Schlafly Pumpkin Ale | The Schlafly Tap Room

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
schlafly.com

Style: Pumpkin Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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

Added by maxpower on 09-16-2006

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#2,175
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2,381
pDev:
11.67%
 
 
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Ratings: 2,381 |  Reviews: 599
Photo of Jhfinn
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.67/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

So this has to be one of the most consumed and popular pumpkin beers out there. I believe I first had it somewhere between Fall 2001-2002, all them Midwest boys in Milwaukee were pumping up the beers from their hometowns, this was one of them. Pours a light orange and amber color not all that different from the pumpkin gourd itself. Sure enough, the nose is all about that pumpkin pie life, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, pie crust, pumpkin flesh, its all here, and enjoyable.

Taste not bad stuff, fits the bill. Was kind of shocked to see a 4.2 rating on a pumpkin beer, wow. This is a good one, but for my scores, man, that is pretty close to a regional legend. And I guess that's what we have here. The body of the beer is relatively mild and standard fare that allows all the pumpkin like adjuncts to meld and float seamlessly through the beer. I would absolutely recommend this to a pumpkin fan, its all about the pumpkin and doesn't try and muddle it up with hops or bourbon barrels etc. . .

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Photo of bbtkd
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Schlafly Pumpkin Ale, 8% ABV. Pours brown, with a 1 finger off-white head. Nose is vegetal pumpkin and clove, taste follows, slight sweetness, slight bitterness. A bit overcarbonated, overall excellent.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have have has this beer every fall (and sometimes other seasons) for about three years running now. This is one of the best pumpkin beers I have had. There is only one I think is better, and it was a 10% wheat-wine (O'Fallon Imperial Pumpkin) that is not always available.

This beer is almost literally like drinking a pumpkin--the best parts of it that is. Even aged two years, it still has plenty of creaminess and flavor.

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Photo of Coho11
3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Phoodcritic
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JeffSK
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bankboy66
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Has a very pleasant glowing bronze appearance. Thin bright white head that dissipates rather quickly, decent retention.

Pumpkin spice and cinnamon immediately hit the nose, along with notes of nutmeg, cloves, caramel, vanilla, and brown sugar. "Very autumn."

Much like the smell, but I also taste fried apples, coriander, and pumpkin pie. Not too hoppy or bitter, neither too sweet, quite well balanced. Feels smooth.

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Photo of NickFry9
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Avatar113
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of penguinsgoboom
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice one finger head that dissipates quickly. Color of blood orange. Lacing struggles to hold.

S: Pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, malty, bready. Very sweet, like how a pumpkin pie would smell.

T: All the things that you smell, but not as sweet as expected. Deep richness you would expect from a porter.

O: This is definitely a quality beer that utilizes pumpkin flavors to it's advantage and not a seasonal gimmick. To nitpick, there's excessive fizziness, but that fades. This is a beer for when the weather is getting cold and you want something to warm you up. Can't believe it's 8% alcohol, it's hidden well.

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Photo of RollDamnTide
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChuckTom
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in August 2015, consumed Oct 2018, so possibly not the freshest of brews. A hazy brown atypical of beer, with a thin tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Smells strongly of cloves, with pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon also quite obvious, in descending order of strength. The flavor is similar, with the cinnamon shining through a bit more, and the pumpkin is subtler. I also detect a little brown sugar. Pumpkin pie, through and through. Delicious. Unfortunately, there's a strange, kind of soapy, almost aspartame-like aftertaste. I'm ignoring this for the sake of my review since it's such an old bottle, although I'm not sure how this particular aftertaste could be a consequence of age. The brew is pretty sweet with very little alcohol detectable. The body is medium, carbonation too.

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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby orange with a slight haze, moderate to low carbonation, and a finger of fast dissipating, off white head.

Smells of pumpkins, pumpkin spices, a sour cider like quality, and creme brulee.

The taste is slightly sweet, with all the pumpkin spices in there, and some pumpkin. Akin to a Starbucks pumpkin spice latte, or seasonal pumpkin spice m&m's. A hit of alcohol is in there for sure.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Got this in Sacramento, drinking in Redding, Oct 13th, 2018. Excellent pumpkin brew.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Bright pumpkin pie in an ale. The fall spices really come through in the nose that makes you dream of thanksgiving. The taste is like pumpkin seed with the spices in a creamy yet bright malt bath, great work. Little thin, but for style that is a-ok!

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Photo of bobert84
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasantly surprised. A good tasting pumpkin ale. Not too flavor overwhelming. Smooth. Good ale.

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Photo of mrcraft
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nass
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Oh yeah this is a really rich tasting pumpkin ale, but it's not a cheap & artificial type of sweetness like Shipyard Pumpkinhead is Schlafly pumpkin ale reminds me of a pumpkin flavored marzipan. The spices are definitely present in this beer but it blends so well with the pumpkin. I am going to disagree with some of you folks I think the alcohol is well hidden for an 8% pumpkin ale. This is not bad for $1.99 a bottle. The pumpkin does come out quite a bit more with the 10% imperial version probably because they infused more pumpkin into that batch I would imagine but I am only guessing. Cheers! A-

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Photo of Alex11
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearane- The beer is served a lightly hazed orange-light reddish color with a tiny white head. The head fades very fast to leave a little bit of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell-The aroma is light for the taste, with some sweet caramel, pumpkin, and brown sugar. Along with these smells comes spice smells of clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon, creating a sweet pumpkin pie like smell overall.
Taste- The taste begins very sweet with tons of brown sugar sweetened pumpkin taste and a decent amount of spice of cinnamon. As the taste advances the cinnion grows stronger and is joined by a bit of nutmeg and corriander. The sweet brown sugar, joined by some caramel and clove as well as a tiny bit of booze alcohol, leaves one with a sweet and warming pumpkin pie flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel-. The body of the brew is rather thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is normal. For the sweet pumpkin and booze tastes the feel is great and compliments the boozey pumpkin pie tastes well.
Overall-. A rich and sweet pumpkin pie brew. Sweet, spiced, pumpkin, and nice.

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Photo of MeIquiades
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigbutter
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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