Pumpkin Ale
The Schlafly Tap Room

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From:
The Schlafly Tap Room
 
Missouri, United States
Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #8
ABV:
8%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,911
Avg:
4.2 | pDev: 11.67%
Ratings:
2,469
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 29, 2022
Added:
Sep 16, 2006
Wants:
  414
Gots:
  559
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale
Notes: 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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4.3 by scottyshades from Florida on Apr 29, 2022
 
4.13 by not2quick from Missouri on Mar 31, 2022
 
3.26 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 15, 2022
 
2.5 by doctorgary from New York on Feb 01, 2022
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4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by dano213 from Pennsylvania

12oz bottle received as a gift from a friend. Bottled on 8/17/2021, so this is over 3 1/2 months old. I took this out of the fridge so I am drinking it closer to room temperature.

Look: Pours a very dark amber color, with near clarity and some speckled particulates have settled to the bottom of the glass. Has a half pinky finger of very frothy, small-bubbled beige head with good retention and decent lacing.

Smell: Very nice aromas of spices - ginger, clove, spicy cinnamon, nutmeg. Lovely caramel aroma and subtle vanilla note.
On the nose, the beer has apple cider vibes more than pumpkin pie flavor. Smells nice regardless.

Taste: Yummy. The sweet, malty, bready notes on the nose and up front on the palate are well-balanced on the finish with mild bitterness, spiciness, and dryness. Has nice flavors of molasses, gingerbread, pumpkin pie, and autumn. There is a mild acidity that works well with this here. It's hard to say that I taste pumpkin itself though.

Feel: Perfectly carbonated and has a slightly chewy and creamy mouthfeel. Medium plus body.

Overall: I think that this is a very well-made pumpkin beer. It is malt-forward and the spices are prevalent yet not overpowering. At the same time, I am very satisfied with drinking just one of these and possibly revisiting it again next year.

Dec 07, 2021
 
4.24 by BeerBeast from Florida on Oct 31, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Manta200 from Kentucky

Clear amber color with a thin head, fair retention.
Aroma has bold spice notes of cinnamon and clove, hints of pumpkin.
Taste follows suit but with full on pumpkin over the mid palate. It has a smooth strong sweetness, nicely balanced with the spices.
Light to medium body and surprisingly easy to drink for a 8% ABV beer.
I am not a big pumpkin fan in general but I would say this tastes like liquid pumpkin pie.
This is a great pumpkin beer!

Oct 30, 2021
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3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
by LucaDiCriscio from Pennsylvania

Does not taste like 8% abv, alcohol is hidden very well. Very mellow sweetness. The smell is not that strong but the taste is. Tastes just like pumpkin pie. I would buy this again.

Oct 16, 2021
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4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by WoodBrew from Ohio

I tried this beer as part of a beer food pairing event that Schlafy held at the Double Overtime Grill in Mount Vernon, Illinois. It poured a clear amber with off white head that did not leave much lace. The scent had strong cinnamon notes. The taste was sweet leaning with cinnamon, brown sugar and pumpkin presence. The mouthfeel was medium in body and had good carbonation. Overall it is a great beer....it was paired with a cheesecake with caramel drizzle and a pumpkin chocolate truffle.....the sweet food helped cut the sweetness of the beer and made it more enjoyable.

Oct 15, 2021
 
4.18 by TP2MSU from Michigan on Oct 11, 2021
 
3.93 by Humanusfermentum from Virginia on Oct 04, 2021
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3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Elemental19xx from Illinois

I had this on tap at their taproom in St Louis. Is was a good beer like all their others ive had. The smell reminds me of a pumpkin bar, and the flavor has a lot pumpkin spice notes to it. Its not something id want evey day, but if you had it with a thanksgiving dinner or just relaxing in the fall i would say its quite good.

