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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 1,927
Reviews: 498
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 327
Gots: 339 | FT: 5
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: maxpower on 09-16-2006

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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Ratings: 1,927 | Reviews: 498
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4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to KyleP3 for this one...

Copper tinted amber in color, creamy off-white head. Scent brings nice balance of seasonal spices, crusty grains and pumpkin with touches of cream, vanilla and brown sugar. Taste follows suit. Usually one for the sweeter pumpkin ales that taste like pumpkin pie (as opposed to over spiced ones), but this one tastes more like a savory pumpkin dish with a light sweetness. Medium bodied, lightly creamy. Very impressed with this one, right balance of all ingredients.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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

Thanks to HopsMatt for landing this long time want of mine! 12 oz bottle into a DFH signature.

A - Pours a deep dark red color that borders on purple. Clear with some small streams of rising carbonation. One finger of dirty tan foam forms but vanishes quickly. Modest amount of lacing.

S - I can't say this deviates much from the other popular pumpkin ales. Loads of pumpkin pie spice initially. Cinnamon, clove, brown sugar, and nutmeg. A bit of caramel malt and a touch of earthy gourd'ness on the finish. Pretty standard stuff here, but done quite well.

T - Pie spices of clove and nutmeg in the beginning. Very sweet malty middle. The beer is finished by some pumpkin flesh and a lingering cinnamon spice. Tasty, albeit a bit too sweet.

M - Medium bodied and well carbed. Very easy drinking despite the 8% abv. The sweetness of the beer does catch up with it after a while.

O - I was expecting a bit more. This is a great pumpkin beer with plenty of spices, malt, and earthiness kept in pretty well balance. Tends to get a bit sweet on the finish. I'm just not "wowed" by it though. Glad to have slayed this want of mine but my quest for the perfect pumpkin beer continues.

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4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 08/22/2012, over 3 months old. Pumpkin/spice ales aren't normally my thing, but I'll review this in the realm of those types of beers.

A: Pours a dark amber, with a reddish hue. Thin off-white head with decent retention.

S: Pumpkin pie and a bevy of spices. Sweet malt.

T: Similar to nose. Just a tad too sweet though, but it does an excellent job in hiding the alcohol content at 8%.

M: Nice carbonation, medium-bodied. No major complaints or critiques.

O: One of the best of its style. I'll drink a few of these each Fall, but not many more. Rather have an IPA.

Photo of Dope
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep orange with a good sized light beige head. Fades very quickly. Moderate splotches of lacing left behind. Head retention is minimal at best.

S: Pumpkins and lots of them. Mild pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg and cinnamon mainly. Spices don't overpower the pumpkin which is nice.

T: Pumpkins and pumpkin spices abound. Great combination of spices, primarily nutmeg. Cinnamon is here but not as strong as in the nose but has more of a cinnamon/sugar combination flavor. Cloves to boot. Nice smooth pumpkin all around. More cinnamon/sugar lingering in the aftertaste.

M: Medium/heavy and smooth.

O: One of the better pumpkin ales I've ever had. Perhaps even the best. A contender with Pumking for sure, but at the same time it's very different. Pumking is sweeter and tastes more like pumpkin pie, right down to the graham cracker crust and the whipped cream. This is more of a strict pumpkin ale, for better or worse. Great flavors and well balanced. Wish they distributed this here...

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of GameFreac
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Heard great things about this beer from msquared2 and this site so I decided to check it out. This is actually my only 2nd pumpkin beer ever.

Appearance: Pours a ruby red/orange color with a half of a finger of a white head that dissipated to almost nothing after sitting for awhile.

Smell: Smells of pumpkin, cinnamon, malty sweetness, and brown sugar. Mmm.

Taste - Taste mirrors the nose with pumpkin upfront, then the cinnamon, a slight bitterness and alcohol note towards the end, but that goes away as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Tastes the best when it's sitting out for awhile. Good mouthfeel.

Overall: My favorite Pumpkin ale so far and one of my favorite beers ever.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pour is clear brownish red with a light tan head. Nose is spice forward, nothing overpowering. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg with a touch of cream and maybe a note of honey. Taste is more pumpkin spice forward, well balanced, creamy full body and crisp highly carbonated finish.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a 11.5 ounce snifter at the schlafly tap room.

Appeareance: Pours a dark amber with 2 fingers of offwhite head, good lacing

Smell: Cinnamon nutmeg and spices. Sweet smelling without being overpoweringly so.

Taste: Wow, mom's pumpking pie in a glass, sweet but not too sweet. Best pumpkin ale ive had.

Mouthfeel: Nice and thick yet very drinkable

Overall: A must try!!!

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of MEsoJD
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Poured into a generic tulip glass]

I: A thanks to BA user: zackcamp. So far my experience with pumpkin ales from the east has been great. Schlafly's Pumpkin Ale is one that I've been eying for a long time. I'm very excited to give this beer a taste.

B: [8.00 % ABV 12 FL. OZ Bottled 09/26/2012] This is one very inviting bottle. Labels are full of information, but not crowded and the texture is adequate. Info includes bottle date, abv, volume, brew origin, title, series, and ingredient information, all easy to find. Overall this is a great example of excellent presentation. My only gripe is the label texture. Otherwise this is worthy of shelving(if the taste holds up).

A: A dark amber/red transparent body with a white head (fast/moderate dissipation), and no lacing.

S: Pumpkin spice upfront, ginger, earthy/flowery, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar.

T: Sweet pumpkin spice/notes, nutmeg, and bread malt are upfront with other flavors in the background like earthy hops, cinnamon, and brown sugar.

M: Smooth/slight crisp finish, medium bodied, moderate carbonation, and apparent alcohol(light and soothing).

O: This was a pretty sweet beer with very apparent pumpkin spices/notes. Drink it on the warmer side. Shame I can't get this stuff in So Cal, but I enjoyed my time with it. I think it may have benefited from a full body. Anyway I would recommend and buy. Savor Great Beer!

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