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Schlafly Pale Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
81
good

583 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 583
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 11
Gots: 48 | FT: 1
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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2.96/5  rDev -17.5%

JordanHageman, Jun 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

mojohawk21, Feb 28, 2014
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3.2/5  rDev -10.9%

bottled 4-13-10 drank 6-3-10

Transparent amber color with a whispy noggin. Obviously English inspired woody and earthy tones in the nose. Malty and fruity yeast flavors transpire. Little to no hop bitterness, for me. Pretty basic beer. Move along, not much to see here folks.

brownbeer, Jun 05, 2010
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine June 2007.

This is Schlafly's most traditional session ale, an English-style Pale Ale.

It's a bright and clear amber-hued brew with lots of tiny bubbles racing to the top of the glass. Excellent froth off a hard pour, with sticky patches of white lace clinging to the glass all the way down to the bottom. Gentle, yet very aromatic with hints of flowers, faint citrus, golden raisins and a biscuity malt in the nose. Spot-on smoothness from a moderate level of carbonation and a fluffy body. Wonderful symmetry between the malt and hops. A bit of sweetness paired with a slight biscuity tone that melds with a modest yet sizeable hop bitterness that lays down a soft blanket of herbal flavor. A bit wet and juicy from middle to end, with a mild fruitiness. Finishes a smidge more on the sweet side.

Other than the fresh taste, it would be hard to pin this as an American- brewed ale. It's one of the most drinkable session ales we've had this year. Cheers to Schlafly for this ale. For a proper food pairing, go with a heaping plate of bangers and mash.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 27, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

RoninBirdman, Sep 24, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

12 oz bottle
Bottled on Jan 25 2005

Grainy/Straw malt, and light flowery/perfumey hops in the nose. Doughy.

Average creamy off white head. Faded slowly to and ring with some lacing. hazy amber.

Bitter all the way through. A tough a sweetness. Could use more.

Medium bodied. Pretty dry with livly carbonation. Kind of puckering.

Not a fan

tjthresh, May 08, 2005
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Guinnsslvr, Jun 05, 2013
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5/5  rDev +39.3%

Coletrickle, Jul 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Hugh37, Aug 17, 2013
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3.69/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

Franziskaner, Mar 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

mte1972, Oct 11, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev +9.5%

A: copper-orange color a large amount of lasting head.

S: Fresh, hoppy, very pleasing.

T: Strong and pleasing hop presence, hints of citrus, solid pale ale.

M: Crisp and to the point, balanced carbonation.

D: Great for a session beer or sipping on a few.

Dusty278, Aug 20, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Dinkel, Aug 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

rwilde, May 27, 2012
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3.03/5  rDev -15.6%

Pours a murky brown to dark yellow with some orange in it, lack of carbonation and head, lacing etc. . . Aroma was miniscule.

Taste, borderline run of the mill, not offensive, but lacked hopping. Some substance, it isn't made with corn or anything it seems, but really, this is right up there with anything from SA Pale or whatnot. Just isn't enough for an extreme beer drinker, and there's so many superior 5% pales out there, this one is hard to justify at the price. Use this beer to bring people under the craft tent if you will.

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 06, 2010
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3.63/5  rDev +1.1%

Poured into mug. Light amber. 2 finger white head quickly settled into 1/2 finger head with some lacing.

Smell of citrus, apricots and bread.

Lightly buttered malt, mild hops, virtually no bitterness which surprised me. Not a whole lot going on here.

Smooth and easy drinking, crisp and refreshing, but not much depth.

This would be a good beer to share with a friend who is hooked on Bud but wants to try something new (Baby Steps).

MOShepp, Feb 23, 2008
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3.2/5  rDev -10.9%

Pale orange pour with a nice, frothy head.

Some hops, some malt... I guess there's citrus in there. It tastes pretty similar with faint citrus notes and a decent malt backbone. Medium carbonation and mouthfeel but there's nothing earth-shattering going on here.

I could see putting a few of these away during a summer BBQ, but I wouldn't go out of my way for this. My first Schlafly beer doesn't exactly whet my appetite for more, but I wouldn't turn down another free sixer either.

rudylaw, Aug 04, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

This beer pours a clear, golden yellow color, with a fluffy, slightly off white head. The head fades very slowly, leaving a massive lacing.

This beer has a biscuity aroma. I detect a mild hop aroma, but mostly biscuits dominate. It has a sweet malty aroma as well. I was ecpecting a stronger hopping, but I guess that is my west coast palate.

This beer pretty much tastes like it smells. Malty, and bready. A very mild hop flavor present too, but mostly biscuit malt.

This beer is light, and smooth. It leaves a sweet malty aftertaste. Carbonation is good.

This beer would probably make an excelent session beer. It tastes good, but it is lower alcohol, and mild flavor.

Overall: Thanks to Vancer for this kind hook up. This is a pretty damn good beer. It isnt extreme, or aggressive. Some times that is good. I have liked everything I have ever had from Schlafly, and this is no exception.

OStrungT, Nov 23, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

navband, Dec 30, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

Had this on-tap at the Tap Room.

Pours a nice copper color with a one-finger, slightly off-white head. The head dissipates into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of very lightly toasted caramel malts with mostly leafy and faintly floral hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The malt flavors are front and center, backed by very light herbal hop flavors. The ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit on the thin side but has solid carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I didn't have a problem finishing one but probably wouldn't go for another.

Overall this isn't a bad beer by any stretch but it's one that I won't seek out again.

glid02, Jun 01, 2009
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

drn, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

JuniperJesus, May 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

dsauter, Nov 20, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

sgttibbs, Jan 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm golden body that is clear with a nice spongy off-white head and a slow gentle carbonation.

S- The smell of pale malt was pretty clean with a faint toasted note in the background. There was a light hop hint that was almost lemony mostly a green hop smell.

T- The light taste of pale malt was very smooth with a faint caramel sweetness in the background. The finish was a nice smooth hop with hints of pine and a tangy grapefruit note. It had a light flavor but good flavor.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a bit of a watery texture in the finish. This gave the hops a more mild finish.

D- This was an interesting beer and I would not have described this as a Pale Ale if I didn't say it on the menu. Smooth and interesting but it would be nice to have a bit more flavor.

rhoadsrage, Aug 15, 2006
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Schlafly Pale Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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