Sep 23, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by osheamatth from New York

Now this is a damn good pumpkin ale. Beautiful copper pour that held a rich foamy head for a short while. Ample smell notes of squash, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg rounded out by a hint of burnt sugar. Those notes are all followed through with in the palate. A creamy pumpkin pie explosion but what I really like is that you do get those notes of the squash. The sweetness is there but it's not overwhelming and it's certainly expected. Finishes with all the same notes with little aftertaste. This is a top notch pumpkin ale.

Sep 20, 2021
 
4.74 by Timmmmaaayyy from Pennsylvania on Sep 20, 2021
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by spectru from Florida

September 16, 2021 - A clear dark copper color. The head is thin and dissipates quickly to a ring. I like the color but the head is unimpressive; The smell is sweet and fruity, not your usual beer aroma; Sparkly and tasty. The flavor is surprisingly rich and sweet. A very interesting flavor. Mouthfeel is tangy, medium carbonation, better that suggested by the lack of head. I bought the beer because of its high rating, but I was skeptical. Pumpkin? Really? But its good.

Sep 17, 2021
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5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by stephenwhite92 from Missouri

This beer is the epitome of what a Pumpkin beer should be. So many "pumpkin" beers out there have little to no actual pumpkin flavors and are dominated by the pumpkin pie spices. This is the only pumpkin beer that has actually tasted like what a pumpkin pie tastes like. I look forward to this release every year.

Sep 16, 2021
 
4.19 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska on Sep 15, 2021
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3.37/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Seanjohnhunt from California

I have drank this one before back in 2017. I remember it tasting really good so I recently acquired some again this month. It doesn't seem to taste or have as exciting flavor as I remember. Maybe they have changed or mix things up since the last 4 years I have ordered some. I will give it another try next season. To be continued...

Sep 10, 2021
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4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by Kiiz

Disclaimer: this is my first fall beer

Served into stemless wine glasses after put in the freezer for 9 minutes, room temp before that.

Look: translucent burnt orange with a hint of red, bone white head pours 2 fingers, dissipates moderately quickly.

Smell: Fall department store. In a good way. Spice heavy with plenty of cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg competing. Pumpkin pie is in there under the spices and occasionally comes to the forefront. Pie crust there as well.

Taste: follows nose with stronger pumpkin. Starts off spice heavy and the pumpkin pie comes through a bit more mid drink and it ends with more spices and pie crust. Sometimes a hint of whipped cream can be detected. Not overly sweet, more spicy if anything.

Feel: a light consistency beer (almost like a cider/wine) but it packs a punch due to the spices. Medium body but the spices make it feel a bit stronger. A bit creamy and refreshing when the pumpkin pie flavor comes through.

Overall: it’s like fall department store in a bottle, but not in a bad way. It really feels like fall and the color matches that sentiment. Can either be a sipper or a change of pace beer during the session. Higher than average abv hidden well, some alcohol comes through but it pairs well with the rest of the flavors and isn’t obnoxious. Very well crafted beer.

Sep 04, 2021
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4.96/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by tzbel013 from Tennessee

I have tried many pumpkin beer/ales and this is my definitive favorite. The combination of the pumpkin and nutmeg aromas that connect with the taste buds equally delivers a flavor profile that's hard to beat. Top that off with a completely hidden 8% ABV and that makes it much more than a dessert ale.

Sep 02, 2021
 
4.58 by DrBass from Maryland on Aug 30, 2021
 
4.74 by DistrictBeer from District of Columbia on Aug 27, 2021
 
3.33 by AmatuerSurgeon from Missouri on Aug 26, 2021
 
3.83 by Latarnik from New Jersey on Aug 23, 2021
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4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Antg8989 from New Jersey

Pours a deep amber.. Aroma is pumpkin pie/banana bread, cinnamon, nutmeg. Taste falls right in line and slightly creamy. Medium carbonation. Overall, excellent. Right up there with Good Gourd.

Aug 17, 2021
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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by oldmankoch from Tennessee

Wow can't believe I've never rated this!

