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

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Reviews: 246 | Ratings: 768
Photo of houseofcards
4.75/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite everyday beer. Luckily it can be found in just about every bar I frequent.

Smell is like sweet toffee with a slight hoppy aroma.

Little bit sweet with a slight bitter finish.

Highly recommended for someone wanting to ease their way into a craft beer experience.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Carrico
4.67/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Schlafly Pale Ale is my go to beer when I am at a bar and the choices on craft beer is limited. The taste is slightly bitter but at the same time is very refreshing. he color is a medium dark amber with a pale head. Easily one of my favorite beers and is definitely a great place for someone to start, who hasn't dabbled in ales much.

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Photo of wages
4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4.5/5 - copper straw color with two finger head. Nice and clear

smell - 4.5/5 - sweet and malty aroma

Taste - 4.5/5 - mostly dry with a slight sweetness and floral from hops

Mouthfeel - 4/5 - medium/light body. Fairly strong carbonation keeps it fresh tasting

Overall - 4.5/5 - nice easy drinking refreshing brew

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Photo of feedsasquatch
4.42/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review on BA, so take it with a grain of, um, salt! I haven't drank many beers, so this will mainly by my subjective opinion of it's flavor.

A - when poured into a clean glass, it's a clear light brown, close to amber or copper. Mine had minimal head.

S - Pale (English?) malts and a slightly sweet aroma are instantly picked up. I'd almost describe the aroma as nutty too. I haven't drank enough different beers to tell you what beer style it most smells like.

T - Good malts, nutty, and maybe even bread. Slightly sweet as well.

M - Medium to light body and well carbonated. Just right for the flavor.

D - Very high. I have to exercise self-control whenever I have these in my fridge because I'll drink two in one sitting without thinking twice. I'd like to find more beers like this, because it's one of my favorite ales.

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Photo of WhistlingBird
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the largest American owned brewery in St.Louis. My first Schlafly Pale Ale was at the brewery.

It pours a nice golden with a good pinkie sized head. The aroma is everything you would expect from a pale ale.

It's bitterness is perfect. It is not over the top yet much more previlent than a pale ale. It is refreshing in the summer or winter, nice for dinner or chilling.

Overall a nice product can come from a city with a huge history in the beer insudtry, and without the AB on the label.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear, golden yellow color, with a fluffy, slightly off white head. The head fades very slowly, leaving a massive lacing.

This beer has a biscuity aroma. I detect a mild hop aroma, but mostly biscuits dominate. It has a sweet malty aroma as well. I was ecpecting a stronger hopping, but I guess that is my west coast palate.

This beer pretty much tastes like it smells. Malty, and bready. A very mild hop flavor present too, but mostly biscuit malt.

This beer is light, and smooth. It leaves a sweet malty aftertaste. Carbonation is good.

This beer would probably make an excelent session beer. It tastes good, but it is lower alcohol, and mild flavor.

Overall: Thanks to Vancer for this kind hook up. This is a pretty damn good beer. It isnt extreme, or aggressive. Some times that is good. I have liked everything I have ever had from Schlafly, and this is no exception.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The English Style Pale Ale pours a nice clear amber color. It produces a nice frothy head and head retention is average. Above average lacing. The aroma is malty and biscuity. This beer has a nice medium body and a perfect amount of malt. There is a slight finish of hops. This is an awesome English Pale Ale. I would put this up against any traditional pale ale.

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Photo of tronester
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper/amber color, with a creamy, light tan head. Aromas of ripe fruit and fresh cracked grain abound. Taste is biscuity, toffee flavors up front, followed by a minerally, earthy hop middle, and a tart, fruit like clean finish. Mouthfeel is outstanding for the gravity, low carbonation. Overall an exceptional beer. Lower in alcohol than many Pale Ales, but with just as much or more flavor. Tastes like a true English Pale Ale, which many American interpretations fall flat trying to do.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.21/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours to a generous and lasting buff head with moderate lacing and iconic copper color. Aroma is caramel, biscuit, yeast esters and a hint of earthy hops. Flavor is a session-able and easygoing amalgamation of the aforementioned aromas with a balancing resiny hop bitterness. Overall, this is a flavorful low alcohol (by US craft standards) session brew that has balance and flavor on a par with its English counterparts.

