Schlafly Pale Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room
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Reviews by 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
More User Reviews:
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!
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2014 21:38:22 | More by alphagnome
Schlafly Pale Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
81 out of 100 based on 532 ratings.