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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 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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Photo of whitetale
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a tulip glass. Pours copper color with a white head and very good lacing.
Aroma is light with some hint of pumkin pie spice.
Taste is a wonderful balance of everything pumpkin pie - cinnamon and nutmeg are there in great balance. Alcohol is well masked.
Mouthfeel is medium, not too light, not too heavy. Just enough carbonation.
Overall one of my favorite pumkin ales. Great balance of malt, spices, taste and mouthfeel. Great job Schlafly.

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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark bronze/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fresh pumpkin pie. Taste is the same, spices and pumpkin, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, I was expecting more based on the reviews here, but it's a good, solid beer.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky copper color with a moderate head of soapy, off-white suds. Aroma smells of nutmeg, cinnamon, cherries, bread, and pumpkin.

The taste is comparable to the nose, with pumpkin spices, toasted bread, caramel, and pumpkin. The flavors are fairly balanced, but a little on the juicy side, which isn’t uncommon for a pumpkin ale. Medium-light body and moderate carbonation yield a semi-creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a well-rounded pumpkin ale that, while it doesn’t stand out in any one facet, has no glaring weaknesses either. It wouldn’t be my first choice, but it’s certainly an acceptable fall-back.

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Photo of Cavebabble
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite of the pumpkin ales I've experienced. It has a wonderfully authentic pumpkin spice smell, just the right froth on the tongue, and a lasting, authentic pumpkin pie flavor. Tastes like a fresh fall harvest. It packs an 8% wallop, so savor wisely. I will grab what I can each autumn.

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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 krh
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As far as pumpkins go, it's dogfish head #1, this #2, and ballast point #3 as my top choices this year. This probably is the most pumpkin pie like, though much more balanced than the lower tier stuff. No need for me to try Pumking this year after discovering this and ballast point.

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Photo of ordybill
4.89/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a great clear reddish amber color with a small white head. The aroma is full pumpkin and spices. The flavor is outstanding. This may be my favorite pumpkin ale.

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

Yummy. Yummy yummy yummy. I haven't seen this beer in Colorado, but my sister and brother from Arkansas brought it with them when we met in Oklahoma. We had a little pumpkin taste test and this won. It's their favorite. It smells and tastes like pumpkin pie.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange/brown with a two finger fluffy beige head. Aroma is pumpkin pie spices. Taste is pumpkin pie, pumpkin pie spices, sweet malt, pumpkin. Mouthfeel is medium and not cloying. Overall, for me this is one of the best pumpkin ales because of the balance it has. Always a seasonal staple.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
4.91/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look - Deep rich amber, marzen in color. Fluffy light orange head starts big, settles into thin whisps on top of the beer. No lacing left behind.
Smell - You know exactly what you getting here! Pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, brown sugar ...
Taste - Pumpkin pie. Plain and simple and perfect.
Fell - Creamy slick body feel, carbonation that holds it together.
Overall - THE pumpkin beer worth getting every season ... sorry DFH. So glad this finally came to Chicagoland. This is what pumpkin beer should be.

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Photo of markcp
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark orange in color, off-white head. Nose is a bit subdued, but you do get pumpkin spice. Flavor is mild, with nutmeg, cinnamon, biscuity malt. Clean, creamy, and not overwhelmingly sweet.

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Photo of gopens44
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks fairly normal for the genre as we have a murky reddish, orangeish beverage with a pretty much boring creme colored head and gentle, shy lacing.

Nose is hit with spice (nutmeg, cinnamon ) and what I can only describe as earthy malt.

Taste starts off with notable cinnamon that overpowers everything at first only to reveal in the next swig, cinnamon! This beer is like an Atomic Fireball that isn't hot.

Body is thinking with a, that's right, cinnamon inspired aftertaste.

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Photo of GeorgiaFunkadelic
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pumpkin ales are specific. Since it is the season, I figured I'd indulge.

This beer, bought in 6-pack bottle, was part of my seasonal tour. What a great idea for October...pumpkin ale.

There will be no reason for me to buy this again. There is nothing bad about this brew, just nothing that stands out, besides the faint taste of pumpkin pie. In beer.

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