Schlafly Pale Ale | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Pale AleSchlafly Pale Ale

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by maxpower on 09-09-2002

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Reviews: 246 | Ratings: 768
Photo of rodbeermunch
2.77/5  rDev -22.6%
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 +16.5%
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 +7.8%
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 +7.3%
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 +8.4%
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 +9.8%
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 +17%
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 -15.4%
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 +7.8%
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 -0.3%
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 +16.5%
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 +5.9%
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 +4.7%
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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3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a half finger head, with some lacing, low head retention. Light amber body with light cloudiness. On the nose I'm introduced with hints of caramel malts and cherries. Nice toasted wheat and subtle sweetness from the malts right up front. Toward the middle and sides of the palate I get mellow bitterness with hints of toasted almonds. finishes fairly crisp and medium dry.

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Photo of Carrier4
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Im no Pale Ale wiz, but I do like Pale Ale's more than IPA. I have not had enough Pale Ales to compare one with each other for I am a stout man, but it was good and I would recommend.

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Photo of stlfatguy
4.19/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into pint glass. Nice amber color, clear, with good head on initial pour. Head dwindled, but remained at about 1/2", and lacing was nice throughout. Slight floral smell. Very nice balance on this one, and a smooth feel. Not overpowering, and didn't experience any strong alcohol flavor or aftertaste.

This is just a smooth, even beer, and one of my favorite 'regular offerings' from Schlafly.

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Photo of CincyBrewTull
3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its a pale ale that meets the guide lines but does not exceed anywhere. There is some biscuit, dough, and a little caramel from the malts and yeast. The hops bring faint citrus and herb.

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Photo of RickS95
3.14/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It's quite the looker for a pale ale. Very dark and inviting for the style. Kind of a ruddy copper brown color with a frothy off white head. Eventually the head turns white and the head diminishes but only slightly as this has legs. A thick, IPA-like lace is glued to the glass.

It's not an American smelling pale ale so I mark it down a bit because the other countries don't do pale ales like we do. Fairly nondescript scent, mostly of the savory type hops with a huge malt bill.

Not sure how this beer wasn't off the shelves as it was bottled 15 months ago and I didn't realize til I got home. Anyway, the taste follows the lead of the nose with a malty, bready taste with a savory hop presence. Not bad, just not what I want in a pale ale.

There must be some pilsner malts because it feels grainy like a lager, just with more refinement and easier on the palate. Light bodied despite the darker color with no alcohol presence and barely any bitterness. Fairly clean and crisp.

Overall, I think this was a bit too old to score well. There's nothing bad about it, just nothing good Eire, other than the appearance. Because it's from Schlafly, I'm inclined to try a fresher bottle.

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Photo of barczar
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It's got some age on it.

Aroma is slightly skunky and floral, with a toasted malt backbone. Fruity specialty malt character emerges.

Flavor reveals a diacetyl note initially. Fruity specialty malt and toasted bread dominate, finishing floral and lightly dry. Carbonation is almost effervescent.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very nice representation of a pale ale. I am not usually very huge on pale ales, as they are a bit bland for me. I usually gravitate toward IPA's and DIPA's. This however is different, it is still very smooth and drinkable, yet has a bit more flavor to it than most. Great place to start if you are just getting into craft and/or hoppier options.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

* Side Note: These are now available in cans, which may make this my new go to camping/floating beer.

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Photo of Suds
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

This brew is Amber in color with a white head of medium thickness. Clear. The aroma is ready, moderately malty, and is backed with a faint hop scent. It isn't as intense as I would have liked, but it is a solid and drinkable brew. Balanced.

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Photo of MidwestBeerLover
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Delicious Pale Ale! Folks went to St. Louis over the weekend and brought me some. Great copper color. Spicy front with a malty after taste. Not a session for sure, a great dinner beer. I don't taste a lot of hops...

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Photo of NickTheGreat
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Aroma (3): Aroma is okay. Doesn't smell all that hoppy or malty. .
Appearance (4): Good color.
Taste (3): Not very hoppy, not a lot of maltiness
Palate (4): About what you'd expect.

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Photo of PPOmaha
3.02/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Aroma: Medium grainy white bread malt aroma with some caramel and toffee. Hop aroma is low, slightly spicy and floral, seems more noble in character. Medium low DMS, corn aroma. No diacetyl.

Appearance: Light golden with copper highlights. Not much head, just a think spattering of bubbles on the side of the glass.

Taste: Medium low corny and wheat malt flavor, light caramel. Medium grassy, earthy, dirty hop flavor. No DMS, no diacetyl.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonation and very creamy, slightly frothy. Medium light body.

Overall: British style pale ale with some earthy hop flavor. I think the high carbonation detracted a bit from the beer. Well brewed, but I prefer hop forward pale ales.

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Photo of alphagnome
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright, lightly hazed copper body. Creamy white colored head pours 1 finger and melts to a small ring rather quick. Light carbonation and lacing.

Caramel malts hit the nose right away - the aroma could stand tall with some of the best Oktoberfest out there. Light citrus and spice and even lighter earthy hop aroma hides behind fresh-baked bread and a bit of a floral presence. This is not your typical pale ale.

Follows the nose nicely. Fantastic malt base gives off a nice, lightly roasted caramel taste. Hops are next to impossible to find, but a bit of pear and apple add a nice tang to it.

Smooth and easy to drink. Refreshing, light body with light -to-medium carbonation. Crisp, clean finish is a bit sweet.

This is definitely outside my definition of a pale ale, so rating it against the style is tricky for me. However, I love it - it's a fantastic beer that hits the spot regardless of the time of year. See it? Grab it!

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