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

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315 Reviews

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Reviews: 315
Hads: 925
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 20
Gots: 113 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
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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Photo of Vixie
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had a nice copper color with a tan 1 finger head. Was a bit on the cloudy side.

Smell wasn't very strong to me, just a hint of malt and yeast.

The taste reminded me a lot of an IPA, although a bit less hoppy. Definitely noticed the malt and wheat like flavors, with a hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel wasn't bad, the first thing I noticed was the carbonation, then the flavors come through, finishing with the hops.

Drinkability to me was good for this style. I'm not a big fan of IPAs and related styles, but this one had enough balance in it to where I wouldn't refuse one if offered. Worth giving this one a try. (610 characters)

Photo of Med
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade from brewCzar. Thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy gold with an attractive pillowy white head. The head recedes but never leaves, and a slight lacing is left. Smell is a nice amount of piney hops and slight papery oxidization, but not enough to be a bother. Taste follows the smell with piney hops to start but then developing into a surprisingly sweet malt flavor. Finish is moderate bitterness but a little too short. Mouth is medium, but with very nice carbonation. This is a VERY drinkable APA. I actually prefer this to Dale's Pale, which says quite a bit! (574 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this brew in a trade with brewCzar, Thanks Bryan!

12oz bottle, bottled with love on 6/25/08, served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazy golden color with a fluffy white head that left lots of lacing.

S - pine resin, lots of pine resin.

T - sharp bite of piney hops, bitter and very hoppy, malts take a back seat (I'm talking 3rd row seat).

F - medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - a tasty brew that's easy to drink. (430 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of this after seeing it for the first time in Nashville today..

This is a cloudy golden color with a head that is initially big and fluffy but fades into a foamy 1/4 inch smallish ring..

Big does of piney hops on the front end...good sign... Smells sorta like DFH 60... Very hoppy and piney smelling..

Big biting piney hops followed up by a sweet maltiness and finished up by another smooth piney flavor that lingers for quite a while on the tongue...

I wasn't sure if I was going to like this at first but this is a damn good little brew. Actually, behind Alpha King, this is the tastiest APA that I've had. Its hoppy, piney, and delicious! Well done, Schlafly! (684 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - a hazy dullish orange. A finger of creamy but watery foam above. Not really lacing much as it falls, though there are some good lacy streaks left as it recedes.

Aroma - a lot of orange and pine mostly, a little caramel in there for roundness.

Taste - brisk toasty malts, quickly replaced by some assertive bitterness. A medicinal flavor, which I usually pick up late, hits right away. It mellows, allowing a piny, grapefruit flavor, with increasing citrusy-ness on the aftertaste. Ends with some returning toastiness and the usual dry bitterness.

Mouthfeel - average body, a touch of oily smoothness, and proper crispness/carbonation for the style.

Drinkability - the medicinal taste is a bit of a letdown, but this is a pretty decent session beer otherwise. (775 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the brewery in St. Louis while on a road trip with my lady. The beer was honey gold with amber highlights and a creamy, white head. Great retention and solid lacing. Aromas of piney hops and mint with sweet malts, and spices beneath. The flavors are again hops-forward, piney and citric. A malty/bready character appears in the middle to add some gumption and balance. AS the beer warms it gets more drinkable and the hops provides a resin-like, tongue-coating, dry finish. Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. Sessionable and enjoyable. A very good example of the style and worth seeking out. (604 characters)

Photo of Dusty278
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
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 (288 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of hwwty4
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at a recent visit to the Flying Saucer. This beer was served in a non-branded shaker pint. This beer pours a clear, straw golden with a big frothy white head that left sticky lacing down the entirety of the glass. The aroma is piney hops, a hint of orange and a subtle malty sweetness. The taste is spot on for an APA. A nice piney hop presence that's not overpowering yet strong enough to let a mild bitterness reside on the tongue. The sweet malty backbone comes out in the finish to push the hops off the palate. Really nice an crisp mouthfeel. Its light with just a hint of dryness. This is a really easily drinkable brew by Schlafly. I really think that their best brews are their sessionable ones. (714 characters)

