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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 500
Hads: 1,991
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 355
Gots: 375 | FT: 7
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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 NODAK
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is wonderful...full of nutmeg, cinnamon and everything that is pumpkin pie. It's powerful...more so than any other I've had thus far.

The taste is definitely reminescent of pumpkin pie in a bottle. There's definite strong notes of allspice and cinnamon in there from the start and through the body. The thing that sets it apart from some others is that it isn't really all that sweet. Instead, it relies on the spices alone for flavor....without adding a bunch of sugar. The finish is actually pretty thin comparatively speaking, with no hop bitterness, some lingering pumpkin pie, and the alcohol completely covered up. For a pumpkin ale, the ABV is rather high, but they have covered it very nicely.

I can definitely see why this beer has received so much good word of mouth. It has great pumpkin flavor without having cloying sweetness...and it isn't boozy. (868 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a somewhat hazy copper color with a one finger head that fell relatively quickly. Nice lacing on this one.

S: Really nice, lots of pumpkin pie spice, cloves/nutmeg/cinnamon as well.

T: Taste like it smells, the spices upfront, then the pumpkin. Can also taste some crust in there, very nice. Really enjoyed it.

M/D: Medium bodied, nice and creamy. Good carbonation. Have had a bunch of pumpkin beers this fall, and this one is easily my favorite as of now. The 8%? Didn't know it was that high till right now, this beer is that good. (548 characters)

Photo of rpardon7
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle a nice amber coppery color with a bubbly white head that receded quickly. Smell is that of cinimon clove maybe a touch of ginger. Taste is heavy on the spice very much dominated by cinimon and clove perhaps some bready malt but this is all spice. Mouthfeel is sharp and tightly carbonated. Drinkability, this a nice beer however not one I wold session but more enjoy after a meal. (401 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The pour is your rather average amber color with a finger's worth of off-white head.

S: Lots of pie spice notes fill the nose. I get plenty of cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice. There's a mild graham cracker malt note and rather than pumpkin, I get apples...

T: The apples are present on the flavor as well, but still not really any pumpkin qualities. The spices are the bulk of the flavors in this beer, and fit the same description as those mentioned in the aroma.

M: The body is medium with a fairly lively carbonation.

D: This didn't necessarily say "pumpkin beer" to me. It was much more of an apple pie beer, and a good one at that. (682 characters)

Photo of eclaycamp
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've never had a Pumpkin ale, so this will be my first time. Poured into a dimpled mug. First aroma and impression I get is of cinnamon, like a cinnamon red hot. Caramel malt in the background as well. The mall fizzy head quickly disappears. First taste is ... well, there's really no other way to describe this. It's like drinking a liquid pumpkin pie, right down to the crust. Clear pumpkin flavor up front followed by nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. Pie crust malt sweetness and powdered sugar finishes. This thing is making me crave my mom's pumpkin roll. I'm going to have to pick a lot of this up for Thanksgiving in November. Delicious. (640 characters)

Photo of Tomdee74
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very good.. thanx smutty33 for lookin out... been a disappointing year for the pumpkin brew i thought.. was let down by smuttynose and pumpking pretty much ripped my heart out of my chest! anyway this is a good one.. i had this the other nite and was doin backflips but tonite i'm not doin em' but it's still a damn tasty brew..

has a very nice smell to it.. i am impressed and happy to be able to have tried it.. thanx again smutty33 cuz i would get this if it would available in my area.. it's a nice different change that i enjoy once in a while.. (551 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first pumpkin beer I had at a recent pumpkin tasting, it was OK, one of the better ones overall. Beer is dark orange with no head, low carbonation, no lacing, and the beer is clear. Looks kind of weird.

The aroma is sweet and spicy, almost a biting. Smells OK.

OK, it doesn't look cool or smell special but it tastes pretty good. Beer is sweet but not cloying and it has a nice cinnamon / nutmeg spice profile on a light bodied beer. The alcohol gives it a dry finish and a sweet start, I can't decide if these are good things or a strategy to distract me from the overall nature of the beer. Not my favorite beer but a decent pumpkin ale. (654 characters)

Photo of ThaBobfather
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great appearance to this pumpkin ale, I generally believe these seasonal one offs can either be good or awefull. Fortunately for the good people at Schlafly- this one is one of better I've had.
Rich pumpkin spice throughout the front and finish of this beer. A light autumn pour is about picture perfect to style. A normal low balled session beer- this ale is an 8%er- zero bite- maybe the pumpkin spice covers its booze- either way- a nice treat. (447 characters)

Photo of Khazadum
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to the trader who sent me these, Bill right?

