Schlafly Pale Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room
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Reviews by rangerred:
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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3.08/5 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
Schlafly Pale Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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