Photo of ncvbc
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden amber, pretty clear with moderate carbonation and a big, fluffy head that leaves sticky lacing. Smell is pretty well-hopped with somewhat sharp citrus scents and a light caramel backing. Taste is much of the same. Good balance with the hops slightly ahead. Lightly fruity with citrus and somewhat peppery. Mouthfeel is nice and bitter, crisp fairly drying in the finish. Good drinkability and overall an enjoyable Pale Ale.

Thanks to jtrockchalk for the chance to try this. (486 characters)

Photo of iuhophead87
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into new 6oz tasting glass that I got at the Broadripple Brew Fest.

A-Pours a light orange color with a small off white head. The head does stay the duration of the beer and leaves small amounts of tracing.

S- Smells of floral hops with a light citrus smell. Does not smell as grassy as other dry hopped beers I've tried.

T- I was very surprised to taste as much malt as the beer produced. Through the malty taste you could find hints of orange and pine needles. Not nearly as hoppy as I expected. Overall the taste was good, but not exactly what I was looking for.

MF- Nice carbonation, light, and a good thirst quencher

D- A very balanced beer that could be a session beer for me. The low price and availability also make this more drinkable. Drinkable but nothing great. Does not leave a lasting impression. (842 characters)

Photo of gpogo
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy dark orange copper with off-white head.

A- Sweet malt and citrus smelling hops, very perfume like. Also some noticeable grapefruit smells. I'm really enjoying this aroma.

T- Moderately high hop flavor, but not too hardcore. I start to taste that grapefruity citrus flavor. A nice sweet malty background, but again not too sweet.

M- Medium-light body with nice carbonation.

D- A great and wonderfully drinkable APA. Taste and aroma blew me away. I recommend this to anyone that can get their hands on it. (515 characters)

Photo of DrDogbeer
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Stlstoutaddict for this one! Pours a golden yellow with a fluffy white head on an aggressive pour into a sam perfect pint glass. Wonderful citrusy smell. Great big hop aroma for a pale ale- I love it. Great balanced flavor as well. Great hop bite with some grapefruit and orange tinges then mellows quickly but smoothly with a sweet malt finish. Great session beer! Wish I had more. (396 characters)

Photo of deepsouth
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a crystal clear yellow with hints of amber shining through. great head with decent retention and nice lacing.

the smell is hops hops hops. piney hops, citrusy hops. i know i can't be smelling honey, but that's what it seems like. this beer smells great.

WOW. what a great american pale ale. the taste is hoppy without being overly aggressive. a sweetness and a spiciness balance it fantastically.

the mouthfeel is light and carbonated, but not watery.

i sure wish i could get these on the regular. so easy to drink. hard to put down actually. this is a wonderful hoppy session beer.

big ups to Goliath for sending me a shed load of schlafly's to try.

this brewery has yet to disappoint me. (714 characters)

Photo of btuthill
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a deep hazy amber from a wonderfully designed bottle. 1/2 inch of medium bodied head subsides quickly, leaving thick, shiny lacing along the glass. the smell is a mouth-watering bouquet of flowers with a touch of grapefruit and just a smidgen of earthiness. very nice. the taste is true to the smell, but more bitter. the grapefruit hinted at earlier is far more prevalent and coats the tongue. fantastically smooth mouthfeel. a slightly above-average level of carbonation is nicely accompanied by a slightly heavy body that lingers in the mouth. a highly drinkable, very tasty take on the style.

the best year-round brew i've tried from schlafly.

