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Schlafly Pale Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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667 Ratings

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Ratings: 667
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 11
Gots: 85 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: maxpower on 09-09-2002

Our flagship Pale Ale is a smooth, balanced, copper-colored session beer with mildly spiced flavor and aroma from the East Kent Goldings hops. The bready, lightly caramel malt complements the hint of fruitiness contributed by the London Ale yeast, making it satisfying and authentic; the perfect flagship beer for Schlafly.

Sixteenth century brewers created amber beers by using a form of coal called coke to roast their grains. Coke burns hotter and more steadily than wood without imparting the foul odors from coal. It allowed brewers to produce caramel malts that were paler alternatives to the common brown porters. At about the same time, Flemish migrants introduced hops to English beers and soon this ale became the chosen style of England from the mid-16th century until the end of the 20th century. Today, brewers outside England have adopted the Pale Ale and made it one of the leading styles of the American craft beer movement.

25 IBU
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Ratings: 667 | Reviews: 228
Photo of barczar
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It's got some age on it.

Aroma is slightly skunky and floral, with a toasted malt backbone. Fruity specialty malt character emerges.

Flavor reveals a diacetyl note initially. Fruity specialty malt and toasted bread dominate, finishing floral and lightly dry. Carbonation is almost effervescent.

Photo of KevChiTown
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So far the best Schlafly's beer I've had from their regular line. Simple and easy drinking.

Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice representation of a pale ale. I am not usually very huge on pale ales, as they are a bit bland for me. I usually gravitate toward IPA's and DIPA's. This however is different, it is still very smooth and drinkable, yet has a bit more flavor to it than most. Great place to start if you are just getting into craft and/or hoppier options.

Will seek out and purchase again.

* Side Note: These are now available in cans, which may make this my new go to camping/floating beer.

Photo of trcoster
4.36/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Third schlafly beer I've tried. Never disappointed with them. This was a very good IPA

Photo of Suds
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

This brew is Amber in color with a white head of medium thickness. Clear. The aroma is ready, moderately malty, and is backed with a faint hop scent. It isn't as intense as I would have liked, but it is a solid and drinkable brew. Balanced.

Photo of MidwestBeerLover
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Delicious Pale Ale! Folks went to St. Louis over the weekend and brought me some. Great copper color. Spicy front with a malty after taste. Not a session for sure, a great dinner beer. I don't taste a lot of hops...

Photo of NickTheGreat
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Aroma (3): Aroma is okay. Doesn't smell all that hoppy or malty. .
Appearance (4): Good color.
Taste (3): Not very hoppy, not a lot of maltiness
Palate (4): About what you'd expect.

Photo of PPOmaha
3.02/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Aroma: Medium grainy white bread malt aroma with some caramel and toffee. Hop aroma is low, slightly spicy and floral, seems more noble in character. Medium low DMS, corn aroma. No diacetyl.

Appearance: Light golden with copper highlights. Not much head, just a think spattering of bubbles on the side of the glass.

Taste: Medium low corny and wheat malt flavor, light caramel. Medium grassy, earthy, dirty hop flavor. No DMS, no diacetyl.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonation and very creamy, slightly frothy. Medium light body.

Overall: British style pale ale with some earthy hop flavor. I think the high carbonation detracted a bit from the beer. Well brewed, but I prefer hop forward pale ales.

Photo of alphagnome
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright, lightly hazed copper body. Creamy white colored head pours 1 finger and melts to a small ring rather quick. Light carbonation and lacing.

Caramel malts hit the nose right away - the aroma could stand tall with some of the best Oktoberfest out there. Light citrus and spice and even lighter earthy hop aroma hides behind fresh-baked bread and a bit of a floral presence. This is not your typical pale ale.

Follows the nose nicely. Fantastic malt base gives off a nice, lightly roasted caramel taste. Hops are next to impossible to find, but a bit of pear and apple add a nice tang to it.

Smooth and easy to drink. Refreshing, light body with light -to-medium carbonation. Crisp, clean finish is a bit sweet.

This is definitely outside my definition of a pale ale, so rating it against the style is tricky for me. However, I love it - it's a fantastic beer that hits the spot regardless of the time of year. See it? Grab it!

Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep, dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit malty, a touch of fruitiness. Taste is malts, bready, nutty, lightly hopped, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good session beer.

