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

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756 Ratings

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Ratings: 756
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 17
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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 malloyca

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

Light amber in color, with a fluffy white head that dissipates in a few moments. There is a faint, yeasty aroma that couples with hints of the well-balanced and well-integrated hop flavors. A medium to medium-light bodied beer, the malts and grain flavors nicely balance the moderate hop profile which tend toward grapefruit citrus flavors. Overall a very drinkable beer that seems to straddle the boundaries of a hoppy IPA and a smooth drinking pale ale.

02-10-2011 03:33:54 | More by malloyca
Photo of obywan59


4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Hazy golden to orange with faint clouds of sediment hanging within. A few bubbles of carbonation. 3 1/2 finger white puffy head that recedes leaving thick lacing.

Smells grassy with a rich aroma of malt from the bottle. From the glass, the malty aroma is at first more subdued and the piney, more floral hops predominate. Grapefruit or ripe oranges and honey.

Piney hops again, but this time, they seem more herbal than floral. My first glass had warmed by the time I got to it, and was lightly sweet upfront. More bitter in the end. The second bottle, I poured into a half pint mug straight out of the fridge. It seemed way sweeter. I think my taste buds were numbed out by the hops, but the bitterness matches the sweetness in the middle and still pulls away in the end.

Medium-bodied, plenty of bite early, turning much smoother as it sits.

No complaints on drinkability. The 5.9% ABV really slowed me down, though. Probably because I had a lighter supper than usual.

02-01-2011 06:39:37 | More by obywan59
Photo of Shrews629


4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

Appearance - Hazy, golden/orange color with some yellow highlights around the bottom. Nice, white, thick head that was somewhat creamy with suitable retention and very nice lacing. Looks worthy to me.

Smell - Suitable grapefruit citrus aromas. Some dry wheat and biscuit malt aromas come through very nicely and balance the citrus. Got just a hint of orange as the brew warmed. Very well balanced and not excessive.

Taste - Favorable flavors of grapefruit and orange citrus. The bitterness is comfortable and is well-mannered. Slight hints of caramel malt compliment the wheat and biscuit essence.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Dry, crisp, smooth and mostly refreshing. The palate is treated to amiable amounts of flavors and they tend to hang around for a good long while.

Drinkability - This brew is, without a doubt, a sleeper in my opinion. Solid all around. It's sessionable, easy to drink, pleasant on the eyes and taste buds and is just really pretty darn good. It's not outstanding, but better than most. A pleasant suprise that I will visit again sometime in the Spring or Summer.

01-25-2011 20:25:50 | More by Shrews629
Photo of alleykatking


3.15/5  rDev -16.4%

Poured from 12oz beer.

A- Pours a light pale golden yellow color. One finger white head shows poor retention. Light spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- There is a ton of earthy tones in the aroma. Light piney hops mix with a floral hop to balance out the bitter smell. Lots of grassy notes as well with some grainy off aroma. I should say off aroma but more of a light balance to the grassy smell.

T- Light muted citrus hops in the front mix with a bready malt base. The middle of the beer is more caramel malt driven. Ending of this beer is muted hints of piney hops and some light grassy tones. Nothing really else in this beer except for some light grain tones in the middle and ending of the beer. Alcohol is very faint in the end. Muted flavors should be a quick summary of this beer.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light malts and grassy hops left on the palate. Aftertaste is more bitter pine hops with some light alcohol and a hint of muted malts. Balanced from what I could tell with the flavors being muted. No real off flavors..just needed more flavors that's all. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This has easy drinkability but mostly because it has a muted overall flavor. ABV was low enoguh that drinking many pints would be in the future. A easy drinking pale ale but I couldn't really get any dry hopping flavors like I thought I would be able.

01-20-2011 23:16:20 | More by alleykatking
Photo of FanofHefe


4/5  rDev +6.1%

Clear dark yellow body with a small light head and a little lacing.

Nice aroma; fruity hop forward aroma, with just a little sweet malt in the background.

Solid hoppy flavors for an APA. Citrus flavors of grapefruit and a little lemon. Good sweet malt balance.

Superb offering for a hoppy APA. Very drinkable.

