Schlafly Dry-Hopped American Pale Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room
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3.88/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
10-24-2010 18:58:19 | More by Thorpe429
3.88/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
06-07-2011 01:20:28 | More by metter98
4/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
12-11-2007 14:50:40 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.5/5 rDev +19.4%
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
03-23-2008 20:23:57 | More by brentk56
3.36/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
11-29-2013 23:29:11 | More by Phyl21ca
4.1/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
08-17-2010 03:16:26 | More by BEERchitect
3.88/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
04-16-2009 00:57:10 | More by mikesgroove
3.9/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
01-11-2010 19:50:04 | More by womencantsail
4/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
11-25-2012 21:08:09 | More by kylehay2004
4.22/5 rDev +11.9%
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...
12-31-2007 02:10:00 | More by emerge077
4.2/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
09-14-2007 22:20:59 | More by zeff80
3.9/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
08-12-2008 19:35:55 | More by RblWthACoz
3.7/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
07-30-2013 19:06:58 | More by WVbeergeek
3.68/5 rDev -2.4%
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%.
12-22-2008 23:37:23 | More by Kegatron
3.95/5 rDev +4.8%
Thanks to my buddy Eric for bringing these back from Mizzou!
Pours an effervescent apricot with 3+ fingers of sand colored head.Good head retention & lacing
S: Slight breadyness
T: Slight breadyness & peppery hops up front, along with a bit of piney hops. I get a bit of boozeyness as this warms. Finishes breadt with slight citric hops. Would like to try fresh
MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & great balance
Drinks too easy, nice APA
12-25-2007 20:14:44 | More by russpowell
3.73/5 rDev -1.1%
Beer is yellow and hazy with almost no head. There is some lacing from the broken head but its moderate and carbonation appears to be low to moderate and have small bubbles.
Strong citrus hop aroma, I suppose this is what you are going for when you dry hop. There isn't much else there, the sweet hops cover up anything else that may be lurking.
Beer is smooth with only moderate bitterness. It finishes nicely but dry. The more I drink the more harsh the finish becomes. I think the bitterness is growing on me. I think the best part about this beer was the aroma and I feel that there are better hops to use for dry hopping. Overall the beer was OK to good.
05-06-2010 16:46:54 | More by drabmuh
Schlafly Dry-Hopped American Pale Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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