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English Pale Ale
Ranked #111
Ranked #42,730
3.61 | pDev: 13.3%
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
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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
Reviews: 258 | Ratings: 805 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Gajo74
4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of IronLover
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
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!

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Photo of FBarber
4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of hydrate
3/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of dd53grif
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Steveskk83
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is the beer that got me into craft beer, and I recommend it to anyone else just getting into craft beer. It's on the light side but that's what it's supposed to be. I still enjoy a couple on a hot summers day mowing the yard or chilling out on the deck. it has very mild hop flavors but they are present. It's light on the tounge and refreshing. It's definitely a good session pale ale.

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Photo of DaverCS
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper color with a quickly disspaiting head.

Aroma is very non-descript. A little berry-like fruitiness and malt.

Taste is very malt forward. Is this an amber ale? A slight citrus character with some more berry notes. A tea character on the finish. Not much else.

Overall, the beer is very drinkable but really not to style in my opinion. A good amber ale, but no true hop character is present. It would pair well with almost anything, as it is totally inoffensive. It gets a 75/100.

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Photo of porters4life
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: This is a decent looking pale ale a light copper look and a finger and a half head that recedes pretty quick.
S: Not much to this in the way of smell light hop scent and a malt scent as well not much else. To me it almost smells like an AAL with more hops.
T: The taste is not over the top hops but it has the hoppy taste and is a pretty enjoyable session beer.
O: It's a decent beer. It's not as good as Founders version of a session IPA but it is still pretty good I wouldn't say it stands out a whole lot but it is a good beer to give to someone to start them on their craft beer journey.

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Photo of ABabbidge
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Burnt orange color with a small rocky head.

S: Malty with floral and citrus notes. Some spices I can't quite place.

T: Caramel malt sweetness is well balanced with some floral hop bitterness. Some light fruit and herbs.

F: Light to moderate body and easy drinking.

O: Lots of aroma and well balanced flavor. We need more pale ales like this instead of pale ales that want to be IPAs.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.77/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Well that wasn't the pale ale color I was expecting, this one's SRM is darker than average, there's notes of auburn and light brown to it. Found the lack of head formation to be disturbing. Aroma had a feint amount of grain to it, lacking hop nose.

Taste, wow, way to play it safe. Grain, minimal bitterness and hop flavor. English Mild it might be. Seems like something akin to a gateway theory from AAL to this.

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Photo of Alan_Bats
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- Amber and slightly hazy. Good white head with good cling
S- Roasted malt sweetness is the strongest aroma but some hop character, more floral in nature, can be detected
T- Delicious. A surprising lack of hop flavor that makes it hard to consider this a pale ale. I would call it an amber ale where a strong malt backbone is more common. A slight hop buzz on the palate is there at first but quickly disappears. The aftertaste is the best part. A biscuity malt sweetness and bitterness with strong, yet not stout-like roasted flavor.
F- A very smooth, medium-bodied ale
O- Hard to see this as a pale ale but the flavors are great, making it a perfect flagship beer for this small St. Louis Brewery.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at a hampton inn in st louis. Damn good looking beer...copper translucent color with soft foamy head. Flavor was slightly citric, with a very clean malt finish. Not great but not bad. Mouthfeel was good for a pale ale...mild on the tongue. Not too shabby!

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Photo of Chris_Mills92
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Orange and brown( okay, copper), clear with a nice head at first that settled down into a little wisp.

Aroma: I smelled nothing at first but with patience came malts and a citrus orange note.

Taste: Right away I tasted some good malts with enough of a citrus taste to make me feel like there was already an orange slice in my glass. It wasn't too strong but just right.

Feel: A little dry but just enough to make you want to take another sip.

Overall: I haven't tried many pale ales I've liked, but either my pallet is getting bigger or this is just a really good pale ale. Probably both but oh well.

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Photo of jmd1978
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Copper/Amber color with a little head. Light nose of malt with floral and bready notes. Taste is malty with notes of hops, yeast and a little spice at the end. Very clean finish where you get more of the spice and yeast. This is my go to pale ale. All around good beer and usually drink it in bunches when I do.

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Photo of dleigh
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful amber color. Fluffy head. Not much lacing. Definitely a malt-forward pale from a time before hop bombs. Bready, nutty malt on the nose with some floral hops coming though, carries through to the taste--a nice nutty malt aftertaste.

Nothing spectacular, but a solid classic pale ale. Reminiscent of a bygone era.

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Photo of Try-em-all
4.19/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The flagship brew from the largest St. Louis brewer. Love the copper color and smooth,, balanced flavor. Mild spices add enough of a kick to complement the mild fruity taste. Very satisfying.

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Photo of prost2hefeweizen
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Look - amber red, small head disappates quickly
Smell - fruity, malty
Taste - malty, with a fruity hoppy after taste
Feel - mouthful, not overly carbonated
Overall - not a bad pale ale

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Photo of Lahoi
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a very solid EPA.

Dark copper, good head, decent lacing.

Minimal smell.

Very solid taste. Has all the right stuff for a pale ale. Good hops. A little fruity.

Good feel. Medium bodies.

I could drink a bunch of these...and I hope to do so!

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Photo of Extol
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - dark copper in color. Smell - I get no smell. At least not much. Taste - solid. I like this. Male with little bitterness. Not muh fruit flavor, maybe a hint of banana. Overall - solid beer. Nothing outstanding, but good.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A : Honey colored body with some dark iced tea hues, at 70% opacity. The head is like vanilla icing, it's frosty and white, leaving hills of lace as it recedes. It starts off at 2 fingers but quickly diminishes to a fluffy cap.

S : Right off the bat I can tell this smells more like an Amber than a pale ale. Roasted malts out front in a big way, and some faint orange slice. Not much for hop aroma.

T : Lots of fruit in this one, with bready malts and a yeasty aftertaste. Orange peel, and a hint of blueberry skins, followed by a huge rush of bread crust and then a yeasty zing at the end. It doesn't say much for "pale ale" but I really don't care, it's very delicious and seems like it'd go well with anything.

F : Creamy and dense with a spiky carbonation underneath with a sawdust-like dryness. It ends with more of the sawdust dryness.

O : Whether it lives up to a "pale ale" category or not, I'm not sure, but it's pretty delicious. It reminds me of Alaskan Amber but with more substance and richer yeastier flavors.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the bottle in a pint glass. Pours a nice copper color with a moderate head of dissipating foam that dies down to a thin layer, thick ring, and nice lacing. Nose of light caramel malts, light hops, and light grain. Flavors surpass the somewhat muted nose with light, sweet, caramel and toffee notes on all sides, fading into a light grain and medium balanced bitter hop flavor. Balanced and session able with medium carbonation and a slick quenching mouth feel. Excellent.

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Photo of kgammell1
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Eh. It's a mildly hopped, nicely spiced but it honestly was a little underwhelming. Wouldn't turn this down, but I won't be buying it again. It's very easy to drink, but I have really been enjoying the crisp, dry and citrus based pales recently. Good representation on an English Pale however.

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