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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 501
Hads: 1,992
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 355
Gots: 378 | 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 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)

Photo of fourstringer
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Dated 07/17/14.

A: 4.0 Chestnut brown-orange body with minimal haze. 1/2 finger of off-white head. Ok retention. Minimal lacing.

S: 4.5 Nice, true pumpkin notes with accents of nutmeg, caramel, brown sugar. More subtle cinnamon. Vanilla. Some other fruits make a low-key cameo: Apple, pear, apricot.

T: 4.25 Sweet malt with pumpkin and complementary spice open this one up. The hops slowly build to a semi-dry finish. Some lingering spice, pumpkin and a touch of alcohol heat in the aftertaste.

M: 3.75 Moderate carbonation with a slight prickliness. Moderate to full body with a touch of stickiness. Warming.

O: 4.25 Very nice pumpkin brew with some very legit pumpkin characteristics happening. My first pumpkin beer of the season and I must say it ranks well above the majority of those I had last season. Excellent.

Prost! (929 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

Drank from a 12 fluid oz. bottle purchased at Whole Foods, Fairfax, VA
Served in a pint glass

A tight, creamy, two-plus finger tall, light tan crown topped the dark orangey-amber liquid. The head dissolved rather quickly and left no lacing whatsoever.

The aroma was pretty mellow initially. Somewhat dry and yeasty. There was a slight steeliness as well. Touch of spice. As the beer warmed, the nose improved dramatically. Pumpkin pie spices were quite apparent. Good amount of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Some malty sweetness appeared as well.

Unlike the nose, the flavor profile had a lot going on from the get-go. Pumpkin pie spice notes dominated. Cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice were most apparent. There was just enough caramel malt sweetness to give the beer a true pumpkin pie flavor but not overwhelm it. Quite rich and full in flavor for the style. The finish contained a hefty dose of cinnamon that lent the beer a mildly "hot" spiciness. Really solid.

Rich and fuller bodied for the style. The liquid contained an ultra fine and frothy, tongue blanketing effervescence. At 8% ABV, the alcohol was barely perceivable.

With its punchy yet balanced flavor profile and fuller bodied mouthfeel, Schlafly's Pumpkin Ale is one of the better examples of the style I have yet to dry. I really hope this brewery distributes to New England sometime soon. (1,369 characters)

Photo of CoverMePorkins
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottle on date of 25 July 2014.

Appearance - Dark orange to light amber in color. 1/2 finger of head the didn't last long.

Smell - Nutmeg and cinnamon. Spices dominate with pumpkin in the background.

Taste - Same as the nose with maybe a little more pumpkin. A great beer fitting the style.

Mouth feel - medium or maybe a little lighter. not very effervescent but I wasn't expecting that.

Overall this is a great Pumpkin beer. If available in your area I would highly recommend. (529 characters)

Photo of AyeMito
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I absolutely love this beer. It has wonderful balance and a solid body with a rich taste! I feel that too many pumpkin beers have a very sugary taste but Schlafly nailed this one! I get a deep flavor of cinnamon, pumpkin, spice, clove and a very small tone of cranberry. It is layered wonderfully and is an absolute pleasure to drink! (334 characters)

Photo of Will_Edgar
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at the Schlafly release party at El Bait Shop.

Appearance- Light amber, almost no head.

Smell- Spices, nutmeg I'm particular. Pumpkin seeps its way through there as well.

Taste- I'm not usually a pumpkin ale guy but hats off to Schlafly on making one heck of a pumpkin ale. The nutmeg, cinnamon and other spices are blended really well with the pumpkin.

Mouthfeel- Medium

Overall- Most pumpkin ales teeter one way or the other but this one gets it right. Best balance I've had from one yet. I'd put it over ST Pumpking for sure. Just wish I was drinking this in October and not June. (600 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into tulip glass.

A- Pours a deep garnet with a good degree of clarity for such a dark colored beer and a pumpkin on at that. Small whitish caramel head that dissipates to a thin ring.

S- Medium level of spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Lots of malt, similar to that of a scotch ale. Has a slight mellow gourd sort of sourness you get when smelling fresh pumpkin.

T- Similar to aroma, perfect level of spices for my tastes, a very noticeable pumpkin aspect, and a malt character that doesn't overshadow the pumpkin. Tastes the way a "from scratch" pumpkin pie ought to taste. Alcohol is not really noticeable.

M- Medium-heavy and a good lower carbonation for the style. As opposed to something like Pumking which is more effervescent.

O- I think this might be my favorite example of the style, slightly higher than Dogfish Head Punkin' and Pumking. Great balanced spices and great pumpkin flavor. (937 characters)

Photo of ALC82
4.71/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great tasting beer which appears / tastes to change slightly every year! I believe this was one of the first pumpkin beers I ever tried, and to date, is still my favorite. There are lot of things going on w/ this beer that make it a great try for people of many different tastes. I would recommend this beers as a must try to start out your fall season (every year!) (366 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This parade of pumpkin beers is out of control! Every time that I think that I have opened my last one for the year, another one pops up.

From the bottle: "A Special Release, Pumpkin Ale is available for a limited time, with a new style every few months."; "Schlafly Pumpkin Ale blends the spices of the harvest with full-bodied sweetness for a beer that tastes like pumpkin pie."; "I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion - Henry David Thoreau".

My pour created two fluffy fingers of deep-tan head with great retention. Color was a deep-copper (SRM = > 22, < 27) with filament-quality brightness. Nose was very sweet and spicy and since they were going for pumpkin pie, I would say that they hit the mark! The label mentioned "cinnamon, nutmeg and clove" and I was having a tough time discerning one form another. Mouthfeel was slightly viscous, syrupy and this was one of the sweetest pumpkin beers that I can remember drinking. It seemed dangerously close to diabetic shock in a bottle. Each successive sip was unrelenting in terms of its sweetness and I was feeling kind of overwhelmed. The finish was (finally) both spicy and sweet, but if I have railed against unbalanced in terms of spices, here was unbalanced in terms of malty sweetness. Whew! Definitely NOT my cup of pumpkin, but as always, YMMV. (1,371 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a light mahoghany reddish brown with ruby coming through in the light. A small half finger head.

The aroma has tons of sweet fermented pumpkin, but also brown sugar, vanilla, and the spices rolled into it. The nutmeg and cinnamon pop through. In the back, you get the brown ale toasty malt, along again with the brown sugar. A really fantastic smelling beer.

I let it warm up and it certainly opened up a bit. In the front, there’s not much. And after a little bit, towards the middle, you get a pop of fresh sweet pumpkin and cinnamon and clove. The middle hits you with a bit of that toasty brown ale and brown sugar sweetness, almost like a pumpkin candy or caramel. The finish has this earthy spicy bitterness that is quite gentle.

There's lots of carbonation in this beer.

It’s super drinkable at 8% and it feels like 6%. It’s a well crafted beer. (880 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, light head. A nice, spiced aroma. Burnt umber color. Starts off sweet, clove, and carbonated. An interesting spice mix, but a bit of a lingering bitterness.

Not a very complex brew in the sense that it is very spice-forward, with a touch of sweetness in the front and bitterness in the back. Not bad by any means, but nothing really stand out. (358 characters)

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