Photo of SebD
2.65/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: It has a nice deep hazy orange color to it. It has a nice light beige head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of bready malts, some floral hops and faint caramel. Not a whole lot going on.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some bready malts, slight floral hops, some grassiness and very faint caramel. Very bland.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a somewhat light overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with fairly bland flavors and aromas.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light brown in color with a half inch of tightly woven off white head. Excellent clarity. Brussels lacing. Aroma is filled with pale malt along the lines of a saltine cracker that is definitely a biscuity malt flavor. The body is moderately carbonated,dry,and crisp. I get pale malt ands bit of a bittering hop fade.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a mildly hazy copper color. The head is a finger high, barely off-white in shade. It both retains acceptably and leaves behind a ring of lacing as it fades.

S: Simplistic and mild, perhaps befitting its ABV. The primary aromatic notes are earthy hops and toffee-laden malts - like I said, simple. This seems to have a bit more brown sugar and chocolate than I'm used to from the style, but the lack of distinct fruit esters (like apricot) are a letdown.

T: The malt backbone is a bit more defined than I'm used to from more mediocre examples of the style: I can taste faint hints of chocolate and brown sugar. Luckily, it's not really sweeter than those aforementioned mediocre examples. It finishes slightly grapey, though I could still use a bit more fruit flavor. Not bad, though - it does seem to have hints of depth.

M: Pleasantly crisp and light, with a semi-dry finish. The malts don't choke the palate down, thankfully. Typical of the style, carbonation is on the lower side.

O: This style really encapsulates averageness in the craft beer realm: rarely have I had a crappy example of the style, but I don't think I've ever fallen in love with an example. And this fits into that zeitgeist perfectly. Not bad, not great, worth drinking again, but not really worth buying 6-packs of.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.29/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Bottle: Poured a light amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with light retention and not much lacing. Aroma of unrefined grainy notes with stale hops is not very pleasant. Taste is also dominated by unrefined grainy notes and stale hops. Body is light with good carbonation. Not sure what happened here but it ended in the drain.

Photo of alaimoa
2.84/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a amber/copper color with a bit of off-white head and lingering legs. Smells of rust and toasted caramel with some dirt/earth notes. Taste Is more or less what you'd expect from an english lager, smooth malt profile with not much else. Feel is a bit dry but generally ok

Photo of micromaniac129
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A desent APA but is really lacking in most areas.
First is the aroma which sports basically caramel malts. You can get some floral hopos but it takes some effort. It has a hazy orange amber color with a thin dull head.
Malty tasting and dry. Some light floral hops but no much. A semi bitter finish.
I could drink plenty at a party if I had to. I would be skeptical to by another with no dates on the bottle.

Photo of mmva321
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Body is a clear but dull-amber with plenty of carbonation. An off-white head dissipates at a medium pace leaving a fleeting lacing along the sides of the glass. Like the carbonation, but this body is a little uninspired.

S: Very faint aroma. I get some quality hops, earthiness and malts... but all just barely.

T: A well-balanced taste with plenty of hops and malts to provide a nice base of this beer. A little citrus provides a nice pop. A nice surprise. A simple but well-balanced taste that is just a pleasure.

M: Very well carbonated in the mouth. Medium bodied and a slightly dry finish. Compliments the taste well.

O: This is a great beer to relax with. A very faint smell, but a surprisingly well-balanced taste more than makes up for it. Simple quality is sometimes the best.

Photo of KYRed
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This American pale is very good. No lingering mineral finish here as with some British cousins ( must be that Missouri water ). A beautiful copper and butterscotch color in the midday sun. It reminds me of a mild Troegs hop back amber with more session ability. I would recommend this pale ale if you previously thought you did not care for the style.

Photo of Groomsy
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. Bottled on 05/10/13.

Schlafly's English-style pale ale pours a hazy copper – I would almost call it red. It's topped by a quick-fading head of one finger that reduces to a cap of foam and leaves small amounts of lacing behind. It's a humble looking beer.

On the nose, it's clear that this is an English-style pale rather than American. The yeast contributes lots of fruit smells (apple, cherry, dates) and the hop aroma is mild and earthy with a bit of spice. There is some caramel, sweet malt to balance the earthy, tea-like aroma of the hops. It's rather mild on the nose but fits the style very well.

