Schlafly Pumpkin Ale | The Schlafly Tap Room

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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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Reviews: 568 | Ratings: 2,279
Photo of dcotom
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a tumbler. The sampled product had about 14 months on it. Pumpkin pie / mulling spices - cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, orange peel - dominate the aroma and are prevalent on the palate as well. Nice pumpkin backbone providing lots of up-front sweetness and a creamy mouthfeel. Warmth from the alcohol becomes more prominent as the beer warms up, with a slight astringence (think cinnamon stick) on the finish. If you don't like pumpkin pie, this one probably isn't for you.

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

Not my favorite style. This is the best of the ubiquitous pumpkin ales out there I have found. My favorite in the pumpkin patch is PumpKyn by Avery - Amazing brew with ridic ABV!

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Photo of BSiegs
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour isn't overly impressive, deep amber with minimal white foam. Little to no lacing. The aroma is very nice, not shockingly led by pumpkin. Plenty of nutmeg, clove, spices. and a hint of malty sweetness. This tastes exactly how I want a pumpkin ale to taste. A nice malty base with waves of flavor. Again, pumpkin, spices, nutmeg, caramel, and a lasting sweetness. The carbonation is fairy high on a nice medium body. Probably the best pumpkin ale I've had.

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Photo of MAFC_Trainer
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

L - Pours a thick copper head with a hard pour and a red/amber body
S - Super strong aroma of cinnamon. pumpkin and spice as well
T - cinnamon creamy pumpkin pie
F - super smooth creamy pumpkin beer. Practically no carbonation and light coat of the mouth
O - Really great beer to enjoy when the temps start cooling off. Great aroma and good tasting beer that goes down easy. Cheers!

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

I'm not much of a pumpkin beer fan, but this is by far my favorite. It's shocking how good it tastes and the feel has the creaminess that real pumpkin pie has. I enjoy it quite a bit

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

one of the first pumpkin beers of the year for me, the nights are cooling off and even though they have been out for months, it finally seems appropriate to have one. this one was shared with me by a friend who got hooked up from out of state, i have always liked schlafly, been there a few times, but somehow never had this one. its a pale orange color, nice and heady, but also quite soft in its overall complexion. its a spiced beer for sure, but its much more subtle and less abrasive than so many of its peers. i can actually taste the squash in this, which is less and less common every fall. the cinnamon is the most forward spice, and there seems to be a roasty post caramel vibe to the grain that really works well with these flavors. its lighter in sweetness and in body than a lot of others too, which means i could sit down and session a bunch of them without getting burnt out. it absolutely shocks me that this is as strong as it is, i would have guessed below 6% abv, there isnt a trace of it at all, which blows my mind. majorly approachable for that strength. one of my favorite seasonals i have had from these guys!

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very enjoyable pumpkin beer. Has good spice flavor. Pumpkin flavor is very natural and not artificial tasting. Probably best pumpkin beer I've had in a 12 oz. bottle format.

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

Look - Burnt orange / light brown color
Smell - tons of pumpkin, spice, cinnamon, you get little hints of the pie crust, pumpkin pie, nutmeg, clove
Taste - Follows the nose. PUMPKN PIE!!!

Overall - Hands down the best pumpkin beer out!

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Photo of Getalegup
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brownish gold in appearance with a little foam and some lacing.
This had a great mouthfeel feel and spice flavor.
One of the better pumpkin ales I've had.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/10/15.

Pours a hazy dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon stick, and pie crust aromas. Taste is much the same with pumpkin pie spice, pie crust, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with great pumpkin spice qualities that come through slightly better in the smell to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

In the build a sixer section at Hy-Vee, served in a regular glass.
Has almost a ruby color. The aroma is heavy with spice, almost made my eyes bulge out of my head. The taste is great! Lots of spice with a good malt base. I can tell the pumpkin flavoring isn't from real pumpkin because it doesn't have that certain earthiness of real pumpkin. But this is so good I don't care. I haven't been in the mood to write a full review for a while but I'm so impressed that I'm writing this while watching Into Darkness. The body is the ideal density and finishes leaving some cinnamon behind. This is a fantastic pumpkin brew. Next time I'll try it with a cinnamon and sugar rim.

