Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

Schlafly Expedition Reserve | The Schlafly Tap Room

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Schlafly Expedition ReserveSchlafly Expedition Reserve
BA SCORE
3.73/5
Good
148 Ratings
Schlafly Expedition ReserveSchlafly Expedition Reserve
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
schlafly.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#25,368
Reviews:
92
Ratings:
148
pDev:
13.94%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
2
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 148 |  Reviews: 92
Photo of wtgannon
1/5  rDev -73.2%

Photo of huskermike12
2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of ZinFanDave
2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of WoodBrew
2.56/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well....its a true American Style Pale Ale...BORING. Seems to be very bland not real hops...almost along the lines as Bass....but not nearly as tasty....at least I don't think. Easy enough on the palate that it is a session for sure!!!! Good in a pinch, but not when there are other beers available.

 299 characters

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.7/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a light, light orange-amber body with a wispy, off-white head.

Smell: Faint grainy aroma with some citrus and a bit of mustiness.

Taste: Very weak malt flavor propped up against the taste of grapefruit. A lingering bitterness and an inordinate amount of husk astringency on the already acidic finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Light carbonation.

Drinkability: Certainly not a standout whatsoever in this very well represented style. It's time I come to grips with the fact that I need something truly exciting beerwise.

 553 characters

Photo of etenbus
2.77/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The Schlafly APA poured out quite a bit of suspended yeast that hazed up its appearance and gave the beer a marmaladish look. Color was orange-copper. The one finger head did not last long. No lacing to speak of.

The aroma had hints of pine and lemon peel, but I was disappointed in the hops. I don't know what hops they've used, but I was expecting the huge hops blast that other APA/IPAs provide, and, as a hophead, I found the beer seriously lacking in this category. Coming from a city known for its lagers (St. Louis), however, perhaps explains the underwhelming hop aroma signature.

Regarding mouthfeel, what surprised me was a thinnish-fizzy-ubercarbonated characteristic that doesn't sit comfortably on the tongue. It's crisp, but too crisp for my taste. Perhaps more body is necessary to round out the edges and add pleasure to the drinkability. Otherwise the tongue wants to quickly deposit the beer to the throat.

The taste is better than the other characteristics would indicate. The citrus notes come through immediately, as does the bitterness which starts at the center but then breaks for the side edges of the tongue, with the bitter tug pulling down on those side edges. The palpable bitterness lingers until the next sip. Unlike Goose Island IPA (my current refrigerator IPA staple), this bitterness is not that pleasant. More body needed for balance. I wonder what the IBUs are?

I would like to try this on tap to see if the carbonation has waned somewhat because, as is, I can't call this a great session beer. It's an average one.

 1,564 characters

Photo of Vancer
2.83/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The pour was the best part, a hazy amber orange with a small white head. But the aroma, oh no, I detect floral! And I can’t stand much floral in my pale ales. Crap, in the taste too. The brew has some nice hop kick, but I’m bummed by the dominating floral. I can taste some interesting aspects, but just can’t get beyond the flowers.

 336 characters

Photo of Beezee
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of sloany
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of hopsandstouts
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of LambicKing
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of eph1291
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Beefytits4
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Pacioli1445
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of DavidRose
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of RobbieBaldwin
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Schlafly- American Pale Ale

Served up, on tap, at the Schlafly pub in terminal B at Lambert Airrport- St. Louis.

Appearance- dark caramel bronze/ brown with a slight head. No lacing.
Smell- Malt and caramel with a touch of cherry/ orange.
Taste- Big malt up front with a touch of raisin/ cherry blended in. Slight yeasty tone.
Mouthfeel- Light and an easy sipper.

Overall- A middle of the road beer that didn't quite live up to it's American Pale Ale label, but sitting in airports and on planes all day, I'll take it!!

 531 characters

Photo of Cresant
3.06/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. into an IPA glass. Bottled "with love" 07/06, purchased at Bottleworks. Frothy large head with a clear copper body.

Smelled of dry grain and hints of metal. Floral/herbal hops (noble?).

Tasted of assertive bittering hops. Mildly sweet and quite "hoppy" for an APA. Not bad, but lacking something special.

Medium body. Light carbonation.

Bottle is less bold than the tap version I tasted at Bottleworks. Pleasant but not one I would seek out again.

 479 characters

Photo of Hellpop65
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of sideshowrob
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Schlafly Pale Ale is most remarkable for its geography rather than its chemistry. It's a good, nearly unremarkable pale ale except for the fact that it's brewed, and thrives, in a city where Sam Adams is often cited by bartenders as an "Import". I wish the Schlafly brewery all the luck in the world in educating the blissfully ignorant worshipers of AB's beer-like products, in the center of their evil empire, St. Louis, MO.

This pale ale was unoffensive in taste, color and apperance. If you know what a Hop is, you can taste them in there, if you concentrate a bit. Very easy to drink down, and, as the bottle says, an ideal beer for a summer's day.

 656 characters

Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.16/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Schafly APA looks great, smells good, and tastes okay.

It poured a beautiful cloudy apricot-color, with a massive foamy off-white head. It left rings of lace from the rim to the bottom of the glass. The smell and flavor had a great deal of pine and citrus rind, with a hint of sweet grapefruit dominated by the acidic and bitter white rind. The flavir finished with pine and resin. The feel was weak, with an extremely dry finish.

 431 characters

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received as an extra in a trade at DLD a month ago, finally on deck. The beer is clear copper color with a thin off-white head that dissipated after a few minutes of drinking. The aroma is kind of grainy, more malty than hoppy. I get a lot of grain in the taste too, almost one dimenionally so. The best I can say is it quenches thirst, actually it's not really a bad beer but it doesn't stand out very well in a style that is very well done by many others.

 464 characters

Photo of Backer2004
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Some pale ales are better than others. This one is the latter. Nothing exciting at all about this pale ale. Very little hops, okay carbonation--and this one came from the taps at the brewery itself from six feet from where I was sitting.

Much better choices available from Schlafly.

 284 characters

Photo of jzeilinger
3.21/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear copper color with a thin white foam layer across the top and mild to moderate carbonation.

S - Aroma is more grainy and malty than anything else. Some caramel sweetness, mild citrus and pine notes. Hops play the back seat, not what I expected. A little earthy as well.

T - Grainy, malty, some caramel malt hints, and a pine finish that's so mild I can barely detect it. Mundane and boring - perhaps it's an old bottle?

M - A little prickly, thick medium body.

D - A quaffer. Not enjoying this beer.

 520 characters

Photo of Wegomlegging
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on cask, since I'm eternally searching for a beer that's great served via this method. I'm still searching. Not to say this wasn't good, just not something that I'd pick over the rest of the offerings on the chalkboard. The golden-orange, slightly cloudy appearance was nice, as was the hoppy-fresh smell. The head certainly held its own, and given the simple, clean slate aromas, there wasn't much else going on there. Taste was also quite good, slight bitterness and a fresh straw and pine follow-through. It was incredibly smooth, however what didn't work for or me was the hoppiness combined with the soft, watery texture of the cask. The combination of the two left me feeling like I just drank hop water. Overall I'd say this is a good beer, but I can't help but wonder why anyone would want it via cask.

 819 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Schlafly Expedition Reserve from The Schlafly Tap Room
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 148 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.