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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: 22
Gots: 113 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 315 | Hads: 925
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Paired with pretzels @ the tap room

The beer pours a coppery amber with 1/2 an inch of fluffy white head that laces. The nose is mild, hoppy with a touch of sweetness. Predominantly floral hops. The taste is quite hoppy, floral/citrusy, with a touch of malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is a mild, typical pale ale sweetness upfront, light bodied, effervescet, and hoppy, but not too bitter. The bitterness lingers, but is quite mild. I'd try this again, sessionable and tasty. (474 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a toasted straw color with a tight creamy head that left a wall of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is bready with a hint of a grassy hop. Light metallic and fruit note. Not overly aromatic for a dry hopped APA.

The flavor is more hoppy than the aroma. The hop profile is grassy with an earthy bitterness. The malt is lightly bready with some biscuit notes. A bit of a lemon rind bitterness. Not much hop flavor more bitterness.

The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation. Lightly sweet on the palate and finishes with a twangy bitterness. A tad dry and aspirin like.

Standard APA nothing exciting. A bit disappointing considering the dry hopping but no off flavors. (678 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The bottle is pretty fresh. A month old brewed on 5/9/13 at the bottom of the label.

The beer comes with a rocky white head. It comes in a clear orange with some amber and yellow in there.

The aroma has citrus as in some orange and lemon. There’s a bit of biscuit malt in there. Not very aromatic, but reminiscent of many other hoppy pale ales. It’s still a bit of a disappointment with the beer being called “Dry Hopped APA.”

The flavor hits you with some caramel sweetness, which then turns into a grapefruit bitterness. The flavors at first are mild, but the bittering finish is a highlight of this beer.

Nothing very exciting, but still a good hoppy pale ale. (676 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 04-26-2013
Freshness: Bottled 01-28-2013
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Received from a friend

Bright and clear copper-colored brew with an off-white head of a finger or two. The head goes down quickly but still has some lingering retention and a little lace. Aromas seem fairly muted of citrus hops.

The taste is pretty strong in the hops department as you'd expect and has a sharp bittering factor. Mouthfeel is crisp, with a finish that's both dry and bitter.

Overall a well-made hop-forward beer with no frills.

Thanks to Kirk for this one! (602 characters)

Photo of migwell
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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! (539 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium copper with a one finger white head. Really good head retention along with some decent splotches of lacing. Plenty of carbonation is evident with as long as the head stays there.

Aroma is a good balance of citrus and pine leaning more towards the citrus in the form of orange zest and a little bit of lemon. Some light aromatic pine notes along with a hint of caramel.

The flavor seems a little bit unbalanced and too bitter, almost astringent. A little metallic up front but that quickly fades then an orange peel flavor that lends a very orange peel-like bitterness. A farily hefty dose of pine resin along with some light caramel and bread.

Overall, I'm a little torn by this one. It is fairly easy drinking but the astringent bitterness can be a little much after awhile. Probably not something i will pick up very often. (881 characters)

Photo of estlinska
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap on 3/11/13 (Fire Sale at the Saucer)

Poured into a shaker with almost no head, though it appeared to be poured correctly. Pale orange like an under-ripe pumpkin with a little bit of haze to it. Very minimal lacing throughout the glass. The nose was very clean and seemed like a lot of crystal malt and very mild bitter nose. Definitely not the usual "west coast" hope smell, but more of a mild, slightly resinous nose. The taste was very much like the nose with a good, balanced malt backbone, slightly bready with a stinging bitterness and a spring of citrus at the end. Good mouthfeel, very smooth with nice carbonation. Very solid offering in a pale ale. (665 characters)

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured this APA from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a somewhat hazy copper color, produced a thick, creamy white head, very nice retention and leaves an above average amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of malted grain and citric hops. Medium in body, smooth and creamy mouthfeel- There is a foundation of sweet malted grain, piney hops, and a touch of fruity apple.- Overall, it is a nice example of the style, great session beer and an excellent "entry level" APA. Another very solid offering from Schlafly. (533 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice and hoppy, herbal and spicy. Raw hop leaf. Just enough malt body to carry all the flavor over. Nice bitterness but balance is good as well. Faint sweet bread up front, followed by the raw piney hop. Not a lot of fruity hop flavor but still has that American crispness, brightness and mouthfeel. Medium bodies, nice.

