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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 1,293
Reviews: 433
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 252
Gots: 114 | 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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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
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JonDot


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

09-22-2012 21:43:38 | More by JonDot
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siege06nd

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Mmmm, pours a beautiful dark copper color. A full finger of cream colored head erupts and rapidly settles to a quarter finger ring that lingers quite nicely. Big soapy lacing down the sides of the glass. Very very very very nice looking pumpkin ale.

S. Like liquid pumpkin pie. Waves of pie spices, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, brown sugar. Some mild roasted pumpkin and moderate caramel malt backbone as well, but spice is the main attraction here.

T. Follows the nose with a ton of spices, truly a spice bomb. But the malt backbone holds up and provides a bready, crusty background to offset the spices. Some nice, mild vegetal notes from the roasted squash poke out every now and then. Excellent.

M. Near perfect. Creamy mouthfeel with excellent balance between spice and malt, though this is definitely a spice forward beer. The 8% ABV is remarkably well-hidden, this could get people into trouble in a hurry. This is the closest to "liquid pumpkin pie" I have encountered, and it is damn fine.

O. A near perfect pumpkin ale. For me, it's between this and Alewerks Pumpkin Ale for the best in the land. Schlafly is more spice forward. Alewerks is more malt forward. Both are delicious. The disappointing thing, however, is that my distributor tells me this is it for NoVA/DC for Schlafly Pumpkin for the rest of the year. How is this possible?!? Hey Schlafly, people actually like to drink Pumpkin Ales on Halloween which is in late October. Heck, a lot of people like them through Thanksgiving. Disappointing that Schlafly has caved to seasonal creep that they are ceasing their Pumpkin in late September, but whatever. I've got two more six-packs of this baby and they will be enjoyed through the fall. Fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 20:16:22 | More by siege06nd
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Holland

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: golden brown, clear, with a nice half inch head that refreshes a bit with each sip.

S: spices, pumpkin, maybe some ginger and nutmeg

T: balance between malt, pumpkin flavor, and spices. Just an amazing combination, with a bit of sweetness.

M: medium body gives it some thickness, and the carbonation is perfect to enhance the spices but leave a smooth feeling still.

O: fantastic beer, right up there with Good Gourd for the best pumpkin ale I have had. Thanks to Treebs for giving me this one as an extra! It's like pumpkin pie in a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 19:25:34 | More by Holland
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BeerJediMaster


3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

09-22-2012 04:21:13 | More by BeerJediMaster
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JRed

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber/red in body with off-white head that fades to a film over top. Sweet aroma of pumpkin sweets, cinnamon, carrot cake, and light booze in the background. Light flavors of pumpkin treats, cinnamon, hazelnut, minor grass notes, light booze but not warming. Too light in body for the flavors here and light carbonation. A bit too watery for my preference.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 00:39:13 | More by JRed
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GaryMarkle84

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1%

09-22-2012 00:33:10 | More by GaryMarkle84
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Mpa1000

Delaware

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

09-21-2012 21:05:50 | More by Mpa1000
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thingsidontremember


4.25/5  rDev +1%

09-21-2012 12:44:46 | More by thingsidontremember
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adamjthompson00

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

09-21-2012 01:37:24 | More by adamjthompson00
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a dark amber color with 3 fingers worth of rich yellowish stained to tan froth. As the cap fades, it leaves a webbing pattern of lacing effect all over the glass. The brew displays a brilliant clarity with some lighter hints of yellow to orange around the edges. A light swirl revives just shy of a finger of yellowish stained froth atop.

The smell is like gram crackers, mildly toasty with cinnamon and some earthy nutmeg. There is a bit of fruity almost perfume quality about this perhaps from the alcohol esters. More smells reveal a bit more depth to the earthen character that is mildly vegetative. When swirled, a mild note of sulfur and cheese is emitted.

The taste is mildly sweet with a bready character of grain, somewhat toasty with cinnamon and nutmeg. There is a mild nutty appeal to this along with a fruity to vegetative edge. More sips bring out some of that gram gracker and toasty appeal that was first introduced in the aromatics. It transitions to more earthy character with a mild herbal touch of hops that blends well.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall it is a well blended and nice take on the style. The spices here are really restrained and come out with just enough character to solidify it in the style. The touch of perfume edge that creeps out distracts just a bit along with the veggie edge that keeps this from being perfect in my opinion. Overall, it is solid and absolutely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 00:42:39 | More by stakem
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atone315

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

09-20-2012 23:52:20 | More by atone315
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huskermike12

Iowa

4/5  rDev -5%

09-20-2012 18:05:08 | More by huskermike12
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into New Belgium Globe.

Appearance: slightly orange bodied beer with a small white head. Drops down to a thin ring around.

Smell: Ripe pumpkin with a supporting cast of nutmeg, all spice, and cinnamon.

Taste: Upfront spicy beer cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and all spice. The beer is more spicy that pumkin flavored. Touch of malty sweetness that is bready. Mild lingering pumpkin aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Just a hint of warm booze.

Overall: Really nice pumpkin beer! Definately one of the better pumpkin beers that I have drank this year! This is a fantastic chioce for a fall beer!

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 12:11:16 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Hessian257

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1%

09-20-2012 01:33:06 | More by Hessian257
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eph1291

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

09-19-2012 23:11:57 | More by eph1291
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secondtooth

Indiana

4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich orange-amber, with average to light carbonation. No obvious lace here.

Nose is ripe with brown sugar, nutmeg and clove spices. Pumpkin is secondary here. Still, delightful, and very reminiscent of Fall.

Taste is tangy and heavy on the spice. This is very malty (think a brown ale), with all the spice and pumpkin touches bringing some balance to the sweetness. A superlative Fall seasonal, and among my favorite pumpkin ales.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 22:28:17 | More by secondtooth
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Nelliott1


4.25/5  rDev +1%

09-19-2012 04:30:18 | More by Nelliott1
Schlafly Pumpkin Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
94 out of 100 based on 1,293 ratings.