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

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Ratings: 851
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 19
Gots: 79 | 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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Photo of BigJarv79
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of seth72104
5/5  rDev +33%

Photo of fsvan
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass. Bottled on 9/21/2011, this guy is a day short of a month old.

A- Light, vibriant, somewhere between gold and orange. Slightly hazy. Thin, white head.

S- Very citrus hoppy. Grapefruit, a slight lemon scent. A malt backbone is present, but the tart citrus easily trumps it. Fairly one dimensional.

T- Citrus much more subtle in the taste, and malt body much more present. A slight yeastiness to it. Not nearly as hop forward as the smell, or as I'd like it.

M- Medium bodied. Not too light. Some perceived yeastiness adds body.

O- Not at all bad, but not great by any means. To be fair, I've had this on tap at Schlafly and it was pretty damn good. The bottled version just seems to lose something though, even though it isn't that old at all.

Photo of mralphabet
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Light amber in color.. good 2 fingers worth of head that settles to a nice layer with good lacing from start to finish.

S: Good mix of hops, a little pine, and a little citrus.

T: Start with a quick hit of malt, then quickly throws on the hops... and a strong dose of it. Hops are very piny with a hint of citrus. Finish is clean a little wet and not bitter.

M: Medium body with a little sticky feeling.

O: A good APA with a good ABV.. worth looking for.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pour was deep golden almost brown a slight bright orange hue. bright white pillow like head.

faint citrus with a stronger malt body.

overall, very malty and malt forward with a supporting citrus hoppiness added to it. fairly one dimensional and not very complex but nice. comes off as a slightly heavier pale ale.

nice full body with a great medium carbonation.

not bad, but not something i go to unless the options are limited.

Photo of jacksonattack
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle; poured into tumbler.

Pretty standard appearance for a pale ale. Amber-orange body, about a 2 finger head that fades fast with noticeable carbonation. I was expecting a more bitter nose on it, but the hops are still there, with some nice floral and citrus fruit notes. Taste was very consistent throughout; big caramel malt character, cut by nice but never intense hop bitterness and subtle citrus flavor (I was picking up grapefruit, if you wanna get specific). Mouthfeel was my favorite part, had a very clean but earthy palate (somehow).

Session brew, for sure. Nothing that will wow, but a good take on the style.

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

Trying the Schlafly APA on a raining Monday after work. Just read the forum...regarding a post I put about Zombie Dust from Three Floyds. Apparently several people felt the Schlafly APA rivals the Dust....I say "ney ney"! The appearance of this beer is a good copper color, clear with great carbonation and finger thick white head that is lacing. The aroma is hoppy and can smell the bitterness with touches of grapefruit. The taste is a decent hop taste mostly of bitter citrus (grapefruit). Hardly any pine or floral notes that I could pick up. The beer lingers on the pallet but overall a decent taste. The mouthfeel is smooth....not overly bitter. Worth a try....but I do not like it more than Z'Dust.

Photo of jlindros
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 6/8/11 so not super fresh but should be fresh enough.

Pours a creamy 2 finger head that fades semi quickly at first but then slows, with some pot-marked lacing, over hazy golden nectar orange colored beer.

Nose brings sweet malts at first, juicy sweet pale malts and a bit juicy malt then some light hops, hints of floral hops and slight fruity hops, but very light on the hops.

Taste starts with some pale malts again, light reddish malts, semi sweet and even slightly creamy. Hops come on with some bitterness, bit earthy and light spicy, hints of fruity hops. Seems more bittering hops than aroma/flavor and even still its not super bitter. Finishes a bit creamy malt with some sweetness and bitterness, hints of fruity and floral hops.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb.

Overall kinda meg, a bit bland for an APA IMO. this is more like a bitter ale than anything, not much for hop flavor/aroma.

Photo of chodinheaven
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brilliant hazy orange color with a big and foamy snow-white head on top that leaves some lacing. Good retention. Dry-hopped smell is present, with lots of piney and citrus hops on the nose. Not much else however, and not as aromatic as it could be. One-note.

