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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 533
Hads: 2,109
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 23.74%
Wants: 385
Gots: 449 | FT: 11
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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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Reviews: 533 | Hads: 2,109
Photo of Rod_J
3.28/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

An okay pumpkin ale with a good aroma but an average taste. But it does come with a nice abv of 8% making it a little stronger than some of the other ones.

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Photo of derekgw123
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was really good the first time I tried it, but the second six pack I bought tasted overly sweet with hints of bubble gum that kind of ruined it for me.

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Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours a reddish brown, with a thin head that doesn't leave much lacing, but the color is so warm and beautiful that you know you're in for an Autumn treat. Put on your sweater and bask in the beauty.

S: You know that smell when mom or grandma finally takes the pumpkin pie out of the oven on Thanksgiving? This beer has that in spades.

T: Even better, you know when you finally dig in to that pie and taste the symphony of flavors? Pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, clove, brown sugar, graham cracker crust, all working together in harmony. That all these flavors are distinctive and yet work together is an impressive feat. Slight booziness and alcohol warmth on the end to tie it all together.

F: Medium mouthfeel, thin, chewy goodness.

O: The best pumpkin beer I've ever had. Bravo, Schlafly.

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Photo of 120minuteman
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite pumpkin beer hands down.
For one, it tastes and smells like pumpkin (and not like some sort of spiced concussion).
Second, it has a LOT of flavor too it, but does not taste very boozy.
Finally, it has a really nice orange color to it.

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Photo of halfpinthorror
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this kicks off my lengthy Halloween season and carries me all the way through the holidays. nothing but warm happy feelings. I'll usually stock up enough to even have a bottle or two to spare for pumpkin beer bread at Thanksgiving and an ice cream float on my birthday. lately it seems to appear a little earlier every year, but I can't find it in me to complain. share this with your friends who are wary of beer and of pumpkin brews, and with those who are wasting cash on lackluster pumpkin ales from bigger names.

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Photo of richj1970
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden honey brown with one finger head that dissipates quickly leaving little or no lacing.

S: Pumpkin pie spice, caramel, burnt sugar. Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, allspice.

T: Big autumn spices. Allspice, nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon. Brown sugar and caramel. Graham crackers.

M: Fairly light body tending towards thin. Finish is very spicy and sweet.

O: Interesting pumpkin beer. I really enjoyed this one, but more than one of these in a session would be a bit much.

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Photo of The_Murph
4/5  rDev -4.1%

This beer is full of flavor and smells fantastic, with lots of cinnamon, pumpkin, clove, and vanilla–everything you would expect from a pumpkin beer. There is a little bit of a nutty sweetness as well. It is a little bit spicy and cidery at the end which helps keep it from getting too sweet. The body is very smooth and a little bit creamy with a nice effervescent quality.

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Photo of CHickman
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%

Pours cloudy copper color with a foamy 1-2 finger light tan head that faded slowly and left minimal spotty lacing.

Smells like pumpkin pie with heavy cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, roasted grains and a bready sweetness like bread pudding with a lot of syrup on top. Really enjoyable for the style.

Flavor is similar to the nose with pumpkin and/or pumpkin pie up front and then a mix of spices that includes cinnamon, allspice, brown sugar, nutmeg, strong clove and light coriander, followed by roasted grains, graham cracker and wheat bread, but then the clove, allspice and nutmeg circle back and drown out that nice initial pumpkin pie taste. It's a shame because everything I liked was washed away like a napalm bombing of spices, leaving just a nice memory of the initial taste.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, with a little ABV burn, light carbonation and a very spicy finish that's typical of a pumpkin beer or winter warmer. This was good, but the spices need to be dialed back a little for me to really want to have this again.

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Photo of Beejay
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown with a slightly tan head. A somewhat hazy look to it.

S: Typical pumpkin beer aromas; pumkpin, nutmeg, and bread. Pretty good.

T: Pumpkin pie spice, with a nice malty bread note. There is a good sweetness that compliments the spices. Good, but I wouldn't go to amazing.. the linger is all spice.

M: Medium in body, carbonation is medium, but has a definite tingle. Finish is milky, with spices lingering on.

O: Overall tasty, but I feel like it has been hyped up a bit and gauging from the price of the 6 pack, that seems to be true. For a pumpkin beer, it's good. For the price, Pumpking is more enjoyable.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

October 31, 2014

12 oz bottle, snifter

A – Dark amber to brown, slightly hazy, a thin film of lacy foam, less than a centimeter, gone quickly, leaving bubbly traces. Looks like scotch ale or old ale.

S – Very strong pumpkin pie spice, a lot of resemblance to a carrot cake as well. Some malty sweetness, perhaps from the pumpkin itself, and mild bitterness in the background.

T – Pumpkin pie flavor is prominent, but more mild than in the aroma. Juicy pumpkin and malt sweetness with a moderately bitter finish. Aroma and flavor stick after the swallow.

M – Juicy up front, bitter and dry on the finish. Mild carbonation. Pretty well balanced, but mouthfeel if relatively uninteresting.

O – Pumpkin beers are difficult, and this one strikes a good balance of pumpkin sweetness and pie spice. Alcohol is well hidden. Solid.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. An appropriate beer for Halloween!

Appearance: rich, dark orange-brown hue with no haze and a finger of ivory foam. Quite nice looking indeed.

Smell: toasty malt with a surprising brown-sugar sweetness. The pumpkin pie spice is applied with an even hand; it's well balanced and enticing.

Taste: lightly toasty, like a mild brown ale. Pumpkin pie spice is good, with balanced nutmeg and cinnamon; I like the light hand here.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of creaminess and a nice smooth texture. I dig it.

Overall: tasty and drinkable, I don't need much more out of a pumpkin ale. It didn't knock my socks off like some other reviewers here, but it's a perfectly serviceable pumpkin ale.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

During a pumpkin taste test between my wife and I, this won hands down. It struck the right balance between the spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and non sweet pumpkin) and a big Amber ale. Smell was the spices of a pie right to the nose. Delicious. The 8% was extremely well hidden. Best Schlafly beer I've had.

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Photo of Amalak
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
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

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best pumpkin ales money can buy. This tastes like someone took an actual pumpkin pie and ground it straight into the bottle. Not my favorite type of style, but if you are looking for one, this is an absolute must.

Worth revisiting if in the mood for a pumpkin beer.

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Photo of humuloner22
4/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

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Photo of papat444
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.84/5  rDev +16.1%
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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
93 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.