01-15-2011 20:52:39 | More by FanofHefe
Photo of titosupertramp


3.63/5  rDev -3.7%

Thanks to AlCaponeJunior for sending this in a recent trade.

A: Light golden in color. Lots of white head with sticky lacing. Good looking beer.

S: Citrus, malt sweetness. I may be crazy, but this smells like some white wines that my wife has made me try in the past. Not bad.

T: Grapefruit bitterness gives way to the malt in the middle..seems to get bitter again towards the end.

M: A little dry and sticky.

D: High. In fact, I finished the beer before I finished writing the review. I'm pretty sure I could drink a 6 pack of this w/o too much trouble. Sits well on the stomach.

Solid beer. Might make a good gateway to hoppier beers for folks who don't normally like the style. Will pick this up again at some point in the future.

01-15-2011 00:41:09 | More by titosupertramp
Photo of engagechad


3.3/5  rDev -12.5%

I purchased this bottle as a single at Corks and Kegs in Richmond, VA - served chilled and sat at room temp for 3 minutes - poured into a DFH snifter

This may or may not be a valid review because the cap came off a little funny.. almost as if it were knocked a bit and possibly exposed to skunkability...


This beer poured as if it were over-carbonated a bit, I got a little overflow (and I never get over flow). It's hazy and murky for an apa and the head sucked away from the sides of the glass leaving no lace whatsoever.. and yes I hand washed and air dried my glassware.

Smells of corn. That's about it.

Foam tastes of corn, beer tastes slightly of hops and some malt feeling in there.. It's all very muted

Feels great on the tongue, when rolled under as I usually do to bring out something else in the brew it was kind of tinny and strange.

On the good end, this beer is incredibly drinkable, goes down like butter.. I'm just more into flavor than drinkability though..

I would consider giving this beer another shot when I am more aware of the freshness.

01-14-2011 13:38:59 | More by engagechad
Photo of Lothore


3.3/5  rDev -12.5%

A- Pours a golden color with a foamy white head that subsides fairly quickly.

S- Citrusey dry-hopped aroma that is slightly faint but very interesting.

T- Kind of falls flat on the taste. Slightly bready, hints of citrus.

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation and a sticky feel.

D- Not quite what I was expected from the aroma and not something I would order again.

01-13-2011 13:20:50 | More by Lothore
Photo of taylocd


3.6/5  rDev -4.5%

Poured from 12 ounce bottle into pint glass. Bottled on 07/02/2010; sampled on 12/30/2010.

A - almost cloudy gold with an orange tint; foamy white head that remained for the entire session but left only a bit of lacing

S - citrus aroma is incredibly faint at first, but seems to become more pronounced as the beer warms in the pint

T - grapefruit bitterness, with faint sweet flavor; oddly, this one starts bitter and finishes sweet - the exact opposite of what I normally find in APA

M - good level of carbonation

D - the sweet finish and slightly sticky texture hold down drinkability

12-31-2010 00:35:42 | More by taylocd
Photo of BMoney575


4/5  rDev +6.1%

Sampled on 12-30-10
Bottled on 8-26-10

Pours a cloudy golden orange color, with a filmy white head and lots of tiny yeast floaters. Lacing is very sticky, and coats the glass.

Smell is tart hops, light, fruity and subtle. Straightforward, but enjoyable, and well proportioned.

Taste is all piney hops, sharp and pungent. The bitterness is less than I expected, with a nice smooth sweetness from the malt. The finish is sharp, with lots of citrus.

Mouthfeel is right for the style, accents the hop flavors nicely.

Drinkability is also good, the sweetness keeps the hop bitterness in check.

Overall, a very good APA, and a beer I wish I could get in Michigan.

12-30-2010 21:49:18 | More by BMoney575
Photo of dragonWhale

New York

3.23/5  rDev -14.3%

on tap at the world famous something or other in fredericksburg, VA. renowned for jacking up prices to obscene levels. anyway, a 12 ozer..
pretty golden color with a decent head that sticks around for most of the glass. aromas of faint barley and a bit of grassy and piney hops. nothing too substantial. the flavor is good, but not very bright. in the flavor, nothing really stands out, a bit of malt, not too much body, small hop bite and a little bit of grassy hop flavor.
overall, a pretty mediocre pale ale for being a dryhopped one. It's certainly not bad, very drinkable. But this could pass for a blond in the NW.

