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Schlafly Pale Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

Schlafly Pale AleSchlafly Pale Ale

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490 Ratings

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Ratings: 490
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: maxpower on 09-09-2002)
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Ontario (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 22:24:27 | More by SebD
Photo of Franziskaner


3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 00:24:57 | More by Franziskaner
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 21:27:56 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Quebec (Canada)

2.28/5  rDev -36.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 21:33:45 | More by Phyl21ca
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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

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 21:05:17 | More by alaimoa
Photo of micromaniac129


3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 12:56:01 | More by micromaniac129
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3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 01:50:54 | More by mmva321
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 19:21:38 | More by KYRed
Photo of Groomsy


3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 00:51:23 | More by Groomsy
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3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 19:13:17 | More by rlee1390
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New York

3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 15:29:50 | More by utopiajane
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3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 03:17:12 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of CFHMagnet


3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 14:26:33 | More by CFHMagnet
Photo of chanokokoro


4.11/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 01:43:24 | More by chanokokoro
Photo of BryanCarey


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 04:22:34 | More by BryanCarey
Photo of EagleTalon


4.21/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours to a generous and lasting buff head with moderate lacing and iconic copper color. Aroma is caramel, biscuit, yeast esters and a hint of earthy hops. Flavor is a session-able and easygoing amalgamation of the aforementioned aromas with a balancing resiny hop bitterness. Overall, this is a flavorful low alcohol (by US craft standards) session brew that has balance and flavor on a par with its English counterparts.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 18:06:16 | More by EagleTalon
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3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a deep amber color with a hint of orange hue. A thick foamy cream colored head holds up well, receding to a thick soapy film. Excellent lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of toasted grains, faintly malty with a tea-like hop aroma.

The taste is fairly well balanced with biscuity malts bringing a mellow sweetness first. Hops soon bring a little spiciness, as well as faint citrus in the finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty clean with medium body.

Overall, a really session-friendly beer with decent balance.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 16:02:32 | More by JuicesFlowing
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3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice golden amber color. Light head with good retention.

S: Malty, with a very slight hoppyness.

T: Sweet malty, with a slightly bitter finish. Not as hoppy as other pale ales.

M: Crisp , medium bodied. Smooth, easy drinking.

O: This is a smooth refreshing drink. Notable for its simplicity, and easy to drink in quantity. Not a beer I would seek out specially, but a good stand-by that would go well with any kind of spicy or savory foo;, as it did when I had a barbeque the other night.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 02:18:03 | More by jrnichols
Photo of timn


3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice honey-color with a small amount of foamy head that stays for a while.

S: Real light on the smell, but some grain / bread aroma.

T: Taste is light at first, but finishes with a pretty nice dry, slightly bitter taste. Overall taste is very much grainy. Nothing memorable here, but plenty drinkable.

M: Medium-bodied, about what it should be for a pale ale. Pretty decent.

O: This beer fulfills what is says it is, which is a drinkable and refreshing, and flavorful enough to be enjoyable. It isn't a beer I'd make a point of buying specifically, but it works well enough for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 02:43:23 | More by timn
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3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottled January 8, 2013. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours lightly hazy amber with a one finger white head that leaves some nice lacing and holds a good cap.

Aroma is earthy hops, bready malt, light caramel, hint metallic. Good strength.

Flavor features more hops than the aroma, earthy, resinous, some citrus hops, bready malt with a bit of sweet caramel, good bitterness on the finish. Minimal alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little creamy, a little sticky, good carbonation.

Nice English-style Pale with some decent hops in the flavor. Refreshing and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 01:55:41 | More by elgiacomo
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2.94/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

01/31/13 Date on Bottle
Poured into standard pint glass

A: pale copper color poured 1 finger of head. Laced quite well for style.

S: weak aroma, some toffee malt aromas. very faint orange aromas. Mostly aroma of C02.

T: nice toffee/caramel flavors. Not much else. Very dry almost gritty finish.

M:Quite a bit of carbonation for style. Slick-heavy mouthfeel was pleasing but ruined by co2 bite.

O: overall, this was a decent PA. Suffered from too much carbonation and lack of complexity. However the flavors that were there were quite good. Not bad just a bit bland.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 01:43:07 | More by atjefft
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3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle to a growler.

Appearance: Beautiful amber color with a wonderful white head that stayed forever. also great long lasting lacing.

Smell: Grain and a fruitiness from the hops, not much else there.

taste: Again, grain with some hops.

mouthfeel: Astringent, not unpleasant.

Overall: I am still not sure about this beer, I had a bottle yesterday and enjoyed it more. Will have to re-evalulate.

Serving type: growler

03-30-2013 22:13:35 | More by scarfacecrowe
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light copper with a one finger white head. A steady stream of bubbles keeps the head on this one for quite some time along with tons of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Caramel and dark toast in the aroma along with some metal which does detract. Some lemon along with hay and grass in the background.

A mix of caramel and hay on the taste with a little bit of medium toast. Just a light bitterness to go along with the grassy hops with plenty of carbonation; maybe a little too much. Decent mouthfeel for having such low abv finishing with a bit of stickyness.

Overall, a nice take on an EPA and definitely a sessionable beer. I just wish there was a little more depth to the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 22:51:11 | More by rangerred
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3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint

A - Clear amber, one finger of quickly dissipating head

S - sweet malts, apricot, a little grapefruit zest

T - follows nose pretty closely, rounded sweetness, low bitterness and a little diacetyl in the finish

M - light-moderate body, could stand a bit more carbonation

O - solid session beer, enjoyed the fruitiness of the hops

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 23:12:23 | More by johnkale
Photo of Carrico

4.68/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Schlafly Pale Ale is my go to beer when I am at a bar and the choices on craft beer is limited. The taste is slightly bitter but at the same time is very refreshing. he color is a medium dark amber with a pale head. Easily one of my favorite beers and is definitely a great place for someone to start, who hasn't dabbled in ales much.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 19:21:17 | More by Carrico
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