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

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825 Ratings

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Ratings: 825
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 18
Gots: 69 | FT: 1
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 Rhettroactive
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 6/27/11
*From notes

A: Pleasant golden. A nice pour yields a 1.25 finger head. Not a lot of lacing on this one.

S: Weird. I'm getting some really off-putting cereal filler and adjunct (which I'm aware aren't being used here). The hops are hard to find, though when really getting my nose in there, I do get a touch of bitterness.

T: It tastes cheap. Blasé bitterness from what seems to be a mere touch of hops and a big ol' pile of low-grade oat bran. It never seems to mature in the mouth. One note and exceedingly boring.

M: Thin and over carbed. It's sharp and unrefined.

O: Schlafly's Dry-Hopped APA is a rare miss from a very solid brewery. I won't hold this one against them, but I'll be damned if this isn't one of the most dissapointing dry-hopped brews I've ever quaffed. You're best bet is avoding this one entirely.

Photo of oline73
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber color with three fingers of fluffy white head. The head fades to a layer and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Mildly sweet from the malt with some pine and citrus hops as well.

Taste: The dominant flavor is from the hops. There is a citrus peel bitterness with a mild pine flavor as well. The malty flavor isn't very sweet but gives a hint of bread. The finish is a bit bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with carbonation on the high side. The finish is a bit dry.

Overall: This was a good pale ale. Crisp enough with a solid hop profile. Not a ton going on, but tastes quite nice.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy, light copper color. Poured a 3 finger off-white head with fair retention to a thin skim. Decanted with lazily rising bubbles. Lacing washed down the glass.

S: Citrus and floral hops a very pronounced up front. Sweet, bready malt; more prominent as the beer warmed a little.

T: Sweet malt and floral hops transition to a resiny, citrus middle. Nice malt/hop balance throughout finishes in a citrussy, mildly spicy bitter that lingers just a bit.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Resiny and sharply bitter. Maybe just a little dry.

O: Solid APA. Nice balance to the malt and hop bill. Moderate ABV makes it very sessionable.

Photo of DaveBlack
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Deep golden color with a huge 3+ finger foamy, slightly off-white head. Bubbles stream constantly from the bottom of the glass, giving it almost infinite retention. Lots of lacing left behind as the head recedes.

S: Dominant smell is the hops. Pine and grapefruit overlying the aroma of malts. Not a whole lot to say about the smell, it's almost solely the smell of hops.

T: Taste really just falls flat for me. Some slight malts up front and then the hit of hops. Not too strong on either account, and nothing to set the taste apart from dozens of other beers that I tried. The taste is just kind of there, not balanced, nothing really asserting itself strongly. The whole thing just comes across as disjointed.

M: light body, actually quite light on the carbonation.

O; My basic impression of this beer is that as soon as my glass is empty I'll have forgotten what it tastes like. It's just nothing special, and not even a good simple beer. It just IS.

Photo of tapman
4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3 finger off-white head after an aggressive pour, Dark gold/dark orange color made opaque by copious amounts of yeast left in the bottle. Unfiltered or different yeast for bottle conditioning? Seems like a lot for bottle conditioning, but hey, I like yeast!

Aroma is grass and grapefruit and sweet, light caramel-like malt aroma. A little pine? I guess so.

All that in the taste, but more subtle than it sounds. Much lighter than expected. Malt comes through a little more with some toasty notes and the bitterness is moderate and balanced.

Crisp and full-bodied with a slight dryness in the finish.

A fantastic brew and, in my opinion, the best that they have that is somewhat readily available.

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy orange in color and has a slight amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface that slowly faded away, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose.
T: Flavors of pale malts stand out in the taste, which also has some notes of citrus from the hops. There is a slight amount of bitterness, which persists through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and is rather sessionable.

