Schlafly Pumpkin Ale | The Schlafly Tap Room

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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 EdFed
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 22Blue
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pstam87
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1angrydwarf
2.41/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

A: medium brown with an orange hue.
S: Whoa! Big spiced cider smell dominates all.
F: average carbonation, heavy alcohol gives warmth.
T: This is for the pumpkin latte fans. If want a pumpkin pie flavored beer go for it. Spices dominate all with a sturdy base of fresh pumpkin underneath ending with a tart twang from the pumpkin with lingering spice and alcohol notes. A very heavy handed offering with big flavors that compete against each other and never really integrate well. I prefer a beer with malt, roasted pumpkin and very light spice complimenting each other to create a cohesive whole. If you want a more laid back cohesive approach check out SA 20 pounds pumpkin. To each their own.

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Photo of Sappyjoker
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Commandophile
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of scootercrabb
3.05/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of DarkSideOfTheMoon
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazy, deep copper color with a quickly dissipating head. Maintained quite a bit of carbonation. Smell is like the bottle label says: pumpkin pie. Taste follows the nose quite closely but with maltiness and alcohol on the finish. Feel is very drinkable but the consistency almost feels like pure maple syrup. A very good pumpkin beer that i won't turn down in the future - but one is about all i can handle at a time with the 8% ABV.

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Photo of Steve_N
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled with love on 07/14/2016.

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Photo of darktronica
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of En29356
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JustinSparks
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've heard lots of good things about this, decided to give it a try.

Look: Rusty orange color with a one finger, quickly disappearing head. No lacing.

Smell: Smells like Thanksgiving. I'm getting sour cranberry juice upfront on the nose... notes of cinnamon, clove, ginger, brown sugar and sweet potatoes.

Taste: Wow, I'm definitely getting cranberry juice on the palate... it provides a nice tart contrast to the sweetness and spice in the background. The flavor is creamy and fruity with hints of nutmeg, plums, cinnamon, apples, clove and other holiday spices... subtle caramel malty undertones provide some sweetness in the backdrop while a slightly sour, refreshing cranberry juice flavor provides an extra dimension of depth.

Feel: Quite smooth, crisp and velvety for a pumpkin ale. 8% abv? No kidding. The alcohol is non-existant, this drinks like a 4%er.

Overall Comments: Definitely one of the better representations of the style I've tried, but not my absolute favorite. This is a very authentic tasting pumpkin ale though... there's nothing artificial or processed about this one, the flavors are exceptionally rich and complex. I like what they did here with the tart fruity flavors to balance the spice.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Orange Amber brew, medium bubbles with an orange tinted head rising just about one finger's length. Settles after one sip.

Smell: Deep pumpkin pie and sweet warm sugar. Appetizing scent.

Taste: Incredible, smooth dessert taste consisting of light nutmeg and brown sugar.

Mouth: medium carbonation with heavy stickiness.

Overall: Mainstay in the fridge from now on. Will buy another 6-pack tomorrow. In lust. Salud!

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Bridge Taphouse, on to the beer:

Fall calls for pumpkin beers, and I can honestly say this one of the best ones I've had to date. It shines autumn orange with a hue of copper, topped with a little head. It smells identical to pumpkin pie, and the booze doesn't even creep in. It's big bodied and filled with big spices. The taste does bring that pumpkin pie note to mind, but with a little booze added. I would have liked to feel more bubbles, though the establishment I drank this at seemed to have a fetish with undercarbonated draft beers. Even so, I wouldn't miss this autumn beer.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.92/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of T_Hass
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SebastianMandeville
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jetbuckeye
4.86/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer is unreal. When I moved to St. Louis, everyone told me to try Schlafly. The beers are ok, but this one blows all of their top dog beers out of the water. Every fall that I've been here I buy a case of this beer. I usually lean more towards IPAs, but I always drift away during fall and Christmas Bc of beers like this. Color is a nice foggy Amber color. Smell is cloves and cinnamon, not much pumpkin. Taste booms with pumpkin, cloves, all spice, cinnamon, and pie crust. The pie crust taste is what really Seperates this beer from others. Still amazes me this beer is at 8%. Does not have any sign of booziness in taste or smell. If you can get your hands on this, go for it. Christmas ale by schlafly is similar caliber.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is my brother's second favorite pumpkin beer, after Pumpking. Pours dark copper with excellent clarity but almost no head at all. Plenty of pumkin and malt in the aroma.

Flavor is complex and malty with pumpkin and clove notes but less on the cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice side of the tracks than many pumpkin beers. Also, a certain yeast strain also is present, particularly in the finish. Reserved in texture, but more or less correct to accentuate the flavor. Definitely unique and tasty.

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Photo of Dum3z
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chestertonian82
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Schlafly Pumpkin Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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