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 steveh
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

BA calls this an American IPA, but Schell calls it a straight Pale Ale -- I'm going to review it as an American Pale.

A -- Clear, deep gold with an off-white head that thins quickly, but revives well.

S -- Piny and earthy hops, some mild vegetal character peeking thru, but not distracting.

T -- Bitter hops up front, but not harsh, followed by good biscuit malt character and finishing with spicy hops.

M -- Crisp mouthfeel with a medium body.

D -- Drinkability is good, but this beer is not outstanding in a market of so many Pale Ales.

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Photo of Riccymon
3.09/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange-amber color from the bottle with about two fingers of fluffy white head that leaves a touch of lacing. Smell is unremarkable with pine and a bit of breadiness most apparent. Taste is more of the same, though the piney hop flavor comes through stronger. There's also a metallic note that I tasted most when I started drinking. Mouthfeel is crisp and carbonated with a rather bitter aftertaste. Overall, this is an average pale (IPA? I can buy that), but I certainly didn't mind drinking it.

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Photo of Goliath
3.22/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a foggy copper color with edges that remind me of iced tea. There's a bunch of particles floating in the beer as well. I guess it's unfiltered. A one inch cream colored head forms on the pour and lingers with decent retention leaving some nice lacing behind.

The aroma is boring and near nonexistent. A slight bready malt tone and a bit of a metallic note present themselves. Unfortunately, no real hop profile presents itself in the nose.

The taste is not too impressive. It's a bit metallic with a real earthy feel. It's got a bit of a bready malt profile, but otherwise boring. There's a very slight bitterness on the finish, but the hops are otherwise uninspiring. I mean, it's a pale ale but really just run of the mill.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate to high. The ABV is certainly easy to manage making for a more sessionable beer. The flavor profile however is a bit uninspiring which really doesn't keep me coming back for more. There are definitely better pale ales out there.

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Photo of Offa
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a tasty and enjoyable pale ale nicely dryness and hoppy to just dominate malty sweetness, without being particularly bitter.

Amber, it has a thin but lasting off-white head and a little weak lace.

The aroma is very nice, malty with flowery hops and a fruity quality, hint os citrus and leaves.

The taste is fruity, flowery, leafy with toasted grain, leaves, and hints of citrus. The malt and hops are both quite noticeable but in great balance, making it is dry and neither particularly sweet nor particularly bitter, although I can detect hints of both. Despite the dryness, it is not bland and has a good feel, unlike many other beers that I find to be overly dry. It is smooth and goes very well with food.

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Photo of Buebie
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

5/21/09 freshness date

Poured from a brown 12 ounce long kneck bottle into a tulip.
The brings a 1 inch head that quickly receeds, leaving a quarter inch of retention.
The color is a transparent light orange. The lace leaves thin drapeing rings.

The aroma is somwhat mild all around with a grassy pine hop note and some sweet bready maltyness.

First sip brings plenty of pine hop bitters, alot of carbonation and a buttery bread like sour dough flavor. Finishing mildly bitter and lingering moreso in the pine hop bittering. Definatly a sessionable brew with good hop flavor. Solid pale ale all around.

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Photo of hardy008
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Copper in color. Pours a nice foamy white head with a good lace.

Smell - Hoppy and citrus. Grapefruit is present.

Taste - Some sweetness mixed with some hop bitterness. A decent balance.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and clean.

Drinkability - Good drinkability. A nice APA.

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Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly orange color with hints of gold. It had a small, white foamy head that left behind minimal lace.

S - It smelled of caramel malt, grapefruit and some light floral notes.

T - It had a light burnt toast maltiness with citrus and grapefruit flavors. It is nicely balanced.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium-bodied IPA.

D - This is a very easy drinking IPA. It almost feels more like an APA, but it is still very tasty.

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Photo of grandq
2.87/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cheers to jjanega08 for another shot at Schell
Pours a clear amber with bubbles rising fast up the middle. A thick white head billows up and doesn't want to dissipate. Smell is a little adjunct grainy, with some pepper-spicy hops. That grain-like malt hits first and forms the backbone, followed by some watered down and sugar-added pineapple and grapefruit. Some slightly herbal hop characteristics crop up as the bitterness lingers on the tongue. No winner between the malt and hop battle, quite balanced if a little heavier than most in the style and slightly sweeter. Again a faintly metallic twang I noted in the Firebrick. Carbonation is fairly assertive, body thin-to-medium and a little sticky. Decent, but not the first in the style I'd reach for.

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Photo of KI9A
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice, dark, clear gold. Puffy head, dissapes quick. Leftover lace windows.

S: Bisquits, citrus.

T: Big grapefruit at the front, and at the back of the tounge. Not too bitter, but, just right IMHO. Some sweet malts mixed in, help provide a balance to this beer.

