Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 486
Hads: 1,948
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 334
Gots: 354 | 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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Photo of SteveB24
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

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. (510 characters)

Photo of sierratwohearted
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%

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. (344 characters)

Photo of wattoclone
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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. (246 characters)

Photo of leantom
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (893 characters)

Photo of Klebe
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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. (184 characters)

Photo of thedoubler55
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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. (628 characters)

Photo of WesMantooth
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (735 characters)

Photo of Mongrel
4/5  rDev -4.1%

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. (348 characters)

Photo of kellyej
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

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. (725 characters)

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

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. (224 characters)

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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. (559 characters)

Photo of KornWallace
4/5  rDev -4.1%

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 (1,163 characters)

Photo of jfmoser
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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. (529 characters)

Photo of dahlen22
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Appearance: Orange with some brown and a sustainable head if poured correctly.
Aroma: A bit more chill than some other pumpkins with similar abv, but the usual suspects (cinnamon, cloves, baked pumpkin pie.)
Taste: Starts off into pumpkin. nutmeg, cinnamon, slight vanilla, and then there is a breadiness in the backbone. Well balanced flavors and a drinkability despite the spices in there.
Overall: Was highly recommended from last year, so I got it. Very good, nice flavors, easy to drink, but also a nice kick in the teeth with the 8%. Different from the other "imperial" pumpkins like Southern Tier's Pumpking or Pugsley's Smashed Pumpkin, but very good. Lets face it, this style is not session worthy with the spices, but I really enjoyed this on a nice cool night in September and will buy again.
Cheers!! (824 characters)

Photo of Trifecta1
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Schlafly beers range from drain-pour to darn near best-in-catagory, and this is their magnum opus. THE pumpkin ale of the Midwest. With sweet tastes of cinnamon-dappled pumpkin pie and smells of nutmeg and baked goods, this pumpkin ale is one that cannot be missed when fall rolls around. I always manage to pick up a few cases throughout the fall, and I'm sure this fall won't be any different. Phenomenal. (407 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mahogany brown in color. A fingernail thin layer of khaki head covers the rim of the glass. Aroma is comprised of nutmeg,cinnamon, clove,and pumpkin. The flavor is nutmeg,cinnamon, and pumpkin in the forefront . Clove is clearly present. The body is moderately carbonated and slightly chewy.
Appearance: 3.75
Taste: 3.75
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Overall: 3.75 (362 characters)

Photo of uvachief
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Outstanding clean pumpkin ali with just the right amount of spice. All the aroma you would expect yet very light and refreshing. Pours a cloudy golden orange brown. Little to no head. (188 characters)

Photo of BigRedDog
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours a deep hazy amber color with an off white head.

Smell is very spicy: nutmeg, cinnamon, other mulling spices.

Taste is not as spicy as the nose, but has a nice almost sweet pumpkin flavor that mellows into a good malty spiciness. The finish is spicy and lingers for a bit. Definitely reminds me of pumpkin pie and thanksgiving.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy, but still light.

Overall a very good pumpkin beer. Some pumpkin beers focus too much on the spices all the way through, but this one has a good balance between spices and the sweet mashed pumpkin. (566 characters)

Photo of Tonerelia
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

A-Pours orange with a thin white head which quickly dissipates

S-Aroma is a strong pumpkin with clover and cinnamon.

T-Taste is cinnamon, clover, and pumpkin it is almost like they have poured the pumpkin filling in the beer bottle.

M-Mouthfeel is balanced and nice carbonation.

O-Overall I like this beer it prefect for your pumpkin ale fix (349 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.21/5  rDev +1%

A: Dark buckwheat honey, caramel-amber in appearance. Nice 2 finger egg white head. Dissipates in <5 min but nice. (4.75)

S: Subtle, but you get the whole pumpkin pie smell. Full graham cracker smell, savory cinnamon sweetness, nutty pumpkin squash. Herbaceous and green smelling, slight metallic. Nice lacing. (4.25/5)

M: Medium body, slick and slightly creamy. Moderate carbonation with lots of carbonation that makes it zesty and fuses the zesty, fruity with the savory and sweet spicing (4/5).

T: Cinnamon, clove, and allspice. Vanilla smooths the palate, and then earthy pumpkin comes in. Floral and herbal hops, subtle perfume. Nice spiciness, drying cinnamon and crusty flavor gives needed body (4.25/5) (713 characters)

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

12 oz bottle from 6 pack into snifter

A- Almost maroon/ copper. Thin to almost no head
S- HUGE pumpin pie spices. I close my eyes and imagine my mom's pie at Thanksgiving
T- Like liquid pumpkin pie! I get all the spices and a nice, mellow pumpkin filling taste... just like the stuff out of the can!
M- Thin and smooth (thin is fine in this case)

O- Hit the nail on the head for a Pumpkin Ale. One of my new favorites. (426 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark orange-bronze color, with some haze, a short head of light tan color, with some lacing.

S - Mostly a nose of spice, both cinnamon and clove, a sweet note of pumpkin flesh, with a certain graham cracker element.

T - The nose comes in the front, with a sweet, buttery squash-flesh element coupling with a snappy hit of clove. The middle comes in with a nice sour bite, likely carbonic in nature. As the sweetness and spices return in the fade, a subtle anise flavor lingers in the close.

M - Very bright carbonation helps keep the beer light on the tongue. The result is a sweet, spicy beer that is not taxing, and easily drinkable. Other than subtle warmth, this is a fairly big beer that keeps its alcohol on the down low.

O - I had heard good things about this pumpkin beer, and I'm a sucker for pumpkin pies and spices generally. This balances this melange of flavors against a more traditional ale structure. The result is perhaps the most solid take on the pumpkin beer I've found to date. Delicious. (1,024 characters)

Photo of Myboymi
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Served up at 50F in a Samuel Adams pint glass. Poured a Dark/Golden Copper, with a nice one finger cap, that quickly dissipated. At the nose, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, malt and cloves. First taste, medium body with a nice malt, pumpkin pie taste, that finish a little dry at the end. Probably because of the 8.0 % ALC. All in all, a well crafted pumpkin ale to ring in the start of the fall season. Cheers! (407 characters)

Photo of Mineo
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

The best I've ever had as far as the style goes. The only 8%+ pumpkin beer I can knock a few back of without too much nutmeg or cinnamon messing up the palate. Highly recommended. (179 characters)

Photo of username
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Advertises a "pumpkin pie" flavor and delivers with no remorse or apology. Otherwise solid without any negative qualities. The degree of pumpkin pie taste in this brew is intense, and rivaled by none in my experience thus far; leans to the sweet side. Everything I would ever hope a pumpkin ale to be not only promised, but realized. (333 characters)

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