Pine hops up front that give way to a long and citrusy finish. Pretty bitter in a citrus hop sort of way, but some off flavors from a heavier malt bill than I expected. This gets in the way of a pretty fantastic lemon taste in the back, as well as a lemon bitterness that would make this really well balanced and lighter in body. There is a certain biscuit quality to this that takes away from potentially delicious citrus hops. That said, this is still a pretty good beer, one that would satisfy most hop heads. Mouthfeel is a little on the watery side and doesn't add much to the overall end product. Solid and passable APA, and the dry-hopping is definitely present, but some room for improvement is there.

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

Pours a hazy orange to light copper body with two fingers of white head with very good retention and lacing. I love the aromas. A citrus hoppiness is more assertive than on most pale ales; the smell of caramel maltiness seems pretty normal. The taste is hoppy on the front and back palates, with malts more apparent on the middle. Overall, the hop to malt ratio is not as balanced as some of the better pale ales, but I don't think balance was the intended objective. This is an excellent beer for pub food of all sorts. I quite like it.

Photo of StLThrash
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on cask at the Schlafly Tap Room in St. Louis. Served in a nonic pint glass. FYI, the one on cask @ the brewery said 6.6% ABV, not 5.9% as the bottle and what BA says.

A - Hazy golden yellow with minimal head but did leave significant lacing throughout.

S - Earthy, grassy, some pine and floral notes. Not as hoppy as an IPA, but getting there. Biscuity malts as well.

T & M - Interesting bitterness from the dry hopping. Very lightly carbonated. Light to medium bodied. Nice pale ale with a little bit more of a hop flavor to it.

Overall - decent APA. From the cask, didn't expect much carbonation, and this didn't have much at all. Nice hop and malt character. Would like to try it on the tap instead of the cask.. was room temperature.

Photo of Pintofbrown
2.28/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: The beer has a murky, gold body. It does not look the greatest. There is a good amount of carbonation. The pillowy, white head is two fingers deep. There is just a little bit of wispy lace sticking to the glass.

Smell: There are some musty hop profiles here. They are not really all that appetizing. A heavy grain smell near the end, making the beer almost skunky. The hops are more grassy. It is a strange adjunct hop flavor.

Taste: The slight hop bitterness has absolutely no other flavors to compliment it. There is rice, grain, and a slight funk. The hops are there, but they are bland. This is not very good.

Mouth feel: A very light and crisp mouth feel due to the high carbonation. It is okay, it could be a little creamier.

Overall: I was quite excited to try Schlafly as they just started distributing in my area, but this was a real let down. This is pretty much an adjunct with more hop bitterness. I will not give up on Schlafly, but our first meeting was certainly awkward.

Photo of Retail1LO
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. I don't know about this one. This one brought me back to the days of late 90's college when beer was hardly beer. I'm going to skip straight to smell and taste on this one. I thought for sure I was diving into a Schlitz or Schaeffer. The nose just had a high level of maltiness too it. The hops were very faint, although this isn't an IPA so it's not exactly designed to be a hopcentric offering. The taste is VERY malty and quite bitter. Overall, I enjoyed having a chance to try this, but it's just not my thing. Probably won't be coming back for it.

Photo of paperbackfoster
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a bronzed amber with light body carbonation. A one-finger head dissipates to broken sheeting.

S - Toffee and biscuit malts with lightly spiced and floral hops.

T - A punch of dryness is followed by a spicy, biscuits and toffee middle. The hops are earthy and resinous, with only a hint of the florals. My favorite bit about this beer is the slight hint of oak and fruit, as if it was aged in a gin or wine barrel. Finishes dry, just as it begins.

M - Again, dry. Thin, but not distractingly so. Quaffable.

O - A decent APA, but one that departs from IPA origin and really leans to the side of just a pale ale. While I like the hop character of this beer, it’s not astounding. I could use both more bitterness and more aroma. Still, it’s finely balanced and very drinkable. A good session APA, and a nicely done beer from a brewery that’s normally a miss or disappointment for me.