M: Refreshing, high carbonation, clean feeling.

D: Not being a big fan of IPA's, this is really, really interesting. Normally, I'm a malt-head, but, the tamer hop bitterness hits me just right. Very refreshing, and damn good beer.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= beautiful orange color with a pretty impressive head and lacing.
S= pretty hoppy for Schell. Corny grain also comes through.
T= Hoppy like the smell. Citrus hops and some floral hops come through. Pretty impressive. Surprising for the brewery.
M= Clean and crisp. Dry finish
D= Very high. Excellent beer from Schell

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Photo of BierFan
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Printed freshness date of "052109". Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber/orange body. Modest white head. Real nice lacing.

Smell: Citrus peels and grapefruit dominate the smell but they don't overpower.

Taste: More grapefruit and citrus peels with a nice bitterness.

Kind of tame compared to other American pale ales.

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Photo of Mistofminn
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kinda of confused as to why this is filed as an IPA. I understand that Schell's says it has the "hop profile" of an IPA, but it clearly says "Pale Ale" on the label, correct? If they were going for an IPA, don't you think they would put that on the label. The whole mess just confuses me, so I'm just going to review this as a PA.

12 oz bottle from a sampler. Freshness date stamped on the bottle.

Pours a dark golden color with a nice off-white head. There is also a small amount of lacing here.

The aroma is citrusy hops, and malts. If this were a true IPA I would be expecting a much more bitter smell.

Strong hop bitterness. Ok I admit it's a little more bitter than I would expect from the average Pale Ale, so it's not completely outlandish to organize this as an IPA, but still, it's no where near as hoppy as some really strong IPA's. Besides, the malts are almost more pronounced than the hops.

Bitter aftertaste, to be expected.

I find this very drinkable. I won't be seeking this out specifically, but it's another quality beer offered by Schell's.

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Photo of DocTheDJ
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the bottle into a tall and wide 16oz Pilsner glass. (at good temp.!)

*Looks nice with a one inch head on a slightly vigorous pour. Head fizzles at fast to medium pace but small head is persistant. Surprisingly nice lacing (for its style) all the way down. Color is orangish/amber/gold, and almost completely clear. Nice carbonation balance and bubbles persist through session.
*Smells pretty good hops, citrus, and slightly spicy flora.
*Taste surprisingly good with a bit surprising amount of hops and a little citrus combination, light flavoring from the grain. A bit dry which is good for wanting more but with a strange bitter, tart after taste. After taste is not my ideal wanting (tastes like orange or lemon peals?)
*Mouth-feel was surprisingly good and definitely a surprise for it's amount of clarity, didn't feel watered down.
*Overall, this one is fairly average all around and might be okay for a session(esp. on a hot day) It's unique after taste is not my favorite but is unique. Might be excellent with good food pairing.

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Photo of jaxon53
2.7/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thank you to Maximum12 for sending me this beer in the Secret Santa '08 BIF. Served this slightly chilled, in a pint glass, from a twelve ounce bottle.

Appearance: Schell Pale Ale pours out a yellowish golden color that is completely clear. A somewhat vigorous pour gave about a finger of fluffy, bone white head. Head faded quickly, but left some spotty white lace behind after each sip.

Smell: Nose is full of grainy malt aromas. Slight hints of the East Kent Goldings hops. Has a earthy yeasty aroma to it. Touches of citrus fruits in the background.

Taste: Taste seems a bit rough at first. Malty, with a bitter, chemical like hoppiness. A bit sweet as well with an almost metallic flavor. Not a big fan so far.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is medium bodied with plenty of fizzy carbonation. Quite crisp.

Drinkability: Another tough aspect of this beer. Just can't get past the tough bitterness.

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Photo of optiontwo
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into generic pint glass

Appearance: Clear orange yellow with one and a half inch white head. Good retention.

Smell: Apple and orange scents with malty sweetness.

Taste: Sweetness right away with a semi bitter hop bite afterwards. Subtle citrus flavors throughout and unfortunately a metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, carbonated well.

Drinkability: Pretty high.

Overall: I've actually never tried anything from Schell's and heard good things about this one but the metallic aftertaste is ruining it for me, maybe I got a bad bottle...

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Photo of ghebel
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Gold color with 1/2" head. Slightly turbid, not completely clear.

S - A good balance between malts and hops, but nothing stands out. Also has a fruity aspect in the background.

T - Mild to moderate bitterness. Good flavor overall. Again key word here is balance.

M - Medium body - smooth

D - Good drinkabilty. Smooth and tastes good. Nothing is overpowering.

Overall - An above average beer, but not great. I would buy it again and drink a few.

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Photo of LordofTime25
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a copper color with a thin off white head.

Smells of buiscuty malts with a kinda earthy floral tone to it.

