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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 BuckeyeOne
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass - Thanks aficionado!

I love the color of a pumpkin beer --- it just looks like fall. This one is a beautiful burnt amber. Very little head though and almost no lacing.

The aroma is dominated by a blend of pumpkin spices, no one spice overpowering the others, with just the hint of sweet malt. It is not overly sweet, which I appreciate.

The flavor followed the nose, except I'm picking up a distinct sweetness up front which I cannot put my finger on. It tastes a bit like honey or maybe it's just the nutmeg. I had to search out the ingredients for this beer online. Could the sweetness come from the wheat or chocolate malts? No honey here, though. Bottom line is that it's a wonderful tasting pumpkin beer. Right up there with the best I've had and I've had many.

Mouthfeel is good, more carbonation than I thought it would have given how little head it had on the pour.

Overall, this is a well-constructed version of a pumpkin beer. The 8% ABV is not noticeable in the aroma nor the flavor, but you can feel it.

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Photo of larryi86
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A deep clear red with a hint of orange and a one finger off-white head.

S- Cloves, cinnamon, pumpkin, very well balanced between sweet and spice. Pumpkin pie like.

T- A little sweeter than the smell, but still not too sweet. Very close to the smell, just a really pumpkin flavor, with a very faint hint of cherries.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- This is a great pumpkin beer that is not too sweet and the 8% ABV is hidden very well. I will definitely be picking more up soon!

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Photo of paperbackfoster
3.08/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Head came up to three fingers before the bartender topped it off. Light, playful body carbonation. A deep orange amber.. pumpkin pie colored, I guess.

S - Pumpkin, obviously, with a surprisingly yeasty smell. The pie spice comes through, and the malt has a toffee sort of character.

T - Pumpkin rind is prevalent over light, toasty malts. My problem with this beer is still the spicing. Allspice, clove, and nutmeg seem overpowering - very much like a pumpkin pie when you dump way too much into the mix. I agree, this 2011 brew is better than it has been - my 2010 experience with it was horrible. But still, I wish the pumpkin stood out more than the spice. To this beer’s credit, I can tell that the malt and pumpkin are well balanced - it’s the overtones that get me.

M - Dry, almost gritty on the tongue. It does a lot to thicken the beer, but it also has that spoonful-o’-cinnamon kind of feel to it.

Overall - Still not my favorite pumpkin beer, but it is decent. I feel that I have to grade it as a specialty/novelty brew, and as such, it does do fairly well. But, to repeat myself, the spice is the issue here. This could be a great pumpkin brew, with a hefty portion of pumpkin rind and that toasted pumpkin seed quality balanced with the malt. The pumpkin pie angle just gives it too much winter spice for me to thoroughly enjoy, for what it is.

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Photo of RickS95
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours pretty dark. Think pumpkin pie only darker, kind of a light brown with some orange hints. The head is non-descript and isn't around long.

Smells like pumpkin pie--basically nutmeg and cinnamon.

Tastes like it smells and looks, pumpkin spice and just a notch of alcohol.

Lots of stuff to decipher. It's sweet, spicy with a little bit of heat in the finish.

This was a surprisingly good beer. The pumpkin flavor isn't over the top, or too thin, and the volume of the alcohol is just right.

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

A: Pours a slightly hazy ruby red/copper with amber highlights. There's about a half finger of head that dissipates quickly. Very thin layer of tight lacing. Moderate carbonation.

N: Cherry Jolly Rancher, rich caramel, pumpkin, candy sugar and very light spicing (which is nice for a change.)

T: Rich caramel, bready pie crust, brown sugar and a hint of cherry flavored Jolly Rancher upfront. Mid-palette is filled with rich bready malts, caramel, pumpkin and candy sugar. Finishes with a light bouquet of nutmeg, cinnamon and a teeny bit of clove.

M: Light-medium bodied, soft, velvety, smooth, crisp and dry.

O: This is an artfully crafted Pumpkin Ale and definitely one of the best of the season. Beautiful ruby red color, delightfully candy-esque, light on the spices, excellent mouthfeel and damn refreshing! The 8% ABV is non-existent.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a bright ruby/orange ocher and is topped with a fine off white head. Retention is not great lacing is ok.

S: Glorious autumn spices jump out of the glass. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove oh boy.

T: This is fantastic stuff. I don't think they used actual pumpkins but that doesn't bother me one bit. Big spicy flavors aforementioned are very present with a pie crust sweet backing (though not too sweet). This stuff is amazingly drinkable and delicious.

M: lingering and spry.

O: fantastic beer, one of my favorites of the style!

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Photo of jgreenearrow
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer pours a reddish amber color with a thin off-white head forming at the top of the pour. There is slight head retention throughout the glass, however, little lacing remains on the sides.

