Schlafly Pumpkin Ale | The Schlafly Tap Room

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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
Ratings:
2,284
Reviews:
570
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
11.75%
 
 
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403
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Photo of woodychandler
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This parade of pumpkin beers is out of control! Every time that I think that I have opened my last one for the year, another one pops up.

From the bottle: "A Special Release, Pumpkin Ale is available for a limited time, with a new style every few months."; "Schlafly Pumpkin Ale blends the spices of the harvest with full-bodied sweetness for a beer that tastes like pumpkin pie."; "I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion - Henry David Thoreau".

My pour created two fluffy fingers of deep-tan head with great retention. Color was a deep-copper (SRM = > 22, < 27) with filament-quality brightness. Nose was very sweet and spicy and since they were going for pumpkin pie, I would say that they hit the mark! The label mentioned "cinnamon, nutmeg and clove" and I was having a tough time discerning one form another. Mouthfeel was slightly viscous, syrupy and this was one of the sweetest pumpkin beers that I can remember drinking. It seemed dangerously close to diabetic shock in a bottle. Each successive sip was unrelenting in terms of its sweetness and I was feeling kind of overwhelmed. The finish was (finally) both spicy and sweet, but if I have railed against unbalanced in terms of spices, here was unbalanced in terms of malty sweetness. Whew! Definitely NOT my cup of pumpkin, but as always, YMMV.

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Photo of dkeav
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of ChicagoNick
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of brewtus
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of dar482
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a light mahoghany reddish brown with ruby coming through in the light. A small half finger head.

The aroma has tons of sweet fermented pumpkin, but also brown sugar, vanilla, and the spices rolled into it. The nutmeg and cinnamon pop through. In the back, you get the brown ale toasty malt, along again with the brown sugar. A really fantastic smelling beer.

I let it warm up and it certainly opened up a bit. In the front, there’s not much. And after a little bit, towards the middle, you get a pop of fresh sweet pumpkin and cinnamon and clove. The middle hits you with a bit of that toasty brown ale and brown sugar sweetness, almost like a pumpkin candy or caramel. The finish has this earthy spicy bitterness that is quite gentle.

There's lots of carbonation in this beer.

It’s super drinkable at 8% and it feels like 6%. It’s a well crafted beer.

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Photo of shirtless_mike
3/5  rDev -28.1%

Photo of Benvarine
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of ncaudle
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of stortore
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of JKV96
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of EB1
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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

Pours a nice, light head. A nice, spiced aroma. Burnt umber color. Starts off sweet, clove, and carbonated. An interesting spice mix, but a bit of a lingering bitterness.

Not a very complex brew in the sense that it is very spice-forward, with a touch of sweetness in the front and bitterness in the back. Not bad by any means, but nothing really stand out.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-poured into snifter glass. A deep red amber color with a white head
S-wonderful aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg
T-wonderful taste of the same smell with cloves
M-very rich and smooth malts maybe graham cracker
O-an absolute great pumpkin ale especially for a 12oz best taste for the money compared to other pumpkin ales

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Photo of WesM63
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of GoldenMonkeWhore
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of peensteen
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Zorro
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear brown colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Smells sweet and spicy with lots of pumpkin pie spice. Brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger and clove are the strongest scents here. Lesser scents of vanilla and caramel with some wheat crust scent. Pretty much smells like pumpkin pie.

Starts out sweet and spicy with a really strong spice flavor. Strong clove and cinnamon flavors with caramel. Pretty much it tastes like pumpkin pie.

Mouthfeel is good.

Decent pumpkin beer not too sweet with lots of Pumpkin Pie spices.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear amber brown with little carbonation and no residual head or lacing. The nose is a rum-like mix of spices and booze, caramelized sugar, and some gourdy undertones. The taste transcends the beer's nose and appearance bringing potent pie spices to the forefront, big pumpkin sweetness, and hint of bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium, sweet bodied, slightly booze, so spiced that it's gritty, but also with an elegant gourd presence, great drinkability, and has a mildly biting, bitter finish. I do enjoy this beer and think it's refined enough to do well at the dinner table, but would likely not be my go-to beer out at a bar.

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3/5  rDev -28.1%

Photo of ucsbmullet
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Schlafly Pumpkin Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
4.17 out of 5 based on 2,284 ratings.
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