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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States | website

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
Reviews:
92
Ratings:
148
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
13.83%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 92 | Ratings: 148
Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +13%
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 emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +13%
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 zeff80
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy gold/orange color with a foamy, white, three-finger head. It left sticky lace on the sides of the glass.

S - It smelled of sweet caramel malts and some grasses.

T - It tasted of grassy hops, possibly Cascade and a good dose of malt. It had a citrusy kick.

M - It was crisp and dry. It was medium-bodied.

D - This is a pretty good APA. It had a really huge head.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.7/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

medium to light amber color with a thick head of white that sat on top throughout the entire session, nice lacing down the glass.

aroma is light, nice little notes of citrus, hints of apple, pears, light grasses and a smooth, even flavor or light fruity yeast. as i take the first sip i get the clean, crisp flavor right off the bat. really nicely done. clean and light hops, a good strain of yeast and very nice carbonation

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Photo of russpowell
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle comes courtesy BARLEYWINEO, cheers! Date of 02 04 07 (as near as my eyes can tell) on this bottle

Pours a slightly chill-hazed amber with 2 fingers of fluffed up cream colored head. Good lacing & very good head retention

S: Slight cereal & lemon notes

T: Lemony hops & grassy notes up front. Grapefruitty hops & crackery notes as this warms. Finishes with honey malt, slight salty notes, & lemony hops crispness

MF: Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Balances a bit hoppy

Drinks very easy this is one I could quaff watching football or hanging out at the lake. Nothing super-complex, but not hoppy enough to keep you interested

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.56/5  rDev -31.9%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, dark golden color. 5/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of earthy malt and strong hops. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation. Tastes of earthy malt up front and then a hoppy finish. Sadly, not near as good as I remembered - but still a decent brew.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
Brewed in Nov. 06
A- The creamy tan head is thick and sits on top a lightly hazy yellowish-burnt orange body. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles gliding through the glass. With each sip the lip marks make the head more and more rocky.

S- The smell of fresh floor-malted barley has a slight sweet note and a floral pine hops note in the finish.

T- The taste of slightly sweet pale malt has the depth of floor-malted goodness with notes of toast and wheat in the mix. The finish is a green pungent bite with a light citrus zest note. As the beer warms there is a light fruit punch note to the hops.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a creamy texture while the head last and last.

D- This beer has some nice mild malt flavors that balance the hop flavors but the fruit punch flavors in the hops is a bit off putting when the beer warms. When it is still cold this beer is delicious.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle served in a Sam Adams BL glass. "Brewed with love" on 9/28/2006, I didn't notice it until after I bought the single bottle ($1.10). Beer pours an amber/orange color with an inch frothy off-white head. It smells like spicy hops and bready malt, it's a nice aroma. It tastes like lemon/grapfruity hops with a bit of spice, along with some bread/grain but the taste is mostly hoppy. Mouthfeel is light/medium, but it has a little too much carbonation for me. With that being said, the drinkability is still good. I could drink a few of these in a sitting, it's not a bad choice as a session beer at all. Overall I think it's another good brew from Schlafly.

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Photo of markgugs
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet

A: Poured a purty copper orange. Decent head went away fairly fast, but leaves a nice oily lacing with each sip.

S: citric, floral aromas, very faint malt

T/M: Hops are right in your face with this beer. It's explodes with very juicy bitter grapefruit hoppiness, decent toasted bread maltiness, and yet it isn't balanced nearly as well as masters of this type of beer. Decent medium-bodied, slightly chewy at times. And leaves an oily, bitter, lingering finish. Decent.

D: Pretty easy to drink beer, the alcohol is medium at 5.5%, it's a good representation of an APA.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy peach-ish gold with lots of suspended sediment, a decent off-white head, and subtle carbonation. Light citrusy hop aroma with a fruity maltiness underneath. Balanced fruity malt and hop flavors. Medium bodied and smooth with a lightly bitter finish.

