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Schell's Pale Ale | August Schell Brewing Company

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Schell's Pale AleSchell's Pale Ale

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
replaced by Hopfenmalz

Added by budgood1 on 12-03-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 fluid ounce brown glass bottle. A dark green and cream color coordinated crown cap, neck and obverse label are just like that in the BA Database. The main label has an old picture of an August Schell Inn that is a throwback to the heritage of America second oldest family brewery. Described as ‘Pale Ale, A Legendary Ale’. Yellow dot matrix numbers 04098 & 00017862 are visible on the neck. No strength is listed.

Appearance: This has the classic amber-copper body with hints of a dark orange sunset when held to the light. The head that forms is a thin off-white creamy cap that has a light tan hint like that on many English Bitters; in fact its appearance immediately reminds me of such. The head doesn’t have much life to it, but it retains a covering and the lacing that it leaves, including some creamy “drink rings” looks good.

Nose: This has a very Pale Ale character to it, toasted Malts, caramel, citric hops and some fresh bread in the back end. Smells great.

Taste: Hmm, this is lovely. The first couple of swigs were taken quickly but immediately revealed a nicely balanced Pale Ale that had equal input from the American and English Malts as well as the East Kent Goldings. Caramel with a little toffee mixed in with a sharp hoppy bitterness that comes through in the finish with a floral twist.

Mouthfeel: Above average feel that has a lovely thick backbone thanks to the almost perfect conditioning.

Drinkability: Immensely quaffable, this one just begs to be partaken. The whole 12 ounce bottle lasted all of 5-10 minutes, even after a few other beers earlier today; it has a very likeable feel that is infectious. Drinks well.

Overall: Dare I say that this had a very English Pale Ale feel to it, and it is maybe why I have taken a shine to this offering from August Schell above all the other beers that I have tried from this Brewery, but I make no apologies for that. Mmmm, lovely jubbly! Very Nice.

A tip of the Bums English Cricket Cap to the MinneapolisMonk for this Anglo-American Pale Ale. Tally Ho!

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Photo of goindownsouth
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very hearty thank you to garymuchow for allowing me the chance to sample another fine Bier from the state of Minnesota. This pale ale dripped from the bottle leaving a somewhat rocky head that quickly vanished into a lightly clinging lace along the sides of the class. This slightly dark golden coloured brew gave the aroma of good hops, some residual sweetness and a slight note of that piney resin I love so much. A very solid pale ale, and one I would not mind revisiting at all!


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Photo of frank4sail
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to the man Budgood1 for the sample.

Cleqan slightly hoppy aroma. Copper colored very filtered look with tiny little bubbles. sticky lacing white head. Nice creamy bitter initial hop (orange peel) flavor. this then becomes more malty twards the finish. There is also a slight metalic (tin) flavor left on the tongue. A nice solid hoppy pale ale. Medium mouth. Quite nice.

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Photo of jwilli7122
2.48/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Should be noted: I am uncertain about the freshness of this bottle

poured a murky caramel color with a big white head with big bubbles. lots of lacing, good retention.

smell: floral, hops, some citrus

taste: not wild about it...definitely has a unique character and some will like this, but it's not my thing. light mouthfeel. initial taste has subtle hint of grapefruit...followed by and very much overpowered by a very sharp, very spicy, almost painful hop bitterness, which i do not appreciate lingering on my tongue. the aftertaste is still growing seconds after the drink, and in my opinion becomes almost chemical tasting. I normally enjoy a good bitter hop aftertaste but this is different than anything I have tasted and I do not like. The very light mouthfeel does not go well with the powerful aftertaste. I don't recommend.

PS: early fruit taste improved with slight warming, making the aftertaste contrast slightly less dramatic.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.41/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy brow color with two fingers of white head. Looks very tasty. Smells of fruit and large amount of hops. Tastes full of hops bitterness. Very delicious. A little slick on the way down. Was very good with asian chicken. One of the best pale ale's I have had. Tasted almost strong enough to be an IPA.

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Photo of Tballz420
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew has a slightly hazy amber body, with a cream head topping it off. The scent is of bitter hops. These hops dominate the flavor, seem to be a different variety of hops than most PAs. Under those are a nice sweet malt base, with a spicy bite. Overall this is a good beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.02/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours copper amber with a thin off white head rather unimpressive no lacing to be seen either.

Aroma: Slightly citrus in nature and sweet malt fruit tones derived by the ale yeast, a sort of bready character with an off metallic finish to it.

Taste: Unimpressed here an astringent blend of hops bitterness with the slight caramel flavor in the malt, just harsh and hard to swallow down this beer is not my flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thin and sharply carbonated summing this beer up as a solid one.

Drinkability: Can’t say I will ever buy this one again in fact I may just pass on the whole August Schell line of beers they are lacking in crucial areas this one mainly lacks in balance of flavors.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is a light coppery amber with a nice cream colored head thats fairly tall at just under an inch, fades fairly fast, to a skim always present and some stringy lacing. Smell is a nice soft blend of doughnut-like caramel malts and citrusy/fruity hops that have a light apple-like aroma along with the actual apple flower (before its a fruit), nice little touch in the nose. Taste is also a well balanced little treat of soft bready mini doughnut-like malts, maybe the state fair is rubbing off on me but the caramel malts blended with the hops really reminds me of a doughnut like sugar or scone/muffin with a nice even surge of lightly herbal and fruity hops showing in near the finish. Incredibly smooth and steady medium body, light easy finish blending some light mild fruity crispness. Super drinkable and is a top O' da line session brew.

