Schlafly Pumpkin Ale | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Pumpkin AleSchlafly Pumpkin Ale

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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 nick_perry
4.84/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Orange color with a fair amount of carbonation. Aromas and notes of pumpkin and spice. Velvety mouthfeel. Lingering finish of cinnamon and caramel, with some boozy, Bourbon qualities that aren’t too overpowering. When the time of year comes around for pumpkin ales that are 99% all the boring same, this is among the 1% that elevates itself.

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Photo of stlfatguy
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll preface by saying I generally HATE pumpkin beers. Really pumpkin everything. Just because it's October, I don't know why we have to have pumpkin Coffee, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin ice cream and a host of other items that taste like the same fake flavor additive. Every pumpkin beer had that save forced, fake taste, and I stopped trying them.

Then I was at a friend's and offered the only thing he had. Somehow that Cold, Outdated Bottle tasted like hot, fresh baked pumpkin pie. It's everything everyone else has said here. Perfect spice, perfect feel.

It's still not a style I would pick, but compared to everything else out there, this pumpkin beer is head and shoulders above the rest.

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Photo of LaurenLM
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best pumpkin beer that I've ever tried, it's basically pumpkin pie in a bottle! The spices are balanced perfectly and the body of this beer Is perfect as well and not too heavy, unlike many pumpkin beers that i've had in the past.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a big fan of the pumpkin style, but if you have to have one, this may be it. Pours red Amber with minimal off-white head that rings out pretty quickly. Smells of nutmeg, pumpkin, and malts. Tastes like pumpkin pie beer. A little too sweet for my liking, but this is the perfect thanksgiving brew to share with friends and family. Serves as a good a conversation piece. Finishes medium, sweet and syrupy. Not bad if you are looking for a pumpkin brew.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled with love on 07/21/2016. A new one to me from Schlafly - "Ale brewed with pumpkin and with spices added". Acquired a single bottle of this stuff from the local bottle shop.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a portly tawny reddish-brown body, a bit darker than might be expected (but that's a good thing), with a small finger's worth of frothy khaki tan foam that settles down to a nice surface skimming, and leaves some good fluffy scattered lacing. Appears aptly carbonated. Looks very very nice per the style.

S - Huge authentic pumpkin pie aromatics on this one: strong notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, honey, & cola-esque spicing pervades a sweetened, gourdy pumpkin puree presence. Subtle sticky sweetness / hints of demerara sugars.

T - Taste follows the nose: huge authentic pumpkin pie flavor in every sip - gourdy pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove / cola-esque spiciness. Notes of sticky brown sugary sweetness pervades on the finish.

M - Feel is exceptionally smooth, crisp, creamy, & easy-drinking, especially for the modest 8.00% abv. Goes down nice and easy; a good autumnal warmer.

Overall, a nice pumpkin ale from Schlafly; one of the more memorable in the style that i can recall having in recent years. Very recommended.

Schlafly Pumpkin Ale -----4/5.

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Photo of 1angrydwarf
2.41/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

A: medium brown with an orange hue.
S: Whoa! Big spiced cider smell dominates all.
F: average carbonation, heavy alcohol gives warmth.
T: This is for the pumpkin latte fans. If want a pumpkin pie flavored beer go for it. Spices dominate all with a sturdy base of fresh pumpkin underneath ending with a tart twang from the pumpkin with lingering spice and alcohol notes. A very heavy handed offering with big flavors that compete against each other and never really integrate well. I prefer a beer with malt, roasted pumpkin and very light spice complimenting each other to create a cohesive whole. If you want a more laid back cohesive approach check out SA 20 pounds pumpkin. To each their own.

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Photo of DarkSideOfTheMoon
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazy, deep copper color with a quickly dissipating head. Maintained quite a bit of carbonation. Smell is like the bottle label says: pumpkin pie. Taste follows the nose quite closely but with maltiness and alcohol on the finish. Feel is very drinkable but the consistency almost feels like pure maple syrup. A very good pumpkin beer that i won't turn down in the future - but one is about all i can handle at a time with the 8% ABV.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've heard lots of good things about this, decided to give it a try.

Look: Rusty orange color with a one finger, quickly disappearing head. No lacing.

Smell: Smells like Thanksgiving. I'm getting sour cranberry juice upfront on the nose... notes of cinnamon, clove, ginger, brown sugar and sweet potatoes.

Taste: Wow, I'm definitely getting cranberry juice on the palate... it provides a nice tart contrast to the sweetness and spice in the background. The flavor is creamy and fruity with hints of nutmeg, plums, cinnamon, apples, clove and other holiday spices... subtle caramel malty undertones provide some sweetness in the backdrop while a slightly sour, refreshing cranberry juice flavor provides an extra dimension of depth.

Feel: Quite smooth, crisp and velvety for a pumpkin ale. 8% abv? No kidding. The alcohol is non-existant, this drinks like a 4%er.

