1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Schlafly Pale Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

Not Rated.
Schlafly Pale AleSchlafly Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

601 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 601
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 11
Gots: 59 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Schlafly Pale Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 601 | Reviews: 222 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of ChrisYager39
4/5  rDev +11.4%

ChrisYager39, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of Dinkel
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Dinkel, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of grahamboudreaux
4/5  rDev +11.4%

grahamboudreaux, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of DeeMalloy
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

DeeMalloy, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of Troville1990
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Troville1990, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of fellowrs
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

fellowrs, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of Lare453
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Lare453, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

ADTaber, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of OUJayhawk1799
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

OUJayhawk1799, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of Kahlstrom
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Kahlstrom, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of HarmonMW
4/5  rDev +11.4%

HarmonMW, Jul 15, 2013
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.

Groomsy, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of rlee1390
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.

rlee1390, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of rxthree
3/5  rDev -16.4%

rxthree, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of utopiajane
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.

utopiajane, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of teraflx
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

teraflx, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of orion320
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

orion320, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -16.4%

beernads, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of BlackBeerDown
4/5  rDev +11.4%

BlackBeerDown, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
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.

DrDemento456, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of JoeMarsh
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

JoeMarsh, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of moarmare
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

moarmare, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of KerryCummins1977
4/5  rDev +11.4%

KerryCummins1977, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of DLS168
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

DLS168, Jun 20, 2013
Schlafly Pale Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
81 out of 100 based on 601 ratings.