by the pumpkin and the spices. There is a really nice balance to this beer. The finish has a slight bitterness to it with some alcohol in there as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light and tingly carbonation and a somewhat slick finish.

Overall: I've been looking forward to this beer all year, and it does not disappoint. I really enjoy pumpkin beers, and this is the best one I've found so far.

08-28-2011 23:34:32 | More by oline73
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FanofHefe

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Bottled 8-16-2011, poured into a tulip. Crystal clear deep amber body, with red and orange hue. Big, three-finger tan head that looks great at the beginning, but doesn't hang around too long. Very little lacing.

Smells like autumn. Rich spicy notes followed by nutmeg and pumpkin. Bready malt in the background. Reminds me of a nice scented candle.

Not as sweet as I would have expected, but in a good way. Plenty of flavor from the spices, and a strong nutty flavor. The pumpkin flavor is present, but not overwhelming. Good blend overall.

Relatively thin in the mouthfeel. I must admit, I've never had a pumpkin beer that I've liked (or reviewed), but this one is changing my perspective. I can see this begin a regular in the fall, especially since I'm local to STL and am fortunate enough to be able to get it regularly.

08-27-2011 21:24:17 | More by FanofHefe
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chodinheaven

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -7.6%

Slightly hazy deep orange color. Small and thin head, but decent retention in the form of a sheet. The nose is of ripe pumpkin and smoky malts. The pumpkin is not as sweet or obvious as I thought it would be, but I take that as a good thing. Almost a medicinal quality in there as well?

Pumpkin in the taste, remeniscent of pumpkin pie actually. Cinnamon too that rounds out the pumpkin, making for a really pleasant taste. Booze is not hidden, but rather flaunted in a way that adds to the overall spicy character. Boozy but clean aftertaste and finish. The sweetness of the pumpkin and cinnamon is delicate and complex, making for a really nice drink that is sippable but easy-going as well. Its actually a fairly straight-forward beer, but delicious nonetheless. It definitely has some good qualities for it. I'd like to try this same beer in a lighter ABV and see if the sweetness is a little more pronounced, but this works too.

08-26-2011 03:02:16 | More by chodinheaven
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paxchristi

Missouri

4.72/5  rDev +11.8%

Poured from 12oz. bottles into tankard.

Appearance: Dark burnt orange and/or brilliant ruby in the light...it is an orange from hell so to speak. It pours a delicious-looking, tan, yet ever so slightly orange hue head. I was disappointed whenever it went away in a couple minutes, but its 8% so its appropriate.

Smell: Orgasmic-- a complete rush of the senses.There is, of course, pumpkin in the front, however it is accompanied by some very quality grains to prevent the pumpkin from domination. In the middle was cinnamon, nutmeg, and more pumpkin. In the end there is some ever so slight hints of clove and a bit of a yeasty flavor that was reminiscent of a crust.

Taste: Orgasm x2. The smells are consistent with its smell. Quite possibly one of the most unique, well-balanced flavors I've had from a fall seasonal. All of the flavors show restraint demonstrating that no one flavor is bigger than the other. I can't believe that its 8.0ABV. It masked it so well. A sign of brilliant brewers.

Mouth: Good even, moderate carbonation. Carbonated about perfectly for say like a Red Ale. There was enough life in it to give it some pop without overpowering the very sweet and creamy flavors of it.

Overall: This fall ale is incredibly balanced, thoughtful, and professional. I would say that this is quite possibly one of the best, most addictive Pumpkin Ales I've ever had. Not only will it go on my "cult favorites" list, but it will go on my list of favorite seasonals. I will go to the Bottleworks this weekend and try it on-tap. I bet it will bring out the absolute best in this beer. I had an entire six-pack of these beers, and they are masterful. It is a masterclass brew, and its quite possibly my favorite that I've had from Schlafly to date. A MUST TRY for fall seasonals.

EDIT 10/10/11-- Has a fresh sixer bottled on 10/6. I noticed this time some subtle banana notes and a much thicker mouth feel. I also caught some hop bitterness that keeps the sweet from taking over. In fact, it balances it out nicely to where I'm not even concerned about it being too sweet. Drink this one as fresh as you can get it. It improved, and I have adjusted the grade accordingly.

08-25-2011 18:44:19 | More by paxchristi
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tito42

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +5%

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. Bottled 08/12/2011.

A: Rich, clear chestnut with a thick, foamy pumpkin-hued head. Great lacing.

S: Smells just like pumpkin pie to me. Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, just as advertised on the label. Nutmeg wafts out of the bottle when you open it, but the cinnamon comes through strongly after poured.

T: Biscuity malt, pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, and burnt sugar. Just a touch of hops at the finish. Well-masked 8.0% ABV.

M: Medium to full bodied, nice creaminess.

O: Very good pumpkin ale. My first try of this style, and I don't know if I'm going to find any better than this locally. I'll definitely be picking this up in sixers once it cools off near Halloween.

