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

BEER STATS
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#2,378
Reviews:
599
Ratings:
2,385
pDev:
11.67%
 
 
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Reviews: 599 | Ratings: 2,385
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 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 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 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. 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 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 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 dertyd
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out a dark amber/light brown color, with 1 finger of khaki colored head---------- the aromas are of sweetness, nutmeg, pumpkin pie and cinnamon--------- the flavors are of sweet malt, clove, cinnamon, pumpkin pie, Carmel, vanilla and brown sugar, the beer has a full creamy mouthfeel with a smooth spiced finish------------ overall this beer was exceptional - hands down one of the better pumpkin ales I have had, the mouthfeel was out of this world so creamy and full---

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Photo of DoghouseReilly3946
2.36/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - 8.0% ABV - 16 IBUs
Date: 7/31/18 - 8/17/18
Appearance: Deep ruby red with a finger of off white head.
Aroma: Big pumpkin pie spice that overtakes everything else. Very little, if any vegetal pumpkin flavor.
Taste: While I don’t doubt that this beer is made with pumpkin, I just can’t taste any. The spices completely overwhelm everything just as they did on the nose. It’s malty as is to be expected and it isn’t overly sweet, but honestly there isn’t much more to say here.
Biased comments: Wow, what was once my favorite pumpkin beer has, this year anyway, been reduced to a total spice bomb. The only thing I can think is that the beer was brewed in July to be consumed well into the fall, after the spices have faded some. As it stands, its drinkable, but certainly not what I would call enjoyable.

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Photo of matcris
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

LOOKS: A very clear dark copper with a finger of tan head that sticks around. Mild lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Very spiced, but, very balanced. Some molasses or a nice gingerbread note. Very pungent, but, smells really nice.
TASTE: Very well balanced and not overly sweet. Tastes like pumpkin pie. Exactly like pumpkin pie.
FEEL: Medium full body, medium carbonation, and fairly dry on the finish. Slightly sticky, overall.
OVERALL: Damn good Fall beer. Pick up a six pack.

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Photo of Livyatan1996
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

hoo boy am i excited for summer to end. i'm gonna drink a lot more schlafly. dumped this into an official Schlafly(tm) glass, a nice deep red beer sloshed down and a good chunk of foamy off white head appeared and sat there for a long while. lacing still clinging behind now. the smell makes me pretend its not 90 outside at 7pm, pumpkin, tons of cinnamon/nutmeg, and some sweet almost syrupy booze. tastes like a piece of pie but without the sugar induced tooth ache, with a hint of almost yeast like qualities and some booze. wonderful pumpkin flavor without being overpowering, and a great balance of sweet/spice. feels a tad thin for what it is, but still quite creamy and smooth. unless you hate pumpkin this is a goodie.

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Photo of ParkbrauFan
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A great example of a pumpkin ale. Just the right amount of spice and malty goodness. I find it to be very good session ale. It is not cloying at all like some examples. Another quality ale from the Schafly Tap Room.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

(12 oz bottle, Bottled With Love on 08/09/17... purchased warm at State Line two weeks ago... poured into a snifter)

L: half-way opaque, orange-y garnet colored liquid; foam formed, but didn't hang around... eventually lost all its foam, included the collar - looks a bit hazy and still

S: pungent pumpkin pie filling, hints of gingery spice and sweet booze... cinnamon does seem to step in front a bit, but the spices are overall expertly blended and balanced... no overt alcohol fumes, but perhaps a touch of a vinous booze mixed in

T: not as sweet up front as I expected, though some cinnamon-sugar does flare up in the finish... the bitterness that is there is just enough to balance, with a bit of yeasty, ginger-snap-cookie flavor tailing off its end - would like an touch earthier underbrush though... the foundation buried below the spices seems to have an unmistakable Belgian holiday ale quality, I'm guessing from the clove, crystal and Munich, and alcohol level... all in all, nothing delectably peculiar about the taste, but its fantastically balanced and has the perfect amount of alcohol influence

F: a bit flabby on the carbonation - there was some murky sediment in the last 1/2oz, wondering if it nucleated most of the fizz away... with its medium-ish, mildly-oily viscosity, it flows like a carbonated alcoholic syrup, but it sports swooning warmth with no phenolic/alcoholic zap... just needs to tighten up a bit, but it's probably its age/conditioning

