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

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798 Ratings

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Ratings: 798
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 16
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 taylocd
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

taylocd, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of BMoney575
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BMoney575, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of dragonWhale
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

dragonWhale, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.55/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

yeahnatenelson, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of Axic10
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Axic10, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of omahawk
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

omahawk, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of chchchchia
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

chchchchia, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of jsprain1
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

jsprain1, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of Zundo
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Zundo, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of jerryjeff
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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...

jerryjeff, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Thorpe429, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

jeffjeff1, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of avalon07
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

avalon07, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

JoEBoBpr, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

AlCaponeJunior, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of StlHopHead77
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

StlHopHead77, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well, "never heard of nice things from Missouri coming West", but this one ain't bad. Boulevard on one side, Schlafly on another...

Anywho, pours a very nice copper, clear body. Looks rich. Head is a bit chunky, forms a nice convex rise in the center. Great lacing as it drinks down.

This one didn't last long. The drinkability is through the roof here. The balance between malt and hops is great, with the hops just winning out. A calm citrus, juicy attaches to a lighter hint of pine that sits atop the malt.

the dryness is impeccable. Not syrupy or resinous, or bitter. It's darn good. Very slight spice at the end really accentuates the short waves of sweetness.

This is a darn good beer and gives SN Pale a run for its money

Mebuzzard, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BEERchitect, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of TheSarge
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Schlafly's APA is copper in color and has a slight chill haze to it. The head presentation is perfect with two fingers of off white head and retains quite well.

In the aroma the spicy hops dominate with piney and spruce nuances.

The taste is nicely balanced between the two key ingredients. There is the kick of spruce up front, goes to a caramel in the middle, and then the hops return to finish off the sip.

Mouth feel wise it's got a crispness of a lighter beer, but a slight warming feeling in the end. Overall a good complex stronger session beer.

TheSarge, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of regspeir
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade. Loved that "bottled with love on..." dating. Pours a cloudy yellow-amber with a smallish white head. Lacing is present but thin and not long-lasting. Nose is toffee, some citrus (especially grapefruit and lemon), some pine and grain. Taste is pretty well balanced - sweet malts, citrus and yeast. There is some bitterness but it takes a backseat to the sweetness, especially in the finish. Body is lighter than medium, a little sticky and creamy. I had never heard of this beer but it was a very drinkable brew and one I wouldn't avoid in the future.

regspeir, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of tr4nc3d
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12fl oz bottle poured into my pint glass

Pours a hazy light orange color with a frothy two inch slightly off white head. Great head retention that when subsides leaves soapy scattered lacing clinging to the sides of my glass.

Aroma consist of citrus fruits with the likes of ruby grapefruit being the dominate one followed by tangerines and lemon. Grains of wheat may be smelled(?)along with pale malt and caramel.

Taste upfront is slightly bitter following with a surprise of caramel and immediately afterward the citrus flavors show up with grapefruit and slight lemon zest. Finishes off with a dry slightly grainy wheat type flavor I shall say

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly higher then average carbonation.

Decent APA that is worth trying and something I could see myself ordering again.

tr4nc3d, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of feedsasquatch
2.55/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Keep in mind, APA's aren't my favorite style, but this my least favorite of all the APA's I've tried.

A - Hazy light brown, with orange and yellow tones. The head popped up right away, but quickly fell.

S - Orange peel, flowers, and heavily of grapefuit.

T - The initial taste is good. It's hoppy, citric, and piny. On the way down the grapefruit citrus flavor is overpowering.

M - The heavy hop bitterness not hitting until swallowed kind of throws of the mouthfeel. The initial sip is cool, refreshing, and crisp though.

D - I won't be drinking this again. If I want grapefruit, I'll drink grapefruit juice. If I want hops, there are other American Ales that are plenty hoppy, strong and still taste like beer.

I'm glad that I tried it, but it's not a do-over.

feedsasquatch, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to a74gent for this 12 oz bottle.

A: This pale ale generated a pretty nice sized head, threatening to spill over the glass with 1/4 of the bottle left. The thick head laces in ginormous spumes. Underneath the impressive head a golden amber ale, a little hazy, sits very still.

S: The nose is underwhelming, a light citrus hoppiness that isn't as strong as I'd expect, especially for a beer that advertises its dry-hopped provenance. The citrus is there though and it is pleasant as time passes. Plenty of bready malts are hanging around too.

T: An assertive pale ale, the first sip delivers far more hoppiness than the nose ever indicated. The citrus is fruity sweet with a sharp bitterness. Caramel malts, more stand-out in the nose, play the straight man to the hoppiness. The hoppy bite is strong through, leading to a soft orangey bitterness that hangs around for a while.

M: The mouthfeel is more IPA than pale ale, with a strong dose of oily hops. The chewiness of the caramel is a nonfactor behind the surprisingly strong hops.

D: A moderate abv and hop profile that far outpaces most APAs? I'm diggin' both. A nice ale to sip through after a long week.

akorsak, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of Bierguy5
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled on 4-22-10. Hazy copper color. Rocky off white head holds pretty well, with a good amount of tiny streaming bubbles. Nice patches of lace.

Citrusy American hops in the nose. Grapefruit, with just a hint of floral and pine. Very juicy nose. Caramel malt in the background.
Good amount of sweet malt up front. Bitterness comes in as citrusy, and slightly earthy. Good balance.

Medium body, carbonation is not as aggressive as it looked. Very easy to drink. Enjoyable.

Bierguy5, Jun 27, 2010
Schlafly Dry-Hopped American Pale Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
85 out of 100 based on 798 ratings.