A- Fantastic butter-cream crust head formation, finger-height, with tons of little emulsive bubbles. It quickly devolves downwards, but it makes a showing of this at least. Simmers at about the half-finger mark and gives me time to enjoy the pumpkin orange body. Its not red, its not amber, it is pumpkin orange. It matches the label in hue with a gentle yellow mixed in.

Lots of singular bubbles make the journey from bottom to top to fuel the skin and minimal collar.

S- What a treat. The first pumpkin beer that really lets the clove stand out. Its very sweet on the opening, but halfway through the inhale you realize that pumpkin aroma is infused with something spicy that just isn't cinnamon and nutmeg this time. I find it amusing, as well as enjoyable, that the brewers would force the cinnamon nutmeg to take a backseat as the clove rides shotgun on this drive-by.

T- Opens spicy, very spicy even. The cinnamon and nutmeg are too close in flavor strikes to really give them credit as singular entities. They remind me of two glass slides, slick with water, stuck together.

The spiciness does fade as the sweetness of pumpkin erupts in the second verse. It is mild, but definitely a welcome change from the flavor missiles. The finish is interesting. It lets the pumpkin meander for a minute, but its more spice than anything else. You'd imagine its a recreation of the nutmeg and cinnamon, but it is predominantly clove with tints of sweet malty pumpkin.

M- Pretty decent body, nothing too full or too thin. Lots of carbonation on the mouthfeel, bordering annoyance. Leaves nice treats all over my lips and palate, so that is a definite bonus.

D- This is up there. If I had to pick five pumpkin beers off the top of my head as my favorites, this is in there. I may be forgetting one, but as of this moment I like this one. I would definitely drink it again. Goes down easy enough, the opening had some prickly alcohol problems, but they went away as the beer matured pretty quickly so I felt them unnecessary to note. It isn't like other breweries openings where you want to smack them. (2,164 characters)

Photo of tedsox31
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep, clear orange, almost brown color into my snifter. An off-white head of foam exists that dissipates down to a very thin head.

The smell is very spicy-the usual suspects: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and a very sweet something, possibly caramel.

The taste is sweet up-front, and the spices follow after. A slight bitterness, interestingly enough, lingers in my mouth after swallowing. Also a touch of fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is soft and creamy. Some carbonation.

A very drinkable beer. Does not taste like 8%, and each sip invites me to have another. Very impressive, and it's too bad I cannot get it when I'm in Chicago. (642 characters)

Photo of Infamous7100
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A thin head after pouring this dark copper brew into my mug. The aromas come pouring out from the start. Pumpkin pie all the way....the cinnamon, nutmeg, spice and pumpkin are quite evident. The taste, like the smell, is pure pumpkin pie in a glass. Outstading flavor profile that balance nicely with the crispness of the hops at the end of your sip. The high ABV is barely noticable and the great balance of flavors make this a session a beer in my opinion. Easily my favorite pumpkin offering of the season! (509 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I got this beer in a trade with Tilley4. Thanks Jason!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazed orange/rust color with a creamy beige head that stayed a thin layer leaving speckled lacing.

S - the pumpkin pie aroma jumps up your nose.

T - pumpkin pie in a glass.

F - medium/full bodied with a creamy feel.

D - although it is quite tasty, just one is fine...
but then again I can usually only eat just one slice of pumpkin pie too. (451 characters)

Photo of CaptainIPA
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Label introduces me to the following quote:
"I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself,
then be crowded on a velvet cushion."
- Henry David Thoreau

I like this Ale already.

Served in a 12 oz. brown bottle and poured into a Samuel Adams Turbonator -- silver anniversary edition. Pours an antique brass with a generous two-finger head that fades to a slim rimming of foam. Aromas of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice and caramel malt.

Amazing opening: authentic pumpkin pie flavor and nothing artificial about it. A blast of cinnamon is soon surrounded by waves of gingerbread, brown sugar, caramel and cloves. Sweet malt backbone is held in check by assertive bittering hops on the back end. Thin to medium-bodied; slick and creamy with expressive carbonation.

Smooth, artfully balanced, expertly spiced and rewardingly drinkable, Schlafly may well be my fave pumpkin harvest of the season.

Shout out to Jeff for bringing this back from St. Louis. (979 characters)

Photo of dtivp
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear orange/ copper with a small off-white head with very little retention.
Aroma dominated by the pumpkin with a hint of cinnamon spice.
The taste was , yes very dominated by the pumpkin with cinnamon and a hint of clove. Very sweet, just like drinking a piece of pumpkin pie without the whipped cream.
Mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy, a light towards medium body. The alcohol was well hidden, which was surprising at 8% ABV.
This was a nice festive beer for the fall, just a little too sweet for my taste. (522 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, bottled on 08/24/10. Pours a clear amber color. White fizzy head disappears almost immediately.