Note: this review is for the bottled version. the casked version available at the downtown brewpub is a step up in taste, mouthfeel, and drinkability. (806 characters)

Photo of hopman333
4.67/5  rDev +22.3%
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. (1,303 characters)

Photo of biggred1
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazed honey blonde with a whipped,almost meringue-like head that lingers long into the drink leaving impressive sticky rings of lace on the glass.Nose is mostly fresh piney hops and faint yeasty bread.Taste is very balanced between malty sweetness and hop bitterness.Silky smooth textures dominate the medium heavy mouthfeel.This beer is darn close to a perfect everyday APA,right up there with Sierra nevada.Delicious. (419 characters)

Photo of joepais
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Goliath for this one
Bottle poured a good finger worth of head that lasted; it just slides down the glass as you drink the brew. The amber orange body color looks awesome in my pint glass

Aromas citrus hops and bread yeast not much malts in the mix, light if any

This brew taste great I say it is the best APA I have tried just the right amount of malt sweetness and hop bitters to make it extremely well balanced I wish I had a pizza to go along with this one. Medium body great carbonation as well

Highly drinkable APA this brew is a must try in my book. Very enjoyable glad I started of with this one today (626 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of STLStoutAddict poured into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy light golden amber with a small fizzy head that dissipated to nothing quickly leaving no lacing. Smell is dominated by the resiny pine hops and citrus with a definite bready malt aroma in the background. The taste follows the aroma with the same pine needle hoppy flavor with a bit of citrus in there as well. The malt background is again evident and balances out the hops nicely. The mouthfeel is medium and slightly sticky with very little carbonation leaving the resin aftertaste to linger. This is a very drinkable APA as the dry-hopping is not over-the-top. (645 characters)

Photo of waldoiverson
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Copper with lightly tan head.

S- Hoppy and fresh but the smell does not linger far from the glass.

T&M- Mild bitterness with strong astringent qualities from hops. Dry aftertaste. as warmed in temperature the malt comes through with a richer mouthfeel though dryness remains

D- Good beer that I could drink a lot of with a pizza in a beer garden. (353 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from Monkeyknife, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a slightly cloudy amber/orange with a creamy white head that stick around forever. Aroma is hops, floral grapefruity resinous hops. Taste follows the smell, adds a little caramel malt, and leaves a bitter citrus on your palate. Crisp carbonation, medium body, again great head retention. Nice highly flavorful apa. (385 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 1/29/08. Served in a snifter, the beer pours an amber/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is very nice, it smells mostly like citrusy hops with a bit of malt and bread. It tastes like citrusy and grassy hops with some bready/biscuity malt too. Nice full flavored brew, with a lingering bitter hoppy aftertaste. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with a nice coating mouthfeel and good carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's smooth, goes down easy and quite sessionable. I think this is one of the better APA's around, another good beer from Schlafly! (640 characters)

Photo of KI9A
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep orange, puffy off white head. Lasting lace.

S: Citrusy hops.

T: Obviously hops. Mild, not bitter, but really big. Balanced with some maltyness.

D: I liked the way it finished. Not the typical bitter aftertaste that you sometimes find in this style. The hop choice was perfect. (287 characters)

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I finally tried this brew. Should've tried this sooner!

A - brilliantly clear golden amber color with a huge billowy white head. Rivals the clarity I've seen from some very highly rated micro's!
S - wow, dry hopped but very mild aroma - floral and citricy hops, bready malts.
T - very nice citric / floral hop effect on a biscuit malt base. Very well balanced but less sharp on the hop note than expected.
M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated, crisp and smooth finish.
D - very very drinkable! I could see sharing a 12 pack with friends and everyone being quite happy with the choice. (586 characters)

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper color. Nice white head, average retention, Decent lacing. A nice citrus aroma. Strong malt backbone but the hops shine through as one would hope. Mouthfeel is very smooth with perfect carbonation level. Very easy drinking, the growler is half gone in no time. My favorite of the regular Schlafly offerings, even better now that its dry hopped. Was great on tap earlier in the day, and still good at home in the growler. (439 characters)

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