Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 1,945
Reviews: 506
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 331
Gots: 353 | 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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Ratings: 1,945 | Reviews: 506
Photo of Amalak
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

This is a perfect pumpkin ale. The pumpkin really kicks through, not overly spicy but has that apple pie undertone. Smooth ale taste. A slight bit tart, in a good way. A mild bitter in the back of the mouth. Well balanced.

Photo of JohnFatAss
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has to be one of the best pumpkin beers out there.

Schlafly nailed it with this.

Dark orange color with an off white head.

The smell is fantastic. The usual pumpkin pie spices, malt sweetness and a little but of booze.

Sweet malty backbone, creamy mouthfeel and the perfect amount of pumpkin pie spice.

The 8% ABV is well hidden.

I love it.

Photo of Jacobob10
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber/ruby color that is difficult to see through. Large off white head. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove but the ot actually tastes like biting into a pumpkin pie. Medium to full bodied and hides the alcohol well.

I do believe there is a ceiling for this style and this beer has possibly reached it. Quite simply the best pumpkin beer I have ever had.

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

12 FLUID OZ. bottle
Served in a nonic pint glass

L - It is a deep burnt orange color with an inch of beige head that leaves no lacing.

S - It has a pumpkin bread smell. All the usual components are there nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove.

T - It really tastes a lot like pumpkin bread. It has a nice bread taste as the base, and the spices combine nicely with it.

F - Moderate to thin.

O - I had this beer on tap four years ago. I remember liking it better then. Pumpkin beers are not as high up on my list as they used to be. That being said, this is a great example of the style.

Photo of Treyliff
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 8/13/14, poured into a snifter

A- pours a clear deep amber color with a ruby hue, small creamy and foamy off-white head recedes quickly to a small layer skimming the top

S- sweet & malty base aroma with notes of caramel malt. The spices are well blended, with none standing out over the other, picking up cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice & clove. There's also a brown sugar-like sweetness and an aroma of stewed apples, very reminiscent of apple crumble

T- the sweet malty base of the beer continues into the flavor with notes of brown sugar, whipped cream, pumpkin flesh and cinnamon raisin bread. The spices begin to kick in mid-palate with an emphasis on cinnamon; nutmeg & clove are a little more subtle. As it nears the finish, more sweetness kicks in with a linger of cinnamon and baked apples

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a creamy & chewy mouthfeel and a creamy warming finish

O- very few pumpkin beers are able to accomplish a balance with all of the necessary ingredients of this style, this is one of them. The only thing that keeps it from being a higher rating is that the sweetness seems to linger a bit much as it warms

Photo of humuloner22
4/5  rDev -5%

Its a pumpkin beer. Lots of spice on the nose. Color is orange like a pumpkin. Its a pretty high alcohol beer but you really don't taste that. What I did taste were rich malts and lots of pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, maybe some ginger.

Overall: This is one of the better pumpkin beers I have had. Its balanced well and it delivers as advertised. It has a nice creamy mouthfeel. Its a nice fall treat. I will get more next year.

Photo of papat444
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Thanks to WCW for this.

Aroma is real nice, wafts of pumpkin pie reminiscent of the filling. Aroma has hints of cinnamon and caramom. Good but lacked something i found. Was hoping for more pie flavor like in the aroma.

Photo of dmgeng
4.84/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the highest rated pumpkin beers and had to go to 4 different liquor stores in central Indiana trying to find it but it was worth it!

A - Beautiful orange color that reminds me of Fall and everything I love about the season. Small white head with very light lacing.

S - Tons of delicious pumpkin pie spices come to the top of the heap: i.e. cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, and maybe some slight clove. Second to the spices comes the malt, caramel, and a very, very slight vegetable character that I know from a dozen pumpkin beers as pumpkin (gourd) aromatics.

T - Basically like pumpkin pie in a glass! This beer starts with all of the spices from the nose and it ropes you in. The malty/caramel tones solidify the tastes afterwards. The slight vegetal flavor is very minor and is mostly overlooked by the amazing spices and sweetness. Though it is very sweet without any discernible hops or bitterness I still really enjoy all the spices and flavors.

