Schlafly Dry-Hopped American Pale Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 912
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 18
Gots: 111 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-09-2007

Our Dry Hopped American Pale Ale (APA) is charged with American hops to create a bold, aromatic ale. Assertive hop flavor joins the pine/citrus aroma characteristic of American hops to balance the full body provided by North American malts. After fermentation, the beer circulates through a bed of Cascade and Chinook hops, boosting the distinctive hop aroma of this satisfying ale.

In the long view of the history of beer, American Pale Ale is a newcomer. Based on English Pale Ale, American brewers adapted this style into something new. Born out of the reverence English Pale Ales during the 1980’s American beer scene, APA is the bold, hoppier cousin of Pale Ale. With an emphasis on American hops, APA is gaining popularity with breweries racing to make these ales with such great hop characters.

50 IBU
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Ratings: 912 | Reviews: 318
Reviews by mdcrouser:
Photo of mdcrouser
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A deep golden color, with a thin white head immediately catches your eye, inviting you to enjoy.

Heavily hopped to the nose, but seeming a bit "green" from the outset - similar to the palette, piney, fruity, and mildly floral - just a guess, but being an APA, are those Cascade hops?

After those first few seconds of hops rush, the beer quickly dies down, echoing around the mouth until it becomes mildly resiny.

It's okay, but good only for a brief blast of hops, and little else.

More User Reviews:
Photo of wedge
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled With Love on 02/12/2015

Mostly clear yellow gold with a small, but nicely creamy, sticky white head. Smells citrusy at first - orange and grapefruit - giving way to more pungent floral aromas, leafy herbs, and raw grain. Flavor is pretty much standard, classic APA: floral/citrus Cascade hop bitterness, light resin, and a clean malty sweetness underneath. Medium bodied, finishing clean and dry. Nothing memorable, but it doesn't really do anything wrong either. Good,straightforward APA.

Photo of migwell
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Trying to remember the various great beers I had while bicycling cross-country last year. This one, seems not too well known outside it's local area, is a damn good beer. I hadn't been in the States for some years and was quite impressed with the improvements and availability of good craft beers (you are excused, Utah) and I recall going into a bottle shop somewhere in Middle America, land of Bud Light, and asking for something 'dry hopped'. The knowledgeable guy in the shop sold me this. Full flavored, well hopped, it is a fine one!

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue VI:

Not a whole hell of a lot of beers that note that they're dry hopped on the label, let alone include it in the name, so this is great to see simply from a beer education point of view. But how does it taste?

Pours a hazy, near turbid, dirty peach with a foamy, rocky, clingy lacing that leaves its trail along the experience. Soft, but complex aroma with a somewhat resiny base, some spearmint and dried apple slices. Smooth on the palate, light-bodied, but even. Low carbonation. Earthy, woody, hint of pine, lots of "green" all around, leafy, a bit yeasty, with a little pear and apple fruitiness to round things off with a touch of sweetness. It also has that "dry hopped" pucker in the finish that adds another layer of hop complexities. Dry, grainy and leafy in the finish with a touch residual sweetness and a soft cereal grain sweetness in the linger.

Overall this is a good beer that's interesting and unique, but it seems to lack drinkability and a level of carbonation that could make a beer like this much more refreshing and highlight some of the hop characters a bit more.

Photo of merlin48
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found a sixpack of this at one of the Schnuck's grocery stores in Evansville. Pours a hazy amber body with a large offwhite head. Lots of clingy patch lacing. Aroma is leafy grassy hops backed by citrus and red apples. Light medium body with crisp carbonation. Taste opens with a leafy green hops bitterness that lasts throughout but is quickly joined by a note of McIntosh red apple fruitiness that really sets this ale apart. Toasty caramel maltiness is subtle but balances quite well. Comes off as a very well balanced APA that is light enough to session. A really pleasant surprise here.

Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer name/Brewer: Schlafly Dry hopped APA ale

Serving info: 12 ounce bottle, with "Bottled with love on" dating info. on the bottom of the label (05 01 2009)

Pours: clear, glowing light honey. Hazed and cloudy final pour due to the healthy deposit of yeast on the bottom of the one.

