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Schell's Pale Ale - August Schell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.57%
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Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

replaced by Hopfenmalz

(Beer added by: budgood1 on 12-03-2002)
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Photo of CRichardsMN
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out into a 16oz pub glass. Pours bright mostly clear orange with a very loose off-white hear that falls pretty quickly and leaves very sticky bubbly lacing.

Sweet malts and very floral citrus hops, very full nose.

Tastes very much like the nose, nicely sweet caramel up front then a full floral citrus bite that flows into a slightly dry, tart bitterness. Full and straightforward flavors.

Lightly carbonated (though flowed over the bottle and glass with head) but smooth and full. Fills up the mouth and lingers around.

Though getting a little too far down the hop-water stream, this is a very decent beer. If it fit my preferences more closely, I've be all over this one.

#2 of 6 styles out of the August Schell sampler pack. I can't believe I haven't had anything from there before (only 120mi from home). Very solid representation so far. Bring on the thick stuff!

CRichardsMN, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of pmccallum86
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden red color with a light fluffy head.

Smell is nothing to special, light hop aromas with malt scents also present, more malt than hops.

Taste is like the smell, nice array of malt flavors but just not enough hops.

Feels great going down, a nice session beer but it just doesn't make the mouth water.

pmccallum86, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of CHSLBrew
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Pristine light amber, almost golden brew. Visible carbonation feeds a fluffy, airy light-tan head, which retained as a thin, but pretty consistent bubble layer.

S-Herbal hoppiness with a citrusy nuance. Perhaps a hint of toasty/nutty aroma.

T-Hebal hops dominate the flavor initially, giving way to a toasty, bready malt with a hint of sweetness. Hop bitterness is appropriately balancing. Finishes bitter, nutty, and dry.

M-Moderate body, unoffensive. Medium carbonation.

D-Pretty drinkable, while providing a fun profile of flavors. A quality presentation by the Schell Brewery.

CHSLBrew, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of argock
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass tumbler. Bottled on date on bottle neck. Purchased as part of 12-pack Schell's Sampler.

A: Sunny orange with 1-finger, oatmeal colored head with sticky retention and some lace crusting at the top of the glass.

S: Bright hops citrus and floral aromas are met with a pretty solid pale malt sweetness

T: Flavor is a little below the nose's potential, but it is enjoyable nonetheless. Light caramel and pale malt sweetness is mildly underwhelming but are propped up nicely by orange and more spicy, earthy hops flavors than detectable in the aroma profile.

M: A tad thin as more malting would give this brew a boost. Carbonation is predictably low and aftertaste is plenty sweet and hoppy.

D: A very good APA from a brewery better known for their lagers. More malt matched with a little more floral hops would push this one up a tier.

argock, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top with freshness date

Appearance: Dark golden beer with nice clarity; a vigorous pour produces a big sticky fluffy ivory cap with good retention and awesome sheets of lacing all the way down

Smell: Nice mild floral hop character, just a bit earthy and minerally too, simple but nice

Taste: Decent levels of floral hops and a light/medium hop bitterness and some very light toasty biscuit...again simple but good

Mouthfeel: Light/medium

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: Nothing special, but a very solid pale ale...almost more in the English tradition IMO; great beer to pair with pub fare

BedetheVenerable, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of JamesS
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a decent light copper color with some nice initial head and a bit of lacing. Nice slight hoppy scent, not horribly strong, but it's there with a slight hoppiness. Great taste, a nice beer with great hop aftertaste, mostly American hops to start, but with a slight eggy English hop at the end, too, I think. Goes down quite well, a nice APA.

JamesS, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

best by 11/12/09

pours golden copper with a 1+ finger head that leaves lacing all over the glass

smells of sweet malts and bitter hops

taste reminds me alot of SNPA but with more of a malt backbone

mouthfeel is light and crisp just what i want in a pale

drinkabiltiy is good - i just got one in the sample six pack but for a dollar less a sixer then SNPA i will buy this again

jsh420, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of meatmallet
2.7/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A medium amber color with a very thin white head. The head was gone instantly. There is a light steady stream of carbonation rising to the top.

Smell: Very light on the nose. Grapefruit, lemon, and spices mae up the majority of the smells in this one. Nothing too stand out though.

Taste: Malty and bitter which is to be expected. Like the Pilsner I just had there is a metallic taste to it.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Medium bodied and highly carbonated. It is dry like a wine. I was a bit disappointed in this one.

meatmallet, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of Rayek
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nonic.

A: Pale amber with good clarity and active carbonation. The off-white head starts strong, has decent retention and leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Pleasant, if not overly complex. Biscuits, plus grapefruit and lemon citrus sums things up.

T: A moderate citrus bitterness dominates. A toasted malt flavor adds some extra complexity. Finishes with a light lingering bitterness.

M: The medium-light body is slightly oily and has the right amount of fizz.

D: This is a simple and easy drinking APA. There are better takes on this style, but this s nice beer in its own right.