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

A - Pours a dark mahogany color with a fluffy two finger head. Head is an off white and dissipates fairly quickly.

S - A great smelling beer that is fairly spot on to that of pumpkin pie, though I don't know if was my beer but the aromas felt fairly mute from what I expected. I feel I need to try another in order to see was just a dud or not.

T - Tastes like a pumpkin pie! Very well done brew, not as overpowering as many pumpkin ales and has a particularly prominent taste of bread flavorings; nearly spot on to that of pie crust. An incredibly well done pumpkin ale overall that isn't too dominant lyrics tasting ot pumpkin.

M - Medium - full bodied beer. Very smooth feeling. Carbonation is well balanced as well.

O - At first I was a little skeptical but the beer exceeded expectations. I've had a decent amount of pumpkin ales now and I must say this is probably the best one I've had; the greatest aspect for me is the bread/malt flavorings that remind me of pie crust. Perfect beer for fall!

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Photo of Budlum
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a DFH glass which produced a thin tan head atop a copper and ruby body. Wow, the nose is on - spicy clove, cinnamon, and allspice blend with faint vanilla and what I think smells like fresh birch bark. Awesome for this style. The flavors do not disappoint and introduce a balanced pumpkin flavor mixed with the strong spice which carries from the nose. The feel is spicy, but a bit thin. I suppose that helps with the finish, but I would prefer a bit more body. A great pumpkin overall.

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Photo of Jelitikasez
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really love the fragrance of the spices. Prominent, but not overwhelming in the flavor. Sweet and rich, but not too heavy for a warm September day.

Had a second bottle a couple days later, this time paired with chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. Now we're talkin' some serious fun with beer! Might be a bit pumpkin intense to pair with a meal, but fantastic with a chocolatey dessert.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours an amber red/brown with a solid white head.

smells exactly like pumpkin pie!!

this tastes exactly like pumpkin pie! would not guess this was 8%, wow. pumpkin pie with whipped cream/marshmellow.

it has a thick feel, but not in a bad way. full beer, like a bite of pumpkin pie.

i usually don't like pumpkin beers, yet i keep buying them in the hopes i find a good one. i like this a lot! i couldn't drink pumpkin beer every day but as a novelty when the weather changes? absolutely, my favorite pumpkin beer yet

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Photo of tmryan21
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had to wait until at least September to have my first pumpkin beer of 2015.

Look: Nice, amber/orange hue.

Smell: Pumpkin explosion - cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove.

Taste: What I really liked about this one was the lack of artificial tasting pumpkin like you get from most others. Very natural tasting pumpkin flavors - probably because Schlafly uses actual pumpkin in their Pumpkin Ale. I was shocked when I found out the ABV was 8% - it hides it extremely well.

Overall: My favorite pumpkin beer yet. I will revisit again later - I think I drank this one too cold.

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Photo of KSOZE
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My favorite pumpkin beer tried to date. It's just like pumpkin pie in a glass - heavy on the spiced crust. Delightful seasonal brew, if not a bit on the sweet side. Err on the side of this being a dessert beer as there is nothing subtle here.

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

Beautiful amber color with a nice offwhite head. The smell is pumpkin, nutmeg, slight vanilla, and cinnamon. The taste is smooth and subtle with pumpkin and spice. A nice balance of flavors and not too sweet. Right out of the fridge it was a bit thin but when it warmed a bit it was much better. yb

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Photo of martinfletwood
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Read some other reviews that said this beer had a strong pumpkin spice smell and taste. I agree it has both, but I think there both on the softer note. This beer finishes with a very nice and smooth pumpkin spice flavor. I've been trying many pumpkin beers lately (tis the season), and this is probably a Top 5 pumpkin beer. This may change as I try more. I can say it doesn't compare to Southern Tier's Pumking, in smell or taste.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light amber-brown color. Small white head, a touch of lacing. Nose is massive pumpkin spice. Sweet caramel malt. Sweet and spicy. Flavor is likewise, big caramel and pumpkin spice, some fruit - apples maybe - a touch of toffee, some dried fruit, maybe even a touch of sourness. Quite a nice flavor. Body is nice and creamy, appropriate carbonation. this is really a delicious pumpkin ale - up there with Pumking in terms of my preferred pumpkin ales.