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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 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 UncleJimbo
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the brewpub (Tap Room), Dec. 2004.

This pale ale poured a hazy, copper color with very white foam that persisted. The smell was malty with a nice floral hop aroma. The taste was mildly malt with a good dose of floral hops and a bit of hoppiness. Overall a mild but balanced flavor. The mouthfeel was smooth and dry and relatively clean with medium body and low carbonation. This was a very nice English pale ale from cask. This beer was much better from a cask than I recall it on-tap.

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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 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 beerdown77
4.16/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a really nice copper color with two fingers of medium white head. I already see a lot of lacing and retention so I am enjoying the appearance a lot. The smell is pretty mild, but it smells like a beer. The taste is pretty crisp and bitter. I have been on a long stretch of strong ales and IPAs, so the lack of sweetness is shocking, yet refreshing. I could almost say that there is no sweetness at all. I’m not getting any sour backtalk from the malt either. This is just a very non-offensive, well rounded, refreshing beer. I particularly enjoy the clean malt aftertaste that is balanced perfectly with a fair amount of hops…exceeding expectations. This is fairly light bodied, and something that you would want to cookout with, take to the beach, etc.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.16/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium amber color. Generous head.

Whiffs of fresh baked bread and lime citrus in the nose. Very appetizing.

On the palate this ale offers a sweet, bready taste that mingles well with the hop fruitiness. Serve this one at room temp or slightly chilled. Colder temps suppress the fresh bready notes an focus the hops.

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Photo of RedBaron
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really nice, not over-the-top-but-honest pale ale from a Midwestern brewer. A tag-line at the bottom of the label indicates: "Bottled with love on June 11, 2007".'s a pretty fresh sample

Appearance: Translucent bronze; nice sustained white-ish head.
Smell: Excellent roasted malt smell; Pleasant, if light, hop aroma too.
Taste: Good, subtle hop bitterness up front followed by a delightfully sweet, and somewhat nutty, finish. Perhaps even use of nutmeg.
Mouthfeel: Very well-balanced beer. There's a good interplay between the roasty/nutty malts used, combined with a tasteful use of hops.
Drinkability: Good marks for this St. Louis-made beer. The label indicates that this beer is made as a traditional "British" pale ale. I think they're about right on this one, and I throroughly enjoyed the sample. I picked a sixer of this up, site unseen, on a recent travel out of state. I seemed to have made a good selection! :)

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Photo of Duxx
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a bright clear copper color with a light beige head. Left a good trace of foam on the glass as I drank it.

S: Sweet and slightly fruity with a hint of hops.

T: Surprisingly sweet and toffee like with a fair amount of hop bitterness that does not over power the taste or linger in the back of my throat.

M: Medium body and carbonation that gives it a comfortable mouthfeel.

D: I often have several of these without feeling it too much. I didn't realize until doing this review that this was a fairly low alcohol beer.

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Photo of Ahhdball
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Red Orange tone with a great pale top. Good hints of citrus and a floral aroma.
Taste is very good and not like the tapped selection. Mellow hop bite with a side of malt. Clean fresh mouthfeel that left a good citrus taste. I'm going to get another six of this before I leave.

On a side not I have converted a BudMilCoors drinker with this beer. He used to be a non-believer until I gave him one of these.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber capped by a white two finger head. Average head retention, plenty of sticky lacing. Light caramel, hint of almonds, light fruitiness, and pleasant herbal notes on the nose. Opens with light nutty caramel, golden raisins, and understated grassy, herbal hops. Finishes crisp with light toffee, light fruitness, perhaps a hint of pearskin. Highly drinkable light, smooth body; crisp abundant carbonation. A very tasty English Pale Ale. If I didn't know better, I'd guess this was an import from across the pond.

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Photo of nicdub
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As a Kansas City, and Boulevard Brewing Co. homer, I had been reluctant in foraying into purchasing beers made by the Schlafly Brewing Company of St. Louis. In fact, during my now three years as a craft beer drinker I had yet to purchase a single on of their products. Luckily, for me, the lady of the house picked some up of their Pale Ale up by chance, the other day at, one of our local liquor stores.

