Pumpkin Ale
The Schlafly Tap Room

Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale
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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #3
ABV:
8%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,319
Avg:
4.23 | pDev: 11.35%
Reviews:
618
Ratings:
2,417
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Missouri, United States
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SCORE
94
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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Msp004 from New York

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2019 release 12oz bottle.
Pours copper, amber, orange with a slight tan one finger head.

Nose is clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin and allspice.

Mouth is clove, nutmeg, allspice and pumpkin on the finish. Slight bitterness and perfectly carbonated.

One of the best pumpkin brews around.

Mar 11, 2020
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maddogruss from New Jersey

3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Review from 2013. Had on draft.
A: pours orange amber body with light, white head with nice retention and lacing
S: smells like a sweet, ginger snap; pretty sweet spices
T: tastes like a too pumkiny, pumpkin cookie; like pumpkin pie made with a disproportional amount of pumpkin
M: light bodied and fairly crisp
D: ok, but too much pumpkin/cool whip taste; need more spices in the taste and more balance

Dec 21, 2019
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jjamadorphd from Florida

4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I think this may be my new favorite pumpkin ale...

The beer touts itself as liquid pumpkin pie and it sure does smell like it - deliciously sweet down to the dollop of whipped cream. It looks nice with its copperish coloration, orange highlights added in for effect. The mouthfeel is slightly creamy though slightly watery as well - but easily overlooked. The taste follows along with the smell - without being a dessert beer - which is a plus in my book. Overall, I really like this beer as it kept its character as it warmed. Definitely something to add to your pumpkin beer list for this year or next.

Nov 29, 2019
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Gajo74 from New York

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear copper amber color. A moderate tan head dissipates and leaves a ring of lacing.

Aromas of unsweetened pumpkin pulp and pie crust dominate the nose. A touch of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice, as well as a hint of bubblegum, not too overbearing, round out the holiday spices.

Complex yet subdued pumpkin pie flavors hit the right balance, not too sweet or cloying. Pumpkin juice and toasty, bready malts blend seamlessly. A middle palate with notes of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and allspice contribute just the right amount of fall spices, muted and balanced. A touch of earthy hops adds bitterness to the finish as well as a light spice.

Medium bodied, amply carbonated and crisp. Easy to drink as the high ABV is well masked.

I’m not the biggest fan of the style, however, this is one of the best examples I’ve had owing to its fine balance.

Nov 15, 2019
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bobv from Vermont

4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 07172019.
Over 15 weeks old.
Opened two bottles to pour into a pint glass; first after work beers go down way too quickly after all. Moderate pour yields a 3/4 inch light tan head over a deep amber body with some nice lacing. Nose of pumpkin pie with all the spice and then some! Taste mirrors nose with a nice feel, smooth, and well balanced. Overall, definite top three pumpkin ale in my book. Cheers to The Saint Louis Brewery!

Nov 04, 2019
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled 7/16/19, so already over 3 months old surprised by this dating

Looks nice in the glass though, reddish amber body with a decent off white head which persists throughout leaving nice lacing.

Aroma of pumpkin spices, and some sweetness.

Wow. Tasty beer. The word that springs to mind is balance. The spices don't overwhelm, the sweetness is not cloying, taste of actual pumpkin comes through. A very nice drink.

Mouth a touch above medium, finish a slightly spicy sweet wash

Overall, one of the better pumpkin beers out there. Happy to have another 5 in the fridge.

Oct 27, 2019
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Dinglehacker from Oklahoma

4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured bottle into Irish pint. Beige head that rings down. One thread of lace across the beer. A murky amber bordering on ruby.

Ginger pumpkin bread nose. Taste is even more complicated, with a spice finish on the tongue. Cinnamon and clove, nutmeg, all the classic notes are being hit in different ways here, which is great.

A little tangy from clove, the mouth is overal very smooth and the beer isn't really dry at all. Very much a fall dessert feel.

The best pumpkin beers are typically a little bold, strong well hid abv like this one, and a good use of the expected tropes. This one's a distinctive distillation of the style.

Oct 24, 2019
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klarcbarr3

4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is always a favorite, but the 2019 release seems to have a bit more dazzle to the taste than usual. I can't wait for this to age into elegance! A perennial favorite, there is depth and character here.. an exquisite pumpkin beer!

