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Schlafly Pale Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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532 Ratings

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Ratings: 532
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 11
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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

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Photo of htomsirveaux


2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 8 Jul 2007.

Very large blonde colored head. Almost flat. Crystal clear pale sienna color. Aroma of light caramel, cooked rice, asparagus, not a good sign. Lightly sweet and caramel. Some slight vegetal flavors in the middle. Very mild hop finish. Watery body, minimal alcohol.

Perhaps a bad bottle?

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 23:18:32 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of Wheelinb


3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the beer that got me started on craft beer oh those many years ago. Back in college I was totally against "the man" so I refused to drink beer from giant corporations. Schlafly was the only game in town, other than Sam Adams in 1992. While I have come to learn that this is a pretty typical pale ale, it will always ranks as one of my favorites.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2009 01:49:14 | More by Wheelinb
Photo of Vonerichs


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 13:26:08 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of Jayli


3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear amber/copper color to it. At first pour there is a decent white one finger foamy head but it very quickly fades, and there is very little lacing. Nose is of strong malts and then floral hops - not overpowering on either and the nose was slightly muted. Taste is slightly bready but decently balanced between the malts and floral hops. The taste isn't bad, but there is nothing that really stands out. Mouthfeel is more of a medium body, and a decent crisp finish to it. This is a decent beer - where nothing stood out, I may not pick it up again, but I wouldn't turn it away.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 23:07:49 | More by Jayli
Photo of bluejacket74


4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, "bottled with love" on 10/22/2008. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear amber color with about a half-inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is bready/biscuity malt, butter and some mild hoppiness. It's nice, but a bit light. Taste is similar to the aroma (but stronger), with the addition of some nuts. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it has good carbonation and it's nice and smooth. Drinkability is pretty good, it's real easy to drink and would be a good choice as a session beer. I think it's another solid offering from Schlafly, I'd pick this up again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 01:05:36 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught pint at the Schlafly Tap Room, St. Louis.
Poured slightly hazed, golden-orange color with a thin head that lasts, but not too long. The aroma is a nice mix sweet malt and hops. Balance of flavors, eathy malt sweetness and fruity hops. Medium body, clean finish, hoppy aftertaste. Good representation.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2009 21:23:01 | More by BigBry
Photo of cagocubs


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

Pours a caramel brown with slight hints of orange shaded in. A small white head that leaves except around the edges as it laces the cup nicely. The smell is of malts and hops with maybe a hint of caramel sweetness. I was suprised in how sweet the aftertaste was with this one. A nice caramel aftertaste. During the drink there is some well balanced bitterness from the hops while some malt flavor. This beer feels nice in the mouth with a little carbonation. A nice ale that I will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 01:30:53 | More by cagocubs
Photo of TheBear11D


3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A clear golden reddish orange beer with lively active carbonation and a good hearty white lasting head.

A good scent of spice and raisen. The hops are fairly present while there is not a strong malt presence.

For this being a pale ale, the malt was more in the forefront than the hops. The raisen is fairly noticeable, but there were not many flavors.

Not too thick, very smooth with pretty low carbonation.

A fairly decent session beer, but not incredibly flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 21:21:39 | More by TheBear11D
Photo of Tone


3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color. 1/4 inch head with slight retention and slight lacing. Smells mainly of hops. Fits the style of an English Pale Ale. Has a slightly crisp mouth feel, along with low carbonation. It has a noticeably smooth mouth feel. Tastes of sweet malts, some earthy characteristic, and a slight malt background. Overall, one of the smoothest English Pale Ale's I've ever had. A little light on the hops for my taste, but still worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2009 05:20:43 | More by Tone
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New York

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

Tea and scones is what this makes me think of. Apparently I've had more beers of the style than I thought, and I think I preferred most of those to this, but this serves well enough. Coopers and St. Peters make lovely english pale ales...
Not too lively on the palate as far as carbonation goes but it's pretty traditional in that way maybe? Smooth and caramel-y. Would probably make for a nice pairing with well made fish n' chips.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 07:26:44 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of Bobo77


3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6 of this at the gas station. It was the only thing other than BMC products there.