S: Aromas of cloves and cinnamon dominate the nose. There is also significant pumpkin present in the nose. The beer smells as a pumpkin beer should.

T: The spices hit you at the front of the sip; cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and allspice are all present. The pumpkin flavors really come through towards the middle of the sip and carry through the finish where the spice re-enters to complete the sip.

M: This is a medium bodied beer that is smooth and creamy on the tongue with ample carbonation.

Overall, this is an excellent pumpkin ale. The flavors are very complex and well rounded. The spice doesn't dominate, neither does the pumpkin. However, the flavor is bold, just what I would look for in a pumpkin ale.

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Photo of klaybie
3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear orangish copper color with a 1 finger head that quickly fades to a ring, decent wispy lacing left on the glass.

N: Smells very sweet. There is cinnamon and sugar in there with some general pumpkin pie spice aroma. Smells like it will be cloying.

T: Surpisingly (and thankfully!) it is not cloying. Moderate pumpkin pie spice is combined with a solid malt backbone. No hops of detected whatsoever (unsurprising). This beer is fairly drinkable and seems a standard pumpkin ale.

M: Medium carbonation, good body.

O: A good beer that I'm only knocking down a notch for the almost sickeningly sweet aroma that almost scared me away. I could not drink more than two of these because that pumpkin pie spice wears out the palate eventually.

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Photo of bum732
3.29/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

S: Sweet cinnamon, lots of pumpin pie spice, clove, quite a floral note along with some meaty pumpkin. Banana bread as it warms.

L: Clear dark amber. Not much head or retention, ring of foam.

T: Sweet pumpkin, very sweet with some background pumpkin spices. Low earthy bitterness with loads of brown sugar. Finishes pretty sweet with some additional pumpkin spices.

M: Medium low carbonation, medium bodied.

Way too sweet, although flavors were there. I guess people like their pumpkin beers really sweet (Pumpking). Not for me.

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

It's hard for me to stress strongly enough how happy I am that big pumpkin beers have come into fashion.

I mean, hell, is there any other flavor that is so closely attached to a season as sweet, spiced pumpkin is to autumn? I really can't think of anything that's nearly as universal. It just works so freaking well. The spiciness of pumpkin pie is in close kinship with a walk through the woods in mid October--the verdant liveliness is gone, but in its place a new, different, more mature kind of beauty, one with duller edges and sharper colors, one that lingers more than it pricks, one that allows for contemplation and savoring. That's what spiced pumpkin tastes like.

The problem, then, is in figuring out how to judge pumpkin-as-beer. Blue Moon and Anheuser's pumpkin offerings are both, surprisingly, pretty good, but--gee I hate to say it, but they both taste a little too much like beer. Pumpkin tastes good, and wheat malt tastes good, but they don't blend too well together. My favorite pumpkin beer--from Shipyard--tastes less beery, but more varied, and more like pumpkin pie.

I think my ideal pumpkin would therefore find a way to proclaim its beeriness while nonetheless bearing a striking resemblance to pumpkin pie. Schlafy's offering comes close to that, but not as close as Shipyards.

See, in lieu of beeriness by way of hops or malt, the new tack is to try and evoke beeriness from alcohol. That works, but the alcohol in the back end of this beer doesn't give off any yeast complexities. It just burns. The burn is pleasant, and against the pumpkin and spice nodes it's like you're biting into hot pie, but it's not quite my imaginary ideal.

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Photo of Janderson91
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to TheGordianKnot for throwing this one in as an extra. Can't find the freshness info. Enjoyed on 09/19/11.

A - The color is great on this one, a beautiful deep, dark red color, almost crystal clear. Only a small head forms and leaves no lacing at all.

S - Very spicy. Like an extra cinnamon-y pumpkin pie. Lots and lots of cinnamon and some nice fresh pumpkin aromas. Dark fruity, nutty malts back it up.

T - Very nicely balanced. Not as over the top spicy as the nose. Nice rich malts, pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar. Finishes nice and malty with a hint of nutmeg and clove. Nice.

M - Mouthfeel is excellent. Creamy with pretty low carbonation.

O - Overall, I really enjoyed this one, definitely one of the better pumpkin ales out there.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Bottled ("with love") on 16 August 2011. "'I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.' - Henry David Thoreau"

A: Clouds of bubbles swirl in a burnt-orange-amber beer. Two fingers of impressive, creamy head; great retention. Translucent and beautiful. Good lacing.

S: The expected pumpkin spices, but subtle and ensnaring. An attractive aroma, the perfume of which can be detected from over two feet away.

