Beer: Pumpkin Ale
Brewery: Saint Louis Brewery/Schlafly Tap Room
Style: Pumpkin Ale (Imperial)
Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Clear, bright copper body with a small white head.
Smell: It smells like stepping into a bakery. Specifically, a Cinnabon. And even more specifically, it smells like the gooey cinnamon filling that has made Cinnabon its millions. The resemblance is so strong, Cinnabon could probably sue for smell infringement. There’s just the tiniest hint of pumpkin purée, as well.
Flavor: Of all the pumpkin pie beers I’ve had this month, this is hands down the most pumpkin pie-est of the bunch. This actually tastes more like food than beer. Vanilla and caramel flavors linger, which is only icing on the…pie.
Feel: Thin with high carbonation, and dry, like Champagne.
Concluding Remark: Although it doesn’t label itself as an Imperial Pumpkin, drinking Schlafly’s humble Pumpkin Ale is essentially like consuming shots of pumpkin pie. It’s impossibly delicious with a high ABV, rendering it the perfect holiday beer. Like some of its peers, it’s just a wee sweet. However, I would honestly choose Schlafly’s Pumpkin Ale over actual pumpkin pie. And that’s saying a lot given my decades-long obsession with pumpkin pie. If you find this in stores, make sure to pick it up ASAP. I had to sweet talk a beer clerk at my local liquor store into splitting their hidden stash with me.