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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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Photo of pmcadamis
2.2/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear golden brew with a small white head that readily recedes to a bubbly dishwater collar leaving tiny spots of wet lace on thte glass.

Smells mild, honeyed, and a bit funky. Has a bit of an unpleasant dankness or moldy smell to it.

Tastes mild, but spicy and bitter. Pleasant and gentle on the palate, and pretty unique tasting. I detect a bit aof a soapy flavor that is really throwing me off. I don't really like this....it tastes like when my parents put soap in my mouth for saying [email protected]! As the beer warms, this soapy note seems to become less obvious and the beer really gets much better.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side, and drinkability is ruined for me due to the strange soapy flavors and the off-balance bitterness.

Upon reading other reviews, I fear that I may have gotten a stinker. It states on the bottle that it was "Brewed with love on Sept 6 2006, and it is now October 20th so age isn't an issue. I got his off of a mix-a-six rack....maybe a bad batch?

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.29/5  rDev -36%
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.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.54/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 11/14/2008 (Tap Sampler @ Schlafly Tap Room, St. Louis, MO):

Pours a nice golden brown color body, with a foamy white cloudy head, somewhat lasting. Has a malty aroma, some nuttiness. Some graininess too. Has a malty nutty taste. Somewhat creamy, dusty. A taste of light fruit. An English malty taste. Better on tap, fresher tasting. Soft mouthfeel. More hoppy.

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Photo of SebD
2.65/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: It has a nice deep hazy orange color to it. It has a nice light beige head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of bready malts, some floral hops and faint caramel. Not a whole lot going on.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some bready malts, slight floral hops, some grassiness and very faint caramel. Very bland.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a somewhat light overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with fairly bland flavors and aromas.

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Photo of ChiaPetHead
2.65/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nothing special about this beer. It seems to have a slight cracker taste that is off putting. much better pale ales on the market. it is better than most of the "American Lagers" but i am not sure it is worth the premium price that most bars sell it at.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Even considering that the style is supposed to be a lighter English pale ale compared to the overhopped American version, this beer has a very light mouthfeel which is forecasted in the barely darker than straw gold. Little head that disappeared quickly. For me the least appealing part is the smell is a non appealing cream corn smell with little malt and no noticable hops character. Drinks like a slight beefed up macro that's for an audience that I don't believe I'm a part of.

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Photo of tjthresh
2.7/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle
Bottled on Jan 25 2005

Grainy/Straw malt, and light flowery/perfumey hops in the nose. Doughy.

Average creamy off white head. Faded slowly to and ring with some lacing. hazy amber.

Bitter all the way through. A tough a sweetness. Could use more.

Medium bodied. Pretty dry with livly carbonation. Kind of puckering.

Not a fan

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.76/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well....its a true English Style Pale Ale...BORING. Seems to be very bland not real hops...almost along the lines as Bass....but not nearly as tasty....at least I don't think. Easy enough on the palate that it is a session for sure!!!! Good in a pinch, but not when there are other beers available.

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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 thirdeye11
2.81/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to jfeger for this bottle in our trade.

Presentation: Poured from 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a nice medium orange-yellow that tends towards orange, but no head at all, just a thin layer of fizzy bubbles that's gone as fast as I poured it almost. Some bubbles linger due to the Duvel etching on the bottom of the glass. Mostly clear and some mild lacing when cold/fresh.

S: I don't know what I'm smelling here but it is not hops at all. I expected them, but I didn't get them. This beer reminds me of another but I can't pin it down. Extremely roasted malts which surprised me, almost like a burnt piece of rye bread from a toaster. Not very impressive. I almost disliked it.

T: Taste follows the nose a bit, but no offensive flavors really. Nothing that great either. It's just a middle of the road beer with not much to offer. Some roasted malts here, a slight bittering which doesn't remind me of hops.

M: Carbonation is nice, but fades as it warms. Still acceptable though, and probably the best aspect of the beer. As others have mentioned the feel is a LITTLE thin, but overall no major complaints. The bitter that tends to linger on the palette isn't particularly enjoyable.

D: I suppose it's better than a macro, but not as high as most summer beers that are staples for me. One or two would be enough, but if it was the only thing available I would drink multiples without too much complaint.

Overall this isn't a solid pale ale even English. It just has too much roasted flavor especially in the nose. Falls short in most areas. Mouthfeel and appearance may be its strongest suits; for beer not necessarily a good thing. I won't trade for it again or seek it out with all the other delicious brews out there. Just average for me but glad I got to try it.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 8 Jul 2007.

Very large blonde colored head. Almost flat. Crystal clear pale sienna color. Aroma of light caramel, cooked rice, asparagus, not a good sign. Lightly sweet and caramel. Some slight vegetal flavors in the middle. Very mild hop finish. Watery body, minimal alcohol.

Perhaps a bad bottle?

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Photo of alaimoa
2.84/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a amber/copper color with a bit of off-white head and lingering legs. Smells of rust and toasted caramel with some dirt/earth notes. Taste Is more or less what you'd expect from an english lager, smooth malt profile with not much else. Feel is a bit dry but generally ok

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Photo of atjefft
2.9/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

01/31/13 Date on Bottle
Poured into standard pint glass

A: pale copper color poured 1 finger of head. Laced quite well for style.

