Schlafly Pumpkin Ale | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Pumpkin AleSchlafly Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

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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Photo of BogleHill
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to great trader birchstick for this one. A very good looking rich amber with frothy light tan head. Aroma is rich, sweet, spicy and nutty. Flavor is on the sweet side, but has great pumpkin flavor with a bunch of spice. Just like pie! Where's my cool whip? abv is well masked too.

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Photo of chrissy820
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Neorebel
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Schlafly pumpkin ale - my first taste! Pumpkin Ales are largely hit or miss... mostly miss, but I am optimistic about this one, given the pedigree of the brewer. This one pours a handsome amber hue with a slight haze and reddish-brown highlights. A sudsy, off-white ring is what we get after the initial pour, as far as the head is concerned. Ample carbonation is present her, however. The aroma is fantastically sweet - just like real pumpkin pie and very malty. The spices seem to have a presence, yet I doubt they will overpower. My prediction proved to be correct once I had a sip... wow... this beer really seems to have it all, and it's produced with great balance as well! The heavy malt sweetness is the first thing that sets this beer apart from the rest. You can also taste some light hops, making this a good pick for those who dislike the intensity of the pumpkin in other brews, such as Pumking. Yet this has the same appeal as Pumking too... Schlafly has truly achieved the ideal pumpkin pie melange. It's got an effervescent mouth feel and a lasting finish too. Added to my small list of great pumpkin ale picks!

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Photo of anabar
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was able to pick up a twelve pack of this one. I had heard very good things and this was as solid as a pupkin ale as I was gonna get this year. Served cold, this will be my official review after drinking this one for a couple months. Consumed on 01/07/2009.

The pour was classic for the style. Rich light amber in color with a smooth and delicate looking carbonation that bubbled up from the bottom of the glass throughout. A nice touch of white on the top and it settled down lightly into a small broken crown,

The aroma was light, nicely spiced and full of grain. lIght notes of fresh hops bouncing around in here with lots of nutmeg and cinnamon. The flavor was very solid. Light grains, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumkin, and touches of light grass flavors. Really very well done. No hint of alcohol at all. I actually just saw this was 8%, what the hell, I thought it was like four. This was really well done and very sessionable. I had no idea how strong this was.

Overall one of the best, most drinkable pumkin ales I have come across. Not really anything bad to say here. Solid all the way around!

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Photo of oline73
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a finger of off white head. Good retention and some lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel like malt with pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices. Like liquid pumpkin pie.

Taste: Follows from the smell. Sweet malt is complimented well by the pumpkin and the spices. There is a really nice balance to this beer. The finish has a slight bitterness to it with some alcohol in there as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light and tingly carbonation and a somewhat slick finish.

Overall: I've been looking forward to this beer all year, and it does not disappoint. I really enjoy pumpkin beers, and this is the best one I've found so far.

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Photo of Murchmac
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to birchstick for the chance to try this brew.

Pours with a nice white head, brown light orange highlights.

Great pumpkin pie smell.

Oh yeah, perfect balanced full bodied spicy, hoppy, excellent beer.

Its the great pumpkin Charlie Brown.

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Photo of Chollajames
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very good Pumpkin ale but not the best. I have been brewing Pumpkin ales as long as I have known it was possible, so I am hard to impress. It is impressive and a joy to consume. Mouth feel is too thin for my preference. But when I inhale, I can taste the spices, a shiver passes through me that involve the temperature of outside.

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Photo of Capsfan90
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of areich6
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark amber just as a pumpin beer should. Little head and just a tad bit of lacing.

S: Strong scents of nutmeg, cinammon, and pumpkin. I can't wait to try this.

T: I can taste a small amount of the 8.0% ABV that is present but not much at all. A very nice amount of cinammon and pumpkin, absolutely delicious.

M: Creamy with a good amount of carbonation that dissipates pretty quickly. Wish there was a little less carbonation, but it still feels very smooth during the swallow.

O: very good pumpkin ale, definitely in the top 3 I have ever had.

