Schlafly Expedition Reserve | The Schlafly Tap Room

Schlafly Expedition ReserveSchlafly Expedition Reserve
148 Ratings
Schlafly Expedition ReserveSchlafly Expedition Reserve

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 amicar
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice barely cloudy amber with mid to small white head that leaves a trace of itself. There's mix of grass/ herb/ citrus hop smells, none of which predominate- they're balanced in such a way that you have a hard time picking them out. Tastes nice; toasted malt kinda taste. Reminds me of aromatic malt a little. Bitterness is nicely balanced. No single hop flavor predominates, but citrus is there. Feels good and smooth in the mouth, easy to plan on one and having three.

Overall very nice. Not the most complex ale, but nice balance. One of their beers that I consider for day- to day having around.

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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 amatuerbeerguy
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderate hop aroma, some citrus, color golden to amber, nice moderate hop, slight citrus, mild maltiness, somewhat mild bitterness flavors present, light, carbonated, effervescent mouthfeel makes for an overall impression of a delicately balanced, highly drinkable beer, nice, aroma leading to, a mild maltiness, with suttle forth coming of the mild bitterness, with light carbonation, the drink does not feel overwhelmed, something to enjoy.

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

Reviewed from notes taken on 1/30/05 from a 12oz sample with a bottled on date of September 29, 2004.

Appears a hazy golden copper with about an inch of cream colored foams that sits on top for awhile leaving some clumps of lace. Nose is hoppy with citric notes mainly grapefruit. A light malt backbone is there but is overall a bit weak. A sweet cameral and a bitter citric hops bite meet on the front of the taste. Some earthy hops are also noticeable. Overall this is pretty balanced while still have a nice bitter bite. After taste is a tad dry with a citric bitter hoppiness rolling through. Mouthfeel has that prickly hop feel to it and it about medium and goes down quite smooth. Pretty good drinkability here, this is a solid all around brew I could have a few of. Thanks goes to nogoodreason for the sample.

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Photo of swamiswamu
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'd take this over Schlafly's any day of the week. It ours oranngish-golden with a short head that sticks around much longer than you'd think. A lot of hops for PA and I like it. Its too bad this one is on its way out, it would have made a nice session brew.

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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'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 BigBry
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a 6 pack of mixed bottles from Schafly's. Nice to have "Brewed with Love on .. Aug. 25, 04" date to know freshness of beer. Authentic American Ale brewed especially for the Saint Charles, Missouri Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commemoration 1804 - 2044. (Same bottle as pictured)

Pours a deep gold color, with a white head that slowly slid down the side of the glass. Smell is a bit sour with some bitter hoppiness. Slightly sweet taste in the middle, with a nice hoppy bitterness to finish.

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Photo of Realale
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear medium gold. Fluffy bright white head settles to a rocky incomplete cap leaving nice lacing.

Nose is grapefruit and gooseberry with just a touch of slightly sweet malt poking through. A solid APA nose, but nothing revolutionary.

Medium full in the mouth with excellent balance between the crackery malt and the citrusy U.S. hops. A lowish level of carbonation gives a real thirst-quenching quality to the beer, and avoids over-accenuating the hops. Good length, and the finish is pleasantly bitter with being astringent. Very nice.

Quite easy to quaff in quantity, and interesting enough to spend some time contemplating. Well-balanced all around.

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

Pours a clear golden yellow with a nicely portioned white cap head. Good solid lacing on this one. Smells very grapefuity and grassy. To me this is a borderline IPA. Mild amount of crystal malt up front with a big rush of piney hop in the middle. Ebbs to a nice balanced finish. Moderate mouthfeel and very drinkable. Nice to savor after mowing my yard. Goes down easy.

Thanks to MJR for the trade.

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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 DrewBeechum
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle courtesy of our man in Saint Louis.

Beer pours bright clear soft copper with a low white head and a light sparkling CO2.

Aroma is of cinnamon, nutmeg and sandalwood from the combination of esters, hops and malt.

Flavor is toasty malt with a spiced cinnamon and piney biting hops. Finish is long and dry with a mineral addition throwing water off the tongue.

Good balanced pale ale, very clean, and crisp

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Photo of sutcliff
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nicely hopped APA, which hops lovers, will drink to the last drop. This brew is also a nice addition to the line of Schlafly brews regularly available in the local area. The color was warm. It was not over hopped and the aroma was pleasant. The malt taste was clean and I definitely got some for my Growler that night.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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 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.

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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 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 UncleJimbo
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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 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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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 AtLagerHeads
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another strong Schlafly brew, the APA is nicely bitter with decent hopping against a strong malt base. The amber body is initially hazy but seems to clarify as things settle down. In any case, it is has a nice off-white head that laces very well. The aroma is a muted hop contest, but there is also the malt presence as the beer warms nearer to room temperature. The flavors are of hops, first, and malt, second. The feel is OK, but lacks a crisp finish; it may even be a tad thin. Nonetheless, the drinkability is just fine as with all of the Schlafly brews.

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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 Ahhdball
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe I got the last of an old batch or my server poured this wrong (see the soon to be reviewed Tap Room) but I was somewhat dissappointed. I've always had great acolades for Schlafly but not on this one.
Red Orange tone with almost no nose (or head). There were hints of citrus and a floral aroma but VERY slight.
Taste was good but not what I expected. This pales (pun intended) in comparrison to others I've had in this style. Barely any hops with a slight caramel finish. A slight bitterness but almost a watered down taste.
Mouthfeel- didn't impress me, felt like water.
Drinkability, I'm heading back to the Tap Room tonight (possibly, I may hit Morgan St. instead) and I probably won't order this, although, I would like them to try for redemption so I may give them a second chance.

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Photo of MJR
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from a growler...

Appearance: Pours a faint copper with good-to-excellent clarity. It's off-white head starts a finger thick and shrinks to a steady, small cap. Good lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is fresh and hoppy with lots of Cascade and Centennial fighting each other for dominance. I think it's a tie... There's a touch of caramel sweetness underneath the hops.

Taste: Deliciously bitter with lots of fresh, green hop flavor. Grapefruit, citrus, and a touch floral. This one's all Cascade and Centennial...half of the four C's! The malt does show up with a smooth, caramelly sweetness, but it merely serves as a base from which to showcase the hops. There's a bit of breadiness, as well as a touch of a grassy flavor, in there too. Small hint of alcohol in the finish. A bit generic, but still quite good.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is dry and crisp, with a body that's on the lighter side of medium. A fair amount of carbonation keeps it tingly on the tongue.

Drinkability: Good stuff here... This is a good American-style pale ale. It's not outstanding in any way, but quite solid all-around. Finishing the entire growler by myself should be quite enjoyable.

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