The taste is what one would expect – sweet, caramel malt with a slight bready flavor, some fruity notes from the yeast, and an earthy, floral finish from the East Kent Goldings. It's nicely balanced, very drinkable, and a good “back to basics” kind of beer. There is a slight mineral note on the finish (maybe from the water or yeast?) but is not unpleasant. The finish is slightly dry with lingering flavors of earthy hop and some fruit. I like it. I'm very much the utilitarian “working class ale” type of guy. Simple, drinkable, and balanced.

The body, on the thinner side of medium, has a well-placed and crisp carbonation with a rather dry finish and a fruity, hoppy finish.

This is a good contrast from the hopped-up American pale ales, and if you're into a more easy-drinking style of pale ales, this is good. With a wide availability and pretty good price point, it's hard to find an English pale ale stateside that is this good. Recommended.

Photo of rlee1390
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear amber/orange, not much carbonation, one finger head.

S-Very malty, caramel, dirt, grass, pine. Not much in the way of hops though.

T-Straw, wheat, malt, caramel. Rather sweet. Not much hops. Very slight grass hops as it warms. No bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, tad watery, some carbonation.

O-A dud from Schlafly. No reason to try this other than the tick.

Photo of utopiajane
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep orange with an off white head of luscious foam that fell slowly. Bubble streaming up and although the color is very deep and darker than the usual pale ale, it's clear. Left a small layer of bubbles that fell to a film and ring. Thick sturdy lace.The nose on this is terrific. First you get some tea like notes, then hay, earth and a sweet little hint of dank. The english hop character on this is the definition of floral. Toasted malt and caramel. Grass and dry spice. Light orange. Lightly peppered. Taste is all bread and cracker. East Kent Goldings hop taste and it finishes quick and wet with a small bitter and a little hop resin.

Fruit is not the star in this beer. The hops have a bright and vivid quality to impart to the caramel malt. The yeast leans into the brew a bit sour to compliment the spice and the bread carries it away. This is a hearty and rich pale ale with a full mouthfeel that's crisp. This was a real treat as compared to the cookie cutter pale ales you normally see that try to imitate an IPA. Original and civilized.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Sweet much more head than the Kölsch a 1/2 inch that settles to a thick lace ring. Color is a rather red orange.
S - Mild hops, English malts, sweet tea leaves.
T - A pretty good balance of citrus sweet hops, mild herbal tea leaves and a semi sweet finish that dare I say its very session able.
M - As said it's light to medium closer to light but not watery.

Overall quite a good English pale ale, possibly the best English Pale ale I have had lately and just enough flavor and low ABV to make even a light beer drinker happy.

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I poured a little over a finger of head on this one. Body a deep amber color. Lacing tries but can't seem to cling to the glass. Head leaves a good froth on top.

Deep inhales reveal bready malt, tea and earthy hops.

Tea and bread open this one up. Transitions over to earthy and grassy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. It has a dry, bitter finish.

Photo of chanokokoro
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber capped by a white two finger head. Average head retention, plenty of sticky lacing. Light caramel, hint of almonds, light fruitiness, and pleasant herbal notes on the nose. Opens with light nutty caramel, golden raisins, and understated grassy, herbal hops. Finishes crisp with light toffee, light fruitness, perhaps a hint of pearskin. Highly drinkable light, smooth body; crisp abundant carbonation. A very tasty English Pale Ale. If I didn't know better, I'd guess this was an import from across the pond.

Photo of BryanCarey
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Copper/golden in color, Schafly Pale Ale pours out of the bottle with little fanfare. There isn’t much foam, little or no lacing, and the nose on the beer is rather light, with scents of caramel, toasted malt, and a few other things but not very assertive overall.

This pale ale offers flavors of toasted malt, caramel, bread, notes of tea, and earthy, herbal hops. Digging a little deeper, I can taste some notes of honey, biscuits, and some light fruit. The flavor is well balanced overall and no one taste dominates the others.

This is a good example of a pale ale that is less hoppy and more restrained than some of the big, hoppy pale ale that are so commonplace nowadays. I wasn’t sure if I liked it at first, but I notice that the flavor has grown on me after a second bottle and I like it more. Still not an amazing pale ale and I can think of several I like better, but it is a good product nonetheless.

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Schlafly Pale Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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