O: visually, appears to be on a downward dive, but the flavor has held up rather nicely... for some reason I keep passing this by without notice I guess... certainly intend to grab a fresh(er) bottle next season, as it's one of the better pumpkin pie-flavored beers I've had, and something I could see drinking at any point during the colder months, Sep-Apr

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Photo of jkblr
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled 8/27/17 poured into a Duvel glass at fridge temp 8% ABV 16 IBU. The beer pours light reddish brown with quickly fading light brown head. The head recedes to a thin ring and a splotchy island in the glass. Aroma is pumpkin pie, stronger on the pumpkin than spices (cinnamon, nutmeg & clove listed on bottle.) The taste is spicy semisweet pumpkin pie. No real front or back to it, just nicely balanced tastes of pumpkin, ale and pie spice. Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, well carbonated and surprisingly dry in the end. Really hard to pull this off without overpowering sweetness, but they did. Overall, very good. This is the best pumpkin beer I've had hands down. Really well done and not over the top if you're just looking for one to tick.

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Photo of Official_space_cadet
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is delicious. My favorite season for beers is autum and this is my #1 pumpkin beer. I may be a little bias considering I am from st Louis. 9.1/10

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into glass.
Dark amber body, light tan head and cap, very little lacing.
Bready malt aroma for the base, with nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves notes.
Taste is sweet, but not too much, with a good balance of spices and malt.
Medium body.
A very well done pumpkin beer.

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Photo of VicVinegar
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best of the style in my book. Just enough spice and pumpkin flavor, not overpowering or overly sweet like some others. Good aroma as well, with the spice coming through.

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Photo of mntlover
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice looking burnt orange color little darker then most pumpkin brews with a thumb sized khaki head that sadly doesn't leave any lace.

Aroma is nice good sweet malts, bready but with touches of molasses or extra sugars, pumpkin and spiced like most with cinnamon and nutmeg. Nice aroma like most pumpkins but seems to have a touch more malt, pumpkin or sweetness.

Taste is nice good malt base sweet with plenty of pumpkin notes. Finish is of course pumpkin pie spice that seems just perfect not over done as some brewers do. Or maybe this one just has enough malts to balance out the spice.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium with fairly normal carbonation.

Overall this is one tasty pumpkin brew, probably one of the better pumpkins that I have had if memory serves but at my age it usually doesn't.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep amber color with a tight, khaki head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of pumpkin, cinnamon, and some toasted malt.

Tastes of the toasted malt and pumpkin layered with some spice and a touch of hops. Malts lead off with notes of brown sugar, caramel, and toffee. This gives way to pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. A touch of graham cracker along with pumpkin comes next before a bit of earthy hops. Finishes with a slight bit of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a nicely done pumpkin ale.

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

From bottle at home. Well within freshness date. Amber to cola color. Fleeting head leaves no lacing & no head. Clove & ginger lead the cinnamon & allspice on the palate. Nothing subtle here. Big flavor with a rich mouthfeel leaves you with no doubt what you drinking. Surprising how fleeting the flavor is.

Not the best & not the worst, of a crowded field, but at 8% who gives a S#!+. Get it while you can, but keep it away from food as it will overwhelm anything else you get near.

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Photo of StonewallSipper
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice dark amber color, aroma is faint, allspice,clove,pumpkin, taste is what I have been looking for in a pumpkin beer, this is a good one. Good Job.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a nonic pint glass, the appearance was a semi-golden burnt yellow color with foamy to fizzy sort of white head. Sly lace but sliding for the most part.
The aroma had a soft sweet pumpkin flesh running into some ginger, allspice, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and clove. Subtle earthiness and a fair bready/pie crust-like malty backbone balanced in nicely.
The flavor blended the spices to the malts really nice. Moderate semi-sweet aftertaste with a tickle of those spices.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Spices do not grip as I thought they may have like a fair amount of other pumpkin ales. This one is a bit different with a sturdier malt backbone to compensate a smoother feel along my tongue. ABV and carbonation felt fine.
Overall, one of the better pumpkin ales on the market that I love coming back to when I'm given the chance.

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