Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 486
Hads: 1,949
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 335
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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Reviews: 486 | Hads: 1,949
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
07/11/2014
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)

Photo of reebtaerG
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-poured into snifter glass. A deep red amber color with a white head
S-wonderful aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg
T-wonderful taste of the same smell with cloves
M-very rich and smooth malts maybe graham cracker
O-an absolute great pumpkin ale especially for a 12oz best taste for the money compared to other pumpkin ales (329 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear brown colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Smells sweet and spicy with lots of pumpkin pie spice. Brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger and clove are the strongest scents here. Lesser scents of vanilla and caramel with some wheat crust scent. Pretty much smells like pumpkin pie.

Starts out sweet and spicy with a really strong spice flavor. Strong clove and cinnamon flavors with caramel. Pretty much it tastes like pumpkin pie.

Mouthfeel is good.

Decent pumpkin beer not too sweet with lots of Pumpkin Pie spices. (524 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear amber brown with little carbonation and no residual head or lacing. The nose is a rum-like mix of spices and booze, caramelized sugar, and some gourdy undertones. The taste transcends the beer's nose and appearance bringing potent pie spices to the forefront, big pumpkin sweetness, and hint of bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium, sweet bodied, slightly booze, so spiced that it's gritty, but also with an elegant gourd presence, great drinkability, and has a mildly biting, bitter finish. I do enjoy this beer and think it's refined enough to do well at the dinner table, but would likely not be my go-to beer out at a bar. (662 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A- A murky, sort of light brownish-orange with a fizzy tan head that leaves a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. When held up to the light, there is some transparent light shining through.

S- Big aromas of clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin bread and hints of toast. Very bold aroma, but not overwhelming.

T- The spices mentioned shine through in the flavor as well. While the nose was dominated by clove, it is mainly noticeable in the finish. Nutmeg and cinnamon come through first along with the hints of toast. Sugary pumpkin bread sweetness in the middle with clove at the end.

M- Medium-full bodied with medium carbonation. In between a full sipper and an easy drinker.

O- A very good, very solid pumpkin beer. Very nicely put together. (761 characters)

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

Appearance: Gorgeous amber with a 1/2 finger of white head.

Smell: Strong clove presence(similar to Good Gourd), pumpkin flesh, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Taste: It really does taste like a pumpkin pie. Amazing, and incredibly well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall: This definitely goes in my top 5 Pumpkin beers. This kinda takes everything I like about DFH - Punkin: well balanced, Good Gourd: huge clove+sweet pumpkin, though more subdued and Pumking. Going to seek out more Schlafly now! (520 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Small light brown to tan head settles to a super thin lacing above a thick burnt caramel colored pumpkin beer.

Light pumpkin and pumpkin pie type spices aroma with its cinnamon and nutmeg coming through nicely.

Spicy pumpkin pie taste, all it needs is a scoop of miracle whip on top of it.

Very light dryish aftertaste with a bit of the pumpkin pie tastes remaining behind with this medium bodied beer.

Pretty decent pumpkin ale, not overbearing on the pumpkin tastes but what is there is noticeable and pretty good tasting. (528 characters)

Photo of DevinK
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am a HUGE pumpkin beer fan, gotta love that time of the year when they start popping up on the shelves in numbers. That being said, I've had a number of pumpkin beers and nothing comes even remarkably close to Schlafly's Pumpkin Ale. The best way for me to describe it is like pumpkin pie in liquid form. You would never guess the ABV based on the way it tastes, goes down very smooth. If you are a pumpkin beer fan this is a MUST have for you. (446 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark mahogany amber color with white head

Smell - cinnamon, nutmeg, pumkin flesh

Taste - cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin flesh, brown sugar

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, spicy and sweet upfront, dry finish

Overall - this is a solid pumpkin ale, not too heavy on the spices, very approachable

Price Point - $2.50/12 oz single (351 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Thanks to Matchew for handing me off this one! I haven't drank a pumpkin beer in a couple years. Schlafly's version pours fairly dark tarnished copper bordering on garnet. Tiny carbonation bubble rush the the surface in streams while the beige head easily grows to a finger in height and just as quickly falls to a thin ring and floating island of foam. Some soapy lacing gets left behind with each drink.

I'm not usually a fan of pumpkin beers, too artificial, but in this case both the pumpkin and spicing taste authentic and are used with constraint in mind. The nutmeg is well integrated while the clove and cinnamon are very soft. A touch of ginger brightens things up and there is plenty of gourd. A touch of caramelized grain lays a base and brown sugar adds depth without smelling overly sweet.

Flavor matches the aroma in depth but the intensity and brightness falls a little short. All the pumpkin pie spices I mentioned are there but, when compared to the smell, are slightly muddled. Besides that simple fact the other aspects remain the same. The cloyingness found in almost all other pumpkin beer is not found in Schlafly's version, thank you. The alcohol is also amazingly well hidden.

The body weighs in at medium and the mouthfeel is actually pretty slick and quick moving. The finish lingers into a welcomed dryness. There's a touch of alcohol fumes through the nose but it doesn't effect the flavor, smell, or mouthfeel of this beer in the least and adds some spiciness.

