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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 1,926
Reviews: 498
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 326
Gots: 338 | 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: 1,926 | Reviews: 498
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4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a mostly translucent, orange-amber hue. Creamy, slightly off-white head about 1 finger thick forms. Retention is very short, but lacing is ok.

S- Nothing but sweet, fresh pumpkin pie here. I pick up ginger and cinnamon on the nose along with the great pumpkin flavor. Maybe some hints of nutmeg too.

T- By far the best pumpkin flavor of any pumpkin beer I've had. Starts with sweet and creamy pumpkin and spices. Nutmeg comes through a lot more in the taste than the scent. Solid malt backbone provides the palate on which the pumpkin paints its masterful flavors. Ends almost like a pumpkin pie too, with a slight bready flavor similar to pie crust on the tongue.

M- Thick and creamy, yet surprisingly light and delicious. Easy to drink, and warms slightly from the ABV.

Overall, the best pumpkin beer I've had by far. I'm not sure you can beat this one. Could be a great dessert beer. This is one of the best fall seasonals I've had.

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

A: Pours a dark amber just as a pumpin beer should. Little head and just a tad bit of lacing.

S: Strong scents of nutmeg, cinammon, and pumpkin. I can't wait to try this.

T: I can taste a small amount of the 8.0% ABV that is present but not much at all. A very nice amount of cinammon and pumpkin, absolutely delicious.

M: Creamy with a good amount of carbonation that dissipates pretty quickly. Wish there was a little less carbonation, but it still feels very smooth during the swallow.

O: very good pumpkin ale, definitely in the top 3 I have ever had.

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4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The “Bottled with love on” date is “08/14/12.”

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is nearing deep amber and has an orange, pumpkin-esque tint. Two fingers of fuzzy, very effervescent, eggshell-colored head dissipated quickly to leave a thin lacing and thin ring around the edge. It does look a little like pop, which is a little disturbing.

Smell: The pumpkin pie aroma is noticeable from an arm’s length away. Lots of nice spices: cinnamon and clove, mostly. The bottle mentions nutmeg, but I am not that well-acquainted with nutmeg to pick it out. It has a solid malt base of caramel but smells like a Thanksgiving pumpkin pie.

Taste: The spices get me psyched for some reason. (Fall is coming! Woo hoooo!) The cinnamon and cloves provide a nice, spicy kick. Once again, it is reminiscent of pumpkin pie. It has a nice, lightly toasted malt and caramel base with toffee and brown sugar, which makes me wonder if this is a Schlafly Oktoberfest with pumpkin and spice. There is also a little fruit, too, so it is like eating a piece of pumpkin pie with the same plate one just ate a piece of cherry pie. Despite looking like pop, the mouthfeel is better than average; it is pretty hearty.

Drinkability: Solid. Having never drank an entire bottle of pumpkin ale before, I was a little skeptical whether or not I could handle a whole sixer — or even another bottle. But I am easily tempted to open another one of these.

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

A great pumpkin ale. Knowing that it is a pumpkin ale, one could assume that it is sweet, spiced, appropriate with hearty food, and has a great dark amber color. These are all true.

What separates the Schlafly pumpkin ale is its balance. The spices are there but not overwhelming; the alcohol is high but doesn't make the beer too sweet. Essentially, I would be excited to drink this on many an occasion, and that cannot be said for many pumpkin ales.

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4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into a snifter.

a: a one-inch head which quickly dissipates. beer is a beautiful deep amber and mahogany.

s: a deep mix of pumpkin and spices. just like pumpkin pie, the spices aren't overpowering but are a complement. cinnamon, brown sugar, and a touch of nutmeg, but nothing too spicy and strong. a touch of alcohol sweetness on the nose as well.

t: pumpkin, brown sugar, a touch of cinnamon, a bit of a syrupy alcohol sweetness as well, which is a touch cloying. really nice depth and breadth of flavors - certainly tastes like a slice of pumpkin pie, even down to the breadiness of the crust.

o: an excellent pumpkin ale. really delivers on a range of flavors and doesn't come across as a light spice beer as some pumpkin ales tend to. i think Pumking is still king for me, but this is excellent.

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4.66/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is by far the best pumpkin ale I've had to date. It has a nice cinnamon start with pumpkin throughout. The head is OK...can't say that it was thrilling but ok. The taste was incredible, though. It is literally like eating a piece of pumpkin pie.

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