12-29-2010 20:01:34 | More by dragonWhale
Photo of yeahnatenelson


2.55/5  rDev -32.4%

Bottle Date: 12/15/2010

Appearance -- Pours a bright straw hue with a finger of sudsy white head. Minimal lacing.

Smell -- The aroma is musky: lots of earthy hops, some floral notes as well as grassiness, but mostly an earthy, basement-like musk. Husky grain also in the mix.

Taste -- Husky grain and corn tortillas make up the flavors from the grist. Lingering flavor of pine resin and husky grain.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with gentler carbonation. Feels a bit like soda from a 2L going flat.

Drinkability -- To be honest, I didn't care much for this one. The hopping was a bit off and the weird tortilla taste was distracting. This falls short of expectations, especially considering how many great APA's come from the Midwest. Given this beer was bottled eleven days ago, I will assume that this hasn't passed it's freshness threshold.

12-27-2010 04:24:13 | More by yeahnatenelson
Photo of Axic10

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%

Received from brewerburgundy in the BA Secret Santa BIF. Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled with love on 11/11/2010.

Appearance: Pours a light pale golden with a half finger of head that settles pretty quickly.

Smell: Faint piney hop nose with some grassy notes as well.

Taste: Dry bitter hops, some bitter citrus and a faint hint of malt at the end.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and bitey.

Drinkability: Overall pretty enjoyable, just wish that the hops would have been a little more in your face, but I could see myself drinking a few of these on a warm summer day.

12-12-2010 21:32:09 | More by Axic10
Photo of omahawk


3.2/5  rDev -15.1%

A: A good look for an APA - light orange - gold, a little murky (hop resins?), nice level of apparent carbonation, small lingering head.
S: Slight hop smell - not as much as I would expect from an American Pale Ale advertising dry hops.
T: Honestly, the overall taste is a little "murky". The malt level seems fine, able to support some decent hopping. This seems to lean towards the hop bitterness, rather than the hop aroma and taste, and something in here conflicts. This is a pretty average American Pale Ale in taste, and the late hopping seems to be overwhelmed.
M: Mouthfeel is fine - slightly tart and bitter. Perhaps a little more residual maltiness would help carry the mouthfeel better.
D: This is a pretty average APA.

12-04-2010 20:55:46 | More by omahawk
Photo of chchchchia


4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

A - light amber, slightly cloudy with a medium head that fades completely with time
S - Slightly hoppy, grassy. Malt is barely there. Not very aromatic for a dry hopped beer.
T - Cascade! Wonderful hoppy taste balanced by malt. The malt succumbs to the hops and a moderately bitter aftertaste ensues.
M - mild carbonation, slightly watery
D - extremely high

This has been one of my favorite beers for many years. It is hoppy without being extreme, and is very very drinkable. Low ABV for a beer that is essentially an IPA.

The cask version of this beer is astoundingly hoppy and should be experienced.

12-02-2010 00:25:49 | More by chchchchia
Photo of jsprain1


3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

A- Pours an apricot color with a thin, though long lasting head with just a wee bit of lacing.
S- Smells of grassy and citric hops. Perhaps I'm being swayed by expectations instead of reality but I expected a stronger hop aroma. Not a bad aroma, but for a dry hopped beer? expected more intensity.
T- Biscuity and bready in the beginning with a lemony hop finish.
M- Quite smooth, maybe a touch undercarbed but not much so. Perfect body for style.
D- All in all a good (not quite great) representation of style. I though it was a good beer but the advertised dry-hopping didn't manifest itself as much as I would have liked.

11-23-2010 08:13:50 | More by jsprain1
Photo of Zundo


3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

Appearance: Honey colored hazy medium body, with off-whit one-finger creamy head with decent lacing.

Smell: Orange peel, lemon, bit of pine

Taste: bright citrus front - piny and grapefruit with lemon and orange in the middle of palate. flavors transition from bright and sharp to duller and sweet. malt present at the end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and slightly sticky. A bit light.