When I think of pumpkin beer I cringe. They're usually overspiced and incredibly sweet. Schlafly's Pumpkin Ale is adequately spiced, nicely pumpkinized and all around delicious. This drinks more like a beer than an overly sweet dessert. I would drink a couple of these in the fall. If you're a fan of pumpkin beers this is the best I've ever run across, give it a go. Thanks, Matt! (1,889 characters)

Photo of RandomExile
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Mohagany/red, dark but thinly translucent
S: apple, cinnamon, clove
T: fermented apples, clove, nutmeg, slightly dry finish
M: a hint of bite, but warm and homey, a bit like a mulled cider, creamy
O: Pretty good, it makes sense why this is one of the more popular pumpkins. It might be a little too sweet for me, like ultra-fine grown-up apple juice, but drinkable, especially in smaller quantities. (402 characters)

Photo of Scarvingdozen87
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

S; Smells of pumpkin pie, cinnamon mainly. This definitely smells like a real pumpkin beer!

T: tastes like pumpkin pie! Great fall taste! Not real sweet, but yet not an overpower drive on the pumpkin either! Perfect combination on the right amount of spices!

O: one of my favorite pumpkin beers! If your looking for a pumpkin beer that tastes similar to pumpkin pie, definitely go for this beer. All time favorite pumpkin beer. (429 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From what I've heard this is supposed to be one of the better pumpkin ales out there, so I'll try not to get my expectations up too high ;)

It's certainly a beautiful autumnal beer. Crisp and clear, rich copper/amber body with a small pumpkin seed head that dissipates pretty quickly. Minimal retention and lacing.

Pumpkin spices for certain. I take the top off and start to pour and my face is inundated with autumn. The traditional pumpkin (pie) spices: nutmeg, cinnamon, creamy pumpkin, cloves, allspice, and then almost like an oktoberfest backbone of malts bringing the season to fruition.

The taste follows the cues of the nose pretty well, but almost inverted. The malts take the forefront, and as noted, they conjure thoughts of a solid oktoberfest base. Taken in a vacuum this is kind of perfect (seasonally and that), and well done, but unfortunately I'm not a big fan of oktoberfests, so it kind of distracts from the more pumpkin-y elements that I do like. The pie spices come in after this, but the distraction is still there. The spice is not as prevalent as on the nose, but it's still there. Creamy pumpkin, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, these kinds of things.
The finish is kind of bitter which stands out as it doesn't really poke through anywhere else. Overall fairly creamy, very drinkable, a good pumpkin ale. Without looking, I never would have guessed this was 8%. Alcohol hidden very very well. I'm going to bring a couple of these back to Seattle with me as my good friend and former roommate is a huge pumpkin (and pumpkin beer) fan and I think he'd really appreciate this one. Personally, I probably won't pick up another 6 pack for personal consumption, but it's definitely worth trying in season if you have any interest in the style at all. (1,771 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours an even orange/amber color. A thin off-white head on top.

Aroma - rich malt and pumpkin along with pie spices. A slight vapory component in there as well.

Taste - full malty underpinning to this pumpkin beer. Delicious pumpkin flavor, clove-forward (one of my favorite spices) without being overly sweet or overly hopped or bitter. Just a light balancing nip on the swallow and a warm abv feeling in the throat. Lengthy finish full of the gourd and lingering clove.

Mouthfeel - perhaps what really helps to nail this beer as a perennial top pick in the pumpkin beer category. Full-bodied, just shy of heavy. Crisp but not getting in the way of the taste. Smooth, but big. It's the biggest hint that the harvest season is here, the annual monstrous carbohydrate-laden meal will soon be upon us, and the malty, bigger brews of the season are nigh.

Overall - my favorite pumpkin beer for a session. The style holds a special place for me as it was the style for my first review many seasons ago. It is the only pumpkin brew I faithfully get every fall. Awesome brew, Schlafly!!! (1,098 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a snifter.

Pours clear, dark amber color with a modest tan head. A small amount of sediment lurking at the bottom of the bottle was added to the pour.

Despite plenty of pie spices, the pumpkin shines thru as well. More spicy in the flavor and feel than in the nose, particular the cinnamon component. Perhaps due to a richer malt base, even with rather bold spicing this pumpkin is not over-spiced. Those not liking cinnamon probably will disagree; this has enough cinnamon to, I think, add a slight burn to the feel. Still, very nice mix of flavors.

O: very similar to the Whole Hog Pumpkin I had a couple of days ago in both profile and overall quality. These are among the best pumpkins I've tried, and clearly the best of the 5 I've had over the past 3 days. More clove in the Schlafly; slight preference for the Whole Hog. (856 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled with love on 8/14/13.
Aroma is more spice than pumpkin. Sometimes heavy on nutmeg and other times cinnamon. Some roasted pumpkin in the background.
Darker orange pushing to browns in the amber. Tan head that is smallish, but hangs around pretty well.
Roasted pumpkin really shows in the taste. Still containing ample spice and a firm shot of alcohol adds a bite (and a quick shot of warmth to the wheelhouse). Not much more complicated than that. Just all those flavors rolling around for an enjoyable experience.
Moderate to a little thinner on the feel. Carbonated well but not to excess.
This is a nice seasonal ale. Going with the current trend of higher abv, which seems to work well. (698 characters)

Schlafly Pumpkin Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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