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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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1,779 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,779
Reviews: 480
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 319
Gots: 298 | FT: 8
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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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4/5  rDev -5%

Rojada1988, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

Appearance - Deep amber, burnt orange color. Clear. No real head. Just a few wisps on the surface.

Smell - Big pumpkin pie smell. Maybe more spice than pumpkin, but it's nice.

Taste - The spice is immediately stronger in the taste, but the pumpkin rounds it out nicely as the spice drops off. It's got a strong pumpkin flavor in the back end, but it takes while to come through. Slightly earthy hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - It's a little overcarbonated. I want it to be a bit smoother. Not the slightest bit boozy.

Overall - I'm spoiled by Good Gourd. This isn't a spice bomb, but it still doesn't let the pumpkin shine the way I want. I do appreciate that it isn't boozy as hell like Good Gourd, though.

Alieniloquium, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of fmc79
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

fmc79, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear dark amber in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a two finger tall creamy beige head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer evenly. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pumpkin and caramel malts over some lighter notes of pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg and cinnamon). Lighter notes of spicy hops.

T: Light amounts of caramel malt sweetness upfront underneath the strong flavors of pumpkin. The finish has a moderate amount of pumpkin pie spices - primarily cinnamon with some nutmeg as well. Light amounts of bitterness towards the finish from some spicy hops.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: The alcohol in this beer is well hidden making this beer very easy to drink. There are very good flavors of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices are well balanced. Definitely a great example for the style and one I will have again.

dbrauneis, Oct 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

jaminjohnson, Oct 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Resident, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of Bethie
4/5  rDev -5%

Bethie, Oct 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

apocalypsezombie, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of heizerbjj
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

heizerbjj, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of nkp765
4.25/5  rDev +1%

nkp765, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of Danlaxx1
1/5  rDev -76.2%

Danlaxx1, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of nrs207
4.25/5  rDev +1%

nrs207, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of Shoo65
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Shoo65, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of Bubbalito
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Dark copper, nice white 1 finger head. Tons of bubbles streaming off the bottom.

Smell: Holy crap, bright pumpkin and nutmeg that you can smell from a foot away. There is a fluffy sweetness that is in there and even a bit of oranges. This smells exactly like a pumpkin pie!!


Taste: Again, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, oranges and dare I say whip cream on top! The taste lingers in your mouth for days. Nice full mouthfeel without being too thick or syrupy. This is exactly like drinking a pumpkin pie, only better

Overall: I am going directly to the store and picking up a six pack of this for thanksgiving dinner, amazing, amazing beer!! If you like pumpkin pie, TRY THIS BEER

Bubbalito, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of juliusseizure
4.25/5  rDev +1%

juliusseizure, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of skaboom420
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

skaboom420, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of duff247
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

duff247, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of jmcrofts
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 6-pack of this beer after hearing a lot of hype about it from some friends. Did not disappoint!

Appearance - Nice dark red, with decent head.

Smell - FANTASTIC. Very warm and spicy, with strong pumpkin, cinnamon, and roasted malt notes. Smells like mom's pumpkin pie cooling on the windowsill.

Taste - Sweet on the front of the tongue, with good pumpkin and cinnamon flavors. Buttery cracker flavors round it out, making it feel like eating pumpkin pie, crust and all. More boozy than I expected, but not enough to cover up the sweetness. Very nice.

Mouthfeel - Light with medium carbonation, and some nice alcohol warmth.

Overall - Excellent beer. On the sweet side, but it compliments the cinnamon, pumpkin, and butter flavors that dominate the taste. My only complaint is there's a little too much booze taste, this is an 8.0% beer and it shows. I still highly recommend it for anyone who loves warm, comforting fall flavors.

jmcrofts, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pour a solid dark amber color, clear, with foamy 1 finger head.

S- Pleasant. Caramel malt, hints of cinnamon, pumpkin, clove, and allspice. Very nice.

T- Um wow. It's FULL of pumpkin pie taste. Like biting into a fresh piece. Tons of cinnamon and nutmeg, even hints of Graham cracker. Clove and all spice. Spectacular.

M- incredibly smooth, full bodied.

Overall- Outstanding! Perhaps the best pumpkin ale I've ever had

BeerBuckeye, Oct 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Gehrig13, Oct 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

M_Burkey, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of Shumania
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a DFH signature glass

A: dark amber orange that blocks all light. Large head that dissipates quickly

S: sweet pumpkin, cinnamon and all spice. Great smell exactly like pumpkin pie, but not artificial like some others

T: exactly like the smell and the pumpkin comes through at the end.

M: mild carbonation and is on the thicker side. Very full mouthfeel

This may be my favorite pumpkin ale out there. Smell and taste are great!

Shumania, Oct 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Phacoman, Oct 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

TheBronze, Sep 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

ctc862, Sep 29, 2012
Schlafly Pumpkin Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
94 out of 100 based on 1,779 ratings.