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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 1,590
Reviews: 463
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 306
Gots: 243 | FT: 7
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: maxpower on 09-16-2006)
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

laxer8811, Sep 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

tpaetow, Sep 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

capnamerica, Sep 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

ericwilson54, Sep 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Jwren5, Sep 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

gratefulbeerhead, Sep 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Reappropriated, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottle purchased from Half Time enjoyed chilled in a pub glass.

The color is dark copper/medium caramel color with translucent haze and light beige cap with ultra fine bead. The smell is vinous and spiced with a mild sweet odor from malt with light toasted and light hint of orange rind. The feel is good - very carbonated and slightly tannic with a moderate spice and sweetness level, yet finishes somewhat dry with a nice mild alcohol warmth.

The taste is unique with some mild red grape-like currant and cinnamon mixed with subtle bread pudding like caramel and spice combo yet the malt also has a dry toasted brown sugar edge with some mild coriander citrus and orange peel element which gives a very autumnal taste interesting in ways most pumpkin beers don't surprise. I would recommend this to anyone in search of a twist on the traditional pumpkin ale -almost like mince-meat with that spiced fruity flavor yet doesn't sacrifice the flavor of an actual pumpkin ale either it is exceptional in every way.

Slatetank, Sep 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Jasonrm72, Sep 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

mackinnr, Sep 03, 2013
3/5  rDev -28.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Ayelikebeer, Sep 02, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa since it was selling out pretty quickly and this was the last 6-pack available the day I was there. I'm not a huge fan of this style and even though this was a hair too strong for me, it was a good beer that had a lot going for it without being too spicy or artificial-tasting. A good Pumpkin Ale should be enjoyable, somewhat strong, and taste like what it says on the label without feeling like anything artificial was used and this beer certainly fit all of those requirements quite easily.

The pour to this was solid, with a dark pumpkin hue, a nearly clear appearance, a solid head, and a touch of lacing that slid down the sides of my pint glass after every sip. The aroma could have been a bit stronger and it was mostly pumpkin with some other gourd-like vegetables thrown in for good measure. The mouthfeel was solid and a bit cloying, but the trace amounts of cinnamon and nutmeg helped ease this beer down with every sip. There was even some oak and ash thrown in for good measure, giving this a slightly burnt and woody tinge to it. The pumpkin pie slowly grew on me and came to the forefront in the aftertaste, leading me nicely into the next sip.

While this wasn't as strong as an Imperial Pumpkin Ale like Southern Tier's Pumpking, this was strong enough and made itself known somewhat quickly. This didn't necessarily win me over to the point where I had to rush out and get the others that are presently flying off of the shelves but the hype is real and if you love fall beers, get your hands on this. It's the best that's out there and bound not to disappoint, even if you don't have any pumpkin pie on hand.

JerzDevl2000, Sep 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

osuskin, Sep 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

jaydoc, Sep 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

MSL94, Sep 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

bubseymour, Aug 31, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -46.7%

thefluker, Aug 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

erialbill, Aug 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

JT23, Aug 30, 2013
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4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper in color, with about an inch of head that slowly dissolves. Little to no bubbles.

S: The smell is the best part about this beer, for me. Nutmeg, cinnamon, spices...pumpkin pie nearly to a tee. Nice malty smell as well.

T: Cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon. Some alcohol at the warmer temperatures. A bit too sweet for my taste, however.

M: Seems under-carbonated. Kinda thick and heavy. I was hoping for some nice carbonation in this beer, but I feel let down.

O: This is a really good pumpkin style ale, far above some of the others I've had (i.e. Shipyard), but the lack of carbonation really seems like it has some wasted potential.

Weas, Aug 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Roger85, Aug 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

BAsbill, Aug 28, 2013
Schlafly Pumpkin Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
94 out of 100 based on 1,590 ratings.