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Schlafly Expedition Reserve | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A medium-bodied amber ale with a hefty dose of hop bitterness, flavor and aroma. This authentic American Pale Ale was brewed especially for the Saint Charles, Missouri Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commemoration.

Added by Todd on 06-08-2003

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Ratings: 148 |  Reviews: 92
Photo of drn
5/5  rDev +34%

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This review is via the now limited bottle version of Schlafly Expedition Reserve American Pale Ale. Extensive history, and an evenly extensive beer. A clear golden hue, slighty cloudy, half-inch pure white head that dissolves, yet maintains patchy lacing. Fresh fruit and hops graze the nose, setting up a beauty of a beverage. Nearly perfect as a medium-bodied beverage, oily hops and grapefruit noted off the top, not as overpowering as an IPA, yet well balanced for an APA. Twangy, crisp and sharp, and oh by the way, immensely satisfying. A definitive hop based body, some malt-based notes left residing on the palate. Becomes somewhat creamy, match it to the Lewis Clark story-line that brought about this beverage, and youÂ’ve got a definite winner. A remarkable beer, as to be expected, the bar gets higher and the Schlafly line stays near the top. Superb!

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Photo of iamatotalbum
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I recently discovered the Schlafly brewery on my last trip to St. Louis, and I have to say they are one impressive microbrew. I, personally, am a huge fan of hoppy beers, and this one definitely hits the spot. Aside from it's strong, hoppy flavor, this APA manages to finish smoothly with a bitter twist. Excellent beer!

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Photo of Josiah2729
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of maxpower
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy and hazy amber-copper in color, thick and creamy off-white head, fresh citrus-pine hoppy aroma. Nice juicy hoppy citrusy flavors with a solid malt backbone, medium to full bodied with a with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Be careful very easy to down a few pints, good stuff here.

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Photo of ericburnley
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite regularly bottled Schlafly beers. Thankfully they worked this one into regular distribution. It pours a nice cloudy light golden color with somewhat sparse but rocky off-white head. The nose is wonderfully hoppy (plenty of cascades here, I believe) and the flavor well balanced with citrus/grapefruit notes. The only thing this beer reminds me of is Anchor's Liberty Ale, although possibly not as complex. A really effervescent mouthfeel with light and clean finish, and one of my regular purchases.

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Photo of Ave
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

so i killed a growler of this single handedly tailgateing for the rams/packers game last sunday, & man, what a brew. nothing flashy, just straight ahead hoppy goodness. its a sun set amber, with an adjustable head of a ballanced fizz to fluff ratio. much like its IPA cousin, its all hops up front, but dosnt have all the bitterness in the back end. rather it finishes allmost like a brown ale, smooth nuttyness & malt goodness. its incredably drinkable, id allmost give it a 5 on that, but...i don't know, 5s are (& should be) few & far between. a great all around beer.


edit: screw it, 5 it is!

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Photo of Brent
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deft hand was at work in hopping this beer. Nice, clean malt flavors with a fresh hops burst at the front - a touch herbal. Substantial but not overpowering, then a quick clean-up toward the end, with surprisingly little lingering bitterness which lent a great deal to drinkablity. This is what an APA is all about.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the Flying Saucer in Memphis, TN. Into a pint glass, it poured a slightly clear golden color with 2 fingers of white, good retention, and great lacing. Modest carbonation. Smelled of apple, with a hint of grapefruit and mint. The flavor was a superb progression, starting with spearmint, malt, and apple/pear; evolving to a hint of bitter yellow grapefruit; and finishing on a smooth, minty note. Super velvet-smooth, with medium thickness. Great feel overall. Excellent session beer, primarily due to feel and balance.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle like the one pictured above. The bottle had sediment in the bottom which I poured with the beer. It pours clean into the glass with a cloudy golden color. It appeared to release no carbonation when looking at it in the glass. But it is a fine looking specimen.

The aroma is very citrusy and salty. The taste is leafy earth with a hoppy, lemon grass flavor. With the sediment it is a bit grainy but pleasant. This beer is big bodied for a pale ale. Very well balanced and pleasing.