Head: Long lasting, medium eggshell, leaves nothing special large spots of lace.

Nose: A solid hoppy nose, with a slight soapy under note

Flavor notes: Pleasant hoppy ale. Notes of soft grapefruit, light mint and even lighter soap. Quite dry but not bitter in the finish.

Drinkability: Eh, this stuff is decent but nothing special. I would not go out of my way to procure much more of this stuff

Photo of Franziskaner
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color with bronze tint. I can see the microscopic bits of evidence from dry hopping churning within this unfiltered beer. A third of an inch of creamy off white head. The aroma reveals some pale malt,a sweetness of hops that with this blend almost deliver a honey like sweetness that is more of a cereal grain aroma. You do get pale malt blending fairly well with citrus and pine like hops that seem to illicit that sweetness hinted at with the aroma. The mouth is dry,slightly warm,and then prickly from the hop bitterness. In the end there's a fading bitterness from the hops.

Photo of boatshoes
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sent to me in an enormous package of generosity from rsyberg01 for the holiday sponsor a BA. Thanks again Ric!

Appearance- Pours a nice looking light amber-golden out of the bottle with two fingers of sticky white head on top. Retention is good, and I get about three-quarters of the way through before the head dies back to a ring. A solid amount of beading up the body of the beer as well and a surprising amount of lacing.

Smell- Grapefruit and citrusy hops initially on the nose. Not overpowering but the dominate smell in the nose. Backed up with a whiff of sweetness and fresh bread.

Taste- Hops are much more muted than the nose initially would indicate. This one cuts a very nice balance between juicy hops and sweet malt in fact. Some grapefruit and citrus but with a prominent caramel, bready sweetness as well. A nice but muted flavor profile.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel thins out a tad bit as I drink, and it could use just a little bit more body. Drinkability is pretty good however, and it would serve well as a session beer.

Photo of Dusty278
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep copper, off-white head but no lasting lace.

A- Sweet malt with citrus-y hops.

T- Strong hop presence with a lasting and pleasing bitterness.
Malt helps to balance from the background.

M- Medium-light body with nice carbonation.

D- Great taste, great session beer for hop heads

Photo of MOShepp
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden color with an off-white small to medium head and a little lacing.

Aroma of pine and sage.

Tastes of some malts up front but it's mostly about the piney grapefruit hops (which I like). Some good bitternes but not overdone.

Nice APA showcasing those great American hops.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful copper amber hue with a bright slightly off white head forming thick, fine speckled lacing is left down the sides of my tulip chalice. Aroma has earthy, citric, and resinous based hops very aromatic very nice subtle malt biscuit sweetness going on not too complex but a nice lighter hoppy ale. Flavor ample hop bitterness a bit of hop pellet concentrated hop action with some hop flavors layered in I would go with mild dank cannabis and citric earthy hops actually quite nice...enough sweetness to keep things rolling but really the hops shine here. A bit of biscuit malt just enough to make the beer balanced. Mouthfeel is slick with hop oils from the dry hopping process medium bodied crisp carbonation feels good going down. Overall the type of beer that every brewery should offer flavorful not overkill with alcohol or hops, really nice warm weather hoppy brew.

Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pazzo's (Lexington, KY)

Clear amber body with excellent clarity; decent white head leaves some spotty lacing.

Aroma: about as much sweet malts as hops. Fruity

Flavor: Some complexity from the hop mix. Biscuity malts in the background.

Feel: rather light bodied; near medium carbonation; smooth.

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Tap Room.

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

Smells mostly of citrus hops, but pine and pale malt aromas also make their way out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors are quickly overtaken by grapefruit and pine needles. The ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is nice. It has a good thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good, and the 5.9% ABV on such a tasty brew only helps things.

Overall this is a solid APA and one that I could have often - definitely worth a shot.

Photo of rwathree
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've always enjoyed drinking at the Schlafly Tap Room, and now that they've got distribution in Iowa, I'm excited to take some time with their beers. Bottle to tulip glass:

A: nice golden color, lighter than the beers in its class with which I'm familiar. Little hazy but clarity is mostly good. Yields about 1/2 inch head that settles steadily and leaves a decent lace.

