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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 1,782
Reviews: 480
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 319
Gots: 299 | 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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Photo of adamjthompson00
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

adamjthompson00, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of stakem
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a dark amber color with 3 fingers worth of rich yellowish stained to tan froth. As the cap fades, it leaves a webbing pattern of lacing effect all over the glass. The brew displays a brilliant clarity with some lighter hints of yellow to orange around the edges. A light swirl revives just shy of a finger of yellowish stained froth atop.

The smell is like gram crackers, mildly toasty with cinnamon and some earthy nutmeg. There is a bit of fruity almost perfume quality about this perhaps from the alcohol esters. More smells reveal a bit more depth to the earthen character that is mildly vegetative. When swirled, a mild note of sulfur and cheese is emitted.

The taste is mildly sweet with a bready character of grain, somewhat toasty with cinnamon and nutmeg. There is a mild nutty appeal to this along with a fruity to vegetative edge. More sips bring out some of that gram gracker and toasty appeal that was first introduced in the aromatics. It transitions to more earthy character with a mild herbal touch of hops that blends well.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall it is a well blended and nice take on the style. The spices here are really restrained and come out with just enough character to solidify it in the style. The touch of perfume edge that creeps out distracts just a bit along with the veggie edge that keeps this from being perfect in my opinion. Overall, it is solid and absolutely worth a try.

stakem, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of atone315
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

atone315, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of huskermike12
4/5  rDev -5%

huskermike12, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into New Belgium Globe.

Appearance: slightly orange bodied beer with a small white head. Drops down to a thin ring around.

Smell: Ripe pumpkin with a supporting cast of nutmeg, all spice, and cinnamon.

Taste: Upfront spicy beer cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and all spice. The beer is more spicy that pumkin flavored. Touch of malty sweetness that is bready. Mild lingering pumpkin aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Just a hint of warm booze.

Overall: Really nice pumpkin beer! Definately one of the better pumpkin beers that I have drank this year! This is a fantastic chioce for a fall beer!

4DAloveofSTOUT, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of Hessian257
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Hessian257, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of eph1291
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

eph1291, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of secondtooth
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich orange-amber, with average to light carbonation. No obvious lace here.

Nose is ripe with brown sugar, nutmeg and clove spices. Pumpkin is secondary here. Still, delightful, and very reminiscent of Fall.

Taste is tangy and heavy on the spice. This is very malty (think a brown ale), with all the spice and pumpkin touches bringing some balance to the sweetness. A superlative Fall seasonal, and among my favorite pumpkin ales.

secondtooth, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of Nelliott1
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Nelliott1, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of dtmets84
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my dogfish head pint glass

A- Pours a dark amber hue with no lacing

S- Dont get much pumpkin...getting more cinnamon and nutmeg

T- Tastes almost like an alcoholic pumpkin cider. Abit thin but the spices really come through.

M- Easy to drink especially at 8%!nd warms slightly from the ABV.

Overall, definitely a good pumpkin beer but still does not win out over ST pumkin and chelsea pumpkin pie.

dtmets84, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of Hophead717
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Hophead717, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of sleuthdog
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 8/16/12
Poured 9/17/12

Appearance: A vigorous pour yielded about one and a half amount of bone white head that dissipates quickly. Color is a great copper/deep amber that is fairly transparent. This so much reminds me of fall because of the color it's not even funny.

Smell: Well an ale brewed with pumpkin one would think pumpkin but let me tell you there is such balance in the nose. Obvious pumpkin with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove, with the beer as the backbone. Best smelling pumpkin beer if you are looking for one with balance. Makes me want a piece of pumpkin pie.

Taste: Simply the best balanced pumpkin beer I've ever had. I love pumpkin beers and have yet to find one as well balanced as this. All the same notes in the nose, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove, pumkin flesh. The alcohol is non existent.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and soft smooth feel. Low carbonation and almost silky.

Overall: I think it's obvious what I feel about this beer - spectacular. I enjoy Pumking when I want an overpowering pumpkin beer but this one is just the best well rounded pumpkin ale ever. You know you're drinking a beer but spiced up pumpkin style! Awesome ale!

sleuthdog, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of Breen
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour/Appearance: A reddish hue with a deep copper when held to light. Minimal head that frothed a bit immediately after the pour and quickly spread to the edges only. Full lacing disappears in a few seconds.

Smell: Like face planting in a homemade pumpkin pie. Nutmeg and other spices. Some grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Sharp carbonation and relatively light on the palette with a dry finish.

Taste: Slightly bitter from the earthy hops smelled, but the most noticeable is the pumpkin and cinnamon/nutmeg spices.

Overall: As ready as I was for a good seasonal ale, I was still pleasantly surprised by this selection. The brewer has done an excellent job bringing out robust pumpkin flavor without crafting something overpowering or too bitter. I'm glad I purchased this in a 6-pack and might well be back for more.

Breen, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of Chugs13
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Chugs13, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of Chirpie
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Chirpie, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of wingzing85
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

WOW! What a great pumpkin ale! The overall appearance is a toasted orange color with about an 1/2" head. Smelled of pumpkin spice and nutmeg with maybe a hint of all spice. The flavor was perfect. Not artificial tasting like some other pumpkin beers I have had. It was delicately balanced for a robust and very enjoyable beer.

wingzing85, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
2.5/5  rDev -40.6%

JAHMUR, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of harrisjohnson
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

harrisjohnson, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of The_1084
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep orange/copper hues; 2 finger head with aggressive pour, but dissipates quickly; mild-moderate activity in the glass

S: aroma of pumpkin spice and cloves becoming very pleasant as the beer warms; strong resemblance to pumpkin pie

T: pumpkin spice with a small hint of alcohol becoming noticeable mid-drink, but not bad for an 8% ABV

M: full-bodied; medium carbonation; dry, sticky finish

O: overall this is a great pumpkin ale

The_1084, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of baerb69
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

baerb69, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of VncentLIFE
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks verecund!

Very deep amber body with a small white head.

The smell holds loads of sweet sugary cinnamon. So sweet on the nose with pumpkin coming out only a bit.

The taste is just wow. Super sweet pumpkin spices that are only out done by the pumpkin itself. Lots of clove and cinnamon really dominate, with a hint of allspice (kind of forgotten). Super sweet caramelly pumpkin come to the forefront, but its still drinkable.

God damn this is good.

VncentLIFE, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of MikeIN
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

MikeIN, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of sperrykk
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

sperrykk, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of freewill35
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

freewill35, Sep 14, 2012
Schlafly Pumpkin Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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