Overall Comments: Definitely one of the better representations of the style I've tried, but not my absolute favorite. This is a very authentic tasting pumpkin ale though... there's nothing artificial or processed about this one, the flavors are exceptionally rich and complex. I like what they did here with the tart fruity flavors to balance the spice.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Orange Amber brew, medium bubbles with an orange tinted head rising just about one finger's length. Settles after one sip.

Smell: Deep pumpkin pie and sweet warm sugar. Appetizing scent.

Taste: Incredible, smooth dessert taste consisting of light nutmeg and brown sugar.

Mouth: medium carbonation with heavy stickiness.

Overall: Mainstay in the fridge from now on. Will buy another 6-pack tomorrow. In lust. Salud!

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Bridge Taphouse, on to the beer:

Fall calls for pumpkin beers, and I can honestly say this one of the best ones I've had to date. It shines autumn orange with a hue of copper, topped with a little head. It smells identical to pumpkin pie, and the booze doesn't even creep in. It's big bodied and filled with big spices. The taste does bring that pumpkin pie note to mind, but with a little booze added. I would have liked to feel more bubbles, though the establishment I drank this at seemed to have a fetish with undercarbonated draft beers. Even so, I wouldn't miss this autumn beer.

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Photo of Jetbuckeye
4.86/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer is unreal. When I moved to St. Louis, everyone told me to try Schlafly. The beers are ok, but this one blows all of their top dog beers out of the water. Every fall that I've been here I buy a case of this beer. I usually lean more towards IPAs, but I always drift away during fall and Christmas Bc of beers like this. Color is a nice foggy Amber color. Smell is cloves and cinnamon, not much pumpkin. Taste booms with pumpkin, cloves, all spice, cinnamon, and pie crust. The pie crust taste is what really Seperates this beer from others. Still amazes me this beer is at 8%. Does not have any sign of booziness in taste or smell. If you can get your hands on this, go for it. Christmas ale by schlafly is similar caliber.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is my brother's second favorite pumpkin beer, after Pumpking. Pours dark copper with excellent clarity but almost no head at all. Plenty of pumkin and malt in the aroma.

Flavor is complex and malty with pumpkin and clove notes but less on the cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice side of the tracks than many pumpkin beers. Also, a certain yeast strain also is present, particularly in the finish. Reserved in texture, but more or less correct to accentuate the flavor. Definitely unique and tasty.

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Photo of Numbskull13
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I gave this beer a great rating because it is so great.wonderful body, smells like Halloween and is perfect for all the upcoming holidays. I am drinking one now on a chilly September evening and it just hit the spot. Not to over done with the spice but still enough to remind me of fall and fire pits.

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Photo of ABabbidge
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a dark copper/ mahogany color with a thin crackling head.

S: Very aromatic. Lots of clove and nutmeg.

T: Malt and pumpkin flavor up front. Ends very spicy with all of the traditional pumpkin spice notes (nutmeg, clove, cinnamon). Although the spices are very noticeable they are not over done. There is enough malt that you can still tell this is a beer and I think that keeps it from being to spicy or sweet.

F: Very smooth and creamy. Not too much carbonation and the spices don't "bite" you as they are well balanced.

O: Very well balanced flavors. I have never brewed a pumpkin ale but I imagine it is very difficult to not over do the spices as they are very aromatic and flavorful. Schlafly pulled it off well though.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tried this once before about 5 years ago. Bought a single bottle as "Make Your Own 6" from the Hy-Vee across the river in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 'Jack O'Lantern" handled-glass stein last night on 9/12/16.

Lots going on with this brew with fantastic color after the pour, as well a aroma . Very smooth and goes down easy with a perfect balance of pumpkin and spice. Can't tell that this one is a 8% ABV brew either. This one along with the "Whole Hog" pumpkin ale are my two favorites for this brew style. Highly recommend this one if you can find it.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Echo Tap and Grille. Pours a copper, ruddy hue with minimal frothing. Smell reminiscent of fresh pumpkin pie. Taste dominated by allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Easily drinkable despite ABV. Recommended.

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Photo of FBarber
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours reddish brown. Clear and crisp. Thin bubbly tan head dissipates quickly leaving just a slick of foam on top of the beer.

Smell is quite spicy on the nose with a strong yeast presence tinged by notes of clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Hint of pumpkin, but its not the main aroma. Also the pumpkin smell is much more along the lines of a fresh cut pumpkin, so its very "natural" smelling. Doesn't have that super sweet or fake flavor.

Taste has note so pumpkin up front - gourd like and fresh. Tons of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove come through. Very spiced.
Nice malt backbone on this beer with a spicy finish. Touch of sweetness but not overly so.

Feel is light and drinkable. Medium carbonation. Smooth beer. The spices provide a slight warmth due to the spices.