M - Medium to high mouth-feel especially for a moderate ABV beer. Light carbonation which maybe attributed to the higher mouth-feel but it doesn't hurt it for me.

Overall, this is an absolutely, amazing pumpkin beer!!! Last year Pumking was my favorite pumpkin beer but this year this one takes it without a doubt. I would strongly recommend trying this one if you like pumpkin pie and beer. I know that this beer will be an annual ritual when Fall officially begins when I crack open my first Schlafly Pumpkin Ale.

Glass- Nonic

Photo of hophead_87
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

The most balanced pumpkin beer.

Photo of SteveB24
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

pours a rich copper, lots of large bubbles within the beer, pours a half inch of frothy head which quickly dissipates. Aroma is more subtle then i excepted, and is comprised of mild clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Upfront flavors are pumpkin and clove, followed by the nutmeg and cinnamon, and then biscuit.
The texture is medium, slightly oily, and highly carbonated. overall i'd have to say i am really not a fan of the style, but i liked that the actual pumpkin flavor was there and not just pumpkin pie spice.

Photo of sierratwohearted
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

Deep reddish-amber color. not much head, dissipates quickly. big pumpkin aroma, spices-nutmeg, cinnamon...pumpkin pie! big, creamy mouthfeel-medium to full bodied. taste is of pumpkin pie, filled with sweetness, spices. Not too sweet! also, not syrupy, but its a big pumpkin ale, and definitely a sipper. wish it was thanksgiving with this one.

Photo of wolvercote
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Nothing comes close.

Photo of chef_blake85
5/5  rDev +18.8%

By far one of my favorite pumpkin beers of the season. Put a cinnamon/nutmeg rim on the glass and you've got a glass of pumpkin pie.

Photo of wattoclone
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Intense aroma of pumpkin pie with a luscious deep orange-red color. Taste is strong pumpkin pie, very sweet, with a malty finish that is as close to pumpkin pie as you get. There is an alcohol presence which detracts but overall a great pumpkin.

Photo of leantom
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I remember this being good but nowhere near as robust as Cigar City's and Alewerk's offerings. Here goes:

A: Excellent. A clear but dark brown with a large head and very substantial lacing. This beer looks better than I remember it.

S: Sure, has a smattering of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar, but these scents are far, far less robust than in Good Gourd and Alewerks. Some caramel malt to back up the added spices, but nothing special.

T: Again, less robust than in other offerings of the style. Good but somewhat disappointing. While the pumpkin spices are apparent, they're ultimately eclipsed by a grainy malt background. Noting special. I actually think Southern Tier's offering beats this one, too.

M: Good, but somewhat light.

O: A good beer. Maybe I judged it too harshly. I just compare this one to Good Gourd and Alewerks and find those two far better.

Photo of Klebe
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

As for Pumpkin beers, this one is my favorite hands down. Smooth with just the right level of pumpkin flavor, not pumpkin-pie mind you, while retaining it's characteristics as a beer.

Photo of thedoubler55
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

A: A dark bronze color with a nice finger of off tan head at the top, left a nice lacing around the glass as you drank it.

S: Pumpkin throughout, lots of spice and cinnamon, some sweet nutmeg as well and graham crackers on the tail end, beautiful nose on this brew.

T: Taste amazing, just like the nose with more pumpkin flavors apparent as you drink this one, lots of spice and nutmeg, very good taste.

M: Perfect amount of carbonation, medium bodied, good stickyness as well on this one.

O: Probably the best fall beer I have ever had, perfect balance, great tasting, and makes the fall even more beautiful. Amazing beer.

Photo of kss5600
5/5  rDev +18.8%

As of this writing, my new favorite beer. Drank it at El Bait in Des Moines September 2014.

Photo of WesMantooth
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The deep, dark reddish brown, or amber if you will, pour already sets itself apart from many pumpkin ales.

