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

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Schlafly Dry-Hopped American Pale AleSchlafly Dry-Hopped American Pale Ale

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Ratings: 883
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 18
Gots: 98 | 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: 883 | Reviews: 309
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub in August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate orange color with a white head. Nose brings some orange, grapefruit, and hints of pine. There is some moderate malt in the background that works its way into the taste. The taste is mainly comprised of citrus hops. The dry hopping has done this quite well. Nice mouthfeel with good bitterness levels and a really high drinkability factor.

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy orange in color and has a slight amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface that slowly faded away, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose.
T: Flavors of pale malts stand out in the taste, which also has some notes of citrus from the hops. There is a slight amount of bitterness, which persists through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and is rather sessionable.

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewpub in St Louis, reviews from notes.

A: half finger head on a clear golden with amber hues body.

S: toasted malts, candied citrus and pungent earthy hops.

T: again, a malt forward brew but nicely balanced with hops providing herbal, tart citrus notes. Candy sugar notes throughout.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. 

Overall: even though malty this one is well balanced with nice hop variability. A memorable beer.

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a frothy white head that leaves a few dancing shards of lace behind

Smell: Ah...hop perfume; floral tangerine aroma

Taste: Opens with a touch of the biscuit and then charges forward with a tangerine juice flavor; after the swallow, the juiciness mellows out a bit (after all, this is an APA, not an IPA) but persists, leaving also some complementary sweetness on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: One of the better APAs I have encountered lately; presses all the right buttons

Thanks, rsyberg01, for the opportunity

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The common and reliable Schlafly Dry-Hopped APA exhibits all of what's good with Pale Ales but without overstating its presence. Although the language is its review might seem mundane and redundant, its flavor is anything but.

The standard glowing copper hue shows ample carbonation, releasing an airy and froathy off-white head, retains very well, and laces just the same.

Citrus hops dominate the nose, but not with a quick rebuttal from graham cracker flavored malts. Still, grapefruit and orange zest command attention along with a spicy note that you just know leads to bitterness in taste. Low on fruit and with no phenolics, the yeast has minimal impact on the aroma.

Flavors are a very direct reflection of aroma, which speaks to the beers consistency. Malt sweetness in caramel and fresh baked cookies combine with light spice (maybe hops, maybe yeast) is short lived. Hop flavor of ruby red's and tangerines build in intensity and soon enough become the prevailant flavor of the beer. Allowing the bitterness of citrus rinds and pine resins to come into play, the beer takes on a gingery, snappy flavor that is both refreshing and attention-grabbing. Simple and pure, the beer makes quick work of a malty-caramelly start and finishing with a hoppy-citrusy finish.

Creamy and moderate early on, after the carbonation disipates and the citrus bitterness takes hold, the beer finishes decidedly dry, fleeting, and very refreshing.

Classic and true, there's not much that separates Schlafly's Pale Ale from many others who are doing this style very well. But this one seems less processed and has a bright and vibrant freshness to it, similar to a few great homebrewed versions.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of floral hoppy notes with light citrus undertones. Taste is also dominated by some citrus and floral hoppy notes with a dry malt backbone. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Good beer but not as hoppy as I was expecting.

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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

Sun-washed apricot with butternut trim. Multiple streams of bubbles plink and plonk into the underside of a golden ecru crown that is filling at least half the glass after a zealous pour. Scattered shards of (eventually crusty) lace don't look nearly as good as beer and head, alone and in combination.

Whenever the words 'Dry-Hopped' appear on the label, my expectations rise. Unfortunately, this one doesn't come through like it should. Citric hops are noticeable, but no more so than in any other APA that doesn't receive special treatment. Edit: a few sniffs just before the beer was gone prompted a deserving score increase.

I wanted more hoppiness, but then I always do. Since the brewery claims 50 IBUs, that isn't an unreasonable expectation. The (primarily) pale malt backbone is acceptable for the style. This isn't a big APA by any stretch of the imagination. The hop flavor and bitterness is pretty close to mid-range as well.

The flavors include lemon and grapefruit with a hint of pine sap and a subtle cheesiness that makes me think that Cascade is in the house. It isn't grapefruity enough to be Centennial and it isn't spicy enough to be Chinook. Columbus is a possibility as well. Despite my misgivings, this really is a good APA that is becoming more hoppy as the ounces pass. Yeah, sure, now that I'm almost out of beer.

The mouthfeel is style appropriate. Wanting it to be IPA-like is probably unreasonable. It's as smooth as glass and is expertly bubbled, which makes drinking a summer breeze. I know because the bottle is empty and I'm not even done with my review.

Schlafly Dry-Hopped American Pale Ale is one of those beers that should be consumed uber fresh for maximum enjoyment. It's still pretty good months after bottling and is a beer that I'd love to see locally.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed this one as an extra recently. I got a ton of Midwest brews I need to try and this was one of the first to tackle. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/14/2009.