Overall as pumpkin beers go, this is one of the best. Great tasting beer that captures pumpkin pie without anything tasting artificial or overly sweet.

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Photo of Riff
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle to a shaker glass. Pours a deep amber with an off white foam head, big bubbles that dissipate quickly. Smells of pumpkin pie, cinnamon and a hint of malts. Tastes, well, like a pumpkin pie. A little malt and not too much bite from any of the spices. Well balanced. Very nicely done version of a pumpkin ale and a must for any fan of the style.

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Photo of TH28
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is deep brown with minimal off white foam cap. Aroma is an intense pumpkin pie spicing of allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Vanilla also stands out. Taste is a rich caramel malt with vanilla, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger. Mouthfeel is moderate with a slight creaminess and low carbonation. Finishes with a lingering spice flavor of nutmeg and cinnamon.

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Photo of jw4free
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Weizen glass. L: full 2 finger head, fades to a nice ring, good lacing. Dark Amber, slight cloud with carbonation. S: least potent aspect. Cinnamon Spice, toffee malt backbone. T: hope you like cinnamon. F: potent fizzy alcohol bite. O: seems like a lot of energy was put into this brew. And it shows through.

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Photo of PumpkinMaster
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is on the top scale of the Pumpkin Beers. Weather you are looking for a new Pumpkin beer to try or you have had this one before (In that case there's nothing more I can tell you, you already know), if you see it Grab It....! Strong Pumpkin Pie Smell and Taste........Schlafly Pumpkin Ale continues to be a consistently top Pumpkin Beer again in 2015.

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Photo of franklinn
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look - Beautiful, radiant amber. A sunny fall day in a glass. Easy 5/5

Aroma - Holy MOLY! Pumpkin Pie for miles. Fragrant, sweet and spicy. A real treat.

Taste - Caramel soaked pumpkin pie with all the spices. Malt lingers in the back, hops soley balance the sweet flavors. Absolutely perfect.

Feel - Smooth but not heavy. Actually refreshing.

Overall - Probably the best beer of all time.

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Photo of rjd722
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a deep, dirty amber color; I like the fullness of the body as you can tell it's going to pack quite the pumpkin punch. Small, tan head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma: For me, everything I would want in the ideal pumpkin beer; leads with cinnamon, faint nutmeg, and huge, fresh pumpkin pie (crust included). It's more pumpkin pie and less pumpkin spice, which is what does it for me. Everything about the beer is rich and delicious.

Taste: Full of sweet pumpkin pie and spice (primarily cinnamon), nice malt backdrop and the alcohol is masked perfectly.

Feel: This beer goes down smooth, medium/light carbonation, and leaves a sweet, malty, pumpkin pie coating. Can't believe it's 8%!

Awesome, can't wait to get more of this! Easily the best pumpkin beer I've enjoyed and it lived up to all the expectations I had for it.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.06/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled on 08/04/2015.

It pours a dark copper color, almost iced tea-like. Head is tightly knit and creamy, 2 fingers and hardly budges. 80% opaque.

Aromas of sharp cinnamon, mellowed by cantaloupe, nutmeg, and pumpkins. A squirt of orange citrus as well. Bouquet takes a little effort to nose even in a Weizen glass.

The flavor has an initial rush of delicious baked (yet controlled) brown sugar and bourbon, but quickly turns way cloyingly sweet, almost a pumpkin jellybean. This is met with a short-lived - yet still problematic - cutting whiskey-like alcohol burn.

The feel is pleasant, mouth filling, warm alcohol presence, and properly carbonated. Wet finish.

I may have gotten a bad sample. Nonetheless I will not be revisiting this one. That pumpkin jellybean cotton candy crap mixed with the cheap vodka burn is too much for me.

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Photo of Myotus
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured at 45°F from a 12oz bottle (bottled with love on 16Sep15) into a pint glass.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of khaki foam that halves itself after 45 seconds. Dark amber in color with a ruby tint. Rising bubbles are small in size and very subtle in quantity. Lacing is thin and subtle.
SMELL: Strong aromas of pumpkin are backed by mild aromas of cinnamon and wheat along with subtle aromas of cloves, nutmeg, lemongrass, sweet chocolate, and hints of pale malts.
TASTE: Strong pumpkin and mild chocolate and cinnamon flavors create the initial taste. Mild wheat, clove, and lemongrass flavors immediately follow as chocolate flavors grow slightly stronger and cinnamon flavors grow stronger. Subtle nutmeg flavors and hints of pale malts and alcohol finish off the taste symphony as all previous flavors persist, except for lemongrass, which grow stronger.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down creamy, yet only somewhat smooth. Ends in a thirst-quenching finish.
NOTE: This was insanely balanced between the pumpkin and spices. I loved it so much. The only thing that bothered me was that the lemongrass was too prevalent for my liking. Everything else was magnificent.

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