Good but a little pricey. (347 characters)

Photo of CaptMaelstrom
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Drank 1 1/2 months after bottling. Poured from a bottle into a glass.

A: Medium gold hue to bright red-orange depending on the light. Beer poured a big 3-finger, foamy head which left some lacing around the glass as it resided.

S: When I first poured it I got a big whiff of all kinds of hoppy goodness, but mid-way through the beer it's mostly just a think corn smell.

T: Corn flakiness up front but a strong citrusy/floral hop hit to back it up.

M: Moderate-high carbonation, which I like in a pale ale. Slightly sticky mouthfeel but very refreshing. The carbonation elevates the hops nicely.

O: Good APA. Maybe it would have a nicer aroma on tap or from a fresher bottle? But that's the only lacking characteristic of this APA. (735 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
2.31/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked this up on a recent trip through Missouri. Bottled 28 November 2012. Tasted 29 January 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours a clean clear bright orange with a little gold. Half-finger of white head, okay retention, pretty good lacing. Little visible carbonation.

Smells... not dry-hopped. Which is, um, surprising, seeing as "dry-hopped" is in the beer's name. Where are those hops? I can't find them. I also can't find much that appeals to me. Very grainy, lightly sweet and corny. Smells like a slightly juiced up adjunct lager. Weird.

Taste is in the same vein. Very grainy, a little sweet, and nothing that really says hops or APA. Shoot, I've brewed APAs that I liked way better than this, and I haven't done much brewing. It tastes like a mildly sweetened macro. Only a half-touch of bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is fine. Medium-light body, buoyant, with enough carbonation. Not really good, but fine.

A very grainy, otherwise dull pale ale. I can drink this, but it's not what it says it is, and it's disappointing. I don't plan on drinking this again, that's for sure. This surprises me, as the other Schlafly beer I've had was stellar and very hop-forward. (1,180 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy dark honey color with a frothy white head that recedes slowly to leave some sticky lacing behind.

Aromas begin with some dank grapefuit, light pine, floral and lightly tropical hops. Some malt/honey sweetness soon joins in to counteract the greenery. Not the most potent dry-hopped beer I've come across but still quality.

The tastes follow the nose with the slight honey-ed malt sweetness up front that is soon overtaken by the hop flavors. There is also a solid but not overwhelming bitterness from the hops as well which almost take this to an IPA level.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is mainly dank citrus hops that linger ever-so-slightly.

Overall this is a nice take on a dry-hopped pale ale but the bitterness seems a bit high and the dry-hopping comes across a little resiny which could be from prolonged exposure to the beer. While I like this I don't love it and would probably not revisit it again in a 6pack format. (978 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a slightly hazy pumpkin copper color. A frothy cream colored head recedes to a thick film, leaving decent lines of lacing.

The beer smells of floral hops, faint malts, and faint grapefruit rinds.

The taste starts out slightly malty before the hops kick in. The body is really hoppy and dry, with a nice floral, sweet note on the back end. The finish is clean.

Mouthfeel is slightly sticky but also quite smooth.

Overall, this is a really delicious hoppy brew that I was glad to try. (532 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a very thin bubbly head with noticeable carbonation and a pale golden color. It did not hold the color or structure of many a heartier Pale Ale.

The scents were the best part of this APA. Very evident was the fruitiness and hoppiness of a quality APA. Notes of pine, sweet barley and even a hint of clove were detected. The fruity aroma was the best part.

The taste was smooth and light; a bit of grainy malt and a touch of hoppy bitterness. Didn't detect the fruitiness that I caught on the aroma and that was missed. The end is a touch metallic with a tinny feel.

I was very impressed with the complexity of the scent so the taste was a bit disappointing but still good enough to drink regularly. (713 characters)

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

Produced a two finger white head. The beer color is a barely translucent honey.

The aroma is of citrus, hops, bread.

The taste is similar, but with a light honey sweetness. Medium mouth-feel, and carbonation. Hops are definitely there, but the bitterness isn't too much.