Pours a rich brown color with an ample amount of head.

Sweet malty aroma with faint hops as is typical for this style.

Tastes more sweet than hoppy. In my mind I have come up with an American Pale Ale taste spectrum. On one end you have Budweiser American Ale (malty with some light hop flavor) and on the other end you have Sierra Nevada (puckering, oily hoppiness.) This one is situated firmly on the Bud American side. Nice, pleasant sweet taste, very little bitterness, pedestrian, but drinkable. Not bad but nothing mind blowingly complex either.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 23:09:04 | More by Bobo77
Photo of scoobybrew


3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - clear, light copper color with a thick foamy head that settles somewhat into a chunky lacing that is retained well; leaves a nice lacing behind

S - mild hop and malt aroma, fairly well balanced with some faint yeast fruitiness and alcohol noted

T - strong English-type hop flavor with a mild bitterness; malt is present but definitely in a supporting role; faint yeast fruitiness comes through now and then

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a very enjoyable English pale. While I can't say I normally seek out this style, I do appreciate it on its own merits. I think Schlafly's has done a very respectable job with this one. Nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 23:17:13 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of jujubeast6000


2.6/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 11/14/2008 (Tap Sampler @ Schlafly Tap Room, St. Louis, MO):

Pours a nice golden brown color body, with a foamy white cloudy head, somewhat lasting. Has a malty aroma, some nuttiness. Some graininess too. Has a malty nutty taste. Somewhat creamy, dusty. A taste of light fruit. An English malty taste. Better on tap, fresher tasting. Soft mouthfeel. More hoppy.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2008 06:48:48 | More by jujubeast6000
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 04:07:51 | More by OStrungT
Photo of jneiswender


3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Schlafly Tap Room and served in a 5oz sample glass.

A-brown topaz gem body, off white head

S-malt front in the nose, little nasal complexity

T-sugary malt flavor, hard candy like middle with a faint hop finish


D-okay session beer very good rep of an english bitter

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2008 23:48:03 | More by jneiswender
Photo of TrevorGW


3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light amber body. Bright white head that fades pretty quick. Perfect clarity ... a classic ale look.

Very American lager aroma. Nothing special. Sweet malt, no hops on the nose. The smell tells you that you are in for something mild.

Taste is balanced with hints of honey from the malt and a mild bitterness from the hops that becomes more pleasant as it warms. Very light on the palate. Gentle English-style carbonation. A highly sessionable beer, without a doubt.

More of a blonde than a pale. Hopefully I can see what else Schlalfly has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 03:33:49 | More by TrevorGW
Photo of birchstick


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was bottle with love just a few weeks ago on 10.20.2008

A - amber in color with minimal head

S - malts and bread with a little citrus tone

T - This starts off with some mild malt, which fades into a very non-bitter hop presence. It also has a very grainy taste to it throughout, most noticeably on the finish.

M - full and smooth

D - This is has been a go-to beer for me for a while. I was surprised to find out I haven't reviewed it yet. This beer is very sessionable and has accompanied me on many of my nights on the town in St. Louis.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 03:34:05 | More by birchstick
Photo of usmittymc


3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle marked "Bottled With Love on Jul 02 2008" into a pub glass.

A: Hazy oak colored liquid. Very light head from a moderate pour. Leaves some sticky lacing after each draw.

S: Some faint hop aromas (citrusy), honey or syrup is also detected. Some doughy bread as well.

T&M: Tight hop bite with a sweet malt back. A little more hop bite on the finish. Decent carbonation adds to the bite of the hops. Light to moderate mouthfeel.

D: Seems pretty quaffable to me. Not much wrong with this one, nothing outstanding either. Would go for it in a pinch.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 21:12:08 | More by usmittymc
Photo of houseofcards


4.72/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite everyday beer. Luckily it can be found in just about every bar I frequent.

