Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room
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District of Columbia
2.4/5 rDev -43.1%
I had this beer 2 times in a bottle at Churchkey and at Number 9 1/2 in DC. This beer is overwhelming with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice. I want to like this beer but I just can't. I could not taste much pumpkin since the spices take over the beer. I definitely did not taste any flavor of vanilla. I prefer some vanilla taste with my pumpkin beers.
10-27-2012 19:19:48 | More by jacwomyn
District of Columbia
3.9/5 rDev -7.6%
Beer pours a clear copper-brown with a thin white head. The aroma on this beer is phenonmenal - it smells like pumpkin pie in the absolute best way with a fantastic mix of pumpkin, brown sugar and spices. Like my experience with most pumpkin beers, the flavor isn't quite as good as the smell. The flavor is primarily pumpkin pie spices and brown sugar and the pumpkin flavor itself is a little buried in the mix. This is one of the better-tasting pumpkin beers out there in that it avoids being too sweet but still brings a pretty accurate pumpkin pie flavors. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and maybe a little on the thin side without enough carbonation. I'm not the biggest pumpkin beer fan, but this is one of the better ones. It's great in small doses, but I don't want to drink more than one in any sitting.
10-27-2012 04:34:14 | More by starrdogg
4.73/5 rDev +12.1%
12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
A - Schlafly Pumpkin Ale pours a crystal clear, beautiful bronzed amber color that shows off it's carbonation bubbles streaming from nucleation point to well-formed head. The light khaki foam withers away pretty quickly though, and what's worse, it leaves no trace of it's presence in lacing.
S - If you like your pumpkin beers to smell like pumpkin pie, Schlafly Pumpkin Ale is the one for you! This bad-boy is abounding with roasted gourd and spiciness, nearly the perfect aroma to follow up a Thanksgiving meal. Toasted wheat bread and sweet, dense Munich malt sweetness provide a rich backbone for the heavy-handed additions of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. Dry pie crust completes the circle for an exceptional aroma!
T - Loads of spice up front keeps on track with the beer's total pumpkin pie approach. Cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg return, overshadowing the actual pumpkin (though it's still there) for that rich pie taste. Hints of toasted malt unravel into caramel sweetness before finishing with mild alcohol spice.
M - Rich and smooth with a full body, Schlafly Pumpkin Ale's spiciness lingers throughout into it's mildly warm, spicy alcohol finish. This beer is sweet but not cloying, faintly dry, and lip-smackingly good with an unbalanced (and rightfully so) completion.
O - If it's a liquid dessert you're looking for, look no further than Schlafly Pumpkin Ale; it might as well be liquified pumpkin pie. Heavier than the normal pumpkin beer, it's got an understated kick with a finish that pulls you right back in. This is one fall treat that is not to be missed!
10-25-2012 00:13:10 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.58/5 rDev +8.5%
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks Treebs for hooking me up with another bottle that showed me how awesome craft beer can be.
Appearance: Orange-amber color with a dense one finger head that retained fairly well.
Smell: Spices and pumpkin sweetness all over the nose. Very pronounced and perfect for a pumpkin beer.
Taste: Initial sweetness and natural pumpkin flavor, then the spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg all over the palate. Finishes with a more subtle spice flavor and bready malt.
Mouthfeel: Medium-body, low carbonation, smooth, and high drinkability.
Overall: My favorite pumpkin beer. Really drinkable, not too sweet, and great flavors.
10-23-2012 02:42:45 | More by mfavoino
4.43/5 rDev +5%
Poured from an 12 oz bottle with multiple shades of orange on the label into a duvel tulip. The label notes "Special Release"
A - A moderate pour yields almost no head but is often expected by a high gravity beer. Body is deep orange with ruby highlights. A thin wisp rests on top of the body from the etching in the glass
S - Intensely spicy with hints of pumpkin and clove.
T - Rich and sweet up front and finishes with a bittersweet spice. Pumpkin flavor is well pronounced throughout.
M - Medium bodied, but perhaps a little overcarbonated for the flavors present.
O - An excellent affordable pumpkin ale. Stands up to those bombers pretty well and packs plenty of flavor to just keep sipping.
10-23-2012 00:48:26 | More by Dave128
Schlafly Pumpkin Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
94 out of 100 based on 1,375 ratings.