Schlafly Pale Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 687
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 12
Gots: 94 | FT: 0
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:
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: 687 | Reviews: 235
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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 brownbeer
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

Photo of tjthresh
2.7/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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 Dusty278
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of MOShepp
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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).

Photo of rudylaw
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of OStrungT
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of glid02
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(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.

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

Medium to big white head covers a clear caramel golden colored beer, the head settles into a nice lacing a top this medium bodied ale.

The aroma is a nice blend of caramel malts and citrus hops.

More of the same sweet caramel malts mixed with citrus hops taste makes this a pleasant beer to drink.

A mildly dry aftertaste is all that remains within minutes of pouring this beer into my glass, a worthy few minutes of my life.

Photo of brewQ
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The bronze to orange sunset color is nice.
My bottle poured a full 1 inch head with a fine steam of bubbles.

Found some malt and grain in the noise but struggled, honestly, to pick up hop character even as I let this warm up.

The taste, honestly, was somewhere in that nowhere land as well.
I had a hard time calling this a pale ale; perhaps my own confusion between English and American? It doesn't match up to cross state brother Boulevard pale or certainly to SNPA et al.

This is drinkable but not distinctive- continuing my love and confusion relationship with Schlafly that might only be resolved when I travel cross state to visit her family!

Photo of pmcadamis
2.2/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear golden brew with a small white head that readily recedes to a bubbly dishwater collar leaving tiny spots of wet lace on thte glass.

Smells mild, honeyed, and a bit funky. Has a bit of an unpleasant dankness or moldy smell to it.

Tastes mild, but spicy and bitter. Pleasant and gentle on the palate, and pretty unique tasting. I detect a bit aof a soapy flavor that is really throwing me off. I don't really like tastes like when my parents put soap in my mouth for saying F@CK! As the beer warms, this soapy note seems to become less obvious and the beer really gets much better.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side, and drinkability is ruined for me due to the strange soapy flavors and the off-balance bitterness.

Upon reading other reviews, I fear that I may have gotten a stinker. It states on the bottle that it was "Brewed with love on Sept 6 2006, and it is now October 20th so age isn't an issue. I got his off of a mix-a-six rack....maybe a bad batch?

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 brewerburgundy
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3-4oz pour in very small nonic, Schlafly Bottleworks.

Golden and very clear with some fluffy off-white head.

I smell biscuit, Maris Otter, floral hops, and slightly fruity yeast.

Much the same as the nose this is a balanced English Pale Ale exemplified. Dry mineral finish.

Effervescent, crisp, bare mineral dryness.

Well executed balance that makes for an approachable and refreshing craft beer. I once had this in bottles that were too old and it was a shell of itself. Just always follow the fresh beer rule, for which Schlafly provides "bottled with love on" dates and you'll be fine my friend.

Photo of secondtooth
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Attractive clear amber, with a nice white frothy head. Average lace and retention.

Malty sweet aroma -- with no trace of hoppy freshness.

Texture is rather full-bodied, with a caramel-toffee chewiness.

Taste is sweet initially, then changing to a smooth bitterness at the finish. Solid and mild, this English-style ale is a quality session beer. Good.

Photo of WoodBrew
2.76/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well....its a true English Style Pale Ale...BORING. Seems to be very bland not real hops...almost along the lines as Bass....but not nearly as least I don't think. Easy enough on the palate that it is a session for sure!!!! Good in a pinch, but not when there are other beers available.

Photo of RickS95
3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It's quite the looker for a pale ale. Very dark and inviting for the style. Kind of a ruddy copper brown color with a frothy off white head. Eventually the head turns white and the head diminishes but only slightly as this has legs. A thick, IPA-like lace is glued to the glass.

It's not an American smelling pale ale so I mark it down a bit because the other countries don't do pale ales like we do. Fairly nondescript scent, mostly of the savory type hops with a huge malt bill.