S: weak aroma, some toffee malt aromas. very faint orange aromas. Mostly aroma of C02.

T: nice toffee/caramel flavors. Not much else. Very dry almost gritty finish.

M:Quite a bit of carbonation for style. Slick-heavy mouthfeel was pleasing but ruined by co2 bite.

O: overall, this was a decent PA. Suffered from too much carbonation and lack of complexity. However the flavors that were there were quite good. Not bad just a bit bland.

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Photo of GreenWBush
2.91/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Autumnal harvest orange. Microscopic head and lace.

Nose is a weird - and not so enticing - combination of cardboardy malt and plastic yeast esters. Rotting leaves. Copper. Toast.

Nice if generic malt flavors reign on the taster, and nothing more than a kiss of the most modest noble hops. Very pedestrian.

They say every brewer makes a pale ale...this example goes to show that even good brewers can - and do - make mediocre pale ales from time to time.

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Photo of climax
2.91/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Schlafly's pale pours a copper hue with a decent frothy head that fades with some sunken craters. Lace and retention aren't bad.

They only claim 25 IBU's, but I can't detect any. I know it's an English pale, but there's just no hop crispness in here at all. It's all caramel and toffee. A bit of fruitiness, primarily grape esters, weave their way in to add a little bit of something.

The flavor has a bit more in the way of my bitter little buddies, but not much. The same toasted malt flavor that denotes the nose continues to dictate the flavor. Just not a whole lotta flavor here.

The slick feel, fluffy carbonation, light to medium body, and low ABV make it easy to session. But I'm not doing that, one is enough. If the label said Oktoberfest, I would understand and accept... it doesn't.

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Photo of hwwty4
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into my United We Stand pint glass that I stole from a bar. Poured a light golden amber with a nice inch head that stayed with the beer all the beer. Left nice lacing all the way down the glass. Aroma is of mild citrusy hops with almost a wet cardboard after nose. Taste is sweet malts with a bit of a hop profile in the finish. Very mild taste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation. A very a drinkable pale ale.

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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 Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a murky brown to dark yellow with some orange in it, lack of carbonation and head, lacing etc. . . Aroma was miniscule.

Taste, borderline run of the mill, not offensive, but lacked hopping. Some substance, it isn't made with corn or anything it seems, but really, this is right up there with anything from SA Pale or whatnot. Just isn't enough for an extreme beer drinker, and there's so many superior 5% pales out there, this one is hard to justify at the price. Use this beer to bring people under the craft tent if you will.

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Photo of bort11
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a hefe glass. Very nice bright white head, 2 fingers or more. Receded to a medium lace, moderate stickiness. Color is a standard golden-amber. Smell seems off for a Pale Ale, almost lager-y. It's little sour and yeasty. Taste is a very, very mild hops, more sour than bitter. There is also a bready malt notes. Mouthfeel is light in body, almost to the point of being watery. Moderate carbonation. Despite this not working very well as a pale ale, I can see this as a great hot weather beer. Good for working in the yard. I may grab some after mowing.

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Photo of nukem5
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Nice copper color with a thich cap of foamy goodness.

S: Not your typical Pale Ale has a bit of bite of floral and malts.

T: Taste has a mix of flavors of carmel malts and hop.

M: Medium to light with a light alkalyne after taste. Some lacing noted.

D: Could drink these for a couple at a time, nice with some sharp chedder and crackers.

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Photo of MAFC_Trainer
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 match1112
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had this on tap at a pizza joint. looked really good outta the tap with a two finger head on top of a hazy copper body. unfortunatly the smell and taste were underwelming. it didnt smell bad, it just didnt have any aromas or flavors that made it stick out from any other beer. mouthfeel was medium body with decent carbonation and a very small bitter finish. unfortunatly with all the other pale ales out there this one is just average. it will be good for fishing or yard work, but dont expect it to blow your socks off.

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Photo of tapman
3.07/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

As big of a tawny head as you want, it subsides to a small coagulation of lacing. Medium orange color and filtered.

Bread dough, bitter orange rind and some grape juice notes. Welsch's, I think.

Pale malt, light caramel sweetness, mild earthy hops and a white grape flavor in the middle of the sip.

A little thin with no carbonation bite.

This is the flagship brew, from what I hear, and I am not impressed. Worst of the five Schlafly brews my friend brought back from St. Louis.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle with a clearly marked "bottled on" date of June 30 2008.

A: Nice deep orange body with a good amount of head and some lacing on the glass as it's being consumed.

S: Nose is some hints of caramel, a touch of lemon and some very mild piney, grassy notes.

T&M: A very earthy like flavor meshes with a light to medium caramel malt flavor and some very mild spiciness from the hops. A red apple sweetness estery flavor blends with the caramel as the beer warms on the tongue. Finishes with just a slight bitter, somewhat weak bitter hop bite. Mouthfeel is really kind of a letdown in this brew, as there is barely enough body for the style.

D&Notes: Overall, this is a decent stab at an English Pale Ale. I had to remind myself while reviewing it that it is an English Pale, as opposed to American Pale, with the former typically having more balance and less assertive hop bitterness. That said, this beer is still just too weak to get a thumbs up from me, as all flavors seem too mild, and the finish too weak. A bit more just all around body, malt, and hops would do wonders for this decent brew. Pretty much a "why even bother" pale ale.

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