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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 | website

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

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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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Photo of DCon
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought a 12 fl oz bottle of this from The Wolf Public House for $2. Poured from the bottle w/ a Huge Pumpkin on it and Bottled with Love On into a Samuel Adams Imperial Pint Glass.

Aroma- Great amount of spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie! Especially pumpkin pie! Very strong and can tell there is more ingredient in this than any other Schlafly.

Appearance- Pours a 1.5 finger head that is off-white and has good retention. The body is a mixed color of dark orange/light-medium brown color with tons of ingredients floating around. Good lacing follows up this beer.

Flavor- Pumpkin pie in a glass! Starts with the initial taste of pie with a nice cinnamon sugar and spice. Very sweet and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth & Crisp, and leaves tones of spice and pumpkin pie on the palate! Almost like its Thanksgiving in September!

Overall Impression- While this is one of my top 5 brews of all time, I just can't get enough of this one! It represents the Pumpkin Ale style PERFECTLY in everyway possible. I had to pop one of these before sending off over 48 brews to people all over the States. I recommend you trying this as well (have problems getting it, let me know! I'll be glad to make a trade for this).

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Photo of droomyster
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mahogany body with two fingers of tan head that settle down to a slight collar without lacing the glass. Aromas are predominantly of toasty malts and pumpkin, with spices present but kept in check [I usually can't stand pumpkin ales with lots of spice]. Fascinating flavors. Big and chewy malts like molasses and brown sugar, with plenty of toastiness and pumpkin goodness. The spicy notes are stronger on the palate than the nose. Tastes like an extremely sweet pumpkin pie with a well-browned crust. Usually pumpkin ales that are this literal annoy me, but this beer has a hefty body and an emphasis on malt complexity that other members of its style lack. The 8% abv will be welcomed as the fall temperatures set in. Good stuff.

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Photo of bronco94
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed based on style:

A - Clear amber/orange, half finger offwhite head. Looks like I would expect a pumpkin ale to

S - Amazing smell...pumpkin fruit, fall spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice) smells like a pumpkin pie.

T - follows the smell perfectly...would have gotten a 5 if there was just a hair bit more pumpkin fruit flavor. no alcohol presence in the taste, smell, or mouthfeel

M - medium...not too thick, a little more syrupy than creamy but very smooth. moderate carbonation.

O - so far the best pumpkin ale I've had...I think I said that about Smuttynose last year (which was very similar IIRC), but this one is better and is just about perfect in my book. I'm sad I only have 4 left of these, because I would love to drink these regularly and not have to ration them.

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Photo of mattsdenney
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Temp dropped to sub-70 today and college football is on...perfect time for a Schafly Pumpkin Ale.

Appearance: A thick consistency, hazy, amber in color with a bubbly white head.

Smell: Smells amazing. A blend of spices and pumpkin that's distinct and aromatic.

Taste & Mouthfeel: The most flavorful and non-artifical tasting pumpkin beer out there. Schafly has reached the perfect balance of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Feels creamy and thick but not too heavy, especially for the abv.

Overall: I've been looking forward to this beer for months and was waiting for the right feel to break one open. Now that fall weather is here, this will be stocked in my fridge until I feel the need to switch to a winter warmer.

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Photo of mocktm
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown 12 oz bottle, bottling date of 8/12/2011 printed on the front.

Absolutely gorgeous dark and opaque orange to brown hue, chestnut is the best comparison I can draw. Small, yet fluffy egg white head forms and quickly dissipates, still the color on this is spectacular. Deliciously creamy as well.

Nose is robust and pungent, a fall spice cabinet: cinnamon, clove, all spice, etc plus poignant scents of fresh roasted pumpkin.

When I buy a pumpkin beer, damnitt I want it to taste like pumpkin, but I still want it to carry the characteristics of an actual beer. This accomplishes that; the pumpkin pie flavors are well defined and delectable, with a slight hop bitterness to round it out and a bit of booze as well.

Mouthfeel is medium, slightly creamy, with plenty of carbonation.

One of the better pumpkin beers on the market, it actually doesn't get much better, Cheers!

