New Beer Blog Schlafly Pumpkin Ale


In this fall beer blog, we are going to take a look at one of my favorite pumpkin ale from Schlafly.  If you read my earlier blog, you know the history of this brewery.  If you have not, please, go back and read the first part of that blog post.  Let us get into this beer.

It has a clear dark copper color without a head on the beer.  This pumpkin has a cinnamon and nutmeg smell to it. It has a huge cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin, which is extremely rare in these beers.  It is very drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

Schlafly Pumpkin ale Celebrate the bounty of harvest with this rich, malty ale brewed with pumpkin and flavored with spices to invoke the season of plenty.

Here is a descripation from their website (

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.

Available September-October.

ABV:   8%   |   IBU:   16

  • Appearance: Copper-colored, bright
  • Process: Brewed with pumpkin squash and a blend of spices
  • Hops: Marynka (PL)
  • Malts: 2-row and Crystal malted barley, Munich malt, wheat malt, chocolate malt
  • Yeast: American Ale
  • OG: 18.5
  • SRM: 26.6

Here is their website and twitter addresses:


Twitter:  @schlafly

Closing, I really love this beer and it is my favorite pumpkin beer on the market.  Every year I have to work the phones to get a few six packs up here in Chicago.  This beer has the sweetness of the nutmeg, cinnaom, and the taste of Pumpkin in it.  Most Pumpkin ales or lagers do not have the taste of Pumpkin or just very little.  It is very drinkable and full of flavor.  I highly recommend this beer.  This is what a pumpkin ale is suppose to be not what is out in the market.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/


Bill Weiser


Twitter: @djweiser

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