T/M: Good, but not great? A very gentle flavour, certainly not obnoxiously pumpkinish (thanks to the OED for the proper adjectival form). Watery-smooth, but yet not watery-thin; almost creamy-thick. The pumpkin character grows with time, increasing my opinion of the beer. In this case, a lighter touch is more efficacious.

O: Good pumpkin beer, but perhaps a touch too...bland. The 8% is absolutely undectable, and the beer is very drinkable, but it's not quite pumpkinish to make it memorable. I probably won't be buying another this autumn. Still, recommended.

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Photo of Meerkey
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Foamy, big, off-white head. Tons of bubbles. Clear, deep, orangey-amber.

S: The usual pumpkin and spices, strong but not overpowering. Creamy with some hops in the background.

T: Spicy and pumpkiny. Cinnamon and nutmeg. Nice and smooth, but subtle.

M: Smooth and watery - not thin, but it makes it a little disappointing.

O: A good pumpkin beer that tastes nice without bashing you over the head pumpkin. I'd have another. If only the mouthfeel were better this beer would have the oomph it needs to go with the nice flavors.

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Photo of BeerFiend2002
4.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip glass:

Deep reddish amber color with about a half finger of tan head. Love that color.

Smells of cinnamon and nutmeg, your typical spices. A nice sweetness pokes its head in there too.

Very well balanced. Their is just enough spice in there to hold up against the big squashy backbone of this beer. The back end and exhale taste just like a slice of grandma's pumpkin pie. No hint of the alcohol whatsoever, which is great considering it is an 8% ABV brew.

Nice, medium-bodied mouthfeel. Great for an after dinner desert.

Exceptional brew. Well-balanced and delicious take on the style. Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of harrymel
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottled 16AUG11

A: Pours a dark copper ale with a single finger of tan foam which falls quickly to a sheet of the same. Spotty lacing.

S: Cinnamon and nutmeg up front with some sweet graham crust smells. Light pumpkin meat.

T: Lots of squash flavor, some sweet cheery like flavor with the spices.

M: Medium on thin body with soft carbonation leaving a slightly wet finish.

O: this is quite pumpkin foward. I can't recall a beer I have had previously with so much pumpkin/vegetable flavor. I like how the spices were played here, would almost like to throw a dollop of whipped cream in here.

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Photo of tykees88
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A very nice dark orange brown color. A vigorous pour yielded me about a finger head that doesn't stick around but left a decent amount of lace.

S- I smell graham cracker and biscuit. Then I smell the pumpkin pie aroma of cinnamon nutmeg and it is amazing.

T- Exceptional taste. It has the perfect spice flavor, and I can taste the pumpkin sweetness in the body of the beer. There is a creamy characteristic to this beer that makes this the quintessential taste for pumpkin beers. If you like pumpkin pie this should be a homerun for you too.

M- Thick and creamy. Just outstanding

O- It's a little high in alcohol but it's hidden well. I wish I could buy a case for year round enjoyment from time to time. Going to try and make my six pack last... but probably won't be able to

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Photo of mdcrouser
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber orange, with just a bit of foamy off-white head. Slightly sticky, but not clingy.

A bit of alcohol on the nose, with the pumpkin pie-like spices hiding underneath - cinnamon, nutmeg, and some of that gourd-like sweetness.

Odd that it actually reminds me of a slightly flat cola - sweet and somewhat syrupy. The spices are well-balanced with the obvious, but not over-bearing pumpkin. Alcohol is non-existant.

Really mild carbonation, but it lets the pumpkin and spices come to the fore, letting it shine.

Great for these early fall nights - just fits the weather and the mood. Best pumpkin I've had.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Burnt amber color with an average sized, foamy, bubbly, slightly stick, white head. Decent retention leaving a decent lacing.

S - Spices (primarily cinnamon and nutmeg) fight with slightly burnt caramel aroma for prominence. Mid to late smell there is plenty of sweet pumpkin pie aroma with some brown sugar. Pretty nice.

T - Very nice flavors. There is a good amount of actual pumpkin taste as opposed to pumpkin pie taste. That said the spices come on strong, especially on the finish. Clove is strongest but there is also cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice. Some buttery and brown sugar flavors mid sip. Some burnt caramel malt as well. Not overly sweet or spiced but a good mix.

M - Medium to light body with average carbonation. A touch too thin but not bad.

D - Great balance between sweet, spice and actual pumpkin flavor. Alcohol is very well hidden, no way I'd guess it at 8%. Very enjoyable beer to drink and one I could drink a couple of in a night, despite the ABV.

Notes: Great pumpkin beer, probably the best one I've had as of yet. Actual pumpkin flavor is wonderful compared to pumpkin meaning pumpkin pie. The mix between spices and brown sugar, buttery sweetness is great. Very enjoyable and I'll probably have to get some more. Recommended.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle (dated 8/18/11) into imperial pint glass.

