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:
2,286
Reviews:
571
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
11.75%
 
 
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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty golden amber color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that gathered in the center of the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very pumpkin-y and spicy. Lots of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, ginger and brown sugar.

Taste: Tons of pumpkin and spices. Lots of cinnamon, ginger and clove. Very delicious. This would be a great desert beer as there is quite a bit of brown sugar-like sweetness present as well. There is no hops bitterness to speak of, which I overall prefer.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, with very little to no carbonation to speak of. With an ABV of 8.0%, there’s a surprising little amount of alcohol presence on the palate.

Overall: This is a damn good pumpkin beer! I love all of the spices and sweetness that this beer has! Delicious! I’ll certainly be getting some more of this next Autumn.

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Photo of Steban
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Adamanton
4.61/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at the tap room and took some bottles home. Hands down my favorite pumpkin.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of horsehockey
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of kojevergas
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very excited to try this; I've heard nothing but great things.

BOTTLE: Bottled 07/31/13. Good label design. Branded pry-off pressure cap. Brown glass. 12 fl oz. I think this is courtesy of Duff27? Thanks to whomever sent it.

8.0% ABV.

Served cold into a nonical pint glass at high altitude in Castle Rock, CO. Reviewed live as a pumpkin ale.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Around 1 finger wide. Khaki colour with pale brown hues. Fairly creamy. Retention is above average - around 3 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Deep copper auburn of average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appealing for a pumpkin ale, but not exemplary. I've seen better. Appears aptly carbonated.

AROMA: Rich pumpkin gourd, copper malts, and a subtle spice profile redolent of nutmeg, clove, allspice, and to a lesser extent cinnamon and brown sugar. The expressiveness of the pumpkin is fantastic.

I find no hop profile, yeast character, or alcohol.

Aromatic intensity is average. Suggests a pumpkin ale with impressive nuance and subtlety. I'm craving the first sip.

TASTE: Has an evocative pumpkin gourd at its core - which is the obvious feature that is so often absent from beers in this style. Huge props to Schalfy for accomplishing the simple feat of evoking pumpkin in a pumpkin ale. The subtle spice profile plays off the pumpkin beautifully, with notes of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and clove setting off the gourd and pumpkin skin. It's gorgeously balanced, with a nice interplay of spice, sugars (some seemingly brown), and caramel.

Neither too sweet nor too bitter. Well-built. Nicely executed.

No overt hop profile, yeast, alcohol, or of-notes.

Boasts ample nuance and intricacy. The subtlety of the spices and the brown sugars is marvelous. I quite like this.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, aptly medium-bodied, very well-carbonated, and unrefreshing. Apt thickness, heft, and weight on the palate.

Complements the taste nicely, but there's no harmony of texture to taste. Overall presence on the palate is superb.

OVERALL: Highly drinkable. Easily one of the better pumpkin ales I've had in recent memory. This is an excellent go-to pumpkin ale on par with some of the best currently brewed in the country, yet still I can envision one which is better. In any case, it's gestalt - and that's impressive. Well-worth trying, or even seeking out. Excellent work from Schlafly. Hat-tip to the cats brewing over there.

High B (3.74)

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

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

From the 12oz bottle served at the Schlafly Tap room – Lambert Airport STL
Full shaker pint glass – 12/06/2014

A: My pour arrived a deep dark amber color with some crimson hues. Mostly clear with a craggy half finger thick of khaki suds formed over head. Modest retention with some very light squiggles and dots of lace.

S: Smells of pumpkin pie spices with a good amount of caramel malt sweetness to it. I am getting cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger with a ton of sweet pumpkin goodness here. Really nice. Has a great pie like quality about it.

T: Tastes like ginger snap cookies and pumpkin pie filling. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger all in unison. The beer utilizes a great blend of those pie spices as it all comes together much like a dessert rather than many others that have such a distinct vegetal pumpkin flavor. There is relatively no bitterness to this and the alcohol is masked incredibly well. Overall it is sweet but never cloying with a nice drying finish to help balance. Yeah this one is a winner.

M: Moderate level of filling body here. Nice creamy consistency to it and maybe just a pinch on the syrupy side. Void of any bitterness or harsh alcohol. Good drying lift in the finish. Rather clean with a slightly sticky after effect.

D: In my Top 3 pumpkin beers for sure. Has a great pie like flavor and quality while keeping good balance and drinkability. Never squashy or vegetal. Wish we could get this in Cali and really glad I sprung on the purchase while laid over.

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Photo of mabermud
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Muddled, dark-amber, ruby-red, body. A little off white, wispy head. Little patches of micro-bubbles dot the sides of the glass that slowly slip away as I twirl the glass.
Smell: Easy aroma of clove, nutmeg, then cinnamon.
Taste: Balanced sweetness, pumpkin ale, and the aforementioned spices, combined to create something good. Nice finish with a delicate aftertaste.
Feel: It works for me. Combined with the other components, it fits well.

Overall - The most memorable Pumpkin Ale I have had. I really cannot think of one that is better.

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Photo of Garys1
3.49/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Not a big pumpkin beer fan but this is my favorite. Very smooth with good aftertaste.

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Photo of mlockman
3.67/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jkane101
4.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MizzouBrew
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've tried a few pumpkin ales and this is by far the best one I've had. Pours a deep dark brown. This one actually smells and tastes like you wish a pumpkin beer would. Medium bodied. At 8%, a little pricier than some, but well worth the extra cost.

Using the Begnel formula, the Alcohol Score is 12 oz. x 8.0% = 96, or 1.9 Bud Lights.

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Photo of Westyn
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cabelgabel
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Domvan
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Sad_Larry
4.76/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Amstaffs
4.61/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tridge85
4.94/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kwgduke
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Csikic93
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Its the closest thing you can get to pumpkin pie in liquid form.

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Photo of Winston3737
4.96/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of terpdog
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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