S: Mostly pine with a little bit of grapefruit. Getting some floral aroma too. Nothing stands out, good or bad...good balance.

T: I get the hops - with the pine accents standing out the most - but I'd like more of a malt backbone. Some of the flavor profile is closer to an American pilsner than I'd expect. Bit of a surprise there.

M: This comes off a little thin at first, but as it goes down it leaves some nice hop stickiness. It seems like this was crafted to go down easily. On that score, this beer's successful.

O: At the price, there are better session beers to be found in the region, but this stands up well enough. I'll work through the rest of the six-pack happily enough, and am happy for some more variety from my corner grocer.

Photo of tastybeer
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A rather nice looking beer... The big soapy near white head makes this look delectable. Lace is spotty. The beer is a nice shade of golden amber, and once the head calms down a quarter inch layer hangs on. Aroma is lightly sweet with a nice crisp and semi juicy hop aroma over a bed of grainy malt. Dank tropical fruit mixed with zesty citrus, and some grassy floral. Taste is dry and briskly hopped with doughy, slightly caramel maltiness. The hop bitterness is evenly dispersed throughout and lingers on for awhile after the finish. Good well balanced beer with a slightly forward hop presence. Very likable and also sessionable. Good stuff!

Photo of Andyyyyyy
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I would say this beer is right online with what an apa should be. Not overly hoppy, but just enough to satisfy.
Easy to drink and smooth, no overly syrupy feel in the mouth.


Photo of SMark
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured into an Imperial pint glass at 46° from a 12 ounce bottle. A 'Bottled With Love on' date was on the bottom of the label. Three fingers plus of a carbonated off white head were produced from the pour. A nice lacing effect was left on the glass as the head submerged into the cloudy, pale gold liquid.

Hops were predominant as predicted from the name. I think I am also detecting some citrus and butterscotch but it is very faint and I could be way off.

There was not the hop taste I was expecting from the aroma. My first taste after inhaling a bit of the head due to overflow was greeted with far more hops than I was expecting. I did get a bit of the butterscotch or something that reminds me of that taste. The beer was dry and sometimes stark which I really enjoyed.

The hops exploded in the mouth with the first taste. I was almost afraid to take a breath for fear my olfactory sense would be overloaded. Subsequent tastes smoothed out quite a bit with some of the beer sticking to my teeth. Reminded me a bit of a tannic wine.

This was a nice bitter beer with some things going on in the background once you got past the initial shock of the bitterness. This probably does not fit in the session beer category as it is 5.9% alcohol and would take a lot of work after a couple. I would like to try the on tap version.

Photo of Dave128
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip. Bottled 8-8-11 so its only 2 weeks old, should be nice and fresh.

A - A rigorous pour yields a 3 finger head that descends at a pretty medium rate. left big sheets of lace down the glass as it went down. a thin disc sticks around for the duration thereafter. Light amber in color.

S - Hops!! A great American hop aroma. I can't really get much else besides Cascade and Chinook.

T - A very bitter beer. The hops don't come through in the flavor as much as they do in the aroma. Dry biscuity malt presence. Not enough to balance the hop bitterness IMO

M - Medium bodied and sudsy.

O - A very American beer. hop aroma is spot on, but is a little lacking on the flavor of the overall beer.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy with yeast. This brew is a vibrant tangerine color with a smallish head of eggshell-hued foam. Good lace.

S - Lemon juice, white pepper, and sea salt. Odd... especially for the style. Lemongrass.

T - Astringent grassy hops really assert themselves. Freshly mowed lawns, bitter arugula-type greens.

M - Medium bodied, sharp and astringent.

Odd as heck, but not at all bad. This would cut right through a spicy dish. Given the fact that this stuff is ubiquitous in my neck of the woods (90 miles from St. Louis) this could be a go-to beer for Thai or Indian nights.

Photo of haddon
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Flying Saucer in Nashville. Full disclosure... this is following a Celebration Ale so it may "pale" in comparison (don't worry folks, I'm here all week!)

Clear light golden color with a fluffy white head that doesn't hang around long.