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Photo of DeFaz
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

It's a little early in the year for pumpkin beers, but when I saw this at the store and had read that it's considered by many to be the "best" pumpkin beer, I had to try it. The pour was unimpressive, as the head was short and receded quickly, but there was a nice amount of small bubbles racing toward the top. The smell lacked the strong punch of pumpkin and spices that I'm used to in pumpkin ales, but like the taste, this beer seems to be going for more of a balanced and less "in your face" approach to the style. The taste consists of bread, pumpkin, slight alcohol burn, and a fair amount of spice (not too much to distract from the other flavors). Somewhat sweet. Mouthfeel is definitely on the thin side, and the carbonation is greater than average. Unfortunately, it's a bit sticky. Overall, this beer goes down very easily, and I think the closest beer to it is Dogfish's Punkin offering (which frankly I prefer somewhat better). Still, definitely worth trying, and I'll buy it again. I think it'd be better though if there was a bit more body and a bit less stickiness.

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Photo of jslice99
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up from holiday beverage inStaten island new york. 12 oz glass bottle. Look: Pours a deep orange color with about a two finger head. Looks just like what you would expect a pumpkin beer to look like. Smell: smell is on point. Even though its august it reminds you of everything fall. Pumpkin up front. Nutmeg, cinnamon. It smells great. Taste: This is a beer i want on thanksgiving when im eating a piece of pumpkin pie. Pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg, clove, brown sugar and also some slight graham cracker. Does not feel like 8%. Spot on. It gets you excited for the upcoming fall season. Feel: light to medium. Interesting for this style. Carbonation is medium. Very nice mouthfeel. Overall: overall i give this beer a 4.5. Its very good. This is the first time ive seen this beer. I bought a single bottle and i will definitely buy a 6 pack during the fall when the weather cools. Its comparable to pumpking, elysian great pumpkin, smashed pumpkin or any of the top rated pumpkin beers. I picked this up as a random new seasonal to try and it didn't disappoint.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a: its a super-clear, dark caramel color with just a hint a light brown and faint ruby red. pours a 2 finger off-white that quickly fades to a thin film

s: massive pumpkin upfront. lots of sweet malt, toffee, clove, coriander, nutmeg, graham cracker, and brown sugar. its mouth watering.

t: the initial taste is a bit more mellow than the aroma, but then the flavors start to hit you. pumpkin, caramel, allspice, cinnamon, and clove right away. there is a little alcohol present upfront as well. after that is a pie crust flavor and thick brown sugar. the finish is sweet, with some more pumpkin meat

m: medium body, average carbonation for the style

o: i've been wanting to try this for a while so i went in with some high expectations. honestly, it just about meets them. it tastes like smooth pumpkin pie. neither the pumpkin nor the spice dominates - which is very nice. its a mellow drinker that would hit the spot on a crisp evening. my only criticism is i'm picking up just a tad bit more alcohol in the flavor than i'd like; it doesn't ruin it at all, it would just be a tad more enjoyable without it. still...definitely pick this up

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Photo of Griffin2
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - Pours a dark orange with a solid white head.
S - Smells just like pumpkin pie.
T- Tastes like the smell.
F- Pretty well carbonated.
O- Nice pumpkin beer, but it tastes a little boozy.

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

Was told about this by a friend and WOW! 5 star rating. I've had several pumpkin ales and this beer tastes just like pumpkin pie. You can even taste the cinnamon breading in the pie. This is world class

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