Photo of beerdown77
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours golden brown with nice chunky white head and some good lacing. The smell is pretty pungent even as you pour this beer. There is a lot of grassy/hops smells, but there is a fresh bready element too. The taste is much more herbal and hoppy than the Schafly Pale Ale, but the bready malts flavors come out even more in this beer. I even get a little green pepper vibe that I will attribute to the crisp, clean bite. There is great complexity in the balance here, and I am thrilled that I’m not suffering through a sweet, heavy bodied, syrupy beer. This is a solidly crafted beer where the flavors sits on the tongue and invokes the next sip, without leaving a mucky gross taste that you find yourself wanting to wash down. This is medium bodied, but definitely something I could have a few of.

Photo of goldbot
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled with love on 4/6/11.

Pours golden orange with thin, fizzy white head. Good head retention and lacing. Nice carbonation. Bright malty aroma, fresh grain with a pleasant, resinous hoppiness and some spicy yeast notes. A heavy malt flavor, not overly sweet though. However, there is a strong bitterness without much to balance it. Resinous and earthy hops. The mouthfeel is also out of whack from the perceived bitterness of the beer. I'm usually a fan of resinous, pine tree hops but this one is a bit overboard on the bitterness without much hop flavor to show for it.

Photo of rrski198
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: great big white head with tons of huge bubbles all over the glass and rising to the top. Regular translucent amber colored ale.

S: very nice hop scent right up front. very mild clean bready malt comed through as well.

T: Hops are first and predominenet but not over powering. They share the stage nicely with a clean malt bill. Bitterness is mild and lingers nicely. Mild spicy as well.

M: Spicey and full from the hops and carbonation. Mild oil texture and leaves the gums tingling.

O: Not to shabby. Its not Sierra Nevada, in terms of an American Pale Ale, but for the value, its something I will absolutely purchase again. This is a great session ale and a go to when I need a quick hop fix with mild alcohol content.

Photo of Chaney
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm originally from Western Kentucky, with is damn near close to the Schlafly Brewery.

A: Bright orange in color, cloudy, and with a massive head that wither away to nothing within a few moments.

S: Dry-hopped for sure. Wonderful citrus character with a little more than a tinge of yeast in the mix.

T: A mild bit of bitterness on the back end which was totally appropriate. Citrus, yeast, and malt. Very balanced and tasty.

M: Thick enough for the style and not sugary in any way. The carbonation was nice.

O: I've heard nice things about this one, but you know what they say, "Tasting is believing."

Photo of DCon
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed out of a Kilderkin @ Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood (St. Louis), MO. They said this was the only Kildersk in the country! Served into a 12 oz Schlafly cup and had 2 back to back before it was all gone. Also, they added Citra Hops into the cask (different from any other batches of this APA).

Appearance- Pours a VERY hazy white/orange color, almost like a Belgian White. 2 fingers of head and foamy with many bubbles. Has grew retention and left a nice amount of lace.

Smell- The scent is an extreme amount of grapefruit and can definitely smell the citra hops upfront. Very floral smell as well.

Taste- Starts with a citrus hop flavor and turns bitter very soon afterwards. These fruit flavored hops make up this ale and keep the sweetness the main focus for this once brewed APA. Very nice!

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Huge carbonation, and fresh tasting. Dry hopped and is contributed to the bitter finish.

Overall- I am very lucky to have had this ale during the End of Prohibition Festival. They will not be brewing a batch like this again they said. Very complexed and the Citra Hops added a great component to the ale. Will be waiting to have the APA once again in bottle and see the differences between these two. Very nice! Could drink more than 2 but the availability was limited.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of birchstick. Dated 2/17/2011.

Pours a hazed medium orange with an inch of egg whites atop with good retention but minimal lacing.

Smell is alarmingly soapy. Really, there's not much here. More malt than hops, which seem to hiding from the fading sunlight outside. Not vibrant for a beer that pimps itself as dry hopped.

Malt forward sweetness followed by a mild bitterness and toned down citrus. Drinks very restrained.

Thankful for the opportunity, but this is a middle of the road APA that I had higher hoped for.