Nice sessionable APA.

Bottled: 11/16/05
Tasted: 04/09/06

($6.69 / 6-pack)

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of champ103
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pour a clear orange/reddish color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Rings of lace are left behind.
S: Piny, grassy, floral hops with a bot of a grapefruit kick up front. Bread and biscuit malts along with a caramel sweetness. Enjoyable.
T: Follows the nose with a fairly large hop flavor up front. Pine, grassy, floral flavors. Citrus and grapefruit rind. There is a sharp contrast between the hops and malt. As soon as the hops fade to nothing, a caramel malt sweetness shows up. Along with a bread an biscuit malt flavor. Again, enjoyable.
M/D: A medium body with moderate carbonation. Crisp, clean, and refreshing. Very easy and enjoyable to drink. I can quaff a few without a problem.

Like I have said several times, this is enjoyable. That is it, something that is very good and easy to drink. It goes good with food, and just an all around enjoyable (there it is again) drink. Recommended and well done.

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Photo of mynie
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
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 +10.9%
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 tpd975
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice golden yellow hue with a tall foamy head. Real nice retention with some spotty lace.

S: Aromas of caramel, citrus, and dank hops.

T: Fairly tasty. Nice sweet malt backbone. Big blast of grapefruit and fresh green herbal hops.

M: Medium in body, smooth, nice carbonation.

D: Good a solid APA.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass a hazy, warm gold. A thick 2 inch head formed which eventually melted down to 1/4 inch.

Smell of hops, grapefruit, malts and a bit of pine.

You're first hit with the hoppiness which then leaves you with a grapefruit finish.

Good mouthfeel, smooth body with a pleasant carbonation to it.

A very well done APA which Schlafly can be very proud of.

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Photo of Brent
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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 UncleJimbo
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz longneck bottle, capped. Bottled on date stamped on label.

This "American Pale Ale" poured a clear poured a clear, amber color with creamy, slightly-off-white foam that settled but clung to the glass a bit. The smell was malty with a touch of grain, some hops, and a faint trace of sulfur. The taste was tangy and hoppy with a dry malty flavor (touch of caramel) with a light fruitiness and strong hoppiness, especially in the finish. The mouthfeel was sharp and crisp and dry with medium body and good carbonation. The finish was hoppy with a lightly lingering hoppiness (slightly "soapy" hops). This was a nicely drinkable ale.

Cheers to winomark for this sample.

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Photo of merlin48
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a chill hazed, apricot body with a one finger white head. Average retention and some patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma features some grapefruit and mild pine hoppiness, atop a sturdy caramel malt backbone. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with appropriate zingy carbonation. Taste has lots of grapefruit, but not as bitter as most APA's. This one has a chewy caramel malt backbone that is quite pleasant. Dry, but not bitter. Malty, but not sweet. The epitomy of balance. Goes down quite easy, earning excellent marks for drinkability.

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Photo of Vancer
2.83/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MJR for this one!
I am drinking a chilled sample from a pint glass. Pours an orangish gold color with a small bleached white head that fades very quickly to a surface layer.
Mild aroma of caramel and sour grapefruit hops. Medium bodied brew with light carbonation.
Flavor is mostly hop dominated with some grapefruit and pine. Very dry finish leaves a bitter flavor on my tongue.
Crisp and easy to drink. A tasty brew.

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Photo of Redrover
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one at the Flying Saucer. I like Schafly beer but rarely get to try them.

As with most beers at this bar, this one was served in standard pint. The beer is bright gold with a dense white head.

Fresh grainy nose, don't get much hops.

Taste is fresh and grainy. There is a bit of backend bitterness that intensifies as you work your way through the beer. Bits of apricot, cracker and a touch of something sour at the finish.

Mouth has nice crisp carbonation.

It drinks easy and went well with my beer cheese soup.

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Schlafly Expedition Reserve from The Schlafly Tap Room
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