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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Mohagany/red, dark but thinly translucent
S: apple, cinnamon, clove
T: fermented apples, clove, nutmeg, slightly dry finish
M: a hint of bite, but warm and homey, a bit like a mulled cider, creamy
O: Pretty good, it makes sense why this is one of the more popular pumpkins. It might be a little too sweet for me, like ultra-fine grown-up apple juice, but drinkable, especially in smaller quantities.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

S; Smells of pumpkin pie, cinnamon mainly. This definitely smells like a real pumpkin beer!

T: tastes like pumpkin pie! Great fall taste! Not real sweet, but yet not an overpower drive on the pumpkin either! Perfect combination on the right amount of spices!

O: one of my favorite pumpkin beers! If your looking for a pumpkin beer that tastes similar to pumpkin pie, definitely go for this beer. All time favorite pumpkin beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From what I've heard this is supposed to be one of the better pumpkin ales out there, so I'll try not to get my expectations up too high ;)

It's certainly a beautiful autumnal beer. Crisp and clear, rich copper/amber body with a small pumpkin seed head that dissipates pretty quickly. Minimal retention and lacing.

Pumpkin spices for certain. I take the top off and start to pour and my face is inundated with autumn. The traditional pumpkin (pie) spices: nutmeg, cinnamon, creamy pumpkin, cloves, allspice, and then almost like an oktoberfest backbone of malts bringing the season to fruition.

The taste follows the cues of the nose pretty well, but almost inverted. The malts take the forefront, and as noted, they conjure thoughts of a solid oktoberfest base. Taken in a vacuum this is kind of perfect (seasonally and that), and well done, but unfortunately I'm not a big fan of oktoberfests, so it kind of distracts from the more pumpkin-y elements that I do like. The pie spices come in after this, but the distraction is still there. The spice is not as prevalent as on the nose, but it's still there. Creamy pumpkin, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, these kinds of things.
The finish is kind of bitter which stands out as it doesn't really poke through anywhere else. Overall fairly creamy, very drinkable, a good pumpkin ale. Without looking, I never would have guessed this was 8%. Alcohol hidden very very well. I'm going to bring a couple of these back to Seattle with me as my good friend and former roommate is a huge pumpkin (and pumpkin beer) fan and I think he'd really appreciate this one. Personally, I probably won't pick up another 6 pack for personal consumption, but it's definitely worth trying in season if you have any interest in the style at all.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours an even orange/amber color. A thin off-white head on top.

Aroma - rich malt and pumpkin along with pie spices. A slight vapory component in there as well.

Taste - full malty underpinning to this pumpkin beer. Delicious pumpkin flavor, clove-forward (one of my favorite spices) without being overly sweet or overly hopped or bitter. Just a light balancing nip on the swallow and a warm abv feeling in the throat. Lengthy finish full of the gourd and lingering clove.

Mouthfeel - perhaps what really helps to nail this beer as a perennial top pick in the pumpkin beer category. Full-bodied, just shy of heavy. Crisp but not getting in the way of the taste. Smooth, but big. It's the biggest hint that the harvest season is here, the annual monstrous carbohydrate-laden meal will soon be upon us, and the malty, bigger brews of the season are nigh.

Overall - my favorite pumpkin beer for a session. The style holds a special place for me as it was the style for my first review many seasons ago. It is the only pumpkin brew I faithfully get every fall. Awesome brew, Schlafly!!!

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a snifter.

Pours clear, dark amber color with a modest tan head. A small amount of sediment lurking at the bottom of the bottle was added to the pour.

Despite plenty of pie spices, the pumpkin shines thru as well. More spicy in the flavor and feel than in the nose, particular the cinnamon component. Perhaps due to a richer malt base, even with rather bold spicing this pumpkin is not over-spiced. Those not liking cinnamon probably will disagree; this has enough cinnamon to, I think, add a slight burn to the feel. Still, very nice mix of flavors.

O: very similar to the Whole Hog Pumpkin I had a couple of days ago in both profile and overall quality. These are among the best pumpkins I've tried, and clearly the best of the 5 I've had over the past 3 days. More clove in the Schlafly; slight preference for the Whole Hog.

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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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