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

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Ratings: 783
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 16
Gots: 51 | 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 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
Photo of bamadog
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I received this as an extra in a trade and have been trying to get through a lot of the smaller beers in my fridge lately, so it was time to give this a shot before it sat too long and lost its hop profile. Review is from notes taken on 6/20/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a light coppery color with a tad of lemony yellow in there; starts with a big 2 finger, slightly off-white head that fades quickly to a soapy looking and uneven, thin skim; body has great clarity and shows light to moderate carbonation; only a couple of spots of lacing are left behind.

Smell: A light grapefruit/lemony zesty and citric scent; a light hint of a mild toasty graininess; not an especially strong nose, but the scents are pleasant enough.

Taste: Really nice and bitter hops that bring aspects of grapefruit and lemon peel, but also a bit of a grassy and natural/earthy hop presence, likely from the dry hopping; a light powdery and toasty, mildly sweet toasty graininess and maltiness; very refreshing on a hot night like this.

Mouthfeel: Body is pretty nice, not heavy at all and it is moist throughout; carbonation is fairly soft, but keeps the body lively enough; a fairly moist stickiness hangs out allowing the citric bitterness to linger for a bit.

Drinkability: This is really an all-day kind of beer - light body, bitter and refreshing and a very moderate ABV would allow this one to be sipped on morning (er, late afternoon?) on into the night.

bamadog, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of AleWatcher
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice clear golden orange color-- The white head is thick and fluffy with great lacing. This was bottled 03.19.10. so it is about 2.5 months old-- still looks and smells fresh.
I smell a slight toasted bready malt with some piney hops too. A slightly spicy herbal/floral note is hiding in there as well.

The taste follows the nose, but adds a hint of citrus towards the finish which presents with a nicely balanced touch of bitterness. This has great carbonation and a nice medium body-- excellent feel and very easy to drink. I could have several of these in a sitting without problem.

AleWatcher, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of scruffwhor
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my buddy Nate for the ST.Louis hookup.

Pours a pretty clear copper color with a quick head and a little residual foam. Maybe two columns of bubbling.

Some dirty hop aromas, as in hops coated with Earth. Some thin orange peel aromas ith a medium toasted bill of moderate richness.

The taste starts with a light resny palate with some earthy hops and a little citric bitterness. The malts add some toast with few biscuity flavors. his is a simple bittr beer with a musty hop fiish that lingers.

scruffwhor, May 24, 2010
Photo of farrago
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big fluffy head, off-white, loosely knit with a surface of exploding bubbles, steady dissolve, lacing slides steadily down the glass sides. The hazy orange color has as much red as yellow in it, translucent and close to opaque, average vibrancy. The nose offers sweet tangerine, tangelo citrus, pungent florality, these really dominate the rest, golden honey, green hay, pepper, earthy, leesy yeast, the hops leave very little space for maltiness to develop. Medium-bodied, good firmness and mouth presence, the carbonation adds percolation, doesn't distract. Tangerine, orange, white grapefruit drier here, still in the driver's seat. Leafy hops verge on bitter at times, rye bread, flowers join in. Hint of caramel. Apricot, pineapple, nectarine fruit carves out a moderate presence. It's well-crafted, however, arguably exceeds its categorization, should be more relaxed and fluid.

farrago, May 23, 2010
Photo of IBU99
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich amber color with a small white head that quickly receded. The beer did leave decent lacing.

Smell of citrus and flowers.

At first taste it is smooth and hoppy. This seems to be a milder APA to me. I have definately had stronger. This is a well balance beer. I get a nice malt and citrus flavor in the background and the hops stand out perfect to me.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied to me. Could be a little thicker on the tongue. Seems to build more with every drink.

Finishes off with a quick kick of hops that slowly fades out. I'm loving this beer.

To me this is very drinkable APA. Probably not the best one out there, but definately worth having. Very balanced and smooth, but with enough hop kick to satisfy.

IBU99, May 17, 2010
Photo of bnes09
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Semi-transparent and lemon-orange in color. Nice frothy head appears but then recedes quickly leaving minimal patches of lace.

Smell is sweet and fruity with lots of piney character like getting lost in an evergreen forrest.

Flavor is robust and hoppy upfront. Hops are complex with citrus, piney and soapy characters blended together. Overall flavor is bitter and drying but in a pleasant way. Definetly strays away from the style a bit with the intense hop flavor. Slightly less balanced than others but I'm a bit of a hophead so I can appreciate the flavor.

Light to medium bodied in consistency and a bit light for my palate. Also the spritzy carbonation takes the attention away from the flavor.

Quite drinkable and overall a solid pale ale which can't seem to decide whether it wants to be an IPA or not. Very crisp and refreshing. I'd buy it again.

bnes09, May 09, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is yellow and hazy with almost no head. There is some lacing from the broken head but its moderate and carbonation appears to be low to moderate and have small bubbles.

Strong citrus hop aroma, I suppose this is what you are going for when you dry hop. There isn't much else there, the sweet hops cover up anything else that may be lurking.

