Ales, Beer Reviews, Specialty Brews

Schlafly Pumpkin Ale

If you couldn’t tell from my Oktoberfest post, I love fall, and fall beers.  Especially pumpkin beers (true confession:  I actually love just about anything pumpkin).  Every year, in early September, I head to my favorite beer shops to pick up a season’s worth of pumpkin beer.  I usually grab some of my favorites, and check out new ones to try.  The owner of my tried and true beer store recommended Schlafly to me, saying it was his favorite.  I was a little dubious, as his second favorite is one I’m not a fan of.  But I decided to give it a try, and I am very happy I did.  This is the first Schlafly beer I’ve tried, and I’ll definitely be looking for additional styles. 

The beer looked great in the glass, a beautiful (what else) orange-y pumpkin-y color.  There was a nice spicy aroma – I think nutmeg.  A lot of pumpkin beers I’ve tried have been a half-hearted, weak-bodied beer that someone just dumped spice into, but this one actually had a really solid body that held up very well to the spice.  The spice was also nicely restrained – flavorful, but not overwhelming (another fault I find with some pumpkin beers).  The full body makes me think there’s a lot of malt, but it didn’t have a hugely malty taste, which I also liked.   That also kept the sweetness in check – at 8.0% I expected a sweeter finish, but this drinks like a session beer (another plus in my opinion).  There was a soft finish, and a nice lingering (but not too strong) spice taste.  If you can’t tell, I really liked this one, will definitely add it to my rotation each year, and recommend it to other pumpkin-beer fans!

  • Schlafly Pumpkin Ale
  • Schlafly Beer; the Saint Louis Brewery, Inc.
  • $2.29 per 12 oz. bottle
  • Sampled 9/30/10
  • Serving Type:  bottle
  • IBU:  16
  • ABV:  8.0%
  • Rating:  5
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