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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 1,919
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 324
Gots: 334 | FT: 6
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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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4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
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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4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
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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4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Missed out on this one last year. Thanks to Jim for snagging me this 6-pack! Bottled on 8/2/2012.

Mahogany body color, plenty of off-white lace but minimal head. Rich aroma smells like a fall harvest bouquet. The expected spices are all here, and while they blend well, it's not as pumpkin-pie-like as others in the style.

Flavor profile is spicy and marginally sweet. Lots of clove and nutmeg. Alcohol imparts a boozy tingle on my tongue and massages my throat as it descends. An excellent brew overall; one of the better pumpkin beers available in America.

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4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Let’s get these pumpkin beers going; ‘tis the season, after all.

Brewed a month or so before the date of this tasting (“Bottled with love on 07/31/2012”).

A: I’ve yet to find a pumpkin ale with any sizeable head; this one is the closest, presenting a slow-forming pillow of tan fizz for a quick minute. It’s about an inch high before toppling down to just a light foam over the body. No lacing, but what an incredible color – a rich, reddish-copper hue.

S: Ah, there’s that pumpkin pie scent I’ve been waiting for: nutmeg, cinnamon, and roasted pumpkin, with touches of clove and allspice. It’s satisfying, but not too spicy. Helping that balance come through is a deep maltiness, giving a pie crust breadiness: a mix of sugar and breads that comes out with gingerbread, biscuit dough, caramel, and baked apple. Thanksgiving in a bottle.

T: A malty palate with fleshy pumpkin overtones, tasting of pumpkin pie filling, raisin, cherry, and syrupy alcohol – tastes like a Scotch ale with real pumpkin added. Earthy caramel, sugar cookie, cinnamon, nutmeg, and buttery nut tastes really make it into something like pumpkin pie; even though the breads aren’t as big as they are in the nose, it has that familiar holiday profile. Finishes mild and herbal, with crisp, sugary apple tastes; has a bit of artificial sweetness to it on the very end, unfortunately.

M: More bubbly than expected, pulling more and more drinkability out of this 8.0% ABV beer. It does have a touch of creaminess, but more crisp than anything.
O: Finally, a good pumpkin beer. It’s not perfect, but it’s the best I’ve had so far; great pumpkin taste, and an even better nose. Glad I got a six-pack, and I may just buy another.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Schlafly Pumpkin Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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