Pale Ale
The Schlafly Tap Room

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The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
English Pale Ale
Ranked #89
Ranked #26,908
3.59 | pDev: 13.37%
Oct 24, 2022
Sep 09, 2002
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Notes: Our flagship Pale Ale is a smooth, balanced, copper-colored session beer with mildly spiced flavor and aroma from the East Kent Goldings hops. The bready, lightly caramel malt complements the hint of fruitiness contributed by the London Ale yeast, making it satisfying and authentic; the perfect flagship beer for Schlafly.

Sixteenth century brewers created amber beers by using a form of coal called coke to roast their grains. Coke burns hotter and more steadily than wood without imparting the foul odors from coal. It allowed brewers to produce caramel malts that were paler alternatives to the common brown porters. At about the same time, Flemish migrants introduced hops to English beers and soon this ale became the chosen style of England from the mid-16th century until the end of the 20th century. Today, brewers outside England have adopted the Pale Ale and made it one of the leading styles of the American craft beer movement.

25 IBU
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Rated: 3.94 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois

Oct 24, 2022
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Reviewed by mfnmbvp from Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz. bottle, bottled 05/11/2022. A new one to me from Schlafly, acquired a single bottle as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. Been a while since I've had a new beer from Schlafly, and also a while since I've had an English style pale ale, which the label says this beer is. Let's see what we've got.

Poured to a Piraat snifter.

A - Oo yes, looks very befitting of the style. Nice copper amber orange body, some clarity, some carbonation present, and a finger of khaki head that falls to a surface skimming rather quick. Lots of good lacing left on the glass. Looks very nice.

S - Aroma is creamy & fruity - some peaches and mixed berries present, mixed with notes of mineral / well water, and brown bread crusts.

T - Smooth, crisp, creamy, & bready. A perfect combination between the East Kent Goldings hops and the Londan Ale yeast. Very good depth of flavor for such a low alcohol beer.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, creamy, good heft to the body for the modest abv.

Overall, I'm confident to give this one 4's across the board, although I don't see this being a "flagship" beer for Schlafly given the style. Excellent stuff, would recommend.

Schlafly Pale Ale -----4/5.
Sep 25, 2022
Rated: 3.94 by Elemental19xx from Illinois

Nov 06, 2021
Rated: 3.62 by HighwayChile from Kansas

Oct 19, 2021
Rated: 2.89 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska

Sep 28, 2021
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Nice refreshing pale ale pours copper with english hops gives it a english ale taste
Aug 14, 2021
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
12 oz bottle into clear plastic cup

Clear amber in color, thick qhite head. Good head retention. Mild caramel malt and mild fruity hop aroma. Balanced taste, not too sweet nor bitter. Medium bodied.
Aug 03, 2021
Rated: 3.92 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio

Apr 24, 2021
Rated: 2.77 by AmatuerSurgeon from Missouri

Jan 21, 2021
Rated: 4 by BrewSTL from Missouri

Dec 30, 2020
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Reviewed by Taybeh from Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Road trip finally took me through Schlafly's distro area, so I found a bottle shop...only option was the English pale, so got a sixer. This one’s at the hotel, into a tall shaker-like glass. Looks fine, fairly clear copper with a decent 1 finger eggshell head, not much retention. Nose is nice sourdough toast and a lot of caramel malts, some herbal hops, but the nose is mainly malts. Taste brings all the nose’s potential out much more fully with more depth and also some orange marmalade and fruity herbal notes. Tea-like at moments, with a little herbal spicey kick. Carb is middling to low, body is moderate, neither heavy nor thin. Finish doesn’t come to too much of a point...kind of just meanders a little, though not unpleasantly. (Had two of these, one quite cold and the other a little warmer...last one was better. I bet this would be best at on cask.) This does some justice to the English dimensions of what a pale ale can be, and I enjoyed it most on that count.
Dec 20, 2020
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16oz can into a pint glass. Canned 6/25/19, so almost 18 months old. Ouch.

Looks really good though. Faintly hazy copper colored body. Small bright white head persists in good form throughout leaving nice lacing. Good streams of carbonation.

Smells a little cheesy. Uh oh.

Well, this is an eye opener. It tastes really nice. Malty forward, with a little taste of the goldings hops later in the drink. No bitterness at all of course, given the age. A very light pepper touch.

Mouth medium, finish a clean maltiness with the lightest of spice.

Overall, after being nervous about the age and the aroma, this was a really enjoyable English style pale ale, and from the first mouthful I was transported back to the olde countrye. Really have to try this fresh, but it holds up extremely well in the can.
Dec 12, 2020
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Reviewed by bubseymour from Maryland

4.39/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Such a wonderful change of pace pale ale. Appearance is wonderful clear orange/brown with a big fluffy head. Sweet and really grainy and malty. Really enjoyed this quite a lot. Bursting with flavor and richness.
Jul 04, 2020
Rated: 3 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 07, 2020
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Reviewed by Gajo74 from New York

4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a clear bronze color with visible carbonation. A moderate head displays good retention. A good look.

