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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

Schlafly Pumpkin AleSchlafly Pumpkin Ale

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Ratings: 1243
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.4%

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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 Murphious


4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours with the expected color of amberish orange. It looks like pumpkin ale. The aroma is a nice pumpkin pie smell--not just all-spice but actual pumpkin too. It smells like pumpkin ale.
Flavor is a nice citrus or tangy finish after the spicy-sweetness of the first sip. A little clove and cinnamon but not too much. I just wish it where unfiltered. I had a tasted a home-brew years ago at a beer fest that was cloudy, almost chewy and tasted like liquefied pie. It rated a 4.5 to 5.

This is very good but not the greatest. An easy rating of 4 to 4.25 Very smooth and drinkable for 8% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 21:27:40 | More by Murphious
Photo of Omnium


4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Finally! Ive wanted this pumpkin beer for a good while, so glad to be having this.
Bottle > Chimay glass.

A - Pours a nice dark orange color, thin and fizzy light tan head, no lacing.
S - Ohh my good lord, what an outstanding, aroma. This is the most balanced aroma of any pumpkin beer I've had. If you took a fresh pumpkin pie out of the oven and put it next to this, I wouldnt be able to tell the difference. Fresh baked crust, toasted caramel malts, pumpkin puree thats fresh, and a slight roasted pumpkin hint to it, traces of vanilla scattered through, fresh ground cinnamon and nutmeg.
T - Lots of fresh pumpkin flavor, baked. Sweet potato, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, some really nice tartness to it as well, almost like an apple, an underlying hop presence that is really good. The roasted traits take a back seat, and allow the main characters to take stage here. The tart fruitiness was unexpected, but makes a nice balance.
M - Crisp, and clean, creamy and lush without being anywhere close to boozy, in fact you can barely tell the 8% is there.
O - Incredible beer by all means, this and Alewerks take the trophy home for pumpkin beers this year, and probly all years to come. This lives up to expectations, and might even surprise you. I wish I would have bought more now.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 00:30:30 | More by Omnium
Photo of Dapuma


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

This is flat out the best pumpkin beer I have ever had, it tastes of pumpkin pie, without going over the top with sweetness

At 8% the beer has a punch for something that goes down as smooth as a light lager

When it is released get it, mail order it, do whatever you need to do to obtain it if you are a pumpkin beer drinker, as it will change your Pumpkin Beer Life!

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2013 03:51:40 | More by Dapuma
Photo of pinyin

New York

3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a great pumpkin beer make no mistake about it. The alchohol content seems much more balanced than Pumking, and the aftertaste is way more soothing, but I still like Southern Tier Pumking better because it just seems to have more of a pumkin pie taste and the higher alcohol content makes it more refreshing. But no question if I could find a case of this I would purchase it in a heartbeat.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 13:42:52 | More by pinyin
Photo of TastyAdventure


3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had a taste on tap.

Appearance - pumpkin colored! decent head

S - pumpkin and mild standard pumpkin spices

T - Mild pumpkin and mild pumpkin spices. I have tried 2 other pumpkin ales, and this one is the most mild, also my favorite... that being said I have come to the conclusion that I don't really like pumpkin ales. Maybe because I only semi-enjoy pumpkin pie, imagine that! But this one was actually pretty good because the novelty flavors were kept in check. Still tasted like a beer, with spices added. Others I found were wayy overkill on the spices especially.

Wouldn't mind having one around the holidays.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2013 01:38:33 | More by TastyAdventure
Photo of BeerWizard


4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A buddy at work brought me one of these, otherwise we don't get 'em in Colorado. Poured from an unassuming looking brown bottle with a yellow and orange label into a Bulleit bourbon glass. Pours deep orange with a light yellowed head of foam that disappears before too long. Aroma is very discernible cinnamon, nutmeg and clove, heavy on cinnamon, and cola. Excellent flavor, again heavy on cinnamon, but thoughtfully balanced against the other spices. Sweet and malty, certainly "pumpkin pie" like, as they say. Mouthfeel is medium, light carbonation, and the alcohol leaves a light tingle on the tongue. If you chew it a little the alcohol really separates out from the other flavors and you realize what you're actually drinking, which is a pretty high abv brew that is not playing around as much as the seasonal flavors suggest! Overall this did not disappoint, certainly one of the best pumpkin ales I've been able to try. Pretty masterful.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 10:12:39 | More by BeerWizard
Photo of Goosehunter75