Photo of TheGordianKnot
2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle dated 1/19/11... Poured into my Hopside Down glass (all my legit stuff was dirty...)

A- Pours a very light orange/gold color. Carbonation present. Very stable white dense looking head. Impressive head and lacing.

S- Very citrusy. Hop forward with a slight sweetness to back up. I get mostly tangerines and pineapple.

T/M- Alright... The bitterness is spot on for an APA however, the flavor is off a bit. I don't get as much hop flavor as the nose and bitterness allude to. There is a strong malt sweetness followed by a warming alcohol and medicinal flavor. It really isn't very pleasant or smooth. I had high hopes for this with the nose, but the flavor was a let down. Pretty moderate carbonation on high side with a medium light body and finished pretty dry.

O- Not the best APA. I have had one or two worse, but the malt backbone was off and not supported by enough hop flavor. I would like to visit this one again down the road since it seems others don't get that alcohol burn, but for now I would say it is a little below middle of the road per style.

Photo of JayQue
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good APA. Lacks the "wow" factor I experience with most Schlafly beers. Pours a hazy orange/apricot color with a bigh white head. Good head retention and lacing.

Smell is a little better than average but still mild- mostly citrus hops

Taste is fairly mild as well - balanced but leaning to the citrus hops side.

Mouthfeel is crisp and rich enough for the style. Solid APA

Overall this is pretty good APA...far from the best I have had. I was expecting a bit more from Schlafly.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden yellow, up + down white head, fine lacing.

S: fair pine, hint of citrus

T: hint of sweet citrus, firm pine, mild long bitter finish

M: med body, hint of tongue prick, oily, mild sticky taste

O: Solid APA, enjoyed this. Good session brew.
This is good, but not world class.

Worth drinking.

Photo of Clydesdale
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a somewhat hazy orange. The head is very tall, with a slight orange-yellow hue and a densely foamy head. Retention is excellent, and thick rings of lacing cling to the glass.

S: Some pale/sugar cookie malt notes up front. Hop aromas are undoubtedly American: citric (orange/grapefruit) and a bit floral/pithy. Perhaps a bit lemony/tart as well.

T: Pale malt provides a grainy, fairly blank canvas for the hops here; very little sweetness or caramel flavor is to be found. Bitterness is above average, but consistent and well measured. Hop flavors are citric (orange, grapefruit, and lemon, in that order) and floral/spicy.

M: Medium-full body. Carbonation is a bit pricklier than average. The finish fades gradually into strong dryness.

D: A nice pale ale from Schlafly. A fairly complex balance of hop flavors contributes to an extra dimension that many APAs lack. This is more grainy than malty, but it works well enough. Certainly worth a look.

Photo of secondtooth
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale golden in appearance, with huge massive head of foam. Equally massive lace. Superb!

Nose is rich and piney. Definitely hops-forward! Again, this one has a lot of character. Top marks for aroma.

Flavor is rich, chewy, and full of strong pine and orange citrus notes. Very flavorful, and quite enjoyable. On a par with good IPAs, this one is one of Schlafly's finest, and my favorite of their regular line.

Photo of keeganfrank
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, thick head that sticks around for some time. Smells of roasted grain, citrus and sweet bread. Tangy grapefruit dominates the initial taste, but gives way to creamy breadiness and sweet honey. A substantial body and crisp, fresh flavors make this quite a pleasure to drink.

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Schlafly's pint - thanks for both, AlCaponeJunior!

Nice honey golden with white fluff that thins to light lacing well.

Medium malts and grassyness more prominent scents - nice bitter front followed by sweeter malts then a lingering crisp hoppy bitterness. The 5.9% is very present as the body and mouthfeel is otherwise appropriately thin.

A solid drinker and was a great compliment to some fried fish!

Photo of malloyca
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of obywan59
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Shrews629
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of alleykatking
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of FanofHefe
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of titosupertramp
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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