Some vegetable, pumpkin-like aroma. Cinnamon, nutmeg, maybe allspice. Caramel malt. Not much in the way of hops.

A good malty backbone to this one. A good dose of spices, without being overwhelming. Cinnamon and nutmeg seem to stand out. A little sweetness stands out after the spices, however it dries out closer to the end. A hint of a pumpkin pie, but slightly lacking here.

Lighter body, with too much carbonation. A bit of alcohol is felt. This was a little lacking for me, but it wasn't overspiced as many are. Also, there is a good malt character here as well. Worth trying. (697 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dave P for bringing a bottle of this back from his hometown of St. Louis. It poured a hazelnut in color with a off white/khaki head. It smells very richly of cinnamon and also has a good deal of nutmeg and other spices. It also has some light roasted malt aromas. The taste is pretty spectacular. The pumpkin and cinnamon are upfront followed by the nutmeg, maltiness, and other spices. It is a little sweet but more alcoholic than most pumpkin beers. It begins smooth and finishes with a crisp tingle of carbonation. It's a very, very good pumpkin beer. It's probably put it right up there with the DFH Punkin, and light years ahead of Pumking. Excellent pumpkin beer by Schlafly! (691 characters)

Photo of mralphabet
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass

A: Dark hazy copper color, about a finger & a half of yellowish head, that fell quickly and settled to a nice ring with little lacing.

S: Wow, it is like pumpkin pie in a bottle.... Strong cinnamon & nutmeg right up front.

T: Just like the smell... cinnamon and nutmeg up front, with touches of pumpkin and clove. Overall sweet and spicy... Not much of an aftertaste, but there is a little alcohol burn at the end.

M: Med bodied, not as heavy as I was expecting... Overall feel is creamy and smooth. Good level of carbonation.

D: Great flavors here, great smells here.... Sit back and enjoy kind of brew.

Reminds you of the holidays.... very much worth looking for.... (704 characters)

Photo of SBXLII
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up in KC-MO on a Giants road trip. Let sit from October through August. Would only say the taste improved in that time. Easily my favorite pumpkin, and have had well over 15 assortments. The clove would have to be Schlafly's clinching note to put this at the top. Such a mouthfeel - warm, whole and entirely perfect for winter really. Finishes long and lingers. Solid head throughout, medium amber body. Pick it up were you to find it. Can't say there's a better pumpkin..yet. (483 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a big fan of pumpkin, but I'm going to review it to style, not preference.

Dark honey in color, thin tan head. It's pretty much what a good pumpkin ale should look like.

Smell is loaded with spice, breadyness, nutmeg, sugary cinnamon.
Smells like a pumpkin fruitcake.

Taste is much of the same. It's really like a fruity, pumpkin bread loaded with spices and cinnamon.

Feel is slightly creamy, slight upper-light in body.

The drinkability is above average, but I think pumpkin beers don't make a good session beer, and the spiced-ness is best in small doses.

Though not my thing really, this is a pretty excellent pumpkin beer for what its worth. (664 characters)

Photo of BeerThursdays
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Standard Pint Glass, Clear.

A - Copper orange color. No haze at all, can see right through it. Super thin head when poured, but dissipates very quickly leaving almost nothing on top of the beer.

S - Remembering this is a pumpkin beer, thats all you get. Not bad, but not much else. Possibly some clove, cinnamon and a slight tinge of honey, but 99% pure pumpkin.

T - Kind of sweet, but I guess that's to be expected. Definitely pumpkin, but more complex than I thought it would be. Nutmeg, cinnamon, clove spice, a some berries that I didn't detect in the nose at all. The berries are some of the sweetness that I didn't see coming, and it's quite a nice surprise. Nice bitter hoppy finish, but nothing too strong. The base amber would be quite good on it's own, but the pumpkin aspect makes this one a real winner.

M - Going to have to say this is one of my favorite parts of this beer. Carbonation lets you really taste it, without tearing your pallet. ABV is extremely well hidden, and I would have guessed 4.5-6%, but no where near 8. Mouth full of pumpkin pie and then a bitterness right at the back of your throat.

D - Pumpkin beers get a bad wrap, but I think if people gave some of the better ones a try, things could change. I normally don't like a "pumpkin pie" beer, but this one is well done, and will be drinking it all fall, or at least until I run out. (1,396 characters)

Photo of zhanson88
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This pumpkin ale pours a clear rusted orange color with 3 fingers of light tan head. It reduces down fairly quickly and ends up with just a small amount of lacing.