The aroma opens quite fruity and floral; hard to tell if it’s yeast or hops derived. Notes of tangerine and grapefruit in particular, as well as a touch of grass. The Malt aroma is toasty and biscuity with a touch of caramel and toffee.

In contrast to the sweet aromatics, the taste opens with a firm bitterness and with earthy, spicy and piny hops flavors. As the drink warms, the fullness and sweetness of the malts opens up, with flavors of bready, toasted, biscuit and caramel/toffee. Flavors of fruity esters also become unlocked, with notes of citrus. However, all throughout, the bitterness keeps everything balanced.

Medium to full bodied with a crisp mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. A relatively long finish is dry and aids drinkability.

Very nice English Pale Ale. Well balanced with some nice flavors and interplay between sweetness and bitterness. I would definitely have this again.
Jan 21, 2020
Rated: 3 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Aug 26, 2019
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Reviewed by wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Richly malty in aroma with toast, caramel, citrus, earth. More herbal in flavor with a prominent, almost astringent bitterness. Caramel. Medium mouthfeel.
Jul 26, 2019
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Reviewed by IronLover from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Dark, weathered copper orange in color with a heavy haze. Poured with a tall, soapy, off white foam with good retention. Herbal and malty aromas. Medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Caramel malt and herbal, earthy flavors up front with fruity, apple notes and acidic bitterness. Medium bitterness followed by by caramel malt and herbal hops. Finished with fruity apple notes and herbal, earthy acidic bitterness and toasted and caramel malt notes. This was like an adjunct lager trying desperately like a pale ale. Generally laked hop aromas and flavors. Finished more like a red lager than a pale ale.
Jul 22, 2019
Rated: 3.18 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

Jul 10, 2019
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Rated by mjtyson from Virginia

3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
Looks and smells great. Taste, not so much. Where are the hops? IBUs on this one are just way too low.
Jun 28, 2019
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Rated by Skylerto from Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Not for me, malt beers are not my taste and you can really taste it in the english pale ale.
Jun 19, 2019
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Reviewed by justintcoons from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle poured into a shaker.

Golden-amber. Crystal clear. Lively carbonation.

Floral, caramel, citrus, and biscuit.

Balanced floral and earthy hoppiness. A touch of citrus. Clean caramel and toasted biscuit maltiness.

Light bodied, crisp, and clean with a medium-light bitterness.

English Pale Ale to the max! Much refreshing!
Jun 05, 2019
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours a completely clear light brown color. Thick pillowy white head collapses downward leaving a quarter inch of foam on top of the beer. Lovely looking English pale ale.

Aroma has notes of toasted malts, caramel malts, hints of earthy slight spicy hops. Simple but on point.

Taste has notes of toasted malts, hints of caramel, some slight sweetness balanced out with an earthy spicy hop favor on the back end lingering into the finish. Nice nutty notes are present in the malt backbone.

Feel is light to medium bodied, yet supremely drinkable. Moderately carbonated. Somewhat drier finish.

Overall this is a really nice English pale ale. Seems like too many people reviewing this beer here are unfamiliar with the style.Well worth trying if you like English pale ales.
May 30, 2019
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Rated by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

2.48/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Rating is for first drinks when quite cold, worsened as it warmed a hair
May 09, 2019
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Reviewed by hydrate from California

3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Had this in a glass from the tap in St Louis. It's not bad, but to me it doesn't fit the description of a pale ale at all. It reminds me of a sweeter lager or a nut brown that I used to like back when I was in college. It pours a medium brown, is sweet initially and then has a malty finish. Again, not bad but not what I expect in a pale ale. No hops and too sweet.
Mar 05, 2019
Rated: 3.03 by mholdefer from Alabama

Jan 31, 2019
Rated: 3.85 by Phoodcritic from Michigan

Nov 17, 2018
Rated: 3.52 by robebo44 from Virginia

Oct 29, 2018
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Rated by greatbeerbaron from Missouri

4.89/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Excellent beer, the best pale ale I have had!
Oct 18, 2018
Rated: 3.92 by NeoClassicist from New York

Oct 11, 2018
Rated: 3.69 by Thirstygoat from Illinois

Oct 04, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by Hopsohard from California

Sep 02, 2018
Rated: 2.29 by mando31 from Illinois

Jul 30, 2018
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Reviewed by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Once I poured it, the beer was copper-colored with a small tan head that dissipated quickly.
A sweet, caramel aroma. Faint floral hops.
Caramel taste with a small hoppy finish.
A nice enough session beer.
Jul 30, 2018
Rated: 3.66 by DigitGrowler from Kentucky

May 06, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by Beerucee from Texas

Apr 27, 2018
Rated: 3.74 by Livyatan1996 from Missouri

Apr 12, 2018
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Reviewed by dd53grif from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a copper color with a minimal off-white head that lasts quite a while. Spicy aroma. Tastes of malt and hops. Mild flavor with a bit of bitterness at the end.
Mar 31, 2018
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Rated by rolltide8425 from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Very good English Pale Ale. Nice biscuit malt flavor with a solid hop bite.
Mar 11, 2018
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