Nice beer. Will have my bro bootleg it up to me again, when he gets the chance. (353 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Mostly clear orange body with some carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom. Bubbly white head that leaves a lot of lacing.

S- Sweet malt with some citrus hops coming through. Not as hoppy in the nose as I was expecting. Smells more malty with some grassy aromas.

T- Pretty similar to the nose. The hops are there, but more complementary, with the malt coming through a lot. Some citrus, fresh grass and biscuity malts. Has a slight lager taste to it.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, very balanced.

O- A very drinkable beer, but not a great example of the style in my opinion. (594 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear yellow-orange, nice carbonation, two finger head

S-Caramel malt, some citrus hop but not much else.

T-Starts malty, some grass and citrus hops. Ends with some bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation, velvety.

O-At the end of the day too much malt. Even for an APA the hops needed to be there a little more. (324 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
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. (580 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

An amber body with orange highlights throughout. A huge bone white cap rose quickly and receded in raindrop fashion. Spider web lacing covering the glass.

Bready malt with citrus and some pine resin. Balanced aroma that tips a little more towards the malt.

Some bready malt sweetness up front before some floral and grassy hops move in. Mid-palate, grapefruit and orange poke through before malt comes back into focus. The finish is more of the hop/malt back and forth. Balanced through and through. The finish is some lingering bitterness and grainy sweetness.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. Smooth with a nice dry finish.

A solid APA with tremendous balance. A nice easy drinker. (729 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (446 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev -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 (775 characters)

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

Bought it because of Schlafly name and dry hopping.

I must say it was not that good.

Pours with a two fingers thick head. A good amount of carbonation. Pale golden color very unlike APAs. Too many bubbles springing up throughout.

Smell : Subdued dry hops. Some piney hops a good amount of grain. Not as strong as i would have expected or liked. Something certainly amiss.

Taste : Very less in bitterness. Feels more like a pilsener than an APA. Hop bitterness is mildly felt.

Mouth feel :Dry yet very fuzzy. Carbonation is hurting.

Overall a decent brew. Could have been a lot better. (592 characters)

Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is a cold, snowy day - perfect for catching up on some reviews from my notes.

I always like to try local or special beers when out for dinner (my friends can have Budweiser in St. Louis, I will take Schlafly).

Golden orange pint, short and quickly disappearing white head.
Hops are noticeable in the first whiff, some malt sweetness as well.
Flavor has a good malt base, with lots of hoppy flavor. Fruity and citrus hops, lemon and grapefruit, maybe a bit of pine resin as well. Good flavor, but I wanted more hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel and body are appropriate, smooth and easy to drink. (599 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa, hoping this would be a bit different than the West Coast examples of this style that I tend to favor. Indeed, this was much more balanced and had less of a resin component to it. There could have been more hops and carbonation but overall, this was a beer that was nicely crafted and easy to enjoy; surprising me in the process.

The pour to this was decent - a nice carrot hue, no lacing, and a moderate head. The balance was here as there was quite a bit of malt to balance out the metallic and herbal hops. This had quite a British feel to it as it warmed me up and had a good amount of bitterness to it without being too strong or carrying any citrus notes. What was subdued up front grew in the aftertaste to a more pronounced dry-hop back that lingered for a while without needing a glass of water to wash everything down afterwards.

I only had one of these but it would have been easy to drink a few in a session, even with the alcohol being a bit higher than I anticipated. This is atypical for a Pale Ale but only because I've become so accustomed to the norm that exemplifies this style. While this didn't stand out a ton, I have to give props to Schlafly for pushing the edge on this and proving me wrong when it comes to picturing what an APA should look and taste like. (1,310 characters)

Photo of Lare453
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle from september 2009. so a little past its prime. a friend gave it to us.

a golden with a thin white head that dissipates fast. hazy

s vanilla, malt a little citrus.

t malt forward, all the hops are gone. the malt is present through out. the ending has a lemon zest and a bitter aftertaste

m thin and crisp, slightly prickly with a light small bubbled carbonation.

o a good session beer for me. nothing that i would actively seek out but i would definitely have it again.

would like to try it fresh (510 characters)

Schlafly Dry-Hopped American Pale Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
86 out of 100 based on 315 ratings.