4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a copperish red with one finger a slightly off whiter head and better than average retention

S - Wonderful aromas of pumpkin pie. You can definately etect the nutmeg and cinnamon. The pumpkin is nicely balanced with the spices. Well done

T - Mmmm. Taste just like a pumpkin pie. Great use of pumpkin and spices. Very well put together. Again, like the aroma, nutmeg and cinnamon are prevelant and nicely balanced with the pumpkin. The is also a good pumpkin kick ont he finish

M - A cramy beer just the way a pumpkin ale should be in my opinoin. Also has a slight arming effect from the higher ABV I assume. Great mouthfeel.

O - Love this beer. One of the best pumpkin ales out there. Great use of pumpkin. Not too much but enough for you to know that its there. Like the higher abv of this beer also. Great fall beer. Might have to track down some more of this for Thanksgiving!

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 18:12:30 | More by Goosehunter75
Photo of brewskifan55


4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Thanks, Roy!

A: Opaque amber. Not much head; little bubbles that grin up like a jack o lantern.

S: Nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, sugar, molasses.

T: Full bodied, sweet, rich, pumpkin pie, nutmeg, clove. Smooth and rich. Very rewarding. The 8% sneaks in for a nice treat.

M: Medium with light carbonation.

O: This one had been recommended and now I see why. One of the better pumpkin ales out there. The robustness of Schlafly's pumpkin ale makes it a winner. The flavors stand up like a defensive line and knocks you on your ass like a pumpkin upside the head. I'll be drinking more of this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 15:35:52 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of Gmann

New York

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber color with a short dense cream colored head that settles into a light ring. Very autumn looking.

Big bold pumpkin and pumpkin pie aromas. Spicy but not overly so. Cinnamon and nutmeg standout with a lesser extent of allspice and perhaps clove. There is a slight buttery note that reminds me of a pie crust. There is also a steely caramel undercurrent that continues the sweetness. It doesn't outwardly smell like a pumpkin pie, like Dogfishhead, probably due to the actual pumpkin that has been added. Quite complex but a little too sweet.

Nice subtle vegetal pumpkin flavor which seems to add some heft to the brew. Perfect blend of spice, mainly cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. The ginger gives the beer a needed brightness. A deep caramel sweetness gives the beer some depth. A nice bready malt sits in the back.

The feel is substantial; the beer has some body to it. A bit on the sweet side, drinks heavy. A light lemon dryness in the finish.

A very good pumpkin beer and rates up there with Dogfishhead for me. It is a bit more muddled than Punkin and not quite as refreshing but this beer hits all of the proper flavor notes. A must try for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 18:47:20 | More by Gmann
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a deep amber hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a rindy pumpkin flesh and light spice.

The taste consisted of sweet caramel, pumpkin flesh and a light spice.

The mouthfeel was full for the style.

Overall a tasty full bodied pumpkin ale.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2013 00:08:00 | More by plaid75
Photo of Ds650rida

New York

3.39/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I read all the hype and went on a manhunt to find this beer. Finally came across a 6 pack. Date on bottle is 9/3/2013, so a fairly fresh brew. Poured into curvy pint glass.

Appearance- pours a very clear dark amber. Off white 1/2 finger head dissipates quickly.

Smell- heavy spices, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, pumpkin aroma up front.

Taste- spices are heavy up front, the pumpkin is somewhere behind it all. Not what i was expecting. Taste is more of an octoberfest beer.

Mouthfeel- the pumpkin shows itself a bit more in the finish. Creamy with a decent amount of alcohol.

Overall- this is a decent pumpkin beer, far from great in my opinion. After reading the hype I was unpleasantly surprised. I hope that I got a bad batch and next time i'll give it another go.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 21:54:39 | More by Ds650rida
Photo of JohnG190

New York

4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a honey brown with a small off-white head. Poor retention and no legs to speak of. Nose redolent of spice, especially clove and cinnamon. Just a hint of pumpkin detected. The best way to describe the taste is to compare it to warm pumpkin pie. The pumpkin that was almost undetectable in the nose come through beautifully on the palate, balancing the spice perfectly. Some alcohol warming. Finishes slightly sweet. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Overall, a very smooth and well crafted pumpkin ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 21:46:11 | More by JohnG190
Photo of GreesyFizeek

New York

4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz single bottle purchased from Half Time in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Pours a bloody orange into my Lagunitas mason jar.