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Photo of 1Adam12
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful orange color. The nose is awesome. Makes you jump back and go "woah". Smells like pumpkin pie, spicy, a bit of cinnamon, very nice. Tastes like pumpkin pie. No sign of the ABV. Nice spice. Mouthfeel is medium to light with a decent amount of carbonation. This is a really good pumpkin ale. My first of the season this year. Glad they produced this. I recommend trying this if it is in your area.

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

This beer is a beautiful dark chestnut brown. Relatively low carbonation. The nose brings on nice tones of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin spice. It smells like pumpkin pie extract (if there was such a thing - and there should be!).

Nice smooth malty sweetness carrying subdued flavors of cookie, graham cracker, and, of course, pumpkin and spice. A nice subtle touch of hops awaits you at the finish.

I've only tried a few pumpkin beers and all of them have been at beer tastings. They were okay, but the flavors were somehow out-of whack and they did not appeal to me enough to want to buy multiple servings. When I tried this one, I knew I was going to buy some. The pumpkin flavors and spices are dead-on accurate and the beer is darn tasty.

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Photo of plfahey
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance-Amber-reddish in color with good clarity. Nice creamy beige head forms and has good retention.

Aroma-Smells strongly of pumpkin pie spice-Nutmeg, Clove, Allspice, and a hint of Ginger and Cinnamon. There's also a slight molasses note to the aroma. Reminiscent of warm, pumpkin pie.

Flavor-Spice is a little bit muddled up front in the flavor, with nutmeg and allspice standing out, as well as a little bit of peppery character from the alcohol. In the mid-palate, some squash-like pumpkin flavors come through. The finish is quite dry with a little bit of spice astringency, pepper from the alcohol, and a slight molasses character. The booze is rather prominent in the aftertaste, with muddled spice character following.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, moderate carbonation. Some warmth from the alcohol. Slight astringency from the spices.

Not bad at all-the aroma kicks ass-it smells just like liquid pumpkin pie. Unfortunately, the spice character gets a little muddled in the flavor, the alcohol comes through a little bit strong in the finish, and there's a slight astringency from the spices. Good, but not great.

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Photo of dtalou27
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been waiting over a year to try this beer, and to no surprise, it is now my all time favorite beer.... To bad it is only available this time of year, oh well, it makes it that much better!

Appearance - dark Amber color, with hint of orange. Medium head on this beer.

Smell - Smells like a Pumpkin Pie!!

Taste - Taste is even better than it smells! You can tell this beer has a decent amount of alcohol, without the alcohol being overwhelming at all. The blend of spices is perfect, and can be tasted each sip.

Mouthfeel - Malty, with a great carbonation.

Overall - Again, I've been waiting for this beer all year, and it did NOT disappoint. If I could give this beer a higher rating than a 5 overall, I would.

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

I finally found a Pumpkin Ale I like!!!! Not surprised it came from Schlafly. Pours a clear dark amber color with a medium size off white head. Average head retention and some lacing.

Good smell of pumpkin and nutmeg. Taste is surprisingly good. Most pumpkin ales I have sampled are like bad christmas ales, thin, sweet and tons of artificial flavors..kind of like scented candles in a glass.

This one is not too sweet, the nutmeg and pumpkin are expertly blended in and there is a yeast thing going on and some bitterness in the finish. This is not a one trick pony of a beer.

Mouthfeel is rich enough. A crisp beer with a nice little hops presence at the end. No weird artificial aftertaste.

THis one is a winner.

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Photo of oline73
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a finger of off white head. Good retention and some lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel like malt with pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices. Like liquid pumpkin pie.

Taste: Follows from the smell. Sweet malt is complimented well by the pumpkin and the spices. There is a really nice balance to this beer. The finish has a slight bitterness to it with some alcohol in there as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light and tingly carbonation and a somewhat slick finish.

Overall: I've been looking forward to this beer all year, and it does not disappoint. I really enjoy pumpkin beers, and this is the best one I've found so far.

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

Bottled 8-16-2011, poured into a tulip. Crystal clear deep amber body, with red and orange hue. Big, three-finger tan head that looks great at the beginning, but doesn't hang around too long. Very little lacing.