Beer is smooth with only moderate bitterness. It finishes nicely but dry. The more I drink the more harsh the finish becomes. I think the bitterness is growing on me. I think the best part about this beer was the aroma and I feel that there are better hops to use for dry hopping. Overall the beer was OK to good.

drabmuh, May 06, 2010
Photo of jvmudd01
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a golden honey color and thick white head. You can smell the earthy hops from the very beginning. The taste is citrusy and light. It's easy on the mouth with a slight sweetness. It has a moderate body and is decently drinkable.

I would love to try this beer again on draft somewhere. I think the tap would really open this beer up.

jvmudd01, May 05, 2010
Photo of soju6
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a decent head that slowly fades. Not much aroma, just a trace of citrus and hint of sweetness. The taste is citrus with a lingering bitterness, which is not a bad thing. It has a medium feel, continued carbonation and mildly dry finish. A respectable mid-range APA. I would like to try this fresh on tap to compare.

soju6, May 01, 2010
Photo of brewerburgundy
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, bottled on 2/24/2010, champagne flute.

Sunrise yellow, golden, slight off-white nearly creamy suds. They don't hand around after the initial roiling, rising but drape some sheets of lace down the glass.

Dry bread that I believe is yeast related. Very floral hop bouquet. Quite dry. Lemon or orange pith zest.

Meyer lemon zest and pith up front, dry bready malt, yeast, lemon, orange, and possibly lime pith bitterness at a moderate level. This is a very dry pale ale with distinct Schlafly yeast; which is almost lager cracker-like.

Light but good and fizzy but good mouthfeel.

Very pleasing and one to drink for prolonged periods.

brewerburgundy, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of DavoleBomb
2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. Bottled 11/4/09.

3.5 A: Cloudy golden yellow in color. One and a half fingers of creamy head with average retention and some lacing.

3.0 S: In the over 5 months since this has been bottled, all aroma molecules have committed suicide. There's a very small touch of herbal hops and nothing on the malt side. Maybe this would have been okay 5 months ago.

3.0 T: Not a big fan of the taste either. Hop bitterness is there, but it's taken over by an unpleasant yeastiness and a bready maltiness that I don't care for. There's a touch of citrusy hop flavor, but it's just about gone.

3.5 M: Mouthfeel is okay. Medium body, good carbonation, and reasonably creamy.

2.5 D: Not a big fan of this one. I'd be happy to try it fresh, as many people seem to have liked this.

DavoleBomb, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of mtstatebeer
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with a large, fluffy off-white head, good lacing. Aroma is caramel malts, straw, and citrus hops. Flavor is caramel malts, sweet, grapefruit, citrus and resin hops. Mouthfeel is light, creamy, and bitter at the end. Good beer, refreshing.

mtstatebeer, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of abrand
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at the Bleeding Deacon. Poured into a pint glass.

The dry hopped APA poured a very hazy orange color with some noticeable sediment. A very frothy off white head sticks around and laces the pint glass. Smell is mostly hops and some citrus as well as pines. Aromas are pretty good. Taste is also pretty hoppy with similar citrus tastes as well as some floral earthy tastes. I much prefer the added hops from the cask than this out of a bottle. Mouthfeel is slick and smooth. Drinkability is solid for this. ABV is medium grade and taste is good for the style.

abrand, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of kalkavekkian
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12 oz. bottle dated 10-5-09 last week at the recommendation of a fellow beer lover. Poured out a cloudy light orange with a decent head and tiny bubbles rising quickly. The color was the way i like to see these types look. Smelled of pineapple- citrus with a nice crisp hops tone in the background.Mild flavor with citrus fruits,hops and malt nicely balanced leading up to a fairly dry finish. Pleasant aftertaste brought on from the dry hopping. Soft, creamy mouthfeel. Good, bitter bite on the way down. This is an easy drinking beer with a low abv that i really enjoyed. My first taste of Schlafly's dry hopped and surly not my last. I could easily drink 6 or more of these in a sitting.

kalkavekkian, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of Gehrig
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange-tangerine body with a finger of off-white foam that adorns the Ommegang glass with impressively dense, snowy lacing; beautiful look. Weak after poured but better as it warms, Dry-Hopped emits nice citrus and a bit of hopped-up funk. I'd like a bigger aroma, though.

Taste, too. It's nice, smooth, a bit tangy with the citrus, but it lacks oomph. I'd like a lot more, bolder flavor--more hops, and a better malt backbone. There is a bit of butterscotch that I like, but much more of that would make this terrific.

Nice mouthfeel, good effervescence. Overall, decent stuff and as usual a nice effort from Schlafly. But as far as APAs go, this is a bit safe and middle-of-the-road, despite my attraction to the "dry-hopped" label and style.

Worth a try, but also worth improving upon, too.

Gehrig, Feb 04, 2010
Schlafly Dry-Hopped American Pale Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
85 out of 100 based on 783 ratings.