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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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1,285 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,285
Reviews: 433
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 246
Gots: 111 | FT: 5
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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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skaboom420

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

10-05-2012 18:20:05 | More by skaboom420
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duff247

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

10-05-2012 03:47:42 | More by duff247
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jmcrofts


4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 6-pack of this beer after hearing a lot of hype about it from some friends. Did not disappoint!

Appearance - Nice dark red, with decent head.

Smell - FANTASTIC. Very warm and spicy, with strong pumpkin, cinnamon, and roasted malt notes. Smells like mom's pumpkin pie cooling on the windowsill.

Taste - Sweet on the front of the tongue, with good pumpkin and cinnamon flavors. Buttery cracker flavors round it out, making it feel like eating pumpkin pie, crust and all. More boozy than I expected, but not enough to cover up the sweetness. Very nice.

Mouthfeel - Light with medium carbonation, and some nice alcohol warmth.

Overall - Excellent beer. On the sweet side, but it compliments the cinnamon, pumpkin, and butter flavors that dominate the taste. My only complaint is there's a little too much booze taste, this is an 8.0% beer and it shows. I still highly recommend it for anyone who loves warm, comforting fall flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 01:50:40 | More by jmcrofts
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BeerBuckeye

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pour a solid dark amber color, clear, with foamy 1 finger head.

S- Pleasant. Caramel malt, hints of cinnamon, pumpkin, clove, and allspice. Very nice.

T- Um wow. It's FULL of pumpkin pie taste. Like biting into a fresh piece. Tons of cinnamon and nutmeg, even hints of Graham cracker. Clove and all spice. Spectacular.

M- incredibly smooth, full bodied.

Overall- Outstanding! Perhaps the best pumpkin ale I've ever had

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 00:07:42 | More by BeerBuckeye
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Gehrig13

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

10-02-2012 14:14:56 | More by Gehrig13
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M_Burkey


3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

10-02-2012 01:17:31 | More by M_Burkey
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Shumania

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a DFH signature glass

A: dark amber orange that blocks all light. Large head that dissipates quickly

S: sweet pumpkin, cinnamon and all spice. Great smell exactly like pumpkin pie, but not artificial like some others

T: exactly like the smell and the pumpkin comes through at the end.

M: mild carbonation and is on the thicker side. Very full mouthfeel

This may be my favorite pumpkin ale out there. Smell and taste are great!

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 00:46:34 | More by Shumania
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Phacoman

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

10-01-2012 02:34:59 | More by Phacoman
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TheBronze

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

09-30-2012 01:00:59 | More by TheBronze
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ctc862

Missouri

4/5  rDev -5%

09-29-2012 20:05:17 | More by ctc862
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

09-29-2012 16:05:12 | More by AndrewMichael
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hardy008

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours clear dark orange with a two finger off white head with good retention and some lacing. This is one of he nicest smelling pumpkin beers I have ever had. Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, pumpkin, and some biscuit malt. Smells like pumpkin pie with the crust. The aroma is not too little, or too much. It is just right how it is.

The taste is as good as the smell. Sweet, without being cloying. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin, and some biscuit malt. Tastes just like a very good pumpkin pie in a glass, with the crust. This is the best tasting pumpkin beer I have ever had to date.

Medium bodied with modest carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. Very nicely made. If I could get this more easily, I would drink it all the time.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 03:11:22 | More by hardy008
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never have I smelled a beer and been taken back to my childhood, but this is the exception. My mother would make pumpkin bread at this time of the year but one whiff of Schaflys and I was back in the 70's. the label states it is brewed with pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove and its evident in scent and taste. Solely my opinion but this is easily the best pumpkin ale I've ever tasted. The biggest draw is that my wife has now decided to experiment with craft brews because of the ale!

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 02:36:27 | More by KYGunner
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Beeradelphia

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

09-28-2012 18:44:06 | More by Beeradelphia
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KevBearcat529

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1%

09-28-2012 00:24:25 | More by KevBearcat529
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting around to this one. 'Tis the season.

$10.99/sixer @ Nick's of Clinton in Waldorf, MD.

The beer is transparent and appears a dark amber hue, sporting a half inch of beige head.

The aroma offers autumn spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, squash, brown sugar.

The flavor brings a nice malt backbone to support the sweet, spicy flavors. Right away, I can tell this brew is a notch above most other pumpkin beers I have had. Flavorful and well balanced. Lots of spice character, but done gracefully. Liongering cinnamon, slightly dry. Many beers of this ilk becoming cloying rather quickly, whereas Schlafly Pumpkin Ale beseeches the consumer to keep coming back for more.

Light to medium in body with a smoth feel on the palate. Soft but present carbonation.

Overall, this is a winner. I'm happy to have five more to ring in my favorite season.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 20:10:10 | More by Huhzubendah
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jewellrunner

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +1%

09-27-2012 11:29:41 | More by jewellrunner
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2dogbrew

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

09-27-2012 04:55:12 | More by 2dogbrew
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Allyson

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

09-26-2012 23:18:32 | More by Allyson
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rodkin

New York

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange, small head.

Smell is cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, pumpkin, maybe a hint of chocolate. Really just smells exactly like pumpkin pie. This is fantastic smelling.

Taste is a letdown after smell, but still good. Same flavors, but not quite as big. Slightly sweet, almost sugary. Really reminds me of pumpkin pie. Actually, this would go really well with a pecan pie. It's slightly warming, which is nice.

Mouthfeel is fine. Nice carbonation, medium thick, slightly creamy.

A great ale for the season. Really tasty, warming, fantastic smelling. Not hugely familiar with pumpkin ales, but I definitely like this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 00:40:33 | More by rodkin
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear ruby orange, some carbonation, two finger off white head.

S-Pumpkin goodness. Spices, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, nutty notes in general. Just good.

T-Very similar to the nose. Like pumpkin pie, great balance between the spices and pumpkin notes.

M-Light to medium bodied, some carbonation.

O-Need to do a blind tasting of this and Pumking. Both are amazing and the class of the field.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 20:39:29 | More by rlee1390
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Packman4IL

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

09-25-2012 13:44:00 | More by Packman4IL
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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -5%

09-25-2012 05:44:34 | More by TonyTalon
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57md

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Decided to crack open the first bottle of my six-pack yesterday to celebrate the autumnal equinox. Pours a radiant burnt orange with a healthy finger of head that dissipated in a blink of the eye. The nose has pumpkin for sure as well as a hint of something sweet. There is a pumpkin taste, but it is also balanced with some subtle malty sweetness, especially on the finish. I am not really getting any of the pie spices that the brewer claims were used in brewing this beer; rather the sweet notes on the end appear to be from the malt alone.
The body is relatively hearty and I think that this would pair well with a turkey dinner or any fare that included game meat.

Upon further examination: There is a touch of pie spice present once this ale warms quite a bit. I would advise serving this closer to cellar temperature than fridge temperature.

Up Side: The brewers included a quote from one of my favorite authors, Henry David Thoreau: “I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”
Down Side: After searching for this beer for a long time and finally tracking it down this year, I was hoping that (like Thoreau) it would be transcendental. It was not quite that, but it certainly is a solid effort at brewing a fall classic.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 04:40:08 | More by 57md
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Health


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

09-22-2012 21:58:11 | More by Health
Schlafly Pumpkin Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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