Pumpkin Ale
The Schlafly Tap Room

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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #3
ABV:
8%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,444
Avg:
4.23 | pDev: 11.58%
Reviews:
631
Ratings:
2,442
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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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Blankira from Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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
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Golanb73 from New York

3.1/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

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
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firesidewithphil from Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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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PathofChaos from Maryland

4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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ForAsh from Florida

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Three ounces served from a bottle into an Erdinger Oktoberfest stein during my second decennial pumpkin beer tasting.

Well balanced, exemplarily pumpkin ale style with no particular faults. A little heavy to session but I'm glad I opted for a six pack of this.

Sep 28, 2020
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Hoploaf from Wisconsin

2.8/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This was the best pumpkin beer out there until this year 2020, This IS NOT the same recipe, or something went horribly wrong. There is a horrible sour aftertaste that was never there in past years. What a disappointment!

Sep 24, 2020
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akaizer from Virginia

4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle. Pour has a nice off-tan foam head that settles down with a very hazy/opaque rustic orange body. The scent is a treat: a whiff of pumpkin quickly transitions to clove and cinnamon that has serious pumpkin pie vibes. Taste matches with a creamy, full bodied experience: pumpkin, cinnamon, a bit boozy, and at times when you close your eyes you can almost imagine some whipped cream. The aftertaste is nice and sweet, a pleasant reminder of a great fall beer!

Sep 18, 2020
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TedHead from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very pretty orange copper red with a light tan foam that sticks around for a while. Smells like cloves and cinnamon with a little bit of fresh vegetable pumpkin smell. Tastes like canned pumpkin and cloves with hints of cinnamon and sweet malts coming through. It's definitely a sweeter beer, but it's not overwhelmingly sweet. It's mildly carbonated and goes down smooth. Overall an awesome fall beer and I'll look forward to this every year.

Sep 17, 2020
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cjeep from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i am not a big pumpkin drinker, although i have had a few in the past that i enjoyed. sadly this one is just a bit better than ok in my opinion. I should have believed the label - "full bodied sweetness". It is just too sweet for me to really enjoy. If you like it sweet, pumpkin-y, and clove-y then you may enjoy it more.

Aug 29, 2020
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

There are very few beers in my life that I can still remember the first time I sipped the pint. Some are malty, some are hoppy, somewhere so bad I couldn't bring myself to finishing the pint (though this was rare). Schlafly was always one brand that when I saw it's arrival I knew I was in for a world-class beer. Today I am revisiting Pumpkin Ale.

Front the bottle to the pour there is beauty. Outstanding simplicity with everything you'd expect from a pumpkin beer. An orange-hued beer, with great carbonation moving throughout the movements of the brew.

Flavorwise this is outstanding. Vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, light hints of clove in this finish within a rich rush of flavors that hit you so well balanced it is nearly criminal how great this is. If this is an 8% beer I am not even noticing the ABV and that can be dangerous. This is so well made and flavorful I am giving this the highest ratings I could. This could easily be a spice beer as the predominate notes are spicy but the pumpkin plays a solid but nearly silent.

Such a easy to drink beer with a lighter mouthfeel.

Aug 22, 2020
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Falc0 from Massachusetts

4.84/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Autumn winds have finally broken through the summer smog. Phantom off distant smells of smoldering logs fill your nose. It’s mage August. Pumpkin beer is here, and this one is the best. I stock up whenever I see it because it goes fast and you won’t find this past mid October it will all be gone. Taste is amazing , pumpkin pie, nut meg. October in A bottle. Only downfall is that is a bit thin and watery for me but still a top 5 overall brew.

Aug 18, 2020
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jeneric84 from Pennsylvania

2.55/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Cloyingly sweet spice bomb with a boozy aftertaste. The smell is similar with a bit of a sour twang in nose and on palate. No lacing on glass to note and head dissipates quickly. Heavy on the sweet spices. Character/complexity of the malt, yeast and hops is subdued and dominated by spice, sweet notes with a tad of residual bitterness from the other spices. Lacks balance but it’s okay to have one in a session. Definitely the opposite of a sessionable pumpkin ale and I get a hint of a head ache at the thought of more than one. Closer to a pumpkin spice latte/yankee candle than a beer for my likings.

Aug 13, 2020
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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 from Michigan

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

4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | 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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