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Photo of darktronica
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of myteam24
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of mmccreary
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of mxsummar
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of iheartchicken
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tumbler. let it sit for a few minutes to warm up a little. date on bottle reads 08/03/2011

A: less than an inch of off-white head which dissipated rather quickly. when held up to the light it comes off as a murky burnt orange

S: dulled spiciness with nutmeg as the dominant spice i was able to pick up. nice pumpkin flesh. there is a note i was not quite able to fully describe in words but i will just go with bright fruit ... maybe honey (it kind of reminds me of a belgian trippel). not a trace of booze

T: mild sweetness comes through after a taste which can only be describes as liquid pumpkin pie (pumpkin flesh and pumpkin spices). booze is well hidden

M: slightly creamy but definitely smooth with low carbonation

O: this is truly liquid pumpkin pie, this is undoubtedly atop my list of favorite pumpkin ales. seems to be very well balanced; not too sweet, not too spicy, and it has a good amount of fleshy pumpkin.

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Photo of Bigtimejd19
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of chkronew
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Tim725
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Goldndomer
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smakawhat
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint. Ok.. so you are not a fan of pumpkin ale, but can be objective... but hey we are a Schlafly fan so I gotta try this.

Quite dark for a pumpkin ale, deep red orange almost bronze and very clear. Three to four finger tall head, slightly orange with a yellowish tan like tinge to it, and a creamy consistency. Some retention but does manage to fall somewhat quickly.

Nose is classic spicing pumpkin, but more of a spritzy zesty angle. Very hot cloves, and mild subdued sweetness. Slightly vegetative, but there's a hint possibly of some caramel hiding here which makes for some unique qualities.

Palate is quite interesting. Sweetness is very mellowed down, with lots of bready qualities and nutmeg. Doughy and dense with a very nice thick but not distracting syrupy body. Spicy cinnamon finish and tasting caramel deep malts. Playful carbonation that tickles the palate. Kind of like a playful mellow pumpkin winter warmer.

Considering I am not a fan of this style, this hits the right notes without being overly sweet like most pumpkin ales. Another hit in the Schlafly collection.

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Photo of tshute
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jenitivecase
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Nice, nutty pumpkin-y color - light orange/brown. Pours with a decent, slightly off-white head and moderate lacing. Good retention.

S: Spicy, pumpkin pie-like smell. Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin - in that order.

T: Pumpkin pie in a glass; not quite as much so as Pumking, but still very much so. Nice balance between pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg, although the cinnamon steals the show as far as spices go. Incredibly pleasant aftertaste.

M: Rich and creamy, yet leaves a clean finish. A bit more body would be nice, but it's still dang good.

D: I could seriously drink this all day long and not be sick of it. One of the few beers that I am willing to buy in 6-pack form instead of by the bottle.

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Photo of imperialking
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mdaschaf
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a somewhat hazy copper color with a one finger head that fell relatively quickly. Nice lacing on this one.

S: Really nice, lots of pumpkin pie spice, cloves/nutmeg/cinnamon as well.

T: Taste like it smells, the spices upfront, then the pumpkin. Can also taste some crust in there, very nice. Really enjoyed it.

M/D: Medium bodied, nice and creamy. Good carbonation. Have had a bunch of pumpkin beers this fall, and this one is easily my favorite as of now. The 8%? Didn't know it was that high till right now, this beer is that good.

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Photo of Dave128
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 12 oz bottle with multiple shades of orange on the label into a duvel tulip. The label notes "Special Release"

A - A moderate pour yields almost no head but is often expected by a high gravity beer. Body is deep orange with ruby highlights. A thin wisp rests on top of the body from the etching in the glass

S - Intensely spicy with hints of pumpkin and clove.

T - Rich and sweet up front and finishes with a bittersweet spice. Pumpkin flavor is well pronounced throughout.

M - Medium bodied, but perhaps a little overcarbonated for the flavors present.

O - An excellent affordable pumpkin ale. Stands up to those bombers pretty well and packs plenty of flavor to just keep sipping.

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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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