Photo of Dave128
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip. Bottled 8-8-11 so its only 2 weeks old, should be nice and fresh.

A - A rigorous pour yields a 3 finger head that descends at a pretty medium rate. left big sheets of lace down the glass as it went down. a thin disc sticks around for the duration thereafter. Light amber in color.

S - Hops!! A great American hop aroma. I can't really get much else besides Cascade and Chinook.

T - A very bitter beer. The hops don't come through in the flavor as much as they do in the aroma. Dry biscuity malt presence. Not enough to balance the hop bitterness IMO

M - Medium bodied and sudsy.

O - A very American beer. hop aroma is spot on, but is a little lacking on the flavor of the overall beer.

Photo of Mosley1212
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to fo1ksguitar for including this as an extra in a recent trade. Thanks, Jeff! Poured from the bottle into my DFH Snifter.

A--Poured a vibrant burnt orange with a stark white head that was fluffy (about 2"). The head dissipated, but a small rim of white remained throughout the beer.

S--The pleasant smell of hops up front. Wonderful citrus (grapefruit or lemon peel) comes through next. It finishes with a nice pine cone scent.

T--Hops are at the forefront of this beer. But they are balanced. They are not to bitter at all. The citrus and pine really mellow out the bitterness of the hops. It has more of a malt background than hops. I get a bit of a corn mash taste also.

M--Medium bodied. Light carbonation. The bitterness isn't overwhelming. The citrus isn't overpowering. It's a very balanced APA.

O--I'm really glad I got to try this. It's from a brewery I have never heard of, but it makes me want to seek more of them out. Very balanced, no flavor overwhelms another part. I could see myself drinking several of these.

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

Dug out of a sampler pack brewed over three months prior (according the the date on the box). It looks the part, a matte gold with a tall rocky head. It fades slowly leaving big popped bubble globs along the edge.

The hop aroma is as noble as it is west coast, surprising considering the copious amounts of cascade nugs they claim to use. It definitely has spice and floral notes abut diacetyl and butter flavors. It doesn't have the robust juicy hop character as I was hoping, yet I am drinking it a ways past absolute freshness.

The flavor is balanced very well. The hops sport a leafy (maybe even spinach) flavor, with a smidgen of lemon lime citrus. The malt is certainly pronounced, especially in the biscuity finish. I take that back now that it is sitting unsipped for a minute or two; the hop bitterness begins to resurface from the depths superseding the bready malt character.

The body is medium to light with nice fluffy carbonation. The slick feel leads into an oily finish. Not a bad effort here, certainly worth a try.

Photo of jcartamdg
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a one finger head and great retention. Great lacing throughout the drink. Aroma of piney and citric hops. Taste follows the nose with great balance of malts. This tastes fresh and clean. It tastes like an awesome homebrew and I mean that as a complement. It's smooth and refreshing, I really like this brew!

Photo of schwaeh
3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled with love 5-23-11

A: Pours orange with a fluffy two finger white head. Very good lacing. Looks to be unfiltered.

S: Smells of caramel, pils malt, piney hops, and citrus.

T: Starts off with that light caramel malt followed abruptly by pine resin. Grapefruit and tangerine bring along the citrus train. The finish is lots of pine, leaving a fairly strong bitterness for an APA.

M: Somewhat thin body but once that bitterness builds up you really can't tell anymore. Juicy and bitter.

O: There is nothing wrong with a hoppy pale ale. This beer keeps things interesting with the dry hopping. Two weeks ago when I had this a little fresher the citrus and pine didn't work together so well, they seemed to but heads in the flavor profile. Maybe this one is an oddball that gets a little sweet spot a couple months out. A good buy from Schlafly.

Photo of rwathree
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've always enjoyed drinking at the Schlafly Tap Room, and now that they've got distribution in Iowa, I'm excited to take some time with their beers. Bottle to tulip glass:

A: nice golden color, lighter than the beers in its class with which I'm familiar. Little hazy but clarity is mostly good. Yields about 1/2 inch head that settles steadily and leaves a decent lace.