Shclafly's version is a made in the style of the old English Pale Ales rather than it's American counterparts like Boulevard and Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale offerings. It usues traditional English hop varieties rather than American.

Its appearance boasts a medium copper/ amber body that becomes more orange when held to a light. The body color also has a definite haze, which makes it difficult to see through to the other side of the glass. It pours with a finger width, off-white head that dissapates quickly and leaves little lacing as the beer recedes down the glass.

The aroma is a fairly even balance of hops and biscuity malt. Significantly more malty and less hoppy than most American pale ales. The scent is of a medium strength and there are hints of floral and herb as well, but they are only faint.

The taste, much like the aroma of this beer is a wonderful balance of hop bitterness and malt flavor. The first thing the drinker should notice is the coating, biscuity flavor or the malt, which is followed shortly after by the faint floral and herbal notes, and followed by the hops for a dry, crisp finish and a pleasant alcohol burn. I personally, really like the taste and mouthfeel on the back of my tounge, as Schlafly's pale ale delicately works on those bitter-sensitive taste-buds.

The mouthfeel of this beer is very nice. It is light enough without being watery, and thick enough without being too heavy. It coats the drinker's mouth nicely, and could be described as a "fluffy" mouthfeel. Note again the dry finish from before.

This brew is also very drinkable, and would be suitable for a session at any time through out the year. It is quite easy drinking and when served cold would be perfect for an afternoon of yardwork or at the ballpark. It also has a slight warming effect that translates nicely to a winter session. As it says on the bottle, "Perfect for those summers days and nights as well as a cozy winter fire. "

Overall I think this brew will be a definite mainstay in my beer rotation. It would also be a great transitional beer for those looking to break away from the typical American macro swill.

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From the real brewery in STL, their most popular and best selling beer the schlafly pale ale. pours a red golden color with a minimal head that disappears quick. smells good with slightly of citrus and more of a malty yummy deliciousness. tastes nice and malty with some hopness to it. mouthfeel is slightly watery but still full and good, drinkability is great, it is an awesome beer on tap and in a bottle. if you're in the midwest you gotta get some.

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Photo of botham
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap into a pub glass at the brewery in St. Louis. pours a clear amber color with a half finger of white head and moderate lacings. good retention.

aroma is of caramel malt up front with a subtle hop quality in back. a distant chocolate note is also present.

taste is nicely hopped, with a base of caramel malt and a grainy finish. a nicely proportioned pale ale, with a bit less hop character than one would expect.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture and an excellent finish of citrus and floral hops.

drinkability is good. this is an easy drinking pale ale with good character and a hop quality that is deceptively subtle in aroma and nicely proportioned in taste. cheers!

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Photo of bbkd3b
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The second of multiple beers I tried on December 26th at the Tap Room for Schlafly's anniversary.

A - Dark, dirty brown assisted by a reddish hue. The thick, 1-finger head was always there thanks to a swath of carbonation that kept racing to the surface. Lacing drooped down the side of the glass when all was said and done.

S - Maltier tones with a nice, sweet bready kick. A thin backbone of flowery hops are there, too.

T - On par with the nose. The hoppy flavors are at the front, with a nice, fruity flavor like raisins being present. Gives way to a sweeter finish like an English muffin. Tasty.

M - Sharp, jagged carbonation is the big negative here, but the body is crisp and light, and the finish is as clean as it should be. A vague bitterness lingered.

D - A beer for just about anyone. I honestly find this to be one of the easiest beers to drink. Great for social events such as when I had it, or when I want to have a night to myself. It's simple and easy.

Overall/notes - One of those beers that wouldn't go on my "Oh my!" list but rather on my, "Keep this in mind" one. Easy to appreciate and enjoy. I think my effort to review more Schlafly brews has brought me to appreciate the company a bit more. This is their straight-forward beer, and I have no major complaints about it. Well done!

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Photo of TCMike
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass, it produce a dense 2 finger white head. The beer color is a translucent medium honey.

The aroma is of biscuit, and honey. Not very strong.

The taste is similar, but with a light citrus hop taste, and bitterness. Medium mouth-feel, and low-medium carbonation.

Very nice beer. Easy drinking, and the low alcohol makes it an all night drinker.

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