Schlafly first came on the St. Lewis, Mo. beer scene in 1991 and currently brews over 50 unique styles of beers annually, with roughly half of them bottled and half exclusively available on draft at the company’s two brewery/restaurants: The Schlafly Tap Room and Schlafly Bottleworks, which are both in St. Louis.1
First introduced in 2006, Schlafly Pumpkin Ale is an 8 percent ABV ale that is available from August through October nationwide. The beer uses Marynka hops as well as pale, crystal, Munich, wheat and chocolate grains, combined with pumpkin squash and spices.2
The Schlafly Pumpkin Ale pours a hazy copper brown color with a slightly red tint, and features a very thin tan head that dissipates quite quickly. Aroma from the beer is a combination of strong creamy pumpkin, with undercurrents of gingerbread, bread and cinnamon.
Starting out, the first sip of the Pumpkin Ale brings distinct flavors of creamy pumpkin, bread, cinnamon, apple and malt, along with a nutmeg note that comes and goes at certain times. The flavors are natural tasting, especially the sweetness, which combines well with the rest of the profile. While the finish is slightly bitter, it is not in a way that impacts the profile negatively, and the mouthfeel is a bit lighter than I expected.
As it warms up, the sweetness begins to dominate to profile, and the amount of carbonation really takes a nose dive as well, which isn’t great consider I felt it was right where it should have been when the beer was first poured. The pumpkin flavor becomes less and less dominant, replaced by a combination of sweet apple, malt and brown sugar, while the bread note has disappeared altogether by the time I finish the beer. The 8 percent ABV in the beer is barely perceptible, even after finishing the entire bottle.