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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 1,895
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 322
Gots: 324 | 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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3.3/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured half bottle into rocks glass. Nice bourbon color, not much of a head, and the head completely disappears. Nice spicy malty aroma and flavor. Get a bit of a pumpkin flavor with maybe a bit of pumpkin pie spices. Marynka hops Malts include 2-row and Crystal malted barley, Munich malt, wheat malt, chocolate malt, and I think I get a bit of pumpkin pie spices. I get a bit of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and maybe ginger? A tad bit boozy for this low of ABV, but it fades quickly into a nice dry finish. Pretty watery mouthfeel. Over all I think this would be a good match to any Thanksgiving din din. The Great Pumpkin hasn't arrived, but this is a good brew to enjoy while you await his or her arrival.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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

Special thanks for this evening's experience go out to Tom for graciously providing the beer and Alex for the badass stemmed Tired Hands glass that served as the delivery vehicle. Thanks guys!

Pours a murky burnt umber with a short lived half inch white head that rings to a nice collar.

Smells like a holiday candle: pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and mulling spices with a dollop of vanilla. Nicely executed and not overly sweet smelling like most pumpkin beers.

Well, this is well executed. The aforementioned spices really help to keep the sugary sweet pumpkin in check. Toasted sunflower seeds and some smooth caramel hold serve as a solid foundation and vanilla wraps a bow on the finish, which ends nice and dry.

Lightly effervescent, drinks almost with a light dry champagne feel. Alcohol is masterfully hidden in the taste but warms the cockles nicely.

I've dumped my share of pumpkin beers and truthfully, despite wanting to enjoy them, rarely do. That said, this is certainly the beer pumpkin beer I've had to date and one that I'd likely hazard to drink again. Nicely done Schlafly!

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4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a slightly hazy dark orange with a thin cap for a head that fades into a ring around the side of the glass. Not really any lacing to speak of.

Aroma is cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and graham cracker. A very pleasant fall spiciness and really captures the pumpkin pie aroma perfectly. Not overtly spicy whatsoever.

Flavor is very near perfection. Some squashy-ness up front quickly followed by a healthy wallup of cinnamon and nutmeg. A quick shot of vanilla along with some whipped cream but the spices hold strong. Never do they become overwhelming but rather quite nicely balance with everything else. Bitterness is extremely light and nearly imperceptible. This beer is just a touch sweet and not a sugar bomb like so many pumpkin beers. A nice, dry finish with just a hint of warmth from the alcohol.

Overall, one of the best pumpkin beers out there. Very well balanced and not sweet at all. I could honestly drink a couple of these in a sitting. One to pick up every year.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for the gift, DarthKostrizer!

Dark amber with dark orange highlights and a thin off-white head that doesn't leave much stick down the glass, only an oily sheen.

Good amounts of pumpkin pie spice in the aroma: cinnamon, allspice, some nutmeg, and a little brown sugar. Very little actual gourd/pumpkin character, but I never pick up much in any pumpkin ale. Some juicy apple. A bit of a sweet caramel and graham character as well.

The flavor follows the aroma, though is incredibly well balanced, flavorful, and highly drinkable. Pumpkin pie spices, graham cracker, a little toffee sweetness, and a low level of bitterness combine incredibly well.

Medium bodied with high carbonation, somewhat prickly.

Probably my favorite pumpkin ale, though it's not a style I particularly seek out. Very glad I got to try this one!

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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
94 out of 100 based on 1,895 ratings.