Rayek, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of ChopperSmith
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from dark brown 12 oz. bottle into chilled pint glass.

Appearance - Deep golden color, almost amber. Nice foamy white head that doesn't retain long, but laces nicely.

Smell - Floral hoppy nose with nice citrus notes.

Taste - Good floral and citrus hoppy flavors with a little sweetness. A nice APA hoppy bitterness on the tongue on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Fairly light with a good carbonation.

Drinkability - I'm not a huge Pale Ale fan, but this one has a better hop and citrus, almost Grapefruit, flavor to it. A cut above many others of the style. I'd would definitely drink more. A nice balanced ABV for this style.

ChopperSmith, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of steveh
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

BA calls this an American IPA, but Schell calls it a straight Pale Ale -- I'm going to review it as an American Pale.

A -- Clear, deep gold with an off-white head that thins quickly, but revives well.

S -- Piny and earthy hops, some mild vegetal character peeking thru, but not distracting.

T -- Bitter hops up front, but not harsh, followed by good biscuit malt character and finishing with spicy hops.

M -- Crisp mouthfeel with a medium body.

D -- Drinkability is good, but this beer is not outstanding in a market of so many Pale Ales.

steveh, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of Riccymon
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange-amber color from the bottle with about two fingers of fluffy white head that leaves a touch of lacing. Smell is unremarkable with pine and a bit of breadiness most apparent. Taste is more of the same, though the piney hop flavor comes through stronger. There's also a metallic note that I tasted most when I started drinking. Mouthfeel is crisp and carbonated with a rather bitter aftertaste. Overall, this is an average pale (IPA? I can buy that), but I certainly didn't mind drinking it.

Riccymon, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of Goliath
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a foggy copper color with edges that remind me of iced tea. There's a bunch of particles floating in the beer as well. I guess it's unfiltered. A one inch cream colored head forms on the pour and lingers with decent retention leaving some nice lacing behind.

The aroma is boring and near nonexistent. A slight bready malt tone and a bit of a metallic note present themselves. Unfortunately, no real hop profile presents itself in the nose.

The taste is not too impressive. It's a bit metallic with a real earthy feel. It's got a bit of a bready malt profile, but otherwise boring. There's a very slight bitterness on the finish, but the hops are otherwise uninspiring. I mean, it's a pale ale but really just run of the mill.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate to high. The ABV is certainly easy to manage making for a more sessionable beer. The flavor profile however is a bit uninspiring which really doesn't keep me coming back for more. There are definitely better pale ales out there.

Goliath, May 30, 2009
Photo of Offa
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a tasty and enjoyable pale ale nicely dryness and hoppy to just dominate malty sweetness, without being particularly bitter.

Amber, it has a thin but lasting off-white head and a little weak lace.

The aroma is very nice, malty with flowery hops and a fruity quality, hint os citrus and leaves.

The taste is fruity, flowery, leafy with toasted grain, leaves, and hints of citrus. The malt and hops are both quite noticeable but in great balance, making it is dry and neither particularly sweet nor particularly bitter, although I can detect hints of both. Despite the dryness, it is not bland and has a good feel, unlike many other beers that I find to be overly dry. It is smooth and goes very well with food.

Offa, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of Buebie
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

5/21/09 freshness date

Poured from a brown 12 ounce long kneck bottle into a tulip.
The brings a 1 inch head that quickly receeds, leaving a quarter inch of retention.
The color is a transparent light orange. The lace leaves thin drapeing rings.

The aroma is somwhat mild all around with a grassy pine hop note and some sweet bready maltyness.

First sip brings plenty of pine hop bitters, alot of carbonation and a buttery bread like sour dough flavor. Finishing mildly bitter and lingering moreso in the pine hop bittering. Definatly a sessionable brew with good hop flavor. Solid pale ale all around.

Buebie, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of hardy008
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Copper in color. Pours a nice foamy white head with a good lace.

Smell - Hoppy and citrus. Grapefruit is present.

Taste - Some sweetness mixed with some hop bitterness. A decent balance.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and clean.

Drinkability - Good drinkability. A nice APA.

hardy008, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly orange color with hints of gold. It had a small, white foamy head that left behind minimal lace.

S - It smelled of caramel malt, grapefruit and some light floral notes.

T - It had a light burnt toast maltiness with citrus and grapefruit flavors. It is nicely balanced.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium-bodied IPA.

D - This is a very easy drinking IPA. It almost feels more like an APA, but it is still very tasty.

zeff80, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of grandq
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cheers to jjanega08 for another shot at Schell
Pours a clear amber with bubbles rising fast up the middle. A thick white head billows up and doesn't want to dissipate. Smell is a little adjunct grainy, with some pepper-spicy hops. That grain-like malt hits first and forms the backbone, followed by some watered down and sugar-added pineapple and grapefruit. Some slightly herbal hop characteristics crop up as the bitterness lingers on the tongue. No winner between the malt and hop battle, quite balanced if a little heavier than most in the style and slightly sweeter. Again a faintly metallic twang I noted in the Firebrick. Carbonation is fairly assertive, body thin-to-medium and a little sticky. Decent, but not the first in the style I'd reach for.

grandq, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of KI9A
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice, dark, clear gold. Puffy head, dissapes quick. Leftover lace windows.