Smell is like sweet toffee with a slight hoppy aroma.

Little bit sweet with a slight bitter finish.

Highly recommended for someone wanting to ease their way into a craft beer experience.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 02:12:41 | More by houseofcards
Photo of gmfessen


3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a golden-amber color with a dense, two-finger head that crackles like rice crispies and a torrent of bubbles rising constantly from the depths of the glass. The smell is a nice balance of slightly sweet, grainy malt and a light kiss of earthy hops. The taste follows suit with the grainy malt flavor dominating. The hops are there to balance and add a little flavor but are not the centerpiece of this brew. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a pillowy carbonation. Drinkability of this beer is good, definitely beats any BMC beer but isn't anything outstanding either.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 23:00:46 | More by gmfessen
Photo of botham


4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap into a pub glass at the brewery in St. Louis. pours a clear amber color with a half finger of white head and moderate lacings. good retention.

aroma is of caramel malt up front with a subtle hop quality in back. a distant chocolate note is also present.

taste is nicely hopped, with a base of caramel malt and a grainy finish. a nicely proportioned pale ale, with a bit less hop character than one would expect.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture and an excellent finish of citrus and floral hops.

drinkability is good. this is an easy drinking pale ale with good character and a hop quality that is deceptively subtle in aroma and nicely proportioned in taste. cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2008 02:06:50 | More by botham
Photo of AustinBeerLvr


3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle with a clearly marked "bottled on" date of June 30 2008.

A: Nice deep orange body with a good amount of head and some lacing on the glass as it's being consumed.

S: Nose is some hints of caramel, a touch of lemon and some very mild piney, grassy notes.

T&M: A very earthy like flavor meshes with a light to medium caramel malt flavor and some very mild spiciness from the hops. A red apple sweetness estery flavor blends with the caramel as the beer warms on the tongue. Finishes with just a slight bitter, somewhat weak bitter hop bite. Mouthfeel is really kind of a letdown in this brew, as there is barely enough body for the style.

D&Notes: Overall, this is a decent stab at an English Pale Ale. I had to remind myself while reviewing it that it is an English Pale, as opposed to American Pale, with the former typically having more balance and less assertive hop bitterness. That said, this beer is still just too weak to get a thumbs up from me, as all flavors seem too mild, and the finish too weak. A bit more just all around body, malt, and hops would do wonders for this decent brew. Pretty much a "why even bother" pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 01:37:58 | More by AustinBeerLvr
Photo of toolbrew


3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a small off white head. Good head retention and lacing.

Sweet citrusy-orange smell with a light hop aroma.

Same sweet taste, with a citrus finish. Definitely taste some orange peel.

Light in the mouth and the top of my tongue gets the most stimulation.

Not a bad brew. Good session beer, or good for anytime drinkin.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 03:21:43 | More by toolbrew
Photo of Zorro


3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Mild chill hazed red colored beer with a minor head formation.

Smell is sweet with a lot of burnt sugar and toffee candy malt aroma. Fairly yeasty beer hops is mostly herbal.

Taste starts out malty with lots of toffee flavor. Little bit sweet with a slight bitter finish, this is very much a malt beer. Nice yeasty beer flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is where this beer shines. Super user friendly taste not one thing harsh about this. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 01:27:52 | More by Zorro
Photo of thekevlarkid


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled at the tap room in July of '08. Weak head of white bubbles did not last long and the beer itself was a light amber color leaning towards the gold side. Some good lacing but overall not a great looking beer. Aromas are soft, bready malt, maple syrup and some hops. The flavors were much better defined however, clear hoppiness, roasted malt and yeast. Ends on a bitter finish with the dry hops again making their presence known. Nothing thrilling. Medium body but the mouthfeel is a little watery especially as it warms up. OK but not much better than that.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2008 14:53:46 | More by thekevlarkid
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