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Photo of Citadel82
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a standard bar imperial pint glass which I purchased and now sits on my office bookcase looking out over the East River in NYC...

Cloudy/hazy orange, with a foamy white head that settled into a thin sudsy lacing.

Smelt of floral, grassy hops with a touch of herbalness, and a nice backbone of sweet caramelized malts.

Moderate carbonation and a crisp, and smooth medium (perhaps a little on the light side ) bodied mouthfeel.

Tasted of floral hops with a hint of fruitiness, some caramelized malts, towards the end a dry herbal, grassy and bready finish,.

Very drinkable, one of their better brews.

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Schlafly tap room, sampled twice over the weekend.

Fluffy dome of eggshell foam on this imperial pint drawn from the cask. Hazy orange juice, golden where the light passes through. The head dissipates after a few sips, but not a dealbreaker. Aroma is stellar, probably it's best aspect. Very citrusy tangerine, sweet and citric. Juicy Simcoe with a bit of the dankness. Leafy, resiny hop bitterness with a strong dose of orange. Moderately bitter, almost an IPA, not quite. Very smooth and supple on the cask. It goes down almost too easy, had to slow the roll and appreciate it.

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Photo of JSchock7
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A terrific beer. It's every reason why I like Pale Ales. A big malty body delivering a nice blend of malt sweetness and ripe fruits. Hops compliment the malts very well while opposing the sweetness with bitterness. Combined, the beer delivers juicy fruit flavors of oranges, apples, pineapples, appricots, mangos, and a fresh grapefruit finish. Heavier body than is usual for pale ales, but not to kick it into any other style. Finishes very clean with a fruity finish. Not alcoholicly harsh or muddle. Could be a bit spicier and less full in the finish, otherwise a near perfect pale.

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Photo of gwiedman1
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of seeswo
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap with some memphis bbq. Pours a golden color with a nice head on top. Smell is some nice grassy hops. Taste is really good. They changed out a keg for me and I'll bet its fresh. Great grassy hop flavor. Major yum. Touch of sweetness hangs outon the palette, but still goes down quick with good carb. Overal - this is a really good flyover apa.

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Photo of ryanismean
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was fortunate enough to get this cask-conditioned at the Schlafly Tap Room last weekend. This review is from notes.

I love cask brews, and this APA proved to be no exception. Bartender hand-pumped this pale golden nectar into an imperial pint glass. A perfect finger-and-a-half head tells the story of this beer to my waiting nostrils: hops, hops, and more hops. There's so much hoppy goodness that I think I can identify them as cascades, so I ask the bartender. "Yep, pretty sure they're cascades," he says. Aww yeah. Nothing like drinking in an empty bar with a bartender who is also a beer geek! But I digress.

Despite the aroma being almost all bitter citrus, the flavor is actually fairly balanced, with a nice sweet malt lingering alongside the massive hop profile. I comment to my wife that this could just as easily be called an IPA. As we drain our glasses, the brews leave an impressive amount of lace.

Mouthfeel is about as close to perfect as you can get, with the cask imparting that almost-but-not-quite creamy quality that makes cask-conditioned reign supreme above all else, in my opinion. Fantastic. I could sit and drink these all night...which is exactly what we did, until they began closing up and we stumbled back to the hotel.

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Photo of rsyberg01
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S - "bottled with love on July 12, 2006." Lewis and Clark in the top two corners of yellow label.

A - Copper red, clear as water. Head pops to about 1 1/2 inches then recedes to about 1/4 inch off white foam. Lacing is "pretty good" as larry david would say.

S - Floral hoppiness hits first and strong, Maltiness also hits with a certain sweetness, then citrus, grass, and a light fruit character hit, not sure what it is but it is a light flesh fruit, maybe peach or apple. very nice.

T - Sweet, crisp, slightly fruity, bitter, pretty beer. Sweet goes kind of quick then the carbonation kind of defeats that. The fruit makes a brief appearance then the hoppiness finishes beautifully bitter. I've never thought very highly of Schlafly, at least on an above average point of view but after this beer my thoughts are going against me. So far this is a great beer.