Tastes of carmel malts with a good hops bite that gives it that classic pale ale taste.

Very light bodied with a god carbonation.

A nice beer you could drink a few of.

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Photo of morimech
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schell's calls this beer a German Pale Ale. One of a kind. Pours a clear amber with a large white head that has good retention. Moderate amounts of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Aroma consists of floral and citrus hints from the hops and a sweet smell from the caramel malt. Nicely balanced flavor of malt and hops. Sweet upfront with the caramel malt and citrus flavors from the hops. The bitterness at the end is mild but is definately noticed. The German yeast adds a unique dark fruit element before the finish. The body is medium/light with low carbonation. The texture is semi-creamy and quite good.

A unique beer and worth a try. Has a low ABV and the flavors are not over the top so it is very sessionable.

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Photo of sholland119
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received from beerbeagle as part of the Local Beer and Glass BIF. Thanks, Randall.

A-Pours a clear copper with a thin tan head.

S-Biscuity with a nice floral hop note.

T-Taste has some caramel malt and a bit of hop bite in the finish. Nice.

M-Mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation.

D-A pleasant drinker. An interesting take on a pale ale.


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Photo of BigBry
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, as pictured above. Sampled during the brewery tour, and again from a mixed case.
Poured slightly hazy, golden orange color, slightly off white head. Impressive retention, with nice thin strings of soapy lace. Aroma has some nice hoppiness, fruity and slightly citrus. Good smell for a pale ale, could be more if it is compared to an IPA. There is a solid toasted malt background, pretty well balanced with the bitter, piney hops.
The mouthfeel is medium, with a clean bitter finish. A very drinkable pale ale.

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Photo of dnichols
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: It poured a rich orange body with a medium sized white head that receded quickly into a ring around the edge of the liquid. It had decent lacing that clung to the side of the glass. This one poured a deep, bright orange in color with a bright white, head.

S: It had a creamy yeasty white bread aroma that was complemented by lightly roasted sweet malts and hints of citrusy hops and white spices.

T: It had a pleasant sweet malty base with a sweet lemony flavor and some hints of white spices and grapes.

M: It was light bodied with a creamy sweet presence on the tongue. It was moderately carbonated and finished dry with little aftertaste.

D: This is a solid session beer. No great shakes but a decent well balanced beer that tastes good and finished clean.

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Photo of Cresant
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. Dated 8/30/08. The body was pale honey color. Head faded to a ring and stayed throughout.

Smell was fruity. Caramel. Mild.

Taste was well balanced and reflected the aromas. Mild bitterness countered the sweet caramel malts.

Mouthfeel was medium in body but it had a lingering zestiness.

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Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am editing my review (1-2-09) , because I know how to review beers better now then I did on 8-12-08. (except for my choice of glass; I only had this one on hand at my friend's place).

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass.

Color is a yellow bronze with light head that leaves some decent lace.

Smell is of floral hops with notes of carmel malts. The taste is quite 'citrusy'. The floral notes come back and are much stronger. When I was drinking it, I thought I was drinking an IPA and then I looked at the category and it said it was an IPA, which made a lot of sense. This beer is a lot stronger than a regular pale ale. The malts are at a medium level, nothing overdone here. They taste kind of nutty.

Mourhfeel is very smooth, but bitter. The beer becomes very creamy at the end.

This beer is great! It is definitely one of my favorite from Schells. It is an IPA that is easy to drink and can definitely have a few in one sitting!

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Photo of slyke
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Schell Pale Ale pours a golden-orange color with an inch of pillowy white head. The head falls to a well-sticking cap with nice lacing.

The smell is hoppy, with a hint of caramel.

Taste has a crisp start and finish with a caramel maltiness in the center.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with decent carbonation and a hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability is very good with this beer. I'll be picking up more of this.

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Photo of Greggy
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I noticed this is categorized as an IPA. I think this is a mistake so I will review it from the viewpoint of a regular pale ale.

A- Nice golden color with no sediment, a nice 2.5 finger thick rocky head that ever so slowly recedes, but leaves some nice sticky lacing.

S- Balance Defined. Nice maltiness with just light hints of banana and light caramel but has a nice, but not harsh, hop aroma.

T- This is one smooth Pale ale. It doesn't have the hoppy bite that some have. It starts smooth and finishes smooth with a nice citrus backbone coming through in the finish but all the maltiness stays intact. This reminds me of the English Styling of Pale ale.

M- Ultra smooth and velvety with almost no carbonation but it works great with the great balance of the beer.

D- This could be my new session pale ale. It's affordable, can be found pretty easily in MN and tastes great without being to heavy. I can see myself with these in the future.

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Schell's Pale Ale from August Schell Brewing Company
3.58 out of 5 based on 144 ratings.
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