The smell is sweet malt, and baking spices. Defiantly cloves in there with some cinnamon. I think I heard it ask "are you ready to do this?".

The taste, especially if not too cold, is in your face pumpkin pie filling. Nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, pumpkin, and a graham cracker like malt base. Not overly sweet by any means. Just well balanced. It does have a little bit too much of a dry feel/finish to it, but otherwise, the best pumpkin ale I have had so far.

If you want an easier drinking, subtle pumpkin, I would suggest the Dogfish Head. If you want a more filling one closer to pumpkin pie/roll, this is what you need.

Photo of Mongrel
4/5  rDev -5%

Velvety soft blanket of vanilla and cinnamon. Initially tastes and smells more like a sweet baked good than a beer, but a nice balanced beer profile soon emerges. Abundantly spiced, but not too sweet and cloying. Cool, piney hops bring up the rear and make for a clean finish. No hint of the big 8% ABV. Pretty impressive and dangerously drinkable.

Photo of kellyej
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

A: Dark amber-brown color; pours with a nice head that dissolves into bubbles around the side of the glass
S: Pumpkin pie (pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, graham cracker pie crust), vanilla, a little alcohol
M: Medium- full body, a little bit of coating but a good effervescence throughout
T: On the pumpkin beer spectrum that ranges from pumpkin pie to gourd in flavor, I would argue that Schlafly is more on the pumpkin pie side. In fact, I would say this beer tastes strongly of rich pumpkin pie filling. There is also something in the taste that reminds me a bit of apple cider. The spices are great and really build as I was drinking. Despite the richness, this beer somehow managed not to be too heavy or cloying.

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

Tried this beer a few months back when it was still pretty warm outside. Not a good combination.

Had another tonight (45 degrees). Wow, save all your bottles for cold fall evenings and pair with an apple or pumpkin dessert.

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

This beer transcends being a "pumpkin ale". I think most people might not take a pumpkin beer seriously as a beer style, but this one is a world class beer. Period. 8% abv is masked in an expert fashion, you got a perfect blend of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin. As it warms it doesn't get offensive with its taste. The alcohol is still masked and the flavors still shine. Add it towards the top of my beer ranking list that's for sure.

If you can get your hands on it, do so! It is a much better value than Pumking. You can get a 6 pack for about $11.

Photo of KornWallace
4/5  rDev -5%

Date: 9/15/14
Location: DeCicco's Pelham
Draught/Bottle: Bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Dark Orange to brown in color with a caramel colored head that has less then average retention. Some cling to the glass and it appears to be well carbonated. The glass sits with a slight cold haze but besides that the beer allows a good deal of light in. Well filtered.
Aroma: This is definitely a fall spices kind of beer as the clove and nutmeg hit me hardest followed by whiffs of cinnamon. A hint of brown sugar. At the end some pumpkin aroma can be noticed.
Taste: The wonderful thing about the flavors in this beer is that they are all balanced so very well. I again get clove, nutmeg and then cinnamon spice in that order but they come together so well that it's a very pleasant beer to drink. The pumpkin flavor comes through along with some of the malts.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium high carbonation. The carbonation in particular seems to sit on my tongue and sit and sit. The beer starts off very smoothly and is very drinkable but after the beer has been imbibed the flavors of the spices and malts seem to scratch my throat.

Notes: Bottled 7/23/14

Photo of jfmoser
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Admittedly, I'm a big Schlafly fan, but as far as pumpkin ales go, this is my absolute favorite. Almost every year I seek out new pumpkin ales to see if I can find something better. Haven't been able to yet.

This year (2014), I listened to my friends from the east coast and sought out some Dogfish Head Punkin Ale. I was told it's the best of the best. Having had and enjoyed a number of Dogfish Head brews, I thought it would be a true contender. It wasn't.

Schlafly's Pumpkin Ale is simply the best. Liquid pumpkin pie. Yum.

Schlafly Pumpkin Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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