The pour was all over the place for me. Lots of foam here, and it took a double pour to get everything straight. Lots of coating up and down the sides of the glass led to a rich coating of suds all over the sides. The aroma was very light, Touches of light hops, piney with a note of grapefruit mixed in, but mostly dominated by a light grain like aroma. As it warmed a bit buttery brought into the mix as well. The flavor was light, nice pale ale here and very well balanced. Initial rush of hops was quickly overtaken by a very smooth and very well balanced mid palate malt profile. I was really impressed here with how nicely that came together. Smooth, light carbonation kept it from feeling too overdone and made for a very session able little ale.

Overall while not mind blowing in anyway it was very nicely done. I would have no issue at all with try thing this one again.

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

a more than good session american pale ale. pours a light and bright golden color, with a tiny bit of yeast remaining, and a two inch head, white and dense, lasting and sticky, sexy. the smell is pretty bitter, with english hops on the lighter side and a citrus hop profile, tangerines and lemon zest. the flavor is more mild, almost dull or mellow, not as jivey as the nose, but lots of hop bitter on both ends, and enough malt in the middle. dry hops add flavor, but i think this isnt as hoppy as a lot of american pale ales. feel is solid, perfect medium body and great carbonation. infinitely sessionable and really satisfying as a morning beer. malty and hoppy at the same time, without being overwhelming. a worthy quaff for sure, but not the best choice at the taproom

Photo of womencantsail
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for sending me this bottle.

A: An extremely clear light golden color with a fluffy (but short lived) white head.

S: The nose was a bit disappointing, especially for a beer that is dry-hopped. The hop aromas are an interesting (but mild) mix of spicy, pine, and citrus.

T: This is more of what I was looking for. A solid but not overwhelming bitterness to go along with a fairly good citrus flavor and a touch of caramel malt.

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

D: Another good example of an APA. A mild bitterness and an overall refreshing quality make this a nice sessionable pale ale.

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: OCT17 2007 Drink within 3 months for freshest hop taste, after that it seems to drop off a bit.

Standout aroma of fresh, clean hops. There's a good deal of citrus fruit, and bready pale malt. From the first pour, there was a sturdy, 3-finger head of compact foam. Surface was pitted, but had an even meringue-like sheen to it.

Pale malt backbone, with a tingle of hoppy bitterness. Some grapefruit pith and rind comes out in the middle. Finish is dry and a little bready. Very clean feeling, and a true sessionable pale ale.

Schlafly gives Alpha King a run for it's money...

Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear orange/amber color with a tan, soapy, two-finger head. It left nice trails of lace.

S - It smelled of tons of hops. Also, some citrus aromas.

T - It tasted of bitter Cascade hops. There was a burnt toast maltiness. But for the most part, it was a great hoppy flavor.

M - It is crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a great APA. It has the powerful hoppiness of a DIPA but it much lighter and very refreshing.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

At this point in my beer-drinking life, I have to wonder how many pale ales I've tried... This one pours a clear brass topped by a finger of off-white foam and populated by some random floaties. The nose comprises dry grapefruit peel, mild biscuit, light toffee, and a touch of pine resin. The taste focuses on the resin, though some grapefruit rind, dried caramel, and mild grass contribute as well. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a decent pale ale, but not one that can stand up to the heavy hitters of the style.

Photo of oline73
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber color with three fingers of fluffy white head. The head fades to a layer and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Mildly sweet from the malt with some pine and citrus hops as well.

Taste: The dominant flavor is from the hops. There is a citrus peel bitterness with a mild pine flavor as well. The malty flavor isn't very sweet but gives a hint of bread. The finish is a bit bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with carbonation on the high side. The finish is a bit dry.

Overall: This was a good pale ale. Crisp enough with a solid hop profile. Not a ton going on, but tastes quite nice.

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to monkeyknife for a bottle of this in a trade.

Pours a clear gold with a big poofy head of off-white foam. Retains with a layer that stays fairly frothy and thick, leaving decent looking lace back. The aroma smells of floral hops and citrus with some underlying pale malt character.

The taste starts out with a nice firm hop bitterness up front that then works into an undercurrent of lemon zest and pale malt sweetness. The finishes comes off as a little more sweet and tangy than bitter to me. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied with a sharper carbonation in the front that then spreads out into a softer feel on the palette.

Not bad. I guess I was expecting a bit more from the profiles considering that this was dry hopped but this ended up being a solid drinker, especially when you factor in that this is nearly 6%.

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

Thanks Hwwty4 for this one.

Pours a very slightly foggy amber with a decent crème head. Nose is almost like a musty minor citrus thing. Flavor is sweet. And there is a fairly thick amount of citrus in there. As it warms it gets smoother and the sweet tone really becomes nice. Feel has a slight bite to the carbonation and the liquid is just a slight bit sticky but overall smooth. This is smooth and nice to drink. However. I say put this in a cask and treat it right. Then we'll have something reeeally nice.

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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