Drinkability: very smooth and easy to drink. Not taxing on the palate.

11-22-2010 01:37:38 | More by Zundo
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3.65/5  rDev -3.2%

A - Nice pine/citrus scent. Lighter than some IPAs, but a bit more aromatic than pale ales
M - Light, heavier than water with a little body
T - Begins light with a bit of hop taste, more than most pale ale.
D - Because of hoppy flavor, not sure about whole session but could get a sixer down easily enough
O - B, pretty good for a pale ale which isn't my favorite style. Definitely like the aroma and flavor is light enough to be enticing. Would consider buying in the future...

10-27-2010 03:06:22 | More by jerryjeff
Photo of Thorpe429


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
Photo of jeffjeff1


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

I picked up a bottle of this at Macadoodles in Joplin, Missouri.

Appearance- amber color, thick head

Smell- hops

Taste- floral hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. I would love to have some more but I can't get it here in California.

10-12-2010 16:32:48 | More by jeffjeff1
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a slightly hazy consistency. there was an inch of creamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Not a particularly robust smell, but did have elements of citrus, hops and malt.

T: Tasted of hops, grapefruit, and grain up front, with a malty finish. A pleasant flavor, with a clean, focused attitude.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Light-bodied.

D: This is a beer that goes down easy. Likable and drinkable.

09-30-2010 13:35:10 | More by avalon07
Photo of JoEBoBpr


3.65/5  rDev -3.2%

Poured into the Sam Adams perfect pint.

A - Pours a nice light copper color with some brass and golden hints. A thin .5 inch white head forms.

S - Starts off with some grainy malt aroma that is both bready and slightly sweet. It is mixed well with the obvious dry hopped aroma. Grassy and flowery hop bouquet with some slight citrus aromas.

T - Taste is very similar to the aroma. Grainy fresh baked bread flavors. This is quickly overtaken by the nice hop flavors. The flavors are nice but they don't seem to blend well with each other.

M & D - Very good carbonation with a crisp light body and overall good flavors but still an average beer.

09-19-2010 18:17:14 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of BeerAdvocate


3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

09-10-2010 14:02:09 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

In bottles, this offering is a bit different than the cask or on tap version, but all three are equally delicious.

Bottled this beer was a slightly hazy golden color with tinges of amber, lots of thick, lasting head, tons of lacing. Beautiful in the glass.

Smelled of a Colorado pine forest running next to a snow fed brook.

Tasted very hoppy with light pine and sweet citrus qualities.

Felt medium to light in body, tangy, and mildly bitter with a pleasantly lingering aftertaste.

Drinks great. I wish I could find this one regularly, because it's a good value and good beer all-around.

09-06-2010 17:47:54 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of StlHopHead77


3.83/5  rDev +1.6%

I've got to be honest here.I bought this beer really wanting to like it.I live in the St.Louis area so a readily available,hoppy,go-to pale ale would be outstanding.I picked up a sixer for like $7.00 at my neighborhood grocery store,checked the freshness date(8-26-10)and saw that it was only a week old and popped the first one.Here's where things got dicey.An aggressive pour yielded maybe an inch of loose,pale white head with some light lacing and moderate carbonation.The nose was swampy and skunky(Think Heineken with a shot of bongwater).Not appealing.The first taste was acrid and foul with no redeeming hop qualities to be found.The mouthfeel was watery with a strange metallic quality.Drinkability was nonexistent and resulted in my first drain pour ever.The next day I popped another and this beer went from drain pour to decent.I must have pulled the one completely off bottle in the six pack the first time around.Perseverance paid off and here's the review to prove it.

A-Pours a nice,slightly hazy golden/orange with a slowly receding,rocky,two inch crown,good sheets of lacing and light to medium carbonation.

S-Ripe summer fruit(peach,nectarine),grassy hops and pale malt.

T-Comes across a little like a Czech pilsener with Northwest hop additions.Some pine,some citric notes and a pleasant minerality.

M-Bright with just enough oily,bitterness.

D-Exceptional drinkability.Great lawnmower beer.

09-06-2010 16:34:52 | More by StlHopHead77
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