Smell: Pumpkin spices, as well as nutmeg and all spice. Some very distinct floral hop notes as well.

Taste: Mmm....very similar to pumpkin pie. Cinnamon and nutmeg, with some nice floral hops at the end. Due to becoming preoccupied I let this beer warm up quite a bit as I was drinking it, and honestly it got twice as good when it was warmer. The spices were really allowed to come out as the beer warmed.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium mouthfeel, a bit lighter than I was expecting considering the 8% ABV. Also, there was maybe a bit too much carbonation but the beer was pretty smooth overall.

Drinkability: This beer does taste really good, and it hides the alcohol extremely well. It's definitely an awesome beer to sip on during the autumn season. Potentially dangerous because I'm sure the alcohol will creep up on you pretty quickly. (1,017 characters)

Photo of bcostner1
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've tried a lot of pumpkin ales. This is by far my favorite to date (and remains so after drinking it for the 2nd year in a row). Really amazing....

A: Poured into a crystal beer mug. Has a dark reddish orange color. Looks exactly like I would expect an autumn ale/pumpkin ale to look like. It just has that fall "hue" about it.

S: Definitely get the cinnamon and nutmeg. Lots of pumpkin too and a little brown sugar. Smells like "fall in a glass." The sweetness comes through as well, complimented nicely by the faint hints of malt. I can't keep my nose out of the glass!!

T: This is the kicker: best tasting pumpkin ale I've ever had. Sweet...but not too sweet. Cinnamony...but not too much so. Nutmegy...just enough. I just sat outside on my deck on what is so far the coolest night of the year and this beer made me feel like fall had finally arrived. Lots of brown sugar too. Mild hops. Lots of malt. Tastes like they stuffed a pumpkin pie in a blender, added some alcohol, and poured it into my glass (which is exactly what I want in a pumpkin ale).

M: Easy drinker. ABV well hidden. Goes down smoothly.

D: As much as I love it, I think 2 at a time would probably be my limit. Definitely one to be "savored." Plus, I have been drinking it primarily as a "dessert" beer or just on its own so after about two I'm good to go.

All in all an outstanding pumpkin ale. Highly recommended. SO happy that I have access to it every fall!! (1,442 characters)

Photo of Landfill21
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my flying dog pint glass.

Pours into a deep amber color with a one finger head that leaves a lace down the glass as you drink it.

Has a very strong smell, very distinctive, smells like pumpkin pie. Pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Has a strong carbonation taste that is a tad on the strong side. I could also taste the alcohol in it. Has a very good taste, just like Pumpkin Pie.

Mouthfeel is medium at best.

Has limited drinkability because of the strength of the alcohol and the strength of the pumpkin taste.

This would make a great beer with a dessert but can't pound many of them because of the combination of the taste and alcohol content. (663 characters)

Photo of lespaulrocker
3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Yazoo pint glass.

A: Poured a deep amber/orange color with a great, one finger tan head. Very aesthetically pleasing and inviting.

S: Very distinct aroma, smells like pumpkin pie and autumn. Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg.

T: Good taste, tastes like pumpkin pie (my favorite dessert) with a touch of alcohol and some malts and floral hops to finish.

M: A lot of carbonation but it's not overpowering. Medium bodied with a clean finish.

D: Very drinkable, doesn't seem like it is 8% ABV.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer. It's a great autumn offering and one I'd drink again, but not the best thing I've ever had. (638 characters)

Photo of DaveBlack
3.37/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep orange-ish brown color. Maybe an inch of head that disappears quickly with no lace at all.

S: The aroma of this beer hits you like a ton of bricks. You don't even have to get your nose close to it to smell cinnamon, allspice and pumpkin. Outstanding.

T: Really a letdown after such an intense aroma. There's just not a whole lot going on. It's sweet, you can still taste the pumpkin and the spices, but there's not much beer to back it up: no hops, nothing to balance out the sweet spices. The whole flavor just kind of falls flat. Can really taste the alcohol, too. This just isn't a very well balanced beer in any way.

M: Pretty good mouthfeel, some nice carbonation, goes down smooth. The alcohol really sticks in the back of my throat, which is unusual for a beer, but not entirely unpleasant.

D: Definitely easy to drink. Hard to miss the alcohol. I would drink one if someone offered it to me, but I wouldn't buy it because I don't think it's worth the price.

I always have high hopes for fall seasonals, but very few live up to my expectations. Coming out of the bottle this looks and smells great, it just doesn't deliver on the flavor. (1,157 characters)

Schlafly Pumpkin Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
93 out of 100 based on 500 ratings.