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

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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4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

Tried this beer a few months back when it was still pretty warm outside. Not a good combination.

Had another tonight (45 degrees). Wow, save all your bottles for cold fall evenings and pair with an apple or pumpkin dessert.

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4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 edition poured into a nonic.

A: Pours a dark amber color that is considerably dimmer than other pumpkin ales. Beautiful. The head dissipates quickly but leaves a ring perched atop the beverage.

S: Different than other beers in the style. Yes the 4 core pumpkin pie scents are there (allspice, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg), but there's an added almost fruity characteristic that sets it apart.

T: As described in the nose, the pumpkin pie flavoring is there, but there is just something extra to this one. It is so intense. There's a fruity note in the mix. Almost reminds me of apple pie as opposed to pumpkin. Regardless, the flavor is indescribably good.

M: 8% ABV is nowhere to be seen. This smooth medium bodied beer goes down easy and it isn't cloyingly sweet either.

O: Upper echelon of pumpkin ales. My first was pumking which set the bar pretty high, but this definitely exceeds that. My favorite for sure.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

This beer transcends being a "pumpkin ale". I think most people might not take a pumpkin beer seriously as a beer style, but this one is a world class beer. Period. 8% abv is masked in an expert fashion, you got a perfect blend of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin. As it warms it doesn't get offensive with its taste. The alcohol is still masked and the flavors still shine. Add it towards the top of my beer ranking list that's for sure.

If you can get your hands on it, do so! It is a much better value than Pumking. You can get a 6 pack for about $11.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Date: 9/15/14
Location: DeCicco's Pelham
Draught/Bottle: Bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Dark Orange to brown in color with a caramel colored head that has less then average retention. Some cling to the glass and it appears to be well carbonated. The glass sits with a slight cold haze but besides that the beer allows a good deal of light in. Well filtered.
Aroma: This is definitely a fall spices kind of beer as the clove and nutmeg hit me hardest followed by whiffs of cinnamon. A hint of brown sugar. At the end some pumpkin aroma can be noticed.
Taste: The wonderful thing about the flavors in this beer is that they are all balanced so very well. I again get clove, nutmeg and then cinnamon spice in that order but they come together so well that it's a very pleasant beer to drink. The pumpkin flavor comes through along with some of the malts.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium high carbonation. The carbonation in particular seems to sit on my tongue and sit and sit. The beer starts off very smoothly and is very drinkable but after the beer has been imbibed the flavors of the spices and malts seem to scratch my throat.

Notes: Bottled 7/23/14

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Admittedly, I'm a big Schlafly fan, but as far as pumpkin ales go, this is my absolute favorite. Almost every year I seek out new pumpkin ales to see if I can find something better. Haven't been able to yet.

This year (2014), I listened to my friends from the east coast and sought out some Dogfish Head Punkin Ale. I was told it's the best of the best. Having had and enjoyed a number of Dogfish Head brews, I thought it would be a true contender. It wasn't.

Schlafly's Pumpkin Ale is simply the best. Liquid pumpkin pie. Yum.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
4.17 out of 5 based on 2,284 ratings.
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