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Photo of cretemixer
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale orange amber in color. An ivory colored head that is dense and well formed rest for a while and then settles to a solid layer, leaving a thick collar and some nice lacing.
Sweet malt aroma with a mild floral hoppiness.
Somewhat tangy flavor. Grapefruit, a bit of caramel sweetness too. Pretty well balanced with a lingering bitterness.
Medium to light body with tingly carbonation. Nothing earth shattering here, but a nice easy drinking beer. Thank you sir(feloniousmonk), may I have another.

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Photo of BeerAngel
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear copper tea-like color with a nice cream-colored 2-½ finger head. A lovely smell of slightly burned toast and butter bellow from the bubbly head and make your mouth water. The taste mimics the smell along with light hops and and finish with a mild burned bitter finish. This light to medium bodied brew finishes a little on the dry side. Nice solid brew IMO! Cheers

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Photo of garymuchow
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Starts off with a light pleasant malt, then the hops present subtley with a flowery sweetness and a bit of citrus. A thin but fairly steady (fizzy sounding) head. Clear, amber (maybe a little dark) with lacing. Nicely balanced beer. Built with a firm malt foundation surrounded by tartness, bitterness and a tasty hop presence. Good complexity. Finish is a long hop flavor. Decent smoothness. On the rich side (of course, it's Shell's). Well balanced carbonation. The balance in the flavors is what stands out most for me. Good brew.

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Photo of Amdahl
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very taste Pale Ale. I throughly enjoyed this beer. This beer comes in a brown bottle with no freshness dates on it. It pours a nice amber with ample white head. A very flowery aroma of hops is dominate. The taste of hops also is dominate. It finishes slightly bitter. This is a light to medium bodied beer. I am sure that I will be purchasing this beer again.

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Photo of daledeee
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is good pale ale. Start by pouring. Good 1' head. Nice orangy color. Good floral hoppy aroma.

The taste is hoppy. Not overbearing; but a good strong hop taste up frunt. A hint of citrus, floral. The head is still around.

Head leaves a nice lace at this point. Taste has big malt covered with floral, a little citrus, fairly wet mouthfeel. Hops stay around after the drink. Several minutes later I still taste the hops.

I guess if you don't like hops you wo'nt like this. I like hops and I like this. Enjoy

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Photo of bditty187
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bronze/amber hue, good clarity, with a finger of slightly off-white head, fair retention, some spotty lace. Nicely balanced nose, equal parts citrusy hops and caramel malt. Straightforward and inviting. Excellent flavor profile, again, nicely balanced. The hops are ideally aggressive (for the style) but not out-and-out demanding, as the caramel malt is not overlooked. Pleasant, extended finish… dry, leafy but with malty, sweet, caramely influence. Medium-bodied with ideal carbonation. This English-style Pale Ale is exceedingly drinkable, if I had this beer available I’d drink it regularly. A session beer with pizzazz! Try one!

Thanks feloniousmonk!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

" A legendary ale", the label boldly states, from the nation's second-oldest family-owned brewery.
Color, when held to the light, is a perfect orange, and the head is large and lacey, bubbly and white. Aroma is fresh and clean, yet still rich in fruit, with pineapple and citrus most prominent. On first sip, a mouthful of hops enters the fray, though the finish is short,yet sweet. Great malt back-up, and in fact, everything matches up very well. Very bright and tasty, hoppy and fruity, with a persistent caramel/nut feeling at the bottom.
An English style pale ale is outside the norm for this German brewery in rural Minnesota, but they managed to do a fine job, indeed. A perfectly flavorful session ale. My only quibble would be that, though hoppy, I'd enjoy this more with more hops. But that's me!

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color, bordering orange, a nice perfume and citrus aroma, which are typical for a pale ale. Maintains a nice white lacing throughout, the initial taste of hops is dominant with a tinge of citrus, mainly orange peel, the finish is quite smooth and a bit dry, awesome taste and flavor, a great beer by Schell! The hops are jumping, but not so much where you would switch, this is very, very drinkable.

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Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seems more English to me...whatever...
Nice deep golden hue, with an off-white head that shows some stick.
Floral hops bombard the olifactory sensations, but there is also an evident breadiness to provide counterpoint.
Taste is along similar lines. Caramel-drizzled bready hues establish themselves early on. Some coarse grains here as well. This is all rudimentary once the hops arrive. Big juicy floral blossoms and herbals provide the mantra for this beer. Bitter? Not especially. Hoppy? Absolutely.
Sturdy in the mouth. Nothing extravagant, but worthy nonetheless.
One of the better PA's (English or American) that I've tried recently.

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Photo of proc
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pale ale is a hidden gem. Pours out to a nice, amber in the glass with an aroma of grapefruit. Nice initial hop taste that follows it all the way through the swallow. Very close to an IPA and almost has that type of hop quality to it. A very good pale ale.

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Photo of budgood1
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i had no idea that they brewed a pale ale....from the back of the bottle: "first brewed in 1996, August Schell's Pale Ale is not a traditional beer for a brewery steeped in German tradition. We hope you will enjoy the flavor and aroma of our East Kent Golding hops along with the full bodied flavor of our European and American Malts". that all being said...it pours out a clear orange color with a big fluffy white head. a strong aroma of hops with a malty undertone. taste is very strong of hops...almost IPA in style! a sturdy malt base is overridden by the bitter hops. it has a dry finish and a lingering bitterness on the tongue. very tasty if you like your EPA's hopped up. thanks to my dad for picking this up after his tour of Schell's last month.

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