Schlafly Pumpkin Ale | The Schlafly Tap Room

Schlafly Pumpkin AleSchlafly Pumpkin Ale
BA SCORE
90%
Liked This Beer
4.2 w/ 2,304 ratings
Schlafly Pumpkin AleSchlafly Pumpkin Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
schlafly.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,063
Reviews:
576
Ratings:
2,304
Liked:
2,074
Avg:
4.2/5
pDev:
11.67%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
402
Gots:
521
Trade:
7
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Ratings: 2,304 |  Reviews: 576
Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smells like pumpkin, with some cinammon and brown sugar and alcohol. Light Orange colour, no head. Carbonation right up there as if club soda, but pumpkin taste right there, not sweet nor bitter. A good representation of this blooming style. Thanks for the hitchhiker, jpm30.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of jaydoc
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/10/15.

Pours a hazy dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon stick, and pie crust aromas. Taste is much the same with pumpkin pie spice, pie crust, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with great pumpkin spice qualities that come through slightly better in the smell to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

one of the first pumpkin beers of the year for me, the nights are cooling off and even though they have been out for months, it finally seems appropriate to have one. this one was shared with me by a friend who got hooked up from out of state, i have always liked schlafly, been there a few times, but somehow never had this one. its a pale orange color, nice and heady, but also quite soft in its overall complexion. its a spiced beer for sure, but its much more subtle and less abrasive than so many of its peers. i can actually taste the squash in this, which is less and less common every fall. the cinnamon is the most forward spice, and there seems to be a roasty post caramel vibe to the grain that really works well with these flavors. its lighter in sweetness and in body than a lot of others too, which means i could sit down and session a bunch of them without getting burnt out. it absolutely shocks me that this is as strong as it is, i would have guessed below 6% abv, there isnt a trace of it at all, which blows my mind. majorly approachable for that strength. one of my favorite seasonals i have had from these guys!

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out as a really nice looking clear burnt orange color. The head was white but it came and went rather quickly not leaving any lacing at all behind. The smell of the beer is really nice, it's got a good balance of sweet malt with spice notes. The taste of the beer is impressive, it's sweet with a light toasted note and the spices come in and make this beer an exceptional autumn experience. The mouthfeel is decent, it's carbonated and medium bodied, not too bad. Overall it's a very good Pumpkin Ale. very glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -28.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber and orange in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that completely faded away, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of pumpkins and spices such as nutmeg in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that the pumpkins really stand out in front of the spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has no traces whatsoever of alcohol. The taste has a very good balance between pumpkins and spices but much more pumpkin flavors compared to other beers in the style.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you Schalfly for making a worth-while Pumpkin Ale. Rarely does the world get to sample a hearty pumpkin flavor, a very well-made base beer, and spices that contribute to the beer without overpowering. This beer does all this-- doesn't seem too difficult. This beer seems to have a very firm Amber malt toastiness, sweetness, cleanliness, and crispness. The low (but detectable) hop rates make way for the pumpkin and spice variety to shine. The pumpkin delivers a creamy, earthy flavor very similar to fresh-baked pumpkin pie. Mild notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and all-spice decorate the beer without bringing undue attention to the frills. A mild buttery flavor also brings the beer into desert-range. This is all evedent in the aromas and flavors. The body remains firm, creamy, and relatively round; allowing the flavors to settle into a mellow finish of creamy-sweet pumpkin and caramel. This is likely the best Pumpkin Ale that I have had.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very excited to try this; I've heard nothing but great things.

BOTTLE: Bottled 07/31/13. Good label design. Branded pry-off pressure cap. Brown glass. 12 fl oz. I think this is courtesy of Duff27? Thanks to whomever sent it.

8.0% ABV.

Served cold into a nonical pint glass at high altitude in Castle Rock, CO. Reviewed live as a pumpkin ale.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Around 1 finger wide. Khaki colour with pale brown hues. Fairly creamy. Retention is above average - around 3 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Deep copper auburn of average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appealing for a pumpkin ale, but not exemplary. I've seen better. Appears aptly carbonated.