Smells like pure pumpkin pie.

The taste follows- cinnamon, toffee, brown sugar, actual pumpkin flesh, honey, nutmeg, clove, toasty, biscuity malt. Some of the best pumpkin flavors in a beer I've ever had.

Full, crisp mouthfeel, with nice carbonation, strong bubbles.

My first beer from Schlafly. Lovin' it.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 04:49:53 | More by GreesyFizeek
Photo of Vixie


4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice clear orange with a bit of white head that doesn't stay around long, leaving some nice lacing.

Smells like warm pumpkin pie. Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and pumpkin are the main ones I can pick out. A very Fall smelling beer.

Very spicy, in a good way. Cinnamon and clove bite, maybe a little nutmeg, and of course, pumpkin. Also a hint of malt. The alcohol is well hidden, just showing up as warming at the finish.

Smooth and creamy feel, with a tingle from the carbonation.

I will say up front I really don't like pumpkin pie, but I like this beer. There is just a lot of flavor here, and a lot going on. Very much a fall beer, everything about it is perfect for fall. If you like pumpkin beers, definitely try this one, I am ready for more of it.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 01:40:30 | More by Vixie
Photo of RyanRiddell


3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

The bottle boasts a beer that "tastes like pumpkin pie", which was the reason I bought it.

It really is a sweet, spicy, full beer for anyone looking for a go-to seasonal. Having not checked the ABV on the bottle, I was surprised to have a buzz on my third.

The spice wins the day for me. The cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg are as present in the taste as in the smell. A very clean and literal expression of spicy brewing.

As for the pumpkin flavor, this particular pumpkin ale has the most forefront pumpkin flavor of the ones I've tried. I could try and describe it better, but ultimately I just feel like saying "there's just more... pumpkin, I don't know". Go figure.

Its just great. If someone were to ask me to recommend a fall seasonal, as of right now this is the one I'd tell them about.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 03:26:42 | More by RyanRiddell
Photo of DrDemento456


4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Paid the price on this one but 4 bucks isn't too much for a world class pumpkin ale. In fact I bought two!

A - A nice hefty inch and a half of opaque colored head rests atop of a somewhat hazy orange amber colored beer. Head does seem to fizz out quickly to just a layer but lacing is decent.
S - From the neck I get roasted pumpkin flesh and mild spicing and in the glass about the same. This beer does seem to really focus on the nutmeg with just a mild bit of cinnamon.
T - omg this is amazing. I get a medley of flavors starting with raw cooked pumpkin flesh then the spicing with is nicely done. Following this is a rich tone of vanilla and cookie crust that mixes with the hops so nicely. Finish is mildly vegital but overall this beer is tasty.
M - I can't believe I am already halfway through the glass! Such a big Imperial pumpkin ale but drinks so creamy and medium bodied.

Overall it's so much better than their regular beers it drinks so balanced. I have never had such a tasty and complex pumpkin beer. Well done guys!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 02:14:32 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle. "Bottled with love on 9/10/2013" on the bottom of the front label. Nice-fresh, highly rated seasonal beer.

Pours hazed darker amber, very minor head, leaving some fine strands of lacing.

Nose has a good dose of pumpkin pie spicing.

Full flavor and full bodied, rich pumpkin notes, more typical spicing, but everything tastes and smells fresh and pungent here. Nicely done. 8% flexing its attitude, but exhibiting no boozy bite.

If ya enjoy the style, this is one to seek out and enjoy.

Gonna try to put some away for thanksgiving. Gonna be nice with Turkey day dessert and as a night capper.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 00:41:49 | More by Billolick
Photo of Stmosley


4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

As good as pumpkin beer can be. Schlafly in STL has got a lot of good things going, and this pumpkin ale is one of them. Great flavor, hint of nutmeg. Not too overpowering with fruit flavor as some other 'beers' have. Not something to pound, rather a beer to relax and drink 1-2 of while enjoying the fall scenery. Fits perfect with this time of year.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 22:24:28 | More by Stmosley
Photo of ksimons

New York

4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-a clear dark, ruby amber color with a fingers worth of creamy head

S-lots of cinnamon spice and pumpkin earthiness

T-the taste has a solid malt backbone full of pumpkin spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and even a bit of gingerbread. Alcohol is basically non existent.