The nose was a letdown for a dry-hopped beer. The hop aromas are a mild mix of spice, pine and citrus.

solid bitterness to go along with a fairly good citrus flavor and a bit of caramel malt & earth grains

The body is medium and the carbonation is moderate to high.

good example of an APA. if you can keep from comparing the flavor profiles from IPA's, you can really learn to enjoy the subtle nuances of APA's.

Photo of hopman333
4.67/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just drove back to Chi town and happened to blow through St Lois and picked up a case due to the fact they were bottled with love twelve day's ago.

Look's like you're average honey / peachy colored APA, slight haze, and a nice glowing body which does produce a nice and creamy head, with ample lacing typical of this style...

The smell is of Juicy fruit gum with peach and Cascade spiciness, smells delicious to say the least. Almost forgot the rich malt lingering below the layer's of hoppy goodness.

The flavor is where this beer really shine's. All the fruity peachy, melon like hoppiness that is perfectly balanced with some malty sweetness, again getting those Juicy fruit gum tones all over the place. Perfection !!!

The mouthfeel and carbonation are very nice indeed. Just the right level of carbonation to create a perfect malt and hop's symphony to shine through. Damn near perfect !!!!

If you have the oppourtunity to sample this fresh, you will be very happy, possibly blown away. This APA is on par with 3 floyd's, Stone and sierra. A must try, this is an exceptional brew to say the least. Kick Ass !!!

A must try, do not blow this one off. Quite possibly, one of the best pint's to ever cross you're lip's !!! It's almost like a cross between The Floyd's Gumball head and Alpha King.

Photo of brewerburgundy
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, bottled on 2/24/2010, champagne flute.

Sunrise yellow, golden, slight off-white nearly creamy suds. They don't hand around after the initial roiling, rising but drape some sheets of lace down the glass.

Dry bread that I believe is yeast related. Very floral hop bouquet. Quite dry. Lemon or orange pith zest.

Meyer lemon zest and pith up front, dry bready malt, yeast, lemon, orange, and possibly lime pith bitterness at a moderate level. This is a very dry pale ale with distinct Schlafly yeast; which is almost lager cracker-like.

Light but good and fizzy but good mouthfeel.

Very pleasing and one to drink for prolonged periods.

Photo of secondtooth
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale golden in appearance, with huge massive head of foam. Equally massive lace. Superb!

Nose is rich and piney. Definitely hops-forward! Again, this one has a lot of character. Top marks for aroma.

Flavor is rich, chewy, and full of strong pine and orange citrus notes. Very flavorful, and quite enjoyable. On a par with good IPAs, this one is one of Schlafly's finest, and my favorite of their regular line.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Schlafly "Dry Hopped APA"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "Bottled With Love on 11/10/2014 13:12"
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

For being 5 months old this beer is still packed with hop flavor and aroma! It's citrusy, piney, and surprisingly floral. A fairly strong malt component and a solid bitterness balance the hops. It has a bit more body than you might expect of an American Pale Ale, but only .3% more alcohol than Sierra Nevada; despite that the sweetish malt you find upfront is tamed by the hops and it finishes fairly dry. Quite nice. Easy to drink and satiating.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.79/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Standard pour creates a 2.5 finger fine, fluffy, white head with moderate retention. Brew itself is a semi-clear orange tangerine color. Lacing is ample, web-like and almost creates a waterfall effect with massive outlines of bubbles. A real pretty beer.

S: Moderately skunky and faintly sour... uh-oh... at this point, I think this might've been "aged" too long. Faint citrus that is barely detectable confirms my initial reaction. There's also a bit of pine in there.

T: Opens with a stringent, deep hoppiness. There's a faint sourness towards the middle, woody, piney for a second, then bitter, bitter, bitter with a background of sourness. This is really past its prime. Finish is not clean at all, very messy. There's also a weird mintiness from the middle to the end that is really out of place.

M: Light bodied, messy, coarse, carbonated, with a finish that is messy and really lingers.

D: I'm really trying to give this beer the benefit of the doubt because I know its a bit past its prime. However... its hard... the flavor is not there. There is no crispness, no fresh hop flavor. The profile is messy and the carbonated mouth just makes all the lack of qualities stand out even more. I don't think I'm gonna have this one again.

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Schlafly Dry-Hopped American Pale Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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