Smells like autumn. Rich spicy notes followed by nutmeg and pumpkin. Bready malt in the background. Reminds me of a nice scented candle.

Not as sweet as I would have expected, but in a good way. Plenty of flavor from the spices, and a strong nutty flavor. The pumpkin flavor is present, but not overwhelming. Good blend overall.

Relatively thin in the mouthfeel. I must admit, I've never had a pumpkin beer that I've liked (or reviewed), but this one is changing my perspective. I can see this begin a regular in the fall, especially since I'm local to STL and am fortunate enough to be able to get it regularly.

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Photo of chodinheaven
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy deep orange color. Small and thin head, but decent retention in the form of a sheet. The nose is of ripe pumpkin and smoky malts. The pumpkin is not as sweet or obvious as I thought it would be, but I take that as a good thing. Almost a medicinal quality in there as well?

Pumpkin in the taste, remeniscent of pumpkin pie actually. Cinnamon too that rounds out the pumpkin, making for a really pleasant taste. Booze is not hidden, but rather flaunted in a way that adds to the overall spicy character. Boozy but clean aftertaste and finish. The sweetness of the pumpkin and cinnamon is delicate and complex, making for a really nice drink that is sippable but easy-going as well. Its actually a fairly straight-forward beer, but delicious nonetheless. It definitely has some good qualities for it. I'd like to try this same beer in a lighter ABV and see if the sweetness is a little more pronounced, but this works too.

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Photo of paxchristi
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottles into tankard.

Appearance: Dark burnt orange and/or brilliant ruby in the light...it is an orange from hell so to speak. It pours a delicious-looking, tan, yet ever so slightly orange hue head. I was disappointed whenever it went away in a couple minutes, but its 8% so its appropriate.

Smell: Orgasmic-- a complete rush of the senses.There is, of course, pumpkin in the front, however it is accompanied by some very quality grains to prevent the pumpkin from domination. In the middle was cinnamon, nutmeg, and more pumpkin. In the end there is some ever so slight hints of clove and a bit of a yeasty flavor that was reminiscent of a crust.

Taste: Orgasm x2. The smells are consistent with its smell. Quite possibly one of the most unique, well-balanced flavors I've had from a fall seasonal. All of the flavors show restraint demonstrating that no one flavor is bigger than the other. I can't believe that its 8.0ABV. It masked it so well. A sign of brilliant brewers.

Mouth: Good even, moderate carbonation. Carbonated about perfectly for say like a Red Ale. There was enough life in it to give it some pop without overpowering the very sweet and creamy flavors of it.

Overall: This fall ale is incredibly balanced, thoughtful, and professional. I would say that this is quite possibly one of the best, most addictive Pumpkin Ales I've ever had. Not only will it go on my "cult favorites" list, but it will go on my list of favorite seasonals. I will go to the Bottleworks this weekend and try it on-tap. I bet it will bring out the absolute best in this beer. I had an entire six-pack of these beers, and they are masterful. It is a masterclass brew, and its quite possibly my favorite that I've had from Schlafly to date. A MUST TRY for fall seasonals.

EDIT 10/10/11-- Has a fresh sixer bottled on 10/6. I noticed this time some subtle banana notes and a much thicker mouth feel. I also caught some hop bitterness that keeps the sweet from taking over. In fact, it balances it out nicely to where I'm not even concerned about it being too sweet. Drink this one as fresh as you can get it. It improved, and I have adjusted the grade accordingly.

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Photo of tito42
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. Bottled 08/12/2011.

A: Rich, clear chestnut with a thick, foamy pumpkin-hued head. Great lacing.

S: Smells just like pumpkin pie to me. Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, just as advertised on the label. Nutmeg wafts out of the bottle when you open it, but the cinnamon comes through strongly after poured.

T: Biscuity malt, pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, and burnt sugar. Just a touch of hops at the finish. Well-masked 8.0% ABV.

M: Medium to full bodied, nice creaminess.

O: Very good pumpkin ale. My first try of this style, and I don't know if I'm going to find any better than this locally. I'll definitely be picking this up in sixers once it cools off near Halloween.

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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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