Schlafly Pumpkin Ale | The Schlafly Tap Room

BA SCORE
93
outstanding
2,286 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
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:
2,286
Reviews:
571
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
11.75%
 
 
Wants:
404
Gots:
511
For Trade:
8
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 2,286 |  Reviews: 571
Photo of pjkelley82
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of J450n_H
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of tkdchampxi
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ptat
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of boilerwillie
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of edhizdeid
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of canawler
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of itsthepleats
4/5  rDev -4.1%

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

I am a HUGE pumpkin beer fan, gotta love that time of the year when they start popping up on the shelves in numbers. That being said, I've had a number of pumpkin beers and nothing comes even remarkably close to Schlafly's Pumpkin Ale. The best way for me to describe it is like pumpkin pie in liquid form. You would never guess the ABV based on the way it tastes, goes down very smooth. If you are a pumpkin beer fan this is a MUST have for you.

 446 characters

Photo of cwelsh55
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of keithmurray
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark mahogany amber color with white head

Smell - cinnamon, nutmeg, pumkin flesh

Taste - cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin flesh, brown sugar

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, spicy and sweet upfront, dry finish

Overall - this is a solid pumpkin ale, not too heavy on the spices, very approachable

Price Point - $2.50/12 oz single

 351 characters

Photo of joe1510
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Thanks to Matchew for handing me off this one! I haven't drank a pumpkin beer in a couple years. Schlafly's version pours fairly dark tarnished copper bordering on garnet. Tiny carbonation bubble rush the the surface in streams while the beige head easily grows to a finger in height and just as quickly falls to a thin ring and floating island of foam. Some soapy lacing gets left behind with each drink.

I'm not usually a fan of pumpkin beers, too artificial, but in this case both the pumpkin and spicing taste authentic and are used with constraint in mind. The nutmeg is well integrated while the clove and cinnamon are very soft. A touch of ginger brightens things up and there is plenty of gourd. A touch of caramelized grain lays a base and brown sugar adds depth without smelling overly sweet.

Flavor matches the aroma in depth but the intensity and brightness falls a little short. All the pumpkin pie spices I mentioned are there but, when compared to the smell, are slightly muddled. Besides that simple fact the other aspects remain the same. The cloyingness found in almost all other pumpkin beer is not found in Schlafly's version, thank you. The alcohol is also amazingly well hidden.

The body weighs in at medium and the mouthfeel is actually pretty slick and quick moving. The finish lingers into a welcomed dryness. There's a touch of alcohol fumes through the nose but it doesn't effect the flavor, smell, or mouthfeel of this beer in the least and adds some spiciness.

When I think of pumpkin beer I cringe. They're usually overspiced and incredibly sweet. Schlafly's Pumpkin Ale is adequately spiced, nicely pumpkinized and all around delicious. This drinks more like a beer than an overly sweet dessert. I would drink a couple of these in the fall. If you're a fan of pumpkin beers this is the best I've ever run across, give it a go. Thanks, Matt!

 1,889 characters

Photo of jarrgal
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of BradStokley
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of touchingtheskyy
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of pisano
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of oakaged88
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Drucifer
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3/5  rDev -28.1%

Photo of owenmeaney
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of lernerlift
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Vermonthiker
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Stinger80OH
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Schlafly Pumpkin Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
4.17 out of 5 based on 2,286 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.