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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Reviews: 569 | Ratings: 2,283
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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Photo of Arrowhuntr
4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

This is my favorite Pumpkin beer and I was lucky to have acquired one. This is like a piece of pumpkin pie that is not overly spiced. I get the pumpkin on the front and the crust and whipped cream on the back end. Superb !!!

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Photo of beergoot
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Hotel Frederick lounge in Boonsville, MO...

Very nice pumpkin orange color; very clear; very little head but respectable rings and lacing on the glass. Medium body; warm and crisp.

A pretty solid offering from Schafly. It doesn't overpower you with spices or pumpkin yet definitely delivers a warm, very satisfying ale that is very apt for the fall harvest season.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby-copper body, light tan head. Smells of baking spices (mostly cinnamon) and pumpkin. Flavor adds pie crust maltyness and even some banana. This has some meat on it, much more than simple sweetness. Smooth body.
Awesome pumpkin beer, none of the spices were overpowering, yet it remain in pumpkin pie territory (as opposed to pumpkin beer territory, which is usually gross). I like that at 8% it has some muscle behind it, too.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Surprising dark amber: Nice +1" of white head that dissipates as it warms.
Lacing as the glass tilts.

Nose: In some ways, this might be the best part of the beer; Full bouquet of the
major pumpkin pie spices, but not artificially so.

Taste: Pumpkin and spice come thru upfront with the booze; Some definite sweetness, but not
as much as some. No bitterness to speak of. Very easy drinking. Not sure I'd call it pure pumpkin
pie however.

Feel: Decent carbonation; Not overly thin, thick, or sticky.

Overall: A beer that really seems to hone in what one might expect from a pumpkin; a nicely spiced brown or red ale, that's malt-centric, without any residual bitterness. Probably in my top 3 for this style thus far this season.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pint glass. The color is a hazy orange-amber with a thick milk-white head and generous lacing. The smell features pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, caramel, and malt. It's a very pleasant aroma. The taste is decidedly pumpkin, nicely spiced, with a sweet brown sugar finish. This ale really tastes like pumpkin and not just the spice. It's really delicious. Medium-bodied and pleasantly carbonated, it is very drinkable at 8.0 ABV. Overall, this is a great pumpkin ale! Often imitated, (almost) never duplicated.

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Photo of do_ob
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle into a Duvel glass. Pours a deep orange/red and settles as a vibrant, amber/copper in the glass, transluscent in appearance. The initial 1/2 finger head of eggshell foam quickly bubbled down to a creamy lacing. Modest aroma of sweet pumpkin spice, nutmeg, brown sugar, cinammon, and vanilla. Super creamy mouthfeel with quite a bit of carbonation. Delicious pumpkin spice all the way through on the taste with a greater balance middleways and through the finish than initially. I get a bit of the nutmeg and vanilla on the finish, which is very smooth. Sweet on the aftertaste.

One of the best pumpkin beers I've had. It does have a big, pumpkiny taste - same as ST Pumking, NB Pumpkick, and the lick. What those beers were missing, for me, this one has; great balance, consistent taste, and a wonderful mouthfeel. This one is the real deal - liquid pumpkin pie and cool whip. I'm not the biggest pumpkin beer fan, but I honestly can't find anything bad about this beer.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the growler, it pours a pumpkiny amber with a lovely tan head. Lacing as the beer is consumed. Cinnamon, spices, pumpkin pie scents tantalize the nose. Sweetish pumpkin pie flavor caresses the tongue. Wow! Yummy!

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Photo of KTCamm
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10/4...draft. Pours light to dark wooden brown with a rim of white foam. Molasses nose. Pumpkin mash flavor. Cinnamon. Spices. Touch of sweetness holds on the tongue. Brown sugar mixed in. Natural pumpkin and flavored. Tasty.

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Photo of CAC329
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The only thing this needs is a dollop of whipped cream on top! This is hands down the best pumpkin ale I have ever had. I think they took beer and pumpkin pie fillin to a vitamix, put it in a bottle and said "You're welcome!" ... thank you Schlafly!

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

A very good Pumpkin ale but not the best. I have been brewing Pumpkin ales as long as I have known it was possible, so I am hard to impress. It is impressive and a joy to consume. Mouth feel is too thin for my preference. But when I inhale, I can taste the spices, a shiver passes through me that involve the temperature of outside.

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Photo of mkh012
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not generally a fan of the pumpkin beer fad, but this one is something special.

Pours a deep orange-brown. Awesome smell. Heavy on the spice notes. I get cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, pie crust, and just a hint of the pumpkin. An audible "wow" from me on the first sip. Like pumpkin pie, but super, super balanced and drinkable. The 8% ABV is basically nonexistent. Some people prefer Southern Tier Pumking, but I think that beer is way too over-the-top and syrupy. Schlafly Pumpkin is one of the best seasonal beers I've ever had and easily the best pumpkin one.

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

Top five pumpkin ales, and possibly #1 in drinkability. The balance is just perfect. The spices don't overwhelm the pumpkin, there's a fair amount of alcohol and even a bit of sourness to round out all the flavors. The smell is nice, the flavor is great, just an excellent all around beer. For not my favorite style, this version is really a standout.

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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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