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Schlafly Pumpkin AleSchlafly Pumpkin Ale
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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
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566
Ratings:
2,270
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
23.5%
 
 
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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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Photo of Slyjoker87
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a moderate head that is a slightly off white color. The head receded at an average pace. The color is a slightly muddied orange and red.

S - Smells wonderful, like cinnamon, pumpkin, some nuttiness which is probably the nutmeg, and a little other spice

T - Sweetness is the first and most prevalent flavor - like pumpkin pie. Beyond the pumpkin, there is a wonderful amount of cinnamon and a hint of other spice. It's like liquid joy and nostalgia for the fall season.

M - It fills your mouth, but the carbonation doesn't kick your tongue. It's tasty and spicy, but goes down smooth. A moderately full body makes this exceptionally sexy.

O - This is one of the best beers I have tasted. Perhaps it's the feeling of fall creeping in and biasing my opinion. Maybe I am simply a pumpkin fan. Regardless, this is a beer I would not pass up if given the opportunity to consume. It's an instant classic that is sure to make anyone smile - even my Coors drinking relatives!

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Photo of Sean9689
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had many times, bottles, draft, etc.

A - Pours a copper/rusty brown color, cream head, spotty lacing.

S - Pumpkin pie. Spices, creamy sweetness, burnt sugars, candy.

T - Pumpkin pie. Cinnamon, spices, well-hidden alcohol.

M - Medium, good carbonation, rich and smooth.

O - My favorite Pumpkin Ale...not just because I'm a StL homer.

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Photo of jtd1969
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a Pint glass
deep autumn clear pour Medium head with lacing
Aroma = Pumpkin Pie
Starts off with a smooth Malt then with finishes with all the Pumpkin Pie spices (Nutmeg, vanilla, cin, brown sugar) Simply a delicious pumpkin ale
smooth creamy body, crisp yet smooth carbonation
Very drinkable yet potent. Be careful this Fall with this one. At 8 %, It can catch up to you quickly. One of the best Pumpkin Ales I have had this year...

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Photo of homebrew311
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: deep and dark amber orange color that is mostly clear, thin white head with dense bubbles. Thick lacing.

S: The aroma is blasting with pumpkin pie spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and all spice... smells just like my aunts kitchen on Thanksgiving. The actual pumpkin character comes through behind all of the spices and seems to meld nicely with the base malts.

T: the tastes starts off malty and sweet and quickly the spices come in and cut through the sweetness nicely. Cinnamon is on the forefront with notes of brown sugar, vanilla, and nutmeg. The spices make for a dry finish. Very nice balance, 8% is very well hidden.

MF: smooth creamy body, medium carbonation

O: this is a well crafted pumpkin brew. The spices are assertive, but they match the big time malt bill nicely which seems to balance everything out. The end result is a highly drinkable and flavorful (and dangerous) beer perfect for Fall.

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Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light, brownish amber with 1/2" of thick, foamy head. Good retention. Smell is sweet, delicious pumpkin pie; allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin. Solid pumpkin up front with a nice, spice presence in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but finishes thin; nice carbonation that works well with the spices.

A pretty solid beer as far as pumpkins go.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark mahogany in color/deep orange. Low head retention and ok lacing. No visible carbonation.

S - Big pumpkin pie spices, clove, strong nutmeg, and light roasted malts.

T - Lots of pumpkin pie puree followed by dry spicy cinnamon. Nice balance of nutmeg and clove with a brown sugar-like sweetness as well.

M - Medium body with good carbonation. Finishes neutral on the palate and a nice spice.

O - Excellent beer for the style that encompasses a great ratio of dry/bitter pumpkin to spices to balance it out.

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Photo of claspada
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a small white head that leaves just a bit of lacing.

Aromas begin with a lot of pumpkin pie. Smells thick and starchy with pretty good amount of pumpkin pie spices including cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.

The tastes begin once again with the sweet pumpkin pie filling, some lighter brown sugar and the spices rounding out the flavor profile. It is kind of heavy in the flavor department and almost could/should be toned down in the dark caramel and brown sugar department. That being said there was no alcohol flavors even once it warmed which is nice for an 8% offering.

Mouthfeel is quite full and creamy; drinks heavier than any pumpkin ale I have ever had.
Medium-to-heavy bodied with balanced carbonation.

Overall this is one of the better pumpkin brews I've come across, but not in the top for me. It is too heavy and thick on the palate. I am not sure exactly which aspect of this beer is not jelling for me, but I would definitely prefer a Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin to this any day of the week.

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Photo of Merkur
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a hazy orange color with a slight beige head.

The beer smells excellent. Smells richly of pumpkin and nutmeg.

The taste of the beer is almost exactly like pumpkin pie. The pumpkin is very well done and not over powering and very pleasant. The spices accentuate the pumpkin and do not overpower it as other pumpkin ales.

The beer is a bit thick, but not syruppy.

Even though this is 8%, you can hardly tell. Could make a great desert on its own. Best pumpkin beer I have ever had.

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Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber and orange in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that completely faded away, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of pumpkins and spices such as nutmeg in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that the pumpkins really stand out in front of the spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has no traces whatsoever of alcohol. The taste has a very good balance between pumpkins and spices but much more pumpkin flavors compared to other beers in the style.

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Photo of aficionado
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smooth, nutty, complex, and real (not artificial). Kind of on spicy side, but the fact that this is not as sweet as Pumking makes the spicy character more bearable. Easy drinking when cold and full of flavor. As it warms, it can get a little hot. Aroma could be better, but it has an attractive appearance, along with a great mouthfeel and flavor. You really taste the roasted pumpkin and roasted butternut squash. If there was any pumpkin beer that I would want to replicate at home, it would be this or Elysian's Great Pumpkin.

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