S: Mostly pine with a little bit of grapefruit. Getting some floral aroma too. Nothing stands out, good or bad...good balance.

T: I get the hops - with the pine accents standing out the most - but I'd like more of a malt backbone. Some of the flavor profile is closer to an American pilsner than I'd expect. Bit of a surprise there.

M: This comes off a little thin at first, but as it goes down it leaves some nice hop stickiness. It seems like this was crafted to go down easily. On that score, this beer's successful.

O: At the price, there are better session beers to be found in the region, but this stands up well enough. I'll work through the rest of the six-pack happily enough, and am happy for some more variety from my corner grocer.

Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Schlafly is also in DC (although depending how far back you may want to go with Aunt Phyllis lobbying here)! I am visiting my aunt & uncle and scored this bottle as a single, which is not as easy to do as I had hoped.

From the bottle: "Schlafly Dry Hopped APA is an American Pale Ale with a hearty dose of hop bitterness, flavor and aroma."; "We add hops directly into the finished beer to boost the fresh, fruity flavor and aroma of American hops."

My pour resulted in a finger of French Vanilla head with excellent retention. Color was a slightly hazy golden-yellow. Nose was at once piney and citrusy in terms of its hops and my mouth began to water in anticipation. Mouthfeel was abrasive, between the hops and the intense carbonation. The taste on the tongue continued to allow the hops to intermingle, making for a wonderfully bitter beer. It was grapefruit, initially, on the tongue followed by pine, but the finish was the opposite with the citrus flavor really lingering.

Happy 20th Anniversary!

Photo of daledeee
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Schlafly is now in Iowa.

This pours a dark gold with lots of bubbles and a very nice lasting head with incredible lacing.

Nose is not real strong. Kind of surprised.

Taste is really a nice drinkable hoppy flavor. Blends of pine and citrus; not in your face though. Mouth feel goes along with the nice head, really creamy. This beer is really enjoyable to drink and I will buy it again.

Photo of boudreaux
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a hazy, orang/yellow; no sediment suspension, just opaque; frothy, tan/cream head, about 3 fingers thick; head dissipates slowly, leaving sticky lacing on the side of the glass and some lacing on the beer's surface

S: flowery, strong aroma, especially when first poured; musty, hoppy smells, with some citrus notes; aromas weaken as the beer settles

T: bitter, citrus hops up front; caramel sweetness also present; strong flavors, considering the weakening of the aroma

M: medium body, not too thick; not refreshing, but not a bad thing for this beer; flavor sits on the tongue just long enough; very drinkable, finishes clean; somewhat metallic feel as well

O: Great APA style; not extraordinary, but worth trying if you like APAs, or if you like IPAs

Photo of chocosushi
4.55/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz->Foster's Pint
Dated 05/04/11
Present from HeavyD from annual road trip to Saint Louis
Thanks papa!

A ~ Pours a very pale translucent amber with an inch of bubbly head.

S ~ Citrus & faint doughy malt

T ~ Very crisp dry hops first off...citrus & tropical fruit come to mind. Bit of spice, cracker & pale malt.

M ~ Dry-hopped very well. There is alot of excitement on the palette while maintaining that Light body. Very "wet."

D ~ Very solid Pale. Severe drinkability. Saved half of it for my Salami Gentile pizza & it paired perfectly.
seek this OUT.

Photo of tito42
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at The Cashew in Kansas City on 07/21/2011 in a shaker pint.

A: Nice off-white head and amber hued beer.

S: Weak nose. A little hops, a little pine, a little citrus.

T: Good malt and hops balance with a strong dry-hopped finish. Faint citrus and spice, mostly a piney hops to go along with slightly roasted malt.

M: Medium body with a good hops bite without drying the mouth too much.

O: Enjoyed this one on tap. Would have had another if I was going to stay longer. Not necissarily complex, but well balanced and I got my hops fix in at happy hour.

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