Pale Ale
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Style:
Pale Ale - English
Ranked #121
ABV:
4.4%
Score:
82
Ranked #44,907
Avg:
3.61 | pDev: 13.3%
Reviews:
262
Ratings:
813
From:
The Schlafly Tap Room
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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  14
Gots
  152
SCORE
82
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Pale AlePale Ale
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: 262 | Ratings: 813 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine June 2007.

This is Schlafly's most traditional session ale, an English-style Pale Ale.

It's a bright and clear amber-hued brew with lots of tiny bubbles racing to the top of the glass. Excellent froth off a hard pour, with sticky patches of white lace clinging to the glass all the way down to the bottom. Gentle, yet very aromatic with hints of flowers, faint citrus, golden raisins and a biscuity malt in the nose. Spot-on smoothness from a moderate level of carbonation and a fluffy body. Wonderful symmetry between the malt and hops. A bit of sweetness paired with a slight biscuity tone that melds with a modest yet sizeable hop bitterness that lays down a soft blanket of herbal flavor. A bit wet and juicy from middle to end, with a mild fruitiness. Finishes a smidge more on the sweet side.

Other than the fresh taste, it would be hard to pin this as an American- brewed ale. It's one of the most drinkable session ales we've had this year. Cheers to Schlafly for this ale. For a proper food pairing, go with a heaping plate of bangers and mash.

Sep 27, 2010
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utopiajane from New York

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep orange with an off white head of luscious foam that fell slowly. Bubble streaming up and although the color is very deep and darker than the usual pale ale, it's clear. Left a small layer of bubbles that fell to a film and ring. Thick sturdy lace.The nose on this is terrific. First you get some tea like notes, then hay, earth and a sweet little hint of dank. The english hop character on this is the definition of floral. Toasted malt and caramel. Grass and dry spice. Light orange. Lightly peppered. Taste is all bread and cracker. East Kent Goldings hop taste and it finishes quick and wet with a small bitter and a little hop resin.

Fruit is not the star in this beer. The hops have a bright and vivid quality to impart to the caramel malt. The yeast leans into the brew a bit sour to compliment the spice and the bread carries it away. This is a hearty and rich pale ale with a full mouthfeel that's crisp. This was a real treat as compared to the cookie cutter pale ales you normally see that try to imitate an IPA. Original and civilized.

Jul 12, 2013
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AtLagerHeads from Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very nice beer that is quite attractive on the pour. The mid-amber color is clear and joined by a voluminous off-white to light tan head. The head is thick and frothy and hangs about for too short a bit of time, otherwise the marks would be even higher. Decent lacing initially, fading near the end. Very caramel malt aroma is joined by bready sweetness on the palate. Nice hop finish cuts the sweetness in the back and imparts a nice dryness. Good body and smooth mouthfeel. Overall a decent brew, good presentation. I'd buy again when in St. Louis.

Mar 20, 2003
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mrfrancis from Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Jun 18, 2013
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jmint from Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Feb 15, 2014
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Livyatan1996 from Missouri

3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 12, 2018
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Globetrotter from Virginia

3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hand-delivered from St. Louis to Moscow (thanks, Jeremy), this brown 12 oz bottle has a brown and beige label featuring just the name printed on what looks like parchment. No ingredient information. Bottled 8/2/05, I opened it on 1/4/06.

Pours clear copper under a one finger off-white head that fades slowly but surely to thick film and collar, leaving a few decent strands of lace. Nice grain and spice nose, with a rye bread note to it. The mouth is reasonably heavy but very well carbonated. Mild flavors here - nothing jumps out - with a good smooth mix of semi-sweet malt and espresso bitter hops. The hops particularly emerge as it warms. There's a bite in the finish, but it is very quick, fading immediately to a shadow of coffee dryness. I didn't like the first couple of sips, but grew to enjoy it immensely.

Jan 04, 2006
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harrylee773 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3%

Nov 15, 2011
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Schlafly33 from Missouri

2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Apr 09, 2013
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greatbeerbaron from Missouri

4.89/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Excellent beer, the best pale ale I have had!

Oct 18, 2018
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Boto from Connecticut

3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle: This pours a very clear amber color. It has a bit of an off-white head that does not linger long. Some lacing. A bit of hops to the nose, pleasant but not strong. A bit of a subtle hop taste, with a hint of malt sweetness following. A decent Pale Ale.

Jun 22, 2004
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scottwurst from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3%

Oct 08, 2013
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DeeMalloy from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -3%

Jul 30, 2013
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whynot44 from Missouri

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange/amber color with a decent ivory head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving only a trace of lace.

The aroma is fairly mild, just a hint of sweet malt, a bit of apple and some floral hops.

The taste is the same, mild sweet malt flavor overlayed by some nice citrus hops bite. A bit of grapefruit in the finish and aftertaste. Decently balanced, although a bit more hops than the English style.

Very drinkable and refreshing, a good overall brew.

Apr 22, 2005
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Jugs_McGhee from Oklahoma

3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Oct 18, 2015
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MikeDahlstrom from Ohio

4/5  rDev +10.8%

May 16, 2013
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Bierguy5 from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, bottled on Jan 16, 2007. Brilliant clear amber color, with a thick off-white head. Lots of bubbles rising to the top from the bottom of the glass. Very good head retention, and a nice amount of patchy lace sticking to the sides of the glass.

Bready, biscuity malty aroma, along with some floral and earthy hop notes.

Very pleasant bready malt character, with just a touch of caramel. Some fruity flavors follow, and it all finishes with some soft floral hops.

Soft carbonation, and ample body. This is very well balanced, and very easy to drinbk. I enjoyed this one because of the simplicity.

Apr 12, 2007
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mikeherrera from Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -3%

Apr 11, 2014
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Black_ox from Missouri

3/5  rDev -16.9%

Apr 25, 2013
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alexgash from Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper body with golden edges and a cm of lacy, thick, dirty white head. Toasted malts, caramely fruits, and floral, herbal hops on the nose. Grainy, slightly astringent taste up front. Shallow toffee and apple malt. Herbal, slightly minty hop bitterness in the finish. Moderate body with gentle, rolling carbonation. Not bad.

Jan 17, 2008
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nucmedmario from Illinois

3/5  rDev -16.9%

Jan 13, 2012
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jryanj927 from Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -3%

Aug 24, 2013
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

2.29/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Bottle: Poured a light amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with light retention and not much lacing. Aroma of unrefined grainy notes with stale hops is not very pleasant. Taste is also dominated by unrefined grainy notes and stale hops. Body is light with good carbonation. Not sure what happened here but it ended in the drain.

Dec 15, 2013
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dleigh from California

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.

Feb 28, 2016
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MarkQ617 from Massachusetts

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!

Apr 29, 2016
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