Oct 01, 2019
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Greywulfken from New York

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber-orange with some particulate matter from a bottle-emptying pour... Head a few fingers high initially, settled down quickly and later remained a flimsy film and thicker collar atop the beer... The spices take the nose, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove all apparent, with an herbal and earthy undertone... Moderately bitter, the beer has a richly brown bread-like character with a mild vegetal element - of course I associate it with pumpkins and gourds and the like... Sweetness is mild overall, appearing with some of the spices and somewhat in the brown bready malt, like a molasses... Medium-full-bodied, it leaves faintly sticky shellac bittering the tongue... Little prickly points of spice accent the carbonation... Of course ya gotta like pumpkin beers, but if you do, I think you'll find this to be a good one... 8/29/19 bottling date...

Sep 27, 2019
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark copper/bronze color with a fast receding small off white head.Smell is reminiscent of pumpkin,clove,cinnamon,nutmeg,apple. Taste is Pumpkin,brown sugar, apple,slight hop bite. Feels well carbonated, juicy, semi dry finish. Overall a nice Pumpkin ale, looks almost identical to Pumking (a bit darker) but tastes much better. More natural,better ingredients? Overall this is worth while trying if you like pumpkin beers-

Sep 21, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a Sam Adams taster pint; bottled on 07/24/2019.
A: Pours a crystal clear, rich copper color with very strong orange highlights with a one finger, wheat colored head, rim retention, and limited lacing.
S: Tangy/tart with aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and caramel.
T: Actually remarkably dry, while imparting a sense of sweetness through flavor. Flavors of pumpkin cinnamon, clove, honey, and nutmeg are very present. Bitterness is light, but imparts a certain sharpness.
M: Medium bodied with moderate, persistent carbonation.
O: This is a very enjoyable, pumpkin beer, which replicates the aromas of pumpkin pie very nicely.

Sep 13, 2019
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Partchoose

4.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just no words. The best pumpkin beer I’ve ever had. This year the brew is amazing. I’ve finally found my sought after ultimate pumpkin beer. The abv is high and untraceable in taste.

Sep 08, 2019
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a wonderful red color with a gone head. Scent is sweet, almost like pumpkin soda. Taste is where this beer shines. It’s pumpkin and spicy yet dry and zippy. This stuff is really good. On point carbonation really helps this brew.

Sep 07, 2019
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mah275

4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I live in Missouri and I get this beer every year. This particular year it almost seems like it tastes better than before. It pours a dark hue of brownish orange. The smell is straight pumpkin pie with a slight sweetness and hints of cinnamon. The taste this year is incredible.... very subtle notes of sweet pumpkin with hints of cinnamon, brown sugar and nutmeg masking the 8% abv. This year the feel is still creamy but much more crisp than I remember with a light amount of dryness on the palate. I'm not even a huge pumpkin pie fan but there's just something about this beer I love...

Sep 04, 2019
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep orange and smells like pumpkin, maybe a bit pumpkin-pie like. A decent bit of head, not too carbonated at all. Not excessively sweet, tastes like a mild pumpkin pie, with some nutmeg flavor as well. Excellent pumpkin beer that is easy to drink.

Sep 02, 2019
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dwillie733 from Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best pumpkin ale remaining. So glad they are still making them as there,are so few pumpkin ales remaining on the market. This pumpkin ale taste like the one of the best without over doing the pumpkin.

Aug 31, 2019
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a bright amber color and a mostly clear consistency. There was a half inch of creamy, off white, somewhat long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A very nice aroma of pumpkin, spices, malt, and vanilla.

T: Tasted of a tinge of vanilla (kind of fleeting), a whole bunch of spices (nutmeg, cinnamon), a bit of malt (subtly found throughout the flavor), and some pumpkin (a big factor). A smooth, focused and balanced flavor. This isn't as spice-centric as some pumpkin ale flavors, but it's still pretty lively. Not boozy at all. A surprisingly subtle character.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a vibrant finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This may not be as brilliant as the score suggests, but it's still tasty stuff. Drinkable.

Aug 04, 2019
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.67/5  rDev -13.2%
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. . .

Dec 26, 2018
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bbtkd from South Dakota

3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Dec 01, 2018
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HopsAreDaMan from Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Nov 23, 2018
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Oct 27, 2018
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penguinsgoboom from California

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Oct 19, 2018
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
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. 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.

Oct 17, 2018
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patre_tim from Thailand

4/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Oct 14, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

Oct 14, 2018
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