M-medium body, light to medium carbonation, spicy finish

Overall a really really solid pumpkin beer, how they all should be. Not too sweet and a great spice balance.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 22:23:31 | More by ksimons
Photo of YardmanFTB


3.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The reputation for this beer is that it is the gold-standard of pumpkin ales. For the most part, it lives up to the hype. The color is a nice dark amber with an orange hue (from the pumpkin). The aroma is big and pleasant. The taste is smooth and enjoyable. The presence of nutmeg is a little too much for me, but that is the only complaint I could throw at this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2013 15:23:42 | More by YardmanFTB
Photo of HattedClassic


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a very light head that disappears quickly. The beer itself is a clear orange with hints of brown. Almost looks like a pumpkin.

A strong cinnamon smells dominates the nose with hints of nutmeg, clove and pumpkin. The smell seems to be cinnamon forward more so than anything else.

The beer has a much stronger pumpkin taste than the smell and the cinnamon is more subtle as it gets lost within the clove and nutmeg but becomes more dominate as the beer warms up. The beer has a taste similar enough to cinnamon tea.

Biting carbonation with a medium body and smooth feel. A little stickiness but not much to complain about. Feels a little bit like drinking tea.

A very good pumpkin ale and one of the best in my opinion. I'll have to start picking this up every fall.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 00:38:22 | More by HattedClassic
Photo of DrinkSlurm


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

Poured from 12 oz bottle purchased at state line liquors in elkton, MD. Nice amber/burnt color. Not much head. Aroma of spices and biscuit malt. Flavors of caramel malts, biscuit malts, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and a crisp fruitiness. Its super easy to drink..in fact I had no idea this was 8%...
overall, not sure why this is rated so high..i mean its a great pumpkin ale, but there are just so many of them out there and this is just another great example of the style...nothing really "stands out". Its just good...which, in itself is all you really need.
So yes, id recommend for sure...if nothing than the fact that its 8% abv for a 6pack of super drinkable pumpkin brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 02:02:32 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of thebigredone


4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

While I am not usually a fun of pumpkin ales, I really enjoyed this. Glad i was able to give it a try.

The taste was a nice balance between the moderate spices, the pumpkin, and the pie crust like malts. It really did taste like the beer version of pumpkin pie.

Kudos to Schlafly on this one, I'd love to give a rum-barrel aged version a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 19:20:21 | More by thebigredone
Photo of jbaker67


4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a deep dark cloudy amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention. Aroma of nutmeg, pumpkin and cinnamon with sweet malt backbone is quite enjoyable. Taste is a nice mix between some nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin with lightly sweet malt backbone. All flavors are very well balanced with sweetness offsetting some of the spices so that nothing gets out of hand. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with great level of complexity while retaining good marks for drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 12:38:33 | More by jbaker67
Photo of Bosoxfan20


4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Clean amber with a 1 finger cream color head. Ring maintains throughout, and some sticky lacing as well.

S- Clove comes through initially, but then some fruity esters as well as alcohol booze, nutmeg, and a touch of pumpkin bread break through. Not a huge aroma like you get with ST Pumking, but enough to spark my interest. Would have preferred a little more spice

T- Ah yes! Here is where the pumpkin pie profile really comes together. Squash pumpkin abound, more nutmeg, and a generous helping of cinnamon make for an intense and fantastic combination. Clove, earthy hops, and tobacco (i think) also shake the palate. Warmth kicks in at the finish with impeccable timing. Just the right amount of balance for a pumpkin brew.

M- Not to be outdone by the flavor, the feel of this beer is spot on as well. Mid body with subtle carbonation works well with the style. Soft and viscous on the tongue while remaining quite drinkable. Very little alcohol clouds the flavor, in fact, what can be detected only adds depth.

O- Certainly my favorite pumpkin beer and one of my favorite fall beers period. So smooth it almost seems simple, but an abundance of complex layers reminds you it is not. Perfect for an Oct campfire with good company and conversation.

$9.99 for a 6pk

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 04:27:24 | More by Bosoxfan20
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