Not sure how this beer wasn't off the shelves as it was bottled 15 months ago and I didn't realize til I got home. Anyway, the taste follows the lead of the nose with a malty, bready taste with a savory hop presence. Not bad, just not what I want in a pale ale.

There must be some pilsner malts because it feels grainy like a lager, just with more refinement and easier on the palate. Light bodied despite the darker color with no alcohol presence and barely any bitterness. Fairly clean and crisp.

Overall, I think this was a bit too old to score well. There's nothing bad about it, just nothing good Eire, other than the appearance. Because it's from Schlafly, I'm inclined to try a fresher bottle.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Barristers

pour was a mild copper with a light fluffy head. light lacing.

nice and malty with a light citrus hop and floral hop kick

very balanced on the malt to hop ratio. hops were a bit citrus with hints of pine and a flower. malt was very balanced and flavorful.

nice full body and mild carbonation.

very easy drinking pale ale. nice low ABV helps make this quite drinkable.

Photo of russpowell
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled om Apr 10 2007

Thanks to BARLEYWINEO for this one:

Pours an effervescent amber with 3+ fingers of sand colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Bready

T: Slight metallic hops taste & some grainyness up front. Slight breadyness, caramel, & citric hops surface as this warms. Finishes dry with leafy hops & a touch of toasted bread

MF: Medium-bodied,with low carbonation & okay balance

Drinks alright, nothing really stands out here, but I could drink a few in a pinch

Photo of bditty187
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Largely clear, dull amber-gold in hue, the head was basically white in color, it was served with almost two fingers worth of foam. It was very frothy. I was surprised with the head size and look and I had to feel the glass as soon as the waitress set it down to see if it was actually from the hand pump. It was. The appearance, on the whole, is unremarkable aside from the really good head retention. There was some subsequent lacing, which was webby and unorganized. The nose was dull, especially for a cask beer, I was expecting a bit more brightness. All I got was a smattering of herbal and weak citrus zest from the hops. Nothing, including that, jumped out at me. The malt base wasn’t anything special, IMO; this is a big “flaw” for an English Pale Ale. I have to say this bouquet is neutral, the potency I slow, and thus disappointing. The palate is solid; it offers itself in a very favorable way in the sense I want to drink a lot of it. However this beer is better when I didn’t think about it. When I turn my “beer brain” on I get very little enjoyment in drinking it. I fail to taste much in the way of malt complexity (I get some juiciness and some caramel but this beer is desperately in need of some biscuits), I get little in the way of yeasty residue or much of a hoppy bite let alone flavor (I get just a kiss of citrus and some earthy herbal notes). The palate is tame. The palate, nevertheless, is very likable. When I just drank it without thinking about it I sailed through my pint, in other words, this beer is friendly as all hell. Maybe that is a backhanded compliment. Medium in body with low carbonation and it has that typical cask-conditioned mouthfeel. Pleasant. Like I said, this beer is very drinkable and drinkability is its strongest aspect. It is session beer worthy… until I paid attention to it. Overall, it is a decent beer and a better quaff. I sampled it at the Tap Room in St. Louis.

Note: I tried this on-tap around St. Louis, the nose was no better, the palate was improved but the mouthfeel was too carbonated. I didn’t take proper notes on these versions so this is the best I can do.

Photo of nortmand
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear and amber with a frothy white head.

Not much aroma, some salty resin notes.

Sweet caramel hoppiness up front becomes a crisp hoppiness midtongue. Fairly balanced.

Kind of thin mouthfeel, but definitely sessionable. This beer won't blow you away, but its an easy drinker and very clean.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with thin head that leaves quickly w/ little lacing.

Not much to the smell at all- bready malt, a never-so-slight spice, and grainy.

The taste was ok. There is a slight hop presence, but it is barely noticable against the malt.

This was a little on the lighter side of medium body and was a little watery.

Goes down easy, but nothing I got too terribly excited about. It's a decent alternative to run of the mill restaurant menu beers, but nothing I'd go out of my way to get again.

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Schlafly Pale Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
81 out of 100 based on 687 ratings.