My standard for what a Pumpkin Ale should be. Not overly spiced or overly sweet. Lots of good baking spices plus a whole lotta pumpkin and some graham cracker crust too.

Rated to style.

Aug 04, 2021
 
4 by buking21 from Massachusetts on Jul 03, 2021
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Blankira from Kentucky

Appearance:
Orange like a pumpkin, nice silky head that fades rather quickly, leaves slight lacing on the glass, and notice slight carbonation.

Smell:
Cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg in soft, subtle quantities herald the coming of sweet, creamy yams.

Feel:
A slight creamy mouthfeel, perfect carbonation, with a nice spicy bite as it warms up.

Taste:
Pumpkin pie, spicy, nutmeg, cinnamon, and yams!

Overall: This beer is amazing. I cannot find anything that compared to this beer when it comes to Pumpkin ales. This is absolutely sensation! A very pleasant and savory experience. Can't wait til it rolls back around.

Apr 26, 2021
 
4.74 by TTripp725 from Pennsylvania on Jan 18, 2021
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3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Lampro from Virginia

Sweet, malty, tastes of pumpkin and the associated spices.

Dec 03, 2020
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3.1/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25
by Golanb73 from New York

100% agree with hoploaf. I was head over heals last year (2019) when I first tasted Schlafly. It was the best tasting beer I had tasted to date. This year however, something is wrong. The beer is completely off.

I remember speaking out loud to my wife and telling her this is like drinking pumpkin pie. This years batch is far from that. The pumpkin flavors do not stand out like last year. The beer tastes rather plain and thin as opposed to complex (where the spices are fighting each other to dominate) and rich. Finally the taste does have a lingering after taste leaning towards sour.

My understanding is that this and other pumpkin beers where delivered earlier due to the pandemic. I don’t know how or why this occurred but it would make sense (flavor wise) if they rushed it. Oddly enough the smell and color held more true to last year than the taste and feel.

Finally a great substitution this year for Schlafly is/was the river horse hippo lantern pumpkin. It definitely reminded me more of last years Schlafly then this years.

Dec 01, 2020
 
5 by BEER-NICK from Pennsylvania on Nov 06, 2020
 
4.25 by RyanPollie from California on Nov 02, 2020
 
4 by trocketsauced from New York on Nov 01, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by DistrictElite from District of Columbia

Always a gem! One of the best and relatively easy to find. Always a go to for fall pumpkin beer.

Oct 30, 2020
 
4 by BEER88 from Washington on Oct 23, 2020
 
4.25 by Jdells09 from New Jersey on Oct 18, 2020
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4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by firesidewithphil from Illinois

Schlafly's best beer. The Pumpkin dominates all other pumpkin beer contenders. You can expect caramel and pumpkin baked goods. You really taste yams on the back end. Did I mention the color? Deep and mesmerizing.

IG: @fiesidewithphil

Oct 11, 2020
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4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by PathofChaos from Maryland

Appearance:
Orange dusk through a sullen, amber lens. Sports a magnificent, ivory head that’s half a finger deep. Sadly, it vanishes only a little slower than a shooting star.

Bouquet:
Cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg in soft, subtle quantities herald the coming of sweet, creamy yams.

Feel:
A supple, satin medium with abundant carbonation and a crisp, cider-spice linger.

Taste:
Pumpkin pie, sweet and savory as a Thanksgiving memory. Festive spices dance around the edge of the tongue: clove, cinnamon, and a low afterburn of cardamom. The spices can be harsh and override the pumpkin if served at sub-optimal temperatures.

Special Notes:
I strongly advise you store this at room temperature and put it in the freezer for 15 – 20 minutes before serving. This will net you a chilled beer that’s cool without compromising any of the warm-leaning flavors. Also, be sure to let it breathe a while. Sometimes the high carbonation can get in the way of the aroma and flavor profile.

Oct 05, 2020
Pumpkin Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 2469 ratings