AROMA: Rich pumpkin gourd, copper malts, and a subtle spice profile redolent of nutmeg, clove, allspice, and to a lesser extent cinnamon and brown sugar. The expressiveness of the pumpkin is fantastic.

I find no hop profile, yeast character, or alcohol.

Aromatic intensity is average. Suggests a pumpkin ale with impressive nuance and subtlety. I'm craving the first sip.

TASTE: Has an evocative pumpkin gourd at its core - which is the obvious feature that is so often absent from beers in this style. Huge props to Schalfy for accomplishing the simple feat of evoking pumpkin in a pumpkin ale. The subtle spice profile plays off the pumpkin beautifully, with notes of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and clove setting off the gourd and pumpkin skin. It's gorgeously balanced, with a nice interplay of spice, sugars (some seemingly brown), and caramel.

Neither too sweet nor too bitter. Well-built. Nicely executed.

No overt hop profile, yeast, alcohol, or of-notes.

Boasts ample nuance and intricacy. The subtlety of the spices and the brown sugars is marvelous. I quite like this.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, aptly medium-bodied, very well-carbonated, and unrefreshing. Apt thickness, heft, and weight on the palate.

Complements the taste nicely, but there's no harmony of texture to taste. Overall presence on the palate is superb.

OVERALL: Highly drinkable. Easily one of the better pumpkin ales I've had in recent memory. This is an excellent go-to pumpkin ale on par with some of the best currently brewed in the country, yet still I can envision one which is better. In any case, it's gestalt - and that's impressive. Well-worth trying, or even seeking out. Excellent work from Schlafly. Hat-tip to the cats brewing over there.

High B (3.74)

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Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

edit 2008/09: I pick up this beer every Fall, and manage to blow through a case. It's a very balanced and authentic pumpkin ale without the artificial ingredients & extra sugar.

11-01-2007
Somehow this 6-pack has lasted since Labor Day, last bottle from Aug. 21, 2007. Seems like a fitting review for Halloween...

A solid inch of foam on a rusty orange body. It has a thick ring of lace, but i'm more impressed that it has head retention, compared to alot of Pumpkin Ales i've had this season. Pumpkin and cinnamon in the aroma.

Flavors of nutmeg, clove, blended in with authentic pumpkin as well. Not overly sweet or spicy. Fuller mouthfeel, somewhat dry finish due to the spice, would be nice if it were a little less dry and tacky. Easy to finish a bottle, I had several in a row when it was fresh in the bottle (2 weeks old). I'm guessing the shelf life isn't the longest, but at 8% it should last a few months, no problem.

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear pumpkin color with a two finger head though the retention was not particularly impressive as it quickly pancaked down to a film

Smell: Smells like a pumpkin rum pie, with all the pumpkin and spice elements (strong on brown sugar, cinnamon and clove) but a surprising fusel alcohol presence from the 8% abv

Taste: The pie spices dominate from the front end, with the brown sugar, cinnamon and clove elements overwhelming the pumpkin flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A bit on the sweet side for my palate as I prefer a bit more pumpkin flavor and a lower abv in this style

Thanks, Cresant, for the opportunity

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Photo of oline73
4.45/5  rDev +6%
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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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a bright clear orange color with hints of amber. It ad a foamy, off-white, two-finger head that left some lace.

S - It smelled of pumpkin, tons of nutmeg and some cinnamon.

T - Great blend of pumpkin and nutmeg gave it a nice bittersweet quality. The cinnamon flavor was understated but good.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - One of the best pumpkin ales. Certainly the best of the five that I've sampled.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a deep dark cloudy amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention. Aroma of nutmeg, pumpkin and cinnamon with sweet malt backbone is quite enjoyable. Taste is a nice mix between some nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin with lightly sweet malt backbone. All flavours are very well balanced with sweetness offsetting some of the spices so that nothing gets out of hand. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with great level of complexity while retaining good marks for drinkability.

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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
Beer rating: 90% out of 100 with 2,304 ratings
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