Aroma: Sweet esters of ripe banana, clove, spicy banana bread, cinnamon, ginger, and bubble gum. An incredibly nostalgic aroma profile, reminding me of crisp autumn and blustery winter days.

Appearance: 1 finger of light tan head goes to a thin, splotchy layer of fine bubbles. Crystal-clear, copper-amber body.

Flavor: Cinnamon up front, followed by clove, a tart hint of ginger, banana, brown sugar, sweet, cooked squash, a touch of alcohol, very mild bitterness toward the end, before another tart note of ginger.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium mouthfeel. Just a tad bit thinner than I'd prefer.

Overall: One HECK of a pumpkin ale. Very well balanced sweetness, while the spices are prominent and exhibit complexity. One of the best, if not THE best pumpkin ale I've tried.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a bright copper with a nice creamy head.

smells like pumpkin pie. lots of spice through out. a hint of booze.

nice and malty with a very present pumpkin pie flavor. a perfect mix of spice here. a slight citrus hop taste in the finish. slight booze.

nice and full bodied with a moderate carbonation.

an excellent pumpkin ale here. amazing spices. the only thing hurting its drinkability is the booze on this.

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Photo of abrand
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into pint glass. This is a regular seasonable for me as I love this time of year

Pours a deep amber color with a quick fading off white color that leaves little retention. Smell is bursting with spices including nutmeg and cinnamon. Plenty of pumpkin and malts as well. Really good smelling beer. Taste is amazing. Complex with spices but a nice pumpkin finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall this is one of my favorite pumpkin beers. Not extremely session able but 1 or 2 is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of engagechad
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen, VA - tulip

Pours very nice, fizzly head and no lacing however it's a pretty beer, burnt dark orange. Smells very nice, above average pumpkin ale on the smell for sure. Taste follows well, this particular PA has a characteristic buttery feel to it almost pie like and it suits it well.

Overall this is an above average PA and I would buy this again above some of the others I've had as of late.

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Photo of bobhits
2.78/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I had this last year on tap, and thought it was a big dark brown ale that tasted like pumkin pie. This year, well it isn’t coming off even remotely the same.

Pours an amber color with a bit of activity, clear yet hard to see through. Head is merely and after thought.
Smells of nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, and amber malt.
This honestly drinks a bit too much like a kolch or lager in the body this year. Lost is the creamy body and deep sweetness for the past. Spices dominate and the pumkin and malt fall to the back ground. Some hops in the mouth again seem to contribute to a funky poorly mixed beer. Where is the pie curstg goodness from last year when I had this on tap?

You can feel the weight of the alcohol while the beer comes off rather medium the beer clearly is a monster in hiding. The spices and bite from the hops distract. Certainly not a beer to drink a lot of and it at times almost comes off that way.

The pumpkin ales aren’t my go to beers by any stretch, but I recall this one being a nice sipper and a change for the norm. Instead I have to say Southern Tier’s pumking was far far better this year. I feel like the malt is just not there and the spices are a touch stronger than in the past and with these beers those two elements have to be just right or the whole things falls apart. I wonder if this is a result of this beer being a touch inconsistent and me just getting a batch that didn’t get it right. That said still a good example of the style. If you enjoy these flavors it is great. If however you want the beer to meld together, I feel that something went a touch wrong with this bottle and maybe this year’s batch is just a hair off. Stick with Pumking for your seasonal this year!

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Photo of chicagobill13
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can't get this in chicago so it is a treat when I go down to St Louis or a friend goes down.

Color is a amber look.

Smell you can smell the nutneg and pumpkin.

Taste and mouthfeel has a very well balance with a kick. This is a very nice treat in the fall. Good with desserts or just sitting watching football games. This to me is best pumpkin ale on the market. Cheers!

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Photo of auroracrisis
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz into a pint glass.

Hazy brownish copper with a small head that dissipates quickly. Lots of bubbles dance to the top to form a collar of foam around the edges.

Nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, all kinds of autumn spices on the nose at first. Behind that we have some canned pumpkin, caramel, toffee, pie crust and graham cracker.

Pumpkin and toffee sweetness up front that transitions into cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice afterwards. Delicious pie crust and graham cracker woven throughout the flavors. A touch of alcohol in there at the end once the beer is up to a proper temperature, but this only further heightens the spice of the beer and compliments it nicely. Very well put together.

Medium body and sticky on the lips. A good amount of tiny bubbles that tingle your tongue and throat.

Pumpkin pie in a bottle. Honestly, the flavors are closer to a mixed drink or soda than a beer but for the style, it works. One of the must try pumpkin ales, pick it up if you can.

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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
4.17 out of 5 based on 2,270 ratings.
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