M - Almost perfect for an APA. Heavy enough to weigh down and let you have quite an experience, but light enough to let go so you want to finish this quality brew.

D - Great session beer. Easy to down a six and still appreciate on the last drop of the sixth. Very good beer overall.

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Photo of Puddleglum
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a great Summer Brew. I had a couple of these while grilling out and the citrus aroma and taste along with the bitter hoppy flavor and zingy mouthfeel made this the perfect companion for a good steak on an early Summer's eve. Too bad there were only two to be had. If I lived in Saint Louis this would certainly be a summer staple. This is definitely the best beer I have ever had from Saint Louis.

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Photo of mynie
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ohhh, Jimney. That is a might fine pour, yes sir. Honey yellow orange, hazed like a cheap butterscotch candy that's been sucked on for a little while. That head's a big as boy with a real big head and it ain't going nowhere, not 'till you finish the whole damn thing.

Good APA smells. Dry hops, very potent and fruity but not citrusy. Can't quite figer out what kind of a hop this is. As zingy as a grapefruit only without that grapefruit zing. Nice sweet malt balance. The whole scent is just strong enough, too. Not overpowering.

Tastes so much like it smells you'd think you were drinking it through your nose. Hops might be a little light for some, but they're varied and balanced well against the dry, sweet malt and they work.

Big Flavor + Small Alcohol make this about as a good a session APA you can find. Perfectly balanced and it leaves you wanting more.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AlCaponeJunior for this!

Pours a pale orange/yellow with a bright white fluffy head of about 3 fingers from being vigorous. Retention is alright and lacing is spongy.

Aroma is very nice and hoppy, floral and woodsy with a little grass and earthy background.

Nice floral hop taste, with some citrus and a nice level of bitterness. Some slight malt sweetness balances things out wonderfully.

Nice crispness, lighter in body, smooth, and a tad drying. There's a little creaminess to it too.

Solid drinkability! This is tasty and nicely hopped, and I love a good hoppy pale!

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Photo of budgood1
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

maybe a marketing ploy taking advantage of the 200 year anniversary of the expedition that was lewis and clark...or a fitting tribute to those explorers who shaped the west and made it possible for generations to come to settle the area.

pours out a very hazy, bright and dark golden colour. huge frothy meringue like head...ample sticky lace. definitely looks the part! aroma dominated by plenty of lemon zest and grapefruit rind. malts meek and mild. taste follows the lead of the aroma...lots of yeasty fruitiness amped up by the above average zesty hoppiness. this american ale is on the cusp of being an IPA, due to it's overwhelming showboating of crispy, zesty, grapefuiten hopping and a pale malt base that does it's best just to balance the hop load....it's actually nicely balanced overall...just barely. bitterness is a major player in the overall feel of the beer...the body sturdily medium and mouthfeel lively and zesty...hop bitterness mingling nicely. this concoction reminds me vaguely of bell's two hearted ale. not a bad comparison in my book. aftertaste definitely all bittering hops...just a nice drinking and quenching hopped up ale. this would be fabulous in the summer. i'm going to put away my three remaining bottles away for about six months and see what happens...i'm guessing i'll appreciate it a whole lot more then, rather when it's -20 F as it is now.

this is a really nice ale and should be a hit with hop heads everywhere.

thanks to my brother who brought this up from st. louis as a x-mas present.

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Photo of flaminghomer
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

a guy that i work with gave me a bottle of this. he didn't care for it so he gave me what was left. (he promised me five but claims his sister drank them.) the head on this one is beautiful and hangs around forever. appearance is pretty clear with tiny bits of sediment.
color is light copperish orange.

smell is totally citrus. keep sniffin' and then you'll pick up the hops.
taste is also very citrusy. not a whole lot of hop action. but that's ok. in the end, this is one very easily too drink, smooooth, kick ass beer. an awsome session beer, but i can only dream about that as i stare at my glass with only two drinks left.

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