08-24-2011 03:07:19 | More by tito42
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

3.6/5  rDev -14.7%

Served on tap at the brewery in a goblet. This Pumpkin Ale poured a burt orange color, almost brown....one of the darker pumpkin ales that I have had. There was a very thin head...almost none...it was a light tan...retention was poor and almost zero lacing. The aroma was nice a strong smell of spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves are present. The taste of this ale is full bodied, has a base of caramel malt, pumpkin, sweet honey, squash and spicy cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. This is a big beer, a sipper. Decent session beer, but its not something that I could drink a six pack of in a sitting. Not my favorite Pumpkin Ale- I prefer something a bit lighter- but It was not bad. Overall slightly above average

08-23-2011 01:34:51 | More by GossageBrewery
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HopsYeast

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.2%

a-dark copper color with a clear body and nice tan head. no sediment at all.
s-cloves, all spice, cinnamon, anise, and vanilla
t-wow! burnt sugar, caramel, almost captured the pie crust and put it in a bottle. wonderful balance of each flavor component. sometime after consumption you remember this is an 8% abv beer and you feel a nice touch of warmth in your chest.
b-med body but has some heftiness to it. nice low to medium carbonation. very drinkable.
o-one of the better pumpkin ales ive had in the past few years. glad i took the recommendation. its what you expect from a pumpkin ale but so well balanced that it doesnt make you think of a pumpkin pie or pumpkin candy. and the 8% is well hidden. careful with this one ;)

08-21-2011 03:42:51 | More by HopsYeast
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beerstallion

Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured into a tulip.

A: Poured a deep red-orange amber with a moderate tanish head, fairly light with no lacing.

S: A spicy pumpkin pie nose with lots of nutmeg and some floral hops.

T: Tasted much like it smelled: great, full bodied, and well balanced. Caramel and biscuit malts with a great pumpkin flavour. The nutmeg was a bit strong but overall a great tasting beer.

M: Moderate to heavy carbonation with a medium heavy weight as well. Can't really taste the 8%.

O: Falls just short of my all time favorite pumpkin ale (Weyerbacher) and thats saying a lot. This is a great overall beer that I could definitely drink a few of.

08-18-2011 22:43:08 | More by beerstallion
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centbeerfest

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Poured into a pint glass
A-A very deep dark redish orange brown. Clear and nice frothy head.
S-Excellent. carrot cake, cumin, thinking of holloween in August.
T-Jumps out with a bang and cloves, cinammon. Very good balance of character, pumpkin profile and hops throughout. Strange but a hint of cheery at the finish.
M-Could replace my morning cup of coffee. Like biting into a satisfying pumpkin creme brulee. Not too filling, just enough.

I liked this beer more than I expected. Have always staid away from pumkin ales but I could/would drink this anytime of year.

08-14-2011 04:45:06 | More by centbeerfest
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Jazzcrop

California

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

So so. Tastes are rotting pumpkin meat, teeth, a shit of a lot of spices, floral flowery flavors, booziness, wrapped licorice, pie crusts and hops. Smells like a pumpkin-based soda with lime and apricot and oranges. Again, sometime, then? Yessiree!!!

06-10-2011 03:07:49 | More by Jazzcrop
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Preismj

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

a: hazy malt brown. See through and not particularly thick. Foamy head that leaves quickly. Light lacing, but what is there looks sticky as honey.

s: not strong in scent. notes of clove, cinnamon, alcohol...fruits such as berry smell like they are here...applesauce as well. I randomly catch scents of pumpkin but this has apple all over it too.

t: the malt is rich on this one. very pleasant spice of clove and cinnamon. this reminds me of McDonalds apple pies. Bready from the yeast and a wonderful flavor to it. I'm getting brown sugar in this. (as a note, I had this served once to me at a bar with brown sugar on the rim. While it was wonderful, it brought out some booziness too by having that sweetness...and while a bit froo froo...I recommend giving it a go once with a pumpkin ale)

m: light bodied. Light carbonation. Coats well and it is definitely sticky.

o: wish I had some turky to go with this as a midnight snack. I would rather eat this with some food as it reminds me as a casual sipper at Thanksgiving, though even on its own the flavor is tremendous here. Nice spice and while it doesn't remind me as much of pumpkin pie as it does apple pie, it gets the job done...and at 8% hits the spot without a hint of booze.

05-29-2011 04:23:39 | More by Preismj
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gmfessen

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is an amber-orange color with an almost non-existent head. Nose is definitely what you might expect from a pumpkin ale, all spice with some malty caramel sweetness. Cinnamon and all spice and cloves dominate. The flavor is more of the same, almost reminds me more of apple pie than pumpkin. Initial malty caramel sweetness followed by a spicy finish. Mouthfeel is a light medium body with minimal carbonation and a drying finish. Overall a drinkable beer, some alcohol is noticeable but I would not guess it is 8%. Probably as good as a pumpkin beer can be.

05-08-2011 00:51:36 | More by gmfessen
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THECPJ

Delaware

4.22/5  rDev 0%

reviewed from notes:

appearance: orangish red with a lacing of head

smell: pumpkin, spices,

taste: pumpkin spices, sweet

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, smooth

drinkability: this is probably the best and most well rounded pumpkin beer on the market.

Cheers,
The CPJ

03-14-2011 02:35:57 | More by THECPJ
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fear025

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -14%

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.

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

Germany

4.05/5  rDev -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.

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

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

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

California

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

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

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

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

New York

3.8/5  rDev -10%

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.

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

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

11-17-2010 05:49:43 | More by WorldWideStout
Schlafly Pumpkin Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
94 out of 100 based on 1,374 ratings.