S: Bisquits, citrus.

T: Big grapefruit at the front, and at the back of the tounge. Not too bitter, but, just right IMHO. Some sweet malts mixed in, help provide a balance to this beer.

M: Refreshing, high carbonation, clean feeling.

D: Not being a big fan of IPA's, this is really, really interesting. Normally, I'm a malt-head, but, the tamer hop bitterness hits me just right. Very refreshing, and damn good beer.

KI9A, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of jjanega08
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= beautiful orange color with a pretty impressive head and lacing.
S= pretty hoppy for Schell. Corny grain also comes through.
T= Hoppy like the smell. Citrus hops and some floral hops come through. Pretty impressive. Surprising for the brewery.
M= Clean and crisp. Dry finish
D= Very high. Excellent beer from Schell

jjanega08, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of BierFan
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Printed freshness date of "052109". Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber/orange body. Modest white head. Real nice lacing.

Smell: Citrus peels and grapefruit dominate the smell but they don't overpower.

Taste: More grapefruit and citrus peels with a nice bitterness.

Kind of tame compared to other American pale ales.

BierFan, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of Mistofminn
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kinda of confused as to why this is filed as an IPA. I understand that Schell's says it has the "hop profile" of an IPA, but it clearly says "Pale Ale" on the label, correct? If they were going for an IPA, don't you think they would put that on the label. The whole mess just confuses me, so I'm just going to review this as a PA.

12 oz bottle from a sampler. Freshness date stamped on the bottle.

Pours a dark golden color with a nice off-white head. There is also a small amount of lacing here.

The aroma is citrusy hops, and malts. If this were a true IPA I would be expecting a much more bitter smell.

Strong hop bitterness. Ok I admit it's a little more bitter than I would expect from the average Pale Ale, so it's not completely outlandish to organize this as an IPA, but still, it's no where near as hoppy as some really strong IPA's. Besides, the malts are almost more pronounced than the hops.

Bitter aftertaste, to be expected.

I find this very drinkable. I won't be seeking this out specifically, but it's another quality beer offered by Schell's.

Mistofminn, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of DocTheDJ
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the bottle into a tall and wide 16oz Pilsner glass. (at good temp.!)

*Looks nice with a one inch head on a slightly vigorous pour. Head fizzles at fast to medium pace but small head is persistant. Surprisingly nice lacing (for its style) all the way down. Color is orangish/amber/gold, and almost completely clear. Nice carbonation balance and bubbles persist through session.
*Smells pretty good hops, citrus, and slightly spicy flora.
*Taste surprisingly good with a bit surprising amount of hops and a little citrus combination, light flavoring from the grain. A bit dry which is good for wanting more but with a strange bitter, tart after taste. After taste is not my ideal wanting (tastes like orange or lemon peals?)
*Mouth-feel was surprisingly good and definitely a surprise for it's amount of clarity, didn't feel watered down.
*Overall, this one is fairly average all around and might be okay for a session(esp. on a hot day) It's unique after taste is not my favorite but is unique. Might be excellent with good food pairing.

DocTheDJ, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of jaxon53
2.68/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thank you to Maximum12 for sending me this beer in the Secret Santa '08 BIF. Served this slightly chilled, in a pint glass, from a twelve ounce bottle.

Appearance: Schell Pale Ale pours out a yellowish golden color that is completely clear. A somewhat vigorous pour gave about a finger of fluffy, bone white head. Head faded quickly, but left some spotty white lace behind after each sip.

Smell: Nose is full of grainy malt aromas. Slight hints of the East Kent Goldings hops. Has a earthy yeasty aroma to it. Touches of citrus fruits in the background.

Taste: Taste seems a bit rough at first. Malty, with a bitter, chemical like hoppiness. A bit sweet as well with an almost metallic flavor. Not a big fan so far.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is medium bodied with plenty of fizzy carbonation. Quite crisp.

Drinkability: Another tough aspect of this beer. Just can't get past the tough bitterness.

jaxon53, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of optiontwo
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into generic pint glass

Appearance: Clear orange yellow with one and a half inch white head. Good retention.

Smell: Apple and orange scents with malty sweetness.

Taste: Sweetness right away with a semi bitter hop bite afterwards. Subtle citrus flavors throughout and unfortunately a metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, carbonated well.

Drinkability: Pretty high.

Overall: I've actually never tried anything from Schell's and heard good things about this one but the metallic aftertaste is ruining it for me, maybe I got a bad bottle...

optiontwo, Jan 14, 2009
Schell's Pale Ale from August Schell Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.